Port Orleans Riverside is the larger sister resort to Port Orleans French Quarter. This resort was formerly known as Dixie Landings. POR is a moderately priced old south themed resort with two distinct sections: Alligator Bayou and Magnolia Bend.
Alligator Bayou is rustic style lodges with a more woodsy. The roofing and coloring of the buildings vary and add to the rough feeling. In Magnolia Bend are grand white manor houses. Each one with different pillars and wrought iron accents. Definitely a grand atmosphere with the rose gardens and fountains. There are a total of 2050 rooms with some accommodating 5 people with a murphy bed. Some of the rooms have been turned in the Royal Rooms with magical touches such as fiber optic enhanced scenic headboards.
All rooms are equipped with a mini-fridge and free wifi. The rooms feel very spacious (315 sq ft) and beautifully decorated, of course. They do have handicap accessible rooms, rooms with two double beds and with king sized beds. Unlike the French Quarter, there can be a hike to amenities.
POR has five “quiet” pools that are open 24 hours. There are no lifeguards on duty. There are changing rooms and rest rooms available at all pools. Ol’ Man Island is the themed pool located in the Alligator Bayou section. It is open from 9-10 with lifeguards on Muddy Rivers Bar is adjacent to the pool and has plenty of covered seating. There are hammocks available also. A kiddie pool and spa are in the same area. It can get quite crowded at times.
Bike and paddle boat rentals are available and there are fishing excursions on the Sassagoula River. There is a boat that will take you to Downtown Disney (Disney Springs). Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the both Riverside and French Quarter! How romantic is that?
Riverside Mill is the food court at POR. The Mickey waffles are available and I highly suggest the Pasta station where you can pick out your own mix. There is plenty of seating available and the views from inside are wonderful especially the water wheel. Boatwright’s is a table service restaurant with seating under a semi-constructed boat. The food is fantastic and the atmosphere makes it a really fun meal.
You are welcome to use all amenities at French Quarter also. There is a nice walking/running path that encompassed both resorts. I think the resorts compliment each other well and make a wonderful first or last day filler.
Enjoy, I know that we did!