The moderate resorts really are an amazing group of resorts. The resorts in the moderate category are Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans (Riverside and French Quarter) and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness. They all have amazing features and other amenities. Here are 7 fabulous moderate Walt Disney World Resort experiences that most people miss:
7. Carriage Rides
At the Port Orleans resorts and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness you can actually take a carriage ride around the grounds. It is a great romantic outing or a fun way to see the resort with the family. The carriages hold 2 adults and up to 3 small children or 4 adults, so you will want to plan accordingly based on the size of your group. The carriage rides are able to be reserved for your desired day and time starting at 180 days prior by calling the recreation phone line. Just note that these currently are not able to be linked in My Disney Experience. Many people don’t even know that the carriage rides are available or by the time they learn, it is too late and there is no availability… so you definitely don’t want to miss this experience!
6. Sassagoula River (and boat rides)
The river offers beautiful views, and adds an amazing element to Port Orleans resorts, Old Key West, and Saratoga Springs. There is a ferry boat from each of these resorts that takes guests to Disney Springs and back. This is an extremely peaceful way to see more of Walt Disney World Resort and relax. Disney World can be perceived as an extremely busy and thrilling place, which it is, but there are definitely moments where you can relax and just take in the moment with your family, and this is definitely a great chance instead of taking the bus. Since the river runs around these resorts, you can also get rooms that have views of the river so you can enjoy the beautiful view all throughout your stay.
5. Maya Grill
This is a table-service restaurant at Coronado Springs. The restaurant is Mexican-inspired and the menu options are savory and delicious. The Esquites (a sweet corn bread-type side) served with many of the entrees have me coming back to the restaurant time and time again. I also get regular cravings for the Fried Tomatillos appetizer, and can’t seem to get enough of it. The prices are comparable to most other table-service restaurants on property and is only 1 dining entitlement. This restaurant also hosts musical entertainment and singing throughout the evening, giving the restaurant an even bigger touch of elegance. You don’t want to miss this one!
4. Boatwright’s Dining Hall
Located at Port Orleans Riverside Resort, this is the only table-service restaurant for both of the Port Orleans resorts. The restaurant is only open for dinner and is only 1 entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan. The theme for the restaurant is definitely one that fits in perfectly with the New Orleans vibe. You can get delicious gumbo and amazing shrimp and grits. The Cajun-inspired dishes are amazing! There is also a boat under construction hanging from the ceiling that carries off the boat theme beautifully.
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3. YeHaa Bob
YeHaa Bob has become somewhat of a Disney celebrity who performs at the River Roost Lounge at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside resort. He plays the piano, sings and keeps the energy up very high for the guests who are there to enjoy delicious drinks and snacks at the lounge. He is an entertainer that is very different from any other on property and one that is definitely worth the trip over to see, especially if you are staying on property.
2. The amazing views, topiaries and pools.
Each of the moderate resorts are stunning in their own right. They are surrounded by lush greenery and amazing statues and other decorations that perfectly depict the theme of each resort. The pools are no exception to this. They are also perfectly themed to match their resort. Each resort is also the home to multiple pools, so you have options on where to get away for a little bit of relaxation with your family. Many families make the mistake of not planning pool days, which is a shame. You definitely don’t want to miss out on the amazing water slides!
1. The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Many folks don’t realize that the cabins are there, let alone that they are actually considered a moderate resort and a great value for families. The cabins come with a kitchen and other items that help the cabin feel like a rustic home away from home. They give you the feeling of the wilderness, and also serve as a value since you can prepare food in your cabin instead of always eating out. It is a unique way to spend your Disney vacation and one that I recommend that you try!