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How to Plan Your Senior Trip, Moderate Resorts

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Previously I covered the Value Resorts as a great option for your Senior Trip and today it’s all about the Moderates!

Moderate Resorts– These resorts are  the mid-priced of the Disney resorts. Instead of the giant icons and themes of the Values it’s more based on a geographical area such as the Caribbean. They offer all the amenities of the Values, plus all have a full service restaurant, waterslides, and more recreation options like surrey and boat rentals.

The rooms are also bigger and have queens instead of doubles. The Moderates are some of the largest resorts. To get around they have a bus with four or five stops around the resort connecting you to the check in building.

With the summer specials, rooms can run from $150 to $250. Sometimes with these deals, especially on Expedia, these resorts are only a little more expensive than the Values so they are definitely worth considering. Some rooms at the Caribbean Beach Resort and Port Orleans can fit five persons. Plus having doubles instead of queens is more comfortable if you are sharing a bed.

Caribbean Beach Resort– This is the oldest and most massive moderate resort. The resort is filled with bright colors and lush island theming. Pirates have docked here at the pirate themed pool and special pirate rooms. Old Port Royale includes the food court, Shutters (A full service restaurant), and gift shop which looks like an outdoor market in the comfort of the indoors.

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Island vibes at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

There are seven “villages” surrounding a lake named after different Caribbean Islands. A really cool feature in the middle of the lake is Caribbean Cay, a little island to explore with cannons. I stayed at Caribbean Beach and loved it. It was quiet and gorgeous. The resort is located near Epcot and Typhoon Lagoon and has a bus system.

Tip: If you are worried about the walk to Port Royale or being far back at any resort, just request a room closer. We asked nicely and they were happy to move us closer. You can even request this online. It’s not always a guarantee but if your request can be accommodated, it surely will be. When I requested a room close to the food court at All-Star Music, the resort was too full to move us closer.

If you’d like to be guaranteed the building closest to the food court of a Value or Moderate resort, book a Preferred room. Typically these rooms cost about ten more dollars a night than the standard rooms.

Coronado Springs Resort: This Southwestern resort is overlooked by many Disney fans because it’s primarily a convention resort, but it’s a hidden gem that should not be overlooked.  Because of the convention appeal, it is probably the most upscale of the Moderates. It offers more amenities than the other moderates (Including a health center), and teens who don’t want to be surrounded by tons of little kids can really relax here.

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Mayan Ruins at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Pool

The resort is located near Blizzard Beach and has bus transportation to all the parks. The rooms surround a lake, named Lago Dorado. Coronado Springs has a plethora of dining options, with seven dining establishments ranging from full service, quick service, bars, and a lounge. The pool is a giant Mayan temple!

Port Orleans Resort: This resort is split into two major sections. Riverside is inspired by the Louisiana Bayou and the manors of Historic Louisiana. French Quarter is inspired by New Orleans.

Each section is essentially it’s own resort with it’s own check in, pool, bus stops, and dining option. Guests are free to share the amenities at both. Port Orleans is located near Disney Springs, a shopping and entertainment district. A cool perk is you can take a ferry to Disney Springs from Port Orleans. Both resorts have food courts, pool bars, and Riverside has a full service eatery called Boatwright’s and the River Roost Lounge where the infamous Yeehaw Bob performs.

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Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, Riverside

French Quarter is smaller than most moderates and has one bus stop while Riverside has four bus stops. Riverside has special royal rooms with a Princess and the Frog Theme and little touches to the other princesses. I may be 18 but I would be so thrilled to stay in a princess room… no shame. Port Orleans is a very popular Disney resort, and therefore seems to have the least amount of discounts available.

Fort Wilderness Campgrounds– Want to go camping at Disney World? The campground is located near Magic Kingdom and you can choose from a cabin, RV or Tent campsite.

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Tent site at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground

The complex has many fun outdoor activities including horseback riding, archery, and campfire songs with Chip and Dale.  The Hoop-De-Do Dining Revue is a Fort Wilderness classic since 1971. It’s a dinner show with a six person ensemble serving fried chicken and yummy homestyle fixings.

There are many dining options at Fort Wilderness, including a backyard BBQ with Mickey Mouse.A cool perk is you can take a ferry boat to Magic Kingdom. Buses will take to the other parks and Disney Springs.

Below is the average nightly rate for a standard room (Unless stated) at each Moderate resort using the Spring Vacation deal offered when I wrote this article. Many rooms were already booked or not available for the offer compared to the Values. The prices do not include tax. The dates I used were June 6th-11th:

Caribbean Beach Resort King Bed- $167.25
Coronado Springs – $151.50
Port Orleans French Quarter- $207.00
Port Orleans Riverside- $207
The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort- $363.80
The campgrounds at Fort Wilderness Resort Tent or Pop-Up Campsite- $77.60

In my next post I will be covering the incredible Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts!

Olivia

*Photos courtesy of Walt Disney World

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Olivia, 19,is currently pursuing a Hospitality Management degree in Texas. But over the summer you may find her making magic at Walt Disney World! Some of her Disney favorites include Dinosaur, Dole Whips, UP, and the Polynesian Resort. Follow her on Instagram @oliviarosalindreed and Twitter @orreed.
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