Port Orleans- Riverside Resort

The lobby of the Port Orleans resort

Kent Phillips / Walt Disney World

Where is the Port Orleans- Riverside Resort?

Riverside- Port Orleans is one of the moderate-priced Walt Disney World Resorts, located near Downtown Disney; nearest theme park is Epcot. Right next door is sister resort Riverside- French Quarter.

(Riverside - Port Orleans was formerly called Dixie Landing; Riverside- French Quarter was formerly called Port Orleans. A bit confusing!)

What's Special about the Port Orleans- Riverside Resort?

Riverside- Port Orleans is an attractive (and large - 325 acres) resort, with Mississippi river theming in two sections: Magnolia Bend area has antebellum-style architecture along the Sassagoula River; "Alligator Bayou" has rustic lodges. The central area, with restaurant, food court, etc., has a riverside dock theme.

Riverside Port Orleans has fun features for families (see below), and guests can also sample the themed pool with waterslides at the neighboring French Quarter resort.

Also fun -- and convenient -- at Riverside Port Orleans: a little boat runs continuously along the river, to ferry guests to Downtown Disney and back.

What's fun about Port Orleans- Riverside, for families?

Be sure to allow a whole day on your vacation, just to have fun at the resort.

The themed pool in the Ol' Man Island area has a small waterslide, very popular with younger kids. Nearby is a rustic-themed play area. As is typical of Disney resorts, several other pools are available close to guest-unit buildings; however these aren't lifeguarded, as the main pool is.

Other recreation includes:

  • bike rental, surrey bike rental
  • boat/paddleboat rentals
  • guided fishing trips (-sample price is $185 for up to five people)
  • for kids, catch-and-release fishing at the Fishin' Hole
  • Sassagoula River Adventure Cruise, for kids 4 to 12.
  • Butterfly Garden (free)
  • large video arcade
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