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Disney Port Orleans Resort Riverside

Have you had a chance to visit the Disney Port Orleans Resort Riverside?

We’re huge Disney fans. We visit the parks on a pretty regular basis, even more than usual this year as my daughter is in the Disney College Program.

There’s nothing like spending Halloween at Mickey’s Not So Scary, aka MNSS, the best Disney Halloween Party!

Visiting when the Epcot Festival of the Holidays is going on is the best way to spend a little of the Christmas season at the Parks.

And taking the Disney Vip Tour is a bucket list adventure! But any day is a good day to be at the Parks!

Most recently, I had the pleasure of staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. A “Moderate” resort, in between Value and Deluxe, according to the Disney website.
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So Many Options!

You’ve probably heard of the Polynesian or the Grande Floridian, but it seems not too many are aware of the huge variety of hotels available on the Walt Disney World property.

The upscale Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is incredible. For luxury, it’s one of the nicest resort properties.

Disney’s Gran Destino Tower Coronado Springs is also really upscale and an experience in itself.

The campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort are probably a dream come true place to stay for most kids.

Then there’s the magic of being up close to the animals at Animal Kingdom Lodge. There really is something for everyone.

There are over twenty-five hotels and resorts in Walt Disney World, ranging from the budget-conscious, such as Disney’s Art of Animation Resort- to the luxurious Deluxe Villas at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa.

Recently, I had the pleasure of staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. A “Moderate” resort, in between Value and Deluxe, according to the Disney website.

Recently, I had the pleasure of staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. A “Moderate” resort, in between Value and Deluxe, according to the Disney website.
Photo Credit: Kent Phillips, photographer

What we Loved about Port Orleans Riverside

Port Orleans is such a nice mix of wallet-friendly and charming luxury!

Split up into two sections; Riverside, and the French Quarter, both cost the same, and they both sport their own lineup of pools, restaurants, and entertainment.

The Riverside Resort is much larger, with Princess and the Frog-themed guest rooms.


All the Disney Resorts are comfortable. I stayed at Riverside this time, and I have to admit, the charm is undeniable.

With 2,048 rooms in three-story southern-style mansions and two-story rustic bayou dwellings, there is something for everyone!


If you look closely at the paintings on the beds’ headboards, you can see beautiful, detailed illustrations of classic Louisiana with Princess Tiana and her friends.

My daughter made herself at home right away!


This little sitting area was perfect for coffee in the morning.


Riverside is spread out over a large area, so its perfect for a family seeking peace and quiet.

If you have a car, it’s very easy to hop over to another resort to explore or check out all the amazing restaurants on Disney property.

If not, shuttle and bus transportation is available at the resort’s main building, and you have Riverside Mill food court and Boatwright’s Dining Hall close by.

If you’re at French Quarter, you may choose to hop over to Riverside to take advantage of the bigger breakfast menu and number of pools.

Both resorts have lovely themed pools- French Quarter has Doubloon Lagoon and Riverside has Ol’ Man Island Pool- but Riverside also has five “quiet pools.”

For parents seeking a break from the hustle and bustle, it’s a perfect little escape.

Since we got in late, we drove over to Disney’s Old Key West Resort to grab a bite at Olivia’s Café.

We had classic fried chicken with gravy, crab cakes, and fried green tomatoes while watching Cinderella played on a projector screen at a nearby pool. It doesn’t get much better than that!

And since Port Orleans is right on property, it took no time at all to drive over to the parks right from our room.

So whether it’s in Riverside or the French Quarter, Port Orleans doesn’t fail to deliver on its convenience and Big Easy charm.

It’s easy to see why we love Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside, and why you’ll love it, too.

You can check available dates on the Disney website.

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  1. I love staying on Disney property! The Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside looks amazing! We are staying at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort in a few months and I can hardly wait!

  2. Thanks for the great photos! We are staying at Disney this October and trying to choose a resort. This might be the one.

    1. You’re welcome, Michelle! We loved it! October is a perfect time of year in Orlando, too! Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m there a LOT! Thanks for visiting!

  3. I stayed there once when I was a kid. Supposedly too I found out that the Riverside area was originally called Dixie Landings before the name change.