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The Complete Guide to Walt Disney World Resort’s Moderate Hotels

The Complete Guide to Walt Disney World Resort’s Moderate Hotels

The moderate level hotels at Walt Disney World Resort are the middle ground accommodations between value hotels and deluxe hotels. Perks of staying at one of these resorts includes childcare services, designated smoking areas, laundry/dry cleaning services, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the resort, along with other awesome services. Guests at moderate hotels also have access to transportation options like Minnie Vans, Disney Bus Transportation, and Disney’s Magical Express. Each of these mid-level resorts boasts its own unique theme with matching dining locations and recreational activities.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

The moderate level Disney resorts are much larger and more immersive than the value level accommodations with more rooms, dining options, and recreational activities. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort takes the island theme all the way throughout the property with five different villages: Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, Trinidad, and Aruba.

Most guest rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort sleep up to five guests, with the choice of two queen beds or two queen beds and a small pull-down bed. Other accommodations include King rooms, which sleep two guests with just one king bed, and Pirate rooms, which sleep up to four guests in pirate ship themed beds. Amenities in all rooms at this resort include free Wi-Fi, a telephone with voicemail, an in-room safe, a mini refrigerator, a coffee maker, a hair dryer and an iron/ironing board.

  • Standard Room – starting from $172 per night
  • Water (lake or pool) View Room – starting from $197 per night
  • King Room – starting from $202 per night
  • Preferred Room – starting from $237 per night
  • Pirate Room – starting from $243 per night

The resort’s table service restaurant, located at the Old Port Royale Promenade, is called Sebastian’s Bistro. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the family friendly restaurant offers salads, sandwiches and burgers for lunch and steak or seafood entrees for dinner. Reservations are highly recommended for dining at Sebastian’s Bistro and some Disney dining plans are accepted.

In the heart of the resort, the Centertown Market is a quick service hub for grabbing breakfast or dinner while on the way to or from the parks. The outdoor street market inspired dining area offers a range of breakfast options like customizable breakfast bowls, breakfast Cuban sandwiches, strawberry guava french toast, seasonal fruits and omelets. For dinner, guests can choose from farm-to-table salads, tacos, burgers, pasta, and jerk chicken deep dish pizza. Top off your meal with a chocolate creme tart or a tropical tart filled with key lime, mango, and passion fruit curd. There is also a Centertown Market Grab & Go area which features pre-made salads, sandwiches, bakery items and other snacks.

For guests staying in the Aruba or Jamaica villages, Island Markets (located between the two) offers quick snacks like yogurt parfaits, pastries, sandwiches and salads, fruit and chilled beverages.

Spyglass Grill provides a poolside dining experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Trinidad pool area. The walk-up counter features a patio overlooking Barefoot Bay and serves American cuisine with a Caribbean twist. Breakfast options range from guava and cream cheese stuffed french toast with bacon to a bowl of steel cut oatmeal or seasonal fruit. For lunch or dinner choose from entrees like tacos with fish, beef or chicken and chili lime shrimp salad.

Guests who are 21 and older can indulge in specialty cocktails like the Captain’s Mai Tai Caribbean Smuggler, Bourbon Breeze, or the signature Banana Cabana at the poolside Banana Cabana bar. The walk-up bar also serves cold beer, sangria and non-alcoholic beverages as well as quick bites like crab cakes and grilled jerk chicken wings.

Guests can splash around in the Fuentes Del Morro Pool, themed like a colonial Spanish fortress with two waterslides (one of them is 102 feet long!), spraying water cannons, and a kids’ area with mini slides and a giant barrel that dumps water on little ones playing below. There are also a total of five leisure pools, one in each village, and a 12-person spa pool near the Banana Cabana Pool Bar. Other recreational activities include campfire games, movies under the stars at Caribbean Cay Island, guided catch & release fishing, biking, volleyball, a jogging trail, and a playground. On Thursday nights from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM, kids between the ages of 10 and 16 can join in an exciting scavenger hunt with The Unsolved Mysteries of Barefoot Bay, a pirate-inspired evening cruise with fun puzzles and clues to solve the mystery disappearance of Captain Calico. This exciting adventure costs $39 per child plus tax and includes snacks.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort

Disney’s Port Orleans is split into two sections, Riverside and the French Quarter. In the Riverside area, there are several different guest room options, with the majority sleeping up to five guests on two queen beds or two queen beds and a pull-down bed. King bed rooms sleep up to three guests, with one king bed or a king bed and a pull-down bed. Royal rooms sleep up to four guests on two queen beds.

In the French Quarter area, room options include Standard rooms that sleep up to four guests with two queen beds and King bed rooms that sleep two guests with one king bed.

Throughout the resort, all rooms come equipped with free Wi-Fi, an in-room safe, a telephone with voicemail, a mini refrigerator, hair dryer, coffee maker, and an iron/ironing board.

