More often than not, guests planning a trip ask, “Which resort would you recommend?” Choosing a resort in completely individualized and really depends on your family’s wants and needs. That being said, I posed the question to the travel agents at Castle Dreams Travel about Walt Disney World’s Moderate Resorts.
Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside Resorts were the top two resorts the agents said were their favorites.
Port Orleans French Quarter inched out ahead due to their “smaller’ size … only 1008 rooms compared to over 2000 for the others. The lounge and jazz music are very nice after a long day in the park. Their Bus stop – when sharing – first on and first off. They like the proximity to the Port Orleans Riverside Resort so guests can use the food court and sit down restaurant there. They also reported that the boat ride to Downtown Disney is nice amenity as well. Agents also said the theming is outstanding at French Quarter- like the wrought iron railings and the little streets with names like “Rue d’Baga.” They also have amazing beignets which you can only get in their food court. The only negitives? The rooms only sleep 4 in 2 queen beds. Plus how overwhelmingly popular this resort has become and therefore gets little to none of the discounts when offered. Darn it. The secret is out about this gem of a resort!
A close second is Port Orleans Riverside Resort. A HUGE plus is their ability to sleep 5 in 2 queen beds and a trundle bed. Agents also liked the main outdoor area by the water at and the mansions, but resort is so huge they recommend guests stay in preferred rooms. Riverside is very well maintained, buses run well, rooms are roomy and clean, quick service cafeterias are very good and had a good variety of food. Riverside also has the boat to Disney Springs.
Coronado Springs Resort gets the bronze medal with the agents for their restaurants, huge pool, beautiful grounds, and fitness center. The whole resort is very nice, but keep in mind- it is huge. There are 4 bus stops so your walk isn’t that bad and if you know what section to stay in it isn’t bad at all or upgrade to a room in a preferred location. This resort also has mini-club level rooms, uncrowded buses, and has more adult feel (this is where most typically recommend for their guests traveling without kids).
Caribbean Beach Resort also gets high marks for their newly renovated rooms that now sleep 5 in 2 queen beds and a trundle. The resort also has a refurbished main pool, great theming, but only recommend staying preferred location.