Port Orleans French Quarter and Port Orleans Riverside
What do the Port Orleans Resorts have to offer teen visitors?
✔ Resort Pools
✔ Boat to Downtown Disney
✔ Watercraft Rental
✔ Bike Rental
✔ Evening Entertainment
Each resort has its own feature pool. “Doubloon Lagoon,” the Pool at Port Orleans French Quarter, is Mardi Gras themed with an alligator band and a sea-serpent waterslide. Teens are likely to get tired of this pool quickly, so it may be worth taking a trip to the feature pool at Port Orleans Riverside instead. The French Quarter pool does have the advantage of a hot tub.
The Ol’ Man Island Pool Complex is the feature pool at Port Orleans Riverside, and it’s a large pool with a big slide. There are also five quiet pools – all heated – located all over the grounds of Riverside. All guests of either resort can use any pool, so there’s plenty of variety.
Each resort has its own game room, and the Riverside arcade’s nice and big. There are food courts at both resorts, and Riverside also has a sit down restaurant. In room pizza delivery is available at both resorts, from the Sassagoula Pizza Express.
Rent cane poles and fish at the fishing hole at Ol’ Man Island.
Boat to Downtown Disney
Downtown Disney has a reputation for being hard to get to from almost anywhere on Disney property. Long waits for buses and long travel times are normal from most places. That’s why the boat to downtown Disney from the Port Orleans resorts is such a nice benefit. A quick – and very pleasant – boat ride down the Sassagoula River takes you directly to the shops and restaurants of Downtown Disney. If you’d like to venture out to other resorts for expanded entertainment options, you can also catch a Water Taxi to Old Key West or Saratoga Springs from Downtown Disney.
There are a lot of choices when it comes to watercraft rental: Pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, motorboats, or pontoon boats. If you’re over 12, you can drive your own Sea Raycer and explore the waters between Port Orleans Riverside and Downtown Disney.
Explore the grounds
Both resorts are sprawling, and have large open areas that tend to be gathering places for teens. You can rent a bike or Surrey from Riverside, and go out exploring.
There’s so much to do at the Port Orleans Resorts in the evenings. There’s lounge entertainment at both resorts that can be enjoyed by the whole family – “Piano Bob” Jackson at Riverside and Elliott Dyson at French Quarter. At Riverside, you can roast marshmallows and listen to stories at Campfire on de’ Bayou on select nights in the fall and winter. (For marshmallow roasting at other times of year, you can take a Water Taxi by way of Downtown Disney to one of the nearby resorts of Old Key West or Saratoga Springs.) Carriage rides are available nightly. If you’d like to see some fireworks from the resort, try a third floor walkway of a Building that faces Epcot at Port Orleans French Quarter. (Like buildings one and three, facing the parking lot, for example.)