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Amenities at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort



By Dave Shute

(For the first page of this review of Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, see this.)

AMENITIES AT DISNEY’S PORT ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER RESORT

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The 90+ acres of Port Orleans French Quarter include an arrival building called Port Orleans Square where you check in, buy tickets, and find shops, the food court, etc., and will find (just outside) the main themed pool.

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The check-in lobby is lovely.

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Next to it is the gift shop.

Nearby is the bar and quick-service dining, covered in their own post here, and outside is the pool, also with its own post.

Beyond the pool by the Sassagoula River is a boat stop.

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The low-capacity ferry boats are more slow and infrequent than you might hope, but will take you to either Riverside (also within walking distance) or Disney Springs.

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Port Orleans French Quarter has just one bus stop, but its buses are sometimes shared with the four stops at Port Orleans Riverside.

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The Magic Kingdom bus is an important exception—it almost always goes directly to the Magic Kingdom, bypassing Riverside.

Port Orleans French Quarter has no table-service restaurant–the one that was here it was closed in 2001. One is at sister resort Port Orleans Riverside—about a half mile yard walk away—and is “shared” with Port Orleans French Quarter.

At the same time as these amenities were removed to save costs, the management of Riverside and French Quarter were combined, which is why you’ll see many sites and books refer to them as one hotel, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort.  They are, however, separate sister resorts in almost every way relevant to guests.

The only time that the combined management will  be relevant to you is if you need a problem solved.  For example, on one visit only half my dry cleaning was delivered, and when I called to solve this, I had to tell the supervisor which of the two hotels I was in.

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Or if you want to make s’mores…

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…or watch an evening movie–some times of the year, the evening entertainment happens at Riverside or French Quarter, but not both.

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Carriage rides are also available at Riverside.

Dining is available at Scat Cat’s bar, the food court, and the pool.

DINING AT DISNEY’S PORT ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER RESORT

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9 comments

1 Melanie { 03.11.13 at 8:59 am }

Hi Dave, I love your reviews! My family of 4 & I have stayed here twice and we love it. I have to agree that the compact size and romantic setting have won me over. My kids like it because of the pool, the boat to DTD, the beads that they were given every day, and the Mardi Gras theming. We have stayed at the All-star Movies twice, but feel that the All-stars are a little over crowded. I do have a question for you. We are planning our next trip for late August 2014 (we usually go early Sept.) and are thinking either this resort or Riverside. I am hesitant to choose Riverside due to how large it seems. It will save us a few hundred dollars though, I’m sure, as FQ usually seems to be higher priced, which I am not bothered by. Any comments to help sway me to Riverside?

2 Dave { 03.11.13 at 12:22 pm }

Hi Melanie and thanks!

I always thought they were the same price, so I checked 2103 standard room rates for the 6 main seasons, and the price is the same for both! It is true that when deals come out, POFQ is often either left out of the deal or has lower discounts than POR does.

I really can’t think of much that would make me switch from POFQ to POR!!!

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3 Melanie { 03.12.13 at 1:05 am }

Thanks Dave, I’m hoping for a deal and I know FQ is, as you pointed out, either not included or the discount isn’t as much as POR. I guess I just have to wait and see. Thanks again.

4 Scott { 09.02.13 at 4:05 pm }

Is there any sort of specific room(s) within the standard that you would recommend? If so, would we call and request after on-line check-in is done?

5 Dave { 09.03.13 at 7:33 am }

Scott in addition to the recommendations, adding “near transportation” and “corner room”–which gets you an extra window–are always good ideas. After you do online check in–60 days out–call and request whatever you couldn’t get in on-line check in. Call again the day before you arrive…

6 Scott { 09.04.13 at 10:10 pm }

Dave, thanks for the tip. Should I call the hotel directly or the main number?

Scott

7 Dave { 09.05.13 at 7:17 am }

Hotel direct, Scott…

8 Scott { 09.06.13 at 9:18 pm }

Dave,

Do you know how I find the Hotel number? It might be 407-934-5000 but I am not sure.

Thanks,

Scott

9 Dave { 09.07.13 at 10:41 am }

Scott, that’s the same number I have…

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