Comparing Resorts at WDW

My two recent stays included two very different resorts.  Both were great!  Disney is Disney with any of their resorts.  But, for this post, I wanted to share my thoughts between Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside.  So here we go!

Art of Animation

Disney’s Art of Animation (AOA) is a value level resort that offers three building areas (Nemo, Lion King, and Cars) with rooms set up with Family Suites that can sleep up to 6 people. And, one building (Little Mermaid) that has standard rooms for four people.  Let me start by saying that we were in a Lion King Suite with 3 adults and three kids ages 11,13, and 15.  One adult shared the sleeper and the kids took turns on the convertible dining table Murphy bed.  All-in-all, it worked out great!  No one complained and in fact I was told that the sleeper was a fine option!  The master is a larger room, with a door that closes.  There are two bathrooms complete with showers that make getting ready in the morning a bit easier to pull off if you are headed for rope drop.  There is also a fridge, coffee maker, and microwave in the room.

The grounds at AOA are well kept and each themed area has large figures of some of your favorite Disney and Pixar characters! There are three pools at AOA.  The main pool is in the Nemo area and offers underwater sound.  There are smaller pools at Cars and Little Mermaid areas, also.  And, if you are hungry, The Landscape of Flavors is a great counter service area offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

Transportation to anywhere on Disney property is provided by Disney Transport from a single point of departure in front of the main building.  Just get in the line for the destination you are wanting, and there will be a bus shortly.  Our experience was about 10 minutes or less during peak travel.

Main Entrance - Port Orleans - Riverside
Main Entrance – Port Orleans – Riverside

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside (POR) is a moderate level resort with two main areas, Magnolia Bend and Alligator Bayou.  Magnolia Bend is fashioned after the plantation mansions of the south, while Alligator Bayou has more of a rustic, backwoods feel to it!  Magnolia Bend room are standard rooms, but Alligator Bayou rooms offer the ability to house five guests during your stay with the use of a Murphy Style bed in the room.  There are two sinks outside of the bathroom, making it easy to prepare for a days adventures in the parks.

The theming of POR is not what you might not expect from a Disney resort, but it is a really nice break from the hustle and bustle of running to parks.  And, transportation is convenient!  There are boats that will take you from the dock at POR to Downtown Disney and back!  I love this ride, it’s quiet and you get to see parts of the Disney property that can’t be seen any other way! Buses can be a little more tricky at POR with four stops around the perimeter.  But, most people who are used to riding buses don’t seem to mind.  And, most of the rides are quite short once all of the stops have been covered.

If you are hungry, you can grab a bite at the Riverside Mill food court, sit down for a relaxing time at Boatrwight’s Dining Hall, or grab some appetizers at the River Roost while you are watching and listening to Yeehaa Bob!

Both resorts provide a unique experience and offer the ability to create some fabulous memories!  So, keep them both in mind and consider what you’re goal is when choosing a Disney Resort for your vacation!

Thanks for reading and have a Blessed and Magical Day, my friends!

Author: threestrandswdw

I am a Disney fanatic who can't get nearly enough time to be there! I am married to someone who isn't as into it as I am, but tolerates my "hobby". I live in Ohio, but would love to make the move to Orlando, if I would work either at Walt Disney World, or in some peripheral business serving the WDW area! I invite you to read, comment, and submit ideas anytime at Or, even better, send me a trip report to share with others! We all like to live through the experiences of others, help us stay connected to the magic! Thank you!!

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