Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter opened for business on May 17, 1991 as simply Disney’s Port Orleans Resort (this is because Port Orleans Riverside started as Dixie Landings, so there was no need to differentiate between the 2 Port Orleans resorts!). It is currently home to 1,008 rooms between seven buildings. French Quarter is themed in the Antebellum era of New Orleans and is a sister resort to Port Orleans Riverside. However, guests staying at French Quarter may use all the amenities at Riverside and vice versa -including sharing all seven swimming pools. Riverside is a quick ten-minute riverbank walk from French Quarter, or you can use the free ferry boats.
Table Service – There is no table service restaurant at Port Orleans French Quarter, but it is just a fairly short walk to Port Orlean’s Riverside’s Boatwright Dining Hall. We’ll cover what’s available there in a future in-depth episode!
Sassagoula Floatworks Food Factory is French Quarter’s quick-service restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as more limited snack service later into the evening (you know, in case you forgot to get that Mickey bar before you left the parks!). Sassagoula features “stations” where different options are presented at each meal. For example if you wanted the Western breakfast bowl you’d enter one line, but for Mickey waffles you’d be in another. One of the most famous foods at Sassagoula is their beignets! Beignets are famous New Orleans style fried pastry covered in powdered sugar. They’re made fresh in the bakery at Sassagoula and come in orders of 3 or 6 and are served all day. For lunch or dinner be sure to try another New Orleans favorite, the shrimp po’boy!
Scat Cat Lounge
This southern style jazz lounge features cocktails, draft beer and appetizers. You can enjoy a flatbread, some buffalo wings or spinach and artichoke dip while watching different live performances. The Scat Cat does not have a regular performer but instead features a rotating cast of musicians including Jason Thomas and Billy Varnes from Epcot’s retired Off Kilter band. Off Kilter was a fan favorite so it’s nice to have the option to see them elsewhere.
Mardi Grogs Pool Bar
Featuring specialty drinks, wine, sangria and draft beer this bar is located near the main pool at French Quarter. There are a few “cold” options available for food at Mardi Grogs including a tuna salad or ham and cheese croissant, or garden salad with chicken. PB&J is available for the kids. For drinks, the Piña CoLAVA (Bacardi Black Razz Rum blended with Piña Colada Mix and Raspberry Purée) is a personal favorite, and they also have plenty of alcohol-free blended drinks so the kids can indulge too!
There is no room service at Port Orleans French Quarter, but you can order from a limited pizza menu between 4pm and midnight every day. You can choose from breadstick, chicken wings or salads as well as pizza (pepperoni, veggie, cheese, supreme or meat) and a few dessert and beverage choices.
Port Orleans French Quarter is a small resort so there are pretty limited options for room choices. There are no preferred rooms at POFQ, which is actually good news! It means that all rooms are already close enough to the “action” to be considered preferred.
You DO however have a choice of view. At French quarter the views are: Standard View (view of the parking lot), River View, Pool View (always 2nd or 3rd floor, never ground floor) or Garden View (non-parking lot: fountains, garden, courtyard etc). The last 3 differ in price by just a few dollars each night with garden being the most expensive. All of these rooms come standard with 2 queen beds and sleep up to 4 adults.
For approximately $20 extra each night you can choose to reserve a King Bed room. King Rooms have a capacity of 2 adults, but are a good option for a family with a smaller child as one infant will not count towards that capacity. Plus there is plenty of room in King Bed rooms for a pack and play for the baby!
Port Orleans French Quarter has one pool: “Doubloon Lagoon” featuring Scales, the 51-foot-long sea serpent slide.
On March 7th 2016, a brand new Aquatic play area opened replacing the old children’s wading pool. This new play area is located next to the Doubloon Lagoon pool and features child-size water slides, water cannons, and fountains. To fit the theme of the resort, the equipment is all colored in gold, purple, and green like Mardi Gras! This play area is for children 48” and under only.
Separate from the main pool is a jacuzzi tub and you’re also free to use the Ol’ Man Island swimming complex at Port Orleans Riverside.
Between 1:30-5:30 daily there are poolside activities from a Mardi Gras pool party to water balloon games, bingo, trivia, Disney Jr. pool party and more.
You can attend the Cajun Campfire between Buildings 5 & 6 (not every day 3-4 times a week) to enjoy roasted marshmallows in the warm glow of a campfire.
Fishing excursions – 2 hour guided fishing excursions are available along the Sassagoula River. Fishing equipment is provided and 24 hour advanced reservations are strongly recommended.
$170 – 2 Hours (Single Person) 1:30
$270 – 2 Hours (2-5 People) 7:00 & 10:00
$235 – 2 Hours (2-5 People) 1:30
$455 – 4 Hours (2-5 People) 7:00am – 11:00am & 10:00 – 2:00
Includes: Fishing equipment (including a fishing rod, bait, and more. Also beverages for the fisherman!) Guests are allowed to bring their own equipment, but the price does not change. For more information on fishing excursions visit: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/recreation/fishing/
Boat Rentals – Sun tracker pontoon boats, Boston Whaler Montauk boats and Sea Raycer water sprites are available for rent by the half hour at the marina. Certain age restrictions apply. Rentals can be arranged at the marina. More information on boat rentals here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/recreation/motorized-boats/
Bike Rentals – Bicycles and Surrey bikes (which seat 4 people) are available for rent by the half hour and can be rented directly at the marina. You also have the option of calling recreation to reserve right from the phone in your room!
You can also enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, though these do depart from Port Orleans Riverside resort, not French Quarter. Still, close enough!
Transportation to all Disney World parks is by bus. Port Orleans French Quarter only has one main bus stop just outside the main entrance. Water launch service is available to Disney Springs from the marina.
Here are some pricing options. Because of the very small difference in pricing between views we just picked a standard and a Pool room to compare this time!
Dates 8/20-8/26, 2 adults, 2 children (6 and 9); No Dining, Insurance or Memory Maker, just resort and 5 day Park Hopper tickets.
Standard Room: $3,011.54
Pool View: $3, 146.44
No Tickets Room Only – Same dates and Family
Standard View: $1,306.13
Pool View: $1,441.13
For a King Bed room you’re looking at a $20 difference per night, or approximately $100 more for a 5 night trip.
Port Orleans is a fantastic moderate option. Very small and intimate, which is nice in the hustle and bustle of the Walt Disney World resort at large. It’s a favorite of the Dole Whippies and maybe after a visit it will become your favorite too!