Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Port Orleans Riverside - Royal Rooms - a review

Have you ever seen pictures of the suite that is located inside of Cinderella's castle?  It would be a dream come true to stay there - and actually the only way to stay there is to win the opportunity.  But.  The same design imagineer who created the Cinderella castle suite also designed the brand new Royal Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside. 

With imagineering, there is so much more to designing a room than picking out the carpet and furnishings.  There has to be a story.  And this room is full of story telling details.

Our story begins with Tiana from Princess and the Frog. She is being visited by all her Princess Friends.  They laugh.  Have fun.  Take funny pictures.  And when her friends leave, they all leave gifts to remember them by.


There are over 500 Royal Guest rooms and they are located in the Oak Manor and Parterre Place buildings of the mansions section at Port Orleans Riverside.


We had two connecting rooms - 9925 and 9926 - which were in Parterre Place - third floor - in one of the furthest rooms you could possibly have!




But even with our location, we didn't have to walk far for anything - maybe 5 minutes at the most to get to the main pool.  We used the bridge to go the foodcourt, pool and bus stop - and sometimes we used the bus stop by the mansions. 

When we arrived at our room, I had all our luggage in one room so that I could take pictures of the room before it was destroyed.


First - we have the beds - queen sized - with these incredible LED headboards.



If you push a button on the side, they light up with fireworks!  It runs through about a 30 second cycle and then turn off automatically.  My girls had fun timing it correctly and setting off both headboards at the same time.

Across from the beds is the TV and dresser.


The larger section of the dresser is your hidden mini-fridge.  And to the left of that is your table and 2 chairs.  Part of the table is a letter from Tiana encouraging you to find the special mementos left by her friends.




So...what are those special momentos?

How about the magic carpet:


And the genie lamp faucet:


Or the shower curtain complete with dinglehoppers:


Or the foot stool:


The room just exudes luxury.  I mean, look at the air conditioning unit!


There is plenty of storage in the bathroom area (even though there are only three drawers in the dresser, we used the top of the closet area as a drawer - and hung up all my tshirts).


And Cinderella kindly left a beautiful place to hang your jacket/towel/purse/whatever.


What I love about Port Orleans, riverside:
1.  two queen sized beds
2.  you can take a boat to downtown Disney
3.  you can pool hop over to Port Orleans French Quarter - it's like having 2 themed pools
4.  There are also quite a few "quiet" pools
5.  Entertainment!  Yee-Haw Bob performs Wednesday - Saturday in the bar area by the check-in
6.  A great food court - lots of selections (my favorite is the create your own pasta bar - fresh and made to order!)
7.  Bus stops are not too far away from park entrances
8.  All the different areas at POR - we were in the Royal rooms, and then there are the mansions and even Alligator Bayou - each with their own theming - and a gorgeously landscaped resort!
9.  If you are a family of 5, Port Orleans is your least expensive option - they have pull down beds in the Alligator Bayou section.
10.  Deluxe amenities at a moderate price (from horse drawn carriages to a marina to boat service to a table service restaurant on site and more!)

Things I didn't love:
1.  If you don't go to the main bus stop, the buses could fill and not come to the other depots - so waits could be long.
2.  No ceiling fans in the royal rooms
3.  We had been leaving a tip for mousekeeping each day.  Towards the end of our trip - two days in a row - the tip was gone, but the room wasn't cleaned.  The room was cleaned immediately after we called - but we stopped leaving the tip.
4.  The bedding.  The comforters are gorgeous to look at - but very stiff and uncomfortable.  I wish they'd go to quilts rather than this type of bedding.

I would absolutely recommend this resort - and would encourage you to stay in the luxurious Royal Rooms!

So...what about you?  Have you ever stayed in a room that made you feel as if you were in a castle?  Have you ever stayed at Port Orleans?




Katrina

6 comments:

  1. Boy.. you are make deciding where to stay when we go really hard. Thanks for the great article. I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. You inspire me to want to go to Disney everyday :) Stop by and grab the award button.

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  2. I absolutely love all the little details!

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  3. Wow! That room looks very fun! I love how interactive it is!

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  4. Great review, I've been looking for a better description of the new princess rooms and this was the best by far thank you!!

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  5. Awesome! :)

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