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Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter Review
December 12, 2022
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Our Get Away Today team loves exploring all Walt Disney World has to offer. From four headlining theme parks, two splash-tastic water parks, an entertainment district and more than 25 Walt Disney World Resort hotels, we have done it all!

We visit Walt Disney World on a regular basis to survey different attractions, hotels and aspects of the Resort so your vacation can be the most magical yet! For those planning a Walt Disney World vacation, Get Away Today is your partner in travel and here to help you every step of the way.

Walt Disney World groups their onsite hotels into four categories:

  • Deluxe Villas
  • Deluxe Resorts
  • Moderate Resorts
  • Value Resorts

This article reviews Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter which is different from its sister property (Port Orleans Resort - Riverside). This hotel is under the Moderate Resort category along with the following:

Below we’ll discuss in detail everything you need to know to decide if the Port Orleans French Quarter property is right for you, plus helpful tips on how to book your vacation.

A note from Disney: From January 2024 through April 2024, the Doubloon Lagoon pool at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter will be closed for routine maintenance. Guests may see or hear construction work during day time hours. During this time, Guests are welcome to swim in the Ol’ Man Island pool at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside.

Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter Snapshot

Imagine a picturesque setting that evokes the romance of New Orleans’s historic French Quarter, wrapped up in Southern hospitality. Then find yourself down in the Bayou at Walt Disney World Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter.

Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter is a very easy resort to navigate located just south of EPCOT, making it a very popular choice. It’s only a short water taxi from Disney Springs and a quick shuttle drive from both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Animal Kingdom is the next closest theme park, with Magic Kingdom being the farthest. However, Port Orleans French Quarter is still one of the closest moderate resort hotels to Magic Kingdom. Our guests find it to be a pretty great location to visit all of the four parks without too much transportation time.

Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter is right next to its sister property, Disney’s Port Orleans - Riverside. You’ll feel like you’ve doubled your pool and dining options all without leaving the comfort of your Walt Disney World Resort hotel grounds.

Walt Disney World Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter Rooms

At Disney’s Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter will feel like you’ve stepped into a scene from The Princess and the Frog, and during Mardi Gras! For your next trip down to the Bayou you can request rooms that sleep from one to four guests.

At Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter there are a variety of room types all with exterior entry. View options include courtyard, garden, river, pool or parking views. Rooms at Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter have a lot to offer when you’re resting up before a day at the theme parks.

Standard Rooms

Choose from two Queen beds for a room that sleeps up to four, or one King bed in a room for one to two. No matter which room you choose, the bathroom is sectioned off from the sleeping area of guest rooms, allowing family members to share the space with privacy.

Inside your room you’ll also have access to:

  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Soap and Body Wash
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet - Free WiFi Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Telephone with voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Iron & Ironing Board

Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter Pools & Amenities

We’re just getting started here at Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter. Let’s continue by sharing the property perks! Since you’ll be sharing amenities with Port Orleans - Riverside, you’ll have so much to explore with pools, carriage rides, campfire activities, an arcade and so much more.

A note from Disney:

From January 2024 through April 2024, the Doubloon Lagoon pool at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter will be closed for routine maintenance. Guests may see or hear construction work during day time hours. During this time, Guests are welcome to swim in the Ol’ Man Island pool at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside.

Pools at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter

At Doubloon Lagoon (for guests 48” or under) it’s Mardi Gras every day! Come slide down Scales, the 51-foot-long snaking sea serpent slide, whose tongue deposits you into the lagoon with a mighty splash. Alligator jazz aficionados, a water play area, a whirlpool spa and the Mardi Grogs pool bar make it even more of a party—as King Neptune watches over all of the merriment from on high.

You can also explore one of many onsite pools including:

  • 3 leisure pools in Alligator Bayou
  • 2 leisure pools in in Magnolia Bend
  • Ol’ Man Island, a 3.5-acre refuge with a swimmin’ hole

On your way to swim, wade and splash, you’ll feel like you’re wandering through the South, grand mansions and wild Bayou included!

