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“Was it worth it save some money at Riverside vs. French Quarter?” 4 of 5 stars
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Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   1251 Riverside Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830 (Formerly Dixie Landings)   |  
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“Was it worth it save some money at Riverside vs. French Quarter?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The answer to this question will depend on what you are looking for. I saved nearly 50.00 a night to stay at Riverside and I will share the number one issue that others have shared turned out to be right on the mark. Riverside is truly a giant property, which means you may have to do some extra walking to get to your room or to the main lobby/restaurant/pool area. It's also true that if you will be relying on the Disney Transport bus system, you will need to be more patient, as there are four stops on this property. The first stop is by the main lobby and three more to follow, before the bus will head out to the parks. Now if you have your own car and want to utilize this service, I would totally suggest driving over to the French Quarter and parking in front of their one and only bus depot. This turned out to be quite a time-saver, as you board the bus and you are one your way to the park. When we returned, we just walked over to our car and drove back on over to the Riverside. This proved to be a good plan, as the first day we waited for a bus at the Riverside and then had to go to three more stops before heading to the park. Plus when the bus returned, it actually stopped at the French Quarter first and then all of the Riverside stops. Again, Riverside is big, so the closest bus stop may be a little bit of a walk for you.

OK...if you are still interested, then this is a great resort! We stayed in the Alligator Bayou Lodge 39 and the rooms were updated and very clean. As others have shared, there are no elevators, so being on the first floor was actually a nice feature. It's also nice that the first floor is up a few steps, so you aren't completely on the ground level. If you can, request a corner room, so that you get the extra window, as it did add some nice daylight to room. The only noise we ever heard from above was the sound of a flush (in the morning) but honestly, it was not a very big deal. The beds were quite comfortable and the room even had an extra trundle style bed that pulled down from the wall. I traveled with my wife and two boys (9&6) and there was a quite pool right outside our unit. Of course the neatest pool was the main one...that had a water slide and plenty of activities going on for the kids.

The property is nicely maintained and the landscaping truly makes you feel like you are down by the riverside! Great views of the river are available throughout the property. We ate many meals on-site at their food court and I found them to be reasonably priced and of an acceptable quality. There is a gift shop in the lobby that has snacks, toiletries and all kinds of other goodies and I must say, I thought their prices were reasonable as well (for the snacks that is).

The previous trip we took we stayed at the Yacht Club, which has such an ideal location that we knew that this one would be different. Even though it was not as nice, it was still a great trip! I love that Disney Resorts let you check in as early as your room is ready, in this case 11 AM. They also let us check-out at 1 PM. Had we arrived at 9AM, they would let you check-in too, as long as your room was ready. That is some great service! :)

So, back to the original question, was it worth it to save the money and say at Riverside instead of the FQ? For us it was. FQ is a smaller property, so less walking, but that didn't ruin this trip for us at all. Considering how much walking we did in the theme parks, the extra mileage put on at the resort was not a big deal for us. Truthfully, aside from that issue, Riverside is truly a great value and nice property. Their food-court area is much larger and the dining area is much more comfortable.

If you are torn between the two, the deal breaker is the size of the property and your tolerance for walking! :)

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We hadn't stayed in a Disney Moderate resort for a few years and were delighted with all the upgrades. Queen beds, pillows and table and chairs for seating made the room very enjoyable while waiting out a rainstorm. The resort was very lush and green and pleasant to stroll through. The pool has a water slide and waterfalls. Don't miss the piano player that plays Wed through Sat in the River Roost Lounge, very family friendly.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Love Disney World... No wrong age to go. My grandmother feared taking me as a teen would bore me, but I had a ton of fun. The room we had was very clean, and had that sweet taste of Disney you expect at a resort. Good for more mature kids, would not recommend for toddlers or young children.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I brought our almost 2 & 1/2 yo son to Disney for his first visit. After looking at several of the value and moderate resorts we settled on Port Orleans-Riverside and it didn't disappoint. Everything from the check-in to the accommodations were excellent. We asked for some toddler bed rails after check in and they arrived very quickly to our room. The grounds were spotless and the atmosphere was tranquil. The pools were great after a long day at the park and there were tons of activities for kids. The rooms were quite large and very quiet (I.e. You couldn't hear your neighbors through the walls). Despite being a large resort they have 4 bus stops thought the resort for trips back and forth to the theme parks which made getting a pick up or drop off near your room was very easy. The food was above average, typical hotel food, nothing that knocked my socks off, but the quality and price were good enough. We only ate at the cafeteria and didn't try their sit down restaurant so I can can't comment on that food option. I would recommend this resort without hesitation to anyone and would certainly stay there again.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We traveled as a couple for a wedding party and found the property to be lack luster. Checking in took approximately 20min and parking was hard to come by. We decided to valet but that didn't exist. Once in our room we realized the nearest food source was a 15 min walk or a 5 min drive. The bar/restaurant was closed when we arrived and the only other food option was a food court. Needless to say we bought chips and salsa and took them to our room. The actual room was not great and defiantly not luxurious by any means. The experience would have been tolerable if good high quality food was available.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Don't get me wrong, we had a wonderful time in Disney but Port Orleans Riverside is was a little disappointing. The common areas are not as clean as I remember them to be and the grounds are not as neat and clean. A lot of debris in the gardens. Just not as kept up. The rooms are comfortable enough. The place is very spread out so there is a lot of walking. Staff are very nice and check in is a breeze. I would probably stay again.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Stayed for two weeks and was our first stay in a disney hotel as normally stay in international drive. Check was fast and efficient, kids watched tv while we checked in and collected our magic bands. Our room was a fair journey from the restaurant etc so we used the car as my hubby was recovering from an ankle injury, if not we would have walked as the surroundings are beautiful. We were in lodge 35 alligator bayou. Room was lovely and spacious but not nearly enough space for all our clothes!!! You could curtain of the sink area which we found very useful, shower was good and powerful. The Mickey toiletries were a nice touch and readily replaced when needed. Mouse keeping came in very day and left some fab towel decorations!!! Had read reviews about fridge probs but ours was fine, I did miss a real cup of tea though as we only had a coffee maker in the room. It was good to
Have a hairdryer and iron etc in the room. We were a one minute walk from a pool which was clean and tidy and the kids loved it. I would put in a load of washing and then take them swimming as the laundry room was by the pool,very handy. My only gripe was that the machines only took quarters!!!
We had the dining plan which must have saved us loads of money. We found the service in the in site restaurant a little disappointing and not up to the normal disney standard!!! We ate in other disney hotels and at the disney parks too which added to the variety as we would have gotten bored eating in the same place everyday. We had a car but did take the boat to downtown which was excellent!!! We used it a few times and never had to wait long for the boat which is more than can be said for the
Buses. We used the buses twice but only for
Going to downtown which was fine but the return journey took almost an hour!!! My advise to anyone is get a car and then you can come and go as you please.
We had a fab stay and would defo stay here again. The lifeguards were very good too at keeping an eye on everyone. Some evenings we watched a film under the stars which was nice as the weather was good. All in all we would rush back!!!

Stayed June 2014
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Address: 1251 Riverside Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830 (Formerly Dixie Landings)
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#17 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#62 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#67 Family Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside 3.5*
Number of rooms: 2048
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover a place where simple pleasures flourish and Southern hospitality abounds. From the stately white-column mansions of Magnolia Bend to the quaint backwoods cottages of Alligator Bayou, delight in this picturesque Resort hotel that evokes the romance and tranquility of the rural Louisiana Bayou. ... more   less 
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