My favorite of the so-called “moderate” resorts at Walt Disney World is Dixie Landings (known today as “Port Orleans – Riverside,” it’ll always be Dixie Landings to me). I prefer its atmosphere and location to many of the pricier hotels on property, even though its amenities have suffered over the years from the constant and merciless cuts of the Eisner years. Still, its relaxed atmosphere and convenient location remain a draw; a nighttime trip down the Sassagoula is one of Walt Disney World’s most enjoyable, obscure and free attractions.
At the geographical center of Dixie Landings is Ol’ Man Island, where the resort’s main swimming area lies under the shade of towering oaks. As with most of the new construction from the early Eisner period, Dixie Landings is loaded with an enormous and obscure back-story to explain its origins. This was the period when we started to hear the constant refrain of “it all starts with story,” and when we were introduced to the legends of such apocryphal greats such as Merriweather Adam Pleasure or, in this case, brothers “Colonel” Jonathon Colby and Everette Peace. Who, you say? Why the Ol’ Man Everette Peace himself. Read on, from a 1995 issue of The Sassagoula Times: