Down by the Riverside

Disney Port Orleans Riverside resort

Good Morning Port Orleans Riverside Resort

Continuing in the vein of “thrifty creations,” we want to craft a family vacation later in the summer that has lots of fun amenities going for it, but doesn’t break the bank. Being close to Walt Disney World, we decided to check it out although most of those options seem gi-normous-ly expensive. A tip came our way from a reliable source (DH’s sister-in-law) that Disney Port Orleans Riverside might be a good bet. So we are doing a trial run to see how the place measures up. Disney has loads of comparable resorts in the vicinity, such as Port Orleans French Quarter, Coronado Springs, Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, and many more. But one drawing card for Riverside is the less-expensive room rate (it’s billed as ‘more rural’ than the French Quarter) and another plus: the addition of a pull-down Murphy bed available in some of the rooms, which will allow more than 4 people to a room. Being Florida residents will give us a discount price, too.

After a sweet night’s sleep, we can figure out what we might want to do until check-out time creeps up tomorrow. This is a working vay-cay for us, but it’s nice just the same. Downloaded a phone app for Disney that tracks our whereabouts and shows what’s going on in any given location. Another high-tech perk: the RF wristband for breezing through turnstiles and cash registers.

Disney resort

Our room upstairs in the Magnolia section

pool

balcony overlooks a pool

There are lots of pools here. We’re here the first couple days in March and it’s 80 degrees this week. Balmy, beautiful, flowers just starting to bud. In the late summer it will be sweltering, but again, the resort offers loads of pool options. There’s water play in the form of fishing and more at Ol’ Man Island, you can schedule a Fireworks or Birthday cruise, and some may want to shell out and take a day at one of the major Disney parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Wilderness Adventure, Typhoon Lagoon…so many possibilities to pick from.

Disney Port Orleans

Ol’ Man Island, a short stroll away

walkway

walkway to lobby and food court

It’s early, this very slightly misty morning and joggers are running the track, folks meandering through the scenic walkways to breakfast and shopping and connecting through various depots to the day’s itineraries. During my early morning swim in the pool, I’m in the midst of a cacophony of bird calls. Checking around to see if they might be coming from speakers mounted surreptitiously in the vicinity (this is Disney, after all) but they appear to be all real. Must be lots more birds migrating down here from the northeast, where the residents are going through Snowmageddon.

Port Orleans resort

What shall we do today?

We looked at lodging in another area of the resort.

Alligator Bayou

Alligator Bayou rooms facing pools

Ol' Man Island pool

Big pool on Ol’ Man Island (this is just a small loop of the whole huge pool)

Water taxi

Water taxi depot at Riverside

I wonder how they get the water to look so black? Did they maybe plant a dark plastic liner on the riverbed when they dug it? Do they pour ink into it on a regular schedule? You can catch the water taxi and tour around the resort, glide over to the French Quarter and partake of the famous beignets and the Scat Cat’s Club, keep on floating down to Downtown Disney…the possibilities are amazing.

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