Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside is located in the Downtown Disney Area of Walt Disney World, meaning that the shopping and dining area is closer to the hotel than the parks are. Epcot is the closest park, and isn’t too far away.
- Originally called just Port Orleans, its is now twinned with its sister resort, Port Orleans Riverside, and is located just next door, connected by the Sassagoula River.
- It has a New Orleans/Mardi Gras theme – think the Princess and the Frog
- Great for kids, this resort is also often recommended for couples with some romantic spots located around the resort.
- Located in the Downtown Disney area of Walt Disney World Resort.
- This is one of the smaller resorts with only 1000 rooms
- The rooms have either two double beds or one king size
- The rooms have two sinks, separated from the main room with a curtain. The bath/shower and toilet are in a separate room.
When booking for Port Orleans French Quarter, you have the choice of a ‘Standard view’ or ‘Water view’, paying extra for the latter. With the water view you could have a beautiful view of Sassagoula River. Or you could be looking at one of the swimming pools. I would only bother with this if the view is really important to you. However, with a standard view you could be looking at the car park, so if this will ruin your holiday, you might want to secure a better view by paying for it. As you don’t have a balcony, you spend very little time seeing the view anyway – only when you’re coming or going.
Food and drink
- The food court is the main place to eat; the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory
- Unlike the other moderate resorts, it does not have its own Table service restaurant but ‘shares’ Boatrights with Riverside, a short walk away (or you can hop on any bus).
- There is also Scat’s Lounge and a pool-side bar
- Jackson Square store sells some food goods, snacks,sweets etc and basic first-aid/over the counter medicines (as well as Disney merchandise)
- There is one pool, the Double Lagoon with a waterslide dragon and a jacuzzi.
- An alligator band shoots water nearby
- Guests are also able to use Riverside’s Ol’ Man Island (This is an exception – normally guests are not able to use the pools at other resorts).
- Children’s playground
- Horse and carriage ride
- Bike and surrey bike rental
- Boat and paddle boat rentals
- Guided fishing trips
- Just one bus stop and the buses service Riverside as well.
- There’s also a boat departing every 20 minutes that will take you to Downtown Disney. It’s no quicker than the bus but it is a lovely trip and worth doing if you’re staying at the resort.
If you’d like to know more, the Unofficial Visitors Guide to Port Orleans will tell you all you need to know about the French Quarter and it’s sister Resort, Riverside.