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Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort Overview
This resort draws on the lifestyle and architecture of Mississippi River communities in antebellum Louisiana. Spread along the Sassagoula River, which encircles Ol’ Man Island (the section’s main pool area), Riverside is subdivided into two separately-themed areas: the mansion area, which features plantation- style architecture, and the bayou area, with tin-roofed rustic (imitation) wooden buildings. Mansions are three stories tall, while bayou guesthouses are a story shorter. Riverside’s food court houses a working cotton press powered by a 32-foot waterwheel.
The Oak and Parterre buildings in Magnolia Bend contain exclusively Disney princess–themed rooms, similar in concept to the pirate-themed rooms at Caribbean Beach. Riverside’s rooms are themed to The Princess and the Frog, with appearances by Tiana’s other princess friends. These rooms cost around $70 more per night than other rooms.
Rooms in Alligator Bayou—along with those at Caribbean Beach—are unique among Disney’s Moderate properties in that they sleep five people; the fifth is a fold-down, Murphy-style bed, more suitable for children than adults.
The main reader gripe about Riverside is its bus service. First from a Shildon, UK, woman:
We have stayed at POR three times and love it. The buses, however, are a nightmare. They run very erratically, and there never seem to be enough of them. Buses to water parks and MK were the worst.
From a Delmar, Delaware, mom:
Port Orleans Riverside has one of the worst bus services on property. Unfortunately, we forgot about that from our last stay here. One day a bus to a park takes 20 minutes; two days later, going to the exact same park, you will experience a long, tranquil drive around the loop...followed by finally getting to the park about 45 minutes later or more. Utter madness!
MouseSavers.com has a list of discounts and deals available at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort.
How Port Orleans Riverside Compares to Other Disney Moderate Resorts
We think Port Orleans Riverside is one of the best Moderate resorts on property. Riverside a little more expensive - and a little bit better - than one of Disney's other Moderate resorts, the Caribbean Beach Resort. We also enjoy that both Port Orleans resorts offers better scenery than Coronado Springs Resort. Riverside does not offer a fitness center, for that you'll have to go to any of the Deluxe resorts. The only Moderate to offer a fitness center is Coronado Springs.
In terms of layout, architecture, and facilities, Port Orleans Riverside is similar to Disney's other Moderate resorts: 3- and 4-story, motel-style buildings with a central pool, food court, and registration area. Riverside is so large that we use bicycles whenever we work there. All told, there are 20 guest-room buildings (not counting flanking wings on two buildings). Divided into two sections, Alligator Bayou and Magnolia Bend, the resort is arrayed around two pine groves and a watercourse that Disney calls the Sassagoula River. Magnolia Bend consists of four three-story, grand- plantation-style complexes named Acadian House, Magnolia Terrace, Oak Manor, and Parterre Place.
Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining Reservations
A security gate guards the entrance to Port Orleans Riverside's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in.
Check-in time at Port Orleans Riverside is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Port Orleans Riverside participates in Disney's Online Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival. If you've done this, look for an Online Check-In sign near the Registration Desk. You'll be routed to one of the Online Check-in staff and should be on the way to your room in a few minutes.
If you have checked-in online and already have your MagicBand, the resort will simply send you a text with your room number when it is ready. Then you can go straight to the room and use your MagicBand to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether.
If you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card when you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind in a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television showing classic Disney animated films.
Port Orleans Riverside's registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Get theme park tickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the right of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain theme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line for tickets just after another adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also make Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them online prior to arrival.
Left: The hotel's lobby features decorative period rugs, furniture. Right: Kids can watch classic Disney cartoons in a waiting area while parents check in.
Port Orleans Riverside's Rooms
Each of Riverside’s 2,048 rooms is 314 square feet. Most provide one king or two queen beds, a table and two chairs, a mini-fridge and coffeemaker, and two pedestal sinks outside the bathroom. Rooms in the Alligator Bayou section of Riverside feature brass bathroom fixtures, hickory-branch bedposts, Murphy beds, and quilted bedspreads. Rooms in the plantation-themed Magnolia Bend section of Riverside are more conventional, with light-green walls, chestnut-colored wood furnishings, olive carpets, and dark-blue bedding accents.
