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6 Reasons Why Port Orleans Resort at Disney World is a Great Place to Stay

As if you’ve entered the great South, stepping foot on Port Orleans Resort will transform you to Louisiana all while enjoying the excitement of Disney World at your fingertips. Here are 6 components that make Port Orleans Resort a great place to stay!

Editor’s Note: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort is currently closed. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is scheduled to reopen on October 14, 2021. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is scheduled to reopen on October 28, 2021. 


1 – Double Your Pleasure

One thing that sets Disney’s Port Orleans apart from other resorts is the benefit of having what seems like two resorts at your fingertips. While Riverside and French Quarter are both considered Port Orleans, they are both unique and offer different experiences and amenities. Stay at one location, but don’t hesitate to walk or catch the bus over to the other resort to double your pleasure!

Port Orleans-Riverside

2 – Atmosphere

Bayous, alligator talk, Mardi Gras, and sweet romance. Whether you are staying at Riverside and sticking with Southern charm or enjoying the historic, romantic vibe of the French Quarter, the atmosphere at Port Orleans will not disappoint. This atmosphere is carried throughout the guest areas and into the rooms. Plantation-style buildings, French quarter living – the details are beautiful. We found our Riverside room to be very comfortable and charming. The picture of the steamboat in the room, the plantation images on the headboards, and the elegant style vanity, all truly say New Orleans.

Port Orleans-French Quarter

3 – Dining Options

Port Orleans has a dining option that will match the taste of everyone in your family. Quick Service, Table Service, and Lounges – take your pick and enjoy! Mainly because of the two themes (Riverside and French Quarter) in one resort, you will enjoy the flexibility of taking your pick for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. Quick service options include Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court and Riverside Mill Food Court. We particularly favored the variety offered at Riverside Mill Food Court. From soup to burgers to pasta – you’ll find something you are craving. Table Service includes the Boatwright’s, Dining Hall. Dining at Boatwright’s is a wonderful experience with an open and bright atmosphere and delicious Orleans-style food. Try the jambalaya – you’ll love it! Lounges include Scat Cat’s Club, Mardi Grogs, River Roost, and Muddy Rivers Pool Bar.

Port Orleans-Dining

4 – Proximity to Parks

Editor’s Note: Currently there is no boat service available at Disney Springs and from Disney Springs to resorts. This may change once Port Orleans opens in October 2021. 

One of our favorite components to Port Orleans is the proximity to the theme parks and to Disney Springs. With bus and boat transportation, access to the parks and Disney Springs is simple and seems to go quickly. We were impressed at the bus schedule and the lack of wait time it took to catch a bus to our desired location. Boating to Disney Springs adds to the excitement of the trip. With a resort this close to the different parks, you’ll be able to enjoy less time on the bus and more time in the parks!


5 – Entertainment

Editor’s Note: Like many Disney entertainers, Bob Jackson’s time with Disney ended in March 2020 when Walt Disney World closed down. As Disney World has reopened, some entertainers have returned. However, it is unclear when Port Orleans reopens if Bob Jackson will return to perform at the resort. 

The food and drinks meet taste buds needs, but don’t skip out on the entertainment offered! At the Riverside, you will want to find a table at the River Roost lounge and prepare yourself for some fantastic piano playing and entertainment. Bob Jackson takes the piano bench and draws in not only those enjoying River Roost, but even the passerby’s pause to hear his tunes. Bob Jackson plays Wednesday-Saturday evening, but check with Cast Members to see if there is any fluctuation in Bob’s schedule that week. Bob is a treat, as are the musicians that bring the jazz medleys to Scat Cat’s Club at the French Quarter. Check with a Cast Member for musicians performing as well as days and times. Sipping on a drink while enjoying a saxophone singing the blues – we’re there!

6 – Extras 

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, the Pirate Adventure Cruises are temporarily suspended. 

There are so many extra amenities offered at Port Orleans that once again, you are sure to find something that will fit your needs. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride (guys – she’ll love this one!), rent a boat to paddle off with your sweetie, ride a rental bike around the resort, enjoy relaxing with a movie on the lawn, or spend some of those coins at the large arcades! Something we have to note – the arcade rooms have massage chairs, so bring those dollars and sit back to relax while the kiddos play games. If you have kids (4-12 years old), keep in mind the Pirate Adventure Cruise that calls young pirates aboard right at Port Orleans. The Ol’Man Island in Riverside is inspired by the story of Tom Sawyer, Ol’ Man Island even features a catch-and-release fishing hole and stories told around an evening campfire. The nearby Muddy Rivers pool bar and a hot tub provide fun for grown folks. Over at French Quarter, you’ll find a Mardi Gras-themed pool area where King Neptune sits astride a giant sea serpent. Scale “Scales,” as he’s affectionately known, and slide down his tongue for a splash landing. Jazz-loving gators and clamshell water features add more poolside fun. We hope you can take advantage of the wonderful pools Port Orleans has to offer.

Put your feet up and relax at this charming moderate resort. You’ll forget you are in Florida and think somehow Disney now calls Louisiana home. Ya’ll enjoy!

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Mike & Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with being Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and RunDisney participants. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire as many MagicBands as possible while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 13 years and are blessed with two children - our 8-year-old daughter and soon to be 2-year-old son. As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.
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