Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside is adjacent to Sassagoula River, a Disney-made river flowing by both Disney’s Port Orleans Resort French Quarter and its counterpart. This mid-priced resort has a lot to offer for the price. The inspiration is pure, pastoral Louisiana and the atmosphere ties perfectly into the setting; slow, peaceful, and simple. The Louisiana Bayou is a big part of the backdrop, flanking the riverfront resort. The atmosphere depicts many old traditions, including lively parties, flowers adorning front porches, and historic steamboat excursions. Horse-drawn carriages, riverside strolls, or a walk into the French Quarter—revealing a brilliant Twin Resort design—let you recharge and relax amid swimming pools, a walking and cycling path, and romantic evening cruises. The twin complex is one of the more unique Disney resorts offering abundant value to the nightly rate.
Standard, Preferred, and Riverview rooms are the options at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside. All rooms vary slightly with some decked out with classic trundle beds. All rooms exhibit roughly the same amenity types, including a choice of two double or king beds. Rooms carry on the Louisiana-inspired theme with rich details aligned with the era and setting. Special requests are often honored but must be made well ahead of time because of the large number of guests visiting the resort and Walt Disney World.
Plenty of conveniences—table and chairs, double vanities, televisions, voicemail, and more—fill most needs. Standard views are of the courtyard, hotel, gardens, or bayou while Preferred rooms offer the extra convenience of close proximity to all resort services and facilities. Laundry and dry cleaning needs are covered by resort services and arrangements like theme park tickets can be made via the concierge.
Port Orleans Resort Riverside Pool Image: mrkathika (flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside has six heated pools incorporated into the design. Two parishes, the Alligator Bayou and Magnolia Bend, encompass the pools. There is also a large pool within a recreation complex at Ol’ Man Island, just a short way down the walking path. The complex offers a wealth of things to do including fishing and carriage rides and adjacent to Colonel's Cotton Mill is the place for renting many types of water crafts. These include pedal boats, pontoon boats, and canoes.
The main dining hall is one of the highlights of staying at this Disney World resort. Southern/American fare is served up in a hall featuring a shipyard theme, with wooden boats, vintage tools and more adorning the ceiling and walls. The 210-seat restaurant is located in the Riverside resort area and shared with the French Quarter resort and open for dinner reservations only. Down the way from the restaurant is a food court, serving up roast beef, pizza, fish, and more. The real cotton press powered by a 30-foot waterwheel is the main attraction. A ragtime show featuring both comedy and piano accompaniment sets the standard at the nearby lounge where snacks and drinks are served. Additional dining options for guests of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside are available within the French Quarter.
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