A stay at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside’s Alligator Bayou

2013 will go down in Mouse Holiday history as the last year our family fit into nearly all of the moderate-level resort hotel rooms (the exception being the Fort Wilderness cabins, if you choose to lump them in the same category). This is incredibly bittersweet for us. On the one hand, our family has now outgrown the majority of hotel rooms in the Walt Disney World Resort. On the other hand…we no longer have to wedge a Pack ‘n Play into the room, and all family members can be expected to sleep through the night. So, yes, bittersweet.

Ferry along the Sassagoula River to Downtown Disney

When you take the ferry boat to Downtown Disney, getting there is half the fun! Our favorite “Sassagoula River Cruise” departs from the docks at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. From there it’s a leisurely 20-minute or so sail to the Downtown Disney Marketplace launch. The route winds along the Disney-created Sassagoula River, past the French Quarter, the Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villas, a few holes of the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, and on into Village Lake. (more…)