My family and I have recently come home from a magical trip to Walt Disney World! We have stayed at Disney World Port Orleans Riverside Resort many times and it never gets old! There is so much to do!
It is a very quiet and serene resort. It never feels overcrowded and almost always sold out! Disney World Port Orleans Resort is divided into two different resorts – Riverside and French Quarter. Riverside is themed to be a bayou and French Quarter is themed like New Orleans. The great thing is you can use both resort amenities.
The Port Orleans Resorts are within walking distance so it is easy to enjoy both resorts. You can even take the water taxi between hotels and Disney Springs! We did this one afternoon and enjoyed the pools over at French Quarter then indulged in some fresh beignets (they even have gluten free), be sure to try them if you go!
Port Orleans Riverside is divided into two sections of different style rooms. You have Alligator Bayou which is themed as backwoods cottages and most of these rooms can accommodate up to five people. This is where we stayed in a preferred room, so that we would be closer to the main lobby, bus depot and food court. By doing this my husband had a quick walk in the morning to get his coffee before we started our day.
It was also a short distance to the main pool which is called Ol’ Man Island after Tom Sawyer. It is a fun themed pool with a water slide which my boys and even my hubby enjoyed going down. There are also five other large mickey shaped pools located throughout the resort. The other section of rooms are called Magnolia Bend which features Royal Guestrooms. These rooms only accommodate four, but they are themed beautifully with a headboard that lights up and antique furniture.
Dining at Disney World Port Orleans Riverside
At Port Orleans Riverside there are many dining options from the food court, River Roost bar and Boatwright’s Dining Hall. We had the Disney dining plan and we took advantage of eating in the food court and at Boatwright’s Dining Hall. The food court has lots of options, so everyone is able to pick what they want. It was also nice to come back late from the parks and grab something to eat.
Boatwright’s Dining Hall is casual dining with sit down service. Reservations are recommended because they are known to be booked! The food here is amazing! I can not say enough good things about all of the food. My boys loved all of it and the desserts were divine.
My family and I loved Disney World Port Orleans Riverside and when we go back we will most likely stay there again. Disney World Port Orleans Riverside is considered a moderate resort but I enjoy it more than some of the top resorts! The whole staff was so friendly and made us feel magical in every way.
Disclosure: Please be assured that this whole post review is my opinion and I did NOT get compensated in any form. My family paid for the vacation, dining and entertainment from our own expenses. So everything is my honest review of Disney World Port Orleans Riverside Resort.
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