Port Orleans Riverside has so many wonderful ammenities, which is I why we keep going back. First, Fulton's General Store has a wide range of merchandise and for some reason I find it to be much better than other resort gift shops. The food court, which food-wise is typical of other Disney food courts, is split into sections with burgers, pizza, the broiler, deli and bakery. We love being able to eat our meal while watching the working water wheel right outside. We always try to get seats at the window right beside it. Like other moderate resorts, POR also offers quiet pools throughout the resort, as well as the main pool and kiddie pool on Ol' Man Island. But unlike other resorts, you can "pool hop" over to Port Orleans French Quarter and take a dip in the Doubloon Lagoon, which includes a sea serpent slide.
Our most favorite thing at POR is River Roost. It is an indoor lounge with very comfortable seating, delicious drinks and food. But these aren't why it is our favorite thing, Bob Jackson is. Yee-Haw Bob is an amazing piano player and comedian who gets the room singing and moving. It is very family oriented (there is seating for families to enjoy the show without sitting in the bar area) and even better, it's completely free! Our first night seeing Bob, we happened to have a terrible travel day with the airline we chose and went straight to River Roost after depositing our luggage in our room. We must have looked worn down because Bob was taking a break soon after we arrived and came right over to our table and we had a really nice chat. He doesn't play every night at River Roost, but we make sure our plans include seeing him at least once per trip.
|Joey on the boat to |
One more unique ammenity about Port Orleans Riverside that makes it stand out from other moderate resorts is the boat to Downtown Disney. Being able to float down the Sassagoula River past Port Orleans French Quarter, Old Key West and Saratoga Springs to reach Downtown Disney is so relaxing and a nice change of pace from the busses.
As you can probably tell, POR is a favorite of ours. We have already booked our 2011 WDW trip and will be staying at POR. Only 290 more days!