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Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

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Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

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Pros
  • Small, easy to navigate
  • One bus stop rather than several internal stops
  • Beignet shop right on site
  • Gorgeously themed
  • Boat to Disney Springs
Cons
  • Smaller size means slightly fewer options especially with food but easy access to Port Orleans - Riverside offsets some of that
Summary
Those looking for a gorgeous, compact resort will really love staying here. Though it has fewer amenities than many other resorts, it is easy to find those at nearby Port Orleans - Riverside Resort or via boat ride to Disney Springs.
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Overview

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter is located on Walt Disney World property in the Disney Springs Resort Area. It’s a Moderate Resort and is the sister hotel to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — Riverside, which is located within walking distance to French Quarter.

Found along the Sassagoula River, French Quarter embraces New Orleans’s historic French Quarter. There are cobblestone streets, gas lamps, beautiful gardens, and a Mardi Gras feel.

French Quarter is a small resort compared to many others on property, which makes it a favorite for many. It embodies much charm. Plus, there are two forms of transportation, including bus service and water transportation.

Better yet, the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Court is one of the better food courts with options like gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp and grits, and other Creole cuisine. You can even get freshly made Mickey Beignets at the Scat Cat’s Club Café. 

This resort definitely has a lot to offer. Here’s what to expect when staying at French Quarter.

View French Quarter Maps

Rooms And Bathrooms

There are several types of standard rooms to book at French Quarter. They also offer a variety of views, including of the parking lot, the gardens, or the river.

Depending on which room you reserve, you can sleep anywhere from 2 to 4 adults.

Standard amenities are featured in each room, including a hairdryer, TV, free WiFi, a coffee maker, telephone, in-room safe, and an iron and ironing board.

If you’re wondering about outlets and USB ports, there are both scattered about for whatever you may need to plug in or charge. Regarding storage, there is both closet, drawer, and counter space, including in the bathrooms and under the beds.

Speaking of the bathrooms, the vanity area is separate from the toilet and shower area. 

Here are the rooms available to book.

  • Garden View: 2 Queen Beds; Views of Garden
  • River View: 2 Queen Beds; Views of Riverfront
Room at Disney's French Quarter
Room at Disney's French Quarter
  • Standard View: 2 Queen Beds; View of Parking Area
  • Pool View: 2 Queen Beds; Views of Courtyard Pool
  • King Bed: 1 King Bed; Views of Garden, Courtyard, Riverfront, or Parking Area

Note: There are also both wheelchair and hearing accessible rooms available that include accessible bathrooms and visual alarms.

You can check out room layouts below.

Checking In And Out

When it comes to checking in and out, you have a few options: at the front desk, online through the official Walt Disney World website, or via the My Disney Experience app.

The front desk is located in the main lobby. Even though the front desk is there to assist guests, especially with checking in and checking out, all Disney World Resort guests are encouraged to check-in online or by using MDE.

  • Checking-In: After you check-in online or using the app, you’ll receive a room-ready notification via next. You can then use your MagicBand or MDE’s digital key feature to unlock your room door.
  • Checking-Out: Currently, guests will automatically be checked out of their rooms. But, if you have unresolved charges to your hotel folio, you’ll need to visit the front desk.
Lobby at Disney's French Quarter

Note: Guests also have the option of to chat virtually with resort Cast Members via MDE for any assistance. 

The lobby is beautifully themed and feels like the French Quarter. There is plenty of space to sit down and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells. The gift shop and dining also connect to the lobby.

The pickup and dropoff location for Mears Connect (which is the replacement for Magical Express) is just outside the lobby. Luggage storage is right out front of the lobby for those who have checked out or are waiting to check in.

Note: Resort Airline Check-In and Magical Express are no longer available.

Parking

Parking is available. There is a standard $20 overnight self-parking fee (including tax) that is applied to guests’ hotel folio upon check-out.

Complimentary standard self-parking is available for non-resort guests exploring dining, shopping, entertainment, and other experiences during the day.

We also have a complete Walt Disney World parking guide you can browse.

Pros And Cons

Port Orleans – French Quarter

Resort category: Moderate

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Pros: Beautiful grounds, great theming, compact size, can take a boat to Disney Springs, only place on property you can get beignets, walking distance to Riverside where there are carriage rides available

Cons: No Table Service restaurant (can walk to Port Orleans Riverside to eat at a restaurant), buses are sometimes shared with Riverside which means they are more crowded and commutes can be long

Port Orleans – French Quarter room options

Room typeBed sizeMax people per roomFloor Plan
Standard ViewQueen4
Garden ViewQueen4
Pool ViewQueen4
River ViewQueen4
King BedKing2

Resort Map

Port Orleans – French Quarter

Scheduled refurbishments

None scheduled right now.

Other info

  • Port Orleans - French Quarter photo tour
  • PortOrleans.org is a great resource
  • DISboards.com thread with lots of pics and info
  • Port Orleans - French Quarter Resort Maps
  • Amenities And Shops

    From gift shops to on-site laundry services, there are several amenities offered to guests at French Quarter.

    Important note: Some of the following amenities might not be available at all times.

