Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On May 4, 2010
    Tara from ON Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is it worth the difference in price to stay at a moderate resort instead of a value resort?

    Hi Tara, let me break down some of the major differences between Value and Moderate resorts for you:
    Rooms - you will have slightly more room in a Moderate. Small fridges are included in your room as are coffee makers. While the beds are the same size, in my opinion the mattress quality is much better in a Moderate.
    - Moderate resorts have a water slide, hot tub, and towels provided at the main pool, where the Value resorts do not. Both Moderate and Value have additional quiet pools located in other areas.
    Dining - Value resorts offer a food court (which can be quite chaotic during peak times) where the Moderates offer table service in addition to a food court. Limited room service is available in Moderates but is not in Values, aside from pizza delivery.
    Bus Stops - if you are using Disney transportation, Moderate resorts offer covered bus stops.
    Overall Crowds - because the Value resorts offer more floors of rooms and only a food court for all, it tends to feel much more crowded during peak times. Moderate resorts seem to have a much more laid back, relaxing feel to them because they are all spread out over more area.
    Activitites - most Moderate resorts offer activities such as water sports and other recreation. In the case of Port Orleans; a boat which takes you to Downtown Disney.
    I think those little things make a big difference if you are looking for more relaxation and comfort on your vacation. As far as recommendations, my personal favorite among Moderates is Port Orleans French Quarter. I just love the theme & pool area, it's all wonderful. Port Orleans Riverside comes in a close second with its similar feel.
    I hope this helps, if you have any questions about specific resorts, come back and we'll be happy to answer! ~Suzannah
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Meet the Panelist: Suzannah, Florida

I'm Suzannah, a former cast member, former travel agent & lifelong Disney fan! Now a mom of 3, I'm ready to help you plan your Walt Disney World Vacation. As a Florida resident I'm always visiting the Parks & Resorts to see new things! Learn More About Suzannah

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