Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

You will revel in the romance and pageantry of New Orleans’s historic French Quarter at this Moderate Resort hotel. Discover cobblestone streets, gas lamps, wrought-iron balconies and fragrant magnolia blossoms, along with colorful Mardi Gras characters and the sounds of jazz. 

The resort is very well themed and has the most “transportative” quality of all the moderates.  From the moment you arrive, you definitely have the feeling of being somewhere magical and everything about the Mardi Gras and French Quarter theming just screams FUN!

One key difference from the “real” French Quarter is that the resort was extremely quiet and quaint feeling.  The landscaping is gorgeous and the jazz music gently piped in is really quite lovely and authentic feeling.

Evenings at French Quarter are just as charming, and family friendly to boot. :-)

We experienced a flawless check in and arrival. The cast members were all cheerful and helpful.

Off of the main lobby entrance is Sassagoula Float Works (quick serve dining) on one side, and the shop and arcade on the opposite side.

The resort is small and walkable, unlike the other options in the moderate category.  One con to note is that it is motel style. All rooms open to the exterior hallways and none have a balcony or patio. I find this to be nosier at night and in the early mornings – I think guests use their “outside voice” because, technically, they are outside. Also, because the only source of natural light is a window that opens to the walkway, you really can’t even open the curtains without people streaming by and looking in.

The rooms are clean and comfortable, and spacious enough for four with two queen beds. The decor is nothing to write home about. My main complaint is just how dark they are.

The bathroom situation is not my favorite, with just a curtain between the bed and vanity. You can see the “closet” next to the sinks. There is a door to close off the shower/tub and toilet.

We loved the Mardi Gras beads and saw lots of guests, including Whit, wearing them.

I found the options at the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court to be somewhat limited but all quite good.  Again, this resort is not large and the food court is appropriately sized.  That being said, I really enjoyed everything that we ate!

Our favorites were the gumbo and jambalaya!

Of course, the beignets at Scat Cat’s Club Cafe are the “can’t miss” option here and 99% of the reason Whit picked this resort for our winter break stay.  They are really yummy and we did indulge every.single.day. We even carried a bag home for Honey and John! You must try the chicory chocolate dipping sauce with them. YUMMMM!

On our first night, we enjoyed a bite to eat and some incredible live jazz at Scat Cat’s Club Lounge.  The service was exceptional, the music wonderful, and kids are welcome! The Jazz Fusion Band plays every Friday Saturday and Sunday evening beginning at 7:30 PM. This is an incredible amenity for a moderate resort.

We logged daily hours at the Doubloon Lagoon pool.  It’s very well themed for a moderate!!  Festive decorations, an all-alligator band and a blue sea serpent immerse you in the magic of New Orleans.

Kids of all ages with enjoy a slide down Scales, the 51-foot-long snaking sea serpent slide, whose tongue deposits you into the lagoon with a mighty splash. All the while, King Neptune watches over the merriment from on high.

Alligator jazz aficionados, a water play area, a whirlpool spa complete the area!

It’s Mardi Gras every day at the Mardi Grogs pool bar! Belly up for classic Mardi Gras cocktails and a quick serve meal to enjoy pool side, to go, or in the shaded dining area.

There is also a playground just outside of the pool gates!

At night, everything was just as lovely and festive.  You will enjoy smores each evening, movies under the stars and a swim under the glowing eyes of Scales. You can even take a horse drawn carriage ride around the resort. It’s absolutely charming at night!

Another fantastic feature at French Quarter is that there is a boat service to both Port Orleans Riverside and Disney Springs. You can enjoy their dining and amenities as well. My favorite is the Yehaa Bob’s show in the River Roost Lounge at Port Orleans Riverside.  

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We also took the boat to Disney Springs for a little dinner and shopping one evening.  It’s a lovely ride along the bayou!

People always want to know about the busses when staying on property.  French Quarter is small and has just one bus stop at the lobby.  It is dedicated during busy times and makes a stop at Riverside during off hours of the day.  (Riverside has 4 stops alone, so when shared, it is a LONG ride!)

As far as my favorite moderate resort goes, my number one for adults or families with order kids is still Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs. The rooms and amenities in the tower are extremely nice and sophisticated. For a family with kids – or one looking for Disney theming – French Quarter remains my favorite.

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One thought on “Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

  1. I really like the smaller feel of Port Orleans French Quarter resort and the food especially the gumbo looked delicious. I might stay here just for the gumbo and beignets! The one negative that you mentioned is the rooms are motel style which can be noisy, but I have stayed in upscale hotels with interior rooms and found some of them to noisy as well when guests are talking outside of your room in hallways and kids are running up and down the hallways late at night or early in the morning.

    There is a resort (Best Western Eden Premier) we stay at when visiting the PA Amish Country that has a floor for adult guests only which we love! I wish more resorts and hotels would have a designated floor or wing for adults only.

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