Sunday, January 20, 2013

Boatwright's Dining Hall at Disney's Port Orleans Resort: A Review

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Boatwrights Dining Hall is located at the Port Orleans - Riverside Resort. This is the only full-service restaurant at Port Orleans and is open for breakfast and dinner. Boatwrights is closed for lunch as the majority of the resort's guests are
in the parks during the day. If you need a bite to eat at noontime, try Riverside Mill. This food court serves a wide variety of meals from hamburgers to complete dinners featuring carved meats.

I love the atmosphere of Port Orleans - Riverside. The resort check-in area is designed to look like you're booking passage on a riverboat for a trip down the Mississippi. Outdoors, the theme is continued with a small harbor and water-crafts for rent. It's also here that you can catch a water taxi for a leisurely trip down the Sassagoula River to Downtown Disney. The water taxi rides are one of the more relaxing activities at Disney World, and in the evening, one of the most
romantic.

Boatwrights Dining Hall is fashioned to look like an old-time boat construction woodworking shop. Supported by large braces and suspended from the ceiling are the beginnings of a new vessel.

On the walls are an assortment of antique woodworking tools. Children are given an activity sheet with pictures and names of many of these tools.

The 200-seat dining room is separated into several, smaller sections to help give the restaurant a more intimate feel.
Beneath the boat you'll find two sections, each on a different level, separated by a half-wall. This area has a more informal feel to it than the other half of the restaurant.

Up a set of stairs in the center of the restaurant there are two more dining areas separated by a working brick fireplace.
This atmosphere is definitely more sedate than in the "boat" room and I would suggest sitting in this area if you're looking for a cozier feel.

If you're staying at Port Orleans -Riverside, try this restaurant for breakfast. For dinner, it is a good choice if you want to stay at the resort. But there are other options that may be better for the price such as Kona Cafe at the Polynesian Resort.

Boatwrights Dining Hall is open for breakfast 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. and dinner 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. Reservations are suggested and can be made up to 180 days in advance.








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