8 Reasons We Love Walt Disney World’s Moderate Resorts

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Whether you’re planning to splurge from your usual value resort stay or save some money over staying deluxe, Disney’s moderate resorts have so much to offer every member of the family. Keep reading to learn more about how Disney’s Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach, and Coronado Springs Resorts offer just about everything you’ll need on your next Disney trip for a moderate price point.


1. Affordability

As the name suggests, Disney’s moderate resorts strike a middle ground between the value and deluxe resorts. While they are not the most affordable option at the Walt Disney World Resort, they are much less expensive than Disney’s deluxe resorts and you can often find some great deals on moderate resorts if you are able to be flexible in when you plan your trip.

2. Value

More important than simple affordability is the value that comes in staying at a Disney moderate resort. Moderate resorts exceed value resorts due to their having table service restaurants, and increased recreational offerings like waterslides and hot tubs in the pool areas. They even have multiple bars or lounges, whereas value resorts only have pool bars and a small selection of alcoholic drinks in the grab-and-go section of the food court, and varied transportation options such as bus, boat, and the Skyliner.

3. Location

Moderate resorts may not be right on the monorail line or walking distance to Epcot like the deluxe resorts, but they’re much closer to the action than value resorts and their location is a huge part of what makes up for their value. It’s a quick drive (or boat ride) to other locations around the Walt Disney World Resort, and since they’re not in a resort complex (like Disney’s All Star Resorts) bus transportation usually only makes one stop.


4. Layout

Disney’s moderate resorts are some of the largest hotels on property. As a result, these resorts have a wide variety of rooms to fit any family size, and even different themed rooms in the case of the pirate rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the royal rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside. The large layout and number of rooms also means that it can be relatively easy to find availability at these resorts, so if you are planning a last-minute trip and don’t want to splurge on a deluxe you may have luck finding a room here.

5. Dining options

Moderate resorts have all the bases covered in terms of dining options. With a table service restaurant, quick service restaurant, and pool bar and perhaps an additional lounge, you have everything the whole family would want in terms of dining right at the resort. Deluxe resorts definitely have even more choices, but if you’re worried that the food courts alone at the value resorts won’t work for your family it can be worth the price difference to book a moderate resort instead. The number of dining options also means you can work your meals at the resort around your budget by choosing a quick service over a table service or vice versa.

6. Theming

You may think that nothing compares with the level of theming at Disney’s deluxe resorts, but the moderate resorts do come close. If the design of the value resorts with their oversized icons has you rethinking your stay, the moderate resorts can be just what you’re looking for. They are still well-themed, but in a more refined way without making the theme so blatant as the value resorts. The level of detail is not on par with deluxe resorts, but for a less kid-focused resort experience the price is right for a moderate resort stay over a value stay.

7. Convenience

Disney’s moderate resorts come with all of the conveniences that any Disney resort would have and then some. You always have your complimentary transportation, Disney cast members on hand to help, but you also have plenty to do right at your resort in terms of recreation and dining. Some of the more spread out moderate resorts even have an internal bus system and multiple pools making it easy to get around the larger grounds and get the most out of your stay.

8. Amenities

If you can go without an on-site spa, specialty dining, and select enhanced pool areas, a moderate resort will likely cover everything you’re looking for in terms of amenities. Moderate resort pools come with waterslides, and while they miss things like the lazy river at Stormalong Bay (at Yacht and Beach Club), they’re a step up from the value resorts and offer plenty of fun for the whole family. You’ll miss out on the spa services and specialty shopping you’d find at say, the Grand Floridian, but you are welcome to visit other resorts and experience all they have to offer with the exception of pools and fitness centers.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."