The lines were short at the waterpark, so we finished at about 1:30pm. We decided to head back to the hotel, shower, and relax for a bit. While we were in the waterpark, I received the text letting us know our room location! We were assigned to the Alligator Bayou section, I was secretly hoping for one of the mansions. We were in building 35, which is also one of the furthest from the main building. For us it wasn't a big deal because we had our own car with us and we always snagged a front spot by our building. For people traveling without a car, this could pose as a challenge. The main building would be a far walk from here.
This is a table service restaurant that it just outside of the Riverside Mill Food Court. It serves southern and cajun style recipes. We did not have the opportunity to try it, but it looked like the menu had some good choices on it. Feel free to check it out here: Boatwrights Menu
Riverside Mill Food Court
This quick-service, food court style venue had a variety of options and plenty of seating. We grabbed a quick breakfast here earlier in the morning. We shared a breakfast platter and croissants. We returned to this venue for lunch. Because we had the Disney Dining Plan we ended up with a lot of food! We both went for the Make Your Own Pasta bar, which came with a bread stick. The serving was large and it was decent considering it is fast food. The Dining plan also entitled each of us to a dessert and an additional drink (beyond the refillable resort mug). So we grabbed a water and Powerade to bring back to the room for later. For dessert, my husband got an oatmeal cookie and I had a Magic Bar. If you've never had a Magic Bar, you've been missing out. Think of every sweet, tooth rotting, baked good and throw it together. There's coconut, chocolate, butterscotch, graham cracker, and more! My mom used to make them when I was a kid and it brought back a slice of childhood! Riverside Mill Menu
Port Orleans-River side has multiple pools. The main pool is directly behind the main building on Ol' Man Island. This is where the activities director will host pool side games. There is a water slide at this pool, kiddie pool, Muddy Rivers pool bar, hammocks, and lounge chairs. We did not use the pool area because we had a packed weekend, plus we spent half a day at Blizzard Beach. We were in the area when the Activities Director was hosting games and it was a lively atmosphere. Kids were excited, adults were excited, and everyone seemed to be happy!
The resort has, quite possibly, one of the largest arcades I have seen on property. Many types of machines were available in a large room just off the Reception Desks. The playground fits well in to the theme of the resort with a wheel that matched the mill wheel by the food court. As with all of the resorts, there was a board by the pool area that listed the times and activities available each day. It lists the Movies Under the Stars, pool games, campfire hour, and more! Speaking of campfire hour, there is a permanent fire pit just off the side of the pool area, behind Muddy Waters. Each evening an activity cast member will be there with marshmallows and roasting sticks. We did not partake in this activity, although I wanted to. When I stayed at the Yacht Club, one month earlier, I did it and it was a fun activity!
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