Port Orleans Riverside — Scenic and Relaxing

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Just this past Thursday, we returned from our anniversary celebration at Disney. This year, we stayed at Port Orleans Riverside, a moderate Disney resort. We’d not stayed at Port Orleans previously. A friend had stayed at French Quarter some years ago and had nice things to say. Riverside is themed to Princess and the Frog. Tiana could be found in the artwork on the headboards. The family checking in next to us received a special letter from Tiana for their girls. The theming is relatively subtle, but I really liked it.

We had a Standard View room with two queen beds. Our room was on the bottom floor, and it looked out on, well, not a whole lot. But we kept the blinds closed generally anyhow, since we were on the bottom floor, and there were people walking by frequently.

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The room was plenty big. The armoire was a perfect place to stash our suitcases. There was a space for a fridge, but no fridge. We would have used a fridge, because did order a case of water, but it really wasn’t a problem for us that there wasn’t a fridge. I’d heard you could request one if you needed it. I ended up putting our dirty clothes bag in the fridge spot, so it worked out fine. 🙂

The thing that I really loved about Riverside was the absolutely beautiful grounds. There were gazebos, fountains, beautiful flowers, and of course the river. It was a great place to walk around. And it was incredibly quiet. When we were walking around the grounds, we felt like we owned the place. It was very peaceful.

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Transportation was not an issue. There were four bus stops throughout Riverside. We’d requested a room close to transportation, and that worked out very well for us. It was a short walk to the East bus depot. I’ve read some complaints that busses were slow to come at Riverside, but we did not experience any issues. There’s a boat that will take you to Downtown Disney. We didn’t take advantage of that, but it seemed very convenient.

There’s no shortage of pools at Riverside if that’s your thing. The main pool looked amazing. I thought the water slide looked liked lots of fun. And there was another pool right outside our room. We aren’t big pool people, so we didn’t take advantage of any of the pools, but they looked terrific.

If you’re looking for a moderate resort, I think that Riverside is a great choice for couples. It’s a beautiful resort. I thought the gazebos and fountains were particularly romantic. I also appreciated that we couldn’t hear the people in the rooms next to us. That hasn’t been true in other moderate resorts where we’ve stayed.

Have you ever stayed at Riverside before? What’s your favorite moderate resort?

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