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1. Stay in a Royal Room at Port Orleans – Riverside Resort

Many people know about the famed Cinderella Suite way up high in Cinderella Castle. But if you can’t nab the special invitation from Disney that it takes to stay there, you can still indulge your inner Royalty with a stay in a Royal Room at Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside Resort!

Royal Room Port Orleans Riverside (3)
Upon check-in, you’re presented with a special letter from Princess Tiana, your hostess (the perfect Princess for this resort’s theme).

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Royal Room Port Orleans Riverside letter from tiana (12)

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Once inside, you’ll see the space is fit for royalty!

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Royal Room Port Orleans Riverside bathroom divider curtain
I thought the bedding and headboard were lovely.

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Royal Room Port Orleans Riverside bed (2)
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Royal Room Port Orleans Riverside bed (5)
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Here’s a hint… if you push a button on the side of the board, you get your very own fiber-optics fireworks display!

Royal Room Port Orleans Riverside headboard (26)
Royal Room Port Orleans Riverside headboard (27)
Royal Room Port Orleans Riverside headboard (25)
The room is packed to the brim with details. There are tributes to Tiana’s friends all over the room…

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room Princess Frames (4)
Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room Princess Frames (7)
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Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room Princess Frames (14)
Port Orleans Riverside Royal Room Princess Frames (16)
There are also gifts to Tiana from her fellow Princesses. Her portrait is framed in a gift from Snow White:

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Royal Room Port Orleans Riverside Tiana (5)
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Royal Room Port Orleans Riverside Tiana (9)
Jasmine provided a Magic Carpet

Royal Room Port Orleans Riverside magic carpet (1)
And I’m assuming the shower curtain must be from Ariel, judging by the symbols all over the curtain ;).

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Royal Room Port Orleans Riverside bathroom (13)
Royal Room Port Orleans Riverside bathroom (12)

Cinderella’s Coach adorns the bag & coat hook.

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The Princes get a small nod, too!

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Royal Room Port Orleans Riverside Princes (4)
The more you look around, the more you’ll see… even the room border features characters from some of the Princess films!

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royal room port orleans riverside border (11)
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One of my favorite details is in the bathroom. The sink faucets are Genie lamps from Aladdin!

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Royal Room Port Orleans Riverside bathroom faucet aladdin lamp (1)
I also liked the gems mixed in with the lighting fixtures.

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No stone was left unturned in the decorating of these rooms.

Royal Room Port Orleans Riverside bathroom (22)

Hidden Mickeys :)

Port Orleans Riverside royal room decor details (5)
Port Orleans Riverside royal room decor details
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Royal Room Port Orleans Riverside table
I felt most like royalty when we brought in pizza so I wouldn’t have to leave the room other than to swim :) !

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The “Royal Treatment” doesn’t end when you exit the room, though. The sections of Port Orleans – Riverside dedicated to Royal Rooms have some extra special touches including lighted fountains, beautiful rose gardens, and twinkling trees at night.

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Royal Rooms aren’t the only themed rooms in Walt Disney World. Caribbean Beach Resort features “Pirate Rooms.” So whether ye be pirate or princess ;), there is a place for you!

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Well, here we are. Staying in a Royal Room was the very first item on my Disney Bucket List. I only have one more thing left to cross off My Magic 100.

I’ll see you here next week ;) .

94: Celebrate Mardi Gras at Port Orleans Resort (Bucket List REMIX!)

Two years ago, I celebrated Mardi Gras at Port Orleans Resort for the first time. This past week, I attended the Port Orleans Mardi Gras Parade for a third visit. It has become – hands down – one of my absolute favorite Disney traditions, and I couldn’t resist sharing it with you once again this year.

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Each year I’m amazed by what a bunch of Port Orleans Cast Members can do with a golf cart and a given theme! The theme this year was Every Day is a Holiday. Any time I’m at Port Orleans, I feel like that’s true… but never more than at Mardi Gras!

As always, Princess Tiana led the procession (Click on any of the images to enlarge and ENJOY the details!):

Port Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Tiana (1)
Port Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Tiana (2)
Port Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Tiana (5)

Port Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Valentines Golf Cart Float (4)

Valentine’s Day Float

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Valentine’s Day Float

Port Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Valentines Golf Cart Float

Valentine’s Day Float

Valentine's Day Float... with Choreography!

