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Port Orleans French Quarter, like its sister resort next door, is a vacation destination unto itself

  • Jun 5, 2010
Rating:
+5

The bottom line, of all the resorts Mary Ann and I have stayed at on Walt Disney World property, Port Orleans French Quarter (POFQ) is now our favorite. We were there in December 2009, and found this resort to be comfortable, quiet, very pretty and romantic… just the right size to return to from a long day at the parks. Of course there are things I would have liked to see a little different, but overall we’re big fans of Moderate resorts, of which the Port Orleans pair and especially POFQ are vacation spots unto themselves.

This is actually not the first time I’ve written about Port Orleans French Quarter (POFQ). During the first month of A World View, on January 16, 2010 I posted an article that featured this resort and its special bakery highlight, the Beignets. These hand-held (and messy) delights are just heavenly and a “must try” for every visit, even it you don’t stay at this resort. Check out the article and the photo of this scrumptious, flaky pastry buried in powdered sugar.

POFQ is well liked by many visitors, such as my favorite Disney podcaster Lou Mongello. It is highly-rated by official sources and most people say they will come back. Trip Advisor posts it as number 72 of 348 Orlando Hotels. AllEars.Net readers rate it 8.68 of 10.0  and Dis Boards posters give it 9.1 of 10 points. And here's a little more on the Moderate Resorts from Only WDWorld

Let’s talk about the food. There is only a food court here, the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory and no table service restaurant. But with Riverside within walking distance, it’s not really necessary. Floatworks is where you will find the beignets, but also typical Disney food court fare such as burgers, sandwiches, salads and chicken (and Mickey waffles for breakfast!). And you will also find a little southern “Creole” flavor in the ribs, red beans and rice. Plus Pizza delivery is available to guest rooms. Here are the menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The  food court is striking and colorful. Everywhere are masks and over-size representations of the New Orleans Mardi Gras-type decorations. It is great for pictures and just a very happy place to eat. There are half the number of rooms at POFQ than at its sister resort Riverside. So even when busy, you can find a table at this food court, although it's best to avoid the 8:00 am rush.

For the adults, stop by the Scat Cat’s Club in the evening for a live jazz piano player and their specialty drinks including a French Quarter favorite, the Hurricane (Southern Comfort, orange juice, pineapple juice and grenadine). Scat Cat’s Club is decorated in musical memorabilia and is comfortable place to wind down. On some nights you will be entertained by Elliot Dyson, saxophonist, vocalist, bluesy guitar with some steel drum added to the mix. Here is a menu.

 

Port Orleans French Quarter is a meticulously themed and decorated environment with kid- and photo-friendly character statues. All over property there are ornate decorative row-type buildings with wrought iron balconies modeled after the French Quarter in New Orleans.

You will find cobblestone streets, flower gardens and courtyards throughout. This is a wonderful place to walk through anytime day or night. I did have one issue about the placement of the parking lots in relation to the rooms. But it’s not a big resort footprint anyway, so getting from one place to another is simpler and faster than most other properties when your room is not on top of the main building.

I recommend again that the standard rooms are just as good as the water view, only less expensive. These are an adequate size with two doubles or one king. It was also nice to see towel origami animals during most days of our visit. And watch for the street signs which are entertainment in themselves like: Rue D’Baga, Neptunes Parade, Café au Lait Way and Cake Walk

The pool at POFQ is one of the best on property, if not the most decorative to theme. The Doubloon Lagoon is 225,000 gallons with a sea-serpent themed water slide. There is also a hot tub and a children's playground. While at the Doubloon Lagoon poolside, you will find the Mardi Grogs where you can get one of their specialty drinks (with or without alcohol), or catch a hot dog, sandwich or ice cream.

The kids also have a Disney typical video game arcade in the main building, Port Orleans Square. You can catch the boat down the Sassagoula River to Downtown Disney at the dock at POFQ. However if you want more recreation on the water, you’ll need to walk over to Riverside for watercraft and bike rentals, fishing and carriage rides. And remember, wave hello to everyone on the Sassagoula River. Take a look at the map of the river. If you rent a Sea Raycer, you could spend a lot of time out there.

 

I’ve found this really good summary walking tour video on POFQ located in the “brytyme” collection of Disney videos you should check out. But don't forget to check out the videos on the comprehensive Port Orleans fan site, PortOrleans.Com.

If you’re interested in either of the two Port Orleans locations PortOrleans.Org that has lots of information you will find helpful such as the visitor forum where you’ll find trip reports. Take a quick look at the site map and you will find a full map to download; one of the better road maps of WDW; a summary of resort for planning; and a typical guest room floor plan.

 Laisser le bon rouleau de temps

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Corporate Description: Disney's Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter is a 1,008-room hotel inspired by the romance and pageantry of the historic French Quarter in New Orleans.Disney's Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter is located near:Epcot theme parkDowntown Disney AreaDisney's BoardWalk AreaEvery day is a celebration at Disney's Port Orleans Resort —French Quarter. Step through a wrought-iron portal into an alluring recreation of the historic New Orleans district known for delicious Cajun food, jazz music and dazzling parades. Stroll cobblestone walkways and gaze down ornate wrought-iron railings as you listen to the smooth jazz backdrop and breathe in the sweet smell of magnolia blossoms in the air.The theming of Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter is so ornate and intricate—including street signs, sidewalks, brick-laden roads, antique gas lampposts, fountains and decorative chimneys—a trip to your room often feels like you are walking through New Orleans.The resort's central building, named The Mint, features the Main Lobby, registration desk, food court, lounge, shop and video game arcade. In keeping with the Mardi Gras theme, the food court and the pool are decorated with a variety of parade floats and props. Doubloon Lagoon—the centrally located pool complex—includes a waterslide that resembles a giant sea serpent.The lushly landscaped mile-long walking path along the Sassagoula River is great for a stroll to unwind after a busy day. Just try not to startle...
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