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Port Orleans Riverside

Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside

Last updated: May 25, 2024

Overview

Port Orleans Riverside has everything from early 19th-century Louisana mansions, to rustic-styled cabins in a section called Alligaot Bayou. It's big, but generally well done. Some rooms sleep 5 people.

Cost Range

$289 - $585

Lodging Area

Disney Springs

Category

Moderate

Transportation

Boat, Bus

Guest Overall Rating

Based on 391 surveys. (See our Ratings and Research page for details)

Our Overall Rating

Room: B

Pool: A-

Lighting: C

Pillows: C

Room Quality
Check-in Efficiency
Quietness of Room
Park Transportation
Hotel Pool
Staff
Food Court

Port Orleans Resort Riverside Overview

Port Orleans Resort Riverside Royal Room Tour

Port Orleans Resort Riverside Standard Room Tour

Resort Strengths

Interesting narrative to theming

Disney princess-themed rooms in Magnolia Bend

Live entertainment in River Roost Lounge

A Moderate resort that can sleep five, the fifth in a Murphy bed, at Alligator Bayou

Very nice feature pool

Close driving distance to the Magic Kingdom

Good place to walk or run for fitness

Recreation options (bikes, boats)

Resort Weaknesses

Multiple bus stops; may share service with Port Orleans French Quarter during slower times of year

What Readers Are Saying About Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside

Port Orleans riverside is SO romataic! Being 23/24 myself and my boyfriend love this hotel. it was quite and it almost felt like we were the only ones their at some points, The boat ride to Disney Springs was great too!

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Emma V

October 17, 2019

We love Port Orleans and hope to always stay there.

R

Rita H

September 21, 2019

I was a little worried about transportation and the quality of the resort, but we all loved it! We had no issues with bus transportation either to or from the hotel.

H

Holly P

March 9, 2019

It was great to be at Port Orleans FQ during Mardi Gras (lots of fun activities for kids and special events)!

R

Ruth

February 10, 2018

Riverside was beautiful as always, and I found it easy to navigate.

L

Leah R

November 2, 2017

Rooms

Disney updated the Alligator Bayou section of rooms in 2019. These rooms, along with those at Caribbean Beach, are unique among Disney Moderates in that they sleep five people; the fifth bed is a Murphy-style fold-down, more suitable for kids than adults. Rooms feature hickory-branch tables, and all have vinyl "hardwood" floors. Bathrooms have increased shelf space and a curtain separator that allows three people to get ready at once.

  • Pull-down twin bed for children
  • Open clothes hanger bar
  • Dresser with drawers
  • Full-length mirror
  • Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Coffee maker and starter supply of coffee pods
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Digital thermostat
  • In-room safe
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and bar soap

Rooms in Magnolia Bend are more conventional, with light-green walls, chestnut-colored wood furnishings, and olive carpets. Bathroom lighting seems to have been improved, and a small shelf above the dual-sink countertop provides additional storage space.

Princess-themed "Royal Rooms" are in the Oak Manor and Parterre Place "mansion" buildings at Riverside. Here regal curtains, faucets, portraits, and other decorations target prince/princess fans and their families.

  • Pull-down twin bed for children
  • Open clothes hanger bar
  • Dresser with drawers
  • Full-length mirror
  • Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Coffee maker and starter supply of coffee pods
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Digital thermostat
  • In-room safe
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and bar soap

The decor is cute and clever, but these rooms have the same size and function of other standard rooms at Riverside. Note that no royal room with non-standard bedding are available: there are two queen beds, and that's it.

