Port Orleans Riverside Resort in Walt Disney World is a moderate resort. It is themed to reflect the antebellum south along the Mississippi River (in this case it is the Sassagoula River). The Resort commercial center which contains registration and the restaurants is themed as if you are booking passage with the Sassagoula Steamboat Company. Boatwright’s Dining Hall is themed as a boat building factory, Riverside Mill features an operating cotton press and there are signs listing Steamboat destinations decorating the registration desks. There is also a huge water wheel located on the outside of the building.
Sister resorts with Port Orleans French Quarter
Price: $213 – $392
Room size: 314 square feet
Buildings: Alligator Bayou or Magnolia Bend
Sleeps: Some rooms sleep up to 5 adults (rooms that have a pull down murphy bed) plus a child under 3 in the room. It is a $15 charge per adult (first 2 are free).
Room count: 2048 in 2 sections… Magnolia Bend (plantation-style mansions) and Alligator Bayou (rustic lodges).
Room features: Most rooms have 2 queen size beds, but there are single king size bed rooms too. Each room has 2 sinks, flat screen tv, 2 chairs and a table and a small refrigerator.
You can also book a Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room.
Food options: There is a quick service, table service, lounge and pool bar.
Riverside Mill food court is open from 6 am to midnight.
Boatwright’s sit-down restaurant is open from 5 pm to 10 pm; room service from 4 pm to midnight.
The River Roost Lounge is themed as a cotton exchange and offers a full bar as well as light appetizers. This is where you will see Ye-Haw Bob who puts on an excellent and exciting show.
The Muddy Rivers Pool Bar is located on Ol’ Man Island and offers drinks and light snacks from noon until dusk.
Pools: 6 pools with Ol’ Man Island being the most popular that features a 95 fb water slide and a geyser. It is also home to a kiddie pool, wading pool and spa.
The other pools are quiet pools and are located in different sections of the resorts.
Store: Fulton’s General Store carries popular Disney souvenirs, basic health and beauty items, snacks and items specific to Riverside resort.
Activities: Movie at the Courtyard (check the schedule for nights); Daily Pool Party at 2:30 pm; Poolside activities from 1-4:30; Campfire with Marshmallow Roast (check the schedule for nights); Bike and Surrey Rental ($); Guided Fishing Excursions ($); Catch and Release at the Fishin’ Hole from 7 am to 3 pm; Carriage Rides ($); Arcade ($); Fishing Hole ($); Butterfly Garden at the Acadia House
Playground: Located on Ol’ Man Island.
24-hour front desk
check-in and guest service
designated smoking area
handicap accessible rooms
kiddie waiting area in lobby
merchandise delivery and pickup
outdoor smoking areas
resort airline check-in
wake- up call service
Official Dog Policies: Guests of this resort may bring their dogs for an additional $50/per night, limit 2 dogs per guest room.
Transportation: bus to the parks or take a boat to Disney Springs. There is also an internal bus that runs between the bus stops.
The resort has the following bus stops:
- French Quarter and Riverside South
Distance from parks by bus:
- Animal Kingdom – 9 miles
- Hollywood Studios – 5 miles
- Epcot – 1 mile
- Magic Kingdom – 5 miles
Address: 1251 Riverside Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
This review comes from my reader Kim…
Port Orleans Riverside was originally called the Dixie Landing’s Resort. However, after several legal battles over the name they decided to change it to the second Port Orleans Resort Riverside. This resort is by far my favorite of all the resorts. There is just something about it. It has a great dining room call Boatrights dining hall which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast there is a huge yes every time we go there. Their food court offers some amazing dishes as well and sits right along the river. They only offer inside dining, however. This is the first stop with the boat service to Downtown Disney. Along with these fabulous amenities they also offer horsedrawn carriage rides, a game room, a fishing hole where you use hot dogs and bamboo poles to fish, a pool bar with a killer pool, and a general store where you can find goodies not found at other places throughout the Disney resorts. The resort is massive. It is divided into two areas, Alligator Bayou and Magnolia Bend. Magnolia Bend is southern plantation style buildings each with its own unique style and beautiful courtyard at the front. Alligator Bayou is my favorite. They are rustic style buildings built among swamp lands. These are all the same. The Alligator Bayou rooms do not have elevators but the Magnolia Bend rooms do. They are actually renovating a portion of the Magnolia Bend rooms to offer a Princess and the Frog theme. All the rooms are the same at this time. They offer one king bed or two queen beds with a trundle bed. The decor in the rooms very much mimic Old Key West and the southern style. There are also several “quiet” pools located throughout the property along with laundry facilities at each pool. From this property you can also walk to Port Orleans French Quarter. The great thing about this property too is that it is the first stop on the Port Orleans Busses and they offer 4 different stops at this resort. So you don’t have to all go to the front to catch a bus. Here are some stock photos and some personal photos I have aquired for this resort. If you ever get a chance I would totally recommend it.
