We have posted photos of the Port Orleans Riverside Royal Guest Rooms, and a video with commentary encompassing all three refurbished rooms we visited. We were most suprised by this beautifully themed Alligator Bayou guest room!
Not every room at Port Orleans Riverside has been refurbished yet, I believe the date I last saw was by "summer 2012". So for the next few months, I'd suggest making a request with Disney for a rehabbed room.
Alligator Bayou is my favorite section of Port Orleans Riverside, laid-back and woodsy. My 2012 Port Orleans Riverside Photo Walk includes this area. Alligator Bayou is the only area in Port Orleans Riverside – or any other moderate resort – that can sleep 5 guests to a room (the 5th being a child 3-9). I don't know if the requirement for the murphy bed will eventually be different, as it's big enough for a larger child (or even for me!)
I love the bedding in this room! The Louis the Alligator pillow from The Princess and the Frog was calling my name, as was the bedspread. When I first looked at the bedspread, I marvelled at the Port Orleans Riverside theme. But when I got home and scanned the photos, I noticed that there were characters too! Brer Rabbit, Prince Naveen and Princess Tiana as frogs – the best of all worlds! I'd love to see Disney sell these bedding items to guests.
Disney has added a covering to each air conditioner, which looks much nicer!
Rope over the curtain:
There is now a larger murphy bed instead of the former trundle bed – I definitely prefer this! And there is a bonus when you open the bed – Louis, Ray, and Tiana and Naveen as frogs. This is a beautiful piece of artwork to enjoy before bed.
A nod to Steamboat Willie on the furniture:
And to the opening date of the resort:
The LHMC may mean Long Haul Mileage Calculation, and the opening day of Walt Disney World follows:
There isn't a lot of shelf space in the room, that is the one downside.
Blue Bayou artwork by Herb Ryman: