I really like writing about different hotels and resorts I have stayed at and this one is from quite a while back. I still have loads of photos, so I thought I would write about it here. Back in December 2010 I stayed at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. I know it was quite a long time ago but I really want to write about it here. I went back to the resort about 3 years ago and it still looked the same when I stayed there.
Disney’s Port Orleans is split into two resorts – French Quarter and Riverside. The French Quarter is themed liked New Orleans, while Riverside is themed like deep south rural Louisiana. Back in the day Riverside was known as Disney’s Dixie Landings resort, but then it got changed to Riverside.
Port Orleans is a Disney moderate resort, price wise it’s in-between value and deluxe. The rooms are slightly bigger than the value ones and offer more theming and facilities. At the French Quarter was this really awesome outdoor pool, the Sassagoula Floatworks And Food Factory Food Court, Scat Cat’s Club and Mardi Grogs pool bar. As with all Disney resorts there is a gift shop too. I visited at Christmas time so there was quite a few decorations up too. Unlike Riverside, the French Quarter doesn’t feature a full service restaurant. Back in the day it did used to have Bonfamille’s Cafe, but closed way back in 2000 and is now long gone.
The rooms were a good size and had a really nice theme to them. In the Disney Resorts the housekeepers really like to make different designs and patterns out of the towels in the rooms. When I got to my room I noticed they had made Mickey Mouse out of them.
The resort is in a good location and is in the Disney Springs area (then Downtown Disney). If you haven’t brought a car with you, Disney offers free bus transport to all of the Disney Parks and Disney Springs. The resort is located along the Sassagoula River and there is a complimentary boat that takes you along to Disney Springs.
With all of their resorts, Disney do a fantastic job with the theming. This resort does make you feel like you are walking around New Orleans. I really enjoyed walking around the resort in the early evening, as the winter sun setting was really relaxing.
So if you are staying at Disney World and want to pay more than value, but not as much as Deluxe, I do recommend the French Quarter as it is a great place to stay. Depending on what time of year you want to stay, rates can very and if you look around you can find some good deals. Check out the resort on the official Disney website
Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter
2201 Orleans Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida