Port Orleans Riverside Resort at Walt Disney World
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside was designed to reflect antebellum south along the Mississippi River. The resort opened February 2, 1992 as Disney’s Dixie Landings Resort, initially with rooms located in its Alligator Bayou section, and shortly afterward the remaining Magnolia Bend section was opened. Alligator Bayou consists of 1,024 guest rooms over 16 buildings styled as rustic, weathered lodges with 64 rooms per lodge. Magnolia Bend consists of 1,024 guest rooms over four buildings styled as southern plantation grand manor homes with 256 rooms per mansion.
Beginning March 1, 2001 road signage and other theming began to change reflecting the Disney’s Port Orleans Resort and Disney’s Dixie Landings Resort properties becoming “regions” of a united Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. As of April 1, 2001, the regions became French Quarter and Riverside, respectively.
In 2012, Disney transformed about a quarter of the 2,000 rooms into “Royal Rooms.” This is where we stayed when we were last there. This is one of favorite resorts and try to stay here whenever possible. The rooms are styled with every detailed looked after from the rugs to the bedding. Being a moderate resort you will be spending around $250 per night but the decor and pools are well worth it. The resort is geared more toward the older crowds with not as many “Disney themed” buildings but the rooms have enough Disney to keep the younger ones interested.