Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside

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1251 Riverside Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL
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Inspired by the days of riverboats and Mark Twain, this Louisiana-style resort sprawls along waterways 1 mile from Epcot® and 5 miles from the Magic Kingdom® Park. read more
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Port Orleans Riverside is a great stay. I have stayed in several parts of this expansive resort, and each carries its own character with charm. We appreciated the roomy double sink area outside of the bathroom, and our 3rd floor room that faced a fountains, a rose garden, and the Sassagoula River. We also appreciated how close we were Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, & Hollywood Studios. The bus rides there were shorter than at other Disney resorts. The boat to Downtown Disney had a long wait (40 minutes to get on) the night we took it, but it is a beautiful and quick ride. The bus would probably have been faster. Due to the expansiveness of this resort, it has four bus stops. Your bus will stop at all four. This can be annoying if you are trying to get somewhere on time or are arriving back late at night and just want to get to your room. *Important* If you arrive late at night to check in, and there appears to be no one in the lobby to check you in, there is a bell towards the far end of the lobby that alerts the night desk people to come out and serve you. The bell and sign are very hard to see from the lobby's entrance. Don't resort to sleeping on the lobby's couches! Someone is there to help you promptly once you ring the bell. Riverside was very relaxing, quiet, and beautiful. We enjoyed soaking our feet in the hot tub at night near the main pool, and all the little bridges that crossed the river. It was one of the cheapest moderate resorts when we went, but I think it is far nicer in ambiance than most of the other moderate resorts. Well worth the deal!
5
May 3rd, 2007
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

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900 Cayman Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL
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This casual, 200-acre resort, located on 45-acre Barefoot Bay, is 1 mile from Epcot®. Transportation to all Walt Disney World® Theme Parks is complimentary. read more
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WE have just returned from 2 weeks at the Disney Caribean Resort Hotel. The resort is a collection of buildings arranged into developments surrounding a lake. Each development has its own name - we stayed in the "Jamaica" area. As with most Disney resorts there is regular and super efficient bus transportation to the theme parks which is absolutely brilliant. The resort itself has a number of swimming pools and artifical beach areas, the later located around the edge of the lake. The main pool is good fun being built in the style of an old fort and is complete with a small water slide, hot tub and water fountains. The central point of the resort is "old Port Royale" This building houses the gift shop, resteraunt and food outlets / dining area. We were very dissapointed with the qulaity of food on offer at the resort. All the food was served on paper plates and eaten using plastic cutlery. That was tolerable, but having to wait in line to pay for your meal and be served by staff who seemed to be on a permenant go-slow was far from ideal. In summary the resort was OK, but was let down by the variety, presentation and service of food. The disney theme parks are well worth visiting, especially Magic Kingdom, and you must make time for the "Fantasmic" show at MGM which is spectacular. Overall, a good time in Disney, but I wouldn't go back to the Caribean Beach Resort. The Fort Wilderness lodge is a much better bet!
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Aug 30th, 2003
Walt Disney World Swan

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1200 Epcot Resort Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL
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Walt Disney World Swan is walking distance or a water-launch ride away from Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ and Epcot®. Guests can also take complimentary transportation to Magic Kingdom® Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. read more
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Negatives: This resort package charge of $10.00 fee for water, internet and 60 minutes of phone calls regardless if you use the services there or not. The water in the room is $2.00 a bottle and only 2 provided per day. There is an additional $11.00 parking charge per day for resort guests not included in the resort package and my car was broken into during my stay. If you choose this resort and are driving from the airport, be prepared to pay two $1.25 tolls and one $0.50 cent toll on the way in and one $0.75 toll on the way back to the airport. This resort has no airport shuttle. A taxi from airport is $51.00 dollars one way. Alternate transportation to the resort from the airport is Mears Transportation which costs $17.00 per person per leg of the trip, which is a 15 passenger van available by phone. No shuttles to the Universal Orlando Area, Discovery Cove or Seaworld, so the car rental paid itself off. Positives: It is located near a Boardwalk within walking distance and has a token operated laundry facility. It has a nice fitness center. Restaurants are average priced and the resort does offer childcare services during the stay for adult time. The staff is great and very customer-oriented. There are shuttles to Disney World and and a Water Taxi (boat) to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios that run every 20 minutes.
3
Jun 25th, 2007
Disney's Contemporary Resort

