The Pros And Cons Of Walt Disney World Moderate Resorts

Guests who enjoy a vacation at Walt Disney World should definitely opt to stay on property at a Disney Resort. By staying on property, guests can enjoy being close to the magic at all times and indulge in perks like access to Extra Magic Hours, complimentary Disney transportation, early FastPass booking opportunities, and beautifully themed resorts. While enjoying a stay at a Disney Resort is magical, it can be hard to choose which category is right for each guest. Disney Resorts are broken down into three categories with deluxe being the most expensive, Value having the best deals, and Moderate falling somewhere in the middle. While each Disney Resort is beautiful, they all have pros and cons that guests have to weigh before making a final decision. The Moderate Resorts in Walt Disney World all feature some pros and cons which are sure to help guests determine which choice is right for their vacation. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the Moderate Resorts in Walt Disney World.


7. Pro: The Price —

Guests who decide to stay at a Moderate Resort in Walt Disney World might do so thanks to the pricing. Moderate Resorts feature better deals than the Deluxe Resorts, but still feature beautiful grounds, themes, amenities, and much more that guests can enjoy while staying there. While Moderate Resorts can still be slightly pricey depending on a guest’s budget, they are a great alternative to the Deluxe Resorts when guests are looking to save a little money on a Walt Disney World vacation.

6. Con: The Price —

While the price of the Moderate Resorts at Walt Disney World may be a plus for some guests, it may also be a hindrance to others’ vacation plans. Moderate Resorts are significantly more expensive than the Value Resorts, making guests who are trying to stick to a budget find it hard to justify the higher cost. While the Moderate Resorts are generally more intricately themed and quieter than the Value Resorts, the higher price might be a con for guests who are looking to maintain a budget on their vacations.

5. Pro: Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter’s Size —

Of the four Moderate Resorts in Walt Disney World, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is the smallest of the group. The Disney Resort is themed to feel like New Orleans’ French Quarter and features charming wrought iron details, a festive atmosphere, and beautiful grounds filled with gardens, fountains, and cheerful colors. Since Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is on the small side, guests who are looking for a Disney Resort that is more compact will love it. No matter where a guest stays at the Disney Resort, they are only a short way away from Doubloon Lagoon, the lobby, Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, the bus stop, and the dock on the Sassagoula River which transports guests to Disney Springs. With such convenience, it is no wonder why the size of Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is a pro.

4. Pro: Special Rooms —

Guests who are looking to enjoy a unique experience while staying at a Disney Resort are in luck thanks to two different Moderate Resorts. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort offers special pirate themed rooms which are sure to please every family of swashbucklers. Guests can enjoy details which pay tribute to the spirit of pirates including beds that look like ships and treasure maps. In addition to the pirate rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, guests can enjoy the royal treatment over at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort. There guests can opt to stay in princess rooms which are decked out with regal details including royal portraits, a faucet that looks like a magic lamp, and beautiful carvings.

3. Pro: Different Sizes —

While some guests might totally love staying at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort thanks to its compact size, that might not be ideal for everyone. Luckily, a pro of the Moderate Resorts are different sizes. Guests who stay at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort or Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort can enjoy sprawling grounds with many different areas to stay in. Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort is also on the larger side, and all three options feature several different bus stops within the grounds to make transportation more convenient for guests.


2. Con: Limited Dining Options —

While there are quick service options at all of the Moderate Resorts in Walt Disney World, there are only a small offering of full service dining locations to choose from while staying there. Compared to the Deluxe Resorts which feature plenty of full service dining options, the Moderate Resorts only feature five options. Guests looking to enjoy options like a full service meal will love Café Rix, Las Ventanas, and Maya Grill at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort or Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort.

1. Pro: Beautiful Grounds And Pools —

Perhaps the biggest pro of the Moderate Resorts at Walt Disney World are their beautiful grounds and pools. Guests can wander through each of the four resorts and enjoy lush greenery, beautiful landscaping, gentle music, interesting architecture, and quiet walking paths. In addition, each Moderate Resort in Walt Disney World features at least one pool for guests to splash around in for some fun in the sun and relaxation.

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.