If New Orleans is your style then you need to check out Port Orleans French Quarter a Disney World Resort Review. You will get French Quarter fun with some Southern hospitality thrown in along the way. Port Orleans French Quarter might just be the Disney Resort for you!
Port Orleans French Quarter a Disney World Resort Review
If you can’t tell by the name, Port Orleans French Quarter is the sister Resort to Port Orleans Riverside. Where Riverside pays homage to the Old South, French Quarter pays homage to the Crescent City, New Orleans! If you’ve ever been to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, then you’ll feel right at home! Disney-fied of course, so no bead throwing please! And if you’ve never had the chance to visit New Orleans then this Resort gives you a good feel of one of the best cities in the world!
Port Orleans French Quarter is one of my favorite moderate Resorts! With its small size, you get a very intimate feel. The smallness of the Resort also helps if you are going to Disney on a budget. At the larger Resorts, it is very tempting to pay extra for a Preferred Room to cut down on your walking. Rest assured that a Standard View room at French Quarter is close enough to all of the Resort amenities, thus saving you money!
Another excellent advantage to the Port Orleans Resorts, at both Riverside and French Quarter, is it is very convenient to get a different experience by simply visiting the Resort you aren’t staying at. It’s a short walking distance between the two Resorts with a paved path that takes you along the banks of the Sassagoula River. Not up for the walk? Well these Resorts have you covered on that too! Head down to the boat launch and simply board the boat heading to the other Resort.
Rooms with a View
Port Orleans French Quarter is home to 1,008 rooms that are 314 square feet each. Each room is decorated with New Orleans flare boasting rich golds, deep purples and yellow color schemes.
You can choose between five room types; Standard View, Garden View, River View, Pool View or King Bed. All of the rooms are the same square footage and layout just different views and price points. All rooms accommodate four people with the exception of the King Bed category, which accommodates two. I haven’t stayed in anything other than a Standard View or a Garden View but having walked the entire grounds, any room category is an excellent choice.
The Standard View rooms offer views of a parking or service area. A Garden View room will give you views of the gardens, which are beautiful and well-manicured. River View rooms come with a gorgeous view of the Sassagoula River. Pool View Rooms give you great vantage point of the resort pool, Doubloon Lagoon. A King Bed room will accommodate two people and offers views of the gardens or courtyard.
You will find the typical amenities in the individual rooms; nightstand, phone, alarm clock and dresser with mini fridge and TV. In the bathrooms are a vanity with sink and a bar to hang clothing with a shelf above. This area is closed off from the room with a privacy curtain. Adjacent to the vanity area is a closed room with a tub and toilet.
The Resort is host to an amazing pool area, Doubloon Lagoon. King Neptune sits atop a giant sea serpent, “Scales”, as he watches over all of the fun being had. The 51-foot long water slide takes you slithering through “Scales” and finally sliding off of his tongue into the water. There is a Doubloon Lagoon Water Play Area that is suited just for the little ones in your party. Guests must be under 48″ to splash around in this area.
And of course, we won’t forget about the adults! Located in the Doubloon Lagoon area is a whirlpool spa and Mardi Grogs. Mardi Grogs is the pool bar that offers specialty drinks, wine, sangria and beer. You can sit around the bar enjoying your drink while watching TV or get your drink to go and take a stroll around the beautiful grounds.
Besides the pool there are so many other activities you can do here! Much like Port Orleans Riverside you can rent bikes, surrey bikes and even take a horse-drawn carriage ride. You can also rent pedal boats, pontoon boats, canopy boats, and kayaks. Don’t forget the cane pole fishing too! There should be a kiosk where you can get rental information. If you don’t see a kiosk then just head to the front desk and they will be happy to help you!
For nighttime entertainment, your family can enjoy movies under the stars or even sit around a campfire. Movies under the stars is shown on the French Quarter green. With a huge screen and seats or towels provided, it’s a great ending to your busy day! If a campfire is more your family’s speed, then make sure you catch this fun activity around sundown to roast marshmallows!
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court is your quick service option at Port Orleans French Quarter.
- For breakfast you will find a variety of pancakes, eggs, croissant sandwich, biscuits, breakfast meats and an assortment of danishes, muffins and beignets. Our tip is to get the beignets. You can’t find them anywhere else on property.
- For lunch, the food court has four stations; the Grill Shop offers a variety of burgers, the Pizza & Pasta Shop offers Create-Your-Own Pasta and pizzas, the Po’boy Shop offers po’boys, gumbo and salads.
- For Dinner, the Grill Shop, Pizza & Pasta Shop and Po’boy Shop offers the same menu as lunch. Added for dinner is the Carving Shop. Here you will find southern classics like Barbeque Ribs, Fried Chicken and Prime Rib.
Your meal wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Bakery for desserts! From gelato, cookies and mini-pies to bread pudding, pecan praline and Mardi Gras King Cake. Even though these all are spectacular, make sure you don’t leave without getting an order of beignets! The dining plans are accepted at the food court.
If you aren’t up to a full meal and want to go a little lighter, then head to Scat Cat’s Club. Here you have the options of fritters, flatbreads, chips & dip and wings. You can also have a specialty drink with your meal! All of this while enjoying some live music!
I just can’t leave out the boat ride to Disney Springs! Honestly, when my family stays at Riverside or French Quarter is the only time we go to Disney Springs. The boat ride is so nice, relaxing and just all around peaceful.
So have you stayed at this Resort before? I love how it can either be a quiet, romantic place if you’re just going with your honey or there is so much to do if you’re taking the family!
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