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Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing kid reviews of Disney Resorts.
For my family of 5, when we go to Disney, we don’t have a lot of resort choices. Over the years, we’ve considered trying one of the family suites at Art of Animation. But, we always end up back at our “home away from home” – Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside. In fact, we love this resort so much that I’ve blogged about it many times! Here are just a few posts about this resort:
- Port Orleans Riverside – Old vs. New
- Virtual Tour of Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside
- A Free Day at Port Orleans Riverside
- Ol’ Man Island
- The Sassagoula River
- Alligator Bayou Beds
Those posts are all written from MY perspective. But, what is there to love about this resort from a kid’s perspective?
I asked my son Ian (now 9) to tell me what HE loves about Port Orleans Riverside. Here are his answers . . .
The Riverside Mill Food Court
Ian’s a boy – the first thing that came to his mind when I asked what he liked about staying at Port Orleans was the food! He loved being able to choose from all the different food stations in the food court. But, he said his very favorite part is the drink stations, where he can fill his resort mug with all the soda he can possibly drink (because mom isn’t so uptight about soda when we’re at Disney!) Of course, in the evening, after a long day at the park, it’s nice to drink some hot chocolate in the resort mug as well!
The Fishin’ Hole
Even though Ian didn’t catch anything on his fishing adventure at The Fishin’ Hole, he and Gracie still had a lot of fun there! The catch-and-release fishing experience is a very inexpensive on-site activity that is great for families!
Ol’ Man Island Swimming Pool
We’ve only had opportunity to swim at the Ol’ Man Island Swimming Pool once. Ian was pretty little because he remembers me holding him in the pool. But, he also remembers watching his sisters going down the waterslides and us walking under the dumping water.
The Murphy Bed
OK, honestly, what kid wouldn’t love the murphy beds? My kids literally fight over who will get to sleep on it (to the point where we haven’t have to come up with a system of taking turns!) If I were a kid, I’d definitely fight for it as well!
The Water Taxi
Ian has always been crazy about Disney transportation! The monorail is one of his all-time favorite Disney “attractions” (yes, he thinks of it as a ride, even to this day!) But, he also loves the buses and the boats, etc. So, when I asked him about Port Orleans, one of the things that came to his mind was riding the boats (aka water taxis) back and forth to Downtown Disney (now called Disney Springs). It’s such a pleasant trip with lovely scenery along the way, and it only makes one stop (at Port Orleans French Quarter), so it really is a great means of transportation.
The Pinboard at Fulton’s General Store
Every Disney Pin Trader’s dream come true . . . a giant pinboard full of pins that you can trade with! My kids love to drop in at Fulton’s General Store every evening to check out the pin selection. You never know . . . you just might find that pin you’ve been looking for!
And last, but certainly not least, Ian loves coming back to the room at night to see what sorts of towel animals – or fun creations – the Mousekeeper has left us that day. (I have to admit, I’m an adult and I even find this fun!)
To the casual onlooker, Port Orleans Riverside might look like a much more low-key and laid-back resort option. It’s beautiful, but it certainly doesn’t have the bright, colorful kid-appeal of the Value Resorts. However, as you can see by the above list, there is certainly plenty there to appeal to a child.
If you’ve never stayed at Port Orleans Riverside, both Ian and I would highly recommend it for your next trip to Disney! Try it – you’ll like it!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Orange | Kid Reviews | Disney Resorts Loop:
- 1st Stop – Disney Mamas | Pirate Rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- 2nd Stop – Heidi’s Head | Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
- 3rd Stop – Crafting to Disney| Disney’s Pop Century Resort
- 4th Stop – Family Travel Escapades | Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- 5th Stop – This Roller Coaster Called Life | Disney’s Art of Animation Resort