Each Port Orleans Riverside room is furnished with the following:
- Two queen beds (some ADA-accessible rooms have 1 king bed)
- Dresser with 3 medium-size drawers and 2 open shelves
- Small table with 2 chairs
- Nightstand with telephone and digital alarm clock
- Full-length mirror (on bath door)
- WiFi wireless Internet access
- Flat-panel TV
- Coffee Maker
- Ironing board and iron
- Hair dryer
- Digital thermostat
- In-room safe
- Tiny bottle of H2O-brand shampoo, and bar soap
The mini-fridge is a dorm-style unit that sits under a counter or desk. It's more like a beverage chiller than a refrigerator in that it'll keep drinks cool, but you're not going to freeze popsicles or make ice cubes in it. Every room in Port Orleans Riverside has a coffee maker.
In 2011 Disney converted 512 standard Port Orleans Riverside Rooms in to Royal Rooms. The rooms themselves are themed after Princess Tiana (from “The Princess and the Frog”) and feature ornate beds with a fiber optic light show in the headboard and unique in-room artwork featuring Disney Princesses. All of the Royal Rooms come equipped with two queen size beds.
You may think these princess rooms appeal only to young children but our reviewer had positive things to say:
What I found when I stepped through the door was an extremely pleasant surprise. Rather than a room covered with glitter and lace, I found a very lavish yet classy room that was much more delicately decorated than I had assumed possible. Using a color palette of primarily gold and blue (royal blue, obviously) and an abundance of woods makes the space feel rich. Although, much like Walt Disney World itself, what makes the room special and different is the details.
The Royal Rooms are better looking, aka more expensive looking, than standard rooms at Port Orleans Rivers and because of that Disney charges a premium to stay in them. For example one night during peak season we observed a regular room at a cost of $237 per a night, while a Royal Room was priced at $288.
Port Orleans Riverside bathrooms are smaller than what most people are used to at home but they are at least larger than bathrooms found in Disney's value resorts . Almost all feature a tiled tub with shower, while some wheelchair-accessible rooms have a roll-in shower without tub. One nice feature in the standard bathrooms is a shower curtain rod that curves outward, so you're not always elbowing the shower curtain while shampooing. Water pressure in the shower is average - probably less than what you get at home, but still enough to get your hair clean. Eventually.
A separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes one sink, but not much counter space. A 1500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided, but it's not very powerful; bring your own if you've got lots of hair. The dressing area includes a curtain that separates it from the sleeping area. Combined with the bathroom, this means that 3 people can get dressed at the same time.
Handicap-Accessible Room Options
Port Orleans Riverside has around 200 handicap-accessible rooms. Some feature roll-in showers, while others include assistive hearing devices. A subset of these rooms have been converted to comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more.
Some of Riverside's accessible rooms have the standard setup of 2 queen beds; all rooms with roll-in showers have 1 king bed, and a small number of roll-in shower rooms have both 1 king bed and 1 queen bed. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which features.
Standard Rooms and Preferred Rooms, Standard Views and Pool Views
Disney knows that some hotel rooms are better than others. Most people prefer to be close to the lobby and dining, and want something pretty to look at from their hotel room window. To capitalize on this, Disney categorizes all of Port Orleans Riverside's hotel rooms based on how long it takes you to walk to the lobby, and what you see from inside the room.
Here's the system Disney uses:
- A Preferred Room with Standard View is a room in
buildings 14, 15, 18 or 27 that is close to the lobby and Riverside Mill Food
Court. The view
from your window may include landscaping and trees, or
- First floor rooms near a pool tend to have views of the backs of lounge chairs sitting around the pool,
so upper-floor rooms generally have better views.
- Standard Rooms with Standard Views are found in all Port
Orleans Riverside buildings. These Standard/Standard rooms are either a
slightly farther walk to the lobby (an extra 5-15 minutes),
and have generally unremarkable views of
parking lots. These are the cheapest rooms at Port
Orleans Riverside, but there are some gems to be found
in this category, though, using our Port Orleans Riverside Room Finder.
- Riverside's Royal Rooms with River Views are found in buildings 90 and 95. Rooms facing Northwest face the Sassagoula River.
