Mom And Son On Run
  • On Jun 23, 2016
    Renee from OH Asked

    Hi! We would like to stay at one of the moderate hotels. Which one do you recommend? The important things on our list is a great large pool for the kids and a great quick service dining area, which has a lot of options. Many thanks!

  • Hi Renee!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! When I think of the moderate resorts, the first resort to pop up in my mind is Disney's Port Orleans Riverside. This resort is fabulous! The main pool is large and is located in the heart of the resort and offers a fun slide. There are also 5 smaller pools located throughout the resort. You will find that there are many room options as well, including a Royal Guest Room which is a princess themed room. Personally, I like the "preferred rooms" located in Alligator Bayou. These rooms can accommodate up to 5 guests and are located next to the Sassagoula Steamboat Company building which is where the Riverside Mill food court is located. This is one of my favorite food courts as it features an amazing "Create-Your-Own Pasta" station. Since this resort is located within walking distance to Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, you could also head over there and dine at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory. Be sure to try their delicious beignets! When planning your trip, I would highly recommend that you set aside a day to enjoy the amenities and different recreation options such as the carriage rides or the surrey bikes. Keep in mind that some recreation options recommend reservations and are available for a fee. 

    Renee, it has been an absolute pleasure assisting you and I am sure that no matter what resort you choose, you will have an amazing time! 


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    Hi Renee,

    My fellow panelist has already given you some great advice. However, while my family and I truly enjoy all the Disney Moderate Resorts, we are partial to the Vieux Carré-themed Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter.

    Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter boasts some of the best transportation options and the smallest footprint; meaning you won't be spending tons of time waiting for the bus, a ferry or walking very long distances within the resort grounds. In other words, your room won't be more than a few minutes' walk away from the main building, the incredibly themed pool, the fabulous recreation choices, the bus stop, the boat dock or the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory. By the way, you absolutely must try the beignets there! The taste will instantly transport you to the Café Du Monde in New Orleans, Louisiana. YUM!

    Did You Know? They recently added a New Aquatic Play Area at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. The fabulous new installation is conveniently located next to the whimsical Mardi Gras-themed pool, Doubloon Lagoon. Incidentally, the latter features King Neptune riding atop an impressive 51-foot-long snaking sea serpent slide.

    Ritzy ºOº

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    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Renee!

    Ahoy, matey! Thank you for sending us your fabulous question. My fellow Panelists have already shared two fantastic Walt Disney World Resort Moderate Resort hotels with you, but if you would like some “fun in the sun”, I encourage you to splash your way over to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort! This Resort hotel will transport you to the palm-tree lined islands of the Caribbean. You may even find some pirates along the way — Shiver me timbers!

    Your kids are sure to love the large “Fuentes del Morro Pool” which boasts a 102-foot slide, water cannons and 2 spas. Nearby, the shipwreck play area is sure to thrill them with 3 small slides and overflowing buckets o' fun!

    The Old Port Royale Food Court offers many quick-service options including Mickey Waffles for breakfast and burgers, hot dogs and pasta for lunch. You will be sure to find someone for every “buccaneer” in your family!

    Mom's Tip: For even more swashbucklin’ fun, I encourage you to weigh anchor and check out the “Pirate Rooms” at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. With ship-shaped beds and hidden treasures, these rooms are guaranteed to delight even the tiniest of buccaneers.

    Renee, please visit the Disney Parks Moms Panel again if you have any more questions. I wish you an unforgettable and adventure-filled vacation!


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    Hi Renee! The moderate resorts all will have the same basic amenities but each one offers something special whether it is its theme and decoration or location.

    One moderate resort that many guests forget about is the Fort Wilderness Cabins. Fort Wilderness offers guests such a different experience and it is one of my family's favorite. The cabins are well equipped and comfortable and have full kitchens allowing you to prepare simple meals right in your vacation home. The campgrounds have Trading Posts where food and drink and grilling items can be purchased and you can also have one of the local grocery services deliver items directly to your cabin.

    Fort Wilderness has two Pools with the larger one providing a water slide and splash area for the kids and hot tub for the adults. The other is a more quiet one located among the cabin area. What kids especially enjoy is the large area next to the main pool where they can play tennis, volleyball, etc.

    Dining opportunities at Fort Wilderness include a great restaurant, Trails End, which is open for breakfast and dinner buffets and lunch menu service. There is also a complete snack bar at the large pool and don't forget the Hoop Dee Doo Revue and Mickey's Backyard Barbecue dining options.

    This resort has so many things to do right within itself and is one of the most unique resorts at Walt Disney World!

