At Disney’s Port Orleans Resort you have a choice of two different New Orleans experiences. You can either stay in the historic French Quarter or in a Louisiana Bayou style at Riverside. This resort is considered a moderate value resort, but it sure packs a deluxe sized value.
On a recent visit to Walt Disney World I decided to stay at the French Quarter area of Port Orleans. The resort is set in a park-like setting, there are wrought-iron balconies and fences, play areas, a laundry facility, shopping, dining, airport check-in and a fun pool area.
The staff was fantastic and friendly, you do really feel the Disney magic at this resort. I accidentally checked into the Riverside front desk and instead of making me walk a mile to my room they had a bell hop drive me over in a golf cart.
The serene pathways that surround the resort make this a peaceful resort to stay at.
I stayed at building number 4 which was close to the Disney Transportation buses as well as food, the gift shop and the check in area.
There are six pools available at the resort and one of them is in the French Quarter. The pool has a Mardi Gras-theme with a fun water slide in the shape of a giant sea serpent. The pool area features a tribe of Jazz-loving alligator statues and clam shell water features.
The accommodations for this resort are nice for a moderate value resort. The room I stayed in did not have a closet, but there is a bar in the vanity area to hang your clothing. A curtain can be pulled closed to separate the bathroom area from the rest of the room.
The rooms also have a nice dresser, a TV, a mini fridge and a table with two chairs. There was no extra room to really move about the room, unlike the deluxe resorts where you feel like you have some breathing room.
For my situation I was staying alone for one night and really just needed a place to sleep, I didn’t spend a lot of time in the room so it worked out well for me.
These rooms have an exterior hallway and room entry, I normally don’t like to stay at hotels with exterior entry but I felt safe here and it was quiet. These are three story buildings and there are stairs and elevators to each floor.
There is a large variety of food available at the French Quarter from the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court. They serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. I was only able to enjoy breakfast while I was on property and it was really good, the Beignets were also fantastic.
I was also delighted with the store Jackson Square, there was a large variety of Disney resort merchandise, personal needs such as toothpaste, snack food, newspapers and New Orleans specific merchandise.
I found the French Quarter to be a relaxing resort and I highly recommend it. It was hard to believe that I was staying in Orlando because I really felt like I was in New Orleans.
Have you stayed at this resort before? What are your tips and recommendations about this Disney property.