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“The Layout and Beauty of this Resort is Simply Stunning.” 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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“The Layout and Beauty of this Resort is Simply Stunning.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2010

WE LOVE RIVERSIDE!

The layout and beauty of this Resort is simply stunning. Yes it's big - but that's the point. It is like staying in a small town with winding paths, rivers, trees, gardens etc. It manages to feel cosy and intimate as the buildings are set amongst the trees and each area has it's own pool (Six pools inc. Old Man Island - good fun to try them all and find your favourite).
This was our fourth visit - first time without children and to be honest we came back more for POR than to visit the Parks. We have always stayed in Alligator Bayou before - which was fine -(although I think the Hickory bed frames are a theme too far) so requested a room in Magnolia Terrace this time. Lovely location, Oak Manor 2nd floor corner room overlooking river. The rooms are similar but furnishings seemed more luxurious and grown up. Beds were very comfy too.

A few things we've learnt that may be useful:

Buses - Coming back from Magic Kingdom after fireworks bus queue to Riverside was huge! Would have taken at least an hour in line to get on bus - checked out queue to French Quarter and hardly any wait so we took that bus. Driver was kind enough to drop us (and quite a few others - we all cheered and clapped him) off at Riverside but you can either catch the boat up to POR which goes every 10 minuites between 4p.m. and 11 p.m. or walk along the River path - not as long as we expected - takes about 10 minuites stroll to main building.

Meal Plan - We had the free meal plan and often used snack option for breakfast e.g. Bagel or Cinnamon Roll and had with a coffee in our room as we got ready for the day. We found the best place to eat counter service was Wolfgang Puck Express at Downtown Disney - thoroughly recommend it - good quality well prepared food. We did have the full service option but quite frankly we wouldn't bother again - lots of restuarants were disappointing - even Californian Grill and Brown Derby the food and service left much to be desired. I think if we went again we would pop into themed restaurants out of peak time and just have a starter or dessert and enjoy the atmosphere.

Boardwalk - If you are spending a day at Epcot and the crowds all get too much - take a break - catch the boat at the International Gateway between England and France and hop over to The Boardwalk for a stroll along the Prom and a cool glass of something outside Big River Grill and watch the world go by.

Swim/Jacuzzi - We found the best time to go was pre 10 a.m. we were the only ones there.

Suprisingly, a Disney moderate, family friendly hotel can be romantic
( : Hope you enjoy it.

Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2010

great disney place to stay. good points staff pools games room for kids and boat to downtown disney. for nice just to walk round as its very quite and well kept grounds.
only down point i would say is buses. you can wait for a while then when one turns up people worry that they have just got there they will just push in. i would say a line system should be used like they do at all stars.
other slight thing, not that its bad is the food. if you are staying for two weeks it can be very same old thing by the time the first week has past. i think more things on offer at food court would be nice. but saying that never had a bad meal. i would say even after what ive just said is make sure you have dinning plan its great.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Florida
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2010

The hotel was beautiful and the staff was helpful. I recommend that you take a horse and carriage ride around the property. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Menlo, Georgia, USA
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2010

This was our fifth visit at a Disney Resort but our first stay at Port Orleans. My family and I were disappointed. The furniture was scarred and dirty, the carpet was soiled, centipedes invaded our room nightly, and the housekeeping staff needs to take more pride in their job. The grounds and outside of the buildings was attractive and set a relaxing tone. The bus service at this resort was extremely poor. We waited for very long periods of time each day for a bus to take us into the parks. The food court is small but adequate. I do not think we still at this particular resort again when others in the moderate category are much nicer.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hendersonville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2010

Our first onsite stay at WDW was at Port Orleans Riverside. We were 2 adults and 3 kids in the AB section. Room was smallish but we did not spend a lot of time in it. Beds were firm and comfortable for us. The trundle is shorter than a regular bed but my teenager still found it comfortable. The fridge was handy to hold milk, juice and water for morning breakfasts in the room. The double sinks are great for larger families.

We loved the pool! The slide was a big hit and th hot tub was great for soaking tired feet at night. The food court and Boatwrights were both great meals. The grounds are quiet, peaceful and really beautiful.

We plan to stay again on our next Disney vacation.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2010

This was our second trip to Port Orlean's Riverside. We love this resort - it is quiet, it is spread out, but you are still close to all the action! We enjoyed the small pool in our cluster of rooms and also the larger pool which was re-furbished recently. When we go to Disney World, we really only use our rooms to sleep, so this resort is a great deal.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Westfield, New Jersey
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2010

This was our 4th consecutive stay at the Port Orleans Riverside in Disney. You can't beat the value for a moderate hotel. The grounds are simply beautiful. Walking around the hotel is very tranquil, especially at night. The rooms are comfortable and clean. They could use a reno. soon, though. The food court has a great variety of foods for every liking. It does get busy in there so it's best to eat breakfast and dinner earlier rather than later. The staff is very friendly and accomodating. Pools are great. Activities are always fun. Our favorite time to visit Disney is around the holidays....shorter lines at the parks, cooler weather and breathtaking decorations.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
#68 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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