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Room With A View: Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside

Michelle Baumann

by , Walt Disney World Public Relations

The next installment in our Disney Parks Blog series, “Room with A View,” takes a look inside Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside. This resort blends the Southern charm of the sprawling Garden District with the playful spirit of the French Quarter – Disney style. Towering magnolias, oak trees and colorful azaleas surround the four, three-story manor homes that make up Magnolia Bend.

Let’s walk up the winding staircase to these stately mansions and take a peek at the view from the cast-iron balconies just outside room 9257.

The magical thing about staying in Magnolia Bend is the myriad of scenes you can take in from different spots along the spacious balcony that wraps around the entire floor. You can step outside your room for a glimpse of a rural New Orleans scene with open gardens, fragrant courtyards and a tranquil fountain inviting you to toss a coin to make a wish. There is so much to take in. If you are lucky you might even catch a horse-drawn carriage passing by. And you can’t miss the bustling riverfront and authentic water mill, which is just a stone’s throw away. There’s a comfortable elegance and excitement here that captures the essence of the south.

Inside the “Royal Room” and you will see regal touches that make this a fun resort for families. The storyline is that Princess Tiana has hosted royal friends from around the world and each special guest left behind a cherished memento to mark their visit. The themed accommodations showcase playful artwork, majestic banners, a golden chandelier and other ornate accents. I was especially intrigued by the large framed 3-D lenticular artwork of Tiana. And little girls will be giddy when they discover the magic button that transforms the headboard into a dazzling fiber-optic fireworks display. Other whimsical touches include a dual bathroom sink with Genie’s magic lamp from Disney’s “Aladdin” as the faucet. There’s even a nod to the Disney princes with respective scrolls on the walls. Characters from beloved Disney•Pixar films can also be spotted in the wallpaper border.

Room With A View: Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside

Be sure to explore the photo gallery above of this southern gem of a resort!


  • We LOVE it here. We stay(I ask) in Arcadia house. I’m not sure if it is considered a garden or pool view, as (1st floor room) looks over foliage and one of the “quiet pools” is right there. The pool and setting is beautiful and there is ever anyone in it. We go the week of Presidents Day, Monday-Thursday so now crowds and still considered value season. We live in Ohio so the sun is soooo nice.

    The entire grounds of this resort are stunning with the river and its pathway(great to walk on at night when it’s lit) the carriage rides, the marina, bike rental and the boat to Downtown Disney(sorry still call it that). It’s very quiet and peaceful. The grounds are very large and spread out so it never feels crowded or noisy. The food court offers the most wonderful breakfast selections from make your own omelette, the yogurt parfait is great. With all of these, you choose what ingredients they use.

    This truly is a deluxe resort at a moderate price.

  • Great place to stay!! We have three boys and we fit great (with the wall bed)! Pool is great, grounds are wonderful and a terrific place to jog or take a walk! Plenty to do if you take a day off from the parks. All three of our stays there were the best!!

  • My favorite resort! It’s relaxing, especially after coming from a long day in the parks and just walking and listening to that music that is playing along with the sound of the crickets. Priceless

  • We just stayed there and loved it! And, for what it’s worth, we’ve got two boys (8 & 11) who appreciated all the special theming, and were just as giddy about the headboard fireworks display.

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