5 Reasons to Stay at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter
Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is a moderate category resort in the Disney Springs area of the Walt Disney World Property. Located next to her sister resort, Port Orleans- Riverside on the Sassagoula River, French Quarter is the smaller of the two and is themed in the quaint and colorful styling of New Orleans.
With wrought iron and tree lined brick walkways, this quiet resort is one of my favorites on property. Here are 5 reasons why it should be your favorite as well!
5. The Size
Port Orleans French Quarter is the smallest resort in the moderate category with the Dabloon Lagoon pool located in it’s center. Because of its’ size, there really is no bad resort room location.
Everything is very walkable and in close proximity to the pool and other amenities such as the lobby, the store, the arcade and the amazing quick serve location, Sassagoula Floatworks. There is also only one bus stop at this resort which makes transportation to and from the theme parks easy and efficient.
4. The Perks
It is very easy to walk the scenic path over to the sister resort at Port Orleans Riverside. This means that you can use all of the amenities at this larger resort and then come home to the quiet of Port Orleans French Quarter when you’re ready to call it a night.
At Riverside, you’ll find a fabulous table service option at Boatwright’s, a fantastic lounge offering live entertainment with Yehaa Bob on select nights at the River Roost, and you are able to pool hop to make use of the fun main pool at Ol’ Man Island swimming hole.
3. The River
The location of Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter on the banks of the Sassagoula River not only provides a scenic view for guests, but it also provides an alternate form of transportation to and from Disney Springs.
Simply take the yellow route cruise from the dock by Dabloon Lagoon to the Marketplace Dock in Disney Springs. It is a breezy, pretty ride past Riverside and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort to some of the greatest shopping and dining on property.
2. The Beignets
How could the Imagineers design a resort around the charm of New Orleans without including the greatest culinary delight that the area is known for? These delectable treats can be found in the bakery at the Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory.
Fried fresh to order and topped with powdered sugar, these special beignets are Mickey-shaped (of course) and can be served with your choice of a warm caramel, chocolate or chicory coffee dipping sauce.
Guests on the dining plan can order three beignets for one snack credit (or pay $4.49). They also come in an order of 6 for $6.99. They are worth the trip over for guests who are not staying in the resort.
They are THAT good! Want to feel like you’ve worked for your beignet? Every Sunday, guests can partake in the “Beignet Dash”, a 1.5 mile fun run for a $15 fee! Participants can register the morning of the race on the Riverwalk where you’ll get a bib and a voucher. Run or walk your race and you’ll receive a participation medal and a beignet!
1. The Pool
Dabloon Lagoon is a whimsical pool in the heart of the French Quarter. With its’ vibrant colors and cool croc jazz band, the pool’s focal point is the cool water slide, Scales, in the shape of a sea serpent. King Neptune sits atop Scales and watches the fun of the Mardi Gras celebrations in the pool below.
But my favorite feature of this pool is the new splash pad adjacent to the main swimming area. Complete with fountains and tipping buckets of water, this nautical playground was perfect for my four year old who was able to explore and play in the gated area while I sat in a chair in the shade and watched.
Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is not to be missed! The recently renovated rooms with hardwood floors, extra space under the beds for storage, and upgrades like USB ports and wall-mounted toiletries, are clean and comfortable. You have to see for yourself all of the charm of the Big Easy!
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