Resort Hotels Spotlight: Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter at Walt Disney World Resort

Well, if getting to meet Princess Tiana or see her in a parade isn’t enough for you or your little princess, how would you like to be her guest in one of the Royal Guest Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside?

The lush Magnolia Bend area of Port Orleans Riverside.

The lush Magnolia Bend area of Port Orleans Riverside.

Located in the beautiful Magnolia Bend mansions side of Port Orleans Riverside (the other side of that resort being the more rustic Alligator Bayou), a particular treat for all princess fans is to stay in one of the specially-themed Royal Guest Rooms!

A royal welcome from Princess Tiana is found inlaid on a table in each Royal Guest Room.

A royal welcome from Princess Tiana is found inlaid on a table inside each Royal Guest Room.

The rooms are filled with the symbols of various Disney princesses – from the crowns woven into the bedspreads to the princess pictures adorning the walls to Aladdin and Jasmine’s magic carpet on the floor.

A Royal Guest Room at Port Orleans Riverside.

A Royal Guest Room at Port Orleans Riverside.

However, since New Orleans is Tiana’s home, she is your hostess and it is an image of her bayou that adorns the headboards with mood lighting above to fill the room at night if you so choose.

But if all that sounds a little TOO princessy for your tastes, yet you still want some of that New Orleans flavor, how about staying at Port Orleans French Quarter which puts you in the heart of New Orleans where it feels like Mardi Gras all year long?

The entrance at Port Orleans French Quarter.

The entrance at Port Orleans French Quarter.

Pun-filled street signs, Mardi Gras decorations and a crazy sea serpent waterslide at the pool – Port Orleans French Quarter is designed to make you smile! The restaurant/food choices aren’t as wide and plentiful as at Riverside, but where else can you get fresh beignets in the morning just a few feet from your hotel room? What says New Orleans better than that?!

A room at Port Orleans French Quarter.

A room at Port Orleans French Quarter.

The rooms are laid out similarly to those in Port Orleans Riverside’s Magnolia Bend but with more of a Mardi Gras color scheme and less princessy!

To me, both resorts have their appeal and it would be hard to choose between them and say one is better than the other.

A Port Orleans Riverside Royal Guest Room feels like completely immersing yourself in Disney luxury – you NEVER leave Disney behind when staying in a Royal Guest Room, plus I love the Riverside resort amenities including the extensive food options and entertainment (a feature for another day!).

But if during your visit you feel like you need just a *little* bit of a break from “All Disney, All the Time!”, consider Port Orleans French Quarter – for me this feels like staying inside New Orleans Square at Disneyland – fun theming, but not overwhelming. Plus fresh beignets!

If you feel like you still can’t choose, I’ll let you in on a little secret…

The path by the river past the French Quarter resort heading for the Riverside Resort.

The path by the river past the French Quarter resort heading for the Riverside Resort.

These “sister” resorts share an extremely picturesque walking path down along the river that winds past both locations. So if you’re willing to make the trek, you really can enjoy the best of both resorts – stay at Riverside and head over to French Quarter one morning for beignets. Or stay at French Quarter and walk over to Riverside for dinner one night. Or even better – splurge on a carriage ride from Riverside and save the walk entirely! (Or you could utilize the free boat service that travels down the river past both resorts all the way to Disney Springs fka Downtown Disney – an absolute treat that I highly recommend!)

Have you stayed at Port Orleans Riverside or Port Orleans French Quarter? Which do you prefer?

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One thought on “Resort Hotels Spotlight: Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter at Walt Disney World Resort

  1. Great post! We’ve stayed twice at Port Orleans, once in the large buildings across the river, and the second time in the alligator bayou side. Loved both. We still regularly pop on the riverboat when at Disney Springs for a ride to Port Orleans. Their General Store is also a favourite of mine.

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