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Three things I love about the Port Orleans French Quarter Resort

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Let’s talk about the three things I love about Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort – which I grew pretty fond of on my recent trip.

The Port Orleans French Quarter Resort buildings

The Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is nice and convenient. – Photo by Wayne Wood

The Port Orleans French Quarter. I couldn’t have told you anything about the Port Orleans French Quarter a month ago. I had never been there, I had driven by it a couple of times, kind of thought it was kind of out in the middle of nowhere you know, way over there like the Animal Kingdom Lodge way out in the middle of nowhere. But we stayed there last month, earlier this month when we went to Disney World, part last month and part this month. That’s where we stayed, we stayed at the Port Orleans French Quarter.

I fell in love with the Port Orleans French Quarter. It is just kind of a magical place. It’s very different from a lot, most of the hotel is very different from any of the hotels we’ve actually stayed at at Walt Disney World. First thing I loved about the Port Orleans French Quarter is the intimacy. It’s so much smaller than the rest of the hotels, especially the values and the moderates, and even most of the deluxes.

The Proximity

The first thing I like about it is the intimacy. One thing I noticed is you can walk from the main building at the French Quarter to just about anywhere in the resort in just a couple of minutes. It’s really, really small. When you stay at the Pop, or when you stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge (that’s one that really comes to mind for me – I stayed there once and I was kind of in the middle of the view at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and it took me 15 minutes to walk to my room. It just seemed like I was walking for ever and ever.). And that’s just not the way it is at the Port Orleans French Quarter, it’s just so, so much smaller than all the resorts. I think they told me they’ve only got like a thousand rooms compared to 2,884 at the Pop Century. It’s just very, very convenient.

Sunshine at Port Orleans French Quarter Resort

The food is really great over at the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory – Photo by Wayne Wood

The Food

The second thing I like about the Port Orleans French Quarter, LOVE about the Port Orleans French Quarter, (I put on five pounds I think on this one) was eating at Sassagoula Floatworks, the food court there. The food there was just really, really good.

One of the nights we were there, we went over there to eat supper. Typically, we don’t eat supper in the hotels, there was some reason why we decided to eat supper in the hotel, but when we went in there, I ordered fried chicken. I’m thinking, “Okay, this could be a disaster, we’re in New Orleans. It could be so hot and spicy I can’t eat it, but we’re going to try it anyway.” It came with three side items, and when I got it it’s a half of a fried chicken! A wing, a breast, a thigh, a leg, it was just a pile of chicken and sides. I couldn’t even eat it all, and it’s just like 15 bucks. It was very, very reasonably priced.

And we ate breakfast there, the omelets were probably some of the bestfood court omelets we’ve ever had at Disney, so it was just a very, very good experience at the food court Sassagoula Floatworks at Port Orleans French Quarter.

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The Port Orleans French Quarter Resort architecture

The Port Orleans French Quarter Resort has some cool authentic architecture. – Photo by Wayne Wood

The Authenticity

The third thing I love about Port Orleans French Quarter, is it’s so New Orleans. Now, I haven’t been to New Orleans, but Mrs. Mom had, she went on a band trip there in high school and she said, “This is just kind of like New Orleans.”

As you walk down between the buildings, the décor will change from, not just from building to building, but in sections of the building so every 30, 45 feet you might have brick columns for 30 feet. And then you have wrought iron columns for 30 feet. And then you have a different kind of wrought iron columns, and it just, that’s, she said, “That is just so New Orleans.”

The gardens they have there, just like … The one we were by had a brick arch that you could go through out into the garden, she said they’re just like the place they stayed when they were in New Orleans, so she just loved that. Those are the things I really love about it.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

I really like the Port Orleans French Quarter. If we stay there again, it may become my favorite Disney Hotel. Sorry Pop, but French Quarter is just pretty, pretty cool.


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Mar 04, 2019 Love it there!
by: Gail

It is one of my favorites, too! I love it for the size and you can take a boat to Disney Springs! Less walking is also a plus. And when traveling as just adults/ it works as there are less kids typically. The pub is also a fun place to sit at the end of the night to have s drink and listen to some live music. I could go on… oh yeah… beignets!! I like Pop for when I’m getting two rooms, POFQ for adult or solo trip and now Beach Club for a splurge and proximity to EPCOT. My up coming trip is FQ but in the fall I’m trying Yatch Club!!

Dec 29, 2017 Used to be called???
by: TPD0418


We took my son to Disney World when he was young and we stayed at Port Orleans – loved it! The nearby property at that time was called Dixie Landings, now called Port Orleans Riverside. And Port Orleans French Quarter was simply called Port Orleans, if my memory serves me correctly. Back then, Port Orleans (French Quarter) had its own table service restaurant. This was in the mid 1990s.

When we returned about 5 years later, we tried Dixie Landings (now Port Orleans Riverside) and liked that property as well.

We now own two different vacation timeshare properties that we exchange to travel to different places, including Disneyworld. We’re returning for another visit in May and will be staying off-site. It saves a ton of money on lodging but I do miss staying in a Disney hotel.


Dec 29, 2017 I’m from New Orleans
by: Melissa

Hi Dad! I’m from New Orleans and I want to let you know that my husband and I visited the POFQ on our last trip (we were staying at Pop) and we absolutely love the charm of it. I said to him that it has all the things that we love about New Orleans and none of the things that we hate.

Dec 29, 2017 Used to be called???
by: Anonymous

Just checking but The Port Orleans resort…wasn’t ut a different name before? I am talking almost 20 years ago for sure. But wasn’t it called Dixie Landings?

Dad Answers

No, actually Riverside was Dixie Landings.

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