Port Orleans Riverside Resort – Typhoon Lagoon – Rain Forrest Cafe & Enzo’s Hideaway
Our quick weekend trip consisted of a stay at the Walt Disney World Port Orleans Riverside Resort, a day at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, a dinner at Enzo’s Hideaway at Disney Springs and a lunch at the Rain Forrest Cafe also at Disney Springs.
The Port Orleans – Riverside is themed after rural Louisiana and is one of the moderate price range Disney resorts, starting at around $250 – $270ish per night. It is a very convenient choice if you plan to spend a lot of time at Disney Springs. Check in was a snap because I have the My Disney Experience app on my phone. On the morning of check in I just selected check in to resort under my plans on the app, then I chose a time that we would be there and they texted me when the room was ready for us. Once the room is ready you just log back in to the app and it gives you your room number and you can even unlock the door to your room with your phone when you get there. No standing in line at the front desk, just straight to the room to freshen up and back out again we went. Simple and easy. Since we spent the day at Typhoon Lagoon water park, this was a nice feature because after being in the water and sun all day I really didn’t want to go through the front lobby looking like the mess that I was!! The gentleman at the gate directed us to our building plus there is adequate signage to also guide you to your building. So our experience really did live up to the Disney goal of making check in really super simple. After we freshened up we went to the front desk and picked up an extra key, explored the lobby area and checked out the grounds.
We booked a standard room with no frills and really no view to speak of but we wanted to keep costs down. Our room was adequate and comfortable with a small refrigerator, blow dryer, coffee pot and Ironing board. All we really needed for a short stay.
The one feature that makes this resort so convenient to Disney Springs is the boat ride over. The boat runs back and forth frequently and the most we had to wait at any one time, was 15 minutes. The boat ride was quite enjoyable and the view of the grounds is pretty spectacular. You really get the feel for just how vast the Walt Disney Resort property is and it is truly remarkable how well they keep up with the grounds maintenance. The grounds are truly an attraction in itself.
The transportation to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and other areas, is by bus and the bus stop is located in front of the main lobby. Because each building of hotel rooms are spread out and detached from the main lobby building at Port Orleans, there are also bus stops located around on the main drive that are more convenient to the actual hotel rooms.
There are two dining options, Boatwrights Dining Hall, which is only open for dinner and Riverside Mill food court, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also stays open late for those late evening cravings. In River Roast Lounge you can get an adult beverage while enjoying the live entertainment. There is a themed pool area, playground, arcade and bike rentals available to tour the beautiful grounds. For the dog owners reading this you will be happy to know that this resort is very pet friendly.
The surf pool was fantastic but if you have small children you better hold on to them tightly. The surf is rough and even in the shallows the current is strong in this largest wave pool in North America.
We spent the whole day riding the waves, sliding the slides and lazing on the Castaway Creek lazy river.
There are numerous water slides and a nice size play area for the little ones and one of my favorite slides is the family raft water slide called Miss Adventure Falls.
Rain Forrest Cafe
We had lunch at the Rain Forrest cafe at Disney Springs where the food was good but the jungle scenes and animatronic animals with the occasional thunderstorm made everything so much better. Some of the menu items are burgers, tacos, fish, shrimp and salads. The wait time can be long as this is a very popular dining choice, so it is best to make a reservation and once again the My Disney Experience app comes in very handy as you can make your mealtime reservations on it. Service can be a bit slow at the Rain Forrest Cafe but make the best of it by walking around and touring the sights. Parents beware there is a huge gift shop at the entrance with lots of colorful animal toys that is sure to get the little ones attention. Lunch for 4 with two adult beverages and one appetizer was $140 including tip.
We had dinner at Enzo’s Hideaway Italian restaurant where entree’ prices range from $25 to $40. The service was fantastic as our servers were very attentive. The menu choices were the typical Italian fare but our meals were absolutely delicious. We were celebrating my grand niece’s birthday and after dinner they brought her a cannoli with a birthday candle in it and sang happy birthday to her in Italian. The restaurant was a bit noisy but still an enjoyable experience. The cost for dinner for four with two adult beverages, one appetizer and three deserts was $220 including tip. Again reservations are highly recommended.
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