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  • On Jul 20, 2015
    Sophie from QC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    hi! I want to know the differences between the Alligator Bayou and the Magnolia section? I would like a room with 2 queen beds and the bunk bed with the Princess and the frog theme and near the main lobby. Which section and building do you recommend? thx

    Hi Sophie!

    Thanks for stopping by with another great question!  I'm happy to hear you're considering one of my family's favorite places to call "home" when we're at Walt Disney World.  Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside is a gorgeous and laid-back place to stay, with delicious dining, spacious rooms and easy boat access to Downtown Disney via the Sassagoula River.

    The resort is divided into two distinctly-themed sections - Alligator Bayou and Magnolia Bend.  The Alligator Bayou area is reminiscent of rural Louisiana bayou country, with rustic buildings, tall pine trees and tin roofs.  The Magnolia Bend section has a charming Southern style, complete with mansions that have wide staircases and white columns.

    If your priority is a Preferred Room location (one that is closer to the main lobby, dining and transportation) and/or a room that can sleep 5 people (2 queen beds and a pull-down Murphy bed), then Alligator Bayou is the answer.  Neither of those options are available in the Magnolia Bend section.

    On the other hand, if a Royal Guest Room would be a dream-come-true for your family, then Magnolia Bend is my recommendation.  Specifically, Oak Manor and Parterre Place are the 2 buildings that have Royal Guest Rooms.

    I wish I had a recommendation that would combine all of your wishes into one magical room, but hopefully this helps with your decision.  If you'd like to learn more or see pictures of the options, check out for tons of unofficial information and updates.

    Wishing you pixie-dusted planning, Sophie!  Please write back if I can help answer any other questions along the way.  I'd love to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Beth, Missouri

My love of Walt Disney World Resort may have started when I was a child, but I've grown to love it even more as a parent vacationing with my own kids. If you have questions about traveling with toddlers, tweens or teens, "Disney Dining" or in-park special events, ask away! Learn More About Beth

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