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November 2019 Recreation Activities and Movie Schedules

Posted Friday 1st November 2019, 3:00am (EDT) by The Sassagoula Sentinel

The November 2019 Recreation Activities and Movie Schedules for Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter 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—10pm as from 29 September. Outside of these times the main feature 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. Note: the quiet pool located between buildings 80 and 85 has now reopened.

Movies Under the Stars will be screened at 7:30pm five nights a week at Riverside (Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays), and at 8pm four nights a week at French Quarter (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays). Note: On Tuesday November 5th, Port Orleans French Quarter will be presenting Little Mermaid Live! instead of the regular scheduled movie.

Evening Campfire Activities will take place from 5:30pm-6:30pm every night at Riverside, and from 6pm-7pm four nights a week at French Quarter (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays). 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.

Other 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, 2pm—4pm Wednesdays. Note the change of time and venue) — Learn to paint at Port Orleans French Quarter! Join us in Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory from 2pm to 4pm 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! Please call 407-WDW-PLAY or visit the Concierge Desk to reserve your spot. Registration is limited to 16 Guests per week and costs $35 per person, plus tax. For ages 12 and up. Share your masterpiece with the hashtag #PaintingOnDeBayou.
  • Dockside Drawing (Riverside, 2:30pm—3:30pm Tuesdays) — Have you ever wanted to learn to draw like a Disney Animator? Join us on the back porch of the main building for classes to learn how to draw Disney classic animated characters.
  • Glow with the Flow Pool Party (Riverside, 7:30pm Tuesdays) — Dance on down to the pool for an exciting evening of party games and dancing that will light up the night!
  • Arts & Crafts ($) 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).
  • Back Porch Games (Riverside, 12pm Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays) — Bring the family down to the Back Porch of the Riverside Lobby for some fun in the sun. These giant games will be a blast for everyone!
  • Sassagoula Fall Festival (Riverside, 7pm—9pm, Saturdays) — “Fall” in love down by the Riverside Levee Marina every Saturday from 7pm-9pm for some treats, crafts and games to celebrate the Fall season.
  • 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.
  • Snowflake Scavenger Hunt (French Quarter, daily) — Port Orleans French Quarter has been sprinkled with magical snowflakes, and we need your help to find them all! To join in on the flurry of fun, visit the Front Desk to pick up your clue guide. Find all of the sparkling snowflakes and turn your completed clue guide to the Front Desk to collect a frosty 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).

Don’t miss an opportunity to see the new live jazz entertainment at Scat Cat’s Club Lounge in the newly renovated space next to the main Lobby (the old Bonfamille's restaurant). The Lounge will open at 4pm, with live music on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 7pm. You can also pick up your favorite tasty treat, Beignets, and specialty coffee in the new Scat Cat’s Club Cafe, open all day from 6am.

These new offerings replace the popular evening musical duo Jason Thomas and Billy Varnes, whose four-year tenure at Scat Cat’s Club unfortunately came to an end on Sunday 29 September 2019. Good luck with your next gig guys, wherever that may be, you will be sadly missed at the Port.

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Halloween Activities 2019

Posted Thursday 31st October 2019, 11:43am (EDT) by The Sassagoula Sentinel

Happy Halloween 2019!

Port Orleans Riverside — A Monstrous Halloween — 31 October 2019

Ol’ Man Island Scary Poolside Activities
2:30pm–3:30pm — Decorate-Your-Own Trick-or-Treat Spray Art Tote Bag
3:30pm–4:00pm — Mummy Wrap Contest
4:00pm–4:30pm — Pass The Pumpkin
4:30pm–5:00pm — Disney Halloween Trivia
5:30pm–6:30pm — Screamin’ Hot Campfire, located at the Ol’ Man Island Campfire Pit. Come join us for a screamingly delicious time at our Campfire with some Monster S’mores!
9:00pm–10:00pm — HallowGlow Pool Party. Light up the night with ghoulish delight! Join us at the Ol’ Man Island pool for bright lights, dancing, prizes, games and more!

6:00pm–9:00pm — Monstrous Halloween Party Event — Join us on our Back Porch for these scary fun activities:

  • Character Greetings — Intermittent times throughout the event; come take some spooky pictures with your favorite Disney Characters!
  • Slime Lab ($) — Create your own Monstrous Slime in our Slime Lab!
  • Cupcake Crawl — Come win a delicious cupcake as you show off your terrifyingly amazing moves.
  • Frightful Trick-or-Treat Trail — Sneak around the resort trails and discover some hidden treats behind mysterious doorways.
  • Monstropolis Monstrosities ($) — Scrumptiously scary concoctions and brews.
  • Costume Contest:
    6:30pm — Ages 0–5
    6:45pm — Ages 6–10
    7:00pm — Ages 11–15
    7:15pm — Ages 16 years & over
    7:30pm — Group Costumes


Port Orleans French Quarter — Halloween Activities — 31 October 2019

Located on Doubloon Lagoon Pool Deck
2:00pm — Bewitching Bingo
2:30pm — Phantom Pool Party
3:30pm — Grim Grinning Games, Featuring a Donut Eating Contest
4:00pm — Name that Halloween Tune
4:30pm — Terrifying Tie-Dye($)

Located in the French Quarter Courtyard
6:00pm-8:00pm — Join us for a wicked good time as we celebrate Halloween here at Port Orleans French Quarter. Be sure not to miss our Costume Contest at 7pm! Pick up your bag for a trick or treat all around the French Quarter featuring some of your favorite Disney Villains, decorate your own pumpkin ($), and more!

On Lawn between buildings 5 and 6
8:00pm — Feature Presentation of Hocus Pocus
8:30pm — Chilling Campfire with Candy Bar S’mores

Entertainment and offerings are subject to change.

