When planning a holiday to Walt Disney World, one of the first things you need to decide is whether to stay onsite or offsite. After much discussion, we decided to stay onsite at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort.
There are so many benefits to staying onsite, extra Magic Hours and early access to FastPass+ being the major ones. However it was the convenience that really swung it for us. We knew we’d be spending most of our time at the Disney Parks, and the free Disney transport meant we wouldn’t have to worry about hiring a car or expensive parking fees. There’s even a free coach to and from the airport!
We stayed in the Alligator Bayou section in a Preferred Room, which meant we were less than a 5 minute walk from the food court, main swimming pool and bus stop. The location in general is beautiful and the staff were so friendly and polite!
Before we arrived we were a little worried the room wasn’t going to be big enough. There were 4 of us adults and a 13-year-old sharing 2 double beds and a pull-down sofa bed. Luckily there was just enough space, and we didn’t spend much time there anyway, other than sleeping! We worked out a system for using the bathroom and it mostly went ok.
We also had a small fridge in our room, so we could buy snacks and breakfast stuff to eat in the room before heading to the parks. We made a couple of trips to Wallmart to pick up essentials and it saved us a lot of money over the 2 weeks!
One of the biggest perks to staying at Port Orleans is you can catch a boat to and from Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney). We actually only caught the boat once, but it was much more fun than getting the bus! On selected nights they also put on a “Movie Under the Stars” which is basically an outdoor cinema. We went one evening to watch Lady and the Tramp, which I hadn’t seen in years. They even provided us with free popcorn!
Overall if you’re thinking about staying onsite at Walt Disney World, I would 100% recommend Port Orleans Riverside. I haven’t stayed at any other Disney Resorts, so I can’t compare how it matches up to the rest, but we 100% enjoyed our stay here.
Have you ever stayed at a Disney Hotel?