Disney’s port orleans resort – riverside

Each of Riverside’s 2,048 rooms is 314 square feet. All rooms provide two queen-size beds, a table and two chairs, a mini-fridge and coffeemaker, and two pedestal sinks. Many rooms also include a child-sized single Murphy bed. Rooms in the Alligator Bayou section of Riverside feature brass bathroom fixtures, hickory-branch bedposts, and quilted bedspreads. Rooms in the plantation-themed Magnolia Bend section of Riverside are more conventional, with light-green walls, and chestnut-colored wood furnishings.

Port Orleans Riverside bathrooms are modestly-sized, but larger than bathrooms found in Disney’s value resorts.

Almost all feature a tiled tub with shower, while some wheelchair-accessible rooms have a roll-in shower without tub. Water pressure in the shower is adequate, but probably less than what you’re used to at home. The shower and toilet are located in a room with door. A dressing area, which includes two sinks and a small amount of counter space, is separated from the sleeping area by a sturdy curtain. Combined with the shower/toilet room, this means that three people can have private dressing space at the same time. A 1500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided. Guests with long or thick hair may find that the dryer is underpowered for their needs.

Port Orleans Riverside has approximately 200 handicap-accessible rooms in a variety of configurations to accommodate guests with hearing or mobility issues. Mobility access rooms comply with Florida’s Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more.

For a nightly surcharge of $50, up to 2 dogs are allowed in some of the rooms at Port Orleans Riverside. A check-in package of dog-friendly items comes with the extra fee, but so do several special rules. Housekeeping will only enter the room while the human guests are present. Special Do Not Disturb tags are mandatory and guests may be called to come to their room if the dog is being too noisy.

• Standard Rooms with Standard Views are found in all Port Orleans Riverside buildings. These Standard/Standard rooms are a slightly farther walk to the lobby (an extra 5-10 minutes) and have generally unremarkable views of landscaping, or parking lots. These are the least expensive rooms at Port Orleans Riverside, but there are some gems to be found

• Boatwright’s Dining Hall is Port Orleans Riverside’s full-service restaurant. Exceeding expectations for a non-signature dining location in both food and service, Boatwright’s is a worth a visit if you’re staying at the hotel. Nothing here is over-the-top or fancy, but a stop here will yield a truly satisfying meal with friendly and honest service. The dining room features wood floors and wooden tables set with a boatwright’s tool kit that contains condiments. The giant skeleton of a riverboat completes the theme.

• Riverside Mill Food Court is set up like a food court at a mall. There are several different stations, each selling one set of meals. For example, one station sells pizza, another sells pasta, another is dedicated to sandwiches, and so on. If your kids each want something different, you’ll have to line up several times. The good news is that some of the food is prepared on demand, so you’ll be getting your burger cooked to order. Some standout entrees from the Lunch and Dinner menu include the Chipotle-Barbecue Burger and Create-Your-Own Pasta. None of the desserts are particularly interesting but there is a nice assortment of ice cream sundaes and shakes. Riverside Mill’s breakfast menu has the usual combinations of eggs, potatoes, bacon, ham, waffles, pancakes, and biscuits, either alone or in various "platter" options. An omelet station serves veggie, egg white, and Western omelets. Kids’ breakfast choices are essentially the same, only with smaller portions.

• Pizza Delivery is available to your room from Disney’s own delivery service. Chicken wings, desserts, beer, wine, and sodas are also available. Delivery can take up to 90 minutes, and the food quality is often below average. You may be better off walking to the food court or calling Domino’s. Pizza delivery hours are 4 PM to midnight daily.

• Pools Port Orleans Riverside has 6 pools. The largest, Ol’ Man Island, sits directly behind the lobby and food court. The main pool is themed after an old fashioned swimming hole and feature a rickety-looking wooden structure with a waterfall at the end. There is a children’s playground in the Ol’ Man Island area. Two other pools are located in the Magnolia Bend section between buildings 80 and 85, as well as buildings 90 and 95. The other three pools are located in Alligator Bayou between buildings 17 and 18, as well as buildings 24 and 25. The final pool is located between buildings 35, 36 and 39. All pools besides Ol’ Man Island Pool are considered a "quiet pools," meaning that loud play and splashing around are discouraged. Port Orleans Riverside pools range in depth from approximately 3 feet 6 inches (1.1m) to 4 feet 9 inches (1.4m). Pools are open every day, including during winter, only closing due to extreme cold or lightning in the area. The pools are heated to 82°F (28°C) throughout the year. Pool hours vary seasonally, typically opening at 10 a.m. and closing at 8:00 p.m. Infants and children in diapers are welcome in all pools, as long as they’re wearing swim diapers. Water wings are allowed at all Disney pools, and every pool has free life vests in a variety of sizes. All WDW pools include a chair-lift device that can lower guests in wheelchairs into the shallow end of the pool. Check with any lifeguard for assistance on using the lift.