Pools and Playgrounds at Port Orleans Riverside
Port Orleans Riverside has 6 pools. The largest, Ol' Man Island, sits directly behind the lobby and food court. The main pool is themed after an old fashioned swimming hole and feature a rickety-looking wooden structure with a waterfall at the end.
Two other pools are located in the Magnolia Bend section between buildings 80 and 85, as well as buildings 90 and 95. The other three pools are located in Alligator Bayou between buildings 17 and 18, as well as buildings 24 and 25. The final pool is located between buildings 35, 36 and 39. All pools besides Ol' Man Island Pool are considered a "quiet pool," meaning that loud play and splashing around are discouraged.
Port Orleans Riverside's pools range in depth from around 3 feet 6 inches/1.1m to 4 feet 9 inches/1.4m. Riverside's pools are open every day, including during winter. Pools are heated to 82°F/28°C throughout the year. We've swum in temperatures as cold as 40°F/4°C; the water was fine, but getting out was a shock. Port Orleans Riverside also has a hot tub located near Ol' Man Island Pool.
Ol' Man Island Pool has 1 95 foot water slide that all ages are free to use. Guests can find showers, storage lockers, restrooms, and laundry facilities at each of the three pools. Pool hours are at least 9AM to 9 PM, extending to as much as 8 AM to 12 AM during busy times. All three pools will have lifeguards during the pools' operating hours.
Infants and children in diapers are welcome in all of Riverside's pools, as long as they're wearing swim diapers. Water wings are allowed at all Disney pools, and every pool has free life vests in a variety of sizes:
- Infant/child: Weight less than 30 lbs.
- Child: Weight 30-50 lbs.
- Youth: Weight 50-90 lbs.
- Adult XS: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 31-34 in.
- Adult S: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 34-37 in.
- Adult M: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 37-40 in.
- Adult L: Weight more than 90 lbs. Chest size 40-43 in.
- Adult XL: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 43-46 in.
- Adult XXL: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 46-48 in.
- Additionally, there may be a small supply of even larger vests. Inquire at your resort.
You may need to bring your towels from your room to use at the pool - Disney sometimes stocks extra towels poolside, and sometimes they don't. Our advice is to send someone down to the pool to check the towel situation before you go. If you end up using your room towels at the pool, just call Housekeeping when you get back and request more.
Pool toys are permitted in Port Orleans Riverside's pools, including "pool noodles" (which you may find at the Fulton's General Store in the lobby), and basic toys that would be appropriate for water use such as rubber duckies and bucket & shovel sets. Some of us will occasionally bring something like a whiffle ball for playing catch in the pool. As long as you’re not disturbing other guests, you’ll be fine. Also note that kids with pool toys become very popular with other kids in the pool who want to play too. If you’re traveling with an only child and want him to have some age cohort interaction during your vacation, a nice strategy is to bring some extra toys. Chances are he’ll make a buddy.
Wheelchair Accessibility at Riverside's Pools
Port Orleans Riverside's Ol' Man Island Pool has a chair-lift device that can lower guests in wheelchairs into the shallow end of the pool. Check with any lifeguard for assistance on using the lift.
Playgrounds at Port Orleans Riverside
A small playground set is located on Ol’ Man Island. The set has two small plastic slides and a couple of sections with a few steps for toddlers to go up and down. Safety seems to be Disney's concern here - there are no swings, and the entire area is covered in a springy, poured rubber surface.
Restaurants and Dining
Riverside has one full-service restaurant and a food court. The restaurants are a 15-minute walk from many of the guest buildings.
Boatwright's Dining Hall is Port Orleans Riverside's full-service restaurant. Exceeding expectations for a non-signature dining location in both food and service, Boatwright’s might just be a true hidden gem of Disney dining. It can be tough to find a reservation here, but it’s worth the visit (and wait prior to seating) when you do. Nothing here is over-the-top or fancy, but a stop here will yield a truly satisfying meal with friendly and honest service. The dining room features wood floors and wooden tables set with a boatwright's tool kit that contains condiments. The giant skeleton of a riverboat completes the theme.
Boatwright's Dining Hall Hours
The food court is located in the main building and is named Riverside Mill Food Court.
Riverside Mill Food Court is set up like a food court at a mall. There are several different stations, each selling one set of meals. For example, one station sells pizza, another sells pasta, another is dedicated to sandwiches, and so on. If your kids each want something different, you'll have to line up several times. The good news is that some of the food is prepared on demand, so you'll at least be getting your burger cooked to order.