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    One of my favorite Walt Disney World (WDW) resorts is Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. When we stayed there our family was blown away by the amazing amenities! Coronado Springs is the only WDW resorts that has a fitness center and spa! You can get a massage, get your hair done and even get a mani and pedi at La Vida Health Club and Salon. The kids will love the huge pool with the 50-foot pyramid. There are also three additional leisure pools, which are less crowded and are great for swimming laps. The food at Coronado Springs is also great. We loved the Pepper Market, not only because I love Mexican food, but because there was something for everyone. If you are looking for a sit-down restaurant, eat at Maya Grill. You will love their house made guacamole! This resort also has a playground, volleyball court, arcade and nightly campfires. I also loved the jogging trail, which goes around the 22-acre Lago Dorado. I think your entire family will love this resort!


    Disney Moms Panel Tip: This resort has the largest hot tub of any Disney resort! Make sure to take advantage of it and then relax by the pool with grub and a drink from Siestas Cantina!




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    Hi Renee,

    Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question. My favorite moderate Resort? Hands down, Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.

    My family and I have stayed here several times and it's our top choice. Between the colorful casitas to the rustic ranchos, each section is unique into itself. And still a short walk from the Dig Site, with an awesome waterslide into the Lost City of Cibola pool and the largest outdoor hot tub in the whole Walt Disney World Resort.

    El Centro houses one of the best Quick-Service restaurants, Pepper Market, which offers not only some delicious Mexican Specialties (Cheese Empanada anyone?), but also a wide variety of classic American dishes. And for some Nuevo Latino flavors, you can't go wrong with Maya Grill. Some excellent Tex-Mex creations, and don’t get me started with dessert! Coconut Flan is delicious!

    The resort not only offers suites which can sleep up to six adults, but also offers business class rooms, with some upgraded amenities and access to the Cococino Cove Lounge, which offers continental breakfast, and evening snacks (including wine and beer for Guests 21 and over), in addition to electronic device charging stations and ability to print boarding passes.

    Happy planning!


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    Hello, Renee, we are thrilled you stopped by with this great question at the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    The first resort that popped into my mind when you mentioned "a great large pool" was Disney's  Art of Animation Resort and while it is considered a 'Value Resort' in my opinion it features moderate level accommodations with the benefit of suites, ideal for families.  Accommodations also include standard rooms but the suites accommodate up to six (6) Guests, have two bathrooms and a kitchenette perfect for that early morning coffee and preparing quick on-the-go breakfasts to get you to your fun faster. Best of all, if you compare Guest room pricing with the moderate Resort hotels, you'll find they are comparable, but with the benefit of greater space at Disney's Art of Animation Resort.

    The largest pool at Walt Disney World Resort, The Big Blue Pool is at Disney's Art of Animation Resort. Dining at Landscape of Flavors will please everyone with the varied array of food choices and ordering pizza is our favorite thing to do during Movies Under the Stars, one of a multitude of recreation activities at this Resort hotel.


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    Hello Renee, 

    My fellow Panelists have offered some great suggestions! I'm going to second Yael's recommendation of Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside! My kids love spending time at Ol' Man Island Pool and in my opinion, Riverside Mill Food Court is one of the top Quick-Service Dining locations at Walt Disney World Resort. We also enjoy renting a Surrey Bike and cruising around the beautiful property surrounding the Resort.

    Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside is just a quick ferry boat ride away from Disney Springs so you'll also have convenient access to fabulous Shopping locations, amazing Dining options, and Entertainment! 

    Enjoy your magical visit Renee!
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    Hi Renée, 

    I’ve been lucky enough to stay at most of Walt Disney World Resort’s Moderate Resort Hotels, and I honestly don’t think that there is a bad choice in the bunch! If I had to pick just one, however, I’d agree with with my friend Ritzy and say that that Disney’s Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter has a special place in my heart. 

    It has a fabulous pool where we’ve made some amazing memories with our family and friends (who’ve often joined us when we’ve stayed there and still RAVE about their visit to this day), as well one of my favourite Resort quick-service locations, Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory. Not only does it have a great variety of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it's also one of the only places in Walt Disney World Resort where you can find those fluffy pillows of sugary goodness…beignets!! I find the Resort's overall landscaping and theme to be the perfect blend of tranquility, with its beautiful river and gardens, as well as the energy that comes from its New Orleans “roots”. It's a lovely little haven from the hustle-and-bustle of the Theme Parks. 

    The one thing that truly sets Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter apart is how small it is. Even if you’re located in one of the buildings that is furthest from the main lobby, it’s a MUCH shorter walk to any of the Resort's amenities and recreation options, which is a distinct advantage over its fellow “Moderates”. 

    Have a Magical Day, 

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