How Can Our WDW Homes Make Us Feel Nostalgic?

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In the last installment of this series, we saw how interacting with our favorite childhood characters made us feel nostalgic. In this installment, we are going to see how our “home away from home” makes us say. “I remember when…”

Believe it or not, the place where you are staying on Disney property can trigger some nostalgia. We are going to look at a few resorts that can make us reminiscent of the days gone by.

Pop Century

If there is any resort on Walt Disney World property that will bring back memories, it’s Disney’s Pop Century Resort. This resort is themed to the decades: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

It all starts when you walk into the lobby of Classic Hall. There is memorabilia from each of the decades represented at the resort. From movie posters, to fashion trends, to technology, to publications headlining the opening of WDW, it’ll be difficult not to stop and say “Hey, I had one of those!”

You can see giant characters like Roger Rabbit at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Photo By Courtney Reynolds

The décor outside the buildings are themed to each decade respectively, and of course there has to be some Disney flair in there somewhere. In the 1950s section, there are larger than life statues of Lady and the Tramp. In the 1960s section, there is a giant statue of Baloo and Mowgli from The Jungle Book. The 1970s section has a gigantic Mickey Mouse telephone. The 1980s section has a huge Roger Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Pick the decade of your choice to feel reminiscent of whether it’s the 1950s, the 1990s, or anywhere in between.

Port Orleans – French Quarter and Riverside

These resorts are more of a personal one when it comes to feeling nostalgic. Being from Louisiana, these resorts make me feel at home while on vacation. It’s literally a home away from home.

You get a sense of being in the Big Easy at Port Orleans-French Quarter. Photo by Brett Svenson

French Quarter makes you feel like you are in New Orleans with the wrought iron, multi-colored buildings, and the beignets. However, it’s the Riverside section of Port Orleans that really makes me feel at home and a little nostalgic.

Some of the buildings are themed to look like plantation mansions. My family are history nuts, so we took a few tours of these old houses on some family vacations. Seeing those buildings in Riverside makes me look back on those vacations and the memories made then.

Now, the buildings in the Alligator Bayou section of Riverside hits me close to home as well. We stayed there on our last trip and were amazed by the room. The room looked like a camp people stay in when they leave home for the weekend to go fishing. The dressers and nightstands were decorated to look like crates of sugar. The curtain separating the main room from the bathroom was themed to look like it was sewn together from old sugar sacks. The carpet on the floor look like wooden panels and the lights near the beds look like old gas lamps.

Take in the beauty of being on the river at Port Orleans-Riverside. Photo by Mike Billick

My family and I were amazed at the theming in this room. It felt like we took a step back in time, and we were suddenly the ones who would transport sugar down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. It also reminded me of my uncle’s camp I used to go during Christmas break. There’s a reason quite a few people from Louisiana choose to stay at the Port Orleans Resorts. It makes us feel like we are home.

Next time, we will see how WDW plays with our senses to bring back fond childhood memories.

By Erica Landreneau

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About the Author

Erica Landreneau

Erica is a contributing writer for WDW Magazine. When she isn’t planning her next trip to WDW or watching the beloved Animated Classics, she can be found working at her local library. Wouldn’t Belle and The Beast be proud?