After 14 hours of driving yesterday and a great night sleep, we departed Gainesville with 90 minutes left until we reached Walt Disney World. The Port Orleans Riverside resort has become our favorite place to stay as a family. The Port Orleans Riverside has such a quiet, relaxed atmosphere and the rooms in Alligator Bayou are able to sleep 5 with the new Murphy Bed, so it’s perfect for our family. When we checked in, the room held for us was in Magnolia Bend with a river view. We requested the Alligator Bayou rooms and after a few minutes of checking, the receptionist, Chrissie found a room for us. The newly renovated rooms at Port Orleans are a welcome upgrade and very comfortable.
We decided to take an easy day instead of running off to the parks, so we took the Sassagoula river boats from Port Orleans to the Disney Marketplace and had lunch at The Earl of Sandwich. The Earl of Sandwich is a fabulous place for lunch. We love their bountiful salads and their toasted sandwiches. Our son enjoyed the Veggie Sandwich, it was a perfect vegetarian option. E. J. had their Italian sandwich (pictured below), his favorite. We really do enjoy the Earl Grey Lemonade. It’s a combination of Earl Gray tea and…you guessed it…lemonade.
After our lunch, we strolled through Downtown Disney and the Westside Marketplace, slowing down to enjoy the shops and entertainment without hurrying to get back to a park. As with most Summer days, a 3pm a rain storm blew in and we made a mad dash to the bus. Unfortunately, the bus serves the Marketplace as well as Typhoon Lagoon and when the bus pulled into the water park parking lot, everything was at a standstill since everyone was leaving due to the rainstorm. As with most things at Disney World, cast members stepped in and directed traffic and within 5 minutes we were moving and headed back to the hotel.
With the rain clearing, we went to the Old Man Island pool, swam and enjoyed a fantastic Margarita, then went back to the room to freshen up and then off to dinner at the Port Orleans Food Court. There is always such a wide assortment of options for dinner at the resort food courts. From hamburgers to pizza to soups or salads. Something for everyone.
As our evening comes to an end, we are sitting at the River Roost Lounge enjoying a glass of wine and writing this post and to our surprise, Ye Haa Bob Jackson just walked in to entertain with his sing-a-long show. This post is going to have to come to a close.
Tomorrow we meet our daughter who is working at the Magic Kingdom with the Disney College Program and we’re looking forward to a fun filled day at the Parks.