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Our ~Frogtastic~ Guide to Disney's Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter

by Mommy Frog on January 30, 2024 Orlando   Video

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As soon as you arrive at Disney's Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter, you'll immediately be transported to the heart of New Orleans. Take a deep breath and breathe in the sweet aroma of magnolia blossoms. Listen out for the faint sound of jazz music and take notice of the colorful buildings, reminiscent of The Big Easy. As you make your way through the property, you'll catch glimpses of the tranquil Sassagoula River and the boats gliding by. This resort is a feast for the senses! It's easy to see why this is one of our frog-favorite Walt Disney World resorts. Are you considering a stay at Disney's Port Orleans — French Quarter? This post has everything you need to know before your next visit. Let's hop in, y'all!

Port Orleans — French Quarter — Entrance Sign

Disney's Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter Overview

Disney's Port Orleans — French Quarter is a charming resort located at Walt Disney World Resort. Inspired by the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, this resort offers a combination of southern hospitality and Disney magic that creates a one-of-a-kind experience.

Not only is this moderate resort a Frog Family favorite, but this resort is also a popular choice for those who frequently visit Disney World. Leap enjoys capturing footage of the Antebellum details, while I love the quaint and quiet atmosphere. You can usually find Tad and Lily hopping around at the Mardi Gras-themed pool — Dabloon Lagoon. With a sea serpent waterslide and water playground, our two froglets just can't get enough!

In addition, the resort features colorful and whimsical buildings, cobblestone streets and manicured landscaping that create an ambiance of old-world charm.

Port Orleans — French Quarter — Fountain by Garden View Rooms

The rooms are comfortably sized and elegantly decorated with nods to The Big Easy, and guests can choose between garden, pool or river views.

French Quarter also offers a variety of amenities. In addition to the themed pool with a sea serpent slide, you'll find a playground and an arcade, plus bus and boat transportation to other parts of the Walt Disney World Resort. Your crew will love frogtastic recreational activities such as Movies Under the Stars and nightly cajun campfires (complete with complimentary marshmallows!). Dining options include the well-known, quick-service food court Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory, as well as Scat Cat's Cafe and Scat Cat's Lounge — a lively jazz lounge.

Disney's Port Orleans — French Quarter Rooms

One of the many things that guests love about Port Orleans — French Quarter is the different room options available, each with its own unique features and views.

Port Orleans – French Quarter — view of the resort grounds and buildings

Standard Rooms

The standard rooms at Port Orleans — French Quarter are moderately sized (314 square feet) and elegantly decorated. These rooms come with two queen beds, a nightstand, a chest of drawers, a table and chairs, a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge and a coffee maker. There's also a vanity area with double sinks and a large mirror, as well as a separate bathroom area with a full-sized bathtub & shower and toilet. Some rooms come with a view of the courtyard or the general landscaping.

River View Rooms

For guests who want a more scenic view, the river view rooms at Port Orleans — French Quarter are a great option. These rooms come with all the same amenities as the standard rooms, but offer a stunning view of the Sassagoula River. Grab a seat next to your room window and watch as boats glide by. It's a great option for those who want to add a little extra tranquility during their stay.

Port Orleans - French Quarter — Standard Room

Pool View Rooms

If you have young tadpoles or froglets in your squad who enjoy spending time by the pool, the pool view rooms at Port Orleans  — French Quarter are an excellent choice. These rooms come with all the same amenities as the standard rooms but have a great view of the resort's main pool. Although there are no private balconies in any of the rooms, each floor is equipped with ornamental iron-railed accessways that serve as a great place to take in all of the lovely views.

King Bed Rooms

For couples or solo travelers who want a little extra space and comfort, the king bed rooms at Port Orleans French Quarter are a froggerific option. These rooms come with a plush king-size bed, two nightstands, a chest of drawers, a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge and a coffee maker. Some king bed rooms offer a view of the courtyard or the garden.

Accessible Rooms

Port Orleans — French Quarter also offers accessible rooms for guests with disabilities. These rooms feature hearing accessibility with visual alarms and notifications and/or wheelchair accessibility with roll-in showers with grab bars. For more information on room accessibility, call (407) 939-1936 to speak with a cast member about your specific needs.

Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter Transportation Options

Centrally located, Port Orleans French Quarter offers close proximity to some of Disney World's most popular destinations, including EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs.

Guests can easily access all four Disney World theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs via Disney bus transportation. The bus stop is located near the resort lobby. For a more scenic route, guests can hop on a short and relaxing boat ride to Disney Springs.

Port Orleans — French Quarter — Riverboat

Port Orleans — Riverside is the sister resort to French Quarter. Guests can easily access it by taking a leisurely walk along the scenic Sassagoula River. If we have a rest day or two scheduled, we like to take advantage of all the onsite amenities. These include the multiple dining options, bike rentals, fishing or even booking a horse-drawn carriage ride. Because Riverside and French Quarter are sister resorts, guests can enjoy the amenities at both.

Recreation & Amenities at Disney's Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter

Port Orleans — French Quarter at Disney World is a resort that offers a variety of recreational activities. From outdoorsy activities, water fun or indoor entertainment, we're hoppy to share that you'll never get bored during your stay!

