The Top 5 Reasons to Stay at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort

The Top 5 Reasons to Stay at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort

When it comes to planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is where to stay. Among the many accommodations available, Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort stands out as a beloved choice for many visitors.

Entrance to the resort
Port Orleans Riverside Resort photo: @bizzyrunninganddizn

Along with its sister resort, Port Orleans French Quarter, this charming moderate resort is nestled along the scenic Sassagoula River. Riverside offers a unique blend of southern hospitality, beautiful theming, and exceptional Disney service. In this article, we will explore the top five reasons why staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort should be high on your list.

Immerse Yourself in Southern Beauty at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside

Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort transports guests to the romantic and nostalgic feel of the old south. The property is divided into two sections: Alligator Bayou and Magnolia Bend. The Alligator Bayou rooms feature rustic theming, while the Magnolia Bend mansions showcase the elegance of the antebellum south.

Port Orleans Riverside Rooms
Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort Magnolia Bend style rooms photo: @dizndonohues

Furthermore, meandering pathways, charming gazebos, and picturesque gardens create a tranquil and immersive environment that provides a welcome retreat after a busy day at the parks.  In addition, this resort is home to the coveted royal themed rooms.  Glittering starlit and rich décor will delight any fan of Disney princess tales. 


Convenient Location and Transportation

This resort is in the Disney Springs resort area. Port Orleans Riverside offers convenient access to all the options at Walt Disney World Resort. Complimentary transportation is provided via buses allowing guests to easily reach the theme parks, and water parks.

Boat on the river
Sassagoula Float Works boats transport guests from POR to Disney Springs on a quick relaxing boat ride. photo: @bizzyrunninganddizn

In addition, the scenic boat ride along the Sassagoula River to Disney Springs is a relaxing and enjoyable way to explore the resort’s shopping, dining, and entertainment district.

Resort Amenities for All Ages

Port Orleans Riverside offers an array of amenities that cater to guests of all ages. The resort features multiple pools, including the main Ol’ Man Island pool with its water slide, whirlpool spa, and children’s splash area. If you’re looking for a more tranquil experience, head to one of the quiet pools scattered throughout the property.

Port Orleans Riverside Pool.
Relax by the pool between park visits. photo: @bizzyrunninganddizn

Additionally, you can rent bikes, surrey bikes, or even enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride along the picturesque riverbanks.


The resort also offers fishing excursions, a game room, playgrounds, and evening campfire activities to keep everyone entertained.

Culinary Delights at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside

Foodies will find plenty to savor at Port Orleans Riverside. Boatwright’s Dining Hall, the resort’s table-service restaurant, offers a delectable menu inspired by Louisiana cuisine. From steaks to fresh seafood, there’s something to please every palate.

Boatwright’s table service restaurant serves up southern comfort dishes and other American favorites. photo: @bizzyrunninganddizn

For a quick bite, the Riverside Mill Food Court provides a range of options, including made-to-order sandwiches, pizza, pasta, and bakery items.

Riverside Mill
Riverside Mill is a quickservice spot to grab and go. photo: @bizzyrunninganddizn

Lastly, to cap off the evening, the River Roost Lounge is a popular spot for enjoying small bites and refreshing beverages. In addition, a quick boat ride to Disney Springs will offer an impressive amount of dining and entertainment.

River Roost Lounge
The River Roost Lounge has unique southern inspired cocktails. photo: @bizzyrunninganddizn

Unforgettable Disney Service

One of the hallmarks of a Disney vacation is the exceptional level of service provided to guests. Port Orleans Riverside upholds this standard. From the moment you arrive, the friendly and knowledgeable cast members are dedicated to ensuring your stay is nothing short of magical. Whether it’s answering questions, offering tips, or helping you make dining reservations, the staff goes above and beyond to make your experience truly memorable.

Cast members with horse and carriage.
Disney Cast Members provide exceptional care and service at Disney resorts. photo: @dizndonohues

Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort offers an enchanting escape from the ordinary, combining southern charm with the magic of Disney. It has beautiful theming, a convenient location, family-friendly amenities, and delicious dining options. It also has top-notch service. It’s no wonder this resort is a favorite among many Disney guests.

Landscape view of resort
photo: @bizzyrunninganddizn

 Whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or as a couple, staying at Port Orleans Riverside will add an extra touch of relaxation to your Walt Disney World vacation.

If you are interested in a vacation to any Disney destination or would like more information, reach out to our friends at DizN Vacations.  Their expert knowledge and advice will help build you a trip perfect for your ideal stay.  You can also submit a free no obligation quote request form to start planning your vacation right away!

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