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Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   2201 Orleans Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830 (Formerly Port Orleans Resort)   |  
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Ranked #43 of 328 hotels in Orlando
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“Great Holiday Experience in Relaxed Environment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

My partner and I investigated several Disney Hotels before selecting the Port Orleans French Quarter.

Our room was in building2 on the top floor with a view of the pool. The room itself was very spacious although had two King Sized beds rather than one superking, but they only have a few of these rooms and they were occupied. The double sinks were great and the condition and cleanliness was very good. The room offers a coffee maker (essential for us) and a fridge which we found to be extremely handy.

The maid service was very good and our room was cleaned fully daily and we were left with a couple of towel decorations a bear and a wedding cake! They were very cleverly done and a nice touch.

The location of the room was great to all the facilities including, boat pickup, bus pickup, resturant, swimming pool and shop. Our travel agent made an error with our room, however the reception staff were exteremly helpful and tried to rectify the issue as best as possible. If we had any questions over our two week stay all the staff were great.

The downsides that we found were that in fact the French Quarter isn’t as close to downtown Disney (short walk) as we initially thought. It’s not really worth paying extra for a River View room as the boats are extremely noisey and tend to beep none stop when travelling.

Overall a good choice and we would return to this hotel and certainly recommend it to friends.

Room Tip: Buildings 2 and 5 are central to all facilities
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We stayed here for 5 nights in November and the resort was pretty much as expected. I gave it three stars not because of a bad experience or something nit picky, but because I think it is good but not great place to stay.

Rooms: Motel style layout where your rooms open outside. Clean rooms and bathrooms, 2 double beds, free wifi. Good Rooms with the standard offerings. B+
Layout: Area was cute, not too crowded, easy to get around. B+
Food: Food court that was ok for what we needed, but as others have said, no sit down restaurants. Food court is more like a college kitchen. C - but expected
Location: Location was great, easy to get around disney, close to downtown disney if you want to go out there. B+
Buses: Overall we had good luck getting to the resorts, had to wait maybe 15 minutes twice, but overall pretty good. However there was a morning where we went to Hollywood Studios and noticed that the line for Magic kingdom was about 100 people long and people said there hadn't been a but in 20 minutes. A bus came for them and only about 40 got on so it must have been an even longer wait for some people. B
Staff: Was friendly and helpful, although I didn't talk to them too much. A-


Overall impression: Great place to stay, but I think if we went back we might try one of the budget resorts as this resort didn't really offer much more for us. If you book here though you won't be disappointed. Just know what you are getting. Have fun!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We just got back from another stay at the WDW Resort in Florida - staying at Disney's Port Orleans, French Quarter Resort. It was FANTASTIC. We had a party of 13 and although we had different check-in days, the front desk did everything they could to keep us close together (within the same building/floor/etc).
The resort had been refurbished since our last stay two years ago and what an improvement! Now there are two queen beds (vs the previous two double beds) and the bathroom has been upgraded to include pedestal sinks with much more storage room for toiletries. We thoroughly enjoyed the space and additional shelf space!
The resort is just beautiful, kept remarkably clean and landscaping is just lovely.
The pool area is perfect for kids (and adult-kids, too!) and they have pool-side activities daily - so there's something for just about everyone. The lifeguards came up to my family and told us that we could "rent" lifejackets for our little daughters so that they could enjoy the pool more during our stay, which was awesome.
Our Mousekeepers were fairly good - some days better than others. (they didn't replace our soap or tissue boxes so we had to take care of that ourselves which was the only bad part - and that's a very minor issue)
The location to the parks is ideal at PO - only a couple minutes to each park, especially EPCOT and MK - the farthest park is AK, and even that is only 5 more minutes away.
I would highly recommend this resort to any family looking for a wonderful, on-property stay (with out breaking the bank!).

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Visited the French Quarter in early November. First off we used the Disney Magical Express which means that once we checked our bags at the airport Disney made sure they arrived in our room once we arrived. It's a great service coming and going home.
As far as the French Quarter, as expected it was amazing. Even though it is a typical shape room it was nicely laid out. Every thing was clean and cared for. Our room was relativily close to both the pool, lobby and food court. The grounds were very well manicured and like most things in Disney was clean and maintained.
I would recomend this place to friends and family. We had a magical time!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

the disney french quarter is a very nice and clean hotel , the room was fine and clean but the furniture was stained and dated the check in was easy and fast but the concierge was of no help when i asked to make reservations at schulas steak house they wouldn't help me ( the dolphin hotel is on disney property but not a disney hotel) i was told to take the bus to down town disney then transfer. There is no direct bus service there you must take a boat or walk through epcot i learned this after being stuck on a bus for two hours yes two hours a bus hit a tree in front of us and all bus service was halted tou could not board or exit the bus until the accident was cleared. i would however like to thank wadson the bus driver who took time to speak with me and my wife and explain how to get to the restaurant he even called dispatch and asked if he could take us, dispatch said no. i would also like to thank chris woo was a bus escort who helped us get a bus on a sat night at 12 pm leaving pleasure island ( bus service is horrendous ) .

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Wasilla, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

The main attraction of this property would have to be it's beautiful and relaxing outdoor experience. The rooms are standard "moderate" category, with features similar to a holiday inn express, but at least with a Disney theme. But you're not here to spend much time in your room (you'll be worn out and fast to sleep anyway).

You do need to walk around between the many buildings, but it is a relaxing stroll around well-tended landscaped pedestrian streets (with horse carriage available). The pool area in the center was well-loved by our kids, and the large hot tub by the adults. The self service laundry is also located here, and it is stocked with many machines to get your laundry done quickly.

The cafeteria actually does prepare very good food, but after a few days you'll have tried just about everything on the menu. We got a free dining plan, so we used it extensively. I think the best part was the drinks and deserts. Purchase the refillable mugs and you'll be able to get a drink anytime you're at the hotel (they don't work in the parks). There is a sit-down restaurant at the neighboring Riverside hotel, which is served by a shuttle bus, riverboat, or 10 minute walk.

The location of this property is pretty good to use the resort shuttles to each park. It's kind of in the middle of them all - which means it isn't really fast to any park. But it's closer and probably less congested than the "value" hotels. Anyway I do recommend using the shuttle buses, it's a good low-stress way to get around. And this vacation should be all about low-stress :)

The staff are all the typical Disney Cast Member excellent.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012 via mobile

Thought I'd give some tips as we're just leaving French quarters. I know it sounds crazy but I thought it was going to be hot this time of year but hurricane sandy disturbed our weather and wished I brought some more woollies!! Especially in downtown it gets quite chilly in the evenings. The refillable cups are a great idea but I suggest to bring washing up liquid!! The cups have a twisted top make sure they're closed around the pool, they attract wasps. Food at French quarters can get a bit boring as they don't change the menu, we ate also at the port Orleans and recommend downtown for quick service meal deal for more choices. We used Alamo for car rental which we recommend we also hired a sat nav it was a god send!! Bring extra coat hangers. We booked through virgin and we didn't realise that cause we went to the new arrivals meeting we got a pass for universal studios to get in an hour early and free parking for the day :-) Hotel staff very helpful, life guards were great I've never seen lifeguards so attentive.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2201 Orleans Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830 (Formerly Port Orleans Resort)
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#35 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#37 Family Hotel in Orlando
#43 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter 3.5*
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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