July 2018 Recreation Activities and Movie Schedules, including Independence Day

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July 2018 Recreation Activities and Movie Schedules, including Independence Day

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The July 2018 Recreation Activities and Movie Schedules for Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter, including Independence Day Activities, are now available. See the main Recreation Activities Schedules page for full-size printable PDF versions.

The main feature swimming pool operating hours are currently 9am—11pm and will stay that way throughout the summer months. These hours are enforced and the feature pools are gated and locked when there are no lifeguards on duty, however the five Riverside leisure (quiet) pools are generally available at any time, within reason.

Movies Under the Stars will be screened at 8:30pm on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Riverside, or Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at French Quarter. Please note the revised dates; there is now at least one movie scheduled for every day of the week at one resort or the other, so feel free to try both! Note: Saturday’s movie at Riverside this month is Marvel’s Black Panther which has a PG-13 certificate.

Evening Campfire Activities will take place from 6:30pm-7:30pm on the same nights as the movies at French Quarter, and daily at Riverside. You can roast marshmallows for free, or you can optionally purchase full s’mores kits, all in the warm glow of a night-time campfire.

Fourth of July Activities at Riverside:
  • 11:00am–3:00pm Muddy Rivers Cookout / BBQ on the Bayou (Located at the Muddy Rivers pool bar on Ol’ Man Island)
    Cheeseburger $10.49
    BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich $9.99
    Grilled All Beef Hot Dog $8.99
    (All Entrees served with choice of two sides, which include coleslaw, baked beans and house-made chips)
    Grilled Corn on the Cob $3.99
    All items are eligible on the Disney Dining Plan
  • Colonial Cake Walk (Located near the Children’s Playground on Ol’ Man Island) — Come ’round the Campfire area to win cake!
    11:15am First Round
    11:45am Second Round
    12:15pm Third Round
    12:45pm Fourth Round
  • Patriotic Poolside Activities (by the Ol’ Man Island Pool)
    12:00pm–1:00pm Patriotic Spray Paint Arts & Crafts ($)
    1:00pm–1:30pm Beach Ball Boom!
    1:30pm–2:00pm Watermelon Eating Contest
    2:00pm–2:30pm Red, White and Water Balloons!
    2:30pm–3:30pm Give Me Liberty, or Give Me a Pie-in-the-Face
    3:30pm–4:30pm All-American Pool Party
    4:30pm–5:30pm Mickey Tie-Dye ($)
  • 6:30pm–7:30pm Stars, Stripes and S’mores (Campfire near the Children’s Playground) — Join us at our evening Campfire on the Bayou for complimentary marshmallows with s’mores kits available for purchase.
  • 8:30pm Movie under the Stars and Stripes (on the Oak Manor courtyard lawn) — “Cars”. Enjoy complimentary popcorn at the showing!
Some other specific activities to watch out for (on select days, see schedules for details):
  • “Beignet Dash” Fun Run ($) (French Quarter, 8am Sundays) — Craving beignets? Join us on Sunday Runday for a quick 1½ mile dash around the Resort. Complete your race with a tasty beignet! Check-in begins at 7:30am on the Riverwalk between Building 5 and Doubloon Lagoon Pool and the run begins at 8am. Be sure to share your photos with the hashtag #FQBeignetDash. Cost is $15+tax, including three beignets and a souvenir “medal”. To reserve your spot, please call 407-WDW-PLAY or visit the Concierge Desk.
  • Painting on de’ Bayou (French Quarter, 6pm—8pm Wednesdays) — Learn to paint at at Port Orleans French Quarter! Join us in Scat Cat’s Club on Wednesdays for an instructor-led painting class to design your own take-home masterpiece. Our instructor will help you walk away with a painting you’re proud of, whether you’re a beginner, an expert or somewhere in-between! The class is for guests aged 12 and up, and costs $35 per person, plus tax. Registration is limited to 16 guests per evening, please call 1-321-347-0750 for additional information or to reserve a spot in the class. Share your masterpiece with the hashtag #PaintingOnDeBayou.
  • Glow with the Flow Pool Party (Fridays at Riverside; Mondays & Saturdays at French Quarter. 8:30pm-9:30pm) — Dance on down to the pool for an exciting evening of party games and dancing that will light up the night!
  • Arts & Crafts or Mickey Tie-Dye T-shirt decoration — Explore your creative side with themed poolside arts & crafts / Create your own Mickey Tie-Dye shirt to commemorate your Walt Disney World Resort vacation (cost is $18+tax, including the T-shirt).
  • Disney Trivia Night (Riverside Tuesdays 8:30pm; French Quarter Mondays 8pm) — Ready to show off your Disney Trivia skills? Join us on Tuesday nights at the River Roost Lounge for a fun and exciting competition! Also available on Mondays at French Quarter.
  • Notable Quotable (French Quarter, 8pm Saturdays)
  • SassagoulaSelfie Scavenger Hunt (Riverside, 9am—5pm daily) — Grab a map and join in on an exciting selfie scavenger hunt around Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside. To get started, visit the Riverside Levee from 9am—5pm. Be sure to share your selfies with the hashtags #SassagoulaSelfie and #PortOrleans.
  • Summer Sing-A-Long Scavenger Hunt (French Quarter, daily) — It’s Summer at Port Orleans French Quarter, and we are inviting you to join in as we celebrate some of our favorite Disney songs! We’ve hidden 13 music notes around the Resort, each one representing a favorite Disney movie with songs that keep us humming and singing along. To join in on the fun, visit the Front Desk to pick up your clue guide. Return your completed clue guide to the Front Desk to collect a summertime surprise!

Live Evening Entertainment

No visit to Port Orleans Riverside would be complete without spending an evening in the company of the legendary “Ye Haa” Bob Jackson at the River Roost Lounge, playing 8:30pm—midnight four nights a week (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

Port Orleans French Quarter’s Scat Cat’s Club does not currently have "official" resident musicians, but filling the gap admirably are Jason Thomas and Billy Varnes, two members of the fabulous Off Kilter rock band which used to perform in Epcot’s Canada pavilion. Occasionally when one of the boys is not available, Greg Hayworth (from Mulch, Sweat & Shears) will sit in. The dates are only announced a month or so in advance (generally most Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays) but if you happen to be around for any of their evenings (8:30pm—11pm) do yourself a favour and pop along, they are highly recommended.

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