Why You Should Stay at This Underrated Disney Resort

Choosing which resort to stay at in Walt Disney World can be a big decision! There are more than 20 to choose from, not even counting the Disney Springs “good neighbor” hotels!

Art of Animation Resort

Obviously, one of the biggest deciding factors when it comes to choosing your accommodations is cost. For this reason, a lot of people go with the budget-friendly and fun Value Resorts. On the other end of the scale, the luxury and comfort of the Deluxe Resorts appeals to those whose budget is a little bigger.

But it just so happens that one of our favorite resorts is right in the middle, in the Moderate Category. And that resort is none other than Port Orleans French Quarter!

Port Orleans French Quarter

Here are a few reasons we think you should consider staying there the next time you head to Walt Disney World.

1. The Theme

POFQ Alligator Musicians
Alligator Musicians

At Port Orleans French Quarter, it’s Mardi Gras all year long! From the food to the music, you can certainly feel the New Orleans influence on this quaint resort. We love the Alligator Musicians that march in front of you as you head to the pool. The Southern influence is very noticeable as well in the unique architecture and bright door colors. It’s so pretty, I find I take photos every time I swing by!

Port Orleans Architecture

2. The Food

Mickey Mouse Beignets
Mickey Mouse Beignets

What would New Orleans be without Beignets?? This is the ONLY place in Walt Disney World you can pick up these powdery, flaky, scratch-made treats — which make a perfect breakfast if you ask me. You can grab them in packs of 3 or 6 at Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory. Adults can also get them infused with various liquors at Scat Cat’s Club, which is just about the most indulgent, delicious vacation treat I can think of!

As you can tell, Sassagoula isn’t your standard quick service fare! You can enjoy additional New Orleans favorites like gumbo, shrimp and grits, jambalaya, catfish etoufee, and po’ boy sandwiches. They even have a Beignet Cheeseburger, where the buns are Beignets.

POFQ Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory

3. The Pool

Port Orleans French Quarter Doubloon Lagoon

While the pool maybe not be as big as the one at Art of Animation, or as breathtaking as the one at Wilderness Lodge, the Port Orleans French Quarter Doubloon Lagoon pool is awesome in its own right. For starters, it has one of the coolest slides of any resort — a giant Sea Serpent! There is also an Alligator water play zone and a hot tub. Plus the pool bar, Mardi Grog’s, serves up great mixed and frozen cocktails — including a “Hurricane” and other Mardi Gras inspired beverages.

Alligator Splash Zone

4. The Location and Transportation

Boat to Disney Springs

Port Orleans is technically in the Disney Springs Resort Area, but its location also makes it extremely convenient to Epcot and the Magic Kingdom, which is a nice bonus!

Also, in addition to the buses that will take you to all four theme parks and both water parks, there is a boat that will ferry you to Disney Springs! The boat leaves every 10 to 20 minutes depending on the time of day, and makes for a fun, relaxing ride to the Springs.

5. Things to Do

Carriage Ride

There are lots of fun recreation activities at Port Orleans French Quarter, too.

For starters, you can enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride. These private rides begin at sister resort Port Orleans Riverside, and take your family on a 25-minute ride.

Port Orleans French Quarter also offers bike rentals, a great way to get some exercise and scope out the stunning grounds.

There is also a marina, where you can rent various watercraft, such as pontoon boats, or take a fishing excursion. They even offer Cane Fishing to complete the Louisiana feel.

And, as we mentioned before, adults will certainly want to check out Scat Cat’s Club. Not only do they serve great cocktails, but they offer jazz musicians and other entertainment you won’t want to miss!

Scat Cat’s Club

So there you have it! A few reasons you should consider staying at this wonderful Disney resort. It’s not the biggest, flashiest, or fanciest, but trust us, with a beignet in one hand and a Hurricane in the other, you will not be disappointed.

Have you stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!

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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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13 Replies to “Why You Should Stay at This Underrated Disney Resort”

  1. The layout and the theming is what I love about the French Quarter over the other moderates. Due to the layout, no room is very far from the pool and main building (restaurant, etc). The other ones, depending on room location, it can be a long walk to the main building.

  2. This is our go to moderate resort, Wilderness lodge being our deluxe. We come from the UK every year and tend to alternate between the two resorts and I have never had a bad experience at either. We love the size of French Quarter, we tend to request a room near the restaurant but to be honest none of the rooms are far away. The best bonus is the boat transport.

  3. I love this resort!!! The staff is absolutely outstanding!! They couldn’t be more accommodating to the guests. I can’t wait to stay there again!!!

  4. Stop!! You let out our little secret! We LOVE that place, for all the reasons you mentioned! Been going there since kids were 5 and now they’re 25! Tried other resorts too. Love how small this one is. Alo loved the wilderness Lodge, it was pricier though but we had a cast members discount when we did that one. Proximity to parks was great, water ferries and Lagoon light parade all right in front of you.

  5. French Quarter is far from being underrated in fact it’s probably one of the most popular resorts in the moderate category. With that being said I love French Quarter. Great theme throughout the resort and a good food court. I wish they did have an actual sit down restaurant instead the closest is Boatwright’s at Riverside which isn’t that great.

  6. It’s become our favorite place to stay without breaking the bank. This year we’re kicking it up a notch by trying a Royal Room!