Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Alligator Bayou Section, Part 1


When you research Disney on-property resorts, you’ll find that each resort has a theme. This theme is carried out everywhere in the resort, and is what makes each of them unique. It’s just one of the amazing details you’ll experience during a Walt Disney World vacation. In this first of a series of resort reviews, Michelle will take you to the Riverside section of the Port Orleans Resort. Find out what it’s like, before you make your reservations.

When I first heard of Dixie Landings (as it was formerly called), I must admit I was a bit skeptical. “What is this place going to be like?” The name perhaps sounded a little hokey, but I decided you can’t go wrong with Disney! Can you?

This resort is absolutely wonderful. It’s a moderate-level resort that definitely has a “deluxe feel” to it. Maybe it’s due to the way the bell-services staff escorts you to your room while giving you the complete rundown of everything Disney has to offer. Maybe it’s the lush landscaping and “down-home feel.” Maybe it’s because there is a little area called “Ol’ Man Island.” I don’t know, but the magic is certainly in abundance here.

As for amenities, you’ll find:

* five quiet pools in addition to the main pool;
* a food court, The Colonel’s Cotton Mill;
* a sit-down restaurant, Boatwright’s Dining Hall;
* a lounge, Cotton Co-Op Lounge; and
* a pool bar, Muddy Rivers Pool Bar (Don’t you just love that name?).

You can also rent boats or bikes. At Ol’ Man Island, you can try your hand at some good old-fashioned fishin’. The gift shop and arcade round out this hefty list.

This resort is now really a resort within a resort within a resort! Did I lose you there? First, it was formerly a resort of its own; but it has since merged with Port Orleans. Hence, this resort offers three distinct areas for guests to stay in. The only tough decision is choosing between the three!

Within Port Orleans – Riverside, guests can choose to stay in the “Alligator Bayou Section” or in one of the “Mansions.”

* The Bayous are decorated in a very rustic theme. The bed frames resemble fresh-cut logs and are outfitted with patchwork quilts. The rooms seem to have an almost country flair.

* Across the river, sits the stately Mansions. These rooms are decorated in a more elegant, French Provincial style.

* A third theme is then present with the Port Orleans – French Quarter rooms. These rooms are also to be of a more elegant nature complete with Venetian blinds.

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