Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside

600683_10100185752332948_1684556555_nLife seems to slow down and relax at Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside where the southern enchantment of Louisiana reach out to guests. Guests rooms are located in two sections of this resort: the Mansions of Magnolia Bend and the Alligator Bayou. Buildings in the Mansions of Magnolia Bend look like great southern estates, complete with delicate balconies and grand columns. Grandeur then gives way to a more rustic charm in the buildings of the Alligator Bayou that are tucked into woodsy green landscapes. Southern comfort and elegance slip into guest rooms that can sleep up to 5 people with rich woods and fabrics. For a fairytale-like stay this resort offers a select number of “Royal Guest Rooms” that have been influenced by royalty in some of Disney’s favorite animated classic movies. Heavy fabrics drip with fringe, furniture is ornately sculpted and beds are decorate with special fiber optic artwork. These rooms can sleep up to 4 members of royalty and will make anyone feel like a prince or princess.

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Make a dinner reservation to tantalize your palette with New Orleans cuisine at Boatwright’s Dining Hall. This casual and cozy full service restaurant was designed to to feel like a shipyard and the atmosphere is completed by the skeleton of a fishing vessel suspended above diners. If you prefer something faster head to the Riverside Mill Food Court for your sampling of New Orleans and American fare favorites. Set right on the water this food court looks like a cotton mill and is complete with a working water wheel that powers a working cotton press. Wood beams make for a warm and inviting place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a quick snack! Looking for a drink and hors d’oeurves? Try the River Roost where a full bar awaits with light fare and snacks available.

Head over to Ol’ Man Island where there is something for everyone at this recreation center. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the resorts main pool where a water slide adds a a bit of fun. Little ones can check out the kiddie pool or playground and grown ups can whet their whistle at the pool bar Muddy Rivers. Ol’ Man Island also has a Fishin’ Hole for catch-and-release fishing.

There are five smaller pools – 3 in Alligator Bayou and 2 in Magnolia Bend – where guests can swim if they are looking for a quieter spot.

Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside offers extensive opportunities for recreation outside of their marvelous pools. Guests can rent bicycles or a variety of boats. Sports activities are available at the Conch Flats Community Hall where there are basketball, shuffleboard and volleyball courts. Looking for a romantic outing?  Try a scenic ride in a beautiful horse drawn carriage.