Valentine’s Day Float… with Choreography by the Port Orleans Training Team!

Saint Patrick's Day Float

Saint Patrick’s Day Float

Saint Patrick's Day Float

Saint Patrick’s Day Float

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo Float

Cinco de Mayo Float

Earth Day Float

Earth Day Float

Easter Float

Easter Float

Easter Float

Easter Float

Birthday Float

Birthday Float

Birthday Float

Birthday Float

Birthday Float

Birthday Float

Christmas Float

Christmas Float

Christmas Float

Christmas Float

Halloween Float

Halloween Float

Halloween Float

Halloween Float

Halloween Float

Halloween Float

4th of July Float

4th of July Float

4th of July Float

4th of July Float

4th of July Float

4th of July Float

Thanksgiving Float

Thanksgiving Float

Thanksgiving Float

Thanksgiving Float

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

"Every day is a Holiday!"

“Every day is a Holiday!”

The best Doormen on earth!

The best Doormen on earth!

The brand new Festival of Fantasy parade is making its debut at the Magic Kingdom today. I’m looking forward to catching it soon, and I’m sure it will be a great time.

Even so, the Port Orleans Mardi Gras Golf Cart Parade will always be my favorite parade in all of Disney World.

98: Spend all day at a Disney Resort pool

This past summer, I had the great fortune of having my three best friends come down to Walt Disney World for a reunion weekend. We had no Park tickets. We just booked three nights at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and decided to take the days as they came. As it turned out, we all wanted to do the same thing: relax by the pool and just enjoy our time together.

Port Orleans Riverside Ol' Man Island Pool

Port Orleans Riverside Ol’ Man Island Pool

Port Orleans Riverside Ol' Man Island Pool

Port Orleans Riverside Ol’ Man Island Pool

Port Orleans Riverside Ol' Man Island Pool

Port Orleans Riverside Ol’ Man Island Pool

The Resort pools at Walt Disney World Resort are really attractions in and of themselves. Moderate and Deluxe Resorts feature twisty slides and hot tubs.

Caribbean Beach Resort Pool

Caribbean Beach Resort Pool

Contemporary Resort Pool

Contemporary Resort Pool

BoardWalk Resort Pool

BoardWalk Resort Pool

BoardWalk Resort "Keister Coaster" Slide

BoardWalk Resort “Keister Coaster” Slide

Old Key West Resort Pool

Old Key West Resort Pool

Port Orleans French Quarter Pool

Port Orleans French Quarter Pool

Value Resorts feature some of the largest and most fun pools on property (specifically in regards to the Art of Animation Resort’s Big Blue Pool in the Finding Nemo wing).

All Star Music Pool

All Star Music Pool

All Star Sports Baseball Pool

All Star Sports Baseball Pool

All Star Sports Baseball Pool

All Star Sports Baseball Pool

Art of Animation's "Big Blue Pool"

Art of Animation’s “Big Blue Pool”

Art of Animation's "Schoolyard Sprayground"

Art of Animation’s “Schoolyard Sprayground”

Guests at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club can enjoy Stormalong Bay which is more than a pool… it’s like having a water park at your Resort! Three acres made up of a lazy river, a 230-foot water slide (which launches from a pirate ship), a gorgeous sundeck for relaxing, and a sand-bottom pool (which — I’ll be honest — I thought might be kind of icky, but turns out it’s actually super awesome!).

Stormalong Bay at Yacht & Beach Club

Stormalong Bay at Yacht & Beach Club

Stormalong Bay at Yacht & Beach Club

Stormalong Bay at Yacht & Beach Club

Stormalong Bay at Yacht & Beach Club

Stormalong Bay at Yacht & Beach Club

Shipwreck slide at Stormalong Bay

Shipwreck slide at Stormalong Bay

For our part, we had an excellent time going back and forth between the pool at Ol’ Man Island (as seen in the first photos) and the quiet pool beside Acadian House, our Resort building. We loved the fun slide, festivity, and music at Ol’ Man Island (the main pool), but really enjoyed having a little more quiet and some more swimming space at the quiet pool (several Resorts – primarily the Moderates due to their sprawling size — have a few “quiet pools” in addition to the main pools to accommodate more guests. While they don’t feature large slides, they are still a lovely place to relax.)

Port Orleans Riverside Quiet Pool

Port Orleans Riverside Quiet Pool

Port Orleans Riverside Quiet Pool

Port Orleans Riverside Quiet Pool

You know, the funny thing is that I’d forgotten this item was “on The List” while we were together. It just happened. I hadn’t even remembered that it was on my list until after the fact. I love planning Disney vacations and having so many interesting and fun things to do and see. But it’s always a good thing to remember that some of the best magic at Walt Disney World happens in those unplanned moments, and the best moments are those spent with people you love :) .

90: See all the Walt Disney World Resorts decorated for the Holidays

The halls have been seriously decked at Walt Disney World!

Port Orleans -- Riverside

Port Orleans — Riverside

All Star Sports

All-Star Sports

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

And it’s allowed me to complete this item on my Disney Bucket List: seeing all of the Disney World Resorts dressed up in their holiday finery!  To see the holiday decorations at the rest of the Disney World Resorts, click here :).

Please click on any of the images below to enlarge…

You’ll notice that each Resort’s decorations reflect the theme of the Resort itself. Nowhere is that more true than at the All-Star ResortsAll-Star Sports, All Star-Music, and All-Star Movies! The bright and vibrant trees reflect the way each Value Resort does everything on a grand scale!

All Star Movies Resort

All-Star Movies Resort

All Star Movies Resort

All-Star Movies Resort

All Star Music Resort

All-Star Music Resort

All Star Music Resort

All-Star Music Resort

All Star Music Resort

All-Star Music Resort

All Star Sports Resort

All-Star Sports Resort

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All-Star Sports Resort

All Star Sports Resort

All-Star Sports Resort

Pop Century Resort takes guests on a trip through the decades, so it’s fitting that its tree showcases images of Santa Claus as he’s been portrayed in American pop culture through the years.

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Oh, and you’ll find this little guy in a few places, too ;).

Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort

Moving to the Moderate Resorts, Port Orleans – French Quarter greets guests with four trees in the courtyard decorated primarily in the signature colors of Mardi Gras: purple, green, and gold.

Port Orleans -- French Quarter

Port Orleans — French Quarter

Port Orleans -- French Quarter

Port Orleans — French Quarter

Port Orleans -- French Quarter

Port Orleans — French Quarter

It’s sister Resort, Port Orleans – Riverside has one grand tree in its beautiful lobby, and the magnolias are a reminder of this Resort’s southern charm.

Port Orleans -- Riverside

Port Orleans — Riverside

Port Orleans -- Riverside

Port Orleans — Riverside

Upon entering Coronado Springs Resort, two trees glisten behind the fountain centerpiece.

Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs Resort

But as you enter the Check-In area, there is much more to see…

Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs Resort Disney Holiday Christmas (13)

Coronado Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, a Deluxe Villa, is themed after Saratoga Springs, New York — known for Saratoga Race Track. You’ll see equestrian-themed decorations all over the tree!

Saratoga Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort Disney Holiday Christmas (5)

Hidden Mickey :)!

I’ve saved my favorite for last… Disney’s newest Resort, Art of Animation, celebrates the process and stories of Disney animation. Color certainly plays a huge part in… well, the art of animation ;). I think it’s so cool how this white tree explodes with color through it’s ornaments, while also honoring the beginnings of the black-and-white pencil sketch.

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort Christmas Holiday (5)

Art of Animation Resort

The wall behind the Front Desk area blends from one color to the next… and so do the season’s wreaths!

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation Resort Christmas Holiday (1)

Art of Animation Resort

There is one more place that we haven’t yet explored… but its holiday celebration is so unique that it has it’s own spot on my Disney Bucket List! #47: Visit Fort Wilderness at Christmas to see the decorated RVs. Stay tuned… and, until then, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

42: Stroll around Barefoot Bay at Caribbean Beach Resort

Welcome to Paradise :)…

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