The Disney Royal Treatment – A Look at Port Orleans Riverside

Port Orleans Riverside is perhaps the most popular moderate level resort at Walt Disney World. Recently, I got to stay here for five wonderful nights and I am here to report that this resort is a wonderful and affordable option for families looking for a bit of luxury and good dose of pixie dust without spending an arm and a leg.

Check in at this resort resembles a ferry port where one might board a river cruise. I had not checked in on line and was happy that there was no wait for me to get my room keys and assignment. I had reserved a standard guest room and was incredibly excited to have been upgraded to a royal guest room!


The royal guest rooms are located in the Magnolia bend section of Port Orleans Riverside. This section is also known as “the mansions” as the building resemble the stately southern mansions of the turn of the century with broad sweeping stair cases, columns, and stately shutters. My building was “Oak Manner” which had easy access to the main building and to the quiet pool. ‘Ol Man Island, the feature pool, was a tiny bit of a walk, but certainly not inconvenient.


The Royal Guest Rooms will cost more than a standard room, but it is a magical upgrade. The story of the rooms is that Princess Tiana had a party and invited all the princesses. Throughout the room you can see several items left as gifts by the generous princesses. Looking for the items each princess left was like a mini in room scavenger hunt and it was so fun!

A Magic Carpet from Jasmine!

A Magic Carpet from Jasmine!


The room is beautifully appointed with royal quality bolsters and comforters.  The fridge was in and working which was great for keeping water (and cupcakes!) cool.

Perhaps the coolest thing of all though, were the headboards that play a mini fireworks display! This was so beautiful and made for a great way to start each morning and end each night! I loved it!


This resort is big, but charming. There is a wonderful arcade, the feature pool and bar area are wonderful and the pool games are well organized and fun. The food court offers a ton of different options including a make your own pasta station! Perhaps the most fun of all though was the nightly entertainment in the river roost lounge with Yee Ha Bob! He played the piano, sang, told jokes, and entertained! He is a gem at this resort and well worth the price of admission…which is free!

Another thing I really liked were the amount of activities available to do at the resort; horse drawn carriage rides, fishing, boating, ferry to downtown Disney, and plenty more.

Carriage Rides

Carriage Rides

I strongly recommend this resort for anyone who wants a bit of luxury without the cost of a deluxe. This is also the only moderate, with the exception of the Cabins at Fort Wilderness, that can accommodate a family of five.

If you are planning your next trip try Port Orleans!

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Jess is Disney Vacation Planner. An avid Disney fan who loves tips, tricks, triva, and everything Disney!Jess spends a few days out of each month in the parks and hopes to share her knowledge and advice with you!

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  • betsyh

    We loved the Royal rooms here and I always contemplate going back. The only thing I didn’t like was the bus service here, but if that’s not an issue for you, which it isnt for us, book away!

  • Paul Saint

    My parents truly enjoyed this resort! It was their last vacation before they both passed away. They came when it was going by the name “Dixie Landings,” and both of them told me it reminded them of when they were growing up in Louisiana. Glad they got to experience the Disney Magic before I lost them.

  • Jennifer Schreiner Fallon

    I am going in November with my 2 daughters and we are staying in a Royal Guest room. We cannot wait and are so excited.

  • Angela Warren

    AoA is considered a value resort and this article is about moderate resorts.

  • Michelle L Perez

    AoA can now accommodate a family of 5 now too!