Port Orleans Riverside
Type of Resort: Moderate
Theme: Rural Louisiana
Location: Disney Springs Area
Transportation Options: Take a water taxi to Disney Springs and buses to the parks.
Unique Amenities: Both Port Orleans properties (Riverside and French Quarter) share amenities, so you get a lot of different experiences staying here! There are several pools, including Ol’ Man Island (which is a 3.5 acre space that’s part pool, part fishing hole, with a 95-foot waterslide, kiddie pool, whirlpool spa, and poolside bar), Doubloon Lagoon (part of POFQ, this pool has a 51-foot sea serpent slide, kids’ water play area, whirlpool spa, and poolside bar) and five other leisure pools. Possibly the most unique experience here is the 25-minute horse drawn carriage ride ($55/ride for up to 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children). There is also fine art photography available, if you want to commemorate your trip with a family portrait session! They also have the standard Disney amenities like merchandise pickup and delivery, laundry services, mail, ATM and bank services, airline check-in, concierge services, Magical Express, online check-in, and complimentary wi-fi. This is also one of the pet friendly resorts on property!
Dining: The Riverside Mill Food Court (traditional breakfast foods and Louisiana inspired burgers, fried seafood, pizza, and hot dogs) is quick service, while you can opt for a table service dinner at Boatwright’s Dining Hall and enjoy lots of Louisiana favorites like shrimp and grits. There is also a pool bar and a lounge (that serves food) for adults to enjoy a cocktail. You can also head over to the French Quarter side for more NOLA inspired eats!
Shopping: Fulton’s General Store serves as the shopping hub for POR, with souvenirs, sundries, and more. This is also where you’ll pick up resort mugs, if you’re on the dining plan!
Activities: Bike and surrey bike rentals, fishing, two playgrounds, two arcades (Medicine Show Arcade at POR and South Quarter Games at POFQ), Movies Under the Stars, campfire activities, jogging trails, and swimming.
About Our Stay
Time of Year: May 2017
Length of Stay: one night
Room Type: Royal Room
Travel Party Size: 4 people (2 adults, 2 kids), 1 household
Our Experience: I hadn’t stayed here since it was Dixie Landings when I was a kid! This resort is so gorgeous. Being from New Orleans, we obviously felt very at home at Port Orleans. My husband joked that it’s what home would be like if they had better infrastructure and less violence. Nevertheless, it was fun to be back at a resort I’d experienced as a kid and see what Disney had done! We loved our Royal Room theming. Ruby loves Tiana with a special fondness, along with all of the Disney princesses, so this was the perfect place for her. She was blown away by the LED fireworks displays on the headboards and must have pushed the button a thousand times. We only stayed for one night, as we arrived ahead of the rest of our party. While we loved the theming, we felt short on space with our double stroller and luggage loaded into the room. If this had been a longer stay, I think we would have ended up frustrated or loading half of our stuff back in the car. If our kids were older, with less stuff, I don’t think space would have been much of an issue though! The room was a little bit noisy, but not annoyingly so. We could hear our neighbor’s toilet flush and occasionally hear noise outside. The bus stops were a bit of a walk, but we were pleased with how centrally located the main building was.
Favorite Parts: The room theming and headboards
Least Favorite Part: Feeling cramped
Would We Stay Again?: When we can travel lighter, we would definitely stay again. Ruby still talks about this room!