Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside

One of two hotels at Port Orleans Resort, this is one of the better value Moderate resorts

Location

Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside is located in the Disney Springs area of Walt Disney World, meaning that the shopping and dining area is closer to the hotel than the parks are, as is Typhoon Lagoon. Epcot is the closest park, and isn’t too far away.

Theme

Originally called Dixie Landings, this resort has an Old South theming to it. The rooms find their homes in two styles of building; Magnolia Bend features 2 and 3 storey mansions, whereas Aligator Bayeux has a more rustic feel.

Rooms

Riverside is twice the size of its sister hotel at the French Quarter, with 2048 rooms with two different feels:

  • Those located in the Magnolia Bend section are within 2 and 3 storey ‘mansions’.
  • Those in the Alligator Bayou section are in 2 story Cajun style buildings with a rustic feel (note there are very few lifts in this section).
  • The rooms have either 2 queen sized beds or one king size.
  • They have two sinks, separated from the main room with a curtain. The bath/shower and toilet are in a separate room.
  • Those in the Alligator Bayou section also have a pull-out trundle bed making these the only standard rooms on property that will sleep 5. The trundle bed is narrow and only designed to sleep a child up to aged 9, or 5-foot tall.
  • Note the UK Walt Disney World site does not allow you to book for 5 in Port Orleans Riverside, however, it is definitely possible (assuming the 5th person is under 9). The USA site does allow this, but you won’t get the best value for money booking it through this site. Your best bet is to phone the Walt Disney Travel Company directly and explain what you’d like – going armed with the information that you know this is a possible solution.

Options

As with all moderate resorts, you do not have a balcony so tend to only see the view when you’re coming and going. Bear this in mind when you decide whether it is worth upgrading from a standard view room. Your choices are:

  • Standard view – views of the parking lot
  • Garden view – views of the resort grounds
  • Pool view – view of the Courtyard pool
  • River view – view of the river

In addition to the view choices, which all apply to standard rooms, the following upgrades are also available:

  • King room – a king size bed instead of two queens; these rooms can have any of the views above.
  • Preferred rooms – this refers to the location; the rooms can have any of the views above, but are located close to Riverside Mill and central bus stop
  • Royal rooms – with decor fit for a princess, these rooms can have any of the views above, but have strong theming based on the Disney Princesses, complete with their portraits.

Dining

Counter Service and Snacks

Riverside Mill – food court with a variety of food options including pasta, pizza and salads

River Roost Lounge

Muddy Rivers poolbar

 

Table Service Restaurants

Boatright’s – themed around wooden boat building

Recreation

  • Ol’ Man Island is the main pool area, containing a large pool, kiddie pool, a wading pool, waterslide and hot tub.
  • There’s also a geyser with shooting water
  • There a 5 smaller ‘quiet pools’ located around the hotel
  • Children’s playground
  • Horse and carriage ride
  • Bike and surrey bike rental
  • Boat and paddle boat rentals
  • Guided fishing trips
  • Butterfly Garden

Transport

There are 4 bus stops around the resort, taking you to every park, but it also shares a bus run with the French Quarter outside of peak hours.

There’s also a boat departing every 20 minutes that will take you to Disney Springs. It’s no quicker than the bus but it is a lovely trip and worth doing if you’re staying at the resort.