Riverside Accommodation — Alligator Bayou
Alligator Bayou (“cajun country”) resembles the small cottages or villages found in the rural bayou regions of Southern Louisiana, featuring rustic, weathered-wood buildings (or Lodges) with quaint tin or tiled roofs landscaped with pines and iris. The bed-heads located in each room were hand-carved from hickory by a North Carolina woodworker hired by Disney specifically for the resort project.
Sixteen two-story Lodges, each containing 64 rooms, provide a total of 1,024 rooms in this section of the resort. 54 of the rooms feature one King Size bed instead of the normal two queen bed layout, and 17 of the ground-floor rooms have been specially adapted to accommodate guests requiring wheelchair access.
All of the Alligator Bayou rooms (except for the wheelchair accessible ones) feature an additional fold-down ‘Murphy’ bed located above a banquette bench seat. This is suitable for children and smaller adults up to around 5' 2" tall (the bed is 63" long) and allows the Alligator Bayou rooms to accommodate up to five people (or three in the King Bed rooms).
The four Alligator Bayou Lodges located closest to the main building and the South Depot bus stop — 14, 15, 18 and 27 — have been designated as “Preferred Locations”, meaning that all of the standard and garden view rooms within these buildings can be specifically booked (at a slight extra charge of course) so you are guaranteed relatively short walking distances. If you don’t want to pay the extra, it’s worth considering making a Garden View booking and requesting buildings 16 or 17, which are also very conveniently located.
Due to their smaller size, there are no elevators in any of the Alligator Bayou Lodges so if you experience any difficulties with stairs you should request a room on the ground floor.
Building Floorplans and Room Interior Layouts
Please click on any of the numbered buildings in the map below to view a more detailed floorplan layout of each lodge, or you can download a PDF file containing all 16 lodges.
(Note: adjacent rooms are mirror images of each other, so connecting doorways are always located beside the beds)
Port Orleans Riverside, Refurbished Alligator Bayou Room Interior, August 2012 (Click to scroll, +/- to zoom)
If you look closely, there are three styles of architecture in the Alligator Bayou Lodges. Apparently, as legend has it, when the settlers first moved out from the town of Port Orleans, their earliest constructions were the four comfortable and opulent mansion buildings. However, the further upstream along the Sassagoula River they got, the harder it became to transport the necessary building supplies and so the constructions became smaller and more rudimentary. That’s why the closest group of buildings to the mansions (Lodges 34-39) have brick-built columns and neatly tiled roofs, while another group (Lodges 14-18) have much plainer wooden columns, and the final section (Lodges 24-28) features plain wood columns and simple sheet-metal roofing.
Oh, and that ’gator infested swampland along the Bayou was so prone to flooding during heavy rains that the ingenious settlers built their lodgings upraised about a foot-and-a-half above ground level, which is why the Alligator Bayou Lodges we see today are still upraised — even though the ’gators have (mostly) gone...