The pool at Port Orleans — French Quarter is one of the resort's main attractions. The Dabloon Lagoon pool is themed after a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade, complete with wrought-iron gates and a jovial jester at its center. The pool area features a waterslide that winds its way around a sea serpent, as well as a hot tub and a water playground for younger children. Loungers and umbrellas are available for guests to relax and soak up the sun, while the Mardi Grogs pool bar offers refreshing drinks and snacks.

Disney World Average Cost - French Quarter Swimming Pool

Join in on the Cajun Campfire Activities at the courtyard between buildings 5 and 6 every day of the week. Here you can hang with your crew as you toast marshmallows by a crackling fire.

Tad and Lily love catching the Movies Under the Stars where we can view complimentary showings of Disney films on certain nights. The screenings take place around 8:30 p.m., but you'll want to ask about the specifics at the resort's front desk.

Be sure to check out both the bicycle and surrey bike rentals over at Riverside Levee Marina. You can get in some extra exercise and cruise around the resort in style! :) And a trip to Port Orleans — French Quarter wouldn't be complete without a little catch-and-release fishing over at 'Ol Man Island watering hole over at Riverside. Port Orleans — French Quarter also offers a playground and jogging trails.

Similar to other hotels at Walt Disney World Resort, Port Orleans French Quarter provides Early Theme Park Entry, granting guests access to the parks 30 minutes prior to opening each day. In addition, guests at Riverside can take advantage of the Disney Genie+ service, which offers early access to individual Lightning Lane selections. With this service, hotel guests can begin booking at 7 a.m., which gives an advantage for snagging ride reservations for new and popular attractions such as TRON Lightcycle / Run or Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. Guests staying on-site can also book their Advance Dining Reservations 60 days in advance for the length of their stay.

It's important to link your hotel reservation to your My Disney Experience account to ensure you can enjoy all of these benefits. To learn more about the benefits of staying on-site, check out our full guide.

Additionally, the Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter offers:

  • ATM and banking service
  • Bell services
  • Laundry and dry cleaning services
  • Mail services
  • Merchandise shops
  • Complimentary self-parking

Dining at Disney's Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter

Both Port Orleans resorts offer dining options to satisfy any craving. From quick-service meals to fine dining experiences, you can enjoy a range of delicious dishes.

Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory is the resort's quick-service food court where you'll find yummy dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast, there are traditional favorites such as Mickey waffles, scrambled eggs and breakfast potatoes. Lunch and dinner options include burgers, pizza, jambalaya and gumbo. However, the star of the show can be found next door at Scat Cat's Club - Café because ... Mickey beignets! These fluffy, deep-fried pastries come in both traditional and seasonal flavors. They are a must-try!

Port Orleans — French Quarter — Mickey Beignet with colored sprinkles

After a day at the parks, kick back at Scat Cat's Club, the resort's lounge. The menu features specialty cocktails and small plates. There's a full bar onsite and guests can choose from a selection of beverages, including the Southern Hurricane. Live jazz music is featured at the lounge in the evenings. As a huge fan of jazz, Leap couldn't stop talking about this place long after our stay!

French Quarter doesn't have a table-service restaurant, but you can find Boatwright's Dining Hall, just a short distance away at Port Orleans Riverside. The menu includes classic Southern dishes, such as jambalaya, seafood boil and shrimp and grits. The restaurant also offers prime rib and seafood dishes. For the tadpoles, they will love the grilled chicken and mac and cheese. The atmosphere is rustic and cozy, with wooden beams and a large fireplace creating a welcoming ambiance. Just don't leave without trying the dessert. We highly recommend the Mississippi Mud Crème Brûlée! (Boatwright's currently only serves dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

Port Orleans — French Quarter — Boatwright's Dinner

Things to Consider Before Staying at Disney's Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter

Staying at Port Orleans French Quarter at Disney World has many things to consider. It's no secret that the grounds are gorgeous and the resort's theming is second to none. Another benefit is the resort's location, which is close to Disney Springs, EPCOT & Hollywood Studios. The resort also has a nice selection of dining options, plus all the fun amenities.

On the flip side, French Quarter is the smallest resort on-site and offers the least amount of guest rooms. Unless you book your vacation well in advance, limited availability may make it more difficult to reserve a stay here. Furthermore, each room accommodates up to four people (plus one child under three in a crib). Larger families may find it more convenient to book a room with the fifth sleeper bed at neighboring Riverside or stay in a family suite such as Disney's Art of Animation or All-Star Music Resort.

Port Orleans — French Quarter — jazz band alligator statues

Overall, we LOVE Disney's Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter! We think it's a unique resort that evokes the spirit of New Orleans right in the heart of Disney World. What's not to like about that? While the resort may have some drawbacks, such as limited room availability, it remains a popular choice for Disney fans. If you like a relaxed vibe filled with southern charm, then definitely consider Port Orleans — French Quarter for your next Disney World vacation!

Is Port Orleans — French Quarter on your list of places to stay at Disney World? Don't froget that we offer hoppin' discounts on all the Walt Disney resorts. We can't wait to help you plan a trip of a lifetime!

Related: Which Disney World Moderate Resort is Right for You?

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