We are planning a trip and have kids ages 4 and 9. We are looking at the Coronado Springs or Port Orleans Resorts. Which has the best transportation options to get to the attractions?
Hi Verna! This is a great question! So often we look at the resort that has the themeing or dining that we like the best, but overlook things like getting to the parks. I’m so glad you asked! I know you only mentioned Coronado Springs and Port Orleans, but I’m going to go ahead and throw Caribbean Beach in the mix just for our other readers.
There are a few factors that come in to play here, but my personal opinion is that Port Orleans, specifically Port Orleans French Quarter, has the best transportation of the moderate resorts.
Port Orleans French Quarter is a favorite resort for my family. The size of the resort makes it easy to get around the resort internally, and with only a single bus stop serving the resort it makes getting to and from the Disney Theme Parks relatively quick and painless. While there are times that the bus is shared with Riverside we found these to be during the slower times of the day, and rarely an issue. When they do share a bus the pick-up at French Quarter is typically first, and while it does add time to your commute you will almost always have a seat on the bus. With a toddler I find that a huge selling point for me. Additionally, you can take a boat to Downtown Disney rather than the bus which is a nice and relaxing change of pace. My three-year old considers the boat ride an attraction itself.
Port Orleans Riverside features the same transportation options as French Quarter, but has four internal bus stops before departing the property for the theme parks. It can take about 10 minutes just to get off the resort property which increases the time it takes to get to any of the parks. Riverside also features the boat to Downtown Disney. Riverside does also offer the option of upgrading to Royal Guest Rooms, which can definitely be fun for children.
One nice thing about the Port Orleans Resorts is that they share amenities. This means that you can take advantage of the pools, playgrounds and food courts at both locations, and the restaurant at Riverside, regardless of which resort you are visiting.
Coronado Springs is one of Disney’s convention resorts and is often home to business conventions and tends to have fewer families staying there. It is also much larger than Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside. The resort is build around a 15-acre lake, with 4 bus stops situated around the lake for park pick-ups. The lake also makes internal transportation to and from the dining area take a bit longer. While it is a lovely resort I would hesitate to recommend it to a younger family.
Caribbean Beach, while not a convention resort, is also situated around a large lake, and is in fact so large that they have an internal shuttle that runs just to take guests around the resort. I would recommend this resort over Coronado Springs, as the dining and pools are simply perfect for children, and the Pirate themed rooms available are very cool.
Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach feature only bus transportation to all other guest areas.
It is important to note that none of the Disney Resorts feature transportation to other Disney Resorts, save those that they share bus service with. So, when making dining reservations this is definitely something to keep in mind!
I hope this answers your question! If you should have any further questions just let me know!
Have a wonderful trip!