Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside is relatively large, it is our favorite moderate resort and reminiscent of our family’s Louisiana heritage. It is located in the Disney Springs resort area of Walt Disney World Resort.
There are so many extras with POR; you will definitely get more bang for your buck.
Its sister resort Port Orleans French Quarter is located alongside the Sassagoula River themed after Mardi Gras with extra shopping, dining and nightly entertainment just a stone’s throw away.
The Sassagoula River takes you and your family to Disney Springs via water taxi from the Riverside or French Quarter section of Port Orleans.
The feature swimming pool is nicknamed the “Swimmin’ Hole” and it’s located within “Ol’ Man Island” Swimming Complex along with the “Fishin’ Hole” and a Jacuzzi. Reciprocal use of Doubloon Lagoon pool and jacuzzi at Port Orleans French Quarter is also a plus.
They have 5 leisure pools to enjoy throughout the property.
The Medicine Arcade located at Port Orleans Riverside is filled with lots of fun games and the “piece de resistance” three magnificent massage chairs to help rest your worn-out body. Down the winding path at Port Orleans French Quarter, you can play at the South Quarter Arcade if you wish.
Campfire on de’ Bayou offers marshmallow skewers at Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter Resort. Fill your belly with yumminess and enjoy a nice bonding experience with fellow Port Orleans patrons. Grab a Hershey bar from the gift shop and make a S’more out of your skewer. Yummy!
Movie under the Stars is always a neat experience. There is nothing like watching a Disney movie with your family on the grounds of a Disney property, it’s truly magical.
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides are few and far between, even for Disney. Fort Wilderness Campground and Port Orleans Resorts are the only Disney Resorts that share this unique experience.
If you’re a water lover like my family, then you’ll be pleased:
• Pirate Adventure Cruises– Ages 4-12 can take a 2 hour pirate adventure cruise to find a hidden treasure. Call for Reservations (407) 939-7529.
• Guided Fishing Excursions– All year long you can experience fishing with this fantastic catch and release program. Call for Reservations 407-WDW-BASS (939-2277)
• Fishin’ Hole– Dockside fishing with a catch-and-release program.
They have two playgrounds for your little ones to shake off excess energy. One is located at Port Orleans Riverside and another at Port Orleans French Quarter.
Paved one mile jogging trail located along the Sassagoula River.
Adult and children bike rentals are available at this resort; along with 2 or 4 person Surrey bikes. What an exciting way to take in all the “Louisiana” charm and get your exercise on.
* Yehaa Bob– The one the only Bob Jackson is located at River Roost Lounge on select nights at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort. He gives his audience a unique interactive piano and singing extravaganza. A must-see for the entire family….. (Tips appreciated)
Dining aplenty at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside:
Boatwrights Dining Hall– Table Service
Muddy Rivers– Poolside Bar
River Roost– Lounge
Riverside Mill Food Court– Counter Service
Port Orleans French Quarter Dining Section:
Mardi Grogs– Poolside Bar
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory– Counter Service
Scat Cat’s Club– Lounge
My family’s suggestions ~ take em’or leave em’!
*My daughter likes the French Quarter section best, even though she’s only stayed in the Riverside section, hmmmm- O.K.
*My mom and dad said they would like a few benches or rocking chairs outside the rooms of the Alligator Bayou Section. (They have them at main lobby and around the walking path, but they want what they want, lol.)
*My son likes the Magnolia Bend section of Port Orleans the best, even though he has never stayed in that area of the resort, hmmmm- O.K. (I sense a pattern)
*My hubby is prideful about Louisiana and feels it’s reflected well at this resort.
*I’ve personally experienced Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter Resort on a few occasions with friends and family. I enjoyed equally the Royal room (Magnolia Bend section, building 90, 95), Alligator Bayou room and French Quarter river view room. I prefer POR over FQ because of the larger size and amenities. Some peeps might prefer the smaller size; as it’s easier to get around and less crowded.
Its location on Disney property just feels right to me. I feel like it is perfectly center within the Walt Disney World Resort property.
You really can’t go wrong with this moderately priced “Louisiana” themed Disney Resort. It has everything you could ever want or need with pixie dust to boot. My family feels snug as a bug in a rug when we stay here.