Thursday, September 13, 2012

An Afternoon in Magnolia Bend

Time to pull out your best Southern accent, y'all, cause this afternoon we're heading South to have a stroll along the Sassagoula River at Port Orleans!

Port Orleans Riverside, formerly known as Dixie Landings, is one of Disney's moderate resorts.  It is not to be confused with its next-door neighbor Port Orleans French Quarter.  I'd be willing to bet they're going to change the names at some point, I'm sure people get confused all the time; but there is a nice waterside walkway connecting the two.

There are two sections to Riverside: Alligator Bayou and Magnolia Bend.  As you can probably guess, the Bayou is themed like the backwoods swamps, while Magnolia Bend is themed like stately Southern mansions.

Some rooms in Alligator Bayou have a trundle bed and can sleep five, so my big family has only stayed in the Bayou rooms when at Riverside.  But often I would sigh for the elegant white mansions and princess rooms across the river, and one afternoon I went over just to have a stroll around Magnolia Bend and explore it some more!

The way Disney can pick you up and transport you to a new place through their resorts really is incredible.  The facades of the Magnolia Bend buildings are so impressive that you feel they really must be old Southern mansions, complete with elegant lawns and gardens...


I loved the big lanterns strung across the pillars at the entrance of Parterre Place.

Sadly I have no pictures of the Royal Guest Rooms at POR, although when curtains were open I couldn't resist peeking in.  All the CM doors said "Royal Staff Only!"

With the arches and elegant railings and the little bridge, this definitely feels like it could be a royal courtyard!

...and what self-respecting disney princess wouldn't put some hidden mickeys in her courtyard?? ;)


I've heard Princess Tiana sometimes visits her royal friends at Riverside.  Sadly she wasn't there that day, but it looks like she left her throne behind!

The flowers and gardens were really gorgeous.  Landscaping isn't something you always consciously notice at Disney, but they really do a great job with it!

There were a few pretty fountains tucked in the gardens...
Here is another fun royal touch...the banners on the lightposts had a picture of a rose the name of a rose princess - Briar Rose, Rose Red, Belle, and Tiana.

Here is another lovely lawn...the one from last week's trivia!
This was a really impressive entrance - imagine taking wedding or engagement pics here!
I love big trees, and I had been missing them in Florida, so it was fun to find some at Riverside!  A few of them were quite the characters... ;)
In this same courtyard with the trees and the impressive entrance, there were these adorable princess banners lining the lawn!  There were eight different princesses represented by their crowns and a few princes too...
I love Rapunzel's braid behind the Tangled sword!  Here are all the crowns...
Belle, Snow White, Jasmine, Ariel Cinderella, Rapunzel, Aurora, Tiana!
Have you ever stayed at Riverside?  Share your thoughts in the comments!
Hope it's a magical day! :)

1 comment:

  1. I love Riverside!! It is my favorite moderate! It is so relaxing and beautiful. It is one of my favorite resorts to meander around, with the river and the bridges and the trees and the mansions and the fountains and the boats, etc. I also love the create your own pasta and salad sections in the food court. I love to stay in the mansion section, especially. The new Princess rooms are enchanting, but I recently fell in love with refurbished rooms in the Bayou section! So cute! I just love the feel of it and I love that they have the guy playing the piano and entertaining in the evening...makes for a fun night, even if you aren't out at the parks. Basically, I LOVE POR!