My two sisters and I stayed 3 nights at Port Orleans French Quarter last week. This was my 23rd trip to Disney World, with my previous 4 visits being at Pop Century. At first I missed the whimsy of Pop, but then realized that I was enjoying the more grown-up atmosphere of POFQ. And Disney captures the essence of New Orleans quite well with this property. My sisters also enjoyed the change of pace of staying at POFQ (they also have previously stayed at Pop, which was 7 years ago for both of them).
We also had none of the cleanliness issues that other reviewers have mentioned. Everything was spic and span. All of us also slept well, finding the beds and pillows very comfortable. They actually used the type of pillows I have at home, not those mushy, sandbag-type ones. And one day I left a note for the housekeeper to bring us 3 extra pillows. When we returned to the room after our day in one of the parks, there were the pillows I requested. In short, the room was spacious, clean and comfortable.
The reason I chose POFQ this time was two-fold. First, the week we were visiting, Disney was offering their meal plan for free! But to get the meal plan that included table service meals, the hotel had to at least be one of Disney's "Moderate" properties (which are both Port Orleans resorts, Caribbean Beach Resort, and Coronado Springs). If I had chosen to stay at Pop Century or any of the other "Value" resorts (the 3 All-Star resorts and the new Art of Animation Resort), the free meal plan would have only had quick-service meals, no table service ones.
And the second reason I chose POFQ was for the two queen-size beds in the room. All the other "Moderate" resorts have double beds. With two of us having to share a bed, it was nice to have a queen vs. a double.
While this has no bearing on the hotel at all, I do want to say that it was beyond great having the meal plan for free! There is a lot of food and it was all very good. And if you're more health conscious (like we are), it is definitely possible to find healthier options....but beware the desserts (a dessert is included with all lunches and dinners, regardless of it being a quick-service or a table service meal), they were truly delicious (we stopped finishing our desserts because we didn't want all that decadence at every meal, tempting as they were).
And while the weather was so-so (some rain and downpours, but not vacation-ruining), this was a very good week to come to "see the World". It wasn't very crowded and wait times for most rides/attractions (with a few exceptions) were under 20 minutes.
It seems that most visitors to WDW utilize Disney's transportation system. With the exception of having to use a Monorail or the Ferryboat to actually enter the main gate of the Magic Kingdom, we had a car rental to get around (advance reservation made with pick-up and drop-off at airport location). I've never not had one and have been lucky enough to be able to get a good rate that makes it possible to have a car rental. I just like to be able to come and go as I please and not have to wait for a bus to take me somewhere. However, that being said, I can fully understand and appreciate why most people opt for Disney's transportation. Even with all my visits, I occasionally take a wrong turn (though always quickly rectify my mistake).
In closing, I definitely recommend POFQ and visiting Disney during the one week a year when they have the complimentary meal plan offer (which is also a less crowded time to visit).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Revel in the romance and pageantry of New Orleans's historic French Quarter at this Resort hotel, where cobblestone streets, gas lamps, wrought-iron balconies and fragrant magnolia blossoms evoke the Antebellum era and colorful Mardi Gras characters and jazz keep things lively. Then stroll along the Sassagoula River to Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside, home to Cajun and Creole specialties. ... 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