Disney parks are known for their impeccable theming, and the hotels in Disney World are no different. No matter what resort you stay at, you’ll be transported to another time or world, and Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is no different. This gorgeous resort, inspired by the colorful sights and sounds of Mardi Gras, will give you a fun and exciting place to stay while visiting the theme parks on your next Disney World vacation.
An Overview of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
You’ll feel as though you’ve just landed in Southern Louisiana as you check into the front lobby, appropriately titled Port Orleans Square. This resort is modeled after the famous Bourbon Street, with its wrought-iron balconies and gas lamps lighting your way. You can even take a boat ride or walk down the Sassagoula River to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside.
Types of Rooms
While French Quarter does an excellent job in their theming, it is essential to note that they only offer standard rooms. You can choose a room with two queen beds or just a single king bed, making this hotel perfect for small groups of people (between 2-4).
Guests can choose a view of the gardens, river, pool, or a standard view.
Amenities Port Orleans – French Quarter
Disney World resorts offer fantastic amenities to help you have a wonderful time, even when you’re not in the parks. Guests staying at French Quarter can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and parking.
Families can dip at Doubloon Lagoon, a New Orleans-inspired pool featuring a sizeable 51-foot sea serpent whose tongue doubles as a water slide. A whirlpool spa is also located outside the pool area and is surrounded by plenty of lounge chairs for you to relax after a long day in the parks. However, it is important to note that the whirlpool spa is relatively small.
A Water Play Area is available for the younger ones with smaller slides and sprinklers.
While you usually need a room at a Disney resort to use the pool, guests staying at Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter can also use any of the five pools over at Port Orleans Resort – Riverside.
Activities Port Orleans – French Quarter
French Quarter features some of the exact recreations as other Disney hotels, such as complimentary movies under the stars and roasting marshmallows around a campfire. Families can also enjoy the South Quarter Arcade with fun Disney-themed games and classics such as Skee-Ball and pinball.
Since this resort is located on the Sassagoula River, you can stroll over to Port Orleans – Riverside for a horse-drawn carriage ride. This will cost you $55 before tax, but this 25-minute ride is a perfect way to truly enjoy the sights and sounds of both Port Orleans Resorts in Disney World.
Kids aged 2-12 can also take advantage of the fun playground near the pool. While not technically an amenity, this resort also has lush areas of grass that are perfect for children to run around in and get out some of that energy on days you aren’t in the parks.
Transportation to the Parks, Disney Springs
Like all Disney World resorts, your stay includes complimentary transportation to all four theme parks, the water parks, and Disney Springs.
Busses can take guests to any of the above locations and Disney′s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course. You can find the bus stop right outside the front lobby.
Because the French Quarter is on the water, transportation by water taxi is also available if you’re heading to Disney Springs. Suppose you’re looking for more dining options or want a change of scenery. In that case, the water taxi will also take you to Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside. You can enjoy a relaxing ride on the water while going to your destination.
Dining Options Port Orleans – French Quarter
French Quarter does not have any table service restaurants for dining. However, they do have several dining options to choose from, all of which are perfectly themed.
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory
Enjoy a savory bowl of gumbo or jambalaya in this Mardi-Gras-inspired dining area. The high ceilings of this food court will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into the …
This full-service bar is perfect for a late-evening snack or drink. On Wednesday-Sunday nights, you can order a Bonfamilies Bourbon Peach Tea with some alcohol-infused beignets while listening to a live jazz performance.
It would only be a trip to the French Quarter with a delicious Mickey-shaped beignet. Even if you aren’t staying at French Quarter, it’s worth the trip just for this fluffy dessert alone, as this is one of the only places in Disney World where you can get one (the other location being Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie at the French Pavilion in EPCOT). At Scat Cat’s Club Cafe, you can purchase an order of six or three to share with friends or get yourself a Mickey-shaped beignet sundae.
This bar is located near the pool and offers various cocktails, mocktails, and a few food items. You can order a Gata-Melon Juice or a Hurricane after a refreshing swim in the pool while the kids enjoy a Bull Frog Brew or Lava Smoothie.
Port Orleans – French Quarter is a perfect resort for families ready to be transported into the season of Mardi Gras. Whether you’re looking for live music and themed drinks or an exciting pool for the kids, this resort is perfect for all parties visiting Walt Disney World.