At the Port Orleans French Quarter, guests enjoy the charm of New Orleans’s historic French Quarter with the spirit of Mardi Gras. With it’s large carnival masks, wrought iron appointments and cobblestone streets you’ll feel like you just stepped into the Big Easy. This property is smaller in comparison to some of Disney’s other moderate resorts but that is what adds to the quaintness and makes it one of the more popular moderate resorts. Don’t let the size fool you, this property is chock full of all the pageantry and amenities that only Disney can do.
The Port Orleans French Quarter resort offers more upscaled amenities than the value-tiered resorts do. The Mint is home to Sassagoula Float Works and Food Factory – the resort’s food court, the South Quarter Arcade and Games, Scat Cat’s Club and the Jackson Square Gifts & Desires gift shop. The resort features several water sports opportunities such as fishing or Pirate Adventure Cruises and also offers relaxing horse-drawn carriage rides along the scenic banks of the Sassagoula River.
All of the amenities at the Port Orleans Resorts – French Quarter and Riverside are shared, so guests are able to hop between resorts to enjoy everything they have to offer.
Port Orleans – French Quarter Resort Rooms
The rooms at the Port Orleans French Quarter are approximately 314 sq. ft and have 2 queen beds or one king sized bed. Maximum capacity for each room is 4, or 2 in a king bed room. Each room features dark wood accents surrounded by the colors of Mardi Gras – purple and gold and offer a small refrigerator, nightstand, wall mirror, armoire, table and 2 chairs, an open closet area, wall safe and a vanity with a double sink that is separate from the bathroom area so guests can get ready while another showers.
Room categories at the Port Orleans French Quarter Resort include Standard View, Water View, River View and Garden view. Preferred rooms are located the closest to The Mint and can be found in Buildings 3 and 4.
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory – Located inside the Mint Building and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this colorful food court features the Mardi Gras theme with oversized sculptures that replicate the floats for Mardi Gras parades.
This 6,250 square foot food court offers stations for guests to choose from pasta, pizza, sandwiches, salads, burgers, mufaletas sandwiches, po’ boys and various bakery items including beignets – the official doughnut of Louisiana. Click here for complete menu.
Scat Cat’s Club – Offering a full bar, Scat Cat’s is a great place to relax and unwind to the smooth sounds of live jazz and specialty cocktails including the Southern Hurricane, Sassagoula Swamp Water, and Pimm’s Punch.
Mardi Grog’s Pool Bar – Located at the main pool, Doubloon Lagoon, everyday is Fat Tuesday. Guests can enjoy specialty drinks as they relax at the resorts pool. Try the Banana Cabana, Island Moonshine, Captain’s Mai Tai or a Mango Margarita. Beer, wine, sangria and a full bar are also available.
In-Room Pizza Delivery – Order an easy meal the whole family will enjoy and have it delivered directly to your room. Pizzas, wings, desserts and beverage are delivered right to your door from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am.
Pool – The pool at the French Quarter is a great place to go. Escape the crowds and cool off at Doubloon Lagoon where every day is Mardi Gras. Meet Scales, the 51-foot sea serpent waterslide who puts you in the lagoon as King Neptune supervises from high atop of his head. The alligator jazz band offers a bit of authentic New Orleans tunes as you splash and swim.
Bayou Pirate Adventure – Specifically for pirates ages 4 – 12, young swashbucklers sail down the Sassagoula River and hear tales of the legendary Captain Jean Lafitte – one of the most infamous pirates to haunt the waters of New Orleans. The Bayou Pirate Cruise departs from the Fishin’ Hole on Ol’ Man Island located at neighboring Port Orleans Riverside Resort and is only for young swashbucklers, leaving a little downtime for parents. Cruises are available from 9:30 am to 11:30 am on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday. Pricing is $37.00 per child.
Cajun Campfire Activities – Gather ’round the campfire with your entire family for stories and roasted marshmallows.
Jogging Trail – Enjoy a scenic run or walk along the 1.0-mile paved path along the tranquil Sassagoula River.
Playground – Located adjacent to the Doubloon Lagoon pool area, kids can run and play in a safe environment featuring soft and textured surfaces, swings, tunnels and slides designed just for them.
Fishing – Enjoy traditional cane-pole fishing at the Fishin’ Hole at Old Man Island at neighboring Port Orleans Riverside Resort. All fishing at Walt Disney World is catch and release.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides – Take in the magnificent scenery with a relaxing ride along the banks of the Sassagoula River. Carriage can accommodate 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 small children. Carriage rides depart from the Riverside Levee Marina and trot along for 25 minutes.
During the Christmas Holiday season, the horse-drawn carriage rides turn into a horse-drawn sleigh ride – a wonderful holiday treat!
Pricing for the horse-drawn carriage rides is $45.00. Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.
Bicycle Rentals – Enjoy a leisurely bike outing along the 1.0 mile paved path at the banks of the Sassagoula River. Both adult and children’s bikes are available – even bikes with training wheels. Bikes are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and helmets and child seats are complimentary with bike rentals.
**Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 years of age to wear helmets, and Guests must remain within the Resort area where the bike has been rented.
Surrey Bike Rentals – Ride a bike the whole family can enjoy. Guests can rent a 2-person, 4-person or 6-person surrey bike and pedal around the Sassagoula River. Surrey bikes rentals are available at the Riverside Levee Marina.
South Quarter Games Arcade – This arcade located in The Mint Building, offers state-of-the-art video games and air hockey for kids’ enjoyment. The games require a Game Card that can be obtained at the kiosk in the arcade, are rechargeable and can be used at other Disney resorts. Guests with a Magic Your Way package receive 100 credits for gaming. Some of the games in the Goombay Games Arcade reward players with tickets that can be redeemed for prizes.
Jackson Square Gifts and Desires – Located inside The Mint Building, this shop is named after the famous park in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Guests can enter this quaint shop either from the lobby area or from the playground area located near Doubloon Lagoon.
This quaint little shop has a cozy feel and carries Disney souvenirs, apparel and accessories, housewares, resort logo wear, plush animals, snacks and drinks.
Disney Bus Transportation – The Port Orleans French Quarter Resort offers transports guests to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and the Animal Kingdom. Bus stops are located outside The Mint Building. The buses also transport guests to Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon and Downtown Disney. Guests that are trying to get to the Boardwalk area will either have to board a bus that is heading towards a park or Downtown Disney and transfer to a Boardwalk marked bus.
Water Taxi – The Port Orleans French Quarter Resort offers complimentary water taxi transportation to the Downtown Disney area, the Old Key West Resort and the Saratoga Springs Resort.