Staying at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort gives you the opportunity to experience two very different styles of southern charm.
The first style is found in the Magnolia Bend section of the resort. Here you will find the stately beauty of old plantation homes that were found on the shores of the Mississippi (or the Sassagoula as Disney calls it) River.
There are four buildings or grand mansions in Magnolia Bend. The rooms in the mansions are decorated in a simple elegance that speaks to your romantic side.
Rooms either have two double beds or one king bed. The headboards are a beautiful dark stained wood that adds to the beauty of the room. The bathrooms are in two sections. The tub/shower and toilet are in one area and two pedestal sinks with framed oval mirrors are in a separate area.
The rest of the room has an armoire dresser that houses a TV. It also has shelves and drawers to store your clothes. The rest of the furniture in the room consists of a small sitting bench, a table with two chairs, and a nightstand between the double beds. There is also a small refrigerator in each room for your convenience.
Extra storage space is available in the vanity area in the form of a shelf and a clothes rack to hang up your clothes. You will also find an iron and ironing board in this area as well.
The second style found at Port Orleans Riverside Resort is in the section called the Alligator Bayou. This area of the resort offers a kind of rustic charm. The buildings look like cabins or lodges that you might find in the back country of Louisiana along the Mississippi.
Alligator Bayou is the lagest section of the Port Orleans Riverside Resort and has sixteen buildings. The rooms are designed the same as those in Magnolia Bend. The difference is found in the decor. The headboards look like craved tree limbs that almost make you feel like you are camping in the woods. Disney style of course!
Some of the rooms in Alligator Bayou that have two double beds also have a trundle bed. This bed pulls out from under one of the beds and a child less than five feet tall can sleep comfortably there. On our last quick trip to Disney we stayed in one of these rooms and enjoyed it very much. The children thought the trundle bed was fun. Prices for this moderate resort start at $149.00/night and go up depending on the time of year you want to visit.
These two sections of Port Orleans Riverside Resort are separated by the Sassagoula (Mississippi) river. The river adds beauty to the resort and allows ferry boats to transport people down to Port Orleans French Quarter and to the Downtown Disney area.
The main building, which is called the Commercial Center, is on the Alligator Bayou side of the river. Those people staying in Magnolia Bend rooms can easily get to the Commercial Center by walking over a footbridge to cross the river. Everything that you might need can be found in the Commercial Center. As you enter the building, the front desk and the lobby are on the right. Fulton's General Store and River Roost Lounge and on the left.
If you walk straight back from the entrance, you will pass Boatwright's. This is a casual sit down restaurant that specializes in a variety of Cajun dishes. The restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner and it seems to always be super busy, so you might want to make a reservation.
Walk further down the hall and you will end up at Riverside Mill or the food court. Here you will find five or six counter service areas that offer everything from pastries and coffee to made to order salads. You can also get hamburgers, pizza, pasta and a blue plate special which comes with a meat and several sides.
During the breakfast hours you can find the usual morning goodies. From eggs, bacon and biscuits to pancakes, waffles and pastries, You will not go hungry that's for sure. Look through the back windows and you will get a good view of the giant waterwheel in the back of the building. A nice way to start the day.
Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort has many recreational activities available to the guests. Swimming is always a good way to have some fun and burn up any extra energy. The resorts main pool on Ol' Man Island is the perfect place to do just that. This pool has a slide and there is also a hot tub in the area. Little ones can also enjoy the playground.
If swimming is not your thing, you can rent a bike to wheel around the resort or rent a boat to enjoy cruising along the Sassagoula. Or maybe you would be happy going fishing down at the Fishin Hole. All these activities are fun but the most charming by far is the horse drawn carriage rides. Watching these carriages go around the resort really does make you feel like you are in historic Savannah or even in Louisiana.
Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort is a moderate resort that has much to offer. It has a charming atmosphere and the price is affordable.
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