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My family has enjoyed a couple of weeklong stays at Walt Disney World’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort. The question asked above, is it for you, depends on what you are looking for in a Resort, how much time you will actually spend at the Resort, and what types of amenities you prefer. My family stays at the Value and Moderate Resorts, because we do not spend a lot of time in our room or exploring the property. We get our fill of adventure at the Parks and Downtown Disney area and only hit the room to drop off souvenirs or catch a nap. Perhaps when the kids are older and we slow down a bit, we may justify the extra expense of the Deluxe Resorts and their magical appeal. Let’s look at the Pros and Cons of Port Orleans Riverside (POR):
- The property is absolutely beautiful, quiet, peaceful, and serenely scenic.
- Bus service is excellent, with 4 convenient, covered stops. (POR shares buses with only neighboring Port Orleans French Quarter.)
- All of the guest rooms have been recently refurbished to include queen beds and flat-screen TVs during 2011/2012 refurbishment.
- The Riverside Mill Food Court is spacious and picturesque with lovely views of the Riverside Mill water wheel and Ol’ Man Island, and the food is delicious.
- Boatwright’s Dining Hall table-service restaurant serves dinner only, but it’s a great place for hearty Cajun cooking.
If you are like me, then part of your vacation is lounging by the resort pool. I’d like to take you on a journey with me as we explore some of the pools of the Walt Disney World Resort. Today I want to start at one of the value resorts; Pop Century.
Pop is a BIG resort with three themed pools. These pools all in unique shapes are called; The Bowling Pin Pool which is located in the 1950′s section, The Computer pool which is located in the 1990′s section, and The Hippy Dippy Pool (shaped like a flower) located in the 1960′s section of the resort.
The Hippy Dippy Pool is the feature pool of the resort and is also where you will find the Petals Pool Bar, temporary tattoos, ping-pong tables, the wading pool, water play area, water spraying flowers and hair wrap stations. This pool is also very close to classic hall making it a great choice for a mid day snack and soak! Please note however, no food or drink is allowed in the pool.
In the evening The Hippy Dippy pool is where you will find the outdoor movie playing. Each night features a different flick so grab a seat and get ready for some unique free entertainment.
So you’ve decided to go to Walt Disney World for your vacation – first off, let me congratulate you on making such a smart decision! So now that you know where you’re going, it’s time to plan – and if it’s your first trip, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the information that’s out there. So, here’s some tips on what you can expect for your WDW trip:
“Not Your Typical Vacation” – WDW is a fast paced, crowded world of Parks and Resorts, and for many its not exactly what you would call “relaxing”. That being said, there ARE ways you can relax and enjoy your surroundings – you can “Resort Hop” and check out the shops, take a stroll, and grab a drink at the bar of all the different WDW Resorts, or you can spend the morning at the Park and leave after lunch (when the Parks tend to get more crowded), for a nap and some pool time back at your Resort, or you can check out some of the lesser known WDW Restaurants and try some new and unique cuisine
The Weather – Florida weather can be….unpredictable at best. During the summer, its likely that it will rain most afternoons, so be prepared and bring a poncho along with you while touring the Parks. The heat and sun can be intense too, so I recommend lots of sunscreen and plenty of water to help you stay hydrated and happy! Basically, expect the unexpected and prepare for any/every scenario when it comes to Disney World weather
I don’t know about you, but I’ve found myself at Disney World, wishing I had one of those hiking clip things! I know you are probably thinking, “what, were you planning on doing? Scaling Cinderella Castle?” My answer is short and sweet…nope! I actually have found this multitasker to be an essential when I am in the park (and we are talking no climbing here!). In fact, I’ll go ahead and admit that while I like taking nature walks and “hiking”, I know so little about it, that I mistakenly have termed these popular cousins of the carabiner: hiking clip things, hooks, and my personal favorite, “clipy thingies” . My favorite type of carabiner is the spring-loaded variety (typical of the “not suitable for climbing ” key chains). These handy helpers are cheap, come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and they make getting around the parks a snap!
Today, I am bringing you my top five uses for the oh so useful carabiner, while you are at Disney World!
#1 Resort Mug Keeper
Just a month ago, I fumbled my way around the parks trying to keep up with my empty resort mug. I’m always finishing up my drink from breakfast as we enter the parks and because it is absolutely necessary to keep up with your resort mug, I tried to shuffle it around in my park bag all day. Since refillable mugs are only good for free refills at your resort, they really aren’t useful in the parks, but I had to find something to do with it until I got back to my resort. So, what was I to do? Well, typically I bring a carabiner with me to the parks, but in a last-minute parking blunder, I traded bags left them at home! I vowed right then and there to always pack a few in my bag and not rely on my stash of already clipped bags. The cool thing about the resort refillable mugs is that they have a handle that would allow them to clip on like a charm (freeing up my hands); I think I could have fit at least 3 to a hook! Try it out next time you are in the parks!