Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Disney Springs - Video

With nearly 150 retail, dining, and entertainment locations now open, Disney Springs at Walt Disney World® Resort allows you to explore unique boutiques and enjoy waterfront dining and live entertainment. The four neighborhoods of Disney Springs – The Landing, Town Center, Marketplace, and West Side – include a high-quality mix of retailers and sophisticated restaurants as diverse as the neighborhoods themselves.
From big-name brands to rare finds, this playful promenade is the perfect place to shop with nearly 100 stores including the hottest brand names in shopping like Zara, Anthropologie, kate spade new York, Vera Bradley, MAC and Vince Camuto. Plus, the biggest and best selection of Disney merchandise at World of Disney, Marketplace Co-op, TrenD and more!
Get a closer look at Disney Springs in this video! 

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Disney's Port Orleans Riverside - Photo Tour


Welcome to this photo tour of one of my favorite Walt Disney World Moderate Resorts – Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside!  This is a wonderful resort that is a big step up in amenities when compared to a Value Resort - but not a big step up in price!  For travelers that want more than pool and arcade for resort entertainment and more than a food court to eat from while on vacation – Disney’s Moderate Resorts are the answer!

This is my favorite Moderate resort for two reasons: 
  1. The resort and the grounds are absolutely gorgeous.
  2. The Cast Members are always very friendly.
When you check-in, Disney's Port Orleans lobby is very open and airy. Very beautiful and tastefully decorated (and with hidden Mickey's to boot)! There is also a kid's area in the lobby where they can watch Disney cartoons on kid's sized furniture while parents check-in.


High ceilings in the lobby. Near the ceiling you'll notice the ports of call that you'll find along the Mississippi river.


There are two sections to this resort: Alligator Bayou and Magnolia bend. The later featuring mansion style buildings. 

Don't these grounds just scream romance? Well for one couple it did - we saw someone propose to their girlfriend in one of these gazebos. These archways also provide plenty of lighting at night making the walkways feel very safe and secure.


Most of the rooms at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside feature two queen beds with a hidden child sized bed. Some rooms have a king bed.  However, the Royal themed Guest rooms have only two queen beds (no hidden kid's sized bed).
Did you know Moderate rooms feature queen beds!

Moderate rooms are also bigger than Value resort rooms!

The rooms also feature two chairs and a table. The perfect place to have a snack in the room or to lay all your theme park treasures on.
Cute table and chairs to fit the theming of Riverside.

Upon the dresser also sits a great reason to stay at a Moderate (especially if you are a coffee drinker). The Moderate rooms come with a coffee maker! In the dresser is where you'll find a mini-fridge. There is no microwave in the rooms.


The bathrooms also have a standout feature compared to the bathrooms you'll find at Disney's Value resorts: two sinks! This extra sink can save some families from a morning fight over someone taking too long to get ready.

Two sinks allow for two people to get ready at the same time.

Another way the bathroom area of Moderate resorts' rooms sets themselves apart from those you'll find at a Value resort: a privacy curtain.
Privacy curtain shields the light from sleeping eyes - or allows for privacy.

Back to the main areas of this resort.  As you pass through the lobby you'll find the resort's restaurants and lounges. The resort has Boatwright's Dining Hall, and Riverside Mill, the Quick-Service location for the resort. There are also a few lounges including River Roost Lounge in the lobby are of the resort and Muddy Rivers poolside bar. River Roost Lounge is where you'll find one of Disney Fans' favorite entertainers: 'Ye Haw' Bob.



The main mode of transportation at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside is Disney buses. But Ferry Boats will take you to Disney Springs! This boat ride is very pretty and relaxing and is a highly recommended way to get to and from Disney Springs.
The Ferry Boat coming into port to take guests to Disney Springs.

Some of the extra amenities you'll find at this Disney Moderate resort include an awesome pool. There is a large main pool that has water spray features throughout.  There is also a curvy, windy water slide that is open (i.e. not completely enclosed for those that may be claustrophobic) but it is hidden in the trees added and extra element of fun. There is also a hot tub. Good news if you're visiting in the cooler winter months - the pool is heated!  There is also a rather large baby pool for the young guppies.  If you're looking for something a little more peaceful when it comes to pools, there are a few quiet pools throughout the resort but these do not have any lifeguards on duty.



There is also a jogging trail path throughout the resort that is one mile and you can opt to take an extended path that runs for an extra .7 miles.



Also on Ol' Man Island, where the pool is, there is also a playground for children. This is a perfect place for dads to take kids to play while mom gets ready - or vise versa.



Another neat amenity at Disney's Port Orleans includes bike and surrey bike rentals.  Guests can also sign their children up for the Pirate Adventure where the kids (no adults allowed) will use a treasure map to go treasure hunting. Guests can also take a horse drawn carriage ride throughout the resort grounds. The Fishin' Hole is where, you guessed it, guests can go fishing!



The resort also holds a nightly Movie Under the Star on a grassy lawn. Also at night, the resort hosts a campfire complete with a marshmallow roast and stories.



Sit back and relax on one of the hammocks throughout the resort grounds and listen to the jazz music that plays throughout the resort.


The resort also has a very large gift shop, Fulton's General Store. Here you'll find lots of Disney gear and gifts, prepackaged snacks, and some toiletry items you may have forgotten at home. You won't find any food that requires cooking/preparing since this is not a Disney Vacation Club Resort.
Fulton's General Store - the resort's large gift shop.

And that does it for our photo tour of Disney's Port Orleans Riverside.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

I asked clients who had stayed there if they would return to Port Orleans or pick a different resort and this is what they said:
"I'd love to stay there again. I actually have withdrawals from the trip. But the hotel is so cool. I loved every minute of the hotel/resort."
"I'm so glad that we picked the moderate Riverside over the value resort we were debating on. The extra amenities made the resort really stand out and make our vacation extra magical." 
"I've stayed at many Disney resorts and Disney's Port Orleans Riverside will be my number one choice from now on. For just a few dollars more a night my family has lots of options to do at the resort for our days off from the park." 
A Mickey towel animal!


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