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News Update: the popular boat rental facility at Port Orleans Riverside is sadly and surprisingly now permanently CLOSED. See News Post for more information.
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01-Mar-14: The March 2014 Recreation Activities and Movie Schedules are now available. [Full Story...]
27-Feb-14: The Riverside Levee boat rental service at POR will be permanently closed from Sunday 2 March. [Full Story...]
19-Feb-14: The Downtown Disney Marketplace ferry dock (next to Rainforest Cafe) will be closed from 22 February 2014 until the fall. Port Orleans ferry boats will temporarily use the Pleasure Island dock. [Full Story...]
02-Feb-14: Resort Airline Check-In Service to be extended to include International Travellers from 24 February 2014. [Full Story...]
31-Jan-14: The February 2014 Recreation Activities and Movie Schedules are now available. [Full Story...]
06-Jan-14: Key to the World cards to be phased out at Port Orleans from 7 January 2014, Magic Bands only from now on. [Full Story...]
26-Dec-13: The January 2014 Recreation Activities and Movie Schedules are now available. [Full Story...]
15-Dec-13: Port Orleans Riverside's Oak Manor (building 90) roof refurbishment work commences 19 January 2014. [Full Story...]
13-Nov-13: Port Orleans in-room fridge replacement program finally completed 20 Nov [Full Story...]
05-Nov-13: French Quarter's Doubloon Lagoon swimming pool will be CLOSED for refurbishment from 13-Jan until 28-Feb 2014, plus revised regular feature pool operating hours for both POR and POFQ. [Full Story...]
23-Oct-13: Touringplans.com has just unveiled a complete photographic tour showing the views from the windows of every single guest room in the entire resort. [Full Story...]
18-Oct-13: The beautifully themed decorative comforter bedspreads in Port Orleans guest rooms have been replaced with plain white top sheets. [Full Story...]
28-Sep-13: Real-time Bus Estimated Arrival Time Display now operating at Port Orleans Riverside's South Depot [Full Story...]
27-Sep-13: Several New Menu Items at Boatwright's Dining Hall from 25 September, plus updates to food court menus. [Full Story...]
13-Sep-13: Magic Bands and FastPass+ coming to Port Orleans French Quarter for arrival dates from 30 September onward [Full Story...]
24-Aug-13: New evening campfire location opens at French Quarter, plus refurbishment for Riverside's campfire site. [Full Story...]
15-Aug-13: Magic Bands coming to Port Orleans RIVERSIDE for guests arriving from 3rd September! [Full Story...]
11-Aug-13: News Updates on Fridge Replacements, "Rapid Fill" Refillable Mugs, Magic Bands, French Quarter Campfire Relocation, Life Jackets at the Swimming Pools, etc. [Full Story...]
27-Jul-13: New "Rapid Fill" Refillable Mug RFID system coming to Port Orleans soon [Full Story...]
19-Jul-13: Tom Casey becomes Port Orleans French Quarter's new resident musician, replacing Elliot Dyson [Full Story...]
19-Jul-13: Port Orleans French Quarter Lobby Re-Dedication Ceremony on Thursday 18 July 2013 [Full Story...]
10-Jul-13: The 2014 room Rack Rates and Packages are now available on the WDW USA website. [Full Story...]
20-Apr-13: Port Orleans French Quarter Laundry goes cashless - but for credit/debit cards ONLY, there is no room charge option. [Full Story...]
28-Feb-13: Port Orleans Riverside's night-time entertainer, "Ye Haa" Bob Jackson, receives prestigious Walt Disney Legacy Award.
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is the world’s number one tourist destination, welcoming tens of millions of visitors every year. Many of those visitors wish to stay as close as possible to the heart of the magic and Disney provides more than twenty varied hotel complexes within the 47 square miles of its property. These range from economy venues such as the Value All Star Resorts right up to the deluxe (and expensive!) Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Between these, the middle ground is covered by the ‘Moderate’ resorts which offer more comfort and facilities than the Values but still at a reasonably affordable price point.
Widely regarded as the best of these Moderate resorts is the twin complex of Port Orleans French Quarter and Port Orleans Riverside. Nestled along the banks of the Disney-created Sassagoula River, these two resorts are probably the best themed, and certainly the most picturesque, places you can stay within Walt Disney World without breaking the bank.
|“Readers consistently rank Port Orleans Riverside as one of Disney’s best resorts in any category, and it’s not hard to see why.”|
|--- The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (Color Companion 2010)|
After fifteen years of visiting Port Orleans, and continually finding myself answering the same sort of questions about this popular destination within the online Disney communities, I thought it was probably time for someone to create a one-stop dedicated information guide to help out potential visitors and returning fans alike... and so here it is — Welcome to PortOrleans.org!
So what can you expect to find here? Hopefully enough information to answer just about any questions you might have about these two resorts — the amenities, restaurants and bars, recreational facilities, transport, prices and even the theming & history — all in one convenient site. Please use the menus on the left to navigate around, but some of the more popular features are:
- Individual sections on both Riverside and French Quarter, including details of their accommodation buildings, shops, swimming pools, etc.
- Information and photos of the Guest Rooms — including the exciting new refurbished sections — along with current Pricing Information.
