Why Upgrade from a Moderate Resort to a Deluxe Resort at Walt Disney World

Why Upgrade from a Moderate Resort to a Deluxe Resort at Walt Disney World

Resorts Accommodations Amenities Location

Moderate Resort VS Deluxe Resort

Walt Disney World Moderate Resorts also offer a themed room, as well as slides at the pools, table-service restaurants, and immersive environments. There are five different Moderate Resorts to choose from: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter, and The Cabins at Fort Wilderness.


Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts not only provide immersive rooms, fantastic pools, multiple table-service restaurants, and incredible environments, but they also give guests luxurious amenities and convenience to the theme parks. There are nine different Deluxe Resorts to choose from: Disney’s Wilderness LodgeDisney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Contemporary ResortDisney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club ResortDisney’s BoardWalk InnDisney’s Old Key West ResortDisney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, and Disney’s Aimal Kingdom Lodge.


The accommodations from Moderate to Deluxe resorts can be a minimal change or can be drastically upgraded depending on how much you are spending. Moderate Resorts are all standard hotel rooms with the exception of the cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. To contrast, Deluxe resorts have options for room size. Some Deluxe resort rooms are typical hotel rooms that are larger than the moderate resorts, but not dramatically different. Other Deluxe resort rooms are massive with multiple bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, laundry in the room, and a kitchen. Check out our resort pages for more information on specific resort room sizes and furnishings.

The deluxe resorts tend to have even more theming than the moderate resorts. At the deluxe resorts, guests are fully immersed into the theme of the resort. While the moderate resorts, especially the themed rooms, are elaborately themed; the deluxe resorts take this to the next level. Everything is themed from the pools, to the bathrooms, to the special resort events and that is an extra magical touch that is only available at the deluxe resorts.


The amenities at a Deluxe resort are vastly superior to those at the Moderate resorts. The pools all have slides at both types of resorts, but the deluxe resort pools also have splash areas for kids to enjoy. Some Deluxe resorts, like Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club Resorts, have pools that are so elaborate they are more like a mini-water park than a pool!

In addition to the pools, there is more resort entertainment at the Deluxe resorts. Some Deluxe resorts have character interactions periodically, and all of them have movie nights, bonfires, and other entertainment offerings. Compared to the entertainment offerings at the Moderate resorts, the Deluxe resorts have much more to do. This is a huge benefit in considering a Deluxe resort, if you are planning a non-park day while in Walt Disney World.

There are also differences in dining options that are available at the deluxe and Moderate resorts, Like the Moderate resorts, the Deluxe resorts have a table service and a quick service dining option. The Deluxe resorts do not have a food court style dining option, but many Deluxe resorts do typically have a signature restaurant that is more expensive and deluxe in nature.

One final amenity that is upgraded when guests upgrade from Moderate to a Deluxe resort, is the availability of onsite gyms and spas.  If guests are interested in exercising when on vacation, most resorts at Disney have access to running trails, but the Deluxe resorts also tend to provide access to gyms with weight training equipment. Some of the Deluxe resorts also have spas on-site. These spas are available for the use of any Disney Guest, but it is a nice benefit to be staying at the resort where the spa is located.

Location and Transportation

If any one factor were to influence the decision to stay at a Moderate or Deluxe resort, location probably has the greatest impact. Deluxe resorts tend to be very close to the parks, and thus they have different modes of transportation available. At a Deluxe resort instead of having to solely rely on Disney’s internal bus system, guests can potentially utilize monorails, boats, or even their own two feet to get from the resort to a park all depending on which deluxe resort Guests choose. The only Deluxe resort that does not offer a form of transportation that is not a bus to a park is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

The Magic Kingdom Resorts with the exception of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge all offer monorail and boat transportation in addition to the ability to walk to the Magic Kingdom. The Epcot resorts all offer the ability to walk or boat to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. The resorts in the Disney Springs area offer the ability to boat or walk to Disney Springs.

The location of Deluxe resorts is a great benefit because of the enormous overall size of the Walt Disney World resort. Staying in a resort that is close to the parks can save precious vacation time that may have been spent traveling from one destination to the other.

Making a decision of which type of resort to stay in may seem difficult, but staying at a Disney resort is always a a magical experience! No matter whether you stay at a Moderate resort or a Deluxe option, the Disney difference is certainly prevalent.