|Royal Guest Room|
|Room in Alligator Bayou|
Looking for something to eat? Boatwright’s Dining Hall is a sit down restaurant serving a variety of Cajun style food, crawfish bites, jambalaya and more. Look around see the large unfinished hull, the tools that would have been used to make it, even your table is themed for the shipyard warehouse notice the tool box? If you want a quicker meal visit the Riverside Mill food court. With 6 different food stations you should be able to find something to satisfy any palate. This fascinating building carries you back to the days of the cotton press with its huge working gears that are powered by the large water wheel sitting outside on the dock.
Looking for some light appetizers, adult drinks, live entertainment well then head on over to the River Roost Lounge and see Ye-Haw Bob. He puts on a lively and entertaining show; if you are lucky he may grab you and have you help him sing a song. Watch out for the piano it also rocks and rolls during his show. Don’t leave the kids back at the room because surprisingly it is a very kid friendly place.
Ol’ Man Island has a fishing hole (yes, you can truly fish there, catch and release only), a children’s play area, a large swimming pool (with a real geyser), spa (what a wonderful relaxing spot for the adults), a kiddie pool and a rustic water slide themed after an abandon sawmill. If you want a larger water slide you are welcome to use the pool located at Port Orleans French Quarter. There are pool parties, movies and campfires on a daily basis all adding to the fun. Try your hand at the trivia contest. While swimming and enjoying the beautiful Florida sunshine you can grab a drink or light snack at Muddy Rivers Pool Bar. If you want a quieter place to relax in the water you can choose to visit one of the 3 pools in Alligator Bayou or 2 pools in Magnolia Bend. Keep an eye on your little treasures because Life Guards are usually present at the large swimming pool (select hours) but not the smaller ones. Sometimes you may need to use your Magic Band to get into the pools so make sure you have that on you. I like to use the pools on the day I arrive. I arrive around lunch time grab a quick bite to eat, take a refreshing swim, then usually my room is ready and I go get changed and head out to my destination. You can also use the pools on the day you are leaving after you have checked out of the hotel. There are changing areas nearby.
If you just want to pick up a souvenir or two such as Mickey ears, apparel, sun screen, camera or more then you can find many choices at Fulton’s General Store. The Medicine Show Arcade located nearby has lots of fun video games and pinball machines.
If you are someone who likes to get up and go early in the morning, you can take a two hour guided fishing trip that includes all the supplies you will need. Kids want an adventure on the water as well? Children age 4 – 10 are encouraged to join the crew on the Bayou Pirate Adventure Cruise.
I hope you enjoy Port Orleans Riverside as much as I do. It has so many hidden treasures, try to slow down and enjoy the beauty!