Friday, April 1, 2011

More of Disney in the 90s ~ Dixie Landings

Resort Refillable Mug & Sassagoula Times

The more I think about my Disney life in the 90s, the more I realize I saw a lot of firsts in Disney during that decade.  One of my most favorite places to stay on Disney property is Port Orleans Riverside, which you may know if you have already read my post Resort Hopping with the Magical Blogorail.  In 1997, when we ventured to Walt Disney World for our friends' wedding, we stayed at Dixie Landings, which is now Port Orleans Riverside, for the first time.  As soon as we arrived, we knew we loved it! 

I remember we checked in very late our first night.  We deposited our luggage in our room and made our way to the lounge.  As we approached River Roost, we could hear a lot of clapping, singing and cheering.  It was Yeehaw Bob.  We loved his show, and it was certainly a great way to kick off our first Disney vacation alone.  I had only ever traveled with my family before, so this was quite different. 

Magnolia Terrace

The best part about Dixie Landings is that it was May, and all the Magnolia trees were in bloom.  The landscaping was just beautiful.  Besides, you could hardly take 10 steps without a bunny crossing your path.  We were in Magnolia Terrace, one of the mansions along the Sassagoula River, which was directly across from the food court and lounge area.  Ever since this trip, anytime we stay here, we always request Magnolia Terrace.  After 2001, Dixie Landings was changed over to Port Orleans Riverside, but we still love it!  Though I will admit, I really loved the Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear theming around the resort at the time, especially the refillable mugs.

As you may be able to tell, I am really getting in to the spirit of Sorcerer Radio's 90s week.  It just so happens I have been working on a photo project for my family, since this October will be our 25th anniversary of our first trip to Walt Disney World.  Socerer Radio's 90s week has given me inspiration for working on our the 90s decade in my photo montage.  It is so fun to look back at how we have all changed over the years.  If you want to listen into Sorcerer Radio's 90s Week, you can use the Live 365 player here on my page, or head on over to Sorcerer Radio and listen directly from their home page.  If you missed either of my previous 90s posts, you can check out The 90s ~ The Decade I Converted My Non-Disney Husband and Wordless Wednesday ~ More of the 90, in which you will see a park pass that cost $100 and included 4 days, 3 parks, park hopping and no expiration.

What is something from Disney in the 90s you miss?

Alligator Bayous

Magnolia Terrace

We'll be staying at Port Orleans Riverside in October and I can't wait!


Days In The Park said...

My one and only trip to WDW was in the 90s and its a special time to me too. :)

Heidi said...

Thanks for sharing this post. We are going to Florida in May. I'll be helping at the homeschool convention in Orlando, so my boss puts us up in a timeshare resort for a week. But, we want to go a few days early for some extra Disney fun. I'm checking into a room at Port Orleans Riverside but didn't know anyone who had ever stayed there - so this post really helps!

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

The link in this post to my review of Port Orleans is one of my favorites. I HIGHLY recommend requesting Magnolia Terrace. It is in a great location and just beautiful. It is a very peacful and relaxing resort. We have never had a bad experience there and have stayed there 5+ times. Feel free to ask me any questions! This resort has so much to offer.

Becky said...

I always loved Dixie Landings! It's so laid back! Unfortunately, my glass from there got broken in a move a few years back.

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

That stinks, Becky! I have more Dixie Landings things packed away, but I couldn't find them in time to add to my post. I think I actually have a shot glass. I used to have a t-shirt but I wore it out.

Savannah said...

We love Port Orleans Riverside! We stay there almost every trip and have been fans since its Dixie Landings Days. I still have a hat and our room ticket from Dixie Landings.

Tony said...

What do I miss from the 90s at WDW? Your first photo reminded me ... different mugs for each resort (as opposed to the general design they now use for all).

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Tony, I aboslutely agree! I have a few different ones. Maybe I will have to make that a post next week! My refillable mug collection! :-)