Prices range from $6 to $15 for an entree so you won't break the bank. Some standout entrees from the Lunch and Dinner menu include the Chipotle- Barbecue Burger and Creat-Your-Own Pasta. None of the desserts are particularly interesting but there is a nice assortment of ice cream sundaes and shakes.
Riverside Mill's breakfast menu has the usual combinations of eggs, potatoes, bacon, ham, waffles, pancakes, and biscuits, either alone or in various "platter" options. An omelet station serves veggie, egg white, and Western omelets. Kids' breakfast choices are essentially the same, only with smaller portions.
Riverside Mill is set up like a mall food court. Seven different stations each serve a different type of food.
Riverside Mill Food Court Hours
- Breakfast Dining Hours 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM Breakfast menu / Kids' breakfast menu
- Lunch Dining Hours 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Lunch menu / Kids' lunch menu
- Dinner Hours 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM Dinner menu / Kids' dinner menu
Riverside Mill participates in the Disney Dining Plan; meals cost 1 Quick Service credit, and there are a wide variety of snacks to use as Snack credits on the Dining Plan. Tables in Wonderland cardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at most resort restaurants.
Free refills are available for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and fountain drinks (including juice and milk) during your meal at Riverside Mill. A huge beverage station sits just beyond the cash registers, and this station also provides toaster ovens, hot water, ice, condiments, and napkins. Riverside Mill also participates in Disney's Rapid Fill refillable mug program, where you purchase a souvenir plastic mug once, and get free refills for the remainder of your stay. The cost varies depending on how long you're staying at the resort:
- $8.99 for 1 day
- $11.99 for 2 days
- $14.99 for 3 days
- $17.99 for length of stay (4 or more days)
The break-even point for the refillable mug program seems to be around 3 visits on the 1-day plan; 4 visits on the 2-day plan; 5 on the 3- day plan; and 6 visits for stays of 4 or more days. Keep in mind that if you buy a regular $3 fountain soda at any meal, you get unlimited refills during that meal. So for the refillable mug program to make sense, you'll need to drink soda with at least 3 separate meals on the 1-day plan, or 5 separate meals on the 2-day plan. In those cases, it would be hard to get too far from a bathroom, let alone all the way to the parks.
Pizza delivery is available to your room from Disney's own delivery service. Besides pizza, chicken wings, desserts, beer, wine, and sodas are also available. However, delivery can take up to 90 minutes, and the food quality is often below average. You're probably better off either walking to the food court or calling Domino's. Pizza delivery hours are 4 PM to midnight daily. A medium (16") cheese pizza costs around $14 and a pepperoni around $16. Minimum order is $15, and Disney will tack on an 18% tip, $3 delivery charge, and 7% sales tax. Thus, a $30 pizza order will cost you $40.50 delivered.
River Roost Lounge Just outside of the lobby and on the way to Boatwright's Dining Hall is the River Roost Lounge. River Roost Lounge has indoor seating and a full drink menu, with several beer selections, a couple of wines, and a selection of spirits. River Roost is usually open 4 PM to 12 AM daily. A big feature of River Roost is Yehaa Bob, arguably one of the best live entertainment acts Walt Disney World has to offer. Bob has been performing at the resort since 1997 and he is a favorite of the staff here at TouringPlans. His act consists of sing-along songs played on the piano and is heavy on the audience participation. The shows are always raucous and fun for all ages, so don't be afraid to bring the family. Yehaa Bob performs nightly every Wednesday through Saturday.
Transportation to and from Port Orleans Riverside
Driving Your Own Car Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort is just off of I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 67 toward Epcot and you'll end up on Epcot Center Drive. Stay on Epcot Center Drive for 0.8 miles, then Take the exit toward Disney Springs Resort Area. Go about 0.3 miles and keep left at the fork, making the left turn onto Bonnet Creek Pkwy. Port Orleans Riverside will be on your right in 1/2 mile.
Port Orleans Riverside's GPS address and location are:
Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort
1251 Riverside Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Latitude: 28.410741 North, Longitude: 81.537420 West
From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free Magical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to Port Orleans Riverside, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.
