Port Orleans Riverside! Thoughts and opinions!

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by melissarose, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. KonaKaiTom

    KonaKaiTom DIS Veteran

    Aug 16, 2012
    10 minutes +- a couple of minutes. LOL, if I hadn't had my coffee yet, it was faster -- heading back wth coffee and beignets, it was slower as the walk was so much more enjoyable. It is probably a half mile at most.

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  3. dreamcruiser

    dreamcruiser Mouseketeer

    Feb 1, 2012
    I've never checked into David's point rentals because we would rather be in the lodge than in the villas.
    We're big MK fans as well, and that's one reason we love the WL...for it's proximity (but not huge price compared with the monorail resorts) to the Magic Kingdom.
    We don't have APs so that discount is not available to us. I have noticed lately that WL is not given as "high" (and I use that term loosely) a discount as in the past too, so we cross our fingers for a good RO bounceback every time.
  4. doobie11

    doobie11 Earning My Ears

    Apr 6, 2007
    I"m going to be in the minority here, but we didn't like POR at all. We were just at WDW from Sept 14-20. We ended up switching resorts halfway through. I'd done a ton of research before we went, so was truly expecting to love it. Check in was terrible (we did online check in, and it was at least 30 minutes even though there was only a couple of families in front of us, because they only had one person working. The regular check in line was moving fast, but not ours), but that didn't set the tone for the trip.

    We had a standard room in the Magnolia section, building 85. Just over the bridge to the pool. The room was OK, pretty dusty, but fine. We waited one morning for over 40 minutes at 7:20 AM to get to AK -no buses went by at all. We even had a CM there checking the bus times, and calling for an AK bus that finally came at 8. AK didn't open until 9 am that day, so I know a full bus didn't already go by us. The rest of the time the buses were not horrible, but not great either.

    We didn't enjoy the pool, it was crowded and chaotic with the afternoon pool activities. I didn't find the layout of the pool very relaxing. We could hardly find chairs that allowed to see the pool and our kids. And there wasn't a whole lot of space around the pool for walking or sitting. What I mean is that the chairs were very close to the pool edge, which made everything just seem crowded. We only ate at the food court twice, it was fine, nothing special. Didn't eat at Boatwrights. We took the boat to DTD - again, it was OK, but I didn't find it very relaxing. Maybe b/c the boat itself was very noisy, and the vibrations of the motor were annoying.
    Anyway, we requested a switch to CSR halfway through, and they were very helpful. Once we got to CSR, we had a big "aah". It had a much more open feeling that POR, and much more relaxing. the pool is much better too. CSR is probably our new home. I was disappointed in POR, as I really wanted to like it. We didn't hate it, but we'll never go back.
  5. dreamcruiser

    dreamcruiser Mouseketeer

    Feb 1, 2012
    Your review is appreciated. We can't all like the same resorts...so, glad you transferred to one that suited you better.
  6. zoey9989

    zoey9989 Mouseketeer

    Aug 4, 2006
    we will be there the same time as you! 5 adults ages 24-45 jan 31-feb6 i just booked today with the new visa discount saved alot of money!!! we picked this resort for the lounge area (we will be there for superbowl) ive stayed her 3 other times and love it!
  7. melissarose

    melissarose DIS Veteran

    Sep 29, 2012
    that's awesome! i'm hoping that i'm able to get some sort of discount when they open to the public. fingers crossed, someone said october 10!
  8. bluejasmine

    bluejasmine DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2005
    Yes Im a Disney TA and it is Oct 10th for non disney visa..
  9. jsw1114

    jsw1114 Mouseketeer

    Aug 4, 2012
    What is the visa promotion right now? We r booked to come back to POR next sept we did the bounce back with free dining? Is it a better deal?
  10. Missytara

    Missytara I'm all ears!

    Apr 3, 2009
    It is free dining, January through March.
  11. lisam427

    lisam427 DIS Veteran

    Nov 24, 2008
    we were at riverside a month ago (september 2nd-september 10th). we stayed in magnolia bend building 85 and this was our first time in the mansions. i loved the new rooms and the location was wonderful. the rooms were beautiful and very clean. we were right next to a satelite pool and the main pool was just over a bridge. we were also extremely close to the front desk/food court. to go to the parks we simple had to cut through the parking lot and we were at the bus stop. the transportation this trip was the best we have had ever compared to all of our stays on disney property. we had no more than a 10 minute wait at anytime. when going to downtown disney we found the bus much quicker than the boat. the food court was good but we preferred the food court at french quarter. the resort was beautiful and we loved the pools and the themeing. this resort is my daughter's favorite (she prefers alegator bayou over the mansions. i think both sections are nice.) i would not hesitate to recommend this resort or stay here again. i dont think you will be disappointed.
  12. siskaren

    siskaren DIS Veteran

    Aug 8, 2007
    Actually, there's both a free dining offer and a room discount offer:

  13. canopynut66

    canopynut66 DIS Veteran

    Mar 21, 2010
    it is a great resort and the lounge the roost has Bob the piano player and is fun to sit and relax and listen to hm. then can take the boat to DTD and that is fun. and if free dining offered then is the MYWD so ihave fun.
  14. MMS1125

    MMS1125 "You can design and create, and build the most won

    Jul 10, 2010
    It's not technically free dining. FD would save my family about $1500 this offer only saves $600 at POR when i called just to price it. Still a savings but its not FD. Supposedly it's pricing out to be adult dining and tickets for child price. I'll have to see the numbers myself once it's on the site

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  15. MagicalPix

    MagicalPix Disneyaholic

    Oct 5, 2012
    I'm staying at Riverside for the first time over New Years and I can't wait! We booked a Royal Room and I think it'll be cute. I've stayed at French Quarter and I liked it a lot.
    I booked with Dreams Unlimited, so hopefully if discounts come out, they'll apply them for me. We're staying til Jan 5, so maybe I can at least get a little discount for a few days of the trip.
    Thanks for all of the great info guys! :)

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