Riverside or French Quarter?
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Help! Making plans for my November trip to WDW, and I was given the choice of staying at PO -- Riverside or French Quarter. Having never stayed off the monorail before... Any ideas? This is for the second half of our honeymoon, so romance is key; and we'll have our own car, so transportation is not so important.
I have stayed at POR back in 1/01 -- when it was still called DXL. I loved it! Now this November, I will stay at PO FQ. I think it will also be a great choice.
If you stay at POR, you have the choice of a "bayou" room or a "manor" room. We chose a "bayou" room -- which has a real rustic flair to it. Very nice. I would also recommend requesting a room close to a bus stop and the food court -- as this resort is pretty spread out.
[ 07-18-2002, 10:50 AM: Message edited by: All Ears ]
We just stayed at PO-R last month and loved it. We requested Alligator Bayou and were very happy. It is very rustic and the landscaping is beautiful. The Manor section is more formal but seemed quite nice also. We were going to check out French Quarter, but when we tried to boat over they had to turn around due to thunderstorms so I can't give you any insights there. I do know it is a smaller resort. Hope this helps!
Having stayed at POFQ and visited POR, my descision would be to stay at POFQ, but request a building on the end closest to POR. POFQ is small, and quieter than POR. It is also more romantic with the wrought iron yards and rose gardens. If you do decide to use Disney transport it is the first bus stop, so you usually get a seat. The pool is really nice with a great waterslide. The only drawback is that there is no sit down reataurant and the food court is smaller than POR. However, with a room on the side closer to POR you are within walking distance of POR and it's reaturants. There is also the boat. That's my 2 cents.
Really this is a matter of tastes. Riverside is very laid-back and more spread out. It has a very quaint, country feel to it. The scenic resort has lots of activities to keep your family busy for the duration of your trip: Fishing, swimming, boating, shopping, and an arcade. This resort is an excellent value for the money.
French Quarter is a bit more compact, making things a little easier on the feet. There is a great theme pool (with a cool dragon slide), and the food court of the resort was recently refurbished while the resort was closed over the winter. All in all, I would say FQ is a bit more urban than it's sister resort but no less fun.
Both are connected by way of a short boat ride. Hope this helps in your decision.
We stayed at Riverside last October and loved it. It is a large resort but it seemed like we were the only ones there until you get to the main pool. But we went to the quite pool near our room and we were the only ones there. [img]graemlins/wavin.gif[/img]
Since your trip is a honeymoon, I would recommend POFQ. Strolling the streets fashioned after New Orleans and riding the boat to Downtown Disney cannot be beat for romance. Also, request a top floor river view room for a great location. Building #5 is nicely located. No building is really far from the pool, hot tub, bus stops or food court since the resort is nicely contained. Also, walking over to POR on the walkway along the Sassagoula River is great. Also, you can request a king size bed. Then you get a corner room with two windows, especially nice if you are looking out on the river. We have always requested a king bed and (so far) have not had a problem in having our request honored. Good luck with your choice, you really cannot go wrong! Have a great trip!
Just wanted to say hi to a fellow Blizzard Beach CP! I was a guard at Blizzard in the spring of 2000.
My girlfriend and I stayed at Riverside in January 2001. We stayed in the Bayou section and really enjoyed how this area is somewhat secluded. Sometimes we didn't even feel we were in WDW, which was really nice after a long day in the parks.
The king bed rooms are especially nice because they are the corner rooms which have extra windows. This really makes the room seem bigger than it really is.
From what I've heard I would stay at POFQ if I was on a honeymoon (let me say how jealous I am, DH would never have agreed to WDW for our honeymoon). We're staying at POR in December but we'll have DS (4) with us. We're staying in one of the Bayou rooms.
I've stayed at PO-R, Alligator Bayou. It was lovely in the fall. One thing I never see mentioned by all who have stayed there is the bunnies! We saw bunny rabbits all the time. At night we'd be coming in from the parks and the cutest lil' brown bunny would hop across the path into the bushes. If I were a bunny, I know I'd want to live there. [img]graemlins/love.gif[/img]
Squirrels are the residents at FQ. We watched them every afternoon from the benches by our room. Have not been to Riverside but we did enjoy FQ. Our kids ranked the pool as #1 even ahead of WL (I disagree, but then I didn't slide down the serpent slide 100 times [img]images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) The food court is smaller, but it serves much fewer guests and we never found it to be too busy.