This review comes from my reader Ashley…
My husband and I stayed at Port Orleans Riverside in March 2009 on our second trip to Disney World and our first stay on-site. After going back and forth a hundred times, we finally decided on POR for its extensive landscaping and relaxing atmosphere. We stayed in the Acadian House on the Magnolia Bend side of the resort. The room was not exactly large, but it was fine for the 2 of us. The décor was subtle and designed to reflect the antebellum south. The grounds were very clean and well kept, and the “Mousekeeping” was great. The closest bus stop was about a 2-3 minute walk to our room, and I don’t believe we ever waited more than about 15 minutes. The only downside was that the buses also ran to Port Orleans French Quarter, however that is a very small resort and it never really created a problem. One of my favorite things about POR was the ability to take a boat to Downtown Disney. This was such a wonderful alternative to the sometimes crowded buses, plus it was very peaceful. We never ate at the restaurant, Boatwright’s, but we did eat at the food court quite often. The selection was typical of any food court, but the Create-Your-Own Pasta was my favorite. I liked it so much, in fact, that I ate it almost every night of our stay. It was WONDERFUL! For dessert my husband and I split a Magic Cookie Bar almost every night, although I could’ve easily eaten a dozen by myself! It was absolutely amazing!! We also ordered pizza in our room a couple of times, and although a little pricey, it was also very good. (Plus it came in a cute box!) The resort had a lot more to offer besides the good food though, like surrey bikes, fishing, boat rentals, and horse-drawn carriage rides. It is a large resort so there can be a lot of walking, which could be a problem for some. The main building was probably a 10 minute walk from our room in the furthest mansion, but it didn’t feel like it at all. The landscaping was so beautiful that I actually enjoyed the quiet walk along the river every morning to get my coffee and breakfast. In fact, that’s actually one of my favorite memories of the trip. Everything from the staff to the landscaping was top-notch, and I just can’t say enough great things about POR! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this resort to anyone!
This review comes from my reader Chris…
* Why did you choose this resort? I chose POR because it looked like it belonged in Gone with the Wind and we were going for my 40th birthday.
* What were the resort rooms like? Were they big enough for your family? Did you find them to be acceptable? The rooms were great! We were in the mansions section, in Partierre Place, with a view of the river. The beds were big enough for all four of us to fit comfortably and we weren’t bumping into each other. The refrigerator came in handy because we brought our own drinks. The beds were comfortable and Mousekeeping had done a great job.
* What were the amenities of the resort like? What was your favorite one? There were several pools that DS enjoyed several times along with bike rental, fishing, boat rentals, and carriage rides. My favorite amenity was the boatride to DTD. It was super relaxing and we got to see the Treehouses up close. We were going to Rainforest Cafe for lunch because I love it, but when we were on the boat going there, the smell of the BBQ from House of Blues totally changed my mind!! Those ribs were great!!
* What was the food court like? Any favorite foods? We ate at Boatrights when dining at the resort. The service was lacking a little, but the food was great and I loved the decor. We had breakfast there and everything we had was great!
* How were the resort buses? What was your walk to the bus stoplike? How were the resorts bus stops at the parks? How far was the
walk to the gates? How crowded were the buses at any given time? Our walk to the bus stop took us out our room door, across a bridge, and around the side of the lobby. It was maybe 3 minutes if walking slowly but POR is so relaxing that we would find ourselves walking slower just to take it all in. The most we waited for a bus was 5 minutes and we only shared buses with POFQ one time but even then it wasn’t crowded. The bus stops at the parks were not crowded and the buses were there already when we got there. The bus stops were not on the end so it was not a long walk.
* Would you stay at this resort again? If not, please provide a reason. Absolutely!! Every time we need a relaxing trip, it’s POR for us!! It’s DH’s favorite resort by far!