Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside, formerly known as Disney’s Dixie Landings Resort, opened on February 2, 1992. This resort is themed around the antebellum “Old South” as a riverboat landing and it is divided into two sections, Magnolia Bend and Alligator Bayou.
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There are four, two and three story Plantation-style mansion homes in Magnolia Bend that are all connected by bridges to the Ol’ Man Island pool and fishing area. Spectacular gardens and fountains are found throughout this section where you will encounter gorgeous live oak and magnolia trees as well as azalea, camellia, and rose bushes. Elevators are only located in the Magnolia Bend area.Read More
Pros: At the Port Orleans Resort guests have access to seven different pools and two waterslides. In addition to the bus transportation, resort guests can use the water taxi to make their way to the Downtown Disney Marketplace. The overall southern theme and beautiful landscaping sets it apart from any other moderate resort on Disney property.
Cons: This is one of the largest resorts on Disney property and depending on where your room is located there could be lots of walking involved. Our room was in the Alligator Bayou section at the back of the property and we had a 10-15 minute walk to the Main Pool/Lobby area.
In the Alligator Bayou, you’ll find 16 two story heavily wooded Cajun-style, rustic buildings. These are set amidst a dense pine forest and swamp.
One of the main focal points is the Sassagoula River that winds through the property and connects both the Riverside and the French Quarter sections of Port Orleans to Pleasure Island and the Downtown Disney Marketplace. This man made river is approximately two and a half miles long and is themed after the mighty Mississippi River. Sassagoula is the Native American word for Mississippi.Close
During our stay, we were in the Alligator Bayou section of the resort. The room has a rustic feel that includes an unfinished wooden headboard, quilt-style bedding and a ceiling fan for those humid southern nights. As with most moderately priced resort rooms, the rooms at the Port Orleans Riverside are 314 square feet. A typical room has 2 double beds (some buildings offer queen beds), an armoire, a nightstand, a small refrigerator, a TV, a small table with 2 chairs, and a luggage rack. Free wireless internet is available as well. The bathroom has two pedestal sinks with mirrors that are in a vanity area separate from the tub and commode. The flooring in front of the vanity is a dark slate with a built in border that resembles a bathroom rug. A retractable curtain separates the bedroom from the vanity area for added privacy. Some rooms are available with a king size bed. Another special feature, found only at the Port Orleans Riverside, are the murphy beds. These are small beds, just big enough for a child under the age of 9 that fold down from underneath the TV. These are available in the Alligator Bayou section only.
512 rooms at the resort have been converted to Royal Guest Rooms. These rooms are decorated in royal hues of deep blues and golds, and include lots of special touches inspired by the Disney princesses and their friends. The theme for the rooms was created when Princess Tiana invited some of her royal pals for a vacation getaway and they left behind some souvenirs from their trip. Fiber-optic accents in the headboards and other nods to favorite Disney princesses makes these rooms fit for any prince or princess.