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A GREAT READ FOR ALL OF YOU WHO ARE TECH SAVY AND
With so many people having GPS systems in their cars it’s important to have the correct address to follow. You can also use these addresses to send your clothes or special goodies ahead of time to your resort.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: 4401 Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Contemporary Resort: 4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Polynesian Resort: 1600 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Beach Club Resort: 1800 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort: 1700 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn: 2101 North Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: 901 Timberline Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: 2901 Osceola Parkway, Bay Lake, FL 32830
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: 900 Cayman Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort:1001 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter: 2201 Orleans Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside:1251 Riverside Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground: 3520 North Fort Wilderness Trail, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort: 1850 Century Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s All Star Sports Resort: 1701 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s All Star Music Resort: 1801 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s All Star Movies Resort: 1901 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Pop Century Resort: 1050 Century Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort: 4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas: 2901 Osceola Parkway, Bay Lake, FL 32830
Disney’s Beach Club Villas: 1800 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Boardwalk Villas: 2101 North Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Old Key West Resort: 1510 North Cove Rd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: 1960 Broadway, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: 901 Timberline Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Magic Kingdom: 3111 World Drive Lake, Buena Vista, FL 32830
Epcot: 1200 Epcot Resort Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 551 Rainforest Road Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 351 South Studio Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Downtown Disney: 1780 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: 1494 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Blizzard Beach: 1500 W. Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
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When I first started going to Disney World, little did I know that I would end up taking my family there year after year after year. The first time I went to Disney, my Mom and my sister and my Grandparents took me, and it was a lot of fun. But over the years of visiting my Grandparents in Disney during my teenage years, I ended up going to Disney World just three times — and one of those times I went by myself.
It’s funny, but I really don’t think that I got what the whole Disney experience was about until the time that I took Cindy, the lady that would become my wife, to Disney over July 3rd and 4th, 2000. Cindy had never been to Disney before, so I was able to show her the parks (we went to Magic Kingdom and Epcot on that trip) and help her to explore Disney World, and discover her own Disney Magic. We were getting married the following month, so in some ways this was our honeymoon before the wedding, and we had so much fun that trip.
Our next trip just happened to be the following January! We were pregnant with Sophie, our daughter, and had a long weekend, so we decided that we should take the time to spend a long weekend at Disney World. It was during that trip that we saw a wedding party being transported by way of Cinderella’s Royal Coach over at the Wedding Pavilion, and I told Cindy that if Sophie wanted to get married at Disney World, well, that was all right with me! Since we were pregnant, we were unable to ride the big thrill rides like we normally would have, so that was the trip where we ate our way through Disney, and enjoyed every minute of it, I might add!
After that trip, our Disney adventures slowed down a bit, but that doesn’t mean that the Disney Magic wore off! Even though we didn’t take our next trip until Sophie was four, we were still indoctrinating her in the classic Disney Magic through movies, pictures, and books. We bought Sophie’s first movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, before she was born, in part because with the purchase we would receive a set of four lithograph prints, which are still in her room to this day.
Our next trip to Disney (and Sophie’s first trip) was when she was four years old. We were invited to go to Florida with some of our friends, and we ended up spending three days at the parks. We saw Magic Kingdom, a little bit of Epcot (for a character breakfast at Akershus), and Animal Kingdom. We were staying off property, but we had the best time with our friends. Despite the fact that Sophie was just four, she remembers it to this day, and looks forward to the next time that we are able take vacation with her friend Riley again.
Beginning with our trip in 2005, we started taking annual trips to Disney World for at least one day. In 2006 we took my Mom with us for a day, as she was staying with my Grandparents for the summer and we came down to visit them. It was a fun time, and yielded some of the following pictures from that day.
|Sophie & Mickey|
In 2007 we started spending our vacations at Disney World and also started staying on property at one of the Disney resorts. The first two years we stayed at Coronado Springs Resort, and in 2009 and 2010 we stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter. In all of those visits, we have not had a bad experience at any of them. The benefits of staying on property versus staying off property are significant in my opinion. I think I’ll save that discussion for another day!
However, I still haven’t answered the question of “Why we go to Disney World”. The answer, really, is simple: because it is the best place that we have found to leave life behind for a while, to explore the Magic that is Disney, to remember days gone by when the world moved at a slower pace, and to remember what it feels like to be a kid. Just take a look at some of the priceless shots I’ve gotten of Sophie in her favorite moments!
|Sophie’s Painted Face at Animal Kingdom|
|Sophie and her BFF Riley|
|One of my favorites — Sophie was so excited!|
So there you have it — some of my reasons why we go to Walt Disney World. Why do you go to Walt Disney World or Disneyland? Why not tell me in the comments, and thanks!
Some vacationers really want to stay “on-property” when they make their trek to Orlando. If the Disney Deluxe Resorts are out of your price range, but you’re looking for something a little more special than the Value Resorts, then you’ve landed squarely with the Moderate Resorts. The Moderate Resorts include the Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort, Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, and the two sections of Port Orleans, Riverside and French Quarter. Here are four reasons Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside might be the best choice for you.
1) Location- Journey to the Deep South
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside was inspired by rural Louisiana. Located next to the beautiful Sassagoula River, Riverside will make you feel as if you’ve gone back in time to a golden age in the Louisiana Bayou, reminiscent of steamboat travel, formal southern garden parties, and mint julips. The guest rooms at Riverside are divided into two distinctly themed sections, or a la Louisiana, “parishes”: the stately white-columned Magnolia Bend “mansions” and the quaint backwoods “cottages” of Alligator Bayou.
