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Which Walt Disney World Moderate Resort is Right for You?

Port Orleans French Quarter. Image: Disney

Once you’ve worked out when you’ll be taking a vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort, you’ll need to start making some decisions as to where you’ll be staying. When deciphering Disney’s resorts the first logical step is to determine how much of your vacation budget you’d want to spend on the resort stay. If you’re looking to splurge in comparison to Disney’s value resorts, but you can’t quite seem to justify spending the money for a deluxe, the moderates (approximately $165 - $350/night) can be the perfect fit!

The solo traveler: Disney’s Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach Resorts

Coronado Springs Resort

Image: Disney

For the solo traveler who may be feeling a bit self conscious about spending time in Walt Disney World alone, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will help break the ice and feel the least awkward. As a convention resort, Coronado Springs typically has plenty of guests who are also traveling alone on business, so you shouldn’t feel too left out with constantly seeing guests spending time with their families. Of course, worries over societal expectations of vacationing alone should never keep you from a trip you’re looking forward to taking! If you can’t help but feel a bit uncomfortable at the idea however, Coronado Springs should help to ease your nerves-- you’ll be able to plan your trip around exactly what you want to be doing, while either blending in or getting to know other solo guests in the process.

If you’ve already gotten over the apprehension of vacationing alone, and are just looking for the ultimate retreat that won’t put too much of a strain on your wallet, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort can be a great option. The theme of the resort being laid back and tropical can take off some of the pressure of being alone, and with an excellent pool bar and quick service dining options you’ll be sure to enjoy hanging out at Old Port Royale when you’re not doing everything you (and only you) want to do at the theme parks. Splurging on the pirate themed rooms while vacationing solo may not be as “worth it” as it would be to share the in-room experience with a family, so you may even save a few extra bucks when booking your stay.

All about the kids: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Fuentes del Morro pool at Disney's Caribbean Beach ResortFuentes del Morro Pool at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. Image: Disney

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort offers the perfect mix of island themed details for the grownups in the family along with fun extras like a pool with water cannons and two slides for the kids. The main pool area, known as the Fuentes del Morro Pool, is themed after a Spanish fort with a splash play area and shorter slides for the younger kids and an 82 foot long water slide for the big kids. Standard Disney resort poolside trivia and games are offered daily, and whirlpool hot tubs along with some island-themed drinks from the pool bar make hanging out at this resort fun for adults too. This main pool is also located right by Old Port Royale, the area of the resort which includes the quick service dining area, table service restaurant, and gift shops. 

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort also scores major points in the “families with kids” category for the pirate themed rooms. If you’re vacationing with some tot-sized mateys the pirate rooms at this resort may be just the thing to add a little extra special magic to your trip. But landlubbers be warned -- though the pirate rooms come with a whimsical theme and unique features (like pirate ship-shaped beds!) they also come a fair distance away from the rest of the resort. Should your family settle on a pirate room be prepared to make do some “island hopping” or jump on the nearest bus to get around the resort without wearing the kids out.

The kids’ runner up: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort - Riverside

Royal Room at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - RiversideRoyal Room at Disney's Port Orleans Resort: Riverside. Image: Disney

Another great option for a moderate resort the kids in your family will love is Disney’s Port Orleans Resort - Riverside. This resort draws inspiration from the upscale mansions and gorgeous architectural elements found throughout rustic outskirts of the New Orleans area. Like Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Port Orleans Riverside features an elaborately themed pool with waterslides that are sure to please any kid, or kid at heart. The true “wow” factor of this pool area however is Old Man Island, which includes a catch and release fishing area.

Where Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has the option of choosing a pirate themed room, Port Orleans Riverside offers a similar amenities in the form of “royal rooms” designed around Disney’s best-loved princesses. If you’re looking to treat the family to a vacation fit for a king on a commoner’s budget, these rooms may be something to consider.

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