When my husband first brought up the idea of a vacation last year I was very hesitant about it. Vacations are insanely expensive and exhausting. In fact, I don’t think we’ve had a vacation to date that I hadn’t wished we just put the money in savings and stayed home. Don’t get me wrong, Disney World was an amazing and new experience for us but we picked one of the worst times of the year to go (August before kids go back to school). The weather was insanely sticky-hot, the crowds were far worse than I had imagined, the cost nearly made me cry and I was still healing from an extensive dental surgery.
That said, I would do it all over again.
You can’t put a price tag on the experience of watching your child’s face light up when they get to meet their living Disney Princess idol.
Being first time visitors to Disney World we really didn’t know what to expect or even how to choose a resort. There were so many options available we finally just narrowed the choices down to what was available and price. After some debate we finally decided on the Port Orleans Riverside Resort. It wasn’t an easy choice but Tiana’s Royal Guest Rooms helped push us to this decision.
After arriving at our resort building, Paterre I believe it was called, the first thing I did was look over the balcony in front of our room and take in this amazing view. The building is shaped like the letter U with parking on one side and this secret garden courtyard on the other. When we weren’t at Magic Kingdom, I was hanging out on a bench down there listening to the water and taking in the greenery.
Inside our Royal Guest Room we first noticed the Mickey shaped towels on our bed. It was a sweet touch! It killed me to take it off the bed.
One of the perks of staying in a Royal Guest Room is a little bit of royal treatment for the kids. We found a parchment with a letter from Tiana to read to the girls, welcoming them to the resort.
As silly as it sounds my favorite part of the Tiana Royal Guest room is the little bottles of Mickey Mouse shaped toiletries in the bathroom. The bathtub was my go-to spot after a hot and sticky day being dragged through the parks. I collected quite a few of these during our say and even kept a few as keepsakes.
When it came time for bedtime the girls discovered the magical headboards. Each one features a beautiful scene with fiber optic lights built in. You press a little button and watch the fireworks light up.
The beds were even make extra special with themed bedding and the most awesome little pillows great for propping up tired feet and the end of the day. You could spend a good hour inside the room discovering all of the extra special touches like Cinderella’s coat hanger, the Beauty and the Beast themed wall border, Princess picture frames and more.
Outside of the room we discovered just how HUGE the Port Orleans Resort is. I think I once read it’s the biggest resort property they have and I wouldn’t doubt it. Beyond the water fountain courtyard it’s quite a walk through the resort to get to a bus stop. The main resort building as well as the main pool is accessed by crossing the river that runs through the property. I actually really enjoyed the walk from our room to the bus stop, it gives you some down time to enjoy the scenery. We even took one of the ferry rides down the river to visit Downtown Disney one evening.
Was the Tiana Royal Guest Room worth the extra cost? I can’t say for sure since this was our first and only stay at a Disney World resort. We just don’t have anything to compare it to. That said, next time (if) we get the chance to visit Disney World again, we’ll be booking the Little Mermaid room at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort for our Ariel loving daughter. Let’s just hope she’s not a teenager before we can afford to go back.