We have just returned from a two week trip to Disney World where we stayed at the Port Orleans French Quarter. We have previously stayed at all of the other "moderate" resorts except for Coronado Springs. This one is amazingly quiet just like the reviews say. We absolutely loved it! We make a couple of trips to Disney per year (last year we went four times) and the resort we most often stay at is Pop Century which we consider to be the best value on Disney property but it comes with a lot of noise and a good amount of craziness! F. Q. is perfect for light sleepers and people who don't want constant activity going on around them. We truly relaxed (when we wanted to) here.
The rooms are large with queen-sized premium quality beds. There is plenty of storage for unpacking. A coffee pot and refrigerator are included. There are double sinks and a curtained off dressing area. The shower and toilet area are, however, TINY. But we got used to that quickly. The housekeepers do an excellent job also.
The food court is rather small also but diners can also use the tables in the adjoining Scat Cats Club and a good number of tables outside. In two weeks there was never a single time we couldn't find a table but ,like most Disney resorts, it tends to be super packed between 8:00 and 9:30 am when everyone is trying to grab a bite and get to a park.
The buses are fantastic! I always thought that Pop Century had the best bus system on property. The F.Q. rivals if not beats it. Ten minutes is the longest we waited for a bus either going or coming from a park. We had to stand on a bus only once! The bus dispatchers at Disney are nothing short of amazing, keeping buses coming during peak travel periods. We tend to avoid those peak times and had very good luck doing so. Occasionally buses are shared between F.Q. and Riverside but this is not at peak times. . There is a water taxi to Downtown Disney which is fun to do a few times but not if you have a quick ride in mind. The boats start out at Riverside and stop second at French Quarter and they are too frequently full. We waited through two full boats one evening (even the second boat could only take three of the waiting dozen or so people lined up). So just don't depend on it to get you to Downtown Disney for a dinner reservation unless you've allowed an hour and a half or so.
We will definitely stay here again. Riverside is absolutely lovely too and is a short walk along the river. The landscaping is beautiful at both resorts. January is a slower time of year to enjoy this resort. I imagine it is a lot less quiet during the summer months and at Christmas time. For our trip it was nothing short of excellent!
- 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