Here at Disney Addicts, we get asked quite a bit about our favorite Moderate Resorts. These mid-range level hotels provide a perfect level of accommodation for families who want slightly more amenities than the entry-level Value Properties but without breaking the bank on a Deluxe property. Though Port Orleans French Quarter may be slightly more subdued than it’s sister property Port Orleans Riverside as well as Caribbean Beach Resort and Coronado Springs, we think there’s a whole lot to love about this resort. With that in mind, and to help you make up your mind when it comes to finding a resort that is right for your family, we thought we’d share six of our favorite things about Port Orleans French Quarter.
1. Intimate Size – If there’s one characteristic that all of the Moderate Resorts have in common (with the exception of Port Orleans French Quarter) it’s the fact that they are huge. The Moderate Resorts are known for their palatial gardens, well-manicured lawns and tranquil settings. You’ll definitely escape the high energy often found at most Value properties but one downside to this is that because of their size, getting around the property can be a bit of a hike. At many of the Moderates, some of the furthest buildings on property mean a 7 to 10-minute walk to get central amenities or the main pool. However, you won’t find this at Port Orleans French Quarter. This resort is much more compact making it a popular option for adult only stays. Because it’s the smallest of the moderates, you get the best of both worlds: the lushly landscaped grounds and the convenience of having all amenities in close proximity.
2. Dubloon Lagoon – Though slightly smaller than some of the pool areas you’ll find at the other Moderates, what Dubloon Lagoon lacks in size it makes up for in character, making it one of our favorite places to take a dip at Disney. Kids love the Mardi Gras theming of the central pool area complete with a waterslide that snakes through the mouth of a giant sea serpent. Just a few years ago, Port Orleans French Quarter unveiled a new aquatic play area with waterslides for tiny tots as well as water cannons, fountains and more. For grown-ups, there’s also a hot-tub and a poolside bar.
3. Sassagoula Float Works – Port Orleans French Quarter does not have a sit-down table service restaurant. For that, you need to go next door to Boatwrights at Port Orleans Riverside. However, it more than makes up for it with the fabulous Sassagoula Float Works food court. Here you’ll find lots of safe bets for the kids as well as a nice mix of Southern specialities including Gumbo, Jambalaya, Gumbo and of course beignets! As a matter of fact, people will visit the resort for the sole purpose of sinking their teeth into these amazing French donuts doused in powdered sugar! Kids will also love the decor which features giant props from some of the New Orleans Mardi Gras parades of days gone by suspended from the ceiling!
4. Boat Transportation to Disney Springs – Another reason why this resort is so popular with adults or families with older children is the fact that it (as well as Port Orleans Riverside) are the only Moderate Resorts that offer boat transportation to and from Disney Springs! Departures are frequent and the boats run quite late making it perfect for those heading out for a night on the town, attending an evening concert etc! You’ll also love the scenic trip down the Sassagoula River to Disney’s downtown shopping district. The boat service can also be used to shuttle guests between Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter if you’d like to pop over to your sister resort for a couple of drinks or a table service meal.
5. Scat Cat Club – One of our favorite places to wind out our Disney days at Port Orleans French Quarter has to be the Scat Cat Club. This Southern-style jazz lounge is the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy live music. They also offer a mighty impressive array of speciality cocktails, draft beer, light bites and more! Recent updates to the menu include chicken and waffles, crab dip, Bayou Brisket Sliders and more!
6. The Ambiance – Port Orleans French Quarter really is the perfect resort for strolling and is filled with lots of beautiful touches that really make you feel like you’re in the heart of New Orleans. From the beautiful ironwork you’ll find on the buildings, the traditional lampposts, the winding river and landscaped central squares, you can’t help but feel relaxed when making your way around the property. Delightful details like the fountain in the central lobby and costumed doorman also enhance the experience. Details are also carried through to the guest rooms which are appointed with beautiful cherry headboards, Mardi-Gras-themed artwork and double sinks. Though the rooms are slightly more dated than its larger counterpart, it’s a sacrifice we’re always willing to make when given all of the other incredible amenities listed above.
Stays at Port Orleans French Quarter are usually in the $200 – $275 a night range depending on category and season. Because it is a smaller resort, Port Orleans French Quarter can book up quickly so booking well in advance is essential. Because of the popularity of the resort, it can sometimes be excluded from discounts like FREE dining. Just keep this in mind of cutting costs is a must.
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