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Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
Ranked #88 of 338 Hotels in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
montreal
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Can't wait to go back!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Sorry for the late review ,can't believe how time flies by.
Well let me start off by saying that This was by far the BEST family vacation we have ever had!!!!
We are a family of 5 (3 kids ages 5 -8 -9) and we loved every minute of our stay at Walt Disney worlds Port Orleans Riverside. From the time we pulled up to the main lobby we new this was going to be a time to remember. The lobby was so grand and beautiful ,we were able to check in very quickly and the kids were able to sit and watch some Disney cartoons in a little area designated just for children. We then were escorted to our room for 5. It had 2 double beds and a trundle bed that pulled out from underneath one of the beds. It was ok for a small child but not exactly what I was expecting for disney standards. When we were there we were told that the resort was undergoing a major renovation and that all rooms were getting a face lift. I just wish that we could of had a reno room instead because the rooms were a little old and the bathrooms were just crying out for help. In the main building they had a great General store with everything you can imagine a disney store to have like cothes gifts ,movies ,candies ,drinks and snacks. There was also a great little hotel bar with a great entertainer who played the piano and made people laugh and sing along. The food was equally as good ,the breakfasts had a wonderful variety of food ,anything from pastries to eggs and bacon or pancakes and waffles ,it was perfect. We never had dinner or lunch there as we had the disney dining plan and were always somewhere else for those meals. The pools were very fun too ,they had a little something for all ages! My kids especially enjoyed the water slides and the buckets that dumped water on you. All in all this was a great place to stay!! We will for sure be going back in fall 2013 for another AWESOME stay at this amazing resort. Thank you Disney!!!

Room Tip: I think that all the rooms are now renovated so any room you get I'm sure you'll be happy wi...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Just returned from 8 nights and have absolutely no complaints. Liked this resort even better than Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, and spent much less for it. Room clean, grounds beautiful, pool very nice with small slide and afternoon pool games. The room has a curtain between sink area and sleeping area which is very nice for early risers as you can get ready without waking everyone up. Good dining options, though tricky in food court at first especially due to crowds, but at slower times it's much easier to look around and find something to please most eaters. Room coffee good, but food court coffee is Nescafe (yuk). We drove, and had parking right outside our building. (If using AAA to book you will get a diamond card which offers preferred parking at theme parks.) From our building (Magnolia Terrace), it was a short walk up a lovely path across the bridge to Ol' Man Island which is where the pool and campfire are located. Continue over Ol' Man Island over another short bridge to the lobby, arcade, dining, horse drawn carriages, bike and boat rentals, souvenir/sundry shop, lounge, etc. We had refillable mugs and didn't feel the walk was too far at all to get drinks. Note: we took our son to arcade early one morning and were surprised to find that most games were free at that time. Inquire at desk if you have kids. Not sure if they advertise a free period or we just got lucky. Ferry to downtown disney is supposed to be great but our planned ferry ride was cancelled due to high winds. We did use the sister resort's (French Quarter) pool one day when our pool was closed and it was really great, maybe slightly better than Riverside's. The 2 resorts share amenities so take advantage. We also enjoyed an outdoor movie, and recommend that as well. Usually shown nightly outside Oak Terrace building. All in all, a really terrific resort.

Room Tip: Loved our location in Mansion section, in Magnolia Terrace building. Had a garden view room, but vi...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Central Saanich, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We have just returned home from our vacation and can't stop thinking about it. Besides the magic of the theme parks we really enjoyed our experience at Port Orleans Riverside. Before we left I wasn't so keen on the Alligator Bayou room decor but the Disney magic made them work with the resort setting. The room was excellent for our family of four with the seperate toilet area and two sinks with the curtain to to draw across for extra privacy. The room was clean and well attended by hskp. We were in section 37 which was extremely quiet, it was about a 6 minute walk to the resturant and lobby area but we throughly enjoyed the walk everyday. We enjoyed strolling the peaceful paths around the water ways at night after the busy days in the parks. It was beautiful with the lights reflecting of the water and the horse and carriages going around. We were always up early and down for breakfast by 7:00am so we never had any waits for food or buses. The ferry system to the French Quater and Downtown Disney was also a neat way to get around. We used the Disney Dining Plan which was wonderful. We never would have eaten in so many wonderful restaurants if not for booking ahead with the meal plan. I would recommend this! Everyone was friendly, helpful and eagar to please. We definitely will return in a few years and we will chose Port Orleans for our next stay as a moderate priced resort.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Hanson, Massachusetts, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

First let me start by saying I give POR a 2 stars ONLY because the hotel and grounds are really pretty. We stayed in a Royal Room that was adorably themed with Princess and the Frog. The room itself was small and cramped but it was fine for a place to rest your head after a long day at the parks. I am not a fan of the way the elevators are situated; ours was at the back of our building so we chose to walk up the treacherous 3 flights of stairs to get to our room. The BIG problem with this hotel is the buses. It takes a long time to get to and from the parks and there were always long long lines when returning from parks late at night. I also thought the rooms were very inconveniently located to the bus stops. We were constantly confused on what part of the resort we were staying and it made it frustrating with small children. The food court was another issue. It was over crowded and the food was gross. By the time you found a seat in this mess hall themed dining room, your food was cold. When I did complain to guest services we were unhappy with our accommodations they offered literally NO help. I was handed a business card with an 800 number on it. I would say save your money; there is nothing special about this moderate resort, its over populated and just way to big to navigate. We are planning to book a trip for 2013 and we will book a value resort. After all its about the parks, not the hotel you stay in right?

Room Tip: If you must stay here; I STRONGLY recommend you request a room near the buses, dining hall and pool...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

My family loved the hotel. The Princess room has nice details for a little girl! The pool was very good and we enjoyed the slide very much. The restaurant has lots of good options for every taste. We didn't like the buses because of the freezing a/c, so we used our car to go to the parks and it was faster. The boat to the Downtown was very relaxing. Everything was very clean and quiet with a beautiful landscape. Be prepared to walk, because it's a huge hotel. It's so nice to have the Sassagoula river crossing the hotel! Thank you Disney for this incredible place/hotel!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Loved the theme of the grounds and the rooms, we stayed in the alligator bayou. But found the Disney buses an absolute nightmare waiting 20mins for a standing room only on both trips, Riverside always had the longest lines, so why not put on more buses!?! We parked at the Poly and caught the monorail in to make it easier.
Also had to give Mousekeeping a call to remind them to clean our room, as they forgot on several occasions. Used the launderette next to our local pool and that was great, just took a dip and left it there

Room Tip: We stayed in block 28 which for us was a great location.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Largo, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Hotel room is just a regular room with a tiny bit touch of new orleans style including the bed cover print... pool is ok... outside environment is great... you will feel like you are somewhere at the bayou.. with man made swamps..POOR wifi at the hotel room... very poor 4g 3g lte signal with sprint

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Property: Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
Address: 1251 Riverside Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8514 (Formerly Dixie Landings)
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:
#18 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#49 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#72 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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