Anyone that knows me, knows I am a Disney geek that’s absolutely obsessed with Disney World Orlando in particular. As everyone around me seems to have booked some form of Disney trip, and I keep getting notifications from this time last year when I was planning my own dream holiday. I thought why not share my hotel review. I hadn’t intended on posting about the hotel specifically so unfortunately I don’t have detailed room photos – but no photo ever would do the hotel justice anyway soooo yeah.
We – being myself & Rhys, stayed at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter, which is a moderate resort that’s based in the Disney Springs area of Disney World, Florida. It’s the sister hotel of Port Orleans Riverside and you can actually walk from one to the other along the Sassagoula River, which is a super cute little stroll that only takes a few minutes. French Quarter is a much smaller complex in comparison to other Disney resorts, it has a Mardi Gras New Orleans theme throughout which is beautiful, it offers very subtle hints from Princess and the Frog including collectable Pressed penny machines with Tiana on them. The hotel lobby is what you first walk into, straight away I was overwhelmed by how stunning the theming was, there are cobbled stone floors, fancy wrought-iron benches & banisters, the chirpiest greeter giving the kids coloured carnival coins to throw into the most beautiful fountain. The greeter that we met last year – Arneil has sadly retired now but I feel very lucky to have met him, its employees like him that make Disney World so magical, and I’m sure they have someone just as special taking over his post at the entrance of this incredible resort.
Once we got off the Magical Express, gathered our luggage and reached the check in desks – we were checked in by another super friendly and knowledgeable cast member, who hung Mardi Gras beads around our necks and gave us our magic bands – (This was very exciting!!!!) For anyone that’s curious I picked yellow & Rhys went for Liverpool Red! These were the keys to all the magic, it got us into our room, gave us access to all the parks, we used it in the Disney shops and it also has all your fast passes and dining reservations attached. Not to mention the Memory maker for when we had photos taken in the parks. After choosing our Mouse keeping preference and getting all the information we needed at check it we then made our way to our room – we had a ground floor room that was about a minute walk to the bus stop which was ideal!
The rooms are perfect and you can either have pool facing, garden view or river view. In my opinion it doesn’t matter what view you have as its beautiful where ever you are. They have everything you need; a fridge, shower & bath, double sink with a large mirror, 2 big beds that were so so sooooo comfortable! Hanging space as well as big draws, a table with chairs and the all important TV with DISNEY TV!!!! Damn I really miss Disney TV!
We chose French Quarter for a few reasons; It was within our budget, staying in a moderate resort over a value resort got us a better deal with the dining plan. It was one of the hotels that we really loved the theming of, as a couple with no children at Disney we wanted to stay on property but not in one of the super Disney themed resorts such as Art of Imagination or the All Star Resorts that the kids go crazy for. Another big selling factor for me when choosing Port Orleans French Quarter was that is was on a smaller scale compared to most of the other resorts which really helped me manage my anxiety, I know that sounds silly as Disney World is probably once of the busiest places to be, but knowing if it all got too much and we needed to have a pool day to chill out I wouldn’t be overwhelmed by the size and busyness of our resort really comforted me.
There is a lovely little pool bar called Mardi Grogs that offers themed drinks and classic cocktails along with some Mickey shaped snacks! Towels are provided around the pool as well as more than enough comfortable sun loungers. The children’s entertainment (and I imagine its similar across all the moderate resorts) was great and the kids seemed to love it.
There honestly hand on heart wasn’t a single fault with this hotel. I wish – and I know its probably not possible – but I wish the boat transportation offered stops at other hotels/parks rather than just Disney Springs and Port Orleans Riverside – This didn’t effect my holiday in the slightest – I just had a vision of catching the boat from our hotel to The Magic Kingdom and our first view of the castle being on this cute boat. But lets be real – no matter how you get there and how you first see the castle – once its in sight nothing else matters – you’re home! In the heart of the magic.
I can not explain to you how incredible this hotel is, no amount of written reviews or video footage or photos will show off this property to its full glorious potential. Its incredible in every way. I didn’t think staying on property would make much of a difference – I’m telling you now I would rather save for an extra year and book a Disney hotel. Its pure magic. From the moment you get off the plane and jump on that Magical Express. Not just for kids either – I appreciated the theming, the customer service, the cast members so so sooo much more as an adult.
I love that you can walk to Port Orleans Riverside within minutes, it’s a very quiet and quaint walk, they have a great food court thats bigger and has some different options for food, they have a bigger and possibly better gift shop too that sells every sort of Disney mug that your heart will desire.
Another highlight for French Quarter is the jazz bar – Scat Cat’s. It’s situated next to the food factory and offers appetisers, draft beers and cocktails. The resort is filled with the buzz of live jazz music which makes for a great atmosphere in the evenings.
Although Sassagoula Floatworks & Food factory is a quick serve food court – the meal options are very varied. they have a Create your own pasta & Pizza station, a grill station that provides the more expected items like fried chicken, chicken nuggets & cheese burgers, you could opt for healthier food like the rice bowls or salads. But French Quarter is most known for its deserts – they have fresh Beignets with different sauce options and OH MY THEY ARE AMAZING! People come to this food court from other resorts just to try the beignets!
I absolutely loved planning my Disney holiday and feel so fortunate that I was able to go and stay in a Disney resort for 3 weeks – especially over the Halloween period! I’m passionate about Disney and I don’t think I’m ever going to out grow the magic. So be prepared for many more Disney blogs, I hope some of you find my experiences helpful. If you have any questions about Disney planning feel free to drop me a message or comment below.