Review: Royal Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside
By Dave Shute
PORT ORLEANS RIVERSIDE ROYAL ROOMS
On the map, French Quarter is the purple area on the right, and Riverside the green area on the left.
Port Orleans Riverside has two areas and three distinct room types.
Its Magnolia Bend area (the four blocks of rooms at the top of the Riverside part of the map) has two room types, Royal Rooms and Standard Rooms, each sleeping four in two queen beds.
This page reviews the Magnolia Bend Royal Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside.
REVIEW OF THE ROYAL ROOMS
As part of this rehab, full beds were replaced with queens across the resort, and the rooms in two buildings in Magnolia Bend, Oak Manor and Parterre Place, were redesigned–and re-priced–as “Royal” Rooms.
I stayed in one in December 2012, wishing to test three potential issues: are these rooms too girly, too inconvenient, and/or too expensive?
The short answers:
- These rooms are not girly, but distinctive more in a heavy, detailed, layered, Victorian “elderly aunt” sense than in a princessy way. They won’t be off-putting to little boys. Little–and mom-sized–princesses will likely love their sumptuous design, unless their design aesthetic tends towards the spare and the simple.
- These two buildings have always been inconvenient, particularly distant from bus stops, and they remain so–particularly Parterre Place, where I stayed. Disney’s choosing of them for the Royal Rooms is a way to add value to this base of inconvenience similar to the choice to make the Pirate Rooms at Caribbean Beach out of the least convenient buildings there.
- They cost most nights of the year $30 more per night than standard Magnolia Bend rooms. You have to value the decor, and princes and princesses, for them to be worth the extra cost and inconvenience they bring–or be a huge fan of The Princess & The Frog.
A PHOTO TOUR OF THE ROYAL ROOMS AT PORT ORLEANS RIVERSIDE
Your experience with the Royal Rooms begins with check in, where you will be issued a special proclamation of welcome from Tiana, the wonderful heroine of The Princess & The Frog. (Because I watch Pawn Stars, I knew enough not to open my proclamation…I’ll sell it to Chumlee for big bucks someday.)
Next you make your way–possibly quite a hike if you are in one of the southern rooms in Parterre Place–to your room.
The floor plan is pretty close to the standard for the queen-bed moderate resorts.
What’s different compared to other moderate rooms is the richness of the furnishings, and all the wonderful prince and princessy detailing…and those headboards!
But darken the room, and find on the side of each a button which launches a very fun “fireworks” show on the headboards–actually, as you’ll know if you’ve seen The Princess and the Frog, it’s a firefly show.
This is typical of one of the several ways–besides price!–these rooms are “royal.” There are images of princes and princesses, sumptuous Victorian-styled furnishings and fittings in a regal color scheme of (royal!) blue and gold, and various objects that will remind fans of various princesses and their films.
The bath as is typical is divided into two areas. One area has sinks that have a very graceful design, including sparklies that I couldn’t photograph. I didn’t get an adequate shot of them (even by my low standards), but the faucets here mimic the magic lamps from Aladdin.
For more–including much better photos!–see this entry on portorleans.org.
MORE ON WHERE TO STAY AT DISNEY WORLD
- For where to stay, see this
- For what you get in each resort price category, see this
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