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The new expanded Scat Cat's Club Lounge and Cafe is open for jazz music and beignets

Posted Tuesday 1st October 2019, 6:56pm (EDT) by The Sassagoula Sentinel

There were two grand openings at Port Orleans French Quarter today. The existing Scat Cat's Club, located just off the main Lobby, closed its doors for the last time on 29 September, only to emerge phoenix-like this morning as two separate entities.


Scat Cat's Club - Café had its opening ceremony at 6am this morning, and our intrepid reporter John Schmidt wasn't going to be put off by the early hour and snapped some photos and videoed the ceremony for the site. This will be the new official home for beignets at the resort - both regular, specialty and even alcoholic - and it will also function as the pickup location for any orders placed at the nearby food court. See the Scat Cat's Club page for the menu.
Scat Cat's Club - Café Opening Video
Scat Cat's Club - Café Opening Photos

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Later, at 4pm, the main Scat Cat's Club Lounge bar area opened its doors, and John was of course back to cover it for us. He also placed the first drink ordered at the new location; the sacrifices that man makes for the team! :) The new expanded lounge/bar is located in space vacated when the old Bonfamille's Cafe - the original table-service location during the early days of Port Orleans - closed down on 5th August 2000. The specialty cocktails and bar snacks menu seems to be exactly the same as it was before, nothing new has been added.
Scat Cat's Club - Lounge Opening Video
Scat Cat's Club - Lounge Opening Photos

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The live entertainment commenced on stage at 7pm, with a traditional jazz trio: Video.

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We'll be adding more photos to the main site soon, but the above Facebook page links are the quickest way to keep everyone in touch.

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October 2019 Recreation Activities and Movie Schedules are now available

Posted Monday 30th September 2019, 5:31pm (EDT) by The Sassagoula Sentinel

The October 2019 Recreation Activities and Movie Schedules for Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter 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—10pm as from 29 September. Outside of these times the main feature 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 at 8pm/8:30pm four nights a week at French Quarter (Mondays 8pm, Tuesdays 8:30pm, Thursdays 8pm and Saturdays 8pm).

Evening Campfire Activities will take place from 6:30pm-7:30pm every night at Riverside, and from 6pm-7pm four nights a week at French Quarter (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays). 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.

Specific Halloween activities will be announced nearer to 31 October, but there are some other 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, 2pm—4pm Wednesdays. Note the change of time and venue) — Learn to paint at at Port Orleans French Quarter! Join us in Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm 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 $35 per person, plus tax. Registration is limited to 16 guests per session, please call 407-WDW-PLAY or visit the Concierge desk for additional information or to reserve a spot in the class. Share your masterpiece with the hashtag #PaintingOnDeBayou.
  • Glow with the Flow Pool Party (Wednesdays & Fridays at French Quarter; Tuesdays & Thursdays at Riverside. 8:30pm-9:30pm) — Dance on down to the pool for an exciting evening of party games and dancing that will light up the night!
  • Arts & Crafts ($) 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).
  • Trick-or-Treat Thursdays (French Quarter, 2pm—8pm, Thursdays) — We’ll be celebrating Halloween all month long! Join in the spooky fun with Bewitching Bingo, Terrifying Tie-Dye, and more on the Doubloon Lagoon Pool Deck. Later in the evening, be sure to not miss our Chilling Campfire or the feature presentation of Hocus Pocus on the French Quarter Lawn.
  • Villainous Saturdays (Riverside, 1pm—8:30pm, Saturdays) — Join us for a spooky celebration of all things villainous. Treat your family to a fun day of Villain-themed activities and experience all the “Ways to be Wicked”!
  • 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.
  • French Quarter Pumpkin Patch Scavenger Hunt (French Quarter, daily) — Fall has arrived at Port Orleans French Quarter and we’re inviting you to join in on the festive fun by joining us for a pumpkin hunt! We’ve hidden 13 pumpkins around the Resort, each one featuring one of Disney’s most mischievous villains, and we need your help to find then! To join in on the fun, visit the Front Desk to pick up your clue guide. Find all 13 villains and return your completed clue guide to the Front Desk to collect a seasonal surprise!

Note: Poolside Yoga, Dockside Drawing and the Trivia Nights at Riverside, plus the “Let the Good Times Roll Dance Party” at French Quarter, have been discontinued.

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 has an extended vacation travelling in China from 16—30 October, returning to the Port on Thursday 31 October.

Don’t miss an opportunity to see the new live jazz entertainment at Scat Cat’s Club Lounge in the newly renovated space next to the main Lobby (the old Bonfamille's restaurant). The Lounge will open at 4pm, with live music on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 7pm. You can also pick up your favorite tasty treat, Beignets, and specialty coffee in the new Scat Cat’s Club Cafe, open all day from 6am.

These new offerings replace the popular evening musical duo Jason Thomas and Billy Varnes, whose four-year tenure at Scat Cat’s Club unfortunately came to an end on Sunday 29 September 2019. Good luck with your next gig guys, wherever that may be, you will be sadly missed at the Port.

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Magnolia Bend Quiet/Leisure Swimming Pool closure

Posted Thursday 19th September 2019, 8:31pm (EDT) by The Sassagoula Sentinel

The quiet leisure pool located in Magnolia Bend between buildings 80 (Acadian House) and 85 (Magnolia Terrace) will be closed for maintenance and refurbishment work from mid September 2019 until late October 2019. The closure includes the laundry building next to the pool. This work broadly aligns with the current guest room refurbishment process that is underway in the same general area. The main feature pool on Ol' Man Island, and the other four quiet pools around the resort, will remain open as normal.

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