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| March 5, 2008

There is one good thing that came out of waking up for a 7:00 breakfast at Chef Mickey’s, it’s that we were able to check into Port Orleans Riverside at 8:45AM, and our room was ready. Even though it was early, our breakfast was great and we even sat at a roundtable – all the way in the corner.

Port Orleans RiversideI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is the best moderate resort on property. The memories for me go way back to the days of Dixie Landings – I still hate that they changed the name. This was the first official Disney resort that my family stayed at and remains one of my favorites. We’ve only stayed in the Magnolia Bend area (Magnolia Terrace), so being put in Alligator Bayou for this review is a nice change and lets me get a taste of both sections. We are way in the back and it seems like the farthest point from the main lobby (building 34), but it’s only about a 10 minute walk without stopping – we timed it. It is very lush and wooded, which is really nice because you don’t feel like you’re in Orlando. Julie, being the country girl, is scared of nearly everything she hears in the bushes. I also don’t think it helps when I throw things in the trees ahead of her to get a reaction.

We spent most of our day walking around the resort taking photos (it’s suppose to be cloudy tomorrow) and gathering information. Tonight we are heading to Animal Kingdom for Extra Magic Hours.  Hopefully, it will not be too crowded and we’ll get to ride Expedition Everest!  We plan to see Bob Jackson later tonight at the River Roost and kick back a little.

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I was born and raised in New Orleans and received my degree from Louisiana State University in Graphic Design. I did the WDW College program during the summer of 1997 as a Blizzard Beach Lifeguard. Moved to Orlando immediately after college and started with the DIS shortly after in 2001. I am currently the President of the DIS, including and, and a member of the DIS Unplugged podcast team. I am the proud father of two beautiful children (Ferris and Finley) and husband to an incredible wife and mother. I have a passion for Art, Design, Technology, Photography, Social Media, and Sushi. Other organizations I am involved with include the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida and the LSU Alumni of Central Florida.
  • SamIAm

    Corey, you’re lucky Julie didn’t take and throw you in the bushes. Not nice to scare her like that!


  • MickeyFan

    Corey, do you know why they changed the name? I only know it as POR. We stayed there is 2006 and found it so beautiful, we too stayed at Magnolia Terrace. The grounds are so well kept that we found it just breathtaking in the morning when we walked over to the food court for coffee. After running around the parks all day we found it so relaxing to sit by the pool and soak up the surroundings.

  • Corey Martin

    We love it there! It is truly an escape.

    Some say the name change was for “cost saving” reasons and to make them sister resorts, but I believe the true reason was to remove the word “Dixie” from the name because of its association with the “Old South”. Dixie Landings became Port Orleans: Riverside, and Port Orleans was re-named Port Orleans: French Quarter.


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