6 Secrets Most People Don’t Know About Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort

When guests decide to stay on property at a Walt Disney World Resort, they have over twenty options to choose from categorized as either Deluxe, Moderate, or Value. Each Disney Resort features amazing amenities, pools, themes, and service making any choice a great one. A wonderful Moderate Resort that many guests enjoy staying at is Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter where guests can feel as though they have been transported directly to New Orleans. The resort features all of the charm of the Big Easy with a celebratory feel, wrought iron details, lush landscaping, constant jazz music, and the beautiful Sassagoula River. With so many amazing things to enjoy while visiting Port Orleans French Quarter, there are plenty of details and secrets that some guests might not know about! Here are six secrets that most guests don’t know about Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort.

6. Boat To Disney Springs –

Since Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is situated on the shores of the Sassagoula River, guests can enjoy the sounds of gently flowing water and passing boats. Many guests don’t realize that in addition to complimentary bus transportation to the parks and Disney Springs that they can also enjoy a serene boat ride directly to Disney Springs! Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort offers complimentary boat transportation along the Sassagoula both to and from Disney Springs throughout each day making it easy for guests to get around.

5. Scales The Serpent –

One of the highlights of Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is Doubloon Lagoon, a playful pool area featuring alligators playing jazz instruments. One unforgettable detail of Doubloon Lagoon is a massive serpent who can be found winding his way around the pool and being ridden by Poseidon. Many guests recognize the large serpent, but don’t realize that his name is Scales. Guests especially love sliding down his long tongue into the pool below!

4. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides –

With the beautiful Sassagoula River and charming colorful buildings, many guests consider Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort to be a romantic Disney Resort. A great way to further enjoy the ambiance of the resort is to take a horse drawn carriage ride along the banks of the Sassagoula River! The experience costs forty five dollars for twenty five minutes and can accommodate up to four adults. This romantic and relaxing activity is one that many guests don’t realize they can enjoy while visiting Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort and a great way to try something new on a Walt Disney World vacation.

3. Daily Parades –

While many guests who stay at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort spend lots of time in the beautiful lobby and festive Sassaguola Floatworks and Food Factory food court, they might not realize that there is a daily parade for every member of the family to be involved in. Cast Members who work at the resort assemble a group of children and children at heart each afternoon and hand out instruments to be played while marching through the entire lobby and out near the pool area. Guests who are nearby during the parade are given colorful beads and feel as though they are watching their very own mini version of Mardi Gras.

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2. A Lovely Walk –

Many guests might not realize that Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is actually only half of the Port Orleans Resort. Located further down the banks of the Sassagoula River is Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort which captures the charm of the South through large antebellum style mansions. Guests who stay at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Sassagoula River and soon find themselves at Port Orleans Riverside Resort where they can enjoy a show by Yeehaw Bob, dine at Boatwright’s, or simply enjoy the ambiance.

1. Beignets! –

One of the absolute best things about visiting Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is stopping into Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory to enjoy some fresh beignets! Beignets are fried squares of dough which are then smothered in powdered sugar and were made famous by New Orleans’ Café du Monde. Guests who spend time at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort should be sure to stop by the food court at least once to enjoy some fresh and delicious beignets after a long day in the parks!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.