From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Port Orleans Riverside. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Port Orleans Riverside will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Port Orleans Riverside for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10- passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Port Orleans Riverside. At those prices, it may be less expensive to rent a car and park it at the hotel.
Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney Disney provides free bus service from Port Orleans Riverside to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. Port Orleans Riverside's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check-in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere along the wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service. Port Orleans Riverside does not share bus service with any other resort.
Port Orleans Riverside's Bus Schedule
Ask a Disney Castmember about Riverside's bus schedule, and they'll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, Riverside's bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're headed.
For example, if you're headed to the Magic Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait around 8 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios are about the same early in the day, with a bus arriving every 8-10 minutes, on average. Bus schedules to the water parks and Disney Springs are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 14 to 30 minutes for a ride.
Buses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people are already in a park. Disney's evening buses are scheduled around the theme parks' closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back to their hotels. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should average out to around 20 minutes under most circumstances.
If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and Disney Springs. Disney's bus service is faster to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. We evaluate Port Orleans Riverside's bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.
Getting to another hotel from Port Orleans Riverside If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Port Orleans Riverside to Disney Springs (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Port Orleans Riverside. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower), hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, the Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.
The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from Riverside to wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride to get to most Disney hotels from Riverside, and often less. Taxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.
To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.
Shopping, Recreation, and Things To Do at Port Orleans Riverside
Port Orleans Riverside's gift shop is Fulton's General Store and sits just off the lobby, between the check-in area and the River Roost Lounge. As you'd expect from a Disney gift shop, Fulton's General Store has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Disney Springs.
Fulton's General Store also sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like. And Fulton's General Store has Disney-branded cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's what you're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - about double - than what you'd probably pay at home.
Also located just off the lobby is the The Medicine Show Arcade, which has a decent collection of relatively recent video and arcade games. Most games cost $0.50 to $2.00 per play, which can add up quickly. It's helpful to set a budget with your kids before they go in.
Walkers, joggers and runners can find a jogging trail along the banks of the Sassagoula River around Port Orleans Riverside. It is a scenic 1.7-mile course. You won't find a gym, fitness center, indoor pool, or spa at Port Orleans Riverside.
Port Orleans Riverside Babysitting and In-Room Child Care
Disney doesn't offer on-site child care at Port Orleans Riverside, but you've got some options. If you've got a car and you're headed to the theme parks, you can drop off your little ones at one of the child-care clubs at a resort nearby. Services vary, but children generally can be left between 4:30 PM and midnight. Milk and cookies and blankets and pillows are provided at all centers, and dinner is provided at most. Play is supervised but not organized, and toys, videos, and games are plentiful. Guests at any Disney resort or campground may use the services.
The most elaborate of the child-care centers (variously called "clubs" or "camps") is Lilo's Playhouse at the Polynesian Resort. The rate for ages 3-12 is $15 per hour, per child (2-hour minimum).
All the clubs accept reservations (some six months in advance!) with a credit card guarantee. Call the club directly, or reserve through Disney at 407-WDW-DINE. (If you call before 4 PM, call the club directly using the number shown below.) Most clubs require a 24-hour cancellation notice and levy a hefty penalty of 2 hours' time or $22.50 per call for no- shows. A limited number of walk-ins are usually accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
|Hotel||Name of Program||Ages||Phone|
|Animal Kingdom Lodge||Simba's Clubhouse||3-12||407-938-4785|
|Dolphin and Swan||Camp Dolphin||4-12||407-934-4241|
|Polynesian Resort||Lilo's Playhouse||3-12||407-824-1639|
|Yacht and Beach Club Resorts||Sandcastle Club||3-12||407-934-3750|
|Wilderness Lodge and Villas||Cub's Den||3-12||407-824-1083|
If you don't have a car, then you're better off using in-room babysitting. Trying to take your child to a club in another hotel by Disney bus requires a 50- to 90-minute trip each way. By the time you've deposited your little one, it will almost be time to pick him or her up again.
