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  • On May 24, 2020
    Elizabeth from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! We will be staying at Port Orleans Riverside in August. I know that you can take the boat from POR to Disney Springs. We were wondering if we were able to stop to eat at Olivia's at Old Key West resort since it is on the way to Disney Springs.

    Hi Elizabeth!

    Welcome BACK to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! It's wonderful to have you asking another great Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning question to us hEAR, and I'd love to help you plan your Best! Vacation! Ever!

    I absolutely love Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside. There's just something so serene about the Sassagoula River. Not only when using it as transportation, but my favorite is watching the daylight dance on the water while crossing the footbridges between the hotel room buildings and the main area of the resort where you'll find everything from dining to the big swimming pool. While the complimentary boat transportation from this resort hotel to Disney Springs does pass by a section of rooms at Disney's Old Key West Resort, these two resorts are actually serviced by two different boat "lines" as their respective docks are located on different forks of the river that both meet up at Disney Springs. To get to Olivia's from Riverside, you could either boat to Disney Springs and then boat to Old Key West. (Which, if you do this, you can choose to exit at either the West Side or Marketplace docks at Disney Springs and will then catch your second boat to Old Key West from The Landing section dock; and Pro Tip, definitely build in at least 90 minutes of travel time for this plan). Or, you could hire a car service, like a Minnie Van, taxi or app-based ride hailing service, for a much shorter less than 10-minute drive.

    Bonus Tip: Did you know that guests of Riverside are welcome to use the pool and recreation amenities at the sister Port Orleans Resort, French Quarter? Your MagicBands will welcome you right in! You're welcome to take the boat between the two resorts, but they're also connected by a beautiful 15-minute walking path. Even if you don't plan to take a dip, you'll definitely want to visit French Quarter for their Mickey-shaped beignets. And don't forget your Resort Refill Mugs from your Disney Dining Plan as they are valid at all of Disney's Resort Hotels!

    I hope this helped to clEAR things up a bit, Elizabeth, and if you have any more Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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