~ disney world - port orleans riverside resort ~

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Monday, May 13, 2013
I'm back from vacay! I already miss my cruise and still feel like I'm on the boat sometimes. I also caught a cold right when I came back><  I'm excited for summer since I'm only taking two courses and I also received all my grades which I'm fairly happy with! I can finally relax now >< Since I've posted my trip to Disney World before I think this time I'm just going to take it slow and post small pieces of things here and there =)

Last time I was at Disney World was in 2011 and I stayed at the Coronado Springs Resort. I really enjoyed the resort and was planning on staying there this time too but I decided to try a new place in the end to make the trip feel more "new" for me. This trip was actually an overdue graduation trip for my younger brother. This time we stayed at the Port Orleans Riverside. The resort has two sides, riverside and french quarter but it seemed like most people preferred riverside so I went with that. To be honest if I could choose again I'd probably go back to Coronado instead and would definitely request a ground floor room! Unless I hit the jackpot then I'd stay at the Animal Kingdom Resort or one of the fancier (and much more expensive) resorts. When I went they were having a decent discount so we also added the dining plan =D!

I also must note that the majority of the photos I will be posting about this trip are taken by my sister as she had the camera most of the time.


~ Port Orleans Riverside Resort ~
The resort is quite large resulting in four different bus stops (north, east, west, and south which is also the stop for the lobby). The stop closest to our room was north. If you stay at French Quarter there is only one stop at the lobby and I would also advise against going to the lobby to take any buses as there is usually a large horde of people waiting to get on. The buses take you from the resort to the different parks as well as Downtown Disney but they do not take you to other resorts. To do so you will need to take a bus to a park and take the bus to the resort you want from there.


The inside of the lobby was quite nice. We arrived close to midnight so most photos are of the next day in case you're wondering why I don't have any luggage lol The people are quite friendly and if you want to take a taxi there is bell service outside the lobby which had taxi's just waiting to be used. This is what we did when we went to Universal Studios. Upon arrival you will receive your room cards (called key to the world cards) as well as a package with information about the parks such as park times etc. They also gave us a small map of the resort which helped tremendously.

We stayed at the Acadian House on the third floor. The room wasn't bad but the buildings all look alike and took us a day or two to really know the area. However the bus stop was fairly close and the lobby was about a 10min walk. Also there were geckos everywhere *cringe*

Walking to the lobby. This type of scenery is seen throughout the resort and you can even ride a horse carriage, at an extra charge of course =P

The pool we pass on the way to the lobby. It's actually decently sized and had quite a few lounge chairs. Sadly it was fairly gloomy and rainy during most of our stay there and the pool was mostly filled with younger children shrieking about and having fun. Good thing the pool is on a small "island" away from the rooms!

I *think* this was part of the lobby where the eating area is located.

They had many signs providing directions which were very helpful.


Our room was a fairly large! It had two queen beds and the shower/toilet was separate from the sinks. There was also a curtain to close off the sink area form the rest of the room.


The Mickey towel was a nice cheerful way to start our stay! Across from the beds was a decent sized flat screen TV as well as a coffee maker (with all the amenities) and some glass and styrofoam cups. There was also a small fridge but it wasn't very useful as it wasn't cold at all! There were three drawers and no "closets" area for those who enjoy using them. My siblings and I lived out of our suitcases lol


The sink area. There are also some hangers off to the right hand side and a small safe. We didn't use the hair dyer provided since we brought our own. The bathroom had a the rain water shower which was very nice and the temperature and water pressure was always good! I'm really picky about that in any hotel! The fan automatically turns on when you turn on the bathroom light but if you don't go inside it shuts off in about 5-10mins, I mention this because we leave the bathroom light on when we slept, it's too creepy being there in the complete darkness ><


Yay! Disney still uses H2O products! They even changed the packaging, I love the small mickey heads on the bottles! House cleaning also always provided more soaps =) However one thing that made me majorly disappointed was that they no longer provided lotion! I was so sad because I deliberately didn't bring any since they provided lotion last time. Also I didn't receive any facial soap until at least the third or fourth day of our visit, which was a terrible as I also didn't bring any facial cleanser with me! Luckily I brought make up wipes with me but still those don't take everything off.

Just a comparison of the 2011 amenities.


Leaving our building and probably walking towards the lobby. I actually trimmed off 5 inches of hair right before the trip.



Going to the lobby from the "back" of the resort. The view is a bit different if you're coming in from the front of the resort.


The bus stops! Again try to avoid the ones by the lobby, just too many people and strollers.

A plus side of staying at the Disney resort is that you receive complimentary shuttle from the airport to the park, just make sure you book it when you're buying your package. Also whenever you purchase something in the parks or on Disney property you can get it sent back to your resort. This way you don't need to lug it around the parks with you! Don't worry if you're buying something fragile as they wrap glassware up like crazy! I'm sure they're more afraid of breaking it then you are, of course this is not available about one day from your checking out date. If you're not staying at the resort you can still get items sent to the front of the park and you can get it there before you leave for the day, it's still better than carrying it around!

I booked my first Disney World vacations with It's a Small World travel agency, they are an authorized vacation planner by Disney. I would highly recommend them as they are easy to work with and reliable. The second time I felt comfortable enough to do it myself using the Disney website, it was easy and I only needed to call a few times because of my own mistakes =P

That's it for the resort! Hopefully more posts coming soon! I'm collecting a lot of post ideas but whether they will manifest is another story hahaha but should be alright, looking forward to blogging this summer!

