Sunday Showcase: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside

Good morning and Happy Sunday! Welcome back to the sixteenth week of Sunday Showcase. Each week, we take a look at one of Walt Disney World’s resorts. This week we will be taking a look at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. If you haven’t checked out last’s week’s article, you can do so here.

Sunday Showcase: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

“From the stately white-column mansions of Magnolia Bend to Alligator Bayou’s quaint backwoods cottages, delight in a picturesque setting that evokes the romance of rural Louisiana. Take a short walk along the Sassagoula River to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, known for Southern specialties like gumbo, jambalaya and beignets. ”

Brief History

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside first opened to guests on February 2, 1992. Its design and architecture was themed after the Antebellum South along the Mississippi River. Originally knows as Disney’s Dixie Landings Resort, it operated as such until April 1, 2001 when it was given the distinction of Riverside. In 2011, Disney transformed about 500 of its rooms and re-themed them into Royal Guest Rooms. These rooms feature hints of Disney Princesses and Princes, Fireworks in the Headboards and much more.

Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside

Rooms and Facilities

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is currently configured with over 2000 guest rooms. Most room sleeps at 4 Guests with one additional child under the age of 3 in a crib. One of the great features here is the ability to add a 5th guest in the rooms with their 5th Sleeper pull down beds. Standard rooms feature: 2 Queen-Size Beds, 2 Queen-Size Beds and 1 Child-Size Pull-Down bed, 1 King-Size Bed or 1 King-Size Bed and 1 Child-Size Pull- Down bed. Royal Rooms are configured with 2 Queen-Size Beds

Dining at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

Table Service Dining

  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall – Make your way down to the shipyard for some southern hospitality and hearty New Orleans- style home cookin’.

Quick-Service Dining

  • Riverside Mill Food Court – Look for the landmark big mill wheel and find 6 scrumptious stations to satisfy your soul-food cravings.

Other Dining Options

  • Muddy Rivers – Unwind and enjoy a libation by the pool at this secluded bar and lounge on Ol’ Man Island.
  • River Roost – Discover true southern comfort at this charming lounge – a welcoming watering hole with live entertainment and a full bar.


  • Bus Service to Walt Disney World® Resort Theme Parks, Water Parks and Disney Springs®
  • Water Launch service to Disney Springs® and select Disney Resort hotels


Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside

  • Ol’ Man Island – Have a good ol’ time at Ol’ Man Island, a 3.5-acre refuge with a swimmin’ hole and a fishin’ hole.
  • Painting on de’ Bayou – Unwind while painting a Disney- inspired picture in an instructor-led paint class at Scat Cat’s lounge. Located at Disney’s Port Orleans— French Quarter Resort.
  • Beignet Fun Run
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Campfire on de’ Bayou
  • Bike Rentals


Standard overnight self-parking is available to registered Guests for a fee that will be applied to their hotel folio upon check-out. All parking fees include applicable tax.

  • Parking for Disney Moderate Resorts is $20 per night.

Complimentary standard self-parking is available while you enjoy select dining, shopping, entertainment and recreation experiences at this Resort.

In conclusion, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is an amazing resort. This is one of the best options for guests with 5 people. It has great dining options and even has the boat launch to go directly to Disney Springs. This is a must try resort on your next trip.

Thank you for checking out this week’s iteration of Sunday Showcase. Have you stayed at this resort? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

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