Two companies provide in-room sitting in Walt Disney World and surrounding areas. They're Kid's Nite Out and Fairy Godmothers (no kidding). Both provide sitters older than age 18 who are insured, bonded, screened, reference-checked, police-checked, and trained in CPR. In addition to caring for your kids in your room, the sitters will, if you direct (and pay), take your children to the theme parks or other venues. Neither service will transport your children in private vehicles or give baths. Both offer bilingual sitters.
|Kid's Nite Out||Fairy Godmothers|
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Men and women
Mothers and grandmothers, female college students
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $18
2 children, $21
3 children, $24
4 children, $26
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $16
3 children, $16
4 children, $18
Transportation fee, $10; starting before 6:30 AM
or after 9 PM, +$2 per hour; additional fee for holidays
Transportation fee, $14; starting after 10 PM,
+$2 per hour
24 hours before service when reservation is made
3 hours before service
Form of Payment
AE, D, MC, V; gratuity in cash
Form of Payment
Cash or traveler's check for actual payment; gratuity in cash
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children in private vehicles,
take children swimming, give baths
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children, give baths; swimming
is at sitter's discretion
Washers and dryers are in laundry facilities next to each pool. Cost is $3 per wash, and another $3 per dry cycle. The machines take credit cards. A small selection of soap, fabric softener, and dryer sheets are also sold, for around $1 each. A typical wash cycle takes 20 to 30 minutes, and a typical dry cycle takes 40 to 50.
Laundry room cards can be purchased for $7 (using cash or credit) at the hotel's front desk. These cards get you one wash and one dry cycle, plus text messages letting you know when your laundry has been completed. Walt Disney World laundry rooms now make use of a technology called "LaundryView" which displays washer and dryer availability on their website.
If you lose something during your stay, contact Disney's Lost and Found department by calling (407) 824-4245.
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- Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room Review
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Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
Best and Worst Room Views at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort
TouringPlans offers pictures of the view from any Disney resort room on property. Click here for the Port Orleans Riverside Resort map and to choose a room to see the view.
Riverside is so large that we use bicycles whenever we work there. All told, there are 20 guest-room buildings (not counting flanking wings on two buildings). Divided into two sections, Alligator Bayou and Magnolia Bend, the resort is arrayed around two pine groves and a watercourse that Disney calls the Sassagoula River. Magnolia Bend consists of four three-story, grand plantation–style complexes named Acadian House, Magnolia Terrace, Oak Manor, and Parterre Place. Though Magnolia Bend is on the river, only about 15% of the guest rooms have an unobstructed view of the water. The vast majority of rooms overlook a courtyard or parking lot. Trees and other vegetation block the view of many rooms actually facing the river. The best views in Magnolia Bend are from the third floor river side of Acadian House (Building 80), which overlooks the river and Ol’ Man Island: rooms 8417–8419.
Good Rooms in Building 14 of the Alligator Bayou
Building 1 is also a short walk to the lobby and food court. Good views in Building 1 include rooms 1412-1417 1444-1448, which face a river.
Bad views in Building 14 include:
- Rooms 1401-1409, 1433-1442, which face a parking lot.
- Room 1413, 1421, 1428, 1445, 1453 and 1460, which face a hallway.
Good Rooms in Building 15 of the Alligator Bayou
Most rooms in Building 15 face a parking lot. This building does have the advantage of being close to a bus stop and the hotel lobby. Good views in building 15 include rooms 1517-1520, 1530-1531, 1549-1552 and 1562-1564.which offer a view of foliage and low noise levels.
Bad views in Building 15 include:
- Rooms 1501-1516, 1533-1548 which face a parking lot.
- Rooms 1529 and 1561, which face a hallway.
Good Rooms in Building 16 of the Alligator Bayou
Some Building 16 rooms face once of the resort's quiet pools. Good views in building 16 include rooms 1609-1612, 1614, 1619, 1641-1644, 1646 and 1651.
Bad views in Building 15 include:
- Rooms 1601-1609 1627- 1633-1640 and 1659, which face a parking lot.
- Rooms 1613, 1620, 1628-1632, 1645, 1652 and 1660-1664, which face a hallway.
Good Rooms in Buildings 17 in Alligator Bayou
Building 17 is also directly next to a quiet pool but none of the rooms have a pool view. Good views in building 4 include rooms 1705-1706, 1710-1711, 1722 1737-1738, 1742-1743 and 1754.
