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7 Things Disney Insiders Love About Walt Disney World Moderate Resorts

By Caitlin Corsello

Guests who visit Walt Disney World are sure to have a wonderful vacation full of amazing memories that will last a lifetime. While each vacation is bound to be lots of fun, there is one way for guests to stay close to the magic at all times and constantly be surrounded by all things Disney. Staying at a Disney Resort allows guests to be fully immersed in the magic of Walt Disney World and never be more than a few minutes away from any of the theme parks or Disney Springs. With over twenty Disney Resorts to choose from, they are broken down into three categories based on price. Deluxe Resorts are the most expensive, Value Resorts offer the best deals, and Moderate Resorts fall in the middle. Moderate Resorts are full of amazing features like dining, shopping, pools, amenities, and views and are loved by any Disney guests. Here are seven things that Disney insiders love about Walt Disney World Moderate Resorts.

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7. Doubloon Lagoon –

Guests who stay at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter can enjoy the charm of New Orleans’ French Quarter with wrought iron details, lively jazz music, and a Mardi Gras atmosphere. The resort features one main pool that is sure to please every guest! Doubloon Lagoon is a sprawling pool area decorated with plenty of alligator statues playing jazz instruments, several of which squirt water and act as fountains. The highlight of the pool is a massive serpent named Scales who winds his way around the area while being ridden by Poseidon. Scales’ large mouth features a tongue which swoops into the water below as a water slide for guests to enjoy. Doubloon Lagoon also features a kiddie pool, hot tub, and nearby pool bar Mardi Grogs which serves up delicious beverages.

6. The Sassagoula River –

Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort are both situated along the banks of the mighty Sassagoula River. Guests can walk from one resort to the other on a pathway along the river and enjoy beautiful views from pool areas and guest rooms. In addition, there are small boats which run continuously throughout the day from each resort down the Sassagoula River to Disney Springs making it an easy means of transportation.

5. Fuentes del Morro Pool –

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort invites guests to enjoy the spirit of the islands by featuring several villages surrounding a beautiful lake and central island. Guests who enjoy the resort love spending time relaxing and cooling off at the Fuentes del Morro Pool which is themed to look like a colonial Spanish fort. Featuring turrets, cannons, and plenty of colonial details, guests will love checking out the architecture. Guests can also enjoy a hot tub, two water slides, a zero depth entry, and nearby Banana Cabana pool bar.

4. Shutters At Old Port Royale –

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is also home to a wonderful full service dining location which guests are sure to enjoy. Shutters at Old Port Royale serves up island inspired dishes in a vibrant and colorful setting. Open for dinner only, guests who dine there can order up dishes including Barbecue Shrimp and Grits, Island Pasta with Chicken, Caribbean Surf & Turf, and Seared Mahi Mahi. With delicious food and a wonderful atmosphere guests will love dining at Shutters at Old Port Royale.

3. Pepper Market –

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort invites guests to stay in picturesque buildings modeled after Spanish Colonial Mexico. Situated around a beautiful lake, guests can enjoy plenty of amenities including a unique quick service dining location. The Pepper Market is a festive location full of vibrant colors, string lights, and cheerful décor. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner guests can dine on options including Chorizo Hash and Poached Eggs, Breakfast Frittata, Crab Cake Sandwich, Tuna Salad Pita, Enchilada, and BBQ Ribs. With such a diverse and extensive menu, guests are sure to find the perfect meal to enjoy!

2. Dig Site Pool –

Disney’s Coronado Springs is also home to a beautiful pool area which is sure to leave guests feeling relaxed! The Dig Site Pool is situated at the foot of a massive pyramid and features a waterslide, kiddie pool, massive hot tub, and nearby Siesta’s pool bar. With beautiful sights and multiple ways to relax, guests will love this pool!

1. Beignets –

Guests who stay at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort definitely need to stop by Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory for a snack which is sure to become addictive! Beignets are a classic New Orleans snack made famous by Café du Monde and the resort’s quick service location serves up batches of three or six all day long. Comprised of fluffy squares of fried dough smothered in powdered sugar, beignets are delicious to the last bite!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.