5.) Location-Port Orleans Riverside is located next door to the French Quarter and just down the river from Downtown Disney, which means multiple dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Typhoon Lagoon is also close by as well!
4.) Entertainment-Riverside is famous for "Ye Haa" Bob Jackson who has a popular piano sing-a-long comedy show. He performs most nights at the River Roost Inn, tucked between Boatwrights and the lobby. Arrive early to get a seat! Also, carriage rides are offered at Port Orleans Riverside, along with boat rentals and fishing excursions at the marina, plus popular surrey bike rentals! Last but not least, as with most Disney Resorts, Riverside puts on a Movie Under the Stars most nights. Check for the location and schedule in the resort lobby.
3.) Scenery-Riverside is known for its beautiful grounds! The Sassagoula River runs right through the resort area, and the bridges, lampposts, paved walking paths, bridges, and gorgeous, trim trees only allow guests to enjoy the scenery even more. Also, the giant waterwheel at the food court and the old Southern style mansions truly make you feel as if you've stepped back into a simpler time. Also be sure to spend some time in the lobby to check out the giant paddle fans overhead and magnolias in the carpets.
2.) The Riverside Mill Food Court-Of all the food courts at Walt Disney World, this has to be one of the best! For starters, the Riverside Mill Food Court is huge! It really looks like a cavernous, old mill with crisscrossing beams overhead and the exposed workings of the giant water wheel which actually turns just outside. The cozy atmosphere and tons of seating make it a place you will actually want to enjoy a meal. Plus, the different stations offering different menus have great variety and are delicious, especially the build-your-own-pasta station with its generous servings!
1.) Room Options-A big reason to stay at Port Orleans Riverside is the variety of room options. You see, the resort is divided up into two sections: Magnolia Manor and Alligator Bayou. The first are elegant, yet cozy, plantation style rooms housed in the large, white mansions along the banks of the river. Alligator Bayou rooms, however, are tucked back in the woods and have a more rustic, Cajun influence with log furniture and the like! It's almost like Riverside is two resorts in one! But that's not all. Riverside also offers the popular Royal Rooms, special rooms supposedly decorated by the Disney Princesses with a gift from each princess in the decor, including a faucet shaped like Aladdin's lamp and special headboards with LED effects. This means you could stay at Riverside three times, and have a different room experience each visit!