This theme extends beautifully into the property’s main pool, Ol’ Man Island, a 3.5-acre refuge with its own waterslide. That’s right, this is one of the few Walt Disney World hotels to have its own waterslide, a 95-foot-long rustic masterpiece built right into the millworks.

Families will also enjoy the whirlpool tub, Muddy Rivers pool bar and kiddie pool for little ones of all ages. Ol’ Man Island is also home to daily pool parties, evening campfires and Disney movies under the stars on select nights.

Active Play for All Ages

Fishing, carriage rides, jogging, bike riding and playgrounds—activities are endless, and that’s even before you get to the theme parks of Walt Disney World!

During the day, your Bayou adventures await including:

  • Experience bass fishing at its finest with a guided catch-and-release excursion from the French Quarter Levee Marina. Old-fashioned cane pole fishing is also available at the Fishin' Hole on Ol' Man Island.
  • Explore a variety of playgrounds and an interactive water play area for little ones.
  • Relax on a horse-drawn carriage ride along the scenic banks of the Sassagoula River at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.
  • Ride in comfort and stability on a covered 2- or 4-person surrey bike from French Quarter Levee Marina.
  • Standard bikes are also available to rent for a leisurely outing along the Resort’s scenic waterfront promenade.
  • Show off your gaming skills at Medicine Show Arcade located in the Colonel’s Cotton Mill building.
  • Stop by South Quarter Games for video games, pinball, air hockey and more at Port Orleans French Quarter.

Campfires & Movies Under the Stars at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter

Walt Disney World’s Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter also offers campfires for families to gather around to enjoy treats and movie nights. Weather permitting, these complimentary campfire activities make a great addition to your Walt Disney World vacation. Located at the courtyard between buildings 5 and 6 - 5:30-6:30pm - 7 days a week.

After your fireside sweets, snuggle up to watch beloved Disney films at complimentary outdoor screenings. Located at the courtyard between buildings 5 & 6 7:30pm Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Be sure to check with the front desk for any changes to activity dates and times.

Walt Disney World Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter Dining

One of the best parts of a vacation is trying delicious food you can't get at home. Discover hearty Southern-style specialties and family-friendly American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner all inspired by rural Louisiana.

Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory

For breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can always stop by the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory. The food court at Port Orleans Resort is known for its American-Creole cuisine and unforgettable Mickey-shaped beignets. Choose from burgers, sandwiches, jambalaya, chicken and even ribs. You’ll find a bakery with fresh treats as well as coffee and a grab-n-go area. Sassagoula Floatworks accepts mobile orders and is typically open from 6:00 am until midnight.

Scat Cat’s Club

With a lounge and a cafe, Scat Cat’s Club is a great dining spot in Port Orleans Resort. The lounge serves drinks and appetizers including Mardi Gras Mac & Cheese, Crawfish Étouffée (crawfish over rice) and Bayou Brisket Sliders.

The Scat Cat’s Lounge is generally open from 4:00 pm until 12:30 am. The neighboring Scat Cat Cafe is your stop for quick snacks and beverages. Look here for seasonal beignets and coffee. The Cafe is open from 6:00 am until midnight.

Mardi Grogs

This pool bar at Port Orleans lets you celebrate Fat Tuesday every day! Order salad and wraps, specialty drinks or even pretzels poolside. Mardi Grogs is open 11:30 am - 7:30 pm.

And, if you’re looking for something different you’re just a short water taxi ride away from all the dining options at Disney Springs, where there is definitely something for everyone.

We Recommend…

For a Mardi Gras getaway at Walt Disney World, book your next Orlando vacation at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter! Remember that all 2-Night and longer Walt Disney World vacation packages include complimentary concierge services from a Get Away Today travel expert.

We recommend at least a 4-day 1 Park per Day ticket so you can experience one day at each of the main theme parks. If you have less time, we recommend considering a Park Hopper ticket so you can still experience all four parks.

We also recommend the Water Park and Sports Option add-on to visit the nearby Disney’s Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon during your stay at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter.

A specialist can help you book available experiences, dining and the perfect Disney resort hotel room for your vacation, including a stay at Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter. Check out Walt Disney World vacation packages online or call an agent at 855-GET-AWAY.

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