I love New Orleans. And by I love New Orleans, I mean I love beignets, jazz music, and French Quarter architecture. My favorite moderate resort at Walt Disney World is Port Orleans, which is split into two parts. One side of the resort is Riverside, with its stately, Gone With The Wind styled mansions, so you can pull your best Scarlett O’Hara. The other side, which we’re talking about today, is the more intimate French Quarter, which emulates New Orleans of yesteryear – if New Orleans was clean, sanitized, and not full of tourists drinking boozy beverages out of plastic bags.
Growing up, on trips to Disney World, my family would always stay at Port Orleans French Quarter. I loved the walkability of the resort. It’s smaller, than other resorts, with brightly colored buildings, emulating classic Bourbon Street architecture. Wrought iron fences circle magnolia trees, and a peaceful river runs along the property. It’s one of the most romantic properties, at WDW, in our opinion, especially for the price point.
For a long time, one of the things working against the overall score of the hotel was the terrifying food court. (Oversized Mardi Gras masks hanging from every nook and cranny where guests in reoccurring nightmares). The food court has been redone recently, with a much more subtle theme. We’ve always loved this food court, for it’s ample food options, and BEIGNETS!
The Resort has a main Mardi Gras themed pool, guarded by a band of toyish-Alligators, playing instruments. The overall effect is fun and whimsical – we rarely spend time at the pool while on vacation, but we know that it’s a priority for a lot of families, and this one is a lot of fun.
This is our most highly recommended moderate resort – and maybe one of our top rated resorts in general at WDW (it’s so hard to chose! Do you have a favorite child? Or a favorite Kardashian?) We can’t say enough nice things about it, and know you’ll love it too.