With over 20 resorts to choose from at Walt Disney World, selecting your home away from home at the most magical place on earth can be a little overwhelming. To make the decision process a little easier, and to guarantee that you’re fully informed, we’re covering what you need to know about a stay at Disney’s newly opened Port Orleans French Quarter.
Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort – The Basics
Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is a Walt Disney World Moderate resort in the Disney Springs area.
True to its name, Port Orleans French Quarter is themed after New Orleans’ French Quarter with a touch of Mardi Gras.
Here guests will find wrought iron railings, manicured lawns, cobblestone streets, lamp posts, and magnolia trees along the banks of the Sassagoula River.
This resort is unique in that its sister resort, Port Orleans Riverside, sits right next door. Both resorts are some of the last to reopen following Walt Disney World’s closure in March of 2020.
Our Port Orleans French Quarter Resort Room
Our park reporter Chrissy recently stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter upon its reopening to experience Disney’s take on the Crescent City.
Chrissy stayed in a Garden View room in Building 2 that was priced at $293.40 including taxes and fees on December 14, 2021.
Ready for the grand reveal? The bedroom space of Room 2202 measured 19ft 7in long x 12ft 8in wide.
The room’s furnishings consist of:
- 2 queen beds
- 1 table with 2 chairs
- 1 bench
- 1 shelf with pegs
- 1 nightstand
Also, as an FYI, the room offers 11 outlets and 6 USB ports total.
Like most Disney Resorts these days, there’s plenty of room under both beds for luggage storage; and yes, your kids won’t just jump on these beds but also crawl under them. You’ve been warned.
Each bed has four pillows with an additional sealed blanket and pillow in the closet/bathroom space.
Also, per the TouringPlans room review standard, Chrissy checked the dates, brands, and condition of the room’s mattresses and bedding.
The mattress was a BeautyRest and in good condition. She also shared images of the tags and brands of the blankets, sheets, and pillows:
The oldest sheets were dated as being from February of 2019, but they still appeared to be in good condition.
Also, as a special touch, a Hidden Mickey made of Mardi Gras beads was waiting on the table. Who wouldn’t love a free, themed souvenir?
The room’s flat-screen TV was 52″ Samsung. Surprisingly, that’s actually bigger than the TV Chrissy had in her room at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge earlier this year.
The TV was fixed on a moveable arm with cable hook up / access on the back.
This is great if you travel with a Roku, Amazon Fire TV stick, or anything else that hooks into the TV.
The room also comes with a two-cup Cuisinart coffee maker with filter packs.
Coffee (both regular and decaf), tea, plastic and styrofoam cups, sugar, and creamer are all provided. The dresser itself measured 5ft 6in x 2ft wide.
Here’s a peek at the room’s hidden mini-fridge.
Can’t say I love these A/C units, but at least they match the room?
Also, note the curtain hanging over the room’s window doesn’t quite block out all of that Florida sunshine.
Speaking of which, Chrissy took light readings all throughout the room – all LUX. Here’s what she discovered:
- Double curtains – one sheer and one blackout – both closed and all lights off in the room = 10.4
- Table and chairs with lights on 189
- Dresser near coffee maker with lights on 74.8
- Pillow with lights 194.5
- Nightstand with lights 223
- Bathroom vanity with lights 347
- Nightstand with A/C running 54.1 dBA
- Window near A/C with A/C running 64.2 dBA
- Nightstand without A/C 42.2 dBA
Like many Disney Value and Moderate resort rooms, the bedroom is separated from the vanity and closet space by a curtain divider.
The entire vanity space measured 7ft long x 5ft 6in wide.
The vanity thankfully has storage space both above and below its double sinks.
There’s also a light-up magnifying mirror mounted to the wall…
…and here’s a look at the room’s provided hairdryer.
To the right of the vanity is an additional shelf, a sealed pillow and blanket, an iron and ironing board, and the room’s safe.
It’s a standard Safemark.
Now the bathroom is what you’ll usually find at a Disney Value or Moderate resort. Basically, that’s a polite way of saying that it’s gonna be cramped.
The tub and shower combo is relatively standard.
Also, the bathroom door has a full-length mirror which is something we think every hotel and resort room should have, by the way.
The bathroom came with six bath towels and 6 washcloths.
Here’s a look at the tub…
…and the shower head.
Unfortunately, the trend of mounted pumps for Disney’s H20+ shampoo, conditioner, and body wash has continued here as well.
Now, like other Disney Moderate and Value resorts, Disney’s French Quarter rooms are outside entry with both stair and elevator access, but many at French Quarter offer picturesque views of the resort’s grounds and the Sassagoula River.
Also, even though Room 2202 was categorized as a Garden View room, it had all the location benefits of being a Preferred Room.
Chrissy actually timed how long it took her to get from her room to certain areas of the resort. Here’s what she found out:
- 1 minute 22 seconds from Room 2202 to Sassagoula Floatworks (food court)
- 3 minutes 16 seconds from Room 2202 to bus stop
- 48 seconds from Room 2202 to Double Lagoon Pool & Splash Pad
- 59 seconds from Room 2202 to the Sassagoula Steamboat bound for Disney Springs
- 15 minutes 23 seconds from French Quarter dock to Disney Springs dock
Port Orleans French Quarter Amenities
Port Orleans French Quarter Pools & Recreation
French Quarter’s pool features a Mardi Gras-theme with a 51-foot-long, blue sea serpent waterslide, King Neptune, and an alligator band. Let’s just say, it’s definitely unique.
Port Orleans French Quarter Transportation
- Parking at Disney Moderate Resort is $20 per night
- Valet service is $33 per night (sales tax included)
- Complimentary standard self-parking is available while enjoying select dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation.