My DH and I just returned from a week long trip to WDW. It was his first time staying on property, while I have stayed at the Poly, BW, and POR. We booked the trip to take advantage of the free dining offer, and chose POFQ due to the compact size of the resort.
We had a very good experience with the resort. Check in went smoothly - had no wait at the reservation desk, and the cast member helping us was happy to answer all of our questions. We quickly hopped a bus to Epcot where the driver asked everyone to repeat back to him which bus stop belonged to POFQ. We had a late dinner that evening, and left Epcot around 9:40 and then encountered a huge line for the bus. We were convinced it would take at least an hour to get back to the resort, but Disney quickly started sending additional buses to the stop with 2 buses loading at a time - our overall wait was 25 minutes and 8 buses.
Bus service during the week was generally good. Most were crowded, but as the POFT stop is before POR we never had trouble getting a seat. With the exception of our first night, we never waited more than 15 minutes for transportation. We also found the drivers to be very friendly, and we never walked off a bus without the driver making an announcement as to which stop to return to. The lines for the bus service to POFQ/POR always seemed to have the most people in them, but our buses also seemed to be amongst the more frequently appearing ones at the parks.
The resort itself was wonderfully themed - we loved how compact it was and the grounds were maintained beautifully. The Mardi Gras characters are a little over the top, but they were quite popular with the under 7 set. Food court was always clean, and we never had problems getting a table in the morning. The line for the beignets could be slow-moving, but we'd rather have them freshly made and wait the extra 10 minutes. Our room was a 2 minute walk from the main building and bus stop, and a 4 minute walk from the main pool.
We found our room to be exactly what we expected. The linens, while certainly not 5 star quality, were clean and always changed daily as were the towels. We had no problems with dust or dirty carpets. My DH actually had to pull back the dresser after a phone charger dropped behind it and that area was also remarkably clean.
All in all, we very much enjoyed the resort and have no real complaints. I would return there without any hesitation and have no concerns recommending it. It's not a 5 star resort, nor does it try to be - if that is what you are looking for, this is not the right place. Disney does not offer a business center in their moderate hotels. The corridors are exterior rather than interior. At the end of the trip, we were happy with the resort and feel that we received a good value for the money spent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Disney's Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is inspired by the romance and pageantry of the historic French Quarter in New Orleans, and where every day is a celebration. Step through a wrought-iron portal into an alluring world of delicious Cajun food, jazz music and dazzling parades. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Disney Port Orleans Resort
- Port Orleans French Quarter
- Port Orleans Orlando
- Disney Port Orleans French Quarter
- Disney Port Orleans Hotel
- Disneys Port Orleans Resort French Quarter
- Port Orleans Disney
- Disneys Port Orleans Hotel