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by Wishes Diva

Disney World Port Orleans French Quarter ResortMy family recently stayed at the Port Orleans French Quarter resort at Disney World for the first time. We typically stay at Value level resorts such as Pop Century or the All-Stars. On this trip we knew we were going to spend a lot of time swimming at the resort so we opted for a Moderate level resort, and we were very pleased!

Lobby of Port Orleans French Quarter

Lobby view

Rooms: The rooms were set up in the same way as the Value Resorts. We had two queen beds, a small table with 2 chairs, and a large TV stand/dresser combo. The bathroom area was separated from the bed space by a curtain. This was one different from the remodeled Value resorts that now have the sliding door in place of the curtain. Initially I was concerned about noise being an issue if my husband and I were to be up late or early and need the bathroom space, however it was not an issue! Despite being set up the same way, these rooms feel a bit more spacious than the Values. There was more space between the beds and also more space in the walkway to the bathroom. In my opinion, however, the room itself is not worth paying a Moderate price in my opinion.

Food: There are four places on the resort property that you can get food: Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, Scat Cat’s Cafe, Scat Cat’s Lounge, and Mardi Grogs. Sassagoula Floatworks is the main food court at the resort and where the majority of the food is served. The great thing about this food court is all of the options! They offer a ton of choices from pizza, sandwiches, pasta and more! The real home-runs are the jambalaya, gumbo and chili. They also have a full breakfast menu that includes sweet and savory items, and everyone’s favorite Mickey waffles! Scat Cat’s Cafe and Scat Cat’s Lounge are the home to the famous beignets! The lounge is a full bar with some appetizer options such as savory beignets, fries and wings. The Cafe menu features beignets along with some coffee options. Hungry while at the pool? Check out Mardi Grogs where you can find a few sandwich and salad options! Overall the food was a major plus of staying at a Moderate level resort. The options were wonderful and we did not have a bad bite the entire time we stayed!

Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Water Slide

Water slide at Port Orleans French Quarter

Beignets at Disney's Port Orleans Resort

Mickey beignets from Scat Cat’s at Port Orleans French Quarter

Amenities/Recreation: Aside from the amazing food options, the resort also offers other amenities such as a pool with a water slide, campfires with s’mores, horse drawn carriages and bicycle rentals. All of these options are part of what makes the Moderate resorts special. We took advantage of the extended pool area with the water slide with my kids and it was wonderful! There are also several playgrounds and a decent sized arcade for kids to enjoy while staying. We also enjoyed seeing the horse carriages and surrey bikes around the resort when we were walking around.

Proximity: This was one of the reasons we wanted to try out Port Orleans French Quarter was that we liked its central location on Disney Property. It was very easy to get to when we drove in initially, and very easy to get to all the parks and Disney Springs from the hotel. We did have our car so we took it nearly everywhere. The drive to the parks was no more than 10 minutes to any of the parks. The resort does also offer buses to the parks. To get to Disney Springs we utilized the boat transportation and cruised along the Sassagoula River. The boat ride to Springs was one of the most relaxing modes of transportation I have ever been on! The fact that the transportation time between resort and park was so short was a major up side of staying at this resort!

Price: The price for staying at this moderate resort overall was not much more than a value resort. You are paying a little extra for the amenities and food options at the Moderate resorts. Where Value resorts tend to run around $175 a night, Port Orleans is around $275 a night. Obviously these prices do change with the seasons but that is typically the range you’ll find. For approximately $100 more per night you are getting more food options and expanded amenities.

Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter

Mousekeeping pixie dust in our room at Port Orleans French Quarter

Overall we will definitely stay at this resort again. The decor and overall atmosphere of the resort is so nice and calm. It doesn’t feel big and busy like some of the other resorts. The resort feels like you are stepping into the streets of the French Quarter, with some Disney charm!

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