Bad views in building 4 are 1704, 1712, 1720, 1736, 1744 and 1752, which face a hallway. Rooms 1725-1732 and 1757-1764 face a parking lot
Good Rooms in Buildings 18 in Alligator Bayou
Building 18 is sandwiched between the Sassagoula River and a quite pool but only a few rooms have a water view. The rest of the rooms face foliage and landscaping. Good views include rooms 1803-0804, 1806, 1812, 1822, 1825-1828, 1835-0836, 1838, 1844, 1854 ans 1857-1860.
Bad views in Building 15 include:
- Rooms 1817-1820 and 1849-1852, which face a service area.
- Rooms 1805, 1813, 1821, 1829, 1837, 1845, 1853 and 1861 which face a hallway.
Good Rooms in Buildings 24 of Alligator Bayou
About half of the rooms in building 24 face a quiet pool. The other half face a parking lot. So either way if you stay in this building you might get higher than usual noise levels. Good views in building 6 include rooms 2417- 2419, 2422-2423 2449-2451 and 2454-2455. .
Bad views in building 24 are 2401-2416, 2420, 2424, 2429, 2433-2448, 2452, 2456 and 2461.
Good Rooms in Buildings 25 of Alligator Bayou
Most of Building 25 faces a foliage and landscaping, but a handfull also face a quiet pool. There arent very many good or bad rooms in this building, they're mostly unremarkable. Good views include rooms 2501-2504 and 2533- 2536
Bad views in building 25 are 2505, 2512, 2520, 2529, 2537, 2544, 2552 and 2561.
Good Rooms in Building 26 of Alligator Bayou
Building 26 is surounded by vegetation and is one of the few buildings not located next to a pool. The handful of good views in Building 26 are in rooms 2634-2636 and 2647-2648.
Bad views in building 26 are 2605, 2613, 2621, 2629, 2637, 2645, 2653 and 2661.
Good Rooms in Building 27 of Alligator Bayou
Building 27 is not only close to a quite pool, but is also a short walk away from the resort's main pool. Good views in building include 2722-2723, 2725-2728, 2731-2732, 2754-2755, 2757-2760 and 2762-2764. Bad views in Building 27, 2705, 2712, 2720, 2729, 2737, 2744, 2752 and 2761 which face a hallway.
Good Rooms in Building 28 of Alligator Bayou
Building 28 is located next to a pool but only a couple of its rooms face it. This wont mean much for views but at least you'll get peace and quiet. Good views in Building 28 include rooms 2801-2803, 2829- 2833-2835, 2837-2832, 2840 and 2861-2864.
Bad views in Building 28 are 2804, 2820, 2828, 2836, 2812, 2844, 2852 and 2860.
Good Rooms in Building 34 of Alligator Bayou
Building 34 is one of the few buildings at Riverside not located next to a pool, but you won't have trouble finding one after a short walk. It is also located next to a parking lot but none of the rooms face it. Good views in building 34 include rooms 3402-3403, 3425-3427, 3434-3435 and 3457-3459.
Bad views in Building 34 are 3404, 3413, 3421-3423, 3428, 3436, 3445, 3453 and 3460.
Good Rooms in Building 35 of Alligator Bayou
Rooms in Building 35 face foliage, a pool or a parking lot. Good views in Building 35 include rooms 3525-3526, 3529-3530, 3532, 3546-3547, 3557-3558 and 3561-3564.
Bad views in Building 35 are 3501-3508, 3513, 3528, 3533-3540, 3545 and 3560, which face a parking lot.
Good Rooms in Building 36 of Alligator Bayou
Like its neighbor, rooms in Building 36 also face foliage, a pool or a parking lot. Good views in Building 36 include rooms 3628, 3631-3632, 3652, 3660 and 3663-3664.
Bad views in Building 36 are 3601-3608, 3621, 3629, 3633-3640, 3653 and 3661, which face a parking lot or a hallway.
Good Rooms in Building 37 of Alligator Bayou
Rooms in Building 37 mostly face foliage but there are a handful of rooms that face parking lot. Good views in Building 37 include rooms 3710-3711, 3713-3715, 3719 3742-3743, 3745-3747 and 3751.
Bad views in Building 37 are 3702-3708, 3712, 3720, 3728, 3734-3740, 3744, 3752 and 3760 which face a parking lot or a hallway.
