Most everyone has their favorite Walt Disney World resort and mine is none other than Port Orleans French Quarter. The grounds are beyond stunning, but that’s not the only reason I choose to stay here most every time I visit Disney World.
I’ve stayed at several other resorts, including Wilderness Lodge and Port Orleans Riverside, but French Quarter has my heart. Yes, it’s nice to try different resorts, but you also have to take into account how much you’re willing to pay.
This brings me to my first bullet:
- It’s affordable: A trip to Disney isn’t cheap. Between flight, food, park tickets, souvenirs, and whatever else you budget for, money adds up. So if you can save a little bit of moolah by staying at a cheaper hotel, why not? French Quarter isn’t one of the cheapest resorts. It’s considered a “moderate resort hotel,” but it’s still a lot more affordable than the deluxe hotels, i.e. Animal Kingdom Lodge, Polynesian, Grand Floridian. On average, rooms run around the $200+/night mark. There’s always the chance you’re a Disney Annual Passholder or a Disney Vacation Club member, so you may get some type of discount. If that doesn’t apply to you, French Quarter is the resort to choose.
Next on my list:
- It’s quiet: Let’s face it, after a long morning/afternoon/evening/day at the parks, it’s so nice to come back to a calm and quiet hotel. It’s purely magical. Not only should you feel comfortable at the resort you choose, but you also want to be able to relax without having to worry about noise or crowds. Obviously, the pools at French Quarter can get a little loud (kids are having fun!) and the movies under the stars have sometimes been at high volume but, other than that, I’ve never had a major issue with noise control. It’s extremely peaceful and makes your stay all the more enjoyable.
- The Sassagoula River: The river is a calming presence at French Quarter, especially if you have a river view room. The Sassagoula River also serves as a form of transportation. You can take a boat to Downton Disney! If you need a break from the bus, this is a great alternative and it’s not a long boat ride at all. Along the way, you also get to see other sights and sounds, including Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, and the Treehouse Villas (part of Saratoga Springs).
Oh, and also this:
- It’s small: If you don’t want have to learn your way around a huge resort (or worry about getting lost), this resort is for you. Compared to Riverside (and many other Disney hotels), French Quarter is small. It’s easy to walk around and the rooms aren’t too far from the food court and transportation. French Quarter feels like another home — and thanks to it’s size.
- The food: Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory has a lot to offer food and beverage-wise. If you, like me, maintain a vegan/vegetarian diet, French Quarter’s food court has plenty of options. From salads (which are a very decent size), with choices of quinoa or tofu, to a plant-based burger that looks and tastes like real meat (This isn’t listed on the official website menu, but I had it during my Spring 2018 trip and it’s fantastic!), to create-your-own pasta, to all kinds of breakfast options (Mickey waffle, anyone?), vegan and vegetarians will be pleased here. Oh, and how could I forget about the famous beignets? You can also request to have them be made vegan!
- The atmosphere: And last, but not least, there is the atmosphere. There is something special about French Quarter. It has so much charm you will feel like you’re staying in New Orlean’s historic French Quarter. Between the cobblestone streets, the gas lamps, the iron balconies, the magnolia blossoms, the jazz music at Scat Cat’s Club, you won’t ever want to leave.
I know I could stay at a different resort each time I find myself in Disney World, but I can’t get enough of French Quarter. If there is one particular resort you like, why wouldn’t you want to stay there over and over again?