16 comments on "~ disney world - port orleans riverside resort ~"
  1. ahhhh disney cruise!!! looks so awesome! i love those towel animals that they do!!
    i want to g on a cruise this summer too, but i can't decide between europe of carribeans. I feel like i haven't been on vacay in such a long time, i need to get away

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  2. wow you already went and came back on your cruise..I didn't think you were going so soon! (& I'm so behind on your blog again ahh)

    I love these photos..the beds, towels and toiletries are so cute. Seems like a fun trip!

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  3. airport limousine service Anyone who needs transportation to and/or from the airport can reserve this service. It has become very inexpensive for most people, and it is a very expedient way to travel.

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  4. ~ omg i'm such an idiot. So I was viewing your post in my Google Reader and I accidently clicked on your old Disney World post where you went with your boyfriend. Read through it and commented while thinking in my head, wow, these pictures look really familiar and where are your siblings?? And then after posting my comment, I realize that I was reading an old post. Hahaha whoops!

    That's really cool that they have a service that sends your purchases back to your room/front desk. That's so convenient! And I'm sure it's a great marketing strategy to get people to shop more since they don't have to lug everything around. Very smart.

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  5. Disney Land~ I still wanna go >.< The mickey themed room is so cool :D Next year I will definitely go to Disney Land Paris ^^

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  6. I'm so jealous of you! I went to Disney when I was 8 or so and I've always wanted to go back! The plan was to go with a few friends after high school but that didn't happen :(

    Hopefully I can visit again sometime!

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  7. Looks like a wonderful holiday destination. I really like the hotel room - so cute!

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  8. This sounds like heaps of fun. I really love the packaging of the H2o products. I would buy them just for the sole reason that they make my make-up table look pretty. :}}

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  9. The mickey towel is really cute. haha! ahhhh! I'm so happy for you because you visited disney world (actually, jealous. hahaha). And it seems you had fun! :D Amazing photos as well! drop by my blog too pretty?

    xoxo,
    Rae
    http://raellarina.blogspot.com/

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  10. Wahhh I love Disney Land! Disney never grows
    out to me really :P I love the Mickey shaped
    towel! And I lovelove the bathproduct x H20!
    Bummer about leaving out the lotions c;
    anyway, it seems you had a blast of a time!
    And get well soon with your cold! Thanks for
    your sweet words, it made me happy c:

    Xx

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  11. Oh my it looks lovely where you stayed! Its a shame the weather was a bit glum... so jealous of your Disney Land adventures! I really want to go stay in a resort tooooo hehehe.

    Also I would've thought you were quite clued up about tea because you always go for high tea lol! I think those tea press pots are like the coffee press where you just let it brew then press the thing down so it squeezes the tea leaves all compact and so gets all the flavour from it before you discard the leaves! I personally don't see the need in one. Good old fashion TEAPOT will do me hahaha. Glad you enjoyed the post!

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  12. awww how fun!! thanks so much for showing us the inside of the disney hotel!! i've been thinking about possibly going to disney this year for a day or two :p

    omgosh i love loveee the little micky themed bathroom soaps! i'm sorry they didn't provide lotion or facial soap.. but i'm sure they had them.. next time if they don't have something just call downstairs and they'll send someone up with it!!! i think hotels do that a lot because they are cheap and like to hide the good stuff HAHA.

    ohh i like the yes to grapefruit wipes.. i don't LOVE LOVE them.. i just like grapefruit smelling things hahah :p honestly the best wipes that i've used are ironically costco brand kirkland! do you guys have costco in canada??

    ohh i've never used olive oil to take my makeup off.. is it hard to use it to take off?? i sometimes use olive oil in my hair when it's really dry and damaged in the winter.. i use lancome's eye makeup remover to take off my makeup remover.. then costco wipes and then a final scrub w/ philosophy purity.. but honestly i don't love purity.. i actually really love Fresh's soy cleanser.. but i stupidly bought a giant bottle of philosphy and have to finish it HAHA. UGH.

    OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG your duckie story almost made me want to cry :( that's so sad! but yes that is the circle of life!

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  13. wow ive never lived in disney hotels before! stumble upon your blog and loving it! Am following your blog via GFC! Do check out my blog and follow if you like :)


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  14. Disney Cruise!! I've always wanted to go on one of those but everyone says its for kids.. :( sigh but maybe I will go on it some day!

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  15. It is lovely to read about your Disney adventures. Isn't it kinda magical to be able to hop onto carriages along the way?

    Oh, I practically live out of my suitcase for most of my trips too. Until the pulling out of clothes made the whole suitcase messy do I start to hand some things up.

    It must have been really inconvenient to live without lotion and facial wash. I forgot to pack my whole face cleanser set when I went London and Paris back then. Can you imagine my dismay? It was winter at that time and I've to use all their travel size stuff to clean my face.

    Wow your hair must have been even longer before the 5 inches. I've trimmed my hair to bust length and up till now I'm still getting comments from my colleagues that my hair is too long. I simply do not understand why. It isn't in a very bad state too.

    Thanx for including a picture of you at the end. I agree with you that humans tend to up the fun factor in any travel post. Haha... I'm glad you did fairly well for your papers and got to enjoy your holiday.

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  16. Wow love your disney world vaca trip. I only been to the california one once when I was in grade 5 so it's been awhile since I been there. Really looking forward to going there again one day.

    By the way come check out my blog :) http://andieexoxo.blogspot.ca

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