Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside Resort Photo Review

When you think of Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside Resort, do you want to start singing, “Goin’ down the bayou” like Tiana? 

Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside Resort is a moderate level resort located on the Sassagoula River at Walt Disney World.  Riverside (which is how it is commonly referred) is much larger than the Port Orleans – French Quarter, which is located about 5 minutes from Port Orleans – Riverside.  Where French Quarter has more of a Mardi Gras theme, Riverside is a little more relaxed as you feel you are staying on the bayou.  

Looking at Riverside from the Sassagoula River

Arriving at Port Orleans – Riverside

When you arrive at Riverside, you will enter the Sassagoula Steamboat Co. building. This is the main building of the resort.  Here you will be able to check in for your stay, maybe shop in Fulton’s General Store for souvenirs or eat at the resort’s food court area called Riverside Mill or if you are looking for a table-service option, you could go to Boatright’s Dining Hall. 

Arriving at Port Orleans- Riverside

Check in

Details of the lobby ceiling

Lobby Flowers

Fulton’s General Store

Resort Directory showing both Riverside and French Quarter


I was able to tour through two different areas of Port Orleans – Riverside.  The Magnolia Bend Mansion area and the Alligator Bayou Lodges. 

Magnolia Bend

The Magnolia Bend area represents the southern plantation stately mansions.  In the Magnolia Bend area of the resort, I was able to tour through one of the rooms in Acadian House.  There are four different buildings or mansions that make up the Magnolia Bend area.  The Acadian House, Magnolia Terrace, Oak Manor and Parterre Place.  Oak Manor and Parterre Place are the mansions you will find the Royal Guest Rooms.  These rooms have been themed for royalty and will put you and your family right in the middle of some of your favorite Disney stories. If you would like more information on the Royal Guest Rooms, please let me know. 

Acadian House

During my time at Riverside, I was able to tour through one of the rooms at Acadian House.  They have recently been refurbished with a cute Princess and the Frog theme.  

Acadian House

Room 8005 at Acadian House

Two queen beds

Entertainment area, dresser and table with two chairs

Cute curtains at the window

Bathroom. Double sinks, separate room with toilet and bath

Pretty shower curtain in bath

Curtain that divides the bathroom area from the rest of the room

Lights above bed. Loved the details

Acadian House

Acadian House

Pretty fountain in front of Acadian House

Alligator Bayou

The Alligator Bayou Lodges are themed after the homes you would find in the countryside on the bayou.  They have more of a cajun rustic feel.  They are nestled between trees and waterways.  As you walk around the Alligator Bayou Lodges area, you can see the story that is being told through the theming of this area.  

Alligator Bayou Lodge Building 39

Building Sign. Love the cute alligator at the top. 

Room 3903. This room is located across from Ol’ Man Island and by Alligator Bayou.

Two queen beds

Cute 5th sleeper for children under the age of 9. Featuring Louie from “Princess and the Frog.”

When 5th Sleeper is tucked away it becomes a bench

Bathroom area. Double sinks, area for clothing. Separate room for toilet and bath

One of the queen beds

Alligator Bayou area

Around Riverside

Another important area at Riverside is Ol’ Man Island.  This is where the main resort pool is located.  It is a 3.5 acre island in the middle of the resort.  The main swimming pool has waterfalls and a fun slide, plus a hot tub area. There are also five quiet pools located around the resort. 

Where are you going?

Ol’ Man Island Sign


Ol’ Man Island Main Pool

Muddy Rivers pool bar


Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside is in the Disney Springs Resort area.  Because of this, guests have access to Disney Springs via the Sassagoula River Cruise ferry boats.  There are Disney resort buses to take guests to all four Disney theme parks.  

Sassagoula River

More Information

Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside is a Moderate Resort with a lot to offer.  If you would like more information about this resort or other Disney resorts, contact me at valerie@magical-vacations.com.  I would love to help you plan your next Disney vacation to a Disney destination.