• On Mar 14, 2010
    Julie from MS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    My husband and I are planning a trip to WDW this year from Dec 18-25. We have a 3 year old son. We are trying to compare rooms, bus wait times, etc. Our question is Port Orleans Riverside or Pop Century? Opinions?

    Hi Julie! Thanks for your great question!

    My thoughts are that Pop Century has huge "icons" that will amaze your three year old, and it is my favorite value resort. Wait times for buses at any resort depend on your luck, if you just missed the last one or if the next one happens to be arriving as soon as you get to the loading area. But, all the resort buses run about every 20 minutes unless something out of the ordinary happens. I will say, the Port Orleans Riverside has a much closer bus loading area when you exit the theme parks, whereas the Pop Century resort bus loading area is typically the farthest of all. On the other hand, there are several bus stops at Port Orleans Riverside, and depending on how many guests have boarded before your stop when you are leaving the resort to your park destination, you might find the bus full given the crowd at this time of year.

     The resort rooms at Port Orleans Riverside are a little nicer in their decor, but that has more to do with the theme of the resort and building overall, and I like the Magnolia Bend buildings which look like mansion. They are farther from the main area of the resort then the Alligator Bayou buildings. Pop Century on the other hand, isn't as spread out and you might find it easier to get around.

     A few other things to consider, Port Orleans has a quick service food court like the Pop Century, but it also offers a table service restaurant for another dining option right at your resort.  There is also a refrigerator for no additional cost at Port Orleans since it is a moderate resort.
     Both are good choices and resorts that I really like. I would have to chose depending on how I wanted to spend my money for that visit: at a resort with a few more amenities or stay at a value resort and spend the money on something I might not have otherwise done, like a special Fireworks Cruise.

     I hope this helps you!
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