Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is an invite only event, but you still have to pay a conference fee. It’s not FREE, but it is discounted. It’s an invitation many of those in my industry would love to receive, but Disney can’t invite everyone. Our family has been lucky enough to be invited three years in a row. Each year we have stayed at a different Disney resort: Yacht Club, Beach Club, and this year, Port Orleans Riverside Resort.
Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort did not work for our family
First, I’m going to share Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort is BEAUTIFUL. At night, it’s even more gorgeous. The kids loved the pool, along with the slide at the main pool of the resort. Port Orleans doesn’t lack New Orleans charm, and attention to detail, by any means. Honestly, it’s one of the prettiest resorts I’ve had the pleasure of staying at.
Second, Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort is too damn spread out. Checking in, and walking across a bridge, to get to our room on the second floor of the number 85 Magnolia building? Bit of a struggle. What got me was having to walk even farther to get to the elevators, in order to get to the second floor to enter our room.
Luckily, our particular building we stayed in had a bus stop fairly close to it, and the main pool wasn’t a great distance from our room. We had two pools fairly close to our room. However, having to go get food was a bit of walk, which was fine in the morning when everyone was roaring to gooooooo. At night, following a full day of park activity, walking sucks.
On our first night, Mr. Sunflower and I didn’t realize there were so many bus stops. Instead of exiting at the East Depot, I believe the West Depot did him and the kids in. My plans took me to the South Depot, at the very front of the resort. I received “I’m lost” texts.
No getting around walking a lot at Port Orleans Riverside Resort
Buses. We’re a big Hollywood Studios and Epcot lovers. When staying at resorts, we enjoy being able to catch the boats to both parks. Getting around on the buses isn’t our favorite way to get around these days. However, I did like the little monitors letting us know bus arrival times to the depot. Very helpful. I also appreciated our buses at each of the parks didn’t require as far of a walk as when we had stayed at Pop Century for a few days back in 2015.
Another aspect of Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort I enjoyed? Having a food court. It’s a moderate resort hotel, which means it offers a food court. When staying at a luxury resort, such as Yacht and Beach Clubs, there’s only restaurants, with a pool side quick service type place. No food court. Nothing like sending the kids to get their rapid refill cups filled at the food court!
However, walking to the food court from our resort room was a hike, especially after a long day at the parks.
Disney Springs is close by for the hard core shoppers
Now, if you’re a big shopper and love to head to Disney Springs to give your credit cards a little activity – Disney Springs is close. It’s a short boat ride away. If you’re not a boat ride kind of person, no worries, you can take a bus from one of the four depots located throughout the Riverside property.
Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort is the perfect spot for anyone who loves shopping at Disney Springs, or grabbing a great meal at one of the many restaurants down at the springs. It’s also perfect for families who don’t mind the walking. It just didn’t work for our family, and by the time we were ready to check out, my feet were screaming at me. Good thing I had a pedicure scheduled during the second half of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration adventure!