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 Dixie Landings, this resort has an Old South theming to it
- 2048 rooms, with two different feels
- Those located in the Magnolia Bend section are within 2 and 3 storey ‘mansions’
- Those in the Alligator Bayou section (like the one in the photo) are in 2 story Cajun style buildings with a rustic feel (note there are very few lifts in this section)
- The rooms have either 2 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.
- Those in the Alligator Bayou section also have a pull out trundle bed making these the only standard rooms on property that will sleep 5. The trundle bed is narrow though and only designed to sleep a child up to aged 9, or 5-foot tall.
- Note the UK Walt Disney World site does not allow you to book for 5 in Port Orleans Riverside, however it is definitely possible (assuming the 5th person is under 9). The USA site does allow this, but you won’t get the best value for money booking it through this site. Your best bet is to phone the Walt Disney Travel Company directly and explain what you’d like – going armed with the information that you know this is a possible solution!
When booking for Port Orleans Riverside, 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 pretty standard, called Riverside Mill
- The table service restaurant is Boatrights, themed around wooden boat building
- There is also the River Roost Lounge and the Muddy Rivers poolbar
- Fulton’s General Store sells some food goods, snacks,sweets etc and basic first-aid/over the counter medicines (as well as Disney merchandise)
- Ol’ Man Island is the main pool area, containing a large pool, kiddie pool, a wading pool, waterslide and hot tub.
- There’s also a geyser. shooting water – the fountain kind, not an old man with a water gun
- There a 5 smaller ‘quiet pools’ located around the hotel
- Children’s playground
- Horse and carriage ride
- Bike and surrey bike rental
- Boat and paddle boat rentals
- Guided fishing trips
- Butterfly Garden
- 4 bus stops – but it also shares a bus run with the French Quarter
- 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 Riverside and it’s sister Resort, the French Quarter.