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4600 N World Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL
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Six miles from Epcot® and Disney's Hollywood Studios™, Disney's Contemporary Resort offers a breathtaking view of the Magic Kingdom® Park and direct access via a monorail. read more
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The Contemporary is one of the oldest of Disney's luxury resorts and is lacking features/amenities or more modern resorts. It is very close to Magic Kingdom...several other resorts are a monorail or bus ride ride away as well and offer a lot more. The character dining at Mickey's Cafe is really cute...but you can always reserve one of these and stay elsewhere. Customer service is great at all Disney resorts and locations. The Contemporary is nice...but comparitively speaking your money will go further at other locations both on and off of Disney property.
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Mar 13th, 2003
Disney's All-Star Music Resort

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1801 W Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL
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Larger-than-life music-themed icons create a playful setting at this family-friendly resort 2 miles from Disney's Hollywood Studios™. read more
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We've been to DisneyWorld several times, but since this was a short trip we thought we'd try one of the lower priced resorts. We spent almost all of our time in the parks, so we didn't use many of the resort amenities. However, the resort did have a cafeteria and store that were open until midnight and the pool seemed to be full of kids/families until well after midnight. The biggest drawback was its location. While the shuttle service took you straight to and from any park that you wanted, the ride was quite long (15+ minutes). Not bad in general, but VERY long after a full day of fun with the kids. Even with the bus ride length, the resort was clean, we never had to wait more than 15 minutes to get on a bus, and the staff was great. I'd recommend it for a lower priced resort. (Next time we're going to take it up a notch though...)
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Jun 18th, 2005
Disney's Yacht Club Resort

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1700 Epcot Resort Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL
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Inspired by traditional New England yacht clubs, this nautical resort is one mile from Disney's Hollywood Studios™ by ferryboat, and less than a mile from the Epcot® World Showcase entrance. read more
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The hotel is lovely, quiet and within walking distance to Epcot, the Boardwalk and Hollywood studios. We were there right before Christmas, and they even had a pine scent piped into the lobby, which was quite lovely. The pool is amazing (filled with sand) and all the amenities are great. The Yachtsman's Steakhouse is particularly good. The only things I have to complain about are that I bought my park tickets online and was told to pick them up at willcall at any park. The front desk informed me that I didn't need to do that, because I could just go to the YachtClub concierge. I waited for about 40 minutes while a nice concierge and his very unfriendly manager tried to get my tickets. In the end the unfriendly manager sent me to a park to pick them up. Also at the Cape May cafe, after we were seated for dinner, one of the hosts came up and asked us to move, which would be shocking anywhere, but especially at a luxury Disney resort.
5
Jan 6th, 2006
Walt Disney World Dolphin

