With white-columned mansions, magnolia trees and carriage rides, guests are instantly transported to Southern charm at Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside! Stroll along the Sassagoula River and take in the incredible tranquil sights of this large Disney moderate resort, or even rent bikes or a horse-drawn carriage! Enjoy lots of outdoor activities, including fishing, pools, campfires and more. There's plenty to enjoy at this beautiful resort. Read on for our complete guide to Port Orleans Resort – Riverside!
Overview of Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside offers beautiful scenery, royal-themed rooms and exciting recreation options. Sassagoula Steamboat Company is the main building housing the lobby, shop and dining options. At the center of the resort is Ol’ Man Island, a wooded refuge with a swimmin’ and fishin’ hole. Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the Sassagoula River, rent bikes or treat yourself to a horse-drawn carriage ride!
The moderate resort has two distinct sections of buildings — Magnolia Bend and Alligator Bayou. Magnolia Bend houses four three-story white mansion buildings reminiscent of grand Southern manor homes. Select buildings offer beautifully themed Royal Guest Rooms.
In Alligator Bayou, you’ll find woodsy Old Southern two-story cottages. The sixteen buildings offer a quiet retreat and easy access to bus stops.
Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside Rooms
The rooms at Port Orleans Resort – Riverside are perfect for families. Many standard rooms can sleep up to four guests, while some rooms in Alligator Bayou allow for a group of five, offering two queen beds and a pull-down bed for young tadpoles.
The bathroom has double-sinks in a separate area from the toilet and shower. There's even a "Princess and the Frog" themed curtain to wall-off the area from the rest of the room, perfect for getting ready in the morning. Rooms include small table and chairs, TV, coffee maker, mini-fridge and iron and ironing board.
There are small nods to "The Princess and the Frog" film throughout the rooms. For the ultimate princess fans, go for the Royal Guest Rooms in Magnolia Bend with magical details by Tiana and the other princesses.
Location-wise, you can choose a standard view or upgrade to a pool, woods or river view, as well as a preferred location. If you complete the mobile check-in via the My Disney Experience app, you can make up to two room requests, such as a corner room, a ground-floor room, a room close to a bus stop or a pet-friendly room.
In Magnolia Bend, buildings include Acadian House, Magnolia Terrace, Oak Manor and Parterre Place. Acadian House and Magnolia Terrace are closest to ’Ol Man Island and have quick access to their respective bus stops. Oak Manor and Parterre Place house the Royal Guest Rooms and are closest to the lobby and dining. In Alligator Bayou, preferred rooms will get you closest to the lobby and dining.
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Transportation at Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
The resort is centrally located and close to EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs. All four Disney World theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs are accessible by Disney bus transportation. There are four bus stops along the resort. Exit the lobby and head right to find the main bus stop.
You can also hop aboard a short boat ride to Disney Springs. Easily walk to Riverside’s sister resort, Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, for even more fun in the Bayou.
Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside Recreation and Amenities
Riverside offers lots of exciting outdoor activities throughout the resort. Tadpoles will simply love Ol’ Man Island, a three-acre island inspired by Tom Sawyer. Soak up the old-fashion swimming hole with a sawmill slide. Adults can relax at the hot tub while younger children enjoy the children’s pool. There are also five smaller quiet pools throughout the resort for the perfect vacation relaxation.
Nearby is a catch-and-release fishing hole. Typically open from 7 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., 30-minute timeslots are available for an additional cost, with all equipment provided. Enjoy a picturesque outing with a horse-driven carriage ride along the Sassagoula River! Available in the evenings, the $55 ride takes you through about a 20-minute tour of the resort. The carriage can seat four adults or two adults and three children. Reservations are required, which can be made in advance or on the day of (subject to availability). Other recreation offerings include bike rentals, a jogging trail, playground, arcade, campfire and Movies Under the Stars.
Does your favorite canine want to join in on your magical vacation? Good news — Port Orleans – Riverside is dog-friendly! Select rooms are available for you and your furry friend. There is a limit of two dogs per room, and restrictions and fees apply. The Best Friends Pet Care is located across from the resort for additional doggy daycare.
Like other Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Riverside offers Early Theme Park Entry. Early Entry is offered for 30 minutes before park opening at every park, every day! You also receive early access to individual Lightning Lane selections through the new Disney Genie+ service. With the new individual Lightning Lanes for purchase, hotel guests are able to begin booking at 7 a.m., while general admission must wait until the park opens. This can be a crucial jump for popular rides such as Remy's Ratatouille Adventure or Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Be sure to link your hotel reservation to your My Disney Experience account to take advantage of these benefits. (See all the benefits of staying on-site in our full blog post).
Additionally, the Port Orleans Resort – Riverside offers:
- Merchandise delivery from the parks or World of Disney (service currently unavailable)
- ATM and banking service
- Bell services
- Laundry and dry cleaning services
- Mail services
- Merchandise shops
- Self-parking ($25 per night)
Dining at Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Savor Southern specialties at Boatwright’s Dining Hall, the resort’s casual table-service restaurant located in the main building. The meal starts off with cornbread and butter for the table (it was so delicious — it felt like dessert!). Then choose appetizers such as the French Onion Soup Au Gratin or Mardi Gras Fritters. For the main course, select from flavorful dishes such as the Jambalaya, Prime Rib or Nashville Hot Chicken. Those with milder tastes will love the Shrimp and Grits. Kids can choose from a variety of entrees (mac 'n' cheese anyone?) with a choice of two sides. Boatwright's is only open for dinner, and advance dining reservations are highly recommended.
Riverside Mill Food Court is the resort’s quick-service restaurant serving up Southern Louisiana style dishes. You can’t miss its location with the large mill wheel outside powering a cotton press. Five stations offer a variety of food the whole family will enjoy. The food court is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with grab-and-go options.
Over by the pool, Muddy Rivers Bar offers various drink options. And experience an old-fashioned watering hole at River Roost Lounge, located right off the lobby. On select nights, you can see Yeeha Bob Jackson perform his comedy music show here. For more dining options, head over to the French Quarter resort, where you indulge in delicious offerings including the Mickey beignets.
What to Consider Before Staying at Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
You'll want to really explore the beautiful grounds that Riverside offers. There are so many great recreation options that you'll definitely want to leave some time to enjoy the outdoors. Make a day of it and hop on a boat to Disney Springs for the perfect non-park day!
Keep in mind that the resort is spread out and may require more walking than other moderate resorts. Riverside often shares buses with French Quarter which is an additional stop along the way. Accessibility-wise, elevators are only offered in Magnolia Bend, though since most buildings in the resort are only two-story, there are plenty of first-floor rooms (with specific accessible options available).
Port Orleans – Riverside is a wonderful choice for those looking for a beautiful resort with a variety of outdoor recreational offerings. It’s perfect for a family of five or those wanting to bring their pampered pooch. The Royal Guest Rooms are some of the best themed rooms. Overview, Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is an excellent option at a moderate price.
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