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July 2019 Recreation Activities and Movie Schedules, inc Independence Day

Posted: June 30th, 2019, 3:21 pm
by The Sassagoula Sentinel
The July 2019 Recreation Activities and Movie Schedules for Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter are now available, including Independence Day (Thursday 4th July). See the main Recreation Activities Schedules page for full-size printable PDF versions.

The main feature swimming pool operating hours now and throughout the summer months are 9am—11pm, outside of which times the pools and hot tubs are gated and locked as there are no lifeguards on duty. The five leisure (quiet) pools at Riverside are not locked and are generally available at any time within reason.

Movies Under the Stars will be screened at 8:30pm five nights a week at Riverside (Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays), and three nights at week at French Quarter (Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays). There will be no movies at either resort on Thursdays.

Evening Campfire Activities will take place from 6:30pm-7:30pm every night at Riverside, and on three nights a week as the movies at French Quarter (Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, matching the movie nights). 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.

Independence Day (Thursday 4th July) Activities

Port Orleans Riverside
  • Colonial Cake Walk. Located at the Ol’ Man Island Children's Pool
    11:15am: First Round
    11:45am: Second Round
    12:15pm: Third Round
    12:45pm: Fourth Round
  • Muddy Rivers Activities. Located at Muddy Rivers Pool Bar
    12:00pm-12:30pm: Watermelon Eating Contest
    1:00pm-2:00pm: Patriotic Spray Art ($)
  • Patriotic Poolside Activities. Located at the Ol’ Man Island Pool
    2:00pm-2:30pm: Red, White & Balloons
    2:30pm-3:30pm: Give Me Liberty, or Give Me A Pie-In-The-Face
    3:30pm-4:30pm: Mickey Tie-Dye ($)
    4:30pm-5:30pm: All American Pool Party
  • Stars, Stripes, and S’mores. Located at the Ol’ Man Island Campfire Pit.
  • Movie Under the Stars & Stripes. Located by the Building 90/95 Pool.
    8:30pm: Captain America: the First Avenger (PG-13)
Port Orleans French Quarter
  • Doubloon Lagoon Pool
    1:00pm: Star Spangled Water Balloon Toss
    1:30pm: Mickey Tie-Dye ($)
    3:00pm: Patriotic Pool Party
    4:00pm: Red, White, and Blue Bingo
    4:30pm:Watermelon Eating Contest
    5:30pm-6:00pm: Stars and Stripes Scavenger Hunt
  • Between Buildings 5 & 6
    6:00pm: Backyard Bash Lawn Games
    6:30pm-8:30pm: All American Campfire
Note: Riverside’s regular Glow with the Flow Pool Party and French Quarter’s Trivia Night will be cancelled on 4th July due to the other special events. In the event of inclement weather, activities may be relocated to the lobbies and/or lobby courtyards. Please see a Recreation Cast Member for more information.

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 $35 per person, plus tax. Registration is limited to 16 guests per evening, please call 407-WDW-PLAY or visit the Concierge desk for additional information or to reserve a spot in the class. Share your masterpiece with the hashtag #PaintingOnDeBayou.
  • Dockside Drawing (Riverside, 3pm—4pm Mondays & Thursdays) — Have you ever wanted to learn to draw like a Disney Animator? Join us in the River Roost Lounge for two different classes to learn how to draw Disney classic animated characters.
  • Poolside Yoga (Riverside, 8:15am—8:45am Mondays & Fridays) — Join us for a complimentary 30-minute yoga session on the Muddy Rivers Deck at Ol’ Man Island. Sessions are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Glow with the Flow Pool Party (Sundays & Wednesdays at French Quarter; Tuesdays & Thursdays at Riverside. 8:30pm-9:30pm) — Dance on down to the pool for an exciting evening of party games and dancing that will light up the night!
  • Arts & Crafts ($) 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).
  • Let the Good Times Roll Dance Party (French Quarter, 9pm—9:30pm, Saturdays) — It’s time to let the good times roll! Drop by the French Quarter Lobby Courtyard to join us for music, dancing and fun for the whole family!
  • “You Can Fly” Fridays (Riverside, 1pm—8:30pm, Fridays) — Come join us for a full day of “faith, trust and pixie dust.” You’ll have so much fun you’ll “Neverland”!
  • 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-along Scavenger Hunt (French Quarter, daily) — It’s summertime 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 a symphony of music notes around the Resort, each one representing a favorite Disney movie with songs that keep us humming and singing along. Visit the Front Desk to pick up your clue guide. Once you’ve found all the music notes, return your completed clue guide to the Front Desk to collect a sweet 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).

Note: “Ye Haa” Bob will be performing at a special pre-Fourth of July party for DVC Members at Disney’s Contemporary Resort on Wednesday 3rd July (6:30pm-9:30pm) but will be back at the Port for the actual 4th of July celebrations.

Port Orleans French Quarter’s Scat Cat’s Club does not currently have "official" resident musicians, but filling the gap admirably for a number of years now are the talented 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. You can normally find them playing at Scat Cat's on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30pm until 11pm, and recently you may even find them there on Fridays too. So if you happen to be around for one of their evenings why not do yourself a favour and pop along, they are highly recommended.

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