PROS AND CONS: Disney’s Riverside Resort at Walt Disney World

by | Jun 10, 2021 | WDW Blog, WDW Resorts

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What are the Pros and Cons of a stay at Disney’s Riverside Resort? Check here before you book your next trip to Walt Disney World!

Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside is a favorite among guests who love moderate resorts! Guests love the charming theme and relaxed atmosphere.

Port Orleans Riverside Pros

The pool at Disney's Riverside Resort

Photo by Brett Svenson

5th Sleeper Rooms

Many of the Alligator Bayou section rooms have two queen beds, along with a fold-down twin bed– the 5th sleeper! This room type is the least expensive option on Disney property for families of five!

Close to Disney Springs

Take a leisurely boat ride to Disney Springs and enjoy all the food options provided there! Bus service is also available, but boating down the Sassagoula River is the more relaxing option.

A Sister Resort!

Port Orleans Riverside is a “sister” resort to Port Orleans French Quarters. Within walking distance of each other, guests can visit either resort to enjoy food and recreational activities such as horse-drawn carriage rides or surrey bike rentals!


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Port Orleans Riverside Cons

The watermill at Disney's Riverside Resort at night

Photo by Mike Billick

Bus Service

There are four bus stops around Port Orleans Riverside resort. If you’re boarding during a less busy time of the day, your bus may even visit the Port Orleans French Quarter bus stop too. As always, give yourself a bit of extra time to get to where you’re going.

Spread Out

With four bus stops, you likely figured out this resort is spread out. Be prepared to walk! On the plus side, being spread out allows the resort grounds to be mostly quiet

Crowding can Occur

The main pool and the main food court can get pretty busy and feel congested at times. Thankfully, there are five leisure pools located around the resort so that you can escape the hustle-and-bustle of the main pool.

Should You Stay at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort?

The interior to the lobby at Disney's riverside resort

Photo by Mike Billick

If you’re a family of 5, definitely consider staying here just for the 5th-sleeper room. The food options are plentiful, but Disney Springs is just a boat ride away!

If you’re looking for a resort with everything more centrally located, try Disney’s Boardwalk Inn!

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Written by Terri Miller

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Terri Miller is creator, owner and a writer for WDW Hints. Terri enjoys all things Disney, especially researching tips, tricks and little known things about the Disney parks (and then sharing them with you!)
Terri Miller

Written by Terri Miller

Terri Miller is creator, owner and a writer for WDW Hints. Terri enjoys all things Disney, especially researching tips, tricks and little known things about the Disney parks (and then sharing them with you!)