Port Orleans Riverside is a Moderate Resort at Walt Disney World. Themed after the Louisiana bayou, this gorgeous resort has 3 separate room types:
- Mansion Rooms
- Bayou Rooms
- Royal Guest Rooms
When you book a Standard, Garden, or Pool/River View Room you may end up with a Bayou or Mansion room. You can ask me, your travel agent, to put in a request for the room type you prefer (see pictures below); however, it’s only a request and not a guarantee. If you book a Preferred room, you will be in the Bayou section.
The Mansions are themed after the Louisiana plantation mansions. The buildings have large, open green spaces – which as a city girl, I GREATLY appreciate and was a huge factor that made me fall in love with this resort! The Mansion rooms are light and airy. Mansion rooms have a bookable King Bed category, and all other Mansion rooms sleep 4 guests, plus one under the age of 3 in a pack and play. The rooms also have a mini refrigerator, coffee maker and standard bathroom/vanity.
The Bayou rooms are themed after the obvious – the bayou! These rooms are a bit more whimsical and I prefer this look myself. Something about the wood touches just make it cozy to me! The buildings are in a more wooded and I feel are more private than the open areas of the Mansions. These rooms are bookable with a King Bed category, other rooms have 2 queen beds, and still other rooms in the Bayou will have 2 queen beds and a single banquet-style bed. All rooms can also take a child under the age of 3 in a pack and play. All rooms have a mini-refrigerator, coffeemaker and standard bathroom/vanity. If you are a party of 5 (ages 3+) booking Port Orleans Riverside, you will be placed in the Bayou.
The Royal Guest rooms are located in the Mansion section of the resort and all rooms have 2 queen beds with a max occupancy of 4 guests, and a child under the age of 3 in a pack and play. The rooms also have the mini-refrigerator, coffee maker and standard bathroom/vanity. You can book a Royal Guest Room in Standard, Garden or River View. My family stayed here, in the Royal Guest Rooms. My son was 5-years old and LOVED the room (so did my husband and I!), it is not overly princess-y, but has a more royal, or regal touch. The headboards also light up with fireworks, which is always a fun touch!
The resort is fairly large, but walkable. There are four internal bus stops looping around the resort, so you never have far to walk in order catch a bus to the theme parks. The buses do sometimes share with the sister resort, Port Orleans French Quarter. There is a walking path between the resorts and you are welcome to use the amenities from either resort. There is a beautiful relaxing river the flows through the resort, and boat access to Downtown Disney.
The resort has a main feature pool with a water slide, and a quiet pool. There is also a Table Service restaurant (Boatwrights), a food court/Quick Service restaurant (Riverside Mille) and a lounge that has live family-friendly music on the weekends, free of charge.
This is my favorite Moderate Resort! I love the overall look and feel of the resort, with it’s attention to detail it feels beyond a typical hotel and I’m transported to another place outside of Florida when I stay here. I think the food court is excellent and the rooms are very comfortable! I did not find any bus ride to the parks to be extremely long, I had gone in with the mind-set that it would be making a few stops before leaving the resort. I am not alone in this being my favorite Moderate. Out of any other Disney Resort, I have the most guests repeat their visit here!!
- Very nice price point for the amenities
- Lots of variety in the room types, depending on what interests you the most
- The Riverside Mill has a nice variety of food, plus great atmosphere with parts overlooking the river
- Very relaxing and quiet resort
- Boat access to Downtown Disney
- Evening carriage rides available at this resort (additional cost)
- Pirate adventure cruises available at this resort (additional cost)
- The bus service does often share with it’s sister resort, and can take longer to leave the property before going onto the parks
- Some people feel the resort is too large, and prefer a more intimate resort
- No balconies on the rooms, they all open to open-air hallways (as with the Value and other Moderate Resorts)
Have you stayed at Port Orleans Riverside? What did you think?