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1500 Epcot Resort Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL
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Adjacent to the restaurants, shops, and entertainment of Disney's BoardWalk Resort, this hotel is a ferryboat ride from Epcot® and Disney's Hollywood Studios™, and within 14 miles of SeaWorld and Universal. read more
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I have stayed at many Disney owned WDW properties: Wilderness Lodge, Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans, Coronado, Pop Century and All-Star Sports. This is the first time I've gone to Disney and stayed anywhere else. The location of the Dolphin is very convenient. The walk to Epcot isn't bad. The boats to Hollywood Studios and Epcot are nice but I wish there was the option of a bus to these parks as well. This is especially true for Epcot because the boat drops you off at the International Gateway on the World Showcase side. At WDW the resorts that have boats (Wilderness Lodge, Grand Floridian, Polynesian) also have the bus option. I would say the buses leaving the Dolphin are slower on average as well. Still, nice hotel. Beautiful pool and cabana bar. NIce gym. I didn't mind the resort fee because it included full internet access and you would pay $9.95 a day at a WDW value or moderate for that. WDW resorts do have free parking which is nice. We rented our car from National and were able to just hand the keys to the valet and go to our room which was great. The restaurants at the Swan and Dolphin are more expensive, generally, than the Disney owned properties. The fridge in the room at the Dolphin was great. It comes standard. At a WDW value resort it would cost $10 a day. It doesn't get very cold, however. We had ours replaced the first night. As an SPG member I was hoping for an upgrade to a nicer room and it didn't happen but I really can't complain too much because we got a great rate. As a mother to two kids I would say the price of a kids' meal at the WDW resorts is a huge advantage. At any Disney owned resort dining hall you can do breakfast (two Mickey waffles, bacon, grapes and juice or milk) for under $5. For lunch you can do personal pizza, fruit and milk or juice for $5. You'll pay closer to $8 or $9 at the Swan and Dolphin and with two kids for a week that really adds up. In the end, I would choose the Dolphin over a WDW value resort (assuming I could get the same great rate. The Magical Express is not available to Swan and Dolphin guests which is a huge money saver if you're coming from Orlando airport. The Dolphin is definitely the best non-Disney resort in the area because of its proximity to the parks. The Disney moderate and deluxe resorts win out, however.
4
Aug 21st, 2006
Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

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901 W Timberland Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL
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This family-friendly condominium resort is located on a lake, close to Richard Petty Driving Experience, Magic Kingdom, and Walt Disney World. Also nearby are Palm Golf Course and Osprey Ridge Golf Course. read more
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This place was awesome and beautiful. I cant wait to go back. We love Disney. The whole atmosphere was just wonderful. Our 3 year old had a blast. Trust me, if you can, and stay here. For a Disney Resort this place is priced very well.
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Mar 17th, 2006
Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter

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2201 Orleans Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL
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Set on the Sassagoula River and just a mile from Epcot®, this resort with its cobblestone streets, flower courtyards, and charming balconies captures the flavor of New Orleans' French Quarter. read more
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Port Orleans French Quarter was an excellent resort with all amenities that one can expect at a Disney resort. This was our first stay at a Disney resort and we had selected French Quarter after reading numerous reviews of the different Disney resorts. The room was very nice and spacious enough for us with two queen beds. We were in Building 4 which was a recommendation we had read online in some of the reviews. This was a good recommendation as this building is close enough to the food court, lobby and to the bus stop for the transportation to the parks. The pool was probably the furthest we had to walk (about 5 mins). Food court was average but quality of food and portions were sufficient. Prices were as expected at a Disney resort. Being smaller than Riverside helped as it had shorter lines at the bus stops at the parks to get back to the resort. Buses were frequent enough (longest wait was 10-15 mins) and always had seating available. Boat service to Disney Downtown was pretty good too. We tried it on the last day of our trip there and it was a nice relaxing way to get to Downtown and back. The boat is shared by Riverside so the line was longer returning back to the resort late at night around 11 p.m. Overall, a good resort worth recommending.
5
Aug 14th, 2007
Disney's Polynesian Resort

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1600 Seven Seas Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL
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A monorail outside the lobby of this South Seas-inspired resort zips guests to Epcot® and the Magic Kingdom® Park, which is just across the water. Lush landscaping surrounds the resort. read more
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This was the first time my family stayed at the Disney Polynesian resort. On the positive note, the resort is fantastic. the accomodations, the location, the amenities were superb. I would have to say that the dining options are not satisfactory. If you didn't have a reservation, despite being a hotel guest, then you wouldn't have the opportunity to eat at the restaurant. The only options were the fast food area downstairs. I think if you are paying to be a guest at the resort, there should be a priority to serve those guests at the resort's restaurants. I found the experience of being turned away very disheartening as we are paying to stay at this resort. I believe there should be 2-3 more eating options at this resort. After a long day at the parks, a hot meal is very comforting to our souls.
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Jul 1st, 2006