Port Orleans French Quarter Resort

Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter (POFQ) is a moderate resort located along the Sassagoula River. In relation to the other moderate resorts, POFQ is much smaller and compact. It is themed beautifully to imitate New Orleans French Quarter architecture and splash in bits of the energy of Mardi Gras. The result is a wonderful balance of the beauty of Louisiana mixed with the energy of Mardi Gras (without the party). The housing buildings are pink and blue with iron lampposts and shuttered windows. The grounds are landscaped with vines, magnolia trees, beautiful lush greenery, and fountains.
Resort Address:
2201 Orleans Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Room Accommodations:
POFQ has 1,008 guest rooms housed in 7 three-story buildings along the Sassagoula River. Rooms are decorated in keeping with the New Orleans French Quarter theming and the typical room accommodates 4 guests plus 1 child under the age of 3 in a crib.   POFQ has the following view options:
  • Standard View – 2 queen beds
  • Garden View – 2 queen beds
  • Pool View – 2 queen beds
  • River View – 2 queen beds
  • King Room – upon request – 1 king bed (this room holds 2 adults)

 Transportation:
Guests have two options for free transportation on property – bus and boat. Unlike many moderate resorts, POFQ is unique in that it does not have multiple internal bus stops. This chart outlines commuting times and options for the bus and boat:
Park
Commuting Times

Resort  Bus Transportation
Boat Transportation
Magic Kingdom
10-15 minutes
n/a
Epcot
15 minutes
n/a
Hollywood Studios
15 minutes
n/a
Animal Kingdom
15 minutes
n/a
Disney Springs
15 minutes
20 minutes

Minnie Van Service is available through the Lyft App. Drivers are Disney Cast members. The van includes child seats for up to 2 children. The Chevy Traverse option will seat up to 6 total guests. Prices vary.

Taxi, Uber, and Lyft are available for quick service (and cost less than Minnie Vans) to anywhere you may need to go, on or off Disney property. Prices vary.

If you happen to drive your own car to Disney, overnight, self-parking is $20 per night at POFQ..
Pools:
POFQ has 1 pool – the Doubloon Lagoon with a 51 foot long water slide, a children’s splash pad and a hot tub. The water slide is shaped like a sea serpent and the maximum depth of the pool is just under 5 feet. Guests can also enjoy the Mardi Grogs pool bar.
One great perk to staying at POFQ is that guests are allowed the option to pool hop over to POFQ’s sister resort, Port Orleans Riverside. Ol’ Man Island Pool complex is just a walk or short boat trip away at Port Orleans Riverside. It is a 3.5 acre refuge that includes a “swimming hole” with waterfalls, a 95 foot waterslide, hot tub, children’s pool, and a fishing hole.
Recreation:
In addition to the pools and splash pad, POFQ has an arcade (South Square Games Arcade), a small playground, horse-drawn carriage rides, Movies Under the Stars, complimentary campfire activities in the evening, a 1 mile trail along the river, bike rentals, fishing, and instructor-led paint class at Scat Cat Lounge. Reservations for the paint class can be made up to 180 days in advance and the costs $35/person as of September 2019.
Want to get a taste of RunDisney? Most Sundays, POFQ has a Beignet Fun Run - a 1.5 mile scenic course for $15/person. When you finish, you get 3 Beignets and a special Mardi Gras inspired medal!
POFQ also has a small gift shop called Jackson Square.
Dining:
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory: Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this is a quick service location and also allows for mobile orders! The menu has southern-style classic options as well as cheeseburgers, pizza, and bakery items. It has a lively Mardi Gras theme. And be sure to enjoy some of the yummy beignets!
Disney Resorts Pizza Delivery: Pizza, salad, wings, and sandwiches delivered directly to your room.
Scat Cat’s Club: Southern style jazz lounge with a full bar service. You can also order appetizers that can be enjoyed while listening to live music.
Mardi Grogs: Bar Service where every day is Fat Tuesdays!
My Review:
Pros:
  • Great food court
  • Beautiful landscaping and theming
  • Great options for recreation activities – both free and some for an additional charge
  • Size of the resort – it is relatively small compared to other resorts and much more compact, which means you’ll have less of a walk to your room at the end of a long park day
  • Sister resort to Port Orleans Riverside means you can utilize amenities from either resort and pool hop!
  • Boat transportation to Disney Springs

Cons: 
  • No character meals at the resort
  • POFQ has the least amount of dining options out of all of the Moderate Resorts and is the only one without a full table service restaurant (although it’s only a short bus or boat ride from Disney Springs, which has many wonderful restaurants)
  • While it is a compact resort, if you happen to get a room furthest from the lobby it can be a bit longer of a walk to their 1 bus stop
  • Rooms can only sleep 4 

Overall Review:
POFQ and their sister resort, Port Orleans Riverside are my favorite moderate resorts at Walt Disney Resort. I enjoy the grounds and architecture, love the theming, and really enjoy the feel of a smaller resort. My daughters loved the pool and actually enjoyed the pool at POFQ over the one that is at Port Orleans Riverside, probably because of the included splash area. The biggest downfall to me is that you can often get better pricing at Port Orleans Riverside after promotions, and now that we are a family of 5, we will have outgrown their guest accommodation size. 

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