It’s pretty safe to say that Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is my personal favourite of all the Disney resorts, so it’s always at the top of my list when it’s time to plan our next trip.
To be fair, I haven’t stayed at all of the Walt Disney World resorts, but of those I’ve stayed at, this moderate resort is the one I love most.
Each resort has it’s own special qualities that makes it unique, but to me, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is the one that has all the things I love in a home-away-from-home.
I could list more than five reasons to love Port Orleans French Quarter, but I’ve narrowed down my list and I hope it helps you when making your decision on where to stay.
5 Reasons to Pick Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort
1. The Resort Size
If you compare the Port Orleans French Quarter map to the maps for other resorts, you’ll notice that it’s the smallest of all the resorts.
There are pros and cons to this, but the pros weigh out the cons, for me.
A big pro is that it’s quick to get from place to place during your stay.
There are only seven buildings in this smaller resort, so you’re never far from the main building, the bus stop, the onsite store, the pool, and the food court—basically, you’re never far from all the fun.
Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort and French Quarter are sister resorts and are separated by a short, 10-minute walk down one of the many paths.
All of the amenities at Riverside are accessible to you if you’re staying at French Quarter, so take a quick stroll over to see Riverside.
A con to this being a small resort, however, is that the resort fills up quickly, so when reserving your room, you’ll have to do it quickly so you get the room you want.
Because it’s small, this also excludes Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter from most of the big accommodation deals that Disney puts out occasionally.
They have no problems filling up this resort, and all it will take is one stay to understand why!
2. The Grounds and the Pool
The grounds are immaculate. During our stay, there were always staff members pruning, and sweeping, and keeping everything looking pretty (they do a great job!).
The Port Orleans French Quarter Pool is one that both you and your kids will love.
The pool area is large and has lots of space for parents to lounge and relax while the kids play.
The pool is monitored by lifeguards and there are activities offered throughout the day in case you want to take a break from the parks to cool down.
To see a little more of the French Quarter pool, browse through these photos on the Walt Disney World website.
3. The Ferryboat Service
I can’t say enough about the ferryboat. This is one of the main things that made us fall in love with the Port Orleans resorts.
Getting to Disney Springs is just a short, relaxing ferry ride away down the Sassagoula River. (We prefer getting to Disney Springs this way over the bus!)
The ride down the river to Disney Springs takes about 20-minutes and it will be the most relaxing part of your day.
4. The Food
The Port Orleans French Quarter Restaurant / Food Court, aka: Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, is one of my favourite places to eat in Walt Disney World.
That may sound strange because of all the world-class restaurants that can be found throughout Disney. A food court? Really?
There’s nothing super fancy about the menu, but aside from the standard food court offerings (burgers, fries, etc.), there are some very memorable meals and treats to be devoured.
What I love is that there’s something for everyone on the Port Orleans French Quarter menu.
There are omni, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. There is also Cajun fare to fit in with the theme of the resort. Overall, it’s a very interesting and appetizing mix of options.
And we can’t forget about the beignets.
If you aren’t familiar with the French Quarter beignets, you must familiarize yourself with them. They are fried doughnut-like treats that come with dipping sauces and are made to order.
And they’ll become one of your favourite Disney treats.
They can also be made vegan, or gluten-free, so be sure to ask!
5. The Theme
Until I can get myself to the real New Orleans, (which is high on my list!), Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is a nice stand-in.
The theme of the resort is, of course, everything Mardi Gras and New Orleans style. They do this easily with the way they’ve designed the buildings and how they’ve adorned the grounds.
The theme is prominent throughout the resort but they don’t go overboard.
It’s just the right mix to make both kids and adults have a pleasant stay at this gem of a Disney resort.
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I hope this was helpful and if you decide to stay at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter resort, or if you’ve stayed there in the past, let me know how you liked it in the comments below.
And if you have questions about the resort, ask away!