We absolutely LOVE Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort in the moderate category. This resort has a special place in our hearts, as it is the resort we enjoyed on our first Walt Disney World trip when the twins were 5. It was going to be a “once in a lifetime” Disney trip….well, that didn’t work out so well, because we went back almost every year since then! Today, I’d like to share my thoughts on Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort with you!
Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort is in the Disney Springs area. So, you can take a boat over to Disney Springs for shopping and dining. It is very convenient, and is a nice and relaxing ride. The boat also stops at Port Orleans~French Quarter, which is the “sister resort” of Riverside. That means you can use the pools interchangeably, and it is convenient to walk between the two for food and activities.
The room we had was pretty standard, with two queen beds. I do like to request a corner room at the moderate resorts. Why? Because they feel a tad bigger, and they have two nice, big windows. The only thing I don’t like about Port Orleans is there is a curtain and not a sliding door that separates the vanity from the sleeping area. That’s not a deal breaker, but I think a sliding door would be better. Port Orleans also has Royal Guest Rooms, which are themed after the Disney princesses. They are fit for the perfect little princess and her family, and are decked out in fine linens, photos of princesses, and light up headboards. Super cool!
Port Orleans Riverside is also “small” in comparison to the other moderates, which is a huge plus for us. The buses run well, in our experience. Depending on the crowds and season, the buses MAY stop at Port Orleans French Quarter, but not always. Also, in the grand scheme of Disney property, the Port Orleans Riverside is somewhat equidistant from the parks, so the bus rides are super long.
The dining at Port Orleans Riverside is nice. Boatwright’s Dining Hall is somewhat of a “hidden gem”, and is the table service location there. Also, you can get beignets at the Port Orleans resorts…..YUM!
We have stayed at this resort twice. Once, we were a family of four, and then the second time my husband and I went on a “no kids” Disney trip. They do have rooms for five, with a pull down bed from the wall. But, with two teenagers, I feel like it would be cramped in there. However, for a family with small children, I think it is a GREAT option!