Port Orleans French Quarter is one of our favorite Walt Disney World resorts. The New Orleans atmosphere, compact size, and nice amenities make this resort a great place to stay for adults or for families with kids of all ages. The resort is a small one, so regardless of which building you are in it’s a relatively short walk to the rest of the resort and the bus stops.
The guest rooms are approximately 314 square feet, and we were comfortable here as a family of four. We’ve stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter three times, and each time we’ve found the queen mattresses to be firm to our liking and the pillows to be comfortable. The rooms are tastefully decorated, and have the standard tables with two chairs, a dresser (three drawers), a flat screen TV, small refrigerator, and a privacy curtain that separates the bed area from the double sink area.
The storage area to the side of the sinks is large enough to stash suitcases, hang clothes, and store snacks. Our favorite tip is to bring a shoe holder from home to hang here. Inside, we keep items such as medications, deodorants, etc. and that keeps the sink area clutter-free.
Port Orleans French Quarter offers bus transportation to all of the parks and boat transportation to Port Orleans Riverside and Downtown Disney via the Sassagoula River. The boat ride is relaxing, and for us it’s a must do!
New Orleans Square
New Orleans Square is the main building that houses the check-in area with concierge desk, Jackson’s Square Gift Shop, the arcade, Scat Cat’s Club, and the Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory. I wrote a previous article on the Sassagoula Float Works and Food Factory, so all I will skip the details here other than to say to savor the beignets!
Our family enjoys the jolly greeter at the resort entrance and the New Orleans influence throughout the building.
A musician performed at Scat Cat’s (pictured below) on select nights, though Disney is currently in the process of changing the live entertainment. Scat Cat’s is still a relaxing place to unwind after a day in the parks, or you can hop on a boat and sail over to Port Orleans Riverside to see Yehaa Bob’s show.
The resort guide lists all of the activities happening at the resorts. We have enjoyed pool games, a campfire on the Bayou, and the free nightly movies at Port Orleans French Quarter. There is also a playground area near the pool and a pin trading board in the Jackson Square gift shop. Bike rentals are available at Port Orleans Riverside and carriage rides make for a tranquil evening activity. Because Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter are sister resorts, guests at either resort are welcome to use the pool and amenities at both resorts.
The Doubloon Lagoon Pool at Port Orleans French Quarter features a water slide with King Neptune and a Sea Serpent. The young and young at heart find it a blast to slide down the Sea Serpent’s tongue into the pool! The pool area has spraying water, a kiddie pool, and a hot tub. Marti Grogs is a fine place to wet your whistle on a hot day, and shutterbugs will love the colorful gators surrounding the pool area! The laundry facilities are next to the Doubloon Lagoon Pool, and that makes it convenient to enjoy pool time while catching up on doing laundry.
The Atmosphere and the Details
There are many things to love about Port Orleans French Quarter, and my favorite thing would be the many details that come together to make it feel as if you are in New Orleans! Jazz music plays in the background, and everything from the ‘street’ names to the wrought iron railings on the buildings gives this quaint resort a New Orleans vibe. Even the pavement is decorated!
Yesterday, May 17, Port Orleans French Quarter turned 24 years old! So a happy belated birthday to this fantastic resort!
What are your favorite things about Port Orleans French Quarter?