By Beth Skarp
Editors note: In part one, Beth shared fun and even free things to do at Walt Disney World without even visiting the parks. In that article she looked at the Value Resorts.
the Moderate resorts, there are different things to do as well.
Everyone enjoys the boat ride from the Port Orleans Resorts to Downtown
spend hours just going back and forth on these boats, taking a few
moments to walk around Downtown Disney before boarding a boat for return
trip to Port Orleans. The Moderate resorts have other hidden gems, if
you just take the time to look for them.
Ever been to Caribbean Cay? No, that is not a typo. Many are familiar
with Castaway Cay, the private island the Disney Cruise Line visits.
Caribbean Cay is located within Caribbean Beach Resort. It is a small
little nook, tucked away, which has picnic benches and several hammocks
as well as a small playground. We enjoyed many lunches out here just
listening to the sounds of nature and getting away from the hustle and
bustle. My wheelchair bound daughter enjoyed taking a bit of an
afternoon siesta here, sleeping peacefully in one of the hammocks we
you ever thought about sending a “unique” postcard to someone back home
while on vacation at Disney? One can still purchase a postcard coconut
that you could send to a friend. Our girls have sent some. The only
problem was finding a cast member who had a black permanent marker in
which to write the address of the person to whom we were sending the
coconut postcard. Putting a bit of clear packing tape over the address
of the person you were sending the coconut to insured that the address
stayed attached to the coconut. When you purchase your coconut, the
postage is already included for shipment within the United States—the
coconut is sent via standard postal shipping.
must do for several...warm beignets from French Quarter. These go
FAST, but oh are they good. For those who are gluten free, Disney now
makes a wonderful gluten free variety of these treats as well.
Moderate resorts sport great sit-down restaurants on property. Chances
are, you have noticed the wonderful restaurant called Boatwrights
located at Port Orleans Riverside. Boatwrights is one of our favorite
places to eat. The food is Southern comfort food, and very plentiful.
They make a wonderful Mint Julep as well for those who are looking for a
good adult beverage.
girls were interested in the furniture in this restaurant. We
especially enjoyed the copper stenciling in the pie pantry located near
the check-in desk for this restaurant.
you looked at the boat being built which hangs from the ceiling rafters
or the tools used to build this boat while in Boatwrights?
interesting pieces to explore, and lead to our going back to our room to
look up some interesting facts not only on boat building, but the
Mississippi River as well. There is a small map on the wall near the
outside door of Boatwrights that shows some of the shipping routes along
the Mississippi River.
is a piece of trivia you may or may not know. Sassagoula has a
meaning. Do you know what it is? Depending on whom you ask, it is from
an Indian dialect and means either Mississippi River or Old Man River,
with Old Man River being the most widely accepted meaning.
can see musical notes adorning the front desk at Port Orleans French
Quarter. Do you suppose these notes hold a meaning, or could they be
part of a song? We asked this very question and learned that the
musical notes are the beginning stanza of “When The Saints Go Marching
Moderate resorts have wonderful slides that add to the fun of going
swimming. Our favorites are the Port Orlean slides...King Triton's over
in French Quarter.
There is also the Old Man River pool at Riverside.
Caribbean Beach has a wonderful fort with lots of slides and waterfalls.
Coronado has a long slide that comes out from a pyramid. All are fun
ways to enjoy a lazy day away.
River's Roost located in Port Orleans Riverside has a wonderful
nighttime entertainment on select nights. Bob Jackson, or Yeehaw Bob as
he is affectionately known, has been entertaining guests for many
He plays the piano and sings, engaging the guests in his songs
and tomfoolery. This is a great family show that is well worth taking
the time to see.
Over in Scat Cats, located in the Port Orleans French Quarters Section,
there used to be a wonderful Jazz Musician called Elliott Dysan.
Elliott was laid off when Disney did some lobby refurbishment work
sometime in 2013. We miss listening to Elliott and his saxophone jazz,
but have come to appreciate the music that is offered by Tom Casey, an
accomplished jazz pianist. This is just my opinion mind you, but I
think Elliott Dysan was more entertaining over at Scat Cats than Tom
Casey—but we still take the time to listen to Tom if we happen to be in
the area when he is performing.
I remember once that the girls were admiring the lovely flowers in the
gardens outside the Mansions of Port Orleans. The gardeners were
working, but took the time to explain to the girls what the various
flowers were. The girls were even offered a small flower, a magnolia I
believe, that could be tucked behind their ears. I was given some of
the roses that were pruned from the bushes which I immediately took back
to my room and placed in bathroom water glass to adorn the table in our
room. Those roses lasted a long time.
of the Sassagoula River, taking the walk from Riverside to French
Quarter is relaxing.
When the boat passes you, chances are the boat
captain as well as the passengers on board will take the time to wave at
you. It makes you feel like Royalty.
Both French Quarter and Riverside have several winding paths that are
fun to explore.
At night, especially in the Riverside section, if you
head on over to Alligator Bayou and stand on the small foot bridges,
chances are you will be serenaded by the various frogs giving a nightly
concert. We have spent much time just being still and listening to the
sounds of nature here.
you had the opportunity to speak with “Birdie”? He is a wonderful
doorman at Port Orleans Riverside. He has many stories to share and can
be counted on to hand out several beaded necklaces to guests in the
Almost forgot. My girls learned a very valuable lesson one time. If
you want to get Mom to move really quickly, just let her find one of
these reptilian creatures while doing laundry.
was indeed some FREE entertainment and provided laughs not only to them,
but several of the resort guests as well.