    Jackson Square Gifts and Desires
    • Jackson Square Gifts & Desires: Find apparel, accessories, snacks, and other Disney-related items.
    • Laundry Services: A 24-hour self-service laundry room is near the Doubloon Lagoon pool, behind Mardi Grogs. Machines accept credit and debit cards only.
    • Dry Cleaning Services: Dry cleaning and valet laundry services are also an option.
    • Movies Under the Stars: Watch complimentary Disney movies between buildings 5 & 6 on the French Quarter green.
    • Childcare ServicesIn-room babysitting for children 6 months to 12 years old.

    Pools And Recreation

    French Quarter has one feature pool. If you need a non-park day, we recommended spending the day at your hotel and enjoying a Disney Resort pool.

    Important note: Some of the pools and recreation options might not be available at all times.

    Doubloon Lagoon pool at French Quarter

    One Main Pool

    • Doubloon Lagoon: The Mardi Gras-inspired pool has a 51-foot-long blue serpent waterslide, a water play area, a whirlpool spa, and the Mardi Grogs pool bar.

    Some other recreational options include:

    • Horse-drawn carriage rides
    • Campfire to roast marshmallows
    • Bike rentals
    • Surrey bike rentals (at Riverside)
    • Fishing
    • Jogging trail
    • Playground near Doubloon Lagoon for kids
    • South Quarter Games
    • Beignet Fun Run: Most Sunday run, guests can run around French Quarter for 1.5 miles and receive a finisher’s medallion, along with a beignet. The race typically begins early each morning around 7:30 a.m. and costs $15 per person, plus tax.
    • Painting on de’ Bayou: Paint a Disney-inspired picture in an instructor-led paint class at Sassagoula Floatworks. Held every Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. and costs $35 per person (12 and older), plus tax.

    How to get from Port Orleans French Quarter to anywhere at Disney World

    There are two forms of transportation available, including buses and water transportation. You can take a bus to all of the theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, and Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course. The bus stop is located in front of the main lobby. You can also hop on a complimentary water taxi to Disney Springs. All of the different ways to get from French Quarter to anywhere in Disney World is detailed below.

    wdt_ID Starting Point Ending Point How to get there
    1 All-Star Movies All-Star Music Follow these steps:
    • Walk (takes about 5-7 minutes)
    • Arrive at your destination
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    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    2 All-Star Movies All-Star Sports Follow these steps:
    • Walk (takes about 15 minutes)
    • Arrive at your destination
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    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    3 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Follow these steps:
    • Bus to Animal Kingdom
    • Arrive at your destination
    Headed to an early morning breakfast reservation at Animal Kingdom? Buses to Animal Kingdom from Disney resorts usually start running around 7-7:15 a.m. daily.
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    4 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House (main bldg) Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    5 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village
    Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    6 All-Star Movies Art of Animation Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, and Art of Animation is closest to Hollywood Studios, so those buses will likely be your best choices)
    • Skyliner (from Hollywood Studios) or    Bus to Art of Animation
    • Arrive at your destination
    7 All-Star Movies Bay Lake Tower Follow these steps:
    • Bus to Magic Kingdom
    • Walk (takes about 10 minutes) or    monorail to Bay Lake Tower
    • Arrive at your destination
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    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    8 All-Star Movies Beach Club Villas Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Beach Club
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    9 All-Star Movies Beach Club Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Beach Club
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    10 All-Star Movies Blizzard Beach Follow these steps:
    • Bus to Blizzard Beach
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    Starting Point Ending Point

    Dining options at Port Orleans French Quarter

    You can find only Quick Service options at French Quarter. There are two bars, a cafe, and one food court, with the latter being the main food service area. The Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory features a variety of choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food court also has Mobile Order. You can read more about the dining options below.



    Breakfast

    Sassagoula Floatworks and Food (breakfast)

    Quick Service

    Port Orleans – French Quarter - Sassagoula Floatworks and Food (breakfast)

    Location: Port Orleans – French Quarter

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Great spot to grab a quick breakfast, including beignets (the smaller order is a snack credit), mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

    Cons: Small food court (and the only dining option at this resort)


    Lunch

    Sassagoula Floatworks and Food (lunch)

    Quick Service

    Port Orleans – French Quarter - Sassagoula Floatworks and Food (lunch)

    Location: Port Orleans – French Quarter

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Several menu options available, including create-your-own salads and po' boy sandwiches, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

    Cons: Small food court (and the only dining option at this resort)


    Dinner

    Sassagoula Floatworks and Food (dinner)

    Quick Service

    Port Orleans – French Quarter - Sassagoula Floatworks and Food (dinner)

    Location: Port Orleans – French Quarter

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Several menu options available, including create-your-own salads and po' boy sandwiches, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

    Cons: Small food court (and the only dining option at this resort)


    Everything Else

    Mardi Grogs

    Quick Service

    Port Orleans – French Quarter - Mardi Grogs

    Location: Port Orleans – French Quarter

    On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Standard drinks available, but specialty drinks like Hurricanes are also on the drink menu

    Cons: Not on the Disney Dining Plan


    Scat Cat’s Club

    Table Service

    Port Orleans – French Quarter - Scat Cat’s Club

    Location: Port Orleans – French Quarter

    On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Table Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Chance to grab a drink (including hurricanes) and appetizers, live music, Mickey beignets

    Cons: Service can be slow


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