Located on-site at the Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is one of the “Moderate” on-site resorts at Walt Disney World. This hotel originally opened in 1992 as Disney’s Dixie Landings Resort and features more than 2,000 guests rooms ranging from standard rooms to larger suites.
Located along the Bonnet Creek Parkway near EPCOT and Disney Springs, this property is themed after a rural Louisiana bayou town. It is a short distance to all four theme parks as well as the other amenities within the Walt Disney World Resort. The Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando are both less than 30 minutes away.
Amenities at this hotel are quite good for a property of this size and includes the 3.5-acre Ol’ Man Island pool complex, five leisure pools, game room, fishing tours, bike rentals, complimentary resort wide transportation, organized recreational activities / entertainment and complimentary Wi-Fi service. It should be noted that the resort shares amenities and dining venues with the adjacent Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the hotel rates at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside?
Prices for Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside typically range from over $200 per night to more than $400 per night for the family suites depending on the time of year. See our price chart below for rates during specific nights.
Does Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside provide transportation to the Walt Disney World theme parks?
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside offers complimentary bus transportation throughout Walt Disney World including the theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs and the Resort hotels. There is also free water taxi service to Disney Springs.
Is there free transportation from the Orlando International Airport to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort?
Complimentary transportation from Disney’s Magical Express is no longer offered. However, Mears Connect shuttle service provides transportation from the Walt Disney World Resort to the Orlando International Airport at a cost of around $32.00 per person.
Is there a Resort Fee or Parking Charge at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside?
There are no resort fees or parking charges at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside.
Is there a nice pool at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside?
There themed pool complex at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is called the Ol’ Man Island pool complex. This 3.5-acre complex includes a resort pool 95-foot water slide, whirlpool spa and a children water play area. There is also five additional leisure pools that are strategically located throughout the resoot.
Guests also have access to the Doubloon Lagoon pool complex at the adjacent Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.
What are the food & beverage options at the Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside?
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside features four food & beverage options including Boatwright’s Dining Hall which is the resort’s main dining venue. Guests also have access to the dining venues at the adjacent Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.
What is the check-in and check-out time at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside?
The check in-time at the Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is 4:00 pm and check out time is at 11:00 am.
What is the pet policy at the Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside?
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is one of the few pet friendly on-site hotels at Walt Disney World. The hotel has a pilot program that allows up to two dogs in select rooms for an additional charge of $50 per night. Dogs receive “Pluto’s Welcome Kit” that includes a number of items needed during the stay.
Riverside has four dog relief areas by buildings 15, 24, 80 and 95.
About Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Themed after a southern Louisiana Bayou town, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside opened in December 1992 and was re-themed in 2001 as the Port Orleans Resort. The grounds and common area are very well themed and give off the impression of being in the deep south.
This property resort is located on-site within the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida fairly close to EPCOT and Disney Springs. Access to the resort is provided Bonnet Creek Parkway just north of East Buena Vista Drive which connects to Epcot Center Drive and Interstate 4 just a few miles to the east.
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
1251 Riverside Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
It will take about 30 minutes to get to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside from the Orlando International Airport. Guests can either take SR-528 (Beach Line Expressway) to Interstate 4, west to Osceola Parkway or SR-417 west to the Osceola Parkway. Both routes are similar in mileage and fairly easy to navigate for out-of-area travelers.
From Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, the time / distance to the visitor toll plazas at the Disney theme parks are as follows (per Google Maps):
- Magic Kingdom Park: Approximately 10 minutes
- Epcot: Less than 10 minutes
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Approximately 10 minutes
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Approximately 15 minutes
- Disney Springs: Less than 10 minutes
The time / distance to other popular Orlando area attractions is as follows:
- SeaWorld Orlando: Approximately 20 minutes
- Universal Orlando Resort: Approximately 25 minutes.
- Downtown Orlando: Approximately 35 minutes
- Orange County Convention Center: Approximately 20 minutes
- The Mall at Millenia: Approximately 30 minutes
Amenities at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is a full service “Moderate” resort which includes a number of amenities and features at a fairly affordable price.