Port Orleans Riverside Standard Room

Port Orleans Riverside Standard Room

Port Orleans Riverside Standard Room

Port Orleans Riverside Standard Room

Port Orleans Riverside Standard Room Fold Down Bed

Port Orleans Riverside Standard Room Fold Down Bed

Port Orleans Riverside Standard Room Fold Down Bed

Port Orleans Riverside Standard Room Fold Down Bed

Port Orleans Riverside Standard Room Table and Chairs

Port Orleans Riverside Standard Room Table and Chairs

Port Orleans Riverside Standard Room Bathroom

Port Orleans Riverside Standard Room Bathroom

Port Orleans Riverside Standard Room Bathroom

Port Orleans Riverside Standard Room Bathroom

Port Orleans Resort - Riverside Room 1857 View

Port Orleans Resort - Riverside Room 1857 View

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room Table and Chairs

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room Table and Chairs

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room Dresser and TV

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room Dresser and TV

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room Princess Art

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room Princess Art

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room Bathroom

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room Bathroom

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room Bathroom

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room Bathroom

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room Bathroom Closet

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room Bathroom Closet

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Dining

Riverside has an on-site food court for quick meals, and a sit-down restaurant for when you want more service. It's adequate for most meals you'd want outside the parks or Disney Springs.

Boatwright's Dining Hall The kitchen struggles with consistency when the restaurant is full. Stick to the basics.

Port Orleans Riverside Pizza Delivery

Riverside Mill Food Court Effectively looking like an old mill, the food court at Port Orleans Riverside has actively turning rods and gears above you, powered by the water wheel outside.

Muddy Rivers The Muddy Rivers pool bar at Port Orleans Riverside sits up on a raised deck surrounded by trees on one side and lounge chairs overlooking the pool on the other. The smooth sounds of jazz can be heard (when the daily Disney “pool party” is not in effect) and the large wooden roof provides ample shade.

River Roost Lounge Located near the main lobby, the River Roost is not generally much to look at, but has probably the longest, most elaborately created backstory of any Walt Disney World lounge. In fact, the entire Port Orleans Riverside Resort has a fascinating story behind why it looks the way it does. The entire story can be found over at PortOrleans.org, but the gist of it is that it was a rural outpost up-river from the more metropolitan French Quarter Resort which developed things such as a cotton mill and a shipbuilding industry, many hints of which can be found around the resort. River Roost started, so the story goes, when the proprietors of the general store decided to make some extra money selling drinks to patrons. While the lounge is not heavily themed, many examples of shipbuilding are present, as well as hints that Riverside is a major trading hub. The stage area contains a commodity board, a departure schedule for the “Sassagoula Steamship Line,” and some ship-related architectural drawings.

Fulton's General Store Souvenir shop with a small selection of snacks, drinks, and groceries.

Refillable Mugs Allows guest self-service soft drink refills from quick-service locations in hotels (NOT in theme parks) for $21.99 for the length of stay.

Amenities

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6 (Six!) Pools

Riverside's main pool is Ol' Man Island , built to look like an abandoned sawmill. It features a 95-foot water slide, children's play area, and whirlpool spa. Five leisure pools are arranged around the resort, too - 3 in Alligator Bayou and 2 in Magnolia Bend.

Arcade

The Medicine Show Arcade is just off the main lobby and features relatively recent video games of all kinds.

Outdoor Movies

Free Disney Movies Under the Stars are shown most evenings, weather-permitting, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at the Magnolia South Pool.

Jogging / Fitness

Port Orleans' jogging trail is about a mile. There's a map in the main lobby near the check-in desk.

Campfire Activities

Roast marshmallow around a campfire starting at 5:30 PM nightly on Ol' Man Island.

Playground

A children's' playground, with slides and other play structures, is near the Ol' Man Island pool area in the middle of the resort.

Fishing

Cane pole fishing can be done on Ol' Man Island. Guided bass fishing excursions happen at the Riverside Levee Marina too.

Early Theme Park Entry

Disney resort guests get into each theme park 30 minutes earlier than off-site guests, every day.

Resort amenities at-a-glance
Disney-owned
Early Theme Park Entry
Book Lightning Lane access via Individual Purchase Early
Wireless Internet
Water Sports
Marina
Biking
Transportation to Parks
Extended Evening Theme Park Hours
Suites
Club Level
Room Service
Fitness Center
Tennis
Beach
Airport Transportation

Practical Matters

Check In/Out Time
Online Check-In
MagicBand
Theme Park Tickets
Dining Reservations
Laundry
Lost and Found
Shopping
Child Care

Transportation

Driving to the Resort
Getting to the Parks
and Disney Springs
Getting to Another Hotel from Port Orleans Riverside
Getting to Universal Orlando

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