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Help me pick a moderate

Okay, so a little background. As a child, I stayed in the Contemporary a few times. I loved it then for the convenience; now as an adult I do not love the prices of deluxe resorts. So we have stuck to the values. I have stayed at AoA, ASM and Pop (4x). This year we already stayed at Pop, so for fall, I am looking into a moderate if a deal comes out. So I need help! Where would you stay if you had the choice?

It is just me, my husband and my 10 year old. A nice pool area would be nice, but as we are going in November, I am not sure how important that will be. We also do not spend that much time in the room, and A LOT of time in the parks, so ease of transportation is very important. Thanks! mickey

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I have been contemplating Port Orleans Riverside, I have heard a lot of really good things, a few negatives, but not many. The grounds look really pretty and there are a few different types of rooms to choose from. I also just heard that they have Gluten Free Beignets at French Quarter which is walking distance.

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well for me I love POR and POFQ I think it is the best moderate as I stayed several times (my favorite being POFQ) .

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I'd pick Port Orleans Riverside, my second choice would be Coronado Springs.

Both have fun pool areas and good restaurants. POFQ has the added benefit of the boat to Disney Springs, and some scrumptiously fine beignets.

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My pick is POR, also! Love the boat to Disney Springs. Plenty of bus stops and pools at this resort and the food court is good too!

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I love Port Orleans - both Riverside and French Quarter muchlove

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Kristen K. wrote:
I'd pick Port Orleans Riverside, my second choice would be Coronado Springs.

Both have fun pool areas and good restaurants. POFQ has the added benefit of the boat to Disney Springs, and some scrumptiously fine beignets.

This exactly. I would have gone with POFQ as my first choice but they generally aren't included in the discount offers.

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Definitely would go for Port Orleans Riverside. The main pool was just refurbished and there is the bonus boat to Disney Springs. They also have the specially themed Royal Guest Rooms if that is something of interest to your child.

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I've only been once but I loved Caribbean Beach, in the evening a walk along the water edge to get a drink, the hammocks on the beach, and the colour scheme was great, but like I say I have only been once.

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I vote for POR also. I have stayed in both Riverside and French Quarter and I loved FQ. Since you have a 10 year old Riverside would be better suited as there is more to do.

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LOL I'm always the Riverside naysayer. We REALLY didn't like it. The grounds were too big and confusing. Plus Alligator Bayou was incredibly buggy and I went home with many big bites. The restaurant there was very good but I was unimpressed with the pool. We waited foooorreeeever for the buses to go to a park and even longer to get back.
My vote if you're going to pick a Port Orleans one is to go with the French Quarter. It's small and cozy with the same themed feel as Riverside. Plus you can walk over to Riverside if you want to check it out. We're staying there this time on my DH's request and I'm OK with it.

However, I'm with Brinbunny. I LOVE Caribbean Beach. The rooms have been recently renovated and it feels like you're on a little Caribbean vacation while on a Disney vacation. The colors are beautiful, the lake is pretty, the benches and hammocks are awesome. I love the music that plays and the pool is pretty cool for kids.

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You can't really go wrong with POR, POFQ or the Caribbean resorts for theming and location. If I was the one staying, I would go with POR due to the grounds, food court and general feel. In my opinion, Coronado Springs is just too far away. We found the bus service better at POR than the Caribbean, and the rides to Epcot and MK faster. We also found the food court at POR had better choice and more freshly made/baked items. Good luck with the choice.

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My vote is with Port Orleans - either one. French Quarter is my favorite between the two.

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Thanks, everyone! I am leaning towards Port Orleans or CBR. I really like POFQ, but I see that it is excluded most times from any type of discounts, so I am open to POR too. I do not think my daughter would like Coronado Springs though it looks beautiful!

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For the simple fact that POR/POFQ allows you to bypass the continuing road construction around Disney Springs, to me it is the "no brainer" choice for moderates right now.

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I just booked POR and room requested a room at Alligator Bayou by phone. I think I am only going a couple of weeks before you so I won't have much time to tell you how it was!

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Last July I stayed in POFQ and I really liked it. I would suggest staying here.

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