- Full menus of all the restaurants, food courts and bars that the two resorts have to offer, including Boatwright’s Dining Hall, the Riverside Mill and the Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory.
- Full Recreation listings, from cycle and Surrey Bike rentals to fishing to romantic horse-drawn carriage rides.
- Complete transportation information to help you find your way around by bus, ferry, car or on foot — including detailed Port Orleans and Walt Disney World Maps.
- Historical information and Trivia (including the resort’s intricately imagineered backstory) plus copies of the resort’s “Sassagoula Times” information sheets to help plan your stay.
- Still not found what you’re after? Then the Frequently Asked Questions, Hints & Tips section should be your next stop — or if your question isn’t answered there, why not ask in our Discussion Forums?
- And finally of course there’s our in-depth Photo Gallery with more than 2,000 high-quality images of the resorts and their surroundings, plus a range of Desktop Wallpapers for you to download to your own computer and even some Video Clips.
|“Easily the most romantic and intimate of Disney’s moderate resorts, Port Orleans French Quarter is a perennial favorite of Unofficial Guide readers.”|
|--- The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (Color Companion 2010)|
By its nature, this site will constantly remain a “work in progress” and there will always be more to add, or sections to adjust and update, but I hope you find it a useful resource and will bookmark this page and return regularly to see it evolve. Any questions, comments or suggestions are very welcome via our Discussion Forums — or if you’ve already written a trip report about a stay at Port Orleans in the past, why not help out other visitors and post a version here too? Many thanks!
Please enjoy your visit to PortOrleans.org and I look forward to hearing from you. Have a magical day!
RECENT SITE UPDATES:|
03-Feb-14: Added “My Disney Experience” page covering the Disney website & mobile app, Magic Bands, FastPass+, etc.
24-Aug-13: Added 13 new 360° Panorama Photos, including refurbished French Quarter lobby, new Royal Room decor and various Riverside views.
02-Mar-13: Added new French Quarter 360° Panorama Photos, including downloadable HQ versions.
01-Jan-13: Added full building floor plan layouts, including all room numbers and categories, for Alligator Bayou and French Quarter, plus updated Magnolia Bend layouts.
22-Oct-12: Updated all of the restaurant menus and prices (Boatwright’s Dining Hall, Riverside Mill and Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory).
12-Oct-12: Added new in-room 360° Panorama Photos, plus updated old panoramas and added HQ download versions.
13-May-12: Added a new page discussing Ideal Room Locations & Making Special Requests, including expanded content from the FAQ page.
12-Apr-12: Added a new page detailing the extended options for Disability Accessible Rooms.
08-Mar-12: Added a specific page for the new Royal Guest Rooms.
31-Dec-11: Added a separate Recreation Activities Schedule page, containing both the current monthly schedules and historical archives.
16-Dec-11: Added several new Guest Photo Galleries, including some of the Christmas decorations.
29-Sep-11: Added new refurbished room photos to the Magnolia Bend Rooms Photo Gallery.
19-Sep-11: Updated all the restaurant and pool-bar menus (Boatwright’s Dining Hall, Riverside Mill, Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory, Muddy Rivers and Mardi Grogs).
04-Sep-11: Added a Scavenger Hunt Photo Quiz page which you can print out and take with you on your next trip.
19-Jun-10: Updated the Room Rates page to include stays up to the end of 2012, including the new Royal Guest Rooms.
10-Apr-11: Linked the News and Refurbishment Updates pages directly to the Forums to allow questions and comments.
28-Mar-11: Updated the Forum phpBB software and fully integrated the forums into the main site layout (at last!)
26-Mar-11: Made a number of changes to third-party code to better support Internet Explorer 9.
08-Mar-11: Added several new 360° Panorama Photos.
05-Feb-11: Added more than 230 new Gallery photos plus a page of French Quarter Refurbished Room pictures.
25-Jan-11: Added Discounts and Special Offers page.
03-Jan-11: Added weather widget to the main menu area, with links to a full forecast for the Orlando area.
06-Dec-10: Updated the Mardi Grogs Pool Bar drinks menu.
21-Nov-10: Updated the Room Rates page to cover stays up to the end of 2011.
20-Nov-10: Updated the Muddy Rivers Pool Bar drinks menu.
19-Nov-10: Updated the Riverside Mill Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner menus.
18-Nov-10: Updated the Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory Breakfast menu, plus Boatwright’s Kids’ menu and kosher options.
14-Nov-10: Updated the Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory Lunch and Dinner menu.
12-Nov-10: Updated the Boatwright’s Dining Hall Dinner menu.
01-Nov-10: Added a new Refurbishments Page to document the ongoing guest-room updates.
|Please Note: This is an UNOFFICIAL web site and is not sponsored by, authorized by, approved by or in any other way officially connected with the Walt Disney World company. It is an independent tribute site which is maintained on a non-profit basis by a regular resort guest for the sole purpose of helping other guests. No attempt is made to breach any copyrights and all materials are used in a non-commercial “fair use” capacity. Any trademarks which may be used are copyright of their respective owners.|
For official information, including to contact the Walt Disney Company or to make resort bookings, please visit the official|
Walt Disney World web pages at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside or Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter