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
Port Orleans Riverside is one of 5 moderate resorts at Walt Disney World:
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, the first Disney World hotel to be designated a moderate, which opened in 1988
- Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort (opened in 1991 as Disney’s Port Orleans Resort)
- Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort (opened in 1992 as Disney’s Dixie Landing Resort)
- Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (opened 1997) and
- The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, officially classed as moderate in 2008, but opened (as the Wilderness Homes) in 1986. (Fort Wilderness Campground opened much earlier, but precursors to the Cabins did not arrive until 1986.)
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.
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.
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.
There was a special guest in the lobby during my last check-in.
You’ll also find in this building the gift shop…
…a sitting area with a fireplace…
…and a charming bar, home to “Yehaa Bob” Jackson’s singing and comedy show most Wednesdays through Saturday evenings.
Next is Boatwright’s, a table service restaurant open for dinner.
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:
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…
…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.)
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.
The riverboat-landing theming of the main building is a little clearer from the other side.
In this area you’ll find the dock for the boat to Port Orleans French Quarter and Downtown Disney…
…and a place to rent bikes.
You can also reserve a horse-drawn carriage ride here.
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
This review continues here.
TOPICS IN THIS REVIEW OF DISNEY’S PORT ORLEANS RIVERSIDE RESORT
- Overview of Port Orleans Riverside
- Photo Tour of Standard Magnolia Bend Rooms
- Photo Tour of Alligator Bayou 5 Person Rooms
- Photo Tour of Magnolia Bend Royal Rooms
- Amenities at Port Orleans Riverside
- The Pools at Port Orleans Riverside
- The History of Port Orleans Riverside