Good Rooms in Building 38 of Alligator Bayou
Some rooms in Building 38 face the Sassagoula River and the rest look at foliage. Good views in Building 38 include rooms 3810, 3813-3819, 3821-3824, 3842, 3853-3856 and 3845-3851.
Bad views in Building 38 are 3805, 3812, 3820, 3829, 3837, 3844, 3852 and 3861 which face a hallway.
Good Rooms in Building 39 of Alligator Bayou
Some rooms in Building 39 face one of the resort's quiet pools while the rest face foliage and landscaping. Good views in Building 39 include rooms 3905-3908, 3913-3915, 3937-3940 and 3945-3947.
Bad views in Building 39 are 3904, 3912, 3920, 3929, 3936, 3944, 3952 and 3960, which face a hallway.
Good Rooms in Building 80 of Magnolia Bend
Building 80 has the disadvantage of being the farthest away from Riverside's lobby and food court. Some rooms facing southwest have a view of either the pool or Sassagoula River. Good views in Building 80 include rooms 8X08-8X11 (Replace X with the floor number), 8X13-8X16, 8X41-8X45, 8X51 and 8X54-8X63.
Bad views in Building 80 are 8X06, 8X12, 8X37, 8X40, 8X48-8X49, 8052, 8X64 -8X65 and 8X84, which face a hallway, stairs or other parts of the building. Rooms 8X17-8X28 and 8X85-8X96 face a parking lot.
Good Rooms in Building 85 of Magnolia Bend
Building 85 also has a bit of distance between it and Riverside's lobby and food court. Some rooms facing west have a view of either the Sassagoula River, while some rooms facing north have a view of a pool. Good views in Building 80 include rooms 8X03-8X06, 8X31-8X35, 8X43-8X49, 8X64-8X70 and 8X74.
Bad views in Building 80 are rooms 8X01, 8X12, 8X16-8X17, 8X28-8X29, 8X51- 8X53, 8X56-8X57, 8X60-8X62, 8X72, 8X73, 8X84-8X85 and 8X96-8X97 which face a hallway, stairs or other parts of the building. Rooms 8X15-8X22 and 8X99-8X02 face a parking lot.
Good Rooms in Building 90 of Magnolia Bend
Good views in Building 90 include rooms 9X03-9X06, 9X31-9X35, 9X43-9X49, 9X64-9X70 and 9X74.
Bad views in Building 90 are rooms 9X01, 9X12, 9X16-9X17, 9X28-8X29, 9X51- 9X53, 9X56-9X57, 9X60-9X62, 9X72, 9X73, 9X84-9X85, 9X96-9X97 which face a hallway, stairs or other parts of the building. Rooms 9X15-9X22, 9X99-9X02 face a parking lot.
Good Rooms in Building 95 of Magnolia Bend
Building 95 has some great views of the Sassagoula River. The rest of the rooms either look out at parking lot or landscaping. Good views in Building 95 include rooms 9X29-9X37, 9X40, 9X77-9X84.
Bad views in Building 95 are rooms 9X18-9X20, 9X38-9X39, 9X74-9X75, 9X93- 9X95, which face a hallway, stairs or other parts of the building. Rooms 9501-9511 and 9602-9612 face a parking lot.
|Creative swimming areas||Large, confusing layout|
|Nice guest rooms||Extreme distance of many guest rooms from dining and services|
|Beautiful landscaping and grounds||Insufficient on-site dining|
|Pleasant setting along Bonnet Creek||No easily accessible off-site dining|
|Food courts||No character meals|
|Convenient self-parking||Congested bus loading areas|
|Children's play areas|
|Varied recreational offerings|
|Boat service to Downtown Disney|
Port Orleans Riverside 2017 Rack Rates
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside Dining
- Boatwright's Dining Hall (Table Service)
- Fulton's General Store (Market)
- Muddy Rivers (Bar or Lounge)
- Port Orleans Riverside Pizza Delivery (Table Service)
- River Roost Lounge (Bar or Lounge)
- Riverside Mill Food Court (Counter Service)
|Park||Commuting Times||Resort Transportation|
|Magic Kingdom||21 min|
|Hollywood Studios||22 min|
|Animal Kingdom||25 min|
Antebellum Louisiana plantation, bayou-side retreat
|Quietness of Room||B+|
|Shuttle to Parks||Yes|