Moderate

Best Disney World Moderate Resort Hotel

by josh on March 15, 2013

Quick Introduction to the Disney World Moderate Resorts

The best Moderate resort choice is not as obvious as it is with the Value resorts, unfortunately.  There are many substantial differences in resort size and layout, transportation efficiency, theme, room amenities, pool size, dining choices, and more.  You may have to make some compromises and decide what features are most important.  For example, the French Quarter has the best transportation and layout, but the worst restaurant choices and pool.  Luckily, the Moderates are all priced the same, except for the Coronado Springs which is about $5 more per night, so differences in cost won’t be a major concern.  Take a look at the following ratings to identify which Moderate is the best fit for your group and be sure to read the full review of the resorts you’re interested in to make the most informed decision.  Like with the other resorts on property, all are run by Disney with similar standards of quality.  To a point, the following could be considered splitting hairs and it’s likely that you’ll be pleased with whatever resort you choose.

Click the highlighted links to read the full review of any of the resorts listed or click here for all of the Moderate resort reviews on a scrollable page.

Best Theme/Landscaping

  1. Coronado Springs
  2. Port Orleans Riverside
  3. Caribbean Beach
  4. Port Orleans French Quarter

This is the toughest category because the theme that appeals to you and your group may be different than what appeals to others.

The Coronado Springs Resort, with its Spanish-colonial theme, is a beautiful resort that encircles the 22-acre Lago Dorado lake.  The resort features three different villages with unique architecture that all sit on the lake, which is surrounded by white sand beaches, hammocks, and benches.

Port Orleans Riverside comes in second.  Its lush landscaping, picturesque setting on the Sassagoula River, and the working 35-foot water wheel help elevate its ranking.  Alligator Bayou and Magnolia Bend, the two distinct areas that make up Riverside, are visually interesting and provide two different interpretations of the Louisiana Bayou.

Caribbean Beach is a bright, whimsical resort.  While guest buildings are painted different colors, the architecture of the 50+ guest buildings is mostly the same.  Caribbean Beach also features a lake prominently in the center of the resort and is surrounded by the same kinds of beaches that you’ll find at Coronado Springs.

Port Orleans French Quarter drops to last place.  Many of its decorations appear cheap, especially in the food court and main building where New Orleans paraphernalia merely hangs from the ceiling on strings.  While Disney will tell you that they purchased “some” of the memorabilia directly from New Orleans, it still isn’t that impressive.  On the plus side, French Quarter does open up on occasion with some pretty courtyards.

As far as landscaping is concerned, all of the Moderate resorts are on a level well above the Value resorts and only a small step down from the Deluxes.  Chances are high that you will enjoy your surroundings no matter which Moderate resort you choose.

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Caribbean Beach Resort Review

by josh on March 15, 2013

Address: 900 Cayman Way Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000

Phone: 1-407-934-3400, Fax: 1-407-934-3288, General Reservations: 1-407-WDISNEY (1-407-934-7639)

Cost: Along with Port Orleans Riverside, French Quarter, and Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach is a Moderate resort. Room pricing is nearly identical to Riverside and French Quarter and all three are slightly less expensive than Coronado Springs. Standard rooms run $162 – $253/night. From there, you have Water View ($187 – $273), King Bed ($187 – $273), and Preferred Location ($187 – $273). Caribbean Beach also offers Pirate themed rooms that run $196 – $297 for Standard View and $221 – $322 for Water View.

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Address:

1000 West Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000

Phone: 407-939-1000, Fax: 407-939-1001, General Reservations: 1-407-WDISNEY (1-407-934-7639)

Resort Class:

Coronado Springs is a Moderate resort along with Caribbean Beach and Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter.  Standard rooms are $5/night more expensive than the other three Moderates, running between $167 and $258 per night.  From there, Coronado offers Water View ($192 – $288), King Bed ($192 – $288), Preferred ($192 – $288), Preferred King ($202 – $298), Water View King ($202 – $298), Business Class ($217 – $313), Business Class King Bed ($242 – $338), Junior Suite ($370 – $608), 1-Bedroom Suite ($680 – $953), and Executive Suite Casitas ($1010 – $1364).

Because no rooms have balconies or patios, “upgrading” to a view won’t make much of a difference in your overall resort experience and is not recommended.

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Port Orleans French Quarter Review

by josh on March 15, 2013

Address:

2201 Orleans Drive

Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-1000

Phone: 407-934-5000, Fax: 407-934-5353, General Reservations: 1-407-WDISNEY (1-407-934-7639)

Resort Class:

French Quarter is a Moderate Resort with similar pricing to neighboring Riverside.  Unlike Riverside, which offers ten room types, French Quarter offers just five.  Standard Rooms ($162 – $253/night) are the exact same price as you’ll find at Riverside and Caribbean Beach Resorts.  From there, you have Garden View ($172 – $263), Water View ($187 – $283), King Bed ($187 – $283), and River View ($192 – $288).  Because no rooms have private balconies and your “view” would be through your window through a railing, I don’t usually recommend paying extra.

A map to view and print is available here.

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Port Orleans Riverside Resort Review

by josh on March 15, 2013

Address:

1251 Riverside Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-1000

Phone: 1-407-934-6000, Fax: 1-407-934-5777, General Reservations: 1-407-WDISNEY (1-407-934-7639)

Resort Class:

Riverside is a Moderate resort, with prices in between the Value and Deluxe Resorts.  Riverside houses a whopping ten room types after its 2012 refurbishment brought Royal Guest rooms and Disney added additional view types:  Standard rooms ($162 – $253) are in line with the other Moderates.  From there, you have Garden View ($172 – $263), Preferred ($187 – $283), Pool View ($187 – $283), King Bed ($187 – $283), River View ($192 – $288), Royal Guest Standard ($192 – $293), Royal Guest Garden View ($202 – $303), Royal Guest Pool View ($217 – $323), and Royal Guest River View ($222 – $328).  Adding Garden View is an extra $10/night.  Preferred, Pool, or a King Bed add $25/night.  River View or  a Royal Guest room would run you $30/night more than a Standard room and there’s an additional cost within that category for upgraded views.

A map to view and print is available here.

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Fort Wilderness Address:

4510 North Fort Wilderness Trail

Lake Buena Vista, Fl. 32830-1000

Direct Phone: 1- 824-2900, Fax: 1-407- 824-3508, General Reservations: 1-407-WDISNEY (1-407-934-7639)

Resort Class: Disney groups the Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort in with the other Moderate resorts, though pricing is similar to entry-level rooms at the Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resorts.  There is only one room type – The Wilderness Cabin.  Cabins start at $275 per night during Value Season and go all the way up to $450 during Holiday Season.  During Regular Season, Cabins cost $335 per night and during Peak Season, the cost is $370 per night.

The Campsites at Fort Wilderness fall under the “Campground” class of resorts.  For pricing and accommodations, see the “room amenities” section below.

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