Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
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Historical Traveler Reviews Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside Orlando
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My husband and I had the opportunity to stay at the Port Orleans Riverside resort the first week of November with my daughter and her husband and twin boy's. She got us adjoining rooms and I wasn't sure that that was what I wanted but it was a done deal. Upon our arrival I was pleasantly surprised to find a very pleasant room.
We stayed there for 7 day's and I have to say that we were very happy with the resort. The pool was great. The store was great. The front desk was always pleasant each and every time we went there to ask some very silly questions. We ate almost all of our evening meals back at the cafateria. We also ate breakfast there. It was much easier with the kids. We had a nice evening in the lounge and a relaxing evening one nite at the outside bar near the pool. We really liked the ease with which we were transported to the theme parks and back each day and enjoyed all the information that the cheerful bus drivers gave us on the way to the parks and on the way back to the resort.
We all enjoyed our stay at the Port Orleans Riverside resort and would and have recommended it to many others going to Disney.
You do a very nice job of keeping everyone happy.
Thank you very much for a wonderful time.
We have been to Disney several times and never stayed inside Disney. So this was a first for us.
If we do this again I would stay with you folks without question. There is no need for a car. It was nice not to have to worry about getting out of the park when we were very tired each day. A very happy person took us "home" and we could relax......We loved it
We found the accommodation /room basic, no better than a travel inn. For the price it was overrated. We expected much more than two single beds, a small TV and miniature kettle. If you wanted any thing else fridge, iron, cot you had to pay extra. The room was nicely furnished but very dim and cramped. Hint, take a look at other hotels in the area. We prefer villas from now on more space, better facilities and you can do as you please.
You can do better
As a Florida resident I go to Disney several times a year. As with any Disney property, this hotel is very attractive, clean and the staff is extremely friendly. However, there is no hair dryer or coffee maker in the room, there is an additional charge for a room with a king sized bed instead of 2 small doubles and the TV is very small. It is close to Downtown Disney, but not very close to the parks. Of course, there is free transportation to the Disney parks, but if you have a car and like to "park hop" it would be much less expensive to stay at a non Disney hotel in Orlando that offers far more amenities.
As a first time traveler to Disney I was not sure what hotel to stay at. I finally decided to stay at Port Orleans, bypassing on my second choice of the Holiday Inn Family Suites Resort located just outside the Disney property. When we got to our resort, I found we basically had a $50.00 hotel room for $170.00. For $170.00 I was expecting something to set it apart from other hotel rooms. When we first got there our room wasn't cleaned and we had to be moved to another room. We paid extra for a small refrigerator - something that for every hotel I've stayed at for this price was standard. There wasn't even a coffee pot. There were two small beds. Even the TV was smaller (19") then a normal hotels. The restaurants were overpriced also. In my opinion, the only thing nice about the property was the pool. It is good sized with a slide.
Before we left Orlando we drove over to the Holiday Inn Family Suites (about 1 mile from Port Orleans)and checked it out. We liked it so well we stayed an extra day there and did'nt bother going back to Disney. I found the rate quoted at the desk of $129.00 dollars cheaper then the $154.00 quoted if you wanted to reserve the room over the phone. We got the Kids Suite which came standard with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, a TV in each room (3 total), a pull out couch, a king size bed, a bunk bed, and another fold down bed for a small child. The kids ate free breakfast, lunch and dinner. There was an olympic size pool and a kids pool both of which are each as big as the Port Orleans pool. There are two large hot tubs, putt putt golf, shuffleboard, ping pong, free kids shows etc. The food is great and the rooms new and clean. As with most of the hotels and resorts off disney, they had free shuttle rides to Disney. With this resort you at least felt like you got your moneys worth. If you are debating whether you should just go all out (like I thought) and get the higher priced resort at Disney or stay off the property - stop!!!!!!! There is no comparison to some of the resorts off the property. There are several that looked incredibly nice. We drove up to a couple of others besides the Holiday Inn Family Suites that looked so fancy I was embarrassed to even go in. The bottom line is, don't limit yourself to the possibility of a Disney Resort only!!!!!!!
