For our May trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, a few years ago,  we decided to upgrade from our usual value to a moderate resort. Being from New Orleans, I was a tad concerned about staying someplace New Orleans-themed.  Let's be honest. It can get cliche and cringe. I'd heard from other New Orleanians that it was a great resort, so we gave it a try! I'm super glad we did. Disney's Port Orleans Resort: French Quarter quickly became my favorite Walt Disney World Resort. It's just practically perfect in that Disney way!

The Vibe of Port Orleans French Quarter

I can't quite explain it, but POFQ has a vibe to it. It's a very relaxed, laid-back vibe. Kind of like New Orleans itself.

Everything just kind of makes you want to move in slow motion like you're on vacation. Which is great except when you're late for your dining reservation!

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The vibe at the Port Orleans French Quarter is relaxing and chill!

It's also the smallest of the Walt Disney World Resorts. None of the rooms are more than a five-minute walk from the lobby. This is my favorite part because no one enjoys a long walk from the bus at the end of the night. A plus of it being a small resort there is only one bus stop, and the dining room doesn't feel overcrowded like they do at some of the values.

While Port Orleans French Quarter does have its own buses during park closing and openings. However, it does share a bus with Port Orleans Riverside during the day at times.

The size and the vibe were probably my favorite thing about the resort.

The lobby and gift shop at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter
Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Lobby and Gift Shop

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Port of Orleans French Quarter Is Very Authentic

But I loved it because it was New Orleans-themed.

Remember I told you I felt like maybe I wouldn't like POFQ because it was New Orleans-themed?

Disney did their homework and put a lot of detail into pulling off a New Orleans-themed resort hotel. From the street signs to the wrought iron throughout the resort to the rooms, it made me feel like I was home.

Disney's Port Orleans French Guest Rooms
Rooms at Disney Port Orleans French Quarter
Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Outside Features
A look around the Port Orleans French Quarter Resort at Walt Disney World

Port of Orleans French Quarter Pool

One of the best activities the Port of Orleans French Quarter offers is the pool. Not only is the pool area HUGE with an amazing sea serpent waterslide. There is also a splash area for little kids.

Disney provides life jackets and towels, so you don't have to worry about bringing them from home.

BONUS: Because Port Orleans French Quarter and Port Orleans Riverside are sister resorts, you can enjoy the pools at both resorts! This is one of the few places pool hopping is allowed on Disney property.

Pool and Splash Pad at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter
Pool and Splash Pad at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter

Port of Orleans French Quarter Resort Activities

Beyond the pool, the resort offers a lot of fun activities for guests to enjoy when they aren't in the parks. There are pool parties daily, trivia, painting, bike rentals, and a horse-drawn carriage ride.

You can take a trip down the Sassagoula River to Disney Spring.

Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Boats to Disney Springs, Playground and Arcade
Guest Activities at Port Orleans French Quarter

There is also a playground for little ones, an arcade for big kids, a movie night for the whole family, and Disney movies always playing in the lobby. And if that's not enough, Port Orleans Riverside is just a 10-minute walk away.

On Mardi Gras Day, there is also a golf cart parade complete with beads and Princess Tiana!

The Food at Port Orleans French Quarter

You'll find traditional New Orleans favorites with a few twists. Beyond the beignets, which were a family favorite – both the gluten-free and the gluten-filled Mickey-shaped one, we enjoyed the pizza, the ribs, the desserts, and the burgers.

Gluten Free Beignets, Mickey Beignets and a Beignet Burger at Port Orleans French Quarter
Gluten Free Beignets, Mickey Mouse Beignets, and the Beignet Burger at Port Orleans French Quater

My favorite thing was the blackened rib eye, and I think my ex-husband's favorite was a toss-up between the beignet burger and the shrimp and grits.

One of my other favorite parts about the food court was the drink stations. POFQ has the freestyle machines you find at Wendy's, with tons of drink options for you to choose from. It was nice being able to get Powerade Zero after a long hot day at the parks and not just have soda and a few other options as a choice. I'd stay here again just for this reason alone.

Sassagoula Food Court At Port Orleans French Quarter
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory – the Food Court at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Resort

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On-Site Perks For Resort Guests

One of the main reasons to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort is the on-site perks for resort guests.

Disney Transportation to all the theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios, plus transportation to both water parks, is one of the main perks. There is also a bus and a boat to Disney Springs.

Resort Guests also get an Early Theme Park entry, where you can start your Disney day 30 minutes before park opening at all four Walt Disney World Parks.

Another perk for staying on-site is making Disney Dining Reservations. On-site guest can make guests can make advanced dining reservations (ADRs) 60 days in advance for up to 10 days of their stay.

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Have you stayed at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter before? What was your favorite thing about the hotel