Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Resort Spotlight: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Resort Spotlight: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
by: guide4wdw - Caitlin
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Resort Category: 
Moderate Resort

Resort Area: 
Disney Springs

1251 Riverside Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-8514
(407) 934-6000

Boatwright’s Dining Hall (casual)
Riverside Mill Food Court (quick service)
River Roost (lounge)
Muddy Rivers Pool Bar

Room Types:
Standard Room
Royal Rooms

Disney’s Riverside is a wonderful resort tucked away in the Disney Springs area. This Moderate property takes the term “more bang for your buck” quite seriously. In my opinion, this is the most spectacular Resort in its category. Its charming theming is classically elegant and the Royal Rooms are fit for a princess. The Resort is divided into two sections: Magnolia Bend and Alligator Bayou. It also has 6 pools with the main attraction being Ol’ Man Island with its 95 foot water slide. Take a look at all that Riverside has to offer.


Standard Room complete with wooden headboards and vintage light fixtures.


Royal room with golden accents and princesses adorning your walls.


Ol’ Man Island pool themed to match an old-time watering hole.


Boatwright’s Dining Hall features shipyard theming and Louisiana style food. Disneyfoodblog calls it a “hidden gem” on the Disney property. With cornbread as a staple item, it’s sure to be an enjoyable meal. Take a look at these truly deep south dishes.

Mardi Gras Fritters
Shrimp and Grits

When I visited this property, I ate breakfast at the Riverside Mill Food Court. I thoroughly enjoyed my Mickey Waffle with bananas and caramel sauce. Like most Disney food courts, breakfast, lunch, and dinner is available and the Dining Plan is accepted.



Classic Mickey Waffle with Fruit

Visit the River Roost Lounge for some fun piano playing by the famous Yehaa Bob and grab a drink or two. Enjoy the continued theming of old Louisiana while snacking on some Bayou Buffalo Wings.

Enjoy a refreshment at the Muddy Rivers Pool Bar, conveniently served non-alcoholic as well.

Disney’s Riverside resort offers two transportation options: Boat and Disney bus. You can reach Disney Springs by taking a relaxing journey through the water. Buses will also take you to each of the Disney Parks. Keep in mind that both the boats and buses typically run on a 20-30 minute loop. In my personal experience, half of the battle with Disney transportation is simply lucky timing and running to catch a bus to your designated location (just being honest!).

Parking is free at both the resort and all theme parks. Personally, I prefer using the Disney buses. Although it can be tricky to nail your timing, it is worth the short walk to the park entrance – especially at good ole’ Magic Kingdom. If you’ve hiked it from Ticket and Transportation, you know what I’m talking about!

Carriage rides are another special addition to this Resort. Grab the family (or your sweetheart) and enjoy the view of the property’s Sassagoula River.


As you can see, Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside Resort is packed full of wonderful opportunities. It is widely recognized as one of the best Moderate’s on the property. I highly recommend it for the price and elegance offered here, and I look forward to coming back to enjoy Riverside again soon! For even more available activities at this resort, visit

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