If you’re thinking about staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort and are deciding about whether or not to upgrade to the Royal Guest Rooms at POR, you might find this review helpful.
My daughter went through a Disney Princess stage so we decided to book a Royal Guest Room at Port Orleans Riverside a few years ago for one of our many Walt Disney World visits.
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Cozy and Not Too Princess-y
Yes, there are pictures of princesses scattered around the room but the theming is not pink and sparkly like one would expect.
Dark wood furniture and a gold and royal blue color scheme make the room feel rich and cozy.
There are two chairs, a dresser with TV on top, a mini fridge, 2 Queen Beds and a bathroom / dressing area (toilet, bath tub in one room and double vanity, shelf with hanging rail, and a small wall-mounted key lock safe just outside the bathroom area).
The chairs, headboards, lamps, table and stool are a bit larger than furniture and fixtures in a standard room because of the detailing and royal embellishments.
There is enough room for a play yard and a double stroller to fit in this room. Having both things open little room for walking – so just a heads up for parents of little ones.
The heavy curtains do a great job of keeping the light out at night and at nap time and the beds are comfortable.
At just over 300 square feet, the room feels a bit small due to the dark color scheme and large furniture.
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Fireworks on the Headboards
The best part about the Royal Guest Rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort are the headboards.
Upon pressing a button at the side of the headboard, LED lights will turn on and you’ll be treated to a short fireworks show.
Our kids couldn’t get enough of this.
Turn the lights off, press the button. First thing in the morning, press the button. Right before bed, press the button.
You’d think by the end of our stay, the circuits would have been fried but no – still working after a million presses of the buttons!
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Pack Good Walking Shoes
The Royal Guest Rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort are located in the mansion buildings farthest from the food court and main lobby – Parterre Place and Oak Manor.
Our room was located at the back of Parterre Place, facing the parking lot, and it took us anywhere from 5 – 10 minutes depending on if the kids were in the stroller or walking to get to the food court.
This is not a long walk by any means but in colder weather, in the middle of a thunderstorm or rain showers or after a long day at the parks, the walk back to your room could feel like hours as opposed to a few minutes.
Perfect for Princess Fans
When we booked, the Royal Guest Room was only $10 more per night than a standard room. The theming and décor are spot on as you’d expect for a Disney owned resort.
If you have a princess fan in the family, it won’t break the budget.
You will need to trade in your princess heels for some comfortable walking shoes if you decide to stay in a Royal Guest Room though!
Click here to read what other families thought about Port Orleans Riverside. Over 80% of reviewers rated this hotel Very Good or Excellent.
More About Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort
Address: 1251 Riverside Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8514
Price: Starts at $213 USD/night
Hotel Class: 3.5 stars (Moderate)
Availability: Click here for rates and availability
Julie @RunWalkFASTPASS says
Stayed there for Princess Half this year…LOVE THAT RESORT and LOVE THE ROYAL rooms. Truly added to our weekend! Great shots.
DISining Memories Jenn says
Wow! Love these photos! I’ve never stayed in a Royal Guest Room, but they look fabulous!
POR is one of my Favorites! I just got to stay in a Royal guest room for the first time last month and loved it!
Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere says
That looks pretty magical. My kids would LOVE the headboard too.
I’ll need to put it on my bucket list!
KJ @PlustheMagic says
The royal rooms look like fun! I have yet to stay at this resort, but I’m considering it for later this year…
Mouse Fan Diane says
Beautiful Pics at Port Orleans 😉
Deb @ Focused on the Magic says
Great pictures! I love this resort but I haven’t stayed in the Royal rooms yet. They look fantastic!
Disney Gals Kelly says
Beautiful shots, love the Royal Rooms & POR. One of our favorite places to stay. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Lisa @home is where the mouse is says
Wow! That room looks beautiful! Definitely must add this to my bucket list.
Lori Wall says
My daughter loves those rooms but then we have to even it out and stay at the pirate room at Caribbean Beach Resort for my son 🙂
I’m pretty sure a stay at Caribbean Beach Resort in a pirate room is in my future too. 😉
Lin @ DisneyMamas says
Lovely! We were supposed to stay there next week but had to move to a Pirate room at CBR when we shifted our dates up by a couple days. It looks like such a beautiful room!
I’ve heard the pirate rooms are fantastic. How did you find the theming, Lin? Love, hate, just OK?
Richard Hicks says
This is a really swanky kind of place. Perfect getaway for sure.
Jennifer Soltys says
What??? That headboard is the coolest!!! Such a pretty place.
Matija Zajšek says
Hi there, truly nice pics. They are definitely nor cosy nor girly. Nice job. Thanks, Matija