So many things have reopened around Disney World this year!
From restaurants to hotels to shows, there has been a lot going on. But, even with all of that, some things still remain closed. But today, another part of Disney World has reopened — let’s go check it out!
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — Riverside has REOPENED!
That’s right, folks. We told you back in July that the resort would be reopening, and the day is finally here. Port Orleans Riverside has been closed since Disney World shut down in March of 2020 due to the global pandemic.
We went on over to the resort today for the grand opening, and were met with balloons, banners, and a red carpet! So fancy, Riverside.
Heading inside, the lobby area is as beautiful as ever.
The check-in area is pretty grand! Just look at those high ceilings and architecture. Do you spot the hidden Mickeys?
Let’s go see what else is open.
Fulton’s General Store is back, where you can pick up all your souvenirs.
And, the River Roost is open starting at 5PM. Here you can get light bites and some classic New Orleans cocktails.
Next, we headed outside to the water.
In other news, Port Orleans Resort — Riverside is OPEN! 🌊 pic.twitter.com/qOaOK2ijjb
— Disney Food Blog (@DisneyFoodBlog) October 14, 2021
Riverside Mill Food Court is also open! Their current hours are from 7AM to 11PM every day. This is where you can grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner and enjoy food inspired by Southern Louisiana style cooking.
The pools are also open at Port Orleans Riverside! We saw lifeguards at the ‘Ol Man Island pool this morning.
We took a stroll next to the Sassagoula River, which was looking absolutely gorgeous.
On the river, we spotted a Sassagoula River Ferryboat. These run between the hotel and Disney Springs.
Moving on, we went to take a look at a couple of the buildings that have reopened with the hotel.
Check out that grand double staircase back there!
This building is SO PRETTY with the big trees and the courtyard with the fountain. Riverside is a beautiful hotel!
That’s all for our first look at the reopened Port Orleans Riverside hotel. As a reminder, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter will not reopen until October 28th, 2021. Stay tuned to DFB as we bring you more reopening news and updates from around Disney World!
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Do you like Port Orleans Riverside or French Quarter better? Let us know in the comments!