Return to the charming days of riverboats and Mark Twain and discover Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort. Courtly pillars, grand staircases and splendid gardens blend with the Mississippi-style waterways and gracious Southern hospitality. “Mosey over” to Alligator Bayou and discover its rustic architecture, front porches and meandering walkways. A stocked fishing hole, country-style pool, flowered fields and two-story cottages create the nostalgic romance of down-home charm.
Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside was designed to reflect the antebellum south along the Mississippi River in Louisiana. The Sassagoula River runs through the middle of the resort; giving it that Southern Mississippi charm.
Port Orleans Riverside is a Moderate resort in Disney World’s tiered resort system. As the name implies, this Disney hotel features amenities and prices somewhere between the Value resorts and the Deluxe resorts.
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside Rooms
The Southern charm continues into the guest rooms. The resort includes two types of buildings: Southern manors (Magnolia Bend) and backwoods cottages (Alligator Bayou). The decor of the rooms mirrors the theme of the two areas. The Magnolia Bend rooms have oak wood furnishings with elegant accents. The Alligator Bayou rooms have a rustic feel.
Most guest rooms in the Moderate level resorts include a double sink that is separate from the bathtub, shower, and toilet, and has a privacy curtain or door, so that guests using the sinks and vanity area can have a partition from the rest of the guest room while allowing another guest to use the toilet and/or shower.
The standard rooms include two queen beds and one king bed is available in select rooms. Rooms feature a table and a couple chairs, as well. Some rooms in the Alligator Bayou have new Murphy beds that pull down to reveal a scene inspired by “The Princess and the Frog.”
In addition to the two different themed buildings and rooms, the Royal Rooms provide an additional room theme and category. These rooms are ornate in every sense of the word with Disney details everywhere. The Royal Guest Rooms feature an headboard with fireworks and twinkling fireflies.
The resort offers bus service to all 4 Disney theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom), both water parks (Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water park), and Disney Springs. Additionally, you can take a boat ride down the Sassagoula River to Disney Springs. The boat ride takes about 15-20 minutes.
- Alarm Clock
- Mini Fridge
- Hair Dryer
- In-Room Safe
- Iron and Ironing Board
- Table & Chairs
- Television – ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN & more
- Vanity Area
- Voice Mail
- Free WiFi
Check-in time is 4 p.m. and check-out is 11 a.m. Guests may check in at the front desk or the My Disney Experience app as early as 8 a.m. and if the room is not ready, store your bags with Luggage Services and head for the theme parks.
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside Dining
At Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside is the Riverside Mill Food Court, a quick service food location where guests can select an entree from several different counters. They offer create-your-own pasta, and salad entrees in addition to homestyle meals and burgers.
Boatwright’s Dining Hall is a casual table service (sit-down) restaurant located at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort. It serves dinner only, and is famous for southern dishes such as jambalaya and Voodoo Chicken.
River Roost Lounge is located right outside of Boatwright’s at Riverside and has live entertainment. It serves a wide variety of appetizers and alcoholic beverages.
Muddy Rivers Pool Bar is located on Ol’ Man Island. Guests can purchase a great range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
In-room pizza delivery is also available at Port Orleans Riverside.
- Riverside Mill Food Court
- Boatwright’s Dining Hall
- Muddy Rivers Pool Bar: Enjoy a drink or some snacks, poolside.
- River Roost Lounge
- Pizza delivery (room service): 4pm to midnight
(plus other limited menu options)
Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Recreation
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside has a 3.5-acre (1.4 ha) recreation area called Ol’ Man Island, which houses the resort’s 158,000-US-gallon (600 kL) feature swimming pool with a large rustic saw-mill themed water slide and a hot tub. The island also contains a children’s playground and the Fishin’ Hole, where guests can rent cane fishing poles and bait for a small fee.
There are also five smaller “quiet” swimming pools at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside, three located within the Alligator Bayou section, and two in the Magnolia Bend area. Riverside has a marina where guests can rent bicycles or surrey bikes. Rental of personal watercraft was discontinued in early 2014 from all Disney moderate-level resorts, including Riverside. Horse-drawn carriage rides are available in the evening.
- 6 Pools
- Feature Pool: Ol’ Man Island – Cross the bridge to a 3-plus acre hideaway with an old-fashioned swimmin’ hole and sawmill water slide. Inspired by the story of Tom Sawyer, Ol’ Man Island even features a catch-and-release fishing hole and stories told around an evening campfire. The nearby Muddy Rivers pool bar and a hot tub provide fun for grown folks.
- 5 Leisure Pools: 3 in Alligator Bayou and 2 in Magnolia Bend—are available throughout the Resort.
- Child pool
- Whirlpool Spa
- Jogging Trail
- Children’s playground
- Bike Rentals
- Pirate Adventure Cruise
- Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
Kid’s Nite Out Babysitting
Kid’s Nite Out caregivers can provide one-on-one in-room childcare in the comfort of a Walt Disney World® Resort room. The professional staff of Kid’s Nite Out gives the child individual attention by playing a variety of fun-filled activities with him/her including reading books, coloring, or playing “I Spy” games. They can also provide a fun, well-trained sitter to just hang out with the family if they need a father’s/mother’s helper. Kid’s Nite Out also plans and works children’s parties, camps, and children’s theme conventions.
- Advance reservations are required – please call 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
- Services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at all Walt Disney World Resorts
- 4-hour minimum required – children ages 6 months to 12 years old
- Guests can call up to 90 Days in advance. Will try to accommodate same-day calls or unusual hours.
- Cancellations require 24 hours notice to avoid the 4 hour minimum charge
Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort FAQs
Is there a gym at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort?
No. The only Moderate Disney Resort that has a gym or fitness center is Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
Are the Port Orleans Riverside pools heated?
Yes. Pools are heated to 82°F/28°C year round.
How many pools are at Port Orleans Riverside?
Six. Port Orleans Riverside has the Ol’ Man Island featured pool and 5 leisure pools.
Can you see fireworks from Port Orleans Riverside?
Unfortunately, you cannot usually see the fireworks from either Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside or Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter as the theme parks are a bit too far away, and there are trees that block the view.
How long is the boat ride from Port Orleans Riverside to Disney Springs?
The boat ride on the Sassagoula River to Disney Springs takes approximately 15-20 minutes.
Does Port Orleans Riverside have laundry service?
24-hour self-service laundry rooms are adjacent to each of the 5 quiet pools dotted around the Resort hotel. Machine tokens can be purchased at these laundry rooms.
For dry cleaning or valet laundry service, select “Housekeeping” on your Guest Room phone. Deposit your items in the provided laundry bag for pickup and fill out the attached form. Items picked up by 9:00 AM are typically returned to you after 7:00 PM that same day.
Does Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes. Disney offers an airport shuttle (Disney’s Magical Express) from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) for resort guests. We recommend confirming your flight details with the resort or your Destinations in Florida travel agent.
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Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside Videos
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- Tour of Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside
- Inside the Royal Guest Rooms
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