Apr 23

Port Orleans French Quarter Resort

72smallLooking for a great place to stay on the WDW property?  Look no further than the Port Orleans French Quarter.  I have stayed at all of the moderate resorts on the property and this one is my favorite by far.  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 small in comparison to some of Disney’s other resorts but I like that it adds to the quaintness.  Don’t let the size fool you, this property is chock full of all the pageantry and amenities that only Disney can do.

imagesConsisting of over 1,000 recently renovated rooms, the property offers 7 three-story buildings that are reminiscent of New Orlean’s Vieux Carre with their pink and blue hues, wrought iron balconies and gas lampposts.  While there are no suites at the French Quarter, guests find the 315 sq. ft rooms to be quite comfortable and the resort offers 4 types of rooms:  Standard view, Garden view, River view and Pool view.  In all honesty, buildings 1 and 7 tend to be more quiet than buildings 2-6 because of their location on the ends of the property.  Also, building 7 is the closest one to the sister property, Port Orleans Riverside which makes access simple.

Looking to get away from the crowds for some downtime?  The pools at the French Quarter are a great place to go.  imagesEscape 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 while you sip frozen libations from Mardi Grogs, the poolside bar.

Hungry?  Port Orleans French Quarter has the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, a counter service restaurant offering traditional New Orleans cajun and creole cuisine such as gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp po’ boys.  I highly recommend the beignets which are great ANY time of the day.   Although the French Quarter only offers the counter service, if you are looking a full-service restaurant, venture over to the French Quarter’s sister resort, Port Orleans Riverside to dine at Boatwright’s.
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This resort offers many other recreational things to do as well.  Busy day at the parks?  Relax in the evening by taking a horse-drawn carriage ride along the scenic banks of the Sassagoula river or through the woodlands of cypress pines to the Fort Wilderness Resort& Campground.  Each carriage ride is around $45 and lasts for 25 minutes.  During the holiday season, this carriage ride becomes a sleigh ride – a wonderful holiday treat.

Another evening activity is the Cajun Campfire.  Enjoy singing songs, roasting marshmallows, and stories while sitting around a campfire along the bank of the Sassagoula.  Bring something to sit on – either a blanket or a chair to cozy up to the warmth and the cracking fire.  Kids really enjoy this treat!

This resort is located in the Downtown Disney area and offers boat rides to and from Downtown Disney.

TIP:  All of the amenities at the Port Orleans Resorts – French Quarter and Riverside are shared, so feel free to hop between resorts to enjoy everything they have to offer.  

 

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Holly Wiencek

Holly Wiencek is the author of Capturing the Magic: A Photographic Journey Through the Walt Disney World Parks. A Florida native and lifelong Disney enthusiast, Holly has been visiting Disney Parks since she was a toddler. With countless visits to both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, she has spent a lifetime exploring and learning about the history and legacy Walt Disney left behind and the details created by Disney Imagineering. She spends her spare time making Disney magic in her everyday life and enjoys sharing that magic with her husband and her daughter, Abby.

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