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Disney Port Orleans Riverside Guide

If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World and are looking for a moderate priced Disney resort, be sure to consider Port Orleans Riverside. This Disney resort is designed to make you feel as though you have arrived in the Bayou of Louisiana.

Guide to Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside

When you get to Port Orleans Riverside resort, the first place you may go is the Port Orleans resort lobby.

Immediately, you will  notice the Cajun music and feel as though you have arrived in the old South.

Port Orleans lobby

There are two sections to Port Orleans Riverside: Magnolia Bend & Alligator Bayou. Both sections are along the Sassagoula River and offer similar amenities. 

Port Oleans Resort Mansions

Mansions at Magnolia Bend

This section of Port Orleans Riverside looks like the Antebellum South with large white two story plantation style buildings.

Port Orleans Riverside Fountains

Just like you would find in New Orleans, this section has squares with walkways. fountains and mature shady trees.

Alligator Bayou in Port Orleans

Alligator Bayou

Nestled deep under beautiful trees and surrounded by luscious vegetation, Alligator Bayou Lodges are in a more secluded area of the resort. 

These buildings make you feel like you are deep in Cajun country.

Port Orleans Riverside Rooms

Regardless of which type of building you stay in, you will find the rooms similar in style. You will choose one King or two Queen size beds.

Hidden bedin Port Orleans Royal Guest Rooms

One of the perk to staying at Port Orleans is that it is one of the few Disney resorts that can sleep five.  There is a trundle bed or hideaway bed in all rooms.

Natural Areas at Port Orleans Riverside

Things to do in Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort

There is something to be said of the surrounding areas of the Port Orleans Riverside resort.

You will find that there are several walking trails that take you all around the resort and you can easily spend hours exploring.  

Rent a bike or take a horse drawn carriage for a unique experience!

Ol' Man Island Pool at Port Orleans Riverside

Port Orleans Riverside Pools

This resort has a ton of pools: five leisure pools—3 in Alligator Bayou and 2 in Magnolia Bend and the main resort pool for Riverside:  Ol’ Man Island.

Built to look like an abandoned sawmill, this pool area can be accessed by 3 wooden bridges. 

One of the unique features is the 95 foot-long rustic waterslide built into the millworks.

Campfire on the Bayou

Campire on the Bayou & Movies under the Stars

One of the perks to staying on Disney property is the FREE activities.

One of our personal favorites is the nightly marshmallow roasting at Campfire on de’ Bayou.

Right after the campfire you can stay to enjoy Movies Under the Star Nights!

Boatwrights at Port Orleans

Port Orleans Riverside Restaurants 

One of the best parts about staying at Port Orleans is the food! Since the theme of the resort  is New Orleans, the food is steeped in the tradition of Creole favorites!

Riverside Mill Food Court

Food courts often get a bad rap, but this one is different. You’ll find six stations and everything from pizza & pasta to burgers and chicken.

Boatwright’s Dining Hall

If you want some Southern Louisiana cooking  at a table service restaurant, this is where you will find it.  Enjoy such Creol favorites like Jambalaya, Shrimp and Grits and even Crawfish Macaroni & Cheese.

Port Orleans Resort at Riverside

Port Orleans Riverside is one of our favorite Disney moderate resorts and I’m sure you can see why. This resort has it all, beautiful accommodations, great food and plenty of things to do.

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Royal Guest Rooms at Port Orleans Resort

You may also be interested in the Royal Guest Rooms. These are specialty rooms that are designed to make you feel like you are a princess!

Have you stayed at Port Orleans? What was your favorite thing about the resort?

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rick klaiber

Sunday 25th of August 2019

just stayed at Port Orleans riverside for the first time and I loved it...stayed in the alligator section and found it a little confusing with lack of building numbers not on all sides of buildings, My car engine died and took it to the Disney car center to replace it and they did a good job at it. But the front desk was trying to bill me for a car stay over night when my car was in the shop. After hearing my story the did not charge me which was good since I was already very stressed about my car and worrying about getting home,


Saturday 7th of September 2019

Oh no! I am sure that was a slight damper on your vacation. I'm glad to hear that they didn't charge you!

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