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“Good for couples with no children wanting a Disney experience” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #42 of 328 hotels in Orlando
London
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“Good for couples with no children wanting a Disney experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We stayed in block 4 which is convenient for the buses, reception and has its own close car park. It was pretty quiet apart from the often early cleaners at 8.45 for the days we decided to have a lay in!

The hotel is quiet and adult friendly and as a couple travelling with no children it was perfect as a moderate resort class. I did quite a lot of research using the usual trip advisor and allears websites to gauge the hotel choices and this offered the best mix of value, space and adult theming. We stayed for 2 weeks on a room only plan and to be honest didn't eat in the hotel apart from 1 expensive trip to the in hotel shop for some lazy crisps and pop. Far cheaper to go to the local supermarket. I often travel with cereal bars as these offer a good quick start to the day and then we would either get breakfast or eat a pastry in the parks.

We drove our own car rather than using the Disney buses so I can't comment on that and coming at New Year as expected it was pretty busy for the 1st week but quieter the 2nd. If you are travelling 'off season' do look up which rides are open and which are having maintenance done. It didn't cause us any issues, for instance we knew Blizzard Beach was open the 1st week but then closed for annual maintenance while Typhoon Lagoon then reopened so we were able to enjoy both parks. Worth being aware of this to avoid any disappointment. We also saw that splash mountain was to close in Jan so we went on our 1st visit to Magic Kingdom. Easy when you plan!

What else would I say about the hotel? The rooms are quite small and limited hanging space but not a worry as you are hardly ever in your room. Would I stay in this hotel again? Possibly, however I would likely save the additional money over a basic Disney resort as allears suggests, it was just a birthday treat that meant I didn't book a pop century style resort. You get a large fridge in the room which is handy, flat screen tv showing a million Disney channels, twin sinks, small separate bathroom with bath and over shower and toilet. We had 2 queen beds. All in all a good hotel but not really comparable to a non-Disney 4 star hotel in terms of star ratings. You pay for the Disney location and benefits such as extra magic hours, ability to buy merchandise in the parks and have it delivered to your hotel, free parking saving $14 a day etc.

Some tips for restaurants.
See my reviews for more details - you should try J Alexander or Seasons 52 on West Sand Lake Road off the I4 both excellent and comparable on price. Victoria and Albert's (VA) at the Grand Floridian was excellent too for a real treat, so nice to get dressed up after slobbing around in theme park clothes all day.

Other tips. If visiting at New Year as we did, they show the Magic Kingdom (MK) New Years fireworks on the 30th as well as the 31st. So we did the MK on the 30th knowing the park would be packed on New Years and then did Hollywood studios on New Years after reading other recommendations. Great advice, as was to get to the park you want to stay in by 11am as they get full. MK was full for car entry by 11am. Also do stay for the fireworks at Universal these were great in my view and a great use of technology in the water displays. I would also recommend visiting Disney prior to Universal as for the adults the rides put some of the older Disney ones to shame especially Epcot.

We really enjoyed Animal Kingdom and booked the Wild Africa private trek ahead (do book this and any additional excursions or dinner reservations at the better restaurants ahead of your trip via Disney website as they do get booked up). The trek was excellent and a highlight of our trip. If you have an slr camera and some good lenses then do take it as the photo opportunities at Animal Kingdom and Sea World are great. For the other parks I just took a compact. You also get free wifi now at the parks and Disney resorts which is great for keeping in touch with friends and family and importantly the ride wait times apps you can download for the parks.

Shopping wise, the 2 Premium Outlets off the I4 are great to find some bargains and some less good bargains (not all shops are outlets and often sell full price merchandise too like many in the US which differs from the UK Outlets. We found the same in New England and LA in recent trips.) doing both will fill most of a day. The Florida and Millennia Malls also offer shopping opportunities with the usual US household name stores.

Do use the fast pass at Disney it saves a ton of time. I bought the unofficial guide to Disney by Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa a very useful read to help plan your days. Have a great trip!

  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

This was our second stay at POFQ in Disney. I must say I couldn't have been happier with our experience. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. The rooms are spaciuos and comfortable. What I have to say is my favorite thing about this resort is that it's the smallest of all of them. So no long walks between the rooms and food court/ busses ect. It even had a boat that would take you to Downtown Disney (didn't get to use it though).
I would highly reccomend this resort to anyone and I will definatly stay here again!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Loved this resort! This is one of only two moderate resorts that offers queen beds and, as far as I know, the only one that has dual vanity sinks. The whole place has a very cozy feel to it, and it is conveniently connected to the Port Orleans Riverside resort, so guests can use amenities at either place. My wife really enjoyed the beignets for breakfast- nearly identical to real French Quarter beignets from Cafe Du Monde. The kids enjoyed the waterslide at the pool. Very nice resort!

Room Tip: Request a corner room in either building 5 or 6.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

The resort was clean, had everything you could need, and wonderful transportation to the parks. Being a South Floridian visiting in December I worried the pool would be too cold for my liking however even though the website didn't state it, it was heated. Resort was very large so you could end up far away from the amenities like the pool and restaurants. We were however quite close.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

We stayed with our two year old, having a first floor room made it so convenient to get the stroller in and out. Loved the boats to Downtown Disney and Riverside. Never waited more than 5 minutes for a bus to Magic Kingdom and always got a seat. Even the designated smoking areas are gorgeous. It was the perfect clean and quiet place to take a break from the parks. The quick service restaurant was delicious. Staff was always friendly and helpful. We will be back!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We spent five nights at Port Orleans French Quarter and it was great. It is obviously not the most luxe Disney property, but it is very nice - our room was spacious, clean, and very comfortable. There are thoughtful, convenient details - retractable clothesline in the bathroom, dual sinks outside the bathroom, Cuisinart coffeemaker, H20+ toiletries.

The staff members went above and beyond, exceeding the already high expectations we had from Disney staff.

There were fun activities - evening movies under the stars, bonfire with marshmallows, a lounge with a jazz band, and amenities like pool with slide, hot tub, and a playground. Transportation was easy - French Quarter isn't too far from any park, and especially convenient to Downtown Disney, which was a quick (and charming) boatride away.

Initially I was put off by the idea of doors that open directly to the outside, but the way that the buildings are made to look like New Orleans architecture on miniature streets made it seem normal. I also worried that there would be too many children, but it was lovely for us just as a couple.

The only downside was that the bathroom was a bit small and dark, and we could hear a neighboring room's toilet flush. There are fridges but no microwaves, though you can use the one in Sassagoula Floatworks.

The theme was charming, the staff was great, and the room was more than adequate for the short amount of time we seemed to spend in it. In addition, staying on property meant that packages could be sent directly from the parks to the hotel, and that we could use the "Extra Magic Hours" for additional access to the parks (among other perks). While these parks are offered at all the Disney properties, I would still enthusiastically recommend opting for the French Quarter. For the price (I got it for a few dollars less than the lower tier of Disney resorts) it cannot be beat.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Room was clean and comfortable. It was convenient to buses to all the parks, ferry to downtown Disney and to the main lobby/gift shop/ restaurants. The atmosphere was a bonus waking up each morning and going for a walk around the French Quarter. After a long day it was beneficial having our room so close to the bus stops. Then after we relaxed it was nice to fun down to the cafe for a quick snack or meal to finish the evening.

Room Tip: Rooms in the French Quarter are a lot closer to everything compared to the Riverside hotel rooms.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#25 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#40 Family 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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