Resort Spotlight – Port Orleans French Quarter

Sitting right beside it’s sister resort Port Orleans Riverside is Port Orleans French Quarter. A moderate level resort located basically right in the center of the Walt Disney World Resort. This is basically the smallest resort on property, but don’t let it’s size fool you, it’s an amazing place to stay.

The theming is set to The French Quarter in New Orleans complete with cobblestone walkways, gas lamps, and wrought iron balconies. You’ll also find the Sassagoula River at the back of the resort, which with a short walk upto Riverside you can catch a boat to Downtown Disney/Disney Springs. Also up at Riverside is the shared Table Service location, Boatwrights. There you can get american and seafood overlooking the river. Back over at French Quarter you’ll find the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, a quick service location catering to your classic american fast food, some new orleans dishes, pizza, and of course dessert. Prices typically ranging about $15 or less. One thing to note hear if you have food allergies, you may have heard about the wonderful beignets that are allergy friendly for gluten and dairy. This is here they have them. There are also two lounges, the Scat Cat Club and Madri Grogs. You can also get pizza delivery to your room. Heading over to nearby Disney Springs also provides a plethora of dining options just a few minutes away.

Getting to the parks is a short walk from your room to the bus stop in front of the main building. To note, French Quarter and Riverside share most buses like the All-Star Resorts do, however, French Quarter typically gets picked up first. So make sure you account for taking a few stops at Riverside when planning when to get to an ADR or Park. At the parks you’ll find the bus stops typically closer than the Value Resorts so you’ll have less hiking to do to get from the bus to the parks and back.

For relaxing around the resort you have the pool at French Quarter as well as quick access to the pool at Riverside. Similarly there are playgrounds and arcades at both Resorts for kids to enjoy themselves at. Children 4-12 can set sail on a Pirate Adventure Cruise. You can take a horse drawn carriage ride, as well as rent bikes (regular or Surrey), jog on trails, and go fishing (catch-and-release). In the evenings there is also the Cajun Capfire Activities. You’re also a short trip to all the fun at Disney Springs for shopping and entertainment. Speaking of shopping there is of course gift shops at both resorts.

Moving on to the accomadations, each room features 2 queen or 1 king-size bed(s). The main difference in price you’ll pay is for the view from the room. with the pool view being the most expensive around $202 a night and ye old standard room with a courtyard/landscape view runnig for around $170. Those prices change based on discounts, seasons, specials so check what they are for the dates you are going to make sure you have it budgeted correctly. In general, it tends to run about average for the Moderates, with Caribbean Beach sometimes being slightly cheaper. The rooms are lovely, just a bit bigger than the Values to easily accomidate the bigger beds and the bathroom is also a bit bigger. There is also complimentary wi-fi, though as I’ve said before, I often have better luck running my phones mobile hotspot for anything major beyond some geenral surfing. Childcare services are also available including activity centers and in-room babysitting.

 

This a great little resort that is typically quiet. You don’t have to go far to get to anything and the theming is lovely. Personally it is one of my favorites to stay at when I went a few extra perks without breaking the bank.

 

Patrick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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