Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts

There are many great resorts to stay at when visiting Walt Disney World. My personal favorite has always been Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort is one of the moderate resorts at Walt Disney World and is split into two separate resorts, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.

These two resorts feature southern theming and of course that wonderful southern hospitality. Located on the Sassagoula River, one of the biggest benefits of these resorts is its boat access to Disney Springs. While the bus transportation at Disney World is convenient, it can involve long waits and crowded buses, so it’s nice to be able and switch things up and take a nice little boat ride as transportation. The boats are also a great way to get between the two resorts if you aren’t up for more walking on top of all the walking you will be doing in the theme parks. If you are staying at one of these resorts, it’s definitely worth visiting the other as well, read more about each resort below.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

With it’s Mardi Gras theming, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter will have you feeling like you are in New Orleans. Featured throughout the resort, you will find Mardi Gras characters, cobblestone walkways, gas lamps and wrought-iron balconies on the buildings.

One of the biggest advantages of this resort is its size. Unlike other moderate resorts, which are all very large and spread out, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter has just over 1,000 rooms located in just seven three-story buildings. This makes for a much more compact resort with less walking involved and just one bus stop for transportation to the theme parks.

The resort offers the following:

  • Rooms – One King or 2 Queen bed rooms with either standard, garden, river or pool views.
  • Dining OptionsSassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, a food court open for breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring a variety of food including Cajun and Creole classics such as Gumbo and Jambalaya. Scat Cat’s Club Cafe and Lounge is quite the popular spot at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter. This is where you can get the famous Mickey Mouse Shaped Beignets. Not only do they have the regular beignets, but they also have specialty flavored ones like cinnamon and raspberry. You can even get beignets with Bailys, Kahlua or RumChata. At night, the Scat Cat’s Lounge serves drinks and appetizers and features live jazz music Wednesday thru Sunday nights.
  • Activities – If you are planning on taking a break from the theme parks and spending some time at the resort, there is so much to do at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. Spend your day swimming in the Doubloon Lagoon pool. This Mardi Gras themed pool is complete with a 51-foot-long water slide shaped as a sea serpent. There is even a life size King Neptune watching over the pool. Make sure to check out the pool bar, Mardi Grogs while you are enjoying the day at the pool. Each night you can also roast marshmallows at the Cajun Campfire and on select nights, catch a Disney movie under the stars.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

While I love Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is my absolute favorite resort at Walt Disney World. There is just something so peaceful and beautiful about this resort.

While the theming of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter will have you dreaming of a trip to the city of New Orleans, at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, you will be dreaming of the more country locations in the southern state of Louisiana.

The resort has over 2,000 rooms in 20 buildings throughout the resort. There are also 4 bus stops located in the resort. As you can see this is a much more spread-out resort that will require more walking than at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.

The resort rooms are divided into two separate sections:

  • Alligator Bayou – This section will take you to the rural bayou of Louisiana. Even the landscaping will have you feeling you are in the bayou. In this section, there are two story buildings which do not offer elevators, so this is something to keep in mind, it’s a good resort to request a first-floor room at.
  • Magnolia Bend – This section will take you to the stately mansions of the plantations of the south. These building are a mixture of two and three stories and do include elevators. The buildings are just beautiful and will have you feeling like you are staying in a mansion even though you are not.

The resort offers the following:

  • Rooms – Like Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, they offer One King or 2 Queen bed rooms with standard, woods, river or pool views. The woods view rooms are the ones that are located in the 2 story buildings in the Alligator Bayou section, so if you book this type of room be prepared for there not to be elevators in the building.
  • 5th Sleeper Rooms – One of the advantages of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is that they offer 5th Sleeper rooms which makes it very convenient for families with more than two children. These rooms come with an extra bed that pulls down like the one pictured below.
  • Royal Rooms – One of the many special things about Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside are the Royal Rooms. These rooms are the perfect way to make your little ones feel like they are a prince or princess. The rooms are the same size as a standard room but come with royal embellishments fit for a prince or princess. How cute are these rooms?
  • Dining OptionsRiverside Mill Food Court is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves a variety of food options including southern favorites like Jambalaya and Shrimp and Grits. If you are looking for a sit-down meal in a full-service restaurant, make sure to try Boatwright’s Dining Hall specializing in delicious southern food like Cajun Chicken, Lowcountry Seafood Boil and Red Beans & Rice. Reservations are required and should be made well in advance.
  • Entertainment – Probably the most special thing about Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is its nightly entertainment. Head over to the River Roost for one of the most fun live music performances in all of Walt Disney World. Since 1997, “Ye Haa” Bob has played his piano and sang to the delight of many. He performs nightly Wednesdays thru Saturdays starting at 8:30pm and you definitely should not miss him.

Bob truly makes the experience at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside so special. For a little preview of what to expect at one of “Ye Haa” Bob’s shows, check out this video below:

  • Activities – There is so much to do on a resort day at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. As I mentioned, this resort is quite large so there are actually 6 swimming pools throughout the resort. In the middle of the resort is Ol’ Man Island which includes the main swimming pool complete with a 95-foot-long waterslide, hot tub and kiddie pool. While enjoying the pool, grab a drink or a quick lunch at Muddy Rivers bar. The other 5 pools are more relaxing and quieter, 3 are located in Alligator Bayou and 2 in Magnolia Bend.

Other than swimming, you can spend your day fishing, renting surrey bikes or taking a horse drawn carriage ride. Like Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, you can spend your evenings roasting marshmallows at the Campfire on de Bayou or watch movies under the stars on select nights.

A Walt Disney World vacation can get tiring and it’s important to stay somewhere not just convenient but also relaxing. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort is the perfect resort for that.

If you are looking for a resort within walking distance to some of the theme parks, make sure to check out my post on the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel .

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11 thoughts on “Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts

  1. Disney offers the best resorts! And Port Orleans and Riverside both look and sound like a perfect place to stay – it would be tough to choose which one!

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  2. I would love to stay in this Disney resort one day! Especially since it features 6 swimming pools and Ol’ Man Island and offers many activities. I like the idea of renting bikes or taking a horse-drawn carriage ride.

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  3. I love this post! My family actually stayed at the Port Orleans resort when I was younger, and we had such a fun time! My husband and I just went back to Disney World a few years ago and we came here to get beignets, haha. We’re going back to Disney World this summer, so we’ll have to consider staying here again! Thanks for sharing your tips and experience!

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