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We recently had the opportunity to stay at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter. This was Bryson’s first time staying at a Port Orleans resort (there are two, more on that in a minute), and my first time at French Quarter. In this post, we are going to dive into a full on review of this Walt Disney World moderate resort, right now.
Port Orleans is comprised of two resorts. Riverside and French Quarter. You can read all about Port Orleans Riverside in our Review of Port Orleans Riverside. Port Orleans French Quarter is the smallest Walt Disney World Resort and there are three different room view options.
Standard view rooms have what most would consider less desirable views such as the parking lot. Garden view rooms have a view of the ‘inner streets’ of the resort which are actually quite detailed and lovely. Finally, the water view rooms offer a choice between a view of the pool or the Sassagoula River. Each of these room view options are offered at a different price point with the water view rooms being the highest price point.
Port Orleans French Quarter has one thousand guest rooms; nine hundred and forty six rooms have two queen beds and sixty two rooms have a king-size bed. In addition, there are seventy five ADA-compliant rooms, fifty of which come with wheel-in showers. The typical room is 314 sq. feet.
None of the rooms at Port Orleans French Quarter offer balconies or patios. Each room’s window and entrance looks out onto the public walkway for that floor of your building. Our room was in building two, to the right of the main building when exiting and facing the pool. Located on the third floor, our room was a corner unit with a view of the pool and also the river just to the right.
The room itself had two queen beds, a round table with two chairs, a large dresser and a large flatscreen tv, where of course we had Stacy and Must do Disney on repeat. The room had a nightstand between the two beds with several outlets and then several more outlets located to the left and right of the dresser and also on the dresser itself.
There was a curtain that separated the living space from the sink and vanity area. There were two sinks with storage on both sides and storage underneath the sink as well. The closet area was in this space and was open with a rack for hanging clothes. This was the space where we kept our suitcases as there was plenty of room for all four of them.
The toilet and shower area was separated by a door that had a full-length mirror on the outside. The shower and was shower/bath combo and important to note is that at this resort the toiletries have been changed to be the pump dispensers of shampoo, conditioner and body wash. This area was a great size. Large and definitely big enough to bathe multiple kids at a time, or for an adult to take a bath and relax.
But, we’re in Disney. We aren’t trying to relax. We want to go on an adventure!
Our room looked out over the pool as I mentioned previously. The pool is really cool and has a great theme. The pool is called Doubloon Lagoon and is Mardi Gras Inspired, as is much of the resort. With bright colors and a giant lizard that serves as the focal point of the pool and also the slide.
In the pool area you will also find a splash pad for kids, a jacuzzi and also Mardi Grogs, the pool bar for Port Orleans French Quarter.
Outside the pool, facing the lobby and Sassagoula Floatworks is a playground area for kids and also where I made a pit stop after my morning run to stretch. All over grounds between the lobby and the pool you will find really fun gators playing instruments in what looks like a Mardi Gras celebration or second line parade. The details are adorable.
There is one bus stop at Port Orleans French Quarter and it is located outside the main doors of the lobby. Because this is the smallest resort at Walt Disney World, it isn’t an inconvenience at all to only have one bus stop.
We have heard a lot of mixed feelings regarding preferring one bus stop or multiple bus stops. When we stayed at Port Orleans Riverside, we were huge fans of the multiple bus stops. If you are at a larger resort, it is so convenient to have the multiple bus stops and not have to wait in huge lines at the front of the resort. What are your thoughts on bus stops? Do you prefer a single bus stop at a resort or multiple stops?
Let’s talk food!
Port Orleans French Quarter is a southern inspired bar serving up festive spirits, beers and wines. It’s a very small space with mahogany wood accents all around. The bar also serves small plates that include, the famous boozy beignets which are three of their amazingly delicious beignets served with your choice of Bailey’s, Kahlua or RumChata. Other dishes include crawfish etoufee, Sassagoula crab dip and chicken and waffles.
Sassagoula Floatworks is the quick service option at this resort. There are several stations that serve everything from po’ boys to pasta, beignets and cheeseburgers. We actually dined here several times and although the beignets are amazing the food was just so-so from what we experienced. We definitely recommend making a trip here for the beignets though, they are well worth it.
Transportation from Port Orleans French Quarter include Friendship Boats that take you on a gorgeous journey to Disney Springs, bus transportation to each park and Minnie Vans.
If you are looking to workout, there is not fitness center at Port Orleans French Quarter or at Port Orleans Riverside, the sister resort. However, there is a gorgeous path that connects the two resorts and skirts the river. It is one of my favorite ways to exercise in Disney.
If you are looking to check out Riverside, this path is only about ten minutes to get you there where you can wander through the beautiful grounds of Port Orleans Riverside, grab a bite to eat at the River Mill which is the quick service at Riverside or at Boatwright’s.
We loved our stay at Port Orleans French Quarter. In fact, I have already been talking to Bryson about how we need to stay there again on a future trip. If you are looking at Moderate Disney Resorts, definitely check out Port Orleans French Quarter for your trip.
Have you stayed at this resort? What did you think?
That’s it for this post. I hope that this has helped you in planning your next Disney vacation and that you enjoyed reading all about Port Orleans French Quarter.
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