Personal Favorites: The Moderate Resorts
By Dave Shute
THE PERSONAL FAVORITES SERIES
This post is one in a series about personal favorites. See lower on the page for more about this series.
FAVORITE MODERATE RESORT: PORT ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER
This site’s ranking of the moderate resorts at Walt Disney World for first time visitors puts Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort first, the Cabins at Fort Wilderness last, and Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort next to last.
WHY PORT ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER IS MY FAVORITE MODERATE
First, Port Orleans French Quarter is the most compact of the moderate resorts.
Port Orleans French Quarter has half as many rooms as the other traditional moderates.
Moreover, there’s much less distance between its lodging buildings and its pool, bus stop, and central service and dining area.
See the image, which compares the footprint of Port Orleans French Quarter with that of its more typical sister resort, Port Orleans Riverside.
Second, I find Port Orleans French Quarter to be the loveliest of the moderates.
Port Orleans is themed to represent New Orleans.
A key part of this is a number of gardens and wrought iron fence-enclosed landscaped spaces.
I find the overall effect lovely compared to the theming of the other moderates.
Finally, while Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is inconvenient for first-time visitors, it’s very convenient for me.
I always rent a car, so the issues with the bus system and distance from some of the theme parks don’t matter much to me.
Moreover, if I’m not going to Disney World, I’m going north, and Port Orleans French Quarter is one of the more convenient resorts for going north.
Port Orleans French Quarter is well located for all of these.
NEAR FAVORITES AMONG THE MODERATE RESORTS
I like something about each of the other moderates–the kid-friendliness of Caribbean Beach, the extra services and fun counter-service dining of Coronado Springs, and the architecture of some parts of Port Orleans Riverside.
But my favorite moderate after Port Orleans French Quarter is The Cabins at Fort Wilderness.
First the cabins are set individually within the pines and waterways of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.
Second, they include a full kitchen and two sleeping spaces.
Third, while reasonably priced given their capacity of six people, extra sleeping space, and kitchen, for families of four and smaller, they are much more expensive than the rest of the moderates.
However, I love the peaceful settings, the extra space and kitchen, and Fort Wilderness itself!
MORE ON THE PERSONAL FAVORITES SERIES
It is based not on personal favorites or my own taste, but rather on a combination of facts, analysis, inference and judgment about what would be best for such a family.
My personal favorites can be quite different from my advice for these families–particularly because I’m older and hence traveling with twenty-year-olds, not little kids; have been to Disney World more than thirty times; and know I’ll be coming back!
I thought at least some might be interested to hear about some favorites…if for no other reason than so that they can argue, using the comment form below!
MORE ON WHERE TO STAY AT DISNEY WORLD
- For where to stay, see this
- For what you get in each resort price category, see this
- For a (geeky) overview of comparative room size, see this
- Large families should look at this, and also at
- Military/DOD families should look at this
- Tightwads should look at this
- Families seeking the most comfortable place to stay should see this