Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside

Good morning! A lot of people are starting to book their hotels for runDisney events, and I have been getting a lot of emails from folks asking for help on where to stay, so I thought I would do a few hotel reviews to help those out headed to a runDisney event, or just headed out on vacation.

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Port Orleans Riverside is in the moderate resort category (below deluxe and above value). It is a hot commodity because it is one of two moderate resorts that sleep 5 people over the age of 3 (values only sleep 4).

It is a beautiful and relaxing resort with a laid back atmosphere and southern charm. The “hub” of the resort centers around the check in area, food court, lounge, restaurant, and gift shop. The below photo is the other side that faces the marina.

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There is one feature pool at this resort complete with waterslide and a pool bar. There are also quiet pools throughout the resort.

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Port Orleans Riverside is divided up into two sections, Alligator Bayou and the mansions. Alligator Bayou has cute touches from the Princess and the frog, and has a very woodsy/country feel.

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Below you can see a photo of the pull down trundle bed available in some rooms for a 5th person.

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Across the river you will find the mansions. They are very majestic looking sitting on the riverbank. Most of the rooms have a very southern feel, and then there are a group of “royal rooms” which happen to be my personal favorite.

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The royal rooms cost a little extra, but pack a big punch. Fireworks over the beds, and cute Disney touches everywhere.

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These rooms are in a preferred (aka close to the main buildings) section of the resort. However, there is more than one bus stop so even if you are further away you don’t have to walk to the front of the resort to catch a bus to the parks! However, this is a big resort (2048 rooms!) so paying extra for a preferred location is something I recommend.

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All rooms have either two queens of a king bed (king bed is a separate bookable category) and have double sinks, flat screen TV’s, a coffee maker and refrigerator.

Another perk of this resort is the ability to take the boat to Downtown Disney instead of a bus. It’s a scenic relaxing ride and a nice change of pace if you aren’t in a hurry to get somewhere.

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This is my favorite moderate resort, we stayed here for Princess this past year and it worked out great for the race!

QOTD: Do you prefer a quiet relaxed resort or one right in the middle of the action?

If you have any questions about this resort or any others, feel free to email me at heather@travelwiththemagic.com for details, and vacation booking help.

Disney Day 1, February 2015

Now that I have recapped my runDisney experience, I wanted to share a bit of what we did on the other days we were in Disney World last month. We had a really great time and got to see a lot of friends!

We landed on Thursday around lunch, hopped on Disney’s Magical Express, and were off to our resort.

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We stayed at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside resort in the alligator bayou section.

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We were a pretty good hike from the main building and food court, which I only minded on the really cold days!

As soon as we got to our room, we hopped on the courtesy shuttle I had arranged, and were brought to the car care center to rent our car. We love that Disney provides free transportation from it’s resorts, but sometimes the buses take FOREVER so we have found it saves time and our sanity to rent a car when staying all week. After getting the car, we hopped over to the race expo, then made a quick stop back at our room to change for dinner at California Grill. We parked at the Contemporary then walked over to the Magic Kingdom to get my annual pass and do a couple of other quick housekeeping things.

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We were just in time to see the flag get lowered, something I have never seen before.

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We walked back over to the contemporary and were seated for dinner. I love this time of day up there, the view was just breathtaking.

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And my drink wasn’t too bad either! After a long day of travel, I finally felt like I could relax.

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I had a delicious filet, and Bobby had sushi of course.

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We hopped back in our car after dinner and headed back to the resort. (If we had taken Disney transportation we would have needed to walk back to the Magic Kingdom, THEN catch a bus. I needed to be rolled out of the restaurant so I am glad I had the car!) When we got back we went to the food court to sit and chat and I got a mickey bar for my dessert. Well worth the wait I tell ya!

We were old people and went to bed early. We had a big day planned for EPCOT the next day!

QOTD: Have you ever eaten at California Grill? Do you ever rent a car in Disney World?

Disney Post-Princess

I will be blogging about all of my race experiences later this week, but right now I am pretty darn tired. I am writing this on Tuesday night for Wednesday’s post, and we just got back from Disney this afternoon. I have been unpacking and cleaning then realized I needed to blog. Oops! I thought it would be fun to recap the day of the race (after the race) and Monday, what we did with my family etc.

After we got cleaned up on Sunday morning post half marathon, we headed to Epcot. My mom wanted pizza, and we were able to walk up and get seated immediately at Via Napoli, yes! I was starving, and pizza never tasted so delicious. A sweet Princess runner came up to our table and said she read my blog (hi again!) we chatted for a minute, it was great to meet her and see a fellow runner wearing a medal!

After lunch we walked around Epcot a bit, not even riding anything, and realized we were exhausted from our 2:45 wake up call. We decided to head back and rest, and I took a whopping one photo of the day.

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We went back to Animal Kingdom Lodge, and headed to the hospitality suite for a snack before taking a nap. Well, the nap never happened. Sean Astin was in the suite, and we ended up hanging out with him for two hours. I interviewed him about the race so stay tuned for that later! My parents picked us up for dinner and we ate at Trails End buffet. So good, but I was basically a zombie by this point and had been up for almost 19 hours. We made it back to the resort and fell into the bed for a good snooze before our last day in Disney.

We “slept in” until 7:30 (sad I was finishing the race at that time the day before!) We got breakfast in the hospitality suite and chatted with race announcer Rudy before heading to Hollywood Studios.

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It was super crowded so Bobby rode Aerosmith and we did Star Tours before deciding we were hungry. Mom wanted to ride the boat from port Orleans to Downtown Disney, so we did just that and ate lunch at Wolfgang Puck’s Express.

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We stayed at Port Orleans the last night with my parents

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On the boat to Downtown Disney

After lunch, we wandered around a bit then decided we needed some ice cream.

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Oh yes, I ate all of it by myself

We rode the boat back to the hotel, it’s such a nice little ride.

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It was such a nice relaxing day and awesome not to have any major plans except for dinner. We walked around the resort just enjoying the grounds and sat in the food court and chatted.

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Our royal room:

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It was soon time for dinner, so we headed to the Magic Kingdom for a long awaited feast at Be Our Guest restaurant.

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We ate in the West Wing, and honestly I loved it. I was bummed at first, but the main room seemed so noisy and this one was much quieter and more intimate. I also loved that you can get your photo with the Beast after! I met another sweet reader in line for photos, and she just got engaged!

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We tried to recreate the picture behind us. Totally dorky.

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Right as we were walking out of the restaurant, we realized Wishes was about halfway over. We stood on the bridge and watched. It was SO COOL. Fireworks were coming from both sides. it was an amazing wyt to end the night.

My mom took the below photo without me even knowing, and it’s not one of my favorites ever!

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Love it! We headed to Gaston’s and got some er….drinks? Before leaving.

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It was an amazing last day, a perfect way to end the trip! Stay tuned for meet up, 5k, and half marathon recaps!

QOTD: Have you eaten at Be Our Guest? Do you like Fireworks?