Best Hotel: Port Orleans - French Quarter
10 THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT PORT ORLEANS - FRENCH QUARTER
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!
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!
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!
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.
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).
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!
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.laundryview.com/disneyworld.
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!