Port Orleans: Resort Overview

By:Adam F Manfredo

Being that I have not stayed at every resort on property, yet, but I currently dub this my favorite resort on property.  Maybe this will change, but I enjoy everything this resort has to offer, and I believe you will too, if you choose to stay there.  I will break it down between Riverside and French Quarter, and give you tips and insights I have when it comes to this resort.

Riverside

Port Orleans riverside was built to reflect the antebellum south along the Mississippi River.  From stately royal rooms to backwoods cottages, you can take pleasure casual charm of another era.  I think it is the theme of this hotel that I enjoy the most.  I like that it is not just another hotel structure, but a series of plantation buildings that  house guest rooms.  Also, there is so much plant and wildlife that makes you feel like you are on a southern plantation, in the 19th century.

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There is not a whole lot of choice when it comes to room types at this resort, but there are a few different choices when it comes to views and price.  I would recommend every one of the normal rooms except for the standard view because I think it takes a bit away from the resort, when you look out your window and see a bunch of parked cars. Pool view and river view rooms will solve that problem.  Beyond that, I would recommend a preferred room because it offers you one of the better views, and you are closer to the main building where you will find dining, shopping, and the lounge.  This resort is spread out, and it is worth it to be in the heart of the action.  The other type of rooms are the royal guest rooms, which are themed to Disney princesses.  There are some cool little touches they add to these rooms, and I think children will enjoy these rooms the most, especially little girls. It’s a little more expensive, and you have to decide if that is worth the little extra magic.

Royal Guest
Royal Guest Room

One of the reasons why I love Moderate and Value Resorts is that they have food courts. I feel that when you stay at a deluxe resorts, they usually have a small cafe area where you can get a small amount of quick service options, and then a few table service restaurants, and I do not always want to sit down for a longer meal.  This resort gives you the best of both worlds, as it has the Riverside Mill Food Court, Boatwright’s Dining Hall, River Roost Lounge, and Muddy Rivers Pool Bar.

  • The Riverside Mill Food Court is open from 6:30 AM to 11 PM, and has six stations that give you a wide variety of choices including bakery, grill, pizza, pasta, specialties, salads, and a carving station.
  • Boatwrght’s Dining Hall is only open for dinner, 5-9 PM, but is a table service restaurant that features southern, Cajun style cooking that your family will love.  There is a cool inner structure of a boat suspended over the restaurant, which gives the restaurant an interesting look.
  • Muddy Rivers Pool Bar is located on Ol’ Man Island, and feature many adult beverages to enjoy, including some frozen beverages.
  • River Roost Lounge might be my favorite lounge on the Walt Disney World Resort.  There are some appetizer options and adult beverages, but it is what happens on select nights that makes it a must stop location for a lot of Disney guests.  One of the most popular performers on property, Yehaa Bob, plays on an old ragtime piano as people sing along. It is something that you should experience at least once in your time on property.

There are five smaller, quieter swimming pools located around the resort, and an area called Ol’Man Island, where there is a hot tub and large swimming pool that features a rustic saw mill themed water slide.  In addition, the island contains a child playground and the Fishin’ Hole, where you can rent bait and poles for a small fee.

Port Orleans

Other recreational things you can do on property include horse-drawn carriage rides, movies under the stars, campfires, bike rentals, fishing, jogging trail, playgrounds, and an arcade.  So, there is a lot to do on the resort itself.

Transportation around the Walt Disney World Resort is part of the fun of staying on property.  Bus transportation will take you to and from the all Disney Parks and Disney Springs.  Also, on Nice nights feel free to take a nice relaxing boat ride to Disney Springs, but check the weather to make sure there is no lightning in the area, as the boat will be force to drop guests off at the nearest stop, and you will have to fin your way from there.  DSCN0179

I hope I broke down this resort in a way that would make you feel welcome, and like you would want to stay here.  The Riverside will always be near the top of my list when it comes to Disney Resort Hotels.

French Quarter

French Quart

Located a short walk from the Riverside Resort, the French Quarter is not as big as the Riverside, but still beautiful and amazing in its own right.  It was designed, as the name would suggest, after New Orleans’ French Quarter.  The setting makes you feel like you are in the of New Orleans during a simpler time with the cobblestone streets, gas lamps, wrought-iron balconies and fragrant magnolia blossoms.  Mardi Gras style characters and lively jazz make you feel fully immersed in the New Orleans experience.

French Quarter

Room choices are fairly limited at this resort, and again I would say that it is worth it to get a nice view of the river or garden because it just makes the whole experience seem that much more real and fun.

Dining at the French Quarter is not quite as extensive as the Riverside Resort, but in my opinion, it is easier to eat at table service restaurants in the park than to have to go out of your way to a resort unless it is your home resort.  A lot of times I get back from the parks, and I just want something quick and easy, which the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court allows.  Their three dining option at the french Quarter, which include Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Food Factory Food Court, Scat Cat’s Club, and Mardi Grogs.

  • Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court is open 6 AM to 12AM, and includes a mixture of American, Cajun and Creole foods.  This food court is known for having delicious beignets that are sought after by Disney fans all over.
  • Scat Cat’s Club is open from 4 PM to 12 AM, and consists of appetizers and a mixture of adult beverages.  A fun place to hang out and relax, which is nice to have on a resort.
  • Mardi Grogs is a pool bar that serves adult beverages and normal beverages, and some snack and sandwiches.  This is nice because you can grab a quick bite to eat by the pool.

The French Quarter has only on pool, and it is known as Doubloon Lagoon.  It is a fairly large pool and features a sea serpent themed water slide that is being controlled Neptune.  This area also includes a hot tub and child playground.

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Other recreational things you can do on property include horse-drawn carriage rides, movies under the stars, campfires, bike rentals, fishing, jogging trail, playgrounds, and an arcade.  So, there is a lot to do on the resort itself.

Transportation around the Walt Disney World Resort is part of the fun of staying on property.  Bus transportation will take you to and from the all Disney Parks and Disney Springs.  Also, on Nice nights feel free to take a nice relaxing boat ride to Disney Springs, but check the weather to make sure there is no lightning in the area, as the boat will be force to drop guests off at the nearest stop, and you will have to find your way from there.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

 

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