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Amenities at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort



By Dave Shute

For the first page of this review of Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort, see this.

AMENITIES AT DISNEY’S PORT ORLEANS RIVERSIDE RESORT

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Port Orleans Riverside is one of 5 moderate resorts at Walt Disney World:

The moderates have much more room than the value resorts, more amenities, and (except for Fort Wilderness) much better landscaping. See this for what you get by Disney World price class.

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Although the typical moderate rooms, at 314 square feet (the cabins have 508 square feet), look much smaller than the rooms available at the deluxe resorts, differences in hall/entry layout make the living space of the typical moderates much more comparable to many Walt Disney World deluxes than raw square footage would imply. See this for more on square footage and livability.

Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort is officially a “hotel inspired by rural Louisiana that flows alongside the picturesque Sassagoula River…” set in a “…time and place where everything seems to move a little slower and simple pleasures flourish like magnolia blossoms in the springtime.”

Its 230+ acres include an arrival building called the Sassagoula Steamboat Company, where you check in, find help with reservations and tickets, and discover shops, dining, food, etc.

Lobby Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

There’s a lovely entry lobby with the check in and concierge services to the right of this space. Note the “steamboat destinations” lining the beams above the columns.

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There was a special guest in the lobby during my last check-in.

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You’ll also find in this building the gift shop…

Lounge Fireplace Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…a sitting area with a fireplace…

Yehaa Bob Port Orleans Riverside from yourfirstvisit.net

…and a charming bar, home to “Yehaa Bob” Jackson’s singing and comedy show most Wednesdays through Saturday evenings.

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Next is Boatwright’s, a table service restaurant open for dinner.

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It’s OK–not worth a special trip, but fine if you are already staying here. The review of Boatwright’s from our book The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017:

boatwirghts-review-from-the-easy-guide

 

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Food Court Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Next to Boatwright’s is the Riverside Mill, one of the weaker food courts at the moderates, with both a dull menu and too little space…

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…although some will be intrigued by the water wheel meant to drive the “mill.” (There’s an outside shot of the water wheel at the top of the page.)

Bus Stop Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Outside you’ll find one of the four bus stops here, though most buses are shared with sister resort Port Orleans French Quarter, adding a fifth stop to many trips.

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The riverboat-landing theming of the main building is a little clearer from the other side.

Downtown Disney Boat Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

In this area you’ll find the dock for the boat to Port Orleans French Quarter and Downtown Disney…

Bike Rentals Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and a place to rent bikes.

Carriage Ride Port Orleans Riverside from yourfirstvisit.net

You can also reserve a horse-drawn carriage ride here.

Movies Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Nightly movies are also shown–sometimes, during the quieter times of the year, alternating between Riverside and French Quarter.

The rest of the Port Orleans Riverside is the 2048 rooms of the resort, 5 quiet pools and the main pool on Ol’ Man Island.

THE POOLS AT DISNEY’S PORT ORLEANS RIVERSIDE RESORT

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