Welcome to the resort that is full of Southern Charm! The Port Orleans Riverside is the sister resort to the Port Orleans French Quarter (review later) and has to be my favorite of the moderates! As with the other reviews take a look at this great video from AllEarsNet!
The buses pick up right outside the lobby doors and there is also a boat ride to Downtown Disney!! Another great extra you can enjoy when staying at either of the Port Orleans resorts! The Riverside is a LARGE resort with several sections, meaning extra bus stops, so be prepared for that.
I have to say one of the biggest pluses of this moderate resort is the option for a family of five to stay here! As many with more than two children can atest too the accomodations for a family of five or more is limited on Disney property. Well for those that are a family of five, here is your solution! You will be able to have a trundle bed in your room! The Alligator Bayou section of Port Orleans Riverside is where they will like to put you first. This section is themed after the less affluent areas of Port Orleans - Cajun Country. The other section is Magnolia Bend, themed after the richer section, also known as the Mansion buildings. Not only are the outer buildings differing in themes but so are the actual rooms! Here are some pictures:
|One of the Alligator Bayou Buildings - courtesy of portorleans.org|
|One of the Magnolia Bend Buildings - courtesy of portorleans.org|
|One of the Alligator Bayou rooms - courtesy of portorleans.org|
|One of the Magnolia Bend rooms - courtesy of portorleans.org|
|Ol' Man Island - courtesy of portorleans.org|
So there you have it - Port Orleans Riverside in a nutshell. I haven't stayed here in awhile, so I had to do my research on it! I really do love it there and hope to stay there again soon!
There is a great site I found when looking for pictures and information about the two Port Orleans resorts. Check out The Unofficial Visitor's Guide to the Riverside and French Quarter. The pictures of the buildings and pools are from this site. It also has a great FAQ and way more information then I would ever have about these resorts. They put great effort into their site and it is terrific if you are deciding to stay at either the Riverside or French Quarter, so be sure to take a look!