The Colonel’s Cotton Mill building houses the resort’s Main Lobby, which resembles a steamship ticket station with soaring columns and high ceiling. Inside the Mill, there’s southern-themed shopping, dining and entertainment. You can pick up necessities at Fulton’s General Store, grab something to eat in the Riverside Mill food court, or sit down for a meal of Cajun specialties at Boatright’s Dining Hall.
If you feel like exploring a little bit, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is just a short walk down the pathway alongside the Sassagoula River. With beautiful Disney landscaping, you’ll think you’ve left the rural countryside and arrived in the big city of New Orleans.
Mouze Kateerz fan Kathy of travel blog Traveling With Teddy stayed at Riverside recently and offered her thoughts on the accommodations. “This picturesque waterfront resort is a wonderfully quiet change from some of the other busier Disney resort hotels. It really feels like you’ve stepped back in time, or at least away from the hectic life you left behind.”
2) Beautiful Restaurants and Children’s Activities
At the Riverside Mill Food Court, with a price range of $14.99 and under, you’ll be entertained by a 32-foot waterwheel that powers a cotton press. Meal selections for the whole family include standards like pizza, fish, and roast beef. You’ll find a more upscale dining experience at Boatwright’s Dining Hall, themed as a restored boat workshop, with meals ranging from $15 to $35.99. For adults looking for a lounge, the River Roost offers beer and specialty drinks under $14.99. On certain nights, there will be live entertainment.
Back to Kathy for the low-down on dining at Riverside. “There are a couple of restaurants and shops on property and plenty of things to do if you want to take a break from the theme parks. The Riverside Mill Food Court serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Depending on what building your room is in, it can be a bit of a walk to Riverside Mill Food Court, but it is a nice quiet walk through the property. We had breakfast there every morning where I enjoyed a Mickey Mouse waffle! For a sit down dinner, there’s Boatwright’s, which serves steaks, prime rib and seafood. Fulton’s General Store carries Disney merchandise, snacks, beverages and sundries.
What sort of food do they have at BoatWright’s Dining hall? Here’s a sample of some dinner menu items with prices:
Here’s some dessert items with prices:
For kid’s activities, they can play a few video games at the Medicine Show Arcade or go for a swim in one of the pools. Kathy offered these tips, “For recreation, you can swim in one of the many pools around the property, rent bicycles or boats, take a guided fishing excursion, or board a horse-drawn carriage for a romantic ride through the resort.”
One bit of relaxing entertainment you might not think about is a boat ride. Kathy explains, “There is also a riverboat that can take you to the Downtown Disney Marketplace and West End. This tranquil, scenic ride is quite lovely and relaxing, and it stops at both Riverside and The French Quarter. If you get a chance to take the boat back at night, you might see rows of herons lined up on the banks of the river. They wait for the riverboats to churn up the water and bring fish to the surface. It’s a pretty interesting sight to see all these white birds waiting to catch their dinner!”
3) The All New Royal Guest Rooms!
Disney just remodeled, or “re-imagined” as Disney so aptly describes it, a total of 512 guest rooms with a royalty theme for your prince or princess. You’ll feel like you are staying in the middle of your favorite Disney stories, with rooms decorated with your favorite Disney characters like “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Princess and the Frog.” These rooms feature custom drapes and linens and ornately decorated beds trimmed with crystals and gold accents. But the most magical of touches is the headboard, glittering with fiber optic lights, so you’ll enjoy your own personal “fireworks” display.
What you need to know about room pricing.
Here’s a guide to room pricing, using 2012 prices during value season. Obviously prices will be higher during holiday and summer vacations.
Most of the rooms come with the following options, depending on your location:
To book your room, you can book online or call (407) WDW-MAGIC or (407) 939-6244. You can check out the WDW Riverside web page with this link.
Potential Drawbacks to Riverside
Kathy points out, “Port Orleans is on Disney property but not directly connected by boat or monorail to any of the theme parks. However, bus service is easily available to take you to all theme parks and water parks. There is also a riverboat that can take you to the Downtown Disney Marketplace and West End.”
This property is more expensive than your Value Resorts and definitely more expensive than staying at some of the off-property hotels. It all depends on what type budget you have for accommodations. If you can swing it, Kathy offers her thoughts on the property. “There’s no question that the next time we plan a Disney World getaway, we’ll book a stay at Port Orleans. For the money, it’s the best deal going.”
A special thanks to Kathy for her review of the Riverside resort and her photographs of the property.
Kathy is a freelance video producer in Orlando. When she’s not working on TV shows, commercials or corporate projects, she’s writing for her blogs, Traveling With Teddy and I Love British TV. She’s been a Walt Disney World season passholder for many years and loves to visit the parks. Her favorite is EPCOT.
Be sure you stop by Traveling With Teddy. Kathy has some fabulous reviews of resorts and restaurants all over the south, and tell her Mouze Kateerz sent ya!
So there’s four reasons ya’ll would love to stay at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- Riverside. Thanks for coming along for a Photographical ride, and we hope to see you on a boat ride to Downtown Disney.
See ya soon!