The 3.5 acre Ol’ Man Island pool complex is a themed after an abandoned sawmill. The pool complex also features a 95-foot water slide, water play area and a whirlpool spa. Hotel guests are also free to use the Doubloon Lagoon pool complex at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. This Mardi Gras themed resort pool features, a 51-foot water slide, kiddie pool and whirlpool spa.
In addition to the Ol’ Man Island pool complex, there are five leisure pools strategically located throughout the resort. Three are located in the Alligator Bayou section with two located in Magnolia Bend.
- Organized Entertainment
- Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
- Bike Rentals
- Fishing Charters
- Jogging Trail
- Kids Playground
- Medicine Show Arcade
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
There is also complimentary transportation provided throughout the entire Walt Disney World Resort. The hotel features shuttle bus service outside of main lobby to the theme parks. Guests will also find complimentary water taxi service to Disney Springs.
Dining Options at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Dining options are considered to be good with the main full-service restaurant being Boatwright’s Dining Hall. This dining venue is open for dinner service starting at 5:00 PM with entrees including crispy Cajun chicken, jambalaya, prime rib, shrimp & grits and a seafood boil. Click here to see the menu at Boatwright’s.
Other food and beverage options include:
- Riverside Mill Food Court
- River Roost
- Muddy Rivers
Guests are also free to use the dining venues at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. These eateries include:
- Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory
- Scat Cat’s Club – Lounge
- Scat Cat’s Club – Cafe’
- Mardi Grogs
The Rooms and Rates at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
The types of rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside include standard rooms with river / pool views and “Royal” guest rooms that are themed with Disney princess decor (highlighted by Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog movie) and featuring certain special effects. All rooms feature a beverage cooler, free wireless internet service, flat panel televisions a coffee maker, iron / ironing board, in-room safe, telephone with voicemail, hairdryer and bathroom products.
Like most hotels in the greater Orlando area, rates at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort are highly seasonal and we have found that rates and availability do vary quite considerably throughout the year. The rates shown below are the best available rate in both room types offered at this hotel.
The following rates were obtained from the hotel web site at the time of publication. Please note that nightly rates can change at any time.
|Rates 2023 – 2024||Dec. 15th||Feb. 15th||April 15th|
|Royal Room – Standard||$457.00||$395.00||$375.00|
|Royal Rom – River||$485.00||$412.00||$387.00|
There is a 6% resort tax on top of a 6.5% sales tax. The property does not charge resort fees or have parking charges. Disney is constantly running special offers and there are always discounts for annual passholders and Florida Residents.
What We Liked about Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
There are a number of things to like about Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. Following are some of the highlights:
- Great “southern” style theming
- Complimentary Disney resort wide transportation include water taxi service to Disney Springs
- Spacious and more tranquil than other Disney resorts
- Large number of pools that are located throughout the resort
What We Did Not Like about Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
There are a few things about the Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside we do not like which include:
- Can be pricey for a “moderate” resort
- Certain buildings can be far from the main pool and the dining facilities
- Rooms with exterior corridors
What We Think Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is Perfect For:
We were very happy with our stay at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and find that it is perfect for:
- Vacation travelers seeking a high quality Disney experience at a fair price
- Those seeking a more serene on-site hotel experience.
- Families with young “princesses” for the Royal rooms
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is a nice that includes a fair amount of on-site amenities. The dining options were considered to be adequate as compared to other on-site resorts and the hotel is very well themed. We think this resort is a fairly good value visiting the Disney World theme parks.
As Florida residents and annual passholders, we try to take advantage of special offers for any on-site Disney hotel. Any time we see an offer around $200 per night for the Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, we typically make the reservation. However, paying over $300 per night to a resort that’s not along the Disney Monorail, Disney Skyliner and does not have extensive amenities / dining options is typically not our preference.
Since typically we drive to Orlando, the Disney’s transportation service to the theme parks as well as Uber / Lyft for off-site restaurants is not a concern. However, without a vehicle guests are not fully able to explore the Orlando area outside of Disney (this of course is by design). Outside transportation service costs can add up if you are looking to visit non-Disney theme parks or off-property restaurants so keep that in mind for your next visit.