Guests who visit Walt Disney World and want to enjoy being close to the magic at all times definitely need to stay on property at a Disney Resort. There are over twenty Disney Resorts to choose from that are broken down into three price categories with Deluxe being the most expensive, Value having the best deals, and Moderate falling somewhere in the middle. A popular Moderate Resort which many guests love staying at is Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. The Disney Resort is home to a unique theme that is based on the lively French Quarter in New Orleans. With plenty of wrought iron details, beautiful gardens and landscaping, the gently gurgling Sassagoula River, and plenty of unique forms of entertainment and relaxation, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is an amazing Disney Resort to enjoy. While plenty of guests might have stayed at the resort in the past, there are some hidden secrets and details that are often overlooked. Let’s see if you know these six things to know about Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort.
6. Scales –
One of the most popular areas of Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is Doubloon Lagoon which is home to the Disney Resort’s only pool. The area features a plethora of alligators who are happily playing jazz instruments to serenade guests splashing around nearby. In addition to the alligators, Doubloon Lagoon also features Mardi Grogs Pool Bar, a kiddie pool, hot tub, and one really entertaining water slide. All along one side of Doubloon Lagoon is a massive serpent who is winding his way towards the back of the area. Atop the serpent’s massive head is Poseidon who has tamed the beast to open his mouth transforming his tongue into a slide which guests can rush down to the waters below. While many guests might recognize the serpent, they might not know that his name is Scales!
5. Boat Transportation –
Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is nestled along the banks of the mighty Sassagoula River which offers beautiful views from many guest rooms as well as a winding walking path. Guests who stay at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort might not realize that in addition to enjoying the views of the Sassagoula River, they can use it for complimentary Disney transportation! Just behind Doubloon Lagoon is a small dock which guests can use to board boats that continuously run to and from Disney Springs. While the boat ride is only about ten minutes long, the journey is full of beautiful sights along the way which guests are sure to love.
4. Daily Parade –
Since Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort focuses on the festive feel of New Orleans’ French Quarter, it is no surprise that every day feels like Mardi Gras! The Cast Members who work at the Disney Resort help guests get into the party spirit once each day with their very own Mardi Gras parade. Kids and kids at heart are given noisemakers and small instruments as they march through the glass atrium lobby, through Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, and out through the courtyard. Guests who happen to catch a glimpse of the parade might even be handed festive beads by a participating Cast Member!
3. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides –
One activity that many guests might not know about at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort costs an additional fee but creates a beautiful and romantic atmosphere. Guests can visit the Disney Resort and go on a horse drawn carriage ride along the quiet walkways and the banks of the Sassagoula River. Each ride lasts for twenty five peaceful minutes and costs forty five dollars.
2. Beignets –
The quick service dining location at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, a festive locale that is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests who dine at the location can enjoy classic Cajun meals alongside American staples like chicken fingers and fries. What many guests might not realize is that Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory is home to an amazing dessert which is sure to leave guests coming back for more. The location serves beignets which are squares of fried dough that are then smothered in powdered sugar. Beignets are both light and delicious and are served in batches of three or six.
1. Movie Nights –
Guests who are looking to relax each night at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort can head over to a grassy courtyard nearby Doubloon Lagoon to enjoy a laid back movie night with other guests. The Disney Resort sets up a screen which features a different movie each night for guests to kick back and enjoy. With a relaxing atmosphere and beautiful scenery, enjoying a movie each night at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is a great way to end a day in Walt Disney World.