Best Ho­tel: Port Orleans - French Quar­ter


WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY JESSI KIM­BLE

Walt Dis­ney World’s Port Orleans – French Quar­ter trans­ports Guests to New Orleans’s his­toric district with cob­ble­stone streets, wrought-iron gates, gas lamps, and col­or­ful Mardi Gras flare. Over­grown gar­dens add to the ro­man­tic them­ing of this beau­ti­ful Moder­ate Re­sort. Although Port Orleans – French Quar­ter and Port Orleans – River­side op­er­ate as one sin­gle re­sort, both ar­eas have their own din­ing and check-in ar­eas.

Jazz mu­sic flows through the Re­sort, mak­ing it easy to fall right into that Louisiana vibe. I could gush and gush about this Re­sort for hours, so let’s just get down to the top 10 rea­sons you’ll love Port Orleans – French Quar­ter!

1. Pools

Take a slide down a sea ser­pent’s tongue and make a splash into Dou­bloon La­goon! Gi­gan­tic clam shell wa­ter jets cas­cade wa­ter onto Guests as they swim around the pool while King Nep­tune looks on. The brand new Aquatic Play Area is per­fect for the lit­tle ones 48-inches and un­der! There are lots of lit­tle wa­ter foun­tains, a mini-wa­ter­slide, and plenty of wa­ter just for splash­ing.

2. Sas­sagoula Float­works and Food Fac­tory

This is not your av­er­age food court fare! Think Ca­jun and Cre­ole dishes, like the Craw­fish Mac and Cheese Burger or the Cre­ate-your Own Sig­na­ture Rice Bowl—with cat­fish, shrimp or pulled pork, red or black beans, and Ca­jun, dirty, or white rice. This has to be one of the best food courts on Dis­ney prop­erty!

3. Beignets

Beignets are sold in or­ders of three or six with dreamy dip­ping sauces like caramel, rasp­berry, and chicory cof­fee ganache. Or­der the six and share or keep them all to your­self–calo­ries don’t count on va­ca­tion! You can also or­der your beignets as a de­li­cious Beignet Ge­lato Sun­dae. This is a to­tal Princess and the Frog mo­ment! You can al­most hear Tiana in the kitchen!

4. Recre­ation

Fish along the Sas­saluga River as part of a two-hour guided fish­ing tour, or take a ro­man­tic horse-drawn carriage ride around the Re­sort. There are lots of fun recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties at Port Orleans – French Quar­ter for all ages! Grab a sched­ule of Re­sort Events from the front desk or your Guest Room to find fun-filled ac­tiv­i­ties like pool parties, mak­ing Mickey tie-dye T-shirts, and Movies Un­der the Stars.

5. Lo­ca­tion

Port Orleans – French Quar­ter is one ro­man­tic boat ride away from Dis­ney Springs. This is a gor­geous trip, es­pe­cially at night, filled with cool breezes, the smell of night bloom­ing jas­mine, and lots of pretty twin­kling lights. Be­ing so close to Dis­ney Springs opens up plenty of ter­rific din­ing op­tions. Not to men­tion, all of the shop­ping venues and live entertainment.

6. Two for the price of one!

So you al­ready know that sneak­ing over to an­other Re­sort’s pool is frowned upon, but here at Port Orleans – French Quar­ter, you’re en­cour­aged to check out the recre­ation at Port Orleans – River­side. That means lots of cool pools! Port Orleans – River­side has a 3.5 acre pool com­plex called Ol’ Man Is­land, com­plete with a swim­min’ hole, 95-foot wa­ter­slide, spa, kid­die pool, and wa­ter­falls. There’s even a fishin’ hole where you can try your hand at catch and re­lease fish­ing!

7. Re­sort Lay­out

Dis­ney’s Port Orleans – French Quar­ter is the small­est Moder­ate Re­sort on prop­erty. That means shorter walks to the food court, bus stops, and laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties. Af­ter a long day in the parks, ev­ery­one can ap­pre­ci­ate a shorter walk back to their rooms!

French Quar­ter is also the first stop on the bus route shared with River­side. That means you’ll be picked up first and dropped off first!

8. Scat Cat Club

This full ser­vice bar fea­tures unique spe­cialty cock­tails, draft bears, and in­cred­i­ble Ca­jun and Cre­ole ap­pe­tiz­ers. Lis­ten to live jazz mu­sic while try­ing the Mardi Gras Frit­ters (pimiento cheese frit­ters with pep­per jelly) and the Abita Beer Flight (Pur­ple Haze, Turbo Dog and Am­ber).

9. Rooms

I love the rooms at Port Orleans – French Quar­ter! While they’re not as large as some Moder­ate Re­sorts, the wrought iron, and Fleur-de-lis dé­cor, mixed with the bright col­or­ful build­ings are wel­com­ing and homey. Build­ings are equipped with el­e­va­tors and are only three sto­ries. All rooms have queen sized beds, a mini fridge, and cof­fee maker. I don’t know about you, but hav­ing an in-room cof­fee maker is a big deal for this Mommy!

10. Laun­dry

Okay, so laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties aren’t any­thing new at Dis­ney Re­sorts but this spe­cific Re­sort is one at which I’ve done plenty of laun­dry. Back then, I sat in the laun­dry area wait­ing for ev­ery­thing to wash and dry. It was su­per late and my two-year old had a very ex­cit­ing, very ex­haust­ing, very sugar-filled day, and let’s just say—it didn’t end well. It ended up with me hav­ing to do laun­dry and hav­ing to call Mouse­keep­ing for new linens. Now Walt Dis­ney World of­fers this fan­tas­tic on­line way to check and see if your laun­dry is done. Se­ri­ously, you just start your laun­dry, note what ma­chine you’re us­ing, and head back to the pool or your room to wait. This is so amaz­ing, you’ll want to check it out your­self at www.laun­­ney­world.

I don’t know what I love the most about Port Orleans – French Quar­ter, but it’s a Re­sort that I will keep go­ing back to again and again. Maybe it’s the Mardi Gras-theme, the beau­ti­ful foun­tains, the Sas­sagoula River flow­ing nearby, or the amaz­ing food court fare. Or maybe it’s a com­bi­na­tion of all of th­ese things! What­ever it is, the magic of Dis­ney trans­ports you to an­other time and place at Port Orleans – French Quar­ter. And it’s a beau­ti­ful time and place that cou­ples and fam­i­lies of all ages will fall con­tinue to fall in love with ev­ery time they visit!

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