  • Riverside Standard Room – starting from $206 per night
  • French Quarter Standard Room – starting from $206 per night
  • Riverside Water View (pool or river) Room – starting from $222 per night
  • French Quarter King Room – starting from $233 per night
  • Riverside King Room – starting from $242 per night
  • Riverside Preferred Room – starting from $251 per night
  • Riverside Royal Guest Room – starting from $255 per night

In the Riverside section of the resort, dining options include a table service restaurant, a quick service food court, and two lounges. Guests can sit down to dinner at Boatwright’s Dining Hall, a rustic warehouse-turned-dining room that serves authentic New Orleans delights like crawfish bisque, jambalaya, shrimp and grits, catfish, and more. The Riverside Mill Food Court has six different food stations that are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner:

  • Bakery Shop
  • Grill Shop
  • Pizza & Pasta Shop
  • Salads & Sandwiches Shop
  • Carving Station
  • Specialties Shop

The 21+ crowd can enjoy nightly live entertainment from cabaret performer Yehaa Bob at River Roost, a full service bar with Southern-style cocktails like a Southern Hurricane and light snacks from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Poolside cocktails are available at Muddy Rivers located near the Ol’ Man Island pool, which serves specialty drinks frozen and on the rocks, draft beer, wine, superfruit sangria, and non-alcoholic options.

Dining in the French Quarter includes Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, which serves up American, Cajun and Creole meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can also sit back and enjoy live music in the evenings at Scat Cat’s Club, a southern-style jazz lounge that serves specialty cocktails, draft beers and appetizers. For poolside drinks in the French Quarter, head to Mardi Grogs and indulge in specialty drinks (frozen or on the rocks), wine, sangria, and draft beers.

Ol’ Man Island is a 3.5 acre pool area in Riverside that looks like an abandoned sawmill, with a huge swimming area, a “fishing hole” a 95 foot long water slide, and a kiddie pool area. There are five more relaxing leisure pools in Riverside, two in Magnolia Bend and three in Alligator Bayou. In the French Quarter area, guests can make a real splash in the Doubloon Lagoon on a 51 foot long sea serpent slide or in a water play area just for kids. Each section of the resort has a dry playground for kids as well, near Ol’ Man Island and Doubloon Lagoon. Other outdoor activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, movies under the stars at Oak Manor, campfire activities on the bayou, bike rentals, jogging, and catch & release fishing. Indoors, guest can play classic and modern video games at the Medicine Show Arcade in the Colonel’s Cotton Mill building and the South Quarter Games Arcade in the French Quarter.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Amenities in each room include free Wi-Fi, telephone with voicemail, an in-room safe, a mini refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, and iron/ironing board. Standard rooms can sleep up to four guests in two queen beds, and king rooms sleep two guests with just a king bed. The resort’s suites feature two queen beds and one queen-sized sleeper sofa or one king bed and one queen-sized sleeper sofa. Up to eight guests can sleep in the Casitas executive suite, with one king bed, two queen beds, and one queen sized sleeper.

  • Standard Room – starting from $185 per night
  • King Bed Room – starting from $258 per night
  • Junior Suite – starting from $448 per night
  • Casitas One Bedroom Suite – starting from $780 per night
  • One Bedroom King Suite – starting from $785 per night
  • Casitas Executive Suite – starting from $1132 per night

There are tons of different places to eat at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Maya Grill is a table service Tex-Mex restaurant open for dinner nightly, where some dining plans are accepted. Both Cafe Rix and El Mercado De Coronado are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cafe Rix offers quick options like pastries, fruit, gelato, smoothies, and specialty coffee while El Mercado De Coronado is food court-style dining. For breakfast, you’ll find grab’n’go options, made to order omelets, and breakfast sandwiches/bowls. Lunch and dinner choices include made to order rice bowls, chef specials, pizza, off the grill entrees and grab’n’go sandwiches and salads. Siestas Cantina serves poolside breakfast, lunch and cocktails. Other lounge/bar locations include Rix Sports Bar and Grill, a laid-back sports bar with light entrees and appetizers, and Laguna Bar, which serves sangria, margaritas, frozen cocktails, and signature drinks such as the Mojito Frambuesa, Passion Fruit Caipirinha, and the Coronado Crush.

At The Lost City of Cibola pool guests will feel like they’ve found themselves in ancient Mayan ruins with a 50 foot pyramid centerpiece, a 123-foot water slide with a spitting jaguar fountain, a kiddie pool area, and a whirlpool hot tub big enough for 22 guests to enjoy at a time. For a more relaxing swim, there are three leisure pools in the Casitas, Cabanas, and Ranchos areas of the resort. Dry recreational activities include the Dig Site playground, Iguana Arcade, jogging trails, volleyball, campfire games, and movies under the stars at the Lost City of Cibola pool area.

For more information about Disney hotels, check out this guide to the resort’s value hotels or make reservations here. Get discount Disney tickets and more on Tickets2You.com!

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