Slightly more spacious than accommodations at Disney Value Resorts, but with less elbow room than you'd enjoy at a Deluxe Category property, guestrooms at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside are basic, yet functional, with the standard amenities you'd expect to find in a mid-range chain hotel, plus a "Royal"-themed room option with trademark Disney flair.
While you'll pay a premium during peak and holiday seasons, many feel that what rooms lack in luxury or space is made up for in resort recreation, facilities and onsite guest privileges. Whether you're hoping to keep the kids busy -- or reign them back in for some family togetherness -- this resort offers the most diverse recreational options among traditional Moderate category properties.
Standard rooms are 314 square feet and are located in two distinctive sections. Magnolia Bend is a stately neighborhood featuring neatly manicured hedges and grand columned "mansions," while Alligator Bayou has a comfortable, country feel, with lush vegetation and cozy "cottages." Linens and furnishings match the neighborhood theme -- think dark cherry and refined at Magnolia Bend, and hickory wood and rustic at Alligator Bayou, with hidden Mickeys to be found in each.
All guestrooms contain a king bed (surcharge) or two queen beds. Rooms in Alligator Bayou are equipped with a single Murphy bed (suitable for ages 9 and under), as well, making it an attractive choice for families of five who don't mind sharing close quarters. Other rooms with two double beds sleep up to four ($15 night each for third and fourth adult), plus one crib for guests 3 and under. Complimentary Pack 'N Plays and bed rails are delivered upon request, and connecting rooms are available.
Located in the Oak Manor and Parterre Place neighborhoods are 512 "Royal"-themed guestrooms (surcharge). Fun for kids, these storybook rooms feature ornate décor and special touches, like fiber-optic headboards and bathroom faucets which resemble Genie lamps. Special view options (surcharge applies) include Garden, Pool or River.
Besides a large armoire, a table with two chairs and a bench, each room features a coffeepot and complimentary Wi-Fi. A mini-fridge is housed in a low-lying, non-locking cabinet -- this may be an issue if you're traveling with little ones. A vanity area contains two sinks, as opposed to the one available at Value Resorts, and a privacy curtain separates it from the bedroom, meaning part of your party can shower early while others sleep in (assuming they're not light sleepers).