More advice please which place to stay?
Walt Disney World:
Coronado or French Quarter?
From Leanne D
Posted July 7, 2011 at 6:39 PM
Which is the better resort to stay at? The Port Orleans French Quarter or the Coronado Springs? I have two children ages 10 and 8.
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Port Orleans is a bit closer to the action and fun. Corinado, in my opinion, is the nicer hotel.
Either are nice however so I would give it to the French Quarter just because of the distance
Conardo has a great pool with fun slide and the resort isn't as big as port orleans so having to drag your kids around the resort missing time with mickey will make your kids upset and mad.
I know Port Orleans Riverside is large but I believe French Quarter is the smallest of the moderates. One of the complaints I hear about Coronado is the sprawling layout. Also, keep in mind that Coranado is a business/convention hotel so there may be a lot of business people there during your stay.
I've stayed at Coronado a few times, and absolutely loved it. The digsite/pool area is one of the best-themed I've seen. It's centrally located to every park, has dedicated busses, newly-reburbished rooms, great food...I could go on! I have never encountered the convention people, even when conferences were actively going on at the resort, because the conventioners are at the other end of the resort, and are busy all day- not doing what the vacationers are doing. I often read people complaining it's too spread out- I don't get it. Yes, you do have to walk a bit between places at the resort, but it's not far at all- unless you have some kind of mobility issue, this shouldn't be a problem. It also never seems as crowded as other resorts. (Maybe it's because people believe all those negatives...perhaps I should stop trying to refute them, lest it get more popular!)
From Mary Rude
Posted July 8, 2011 at 11:58 AM
I've stayed at both, and while Port Orleans is absolutely lovely, I would vote for Coronado. I think the layout of the grounds is more comfortable and convenient, and the food options are much, much better.
My family and I absolutely love Coronado Springs. The pool area is fantastic, the Pepper Market has better choices than most other food courts, and the rest of the main building and hotel is beautifully themed. It also has a fitness area, which is a nice plus if you're interested.
We stayed at Port Orleans once and liked it fine, but not nearly as much as Coronado Springs.
I have stayed at both and for kids the best choice is Port Orleans(riverside). Coronado is close to AK which is out in the middle of nowhere and I would not consider it centrally located. In addition, there is the Sassagoula boat ride which takes you to Downtown Disney. This is one of my favorite moderate resorts!
I have only stayed at the two Port Orleans resorts so I can't say much about Coronado, but French Quarter is a very compact resort so if you're traveling with kids, having a shorter walk to the bus before a long day in the parks, and a short walk back to the room when everyone is tired could be a welcome feature.
My vote goes to Coronado Springs. I have stayed at both Port Orleans sites (French Quarter and Riverside) and while they were nice (it's Disney after all), I did not enjoy them nearly as much as Coronado Springs. Like others have already said, and I agree, it is more beautifully themed, the pool/dig site is VERY cool, and the food is great.
My family just spent a week at the Coronado Springs resort in May, and absolutely loved it! The site is a bit 'sprawling' but with the main pool, extra 'quiet' pools closer to the accommodations, and the peace and tranquillity of the setting, I'd say it's definitely "The" moderate resort to stay at!
From Crystal A
Posted July 15, 2011 at 12:54 PM
We have stayed at both Port Orleans Riverside and Coronado Springs with our kids ages 10, 9 and 3. Most recently we stayed at POR this past April for Spring Break. We all prefer POR to CS. Coronado is wonderful but POR's pool was awesome and the rooms can accommodate our group of 5 using the pullout/trundle bed. I loved POR's food court. However, I was glad that I did not book a reservation at the table service restaurant 'Boatwrights" at the resort.The appearance of the dining room was definitely underwhelming.
I have stayed at both of the Port Orleans resorts. Riverside is huge and you need to be ready to walk a lot. Food court is great. Setting is very rustic with a lot of bugs and other animals. Boat ride to Downtown Disney is great. You can take the boat from Riverside to French Quarter. I enjoyed Riverside, but others did not like the bugs & walking. The French Quarter is much smaller, more like a hotel. There is much less walking to get anywhere. The pool is exceptional, with a nice waterslide for the younger ones. The bus to and from the parks stops at the French Quarter first, before picking up the Riverside passengers at the numerous Riverside stops.
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