Fantastic time at Port Orleans-Riverside
My husband, son (age 5), and I stayed one week at Port Orleans-Riverside. We were thrilled with the resort. We stayed in the Magnolia Bend... Magnolia Terrace which is a completely non-smoking building. I loved the mansions in the Magnolia Bend. They were so beautiful. We have no complaints whatsoever. We were celebrating our 10th Anniversary and we couldn't have seleted a better resort. It is in the moderate price range so it was affordable, yet it had plenty of ammenities. The lawns, gardens, shrubs, etc. are kept up wonderfully. It was beautiful!!! We also loved the fact that we could take the boat down the river to Downtown Disney...not too many of the resorts have this. When we return to Disneyworld we will definetely stay here again. My son especially loved the pools on Old Man Island. He had a great time on the slide. We also enjoyed our private hotel pool. We've only been back a week and I am already dreaming about our next trip to Disneyworld and Port Orleans. I would recommend this resort...you won't be disappointed.
Dixie Landing Resort was very nice. The grounds were beautiful. There was plenty of space in
the pool(s). The accommodations were very nice. I loved the decor. The bed designed from tree limbs
was great. Convenient to buses to take you to the park, only yards from your room.
It was a great stay there. We plan to stay again this July! Loved it!
Bldg. 27 Port Orleans
Tip: When I read reviews of Port Orleans Riverside, everyone seemed to recommend Bldg. 14, 15, 18, if staying in Alligator Bayou section because these bldgs.are closest to food court,etc. so when I was put in Bldg. 27, I thought I'd be very far from the main bldg., food court, but it was no big deal. It was just about a minute further from the food court than bldg. 14.and if you can't get choice bldgs 14 thru 18, 27, 28 is very good.
The alligator bayou rooms are small but have a rural charm. Since we spent most of the time in the parks, it was more than adequate for our needs.
Enjoyed the Stay !!!
We have stayed at the Port Orleans the last two years during the Disney World Marathon. We enjoyed the first stay in 2001 so much we asked to stay there again in 2002. We were saddened that most of the facility was closed due to low occupancy since 9/11. But we were still treated with the best customer service and friendly smiles. The transportation was great to all the parks and we even traveled to other resorts to compare. We found tht Port Orleans offered the most ammentities of those we saw and when compared to staying off site, we believed there was no comparison. We will look forward to coming back in 2003 for the race.
Good, but no better than non-Disney accommodations
Good service, clean, nice grounds. However, all of the advantages of staying on Disney property are now gone:
- no park early openings
- no water taxi service to Downtown Disney
- Disney chars two mornings/week
The resort provides busses to the front gates of the attractions, but so do many of the other hotels.
Bottom line: nice, but for the money can get nicer lodging and more amenities off-site.
Excellent Place To Stay
We Visited Port Orleans Riverside in September of 2001. It was a great trip.
We just happened to be there during the 9/11 attacks and we thought
Disney handled it great. They had characters for the kids and provided bus
service to other Disney hotels, since the parks were closed, to offer a change
of scenery. We loved our room and thought that it could accomodate at least 4
to 5 people. We didn't have our kids, but they would have just loved the pool
and the scenery. The food court was great offering everything from hand dipped
ice cream to cheesesteaks and bbq ribs. The restaurant BoatWrights was very
good to, and service was great. Everyone was very friendly. Bus service was
excellent, although we did have a rough time trying to get a bus back to the
hotel before 12:00PM. The pools were great and located very conviently. Our
room was in alligator bayou lodge 28 and we felt like we were the only ones
there. This resort offered alot to do even if you didn't want to go to the parks
like renting a surrey bike or a party boat. We already planned our next trip in
11/02 and can't wait to stay here again!!!