Review: Standard Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside
By Dave Shute
PORT ORLEANS RIVERSIDE STANDARD 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 Standard Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside.
REVIEW OF THE PORT ORLEANS RIVERSIDE STANDARD ROOMS
As part of this rehab, full beds were replaced with queens across the resort. The layout of the five-person Alligator Bayou rooms changed, and the rooms in two buildings in Magnolia Bend, Oak Manor and Parterre Place, were redesigned–and re-priced–as Royal Rooms.
But there’s also a group of rooms in Magnolia Bend in the Acadian House and Magnolia Terrace buildings which are neither Royal nor 5-person rooms. We stayed in these “standard rooms” at Port Orleans Riverside in February 2013, and they are the subject of this review.
For typical families, Port Orleans Riverside Standard Rooms are the best choice.
But they are uniformly more convenient and less expensive than the Royal Rooms.
For most families, they are also a better choice than the Alligator Bayou rooms.
They are the same price as the Alligator Bayou rooms, but are more convenient than most. Moreover, they have about 50% more drawer space than the Alligator Bayou 5 person rooms, their drawers can be accessed all the time, and their theming, while not quite as interesting as that of Alligator Bayou, is much less dark and murky.
A PHOTO TOUR OF THE STANDARD ROOMS AT PORT ORLEANS RIVERSIDE
The floor plans of the Riverside standard rooms (see above) are about as typical of the Disney World moderate resorts as you’ll find–similar to those of the Royal Rooms and identical to the floor plans of Port Orleans French Quarter.
When you enter, you’ll find two queen beds on one side. Each has its own separately controlled reading light–although the switches were left in the same spot that put them in the middle of the former two full beds, which was an odd choice.
All the Riverside rooms are short on dresser drawers, but these rooms and Royal rooms have the most, and most convenient, drawer space. (Alligator Bayou rooms have about 50% less space in drawers that are inaccessible when the Murphy Bed in those rooms is in use.)
For most folk who are committed to Port Orleans Riverside, these standard rooms will be the best choice. They are more livable, less murky, and–mostly–more convenient than Riverside’s Alligator Bayou rooms. Riverside’s Royal Rooms are just as livable, but more expensive and less convenient and, to my taste, a little overdone.
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