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Enjoy the elegance of the South with the quaint and comfortable rooms of Port Orleans – French Quarter!
The entirety of the Port Orleans went through a soft refit a few years ago, with a focus on the rooms and other accommodations. After much needed upgrades and polishing, the new rooms have the class and taste of vintage New Orleans.
Taking inspiration from the Victorian décor of New Orleans suburbs, Tiffany blue walls contrasts beautifully against natural dark woods of the furniture. The floors are wood as well, with two different tones working well within the overall design of the room.
In the bathroom, you’ll find other vintage touches, such as a Victorian style vanity and burnished sink fittings. The shower and toilet are in their own space, with the sink and a clothes rod completing the bathroom space. A privacy curtain separates the bathroom from the rest of the living area, making it easy for several people to get ready for the day at once.
While all the rooms have the same basic layout, there’s plenty to love about a stay at Port Orleans – French Quarter!
All the rooms at Port Orleans – French Quarter have the same amenities:
- Internet – Free WiFi Service
- Coffee Maker
- Telephone with voicemail
- In-Room Safe
- Iron & Ironing Board
In addition to these, basic hotel comforts such as towels and toiletries are available. You can also find extra blanket and pillows, or ask for them from the front desk.
You’ll also notice that there isn’t a way for you to heat food in these rooms. With that in mind, make sure you plan accordingly if you bring your own snacks. Since you have a fridge, you can bring items like yogurt, cream cheese, and cheese snacks. Additionally, I suggest bringing snacks that are pre-sealed and easy to store, like granola bars or Pop Tarts, which are also airline-friendly.
Remember, you can always choose to bring your quick meal from Sassagoula Floatworks back to your room rather than fighting for a place to sit. A huge timing-saving tip that has worked for us is to send one or two people from the party who are all ready to go for the day to get the food, and they will bring it back to the room. That way, people can still get ready while others are having breakfast, or they will be ready by the time breakfast comes back to the room. It’s all about maximizing your time on a Disney vacation!
Unless you specifically book a room with a king bed, all the rooms at French Quarter have two queen beds and sleep four people. If you need to sleep another child, you can always request a cot or pack n’ play when you place your booking, but these rooms do not have the pull-down bed option you’ll find at Riverside.
In the separate bathroom space, you will also find a small closet area, where you can put hanging clothes or store your suitcases. I highly suggest that you unpack if you’re staying more than a night or two, as it will help you and your party to stay organized.
The beds have a slight lift to them as well, so you can take advantage of a bit of under the bed space. If your empty suitcase will fit there, then use that for storage!
These accommodations are certainly not the largest Disney World has to offer, but they are cozy and comfortable. I highly recommend this resort if you have a smaller family, are just traveling as a couple, or will be spending a lot of time at the parks. You’ll have a lovely and relaxing space to lay your head, getting you rested for the next day.
Choosing Your View
At Port Orleans – French Quarter, you will find one standard style room with a choice between four different views. As all the rooms are off an exterior walkway, it isn’t really about the view itself, but more about the location within the resort. Based on the view, you can roughly choose where you end up without actually having to put in a room request!
The standard view is sort of a “jack of all rooms,” essentially meaning you could end up anywhere in the resort. On the website, Disney indicates that standard rooms have a view of one of the parking lots. However, you shouldn’t consider that to be a bad thing, especially if you drove yourself! Also, it isn’t as if the buildings sit right on the edge of the parking area. If you’re looking to save a bit of money, this is a great option.
Garden view rooms, as the name implies, look out over the landscaping and courtyards of the resort. Many of the garden view rooms are actually in the same buildings as the other room views, just on the other side. These rooms can be both blessing and curse – they are away from some of the popular areas like the pool and parking lots, which can potentially make them a quieter space. However, as the courtyard areas hold the main walkways, you might have to deal with a bit of noise in the morning as people are leaving and in the evening when people are returning.
Overall, if you want easy access to a variety of places in the resort, garden rooms might be the way to go.
If close proximity to the pool is important to you (or your younger travelers) you might want to consider a pool view. These rooms overlook Doubloon Lagoon, therefore placing you right near the pool. Without a doubt, this gives you an advantage of getting a good spot poolside over some of the more far-flung guests of the resort.
Remember, there aren’t any smaller leisure pools over at French Quarter. Doubloon Lagoon is it, unless you’re going over to Riverside, so if you plan to start most mornings at the pool you should definitely go for this view.
Undeniably the most peaceful of the views, river view rooms look out over the Sassagoula River. Wave to the other guests as they ride by in a water taxi, or enjoy quick access to the walking path that will take you along the river.
River views stretch along the backside of the resort, spreading them out among the other views. Your building could be close to the pool or parking lot and still face out to the river, so if you have a particular request to go along with these rooms, you should make it in advance.
As the views only partially determine your location within the resort, if you have other preferences about where you stay you should consider a room request.
You can call (407) 939-5277 with any requests or questions about your booking. While Disney can’t guarantee that all your requests will be honored, it’s still worth inquiring!
For instance, we always ask for a room on the top floor or an upper floor. This keeps from being right along a walkway, where you will hear the walking traffic, or having people thumping above you at all hours. We also know people who like to ask for a room near the elevator, so they don’t have to walk so far back to their room at the end of a long park day. My personal preference is to be a bit further from the elevator, which I feel is a bit quieter. Just goes to show you that you should make your requests based on the needs of your own party!
At Port Orleans – French Quarter, a common request is for a corner room, as it gets you an additional window and slightly more space. That extra bit of natural light can really make a difference!
Remember, no matter where you stay at Port Orleans – French Quarter, you’re sure to have a blast!
Grace Hoyos, Staff Writer
Grace is a life-long lover of all things Disney, particularly the parks at Walt Disney World. She is also an avid Disney Cruise Line enthusiast who regularly dreams of the white sands of Castaway Cay. Grace loves the fact that her Disney trips give her time to spend with her family, enjoy incredible food, and try new experiences.