• On Oct 6, 2017
    Maryann from NY 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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    Staying at port Orleans riverside Christmas week with 5 children ages 2-13, and 6 adults. Any hints as to best buildings to be in for convenience. Can we request a specific building? Any other helpful hints or comments about this hotel? Thank you.

    Hi MaryAnn,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! What a wonderful trip you are planning. The holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort brings joy to every park!

    Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside is such a beautiful resort! I adore the Royal Guest Rooms. It almost feels as if Tiana is next door making a pot of gumbo for us. You can certainly request a specific building. Just be aware that your room type may determine which buildings you can request.

    Since the resort is expansive, I would suggest a building that is close to the main pool and dining. Buildings 80 and 85 might work well for your group. You might also try buildings 27 or 38. While there are resort maps on the Walt Disney World website, I also google other maps to get a better sense of where buildings are in relation to the pools, dining areas and bus stops. You will need to decide what your priority is - do you want to be closer to a bus stop or the main pool?

    MaryAnn, if you cannot request the building you would prefer online when you do online check-in, you can also call 407-939-5277 to make that request with a cast member. Although it will be noted on your reservation, it is not guaranteed. Having said that, we always put in a request and do online check-in. Then, once we arrive, if we have not been given a room in our preferred building, I will ask again and the cast member checking us in always tries to accommodate us. 

    I do hope you have considered the Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort festivities. The Candlelight Processional is simply beautiful and the celebrity narrators have been announced!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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