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    Default What is the nicest, newest moderate?

    We have staved at Value & Deluxe Resorts, but never a moderate. What is the nicest and newest moderate? Which has the best dining options?
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    Coronado Springs is the newest. I personally like Port Orleans Riverside.
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    None of the moderates are very new, but several have been rehabbed over the years NNY favorite is Coronado springs. I also like Caribbean beach resort as well too
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    Port Orleans Riverside....Alligator Bayou section will clearly be the nicest resort..(area) the mansions are nice also but....once you stay in A.B.....you wont want to stay anywhere else.

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    We have stayed at all of them. While CBR has been our favorite for theming, I would say CSR is probably the "nicest". I always see Riverside mentioned as a crowd favorite, but it's been our least favorite of the moderates. We have enjoyed all moderates except Riverside.
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    Coronado Springs is the newest and the nicest, IMHO. The rooms and resort amenities feel more upcale (biggest hot tub on property, fitness center, etc). The Maya Grill is the best moderate restaurant and the Pepper Market has a good variety of food. Love the gardens and courtyards!
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    I think they are all nice and it really comes down to which resort has the feel that you like better as well as the layout and size.

    Dining wise- Port Orleans French Quarter does not have a sit down option.
    I think best counter service is between Port Orleans Riverside and Coronado Springs. I personally prefer POR but CSR has lots of fans.

    In the last few years most of the moderates have had rehabs. POR was refurbished with the last year. POFQ a year or so before that and then CSR. I have heard that CBR is being rehabbed now but I haven't seen an official confirmation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptSmee View Post
    None of the moderates are very new, but several have been rehabbed over the years NNY favorite is Coronado springs. I also like Caribbean beach resort as well too
    I meant "aren't" very new...
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    Another vote for CSR.
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    I have stayed at all of them except POR. I would have to say POFQ is my favorite bc of size. Another vote for CBR for theming and quiet. My least of ALL WDW resorts is CSR.
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    I have stayed in all of them a few times and I think it is a matter of taste.

    CBR - love the Caribbean feel. Its quite large but walking is what we do in WDW

    CSR - most upscale of the 4. Huge which is an issue for some but never bothered me. Nice theme and some deluxe features that the other mods do not have

    POR - I like the mansions but not a fan of AB. That section is too rustic and woodsy for my taste. I remember reading a post were a child riding the DTD boat thru AB past mansions said 'is this where the rich people stay?' Funny but I got the sentiment.

    POFQ - I'll be there in 11 day. I love the small intimate size and the New Orleans feel. No sit down restaurant but I don't typically eat at the resorts much anyway. Plus POR is a sister resort so you can share the amenities of both and the walk between the two is lovely.

    Have fun deciding and enjoy your trip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha Jeanie View Post
    We have staved at Value & Deluxe Resorts, but never a moderate. What is the nicest and newest moderate? Which has the best dining options?
    I think port orleans riverside was the last one to get a refurb (2012). We love it there! The mansions section is beautiful, the pool is great and the main eating area has something for everyone. We love buildings 80 or 85. That's my vote!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginny57 View Post
    I have stayed in all of them a few times and I think it is a matter of taste.

    POR - I like the mansions but not a fan of AB. That section is too rustic and woodsy for my taste. I remember reading a post were a child riding the DTD boat thru AB past mansions said 'is this where the rich people stay?' Funny but I got the sentiment.

    Have fun deciding and enjoy your trip!
    Absolutely true that it is a matter of taste. See, I would choose the comfortable, shaded 'rustic and woodsy' alligator bayou over the fancy mansions any day.

    Just know yourself and what you like - Disney has something for everyone.
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    This is what I have for resort timeline.....I have only stayed at Caribbean Beach, so I'm not much help on how nice it is vs. the other mods...

    WDW Resort Timeline

    1971
    Contemporary
    Polynesian
    Fort Wilderness Campground

    1988
    Grand Floridian
    Caribbean Beach

    1990
    Yacht Club
    Beach Club
    Swan - not Disney owned
    Dolphin - not Disney owned

    1991
    Port Orleans French Quarter (Dixie Landings)
    Old Key West (DVC)

    1992
    Port Orleans Riverside

    1994
    All Star Sports
    Wilderness Lodge

    1995
    All Star Music

    1996
    Boardwalk Inn and Villas (DVC)
    Disney Institute (now defunct Shades of Green??)

    1997
    Coronado Springs

    1999
    All Star Movies

    2000
    Villas at Wilderness Lodge (DVC)

    2001
    Animal Kingdom Lodge

    2002
    Beach Club Villas (DVC)

    2003
    Pop Century

    2004
    Saratoga Springs (DVC)

    2007
    Animal Kingdom Villas (DVC)

    2009
    Bay Lake Tower (DVC)
    Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs (DVC)

    2012
    Art of Animation

    2013
    Grand Floridian Villas (DVC)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PopPhan View Post
    This is what I have for resort timeline.....I have only stayed at Caribbean Beach, so I'm not much help on how nice it is vs. the other mods..


    Disney Institute (now defunct Shades of Green??)
    Not 100% sure, but wasn't Disney Institute where Saratoga Springs is now. I think the old tree houses were the "Tree Houses at the Disney Institute".

    Shades of Green was originally the Disney Inn??? That might be wrong too. LOL.
    Denise

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzznwoodysmom View Post
    Not 100% sure, but wasn't Disney Institute where Saratoga Springs is now. I think the old tree houses were the "Tree Houses at the Disney Institute".

    Shades of Green was originally the Disney Inn??? That might be wrong too. LOL.
    That's why I put the ??? behind it. It was long before my (Disney) time...LOL If I find out for sure, I can update/correct my document.

    Still have to add Poly Villas when they are officially announced with an opening date....
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    Quote Originally Posted by PopPhan View Post
    That's why I put the ??? behind it. It was long before my (Disney) time...LOL If I find out for sure, I can update/correct my document.

    Still have to add Poly Villas when they are officially announced with an opening date....
    Yeah. It was before my Disney time too, which is why I am not 100% sure.
    Denise

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    Coronado Springs is my favorite! We have stayed at several and it wins hands down. Pepper Market is great, so is Maya Grill.
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    I have stayed in all Moderates but for CSR. Of those, POFQ is my favorite, and
    CBR is my least favorite ( no elevators)
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    Quote Originally Posted by buzznwoodysmom View Post
    Not 100% sure, but wasn't Disney Institute where Saratoga Springs is now. I think the old tree houses were the "Tree Houses at the Disney Institute".

    Shades of Green was originally the Disney Inn??? That might be wrong too. LOL.
    Yes, the Disney Institute became part of what is now Saratoga Springs.

    The treehouses were actually around close to when WDW opened. Maybe not as far back as 1971, but very close. They were not very well known.

    Shades of Green was originally called the Golf Resort. It was part of WDW when it opened, but again not very well known. It then became The Disney Inn then Shades of Green.

    Sorry, off topic.

    POR is my favorite moderate resort. Love the theme and landscaping.
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