• Online Check-In: Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside hotel participates in Disney’sOnline Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival. If you’ve checked-in online and provided a mobile phone number or email address, you will receive your room number electronically. Guests living in the United States and a few other geographic areas will have Magic Bands mailed to their home prior to their arrival. If you’ve completed online check in and have your MagicBand, you may go straight to the room bypassing the lobby altogether.

• Shopping: Port Orleans Riverside’s gift shop is Fulton’s General Store and sits just off the lobby, between the check-in area and the River Roost Lounge. As you’d expect from a Disney gift shop, Fulton’s General Store has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Fulton’s General Store also sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like, as well as snacks, soft drinks, beer, and wine.

• Childcare: Two companies provide in-room sitting in Walt Disney World and surrounding areas. They’re Kid’s Nite Out and Fairy Godmothers (no kidding). Both provide sitters older than age 18 who are insured, bonded, screened, reference-checked, police-checked, and trained in CPR. In addition to caring for your kids in your room, the sitters will, if you direct (and pay), take your children to the theme parks or other venues. Neither service will transport your children in private vehicles or give baths. Both offer bilingual sitters.

We think Port Orleans Riverside is one of the best Moderate-level hotels on property. Riverside a little more expensive – and a little bit better – than one of Disney’s other Moderate resorts, the Caribbean Beach Resort. We also enjoy that both Port Orleans resorts offers better scenery than Coronado Springs Resort. Riverside does not offer a fitness center, for that you’ll have to go to any of the Deluxe resorts or to Coronado Spring, the only Moderate to offer fitness facilities. Also note that Coronado Springs is home to a convention center. The many guests staying at the resort for meetings gives Coronado less of a family feel that than other moderates. In terms of layout, architecture, and facilities, Port Orleans Riverside is similar to Disney’s other Moderate resorts: 3- and 4-story, motel-style buildings with a central pool, food court, and registration area. Transportation to and from Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort Driving to Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside

Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort is just off of I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 67 toward Epcot and you’ll end up on Epcot Center Drive. Stay on Epcot Center Drive for 0.8 miles, then Take the exit toward Disney Springs Resort Area. Go about 0.3 miles and keep left at the fork, making the left turn onto Bonnet Creek Pkwy. Port Orleans Riverside will be on your right in 1/2 mile.

Sanford International Airport is about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Port Orleans Riverside. If you’re not renting a car, be aware that Sanford’s airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando’s, and Sanford’s options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Port Orleans Riverside will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic.

Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Port Orleans Riverside for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Port Orleans Riverside. You may also want to consult ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft for their pricing options.

Disney provides free bus service from Port Orleans Riverside to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. Port Orleans Riverside’s bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check-in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere along the wall. Animal Kingdom’s bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service. Port Orleans Riverside does not share bus service with any other resort.

Ask a Disney Castmember about Riverside’s bus schedule, and they’ll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, Riverside’s bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you’re headed. For example, if you’re headed to the Magic Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you’ll wait around 8 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are about the same early in the day, with a bus arriving every 8-10 minutes, on average. Bus schedules to the water parks and Disney Springs are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 14 to 30 minutes for a ride.

Buses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people are already in a park. Disney’s evening buses are scheduled around the theme parks’ closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back to their hotels. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should average out to around 20 minutes under most circumstances.

If you’ve got your own car, it’s faster to drive yourself to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, and Disney Springs. Disney’s bus serviceis faster to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We evaluate Port Orleans Riverside’s bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.

If you have dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Port Orleans Riverside to Disney Springs (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Port Orleans Riverside. While that’s free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower),

However, the fastest option is almost always a taxi or ride sharing service such as Uber or Lyft. Rates are generally in the $15-20 range, depending on your destination. A taxi can typically get to most points in DisneyWorld within 20 minutes (often much less), versus the one to two hours it might take using Disney’s free transportation system. Taxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they’ll call one for you.

From a Delmar, Delaware, mom: Port Orleans Riverside has one of the worst bus services on property. Unfortunately, we forgot about that from our last stay here. One day a bus to a park takes 20 minutes; two days later, going to the exact same park, you will experience a long, tranquil drive around the loop…followed by finally getting to the park about 45 minutes later or more. Utter madness! Touring Plans Videos About Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort