You may have seen lots of talk about free dining at Disney World in late summer 2010. But do you really know what it mean and how much it can save your family? I thought I'd share an example to help explain the savings a bit more.

Let's say you are a family of 5 - two adults and three children (ages 11, 8 and 5). You want to travel to Disney World August 22 to August 28 and stay at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort. Add on the free Disney Magic Your Way Plus Dining and a 7 day base ticket and this is what you get:

Total  $2,198.60
Insurance  $133.90
Grand Total  $2,332.50

That includes 6 table service meals per person, 6 quick service meals per person, and 6 snacks per person. It's an all-inclusive vacation that is very reasonably priced! If you were to travel to Disney during this time without the FREE dining offer the same package would cost $3232.20!!! That's a savings of $900!

So there you have it - true numbers that prove Disney's FREE Dining promotion is awesome! Let me help you plan a trip!
 
Disney's Port Orleans Riverside is one of my personal favorite resorts. The southern charm is enough to keep me coming back for more after several stays here.

The best priced option for a family of 5, Riverside is one of Disney's Moderate Resorts. Located in the Downtown Disney area of Walt Disney World, this resort is made up of two sections - Magnolia Bend and Alligator Bayou. Both sections are themed beautifully, with great landscaping and pathways to all the different sections of the resort.

There are over 2000 rooms available at Riverside. The rooms are over 300 square feet in size and feature either two double beds or one king bed. The Alligator Bayou rooms have a small trundle bed that is perfect for a small child. Also featured in each room: a TV, armoire, ceiling fan, table and chairs, bathroom and separate vanity area with double sinks. Amenities include: shampoo and soap, hair dryer, refrigerator, and coffeemaker.

Port Orleans Riverside also has a total of 6 swimming pools. The largest one - Ol' Man Island - has a water slide and waterfall. The other 5 pools are considered "quiet" pools and are scattered around the resort.

In addition to the pools there's also a playground for younger children, the Medicine Show Arcade for video game lovers, and a great gift shop called Fulton's.

The eateries at the resort include a nice table service restaurant - Boatwright's. It serves breakfast and dinner and it is highly recommended to book an Advanced Dining Reservation to ensure you can get a table. The dinner menu includes Creole entrees such as Jambalaya, Voodoo Chicken, and Prime Rib. Desserts such as Pecan Pie and Apple Pie. There is also a specialty cocktail list!

The food court area is called Riverside Mill. This features several stations where you can order breakfast, lunch or dinner. Food items such as paninis, pizza, pasta, and more.

Riverside is a great getaway even without hitting the parks since it offers so many extras. There's fishing rentals, evening carriage rides, hot tubs, and a boat ride to Downtown Disney along the Sassagoula River, which runs through the middle of the resort. You can also take a 10 minute walk to Port Orleans French Quarter, Riverside's sister resort.

For your next Disney trip consider Port Orleans Riverside Resort. You will love it!