Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Review
Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Review-
As a Disney vacation planner, I often get asked which resorts I personally stay at. I have stayed at many resorts and love the different amenities they have to offer but I have stayed the most at Port Orleans Riverside. I also have many clients who tend to gravitate to Riverside over and over and here is why.
At Disney World you have the value, moderate, deluxe and deluxe villa levels of accommodations. The value is going to be the most basic and economical. They have pools but not slides and food courts but not full service restaurants. The moderate is a step up where you get a water slide, larger rooms with upgraded amenities and a full service restaurant in addition to the food court. When you bump up to the deluxe you get even better accommodations, more elaborately themed pools and water play areas, multiple dining options and generally more transportation options and a better location. They deluxe villas are the same as the deluxe but have larger villa style accommodations for larger families and groups traveling together.
Port Orleans Riverside is in the moderate category and has a sister resort named Port Orleans French Quarter. When you stay at one, you can actually use the amenities at the other which is a nice feature. Speaking of amenities, Riverside has Boatwrights Dining Hall for their table service location which serves southern and homestyle food. They also have a wonderful foodcourt that serves all meals and snacks. For breakfast you can get anything from mickey waffles to a custom omelet. They have a wide variety for lunch and dinner with grill options included. I also lover their bakery and ice cream area. There is also a poolside snack bar and a pizza delivery option at the resort.
As far as recreation, Riverside has Ol’ Man Island which is their themed and heated pool with a fun waterslide. They also a baby pool and also a few quiet pools sprinkled throughout the resort. The offer towels and life jackets free of charge. The rooms can accommodate 4-5 guests and pack n plays are available upon request. Each of the 3,056 rooms have 2 queen beds (or king) and mini fridges are included.
The rooms in the Alligator Bayou area have a fold down bed that is perfect for kids ages 3-9. One of my favorite things about Riverside, are the Royal Guest Rooms that you can reserve. These 512 rooms have a great location and are decked out with custom linens, carpet, fixtures and art work suited for a princess (or prince). The best part of these rooms are the fiber optic fireworks that display over the headboards of both queen beds by pressing a button.
As far as transportation, Riverside has bus transportation to all Disney World theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs. They also have a great marina with a free boat that travels to Disney Springs. At the marina, you can also rent various water crafts. In addition, you can enjoy a playground, arcade and even rent bikes to explore the resort and sister resort, Port Orleans French Quarter. Riverside also has a laundry area and general store stocked with souvenirs, food items and essential baby items and over the counter medications.
Riverside is my top pick in the moderate category. I feel the theming and layout is the best and although it is large resort it is easy to navigate. Caribbean Beach is a close second to Riverside due to the layout and I feel that the buses tend to be a bit slower.
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Julie Hauck *o*
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