Choosing a Disney hotel when you do not know one can be very complicated!
If money were no problem I would stick with any of the luxury category, and Disney’s Boardwalk is my favorite regardless of the circumstances. Already in the economic category there are none that I particularly like more, they are all very similar, I would probably choose the youngest just because they are new.
Do you know how difficult it is to choose a Disney hotel in the moderate category? I started to write a little bit about Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs and Fort Wilderness, but I ended up erasing because it was getting too long, because the subject of today is none of these three:
DISNEY’S PORTS ORLEANS RIVERSIDE
Port Orleans Riverside opened well in the early 1990’s under another name, Disney’s Dixie Landings. At that time already existed the French Quarter, but until then it was Disney’s Port Orleans, with no last name. In the 2000s they decided to connect both hotels and the one who went missing was the French Quarter: the Riverside has got almost all the entertainment, including bike rentals and buggies, as well as being the only one that offers restaurant for those who tired of food court.
This beautiful building is the Acadia seen by anyone arriving from the pool and restaurant area. Each of these buildings, which makes reference to the mansions of the American plantations of New Orleans at the beginning of the last century, has 256 rooms divided in up to three floors.
I will show you the standard room, but whoever has small children will know from now that since 2012 they offer almost 500 themed rooms known as “Royal Rooms” – and although they are very pretty, they cost about 50 dollars more per day.
This is the building seen from the front, by those who come walking from the parking lot.
The next photo I took in the opposite direction, from the top of that staircase in front, so you can see the source and know where the parking is:
Well, now let’s go to the rooms!
This time I stayed in the 8038, which is not around the fountain, but more to the side of the building. The good thing about staying in a room where the second number is a zero is avoiding the fatigue and staying on the first floor without having to climb stairs or go behind the elevator.
You can look on Google the new rooms, inspired by Disney princesses, mainly Tiana.
They are structurally identical, but very colorful and with digital panels on the wall, which ends up making the room smaller and apparently too full. I enjoy this rural environment very much and I love the use of the room: you can put four suitcases on the floor with no effort.
Bathroom area: note that there are two sinks on the outside of the restroom, which is great!
Lets go leave the room and walk a little by the hotel!
Unfortunately I did not photographed the pool area, which is beautiful: called Ol ‘Man Island it has a hot tub and a children’s pool that looks like an adult pool with a watermill and that setting that parents usually like the most Than the boys.
Leaving my room and heading towards the reception / food court of Port Orleans Riverside:
Walking towards the bridge …
This river is the Sassagoula, which in addition to being a charm, still provides another means of transportation for those who stay in the Riverside: the boats leave the hotel every twenty minutes and pass through the French Quarter, through the Treehouse Villas of Saratoga Springs (but not For, just goes) and arrives at Disney Springs.
Both the boats and the buses arrive in the same area as Disney Springs, so it’s up to you which one to pick, none of which is faster or more practical than the other.
Then there is this second bridge to get there in the mill, where is the food court, the restaurant and the reception …
Look me crossing the bridge and almost blocking the point of stopping the boats
Inside this main building is all interconnected, we can enter any of these doors and cross all the environments, but in order that they appear as I went walking is food court; Which they call The Riverside Mill Restaurant; The delightful Boatwright’s Dining Hall, piano bar; The lively River Roost, and reception.
I always close my trip with the onion soup from Boatwright’s Dining Hall and a steak accompanied by mashed potatoes!
I’m in love with this restaurant! Delicious onion soup, mashed potatoes too!
In fact I forgot to mention that before the reception has the famous Fulton’s General House, which boys usually call “the hotel shop”.
The only purpose of this place is to make you spend all that you have saved until then:
End! I love Port Orleans Riverside and I find it one of the most charming and nice hotels in Orlando. Have you stayed in Riverside or French Quarter? Liked the experience?