Disney World Moderate Resorts: A Complete Guide

by | Apr 6, 2023 | Walt Disney World, Walt Disney World Resorts

When you’re staying at Disney World, you have a few different categories of on-site hotel options: Deluxe, Moderate, and Value. We’re sharing a complete guide to the Disney World Moderate Resort Hotels, including dining options, transportation, and exactly what you can find at each.

There are so many options to choose from when you are staying at Walt Disney World. You can stay off-site at a number of different hotels in Orlando, or you can choose to stay on-property at Walt Disney World Resort. When you stay on property, you can do so at a Value, Moderate, or Deluxe Resort hotel, each of which offers different amenities and options to choose from. We’re sharing a complete guide to everything you need to know about the Disney World Moderate Resort hotels, from your options to what you will be able to find at each!

What is a Disney World Moderate Resort?

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Photo by Courtney Reynolds

Disney World’s Moderate Resort hotels are their middle-tier priced on-site options. Currently, Disney World has five Moderate Resort hotels: Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter, Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. The rack rate prices for the Value Resort hotels can vary based on date and which of the hotels you choose, but typically start in the $200s per night.

The Moderate Resort hotels sit firmly in the middle of Disney World’s Value Resort hotels and Deluxe Resort hotels. There are more dining and transportation options available than the Value Resort hotels, but less available than at the Deluxe Resort hotels. Moderate Resort hotels do offer the perks from staying on-site, namely you will have access to Early Theme Park Entry, as well as the ability to make your first Individual Lightning Lane selection at 7AM.

Disney World Moderate Resort Dining Options

Crockett's den and Pioneer Hall

Photo by Rich Ramos

Dining is one of the biggest differences between a Moderate Resort and a Value Resort. Each of the Moderate Resort hotels offer one table service option along with quick service options.

These are the dining options you can find at each of the Disney World Moderate Resort hotels (TS indicates table service, QS indicated quick service):

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Sebastian’s Bistro (TS)
  • Spyglass Grill (QS)
  • Centertown Market (QS)
    • Centertown Market Grab & Go
  • Banana Cabana (Bar Service)

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — Riverside

  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall (TS)
  • Riverside Mill Food Court (QS)
  • Muddy Rivers (Bar Service)
  • River Roost (Bar Service)

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter

  • Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory (QS)
  • Scat Cat’s Club Lounge (Bar Service)
  • Scat Cat’s Club Cafe (QS)
  • Mardi Grogs (Bar Service)

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

  • Toledo — Tapas, Steak & Seafood (TS)
  • Three Bridges Bar & Grill at Villa del Lago (TS)
  • Rix Sports Bar & Grill (TS)
  • Dahlia Lounge
  • Barcelona Lounge
  • Siestas Cantina (Pool Bar)
  • Maya Grill (TS)
  • Cafe Rix (QS)
  • El Mercado de Coronado (QS)
  • Laguna Bar (Pool Bar)

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

  • P & J’s Southern Takeout (QS)
  • Meadow Snack Bar (QS)
  • Crockett’s Tavern (Bar Service)
  • The Chuck Wagon (Food truck)
  • Trail’s End Restaurant (TS)
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (TS)

Moderate Resort Transportation

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Photo by Danny Shuster

Moderate hotel transportation varies based on the hotel you are staying at. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is home to the Disney Skyliner hub, meaning you can easily get transported to either EPCOT or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort only offers bus transportation. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort (both Riverside and French Quarter) and Disney’s Fort Wilderness each offer boat transportation. At the Port Orleans Resorts, you can take a boat over to Disney Springs, or a bus to any of the parks. Disney’s Fort Wilderness offers boat service to Magic Kingdom, or bus transportation anywhere else.

Disney World Moderate Resort Accommodations

Each of the Moderate Resort hotels offers standard rooms, that can sleep up to four adults. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort offers cabins, which can sleep up to 10 people. Additionally, campgrounds are available at Fort Wilderness. At Disney’s Coronado Springs, you can also stay at Gran Destino Tower, which offers a variety of different suites that you can stay in.

The theming varies based on where you’re staying, with specialty rooms available at several of the resorts. Read on for a full list of rooms available, as well as a what pools are available to guests at each.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

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Pirate Room at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Photo by Tatjana Lazar

Room Types:

  • Standard Room, available as:
    • Standard View (also available with fifth sleeper)
    • Water or Pool View (also available with fifth sleeper)
    • King Bed (instead of two Queens)
  • Preferred Room (views of the Resort Hotel, Courtyard or Woodlands)

Pools Available:

  • Fuentes del Morro Pool
  • 5 Leisure Pools

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — Riverside (also has access to French Quarter pools)

Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort is the ONLY place at WDW where you can stay in a Royal Room. Photo by Mike Billick.

Room Types:

  • Standard Room, available as:
    • Standard View (also available with fifth sleeper)
    • Pool View
    • River View
    • Woods View (also available with fifth sleeper)
    • Preferred Room
    • King Bed (instead of two Queens)
  • Royal Guest Room, available as:
    • Standard View
    • River View
    • Woods View

Pools Available:

  • ‘Ol Man Island
  • 5 Leisure Pools

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter (also has access to Riverside pools)

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A room at Port Orleans – French Quarter. Photo by Brett Svenson

Room Types:

  • Standard Room, available as:
    • Standard View
    • Pool View
    • River View
    • Garden View
    • Preferred Room
    • King Bed

Pools Available:

  • Doubloon Lagoon

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

The Ranchos Standard View room at Disney’s Coronado Springs. Photo by Danny Shuster

Room Types:

  • Standard Room, available as:
    • Standard View
    • Water View
    • King Bed
    • Preferred Room
    • Preferred Room – King
    • Water View – King
  • Suites, available as:
    • Casitas, 1 Bedroom Suite
    • 1 Bedroom Suite — King
    • Casitas, Executive Suite

Gran Destino Tower Rooms:

  • Tower Room, available as:
    • Standard View
    • Standard View – King Bed
    • Tower – Water View
    • Tower – Water View – King Bed
  • Club Access Rooms and Suites, available as:
    • Standard View
    • 1 Bedroom Suite
    • Deluxe Suite
    • Presidential Suite

Pools Available:

  • The Lost City of Cibola Pool
  • 3 Leisure Pools

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

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Fort Wilderness Cabin. Photo by Jeff Chiu

Room Types:

  • Wilderness Cabin (sleeps up to 6 adults)
  • Campsites, available as:
    • Tent or Pop-Up Campsite
    • Premium Campsite
    • Premium Meadow Campsite
    • Full Hook-Up Campsite
    • Preferred Campsite

Pools Available:

  • Meadow Swimmin’ Pool
  • Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool

Looking to book your stay at one of the hotels? Make sure you check out WDW Magazine’s videos below, which take you through room tours at some of the available options for the Disney World Moderate Resort hotels.

Disney’s Port Orleans — French Quarter Standard Room

Disney’s Port Orleans — Riverside Royal Room

Disney’s Port Orleans — Riverside Standard Room

Disney’s Coronado Springs Standard Room

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Pirate Room

Disney’s Coronado Springs Gran Destino Tower Room

Disney World Moderate Resort Tours

Want to take a tour of the Moderate Resorts? Check out WDW Magazine’s full Resort tours for Disney’s Port Orleans — French Quarters and Disney’s Coronado Springs in the videos below.

Disney’s Port Orleans — French Quarter

Disney’s Coronado Springs

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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