Bring on the Mardi Gras and carnival atmosphere at the Port Orleans French Quarter. Wrought iron décor, pink and blue guest buildings, shutter windows and magnolia trees are part of the charm and feel of the resort. This old fashioned New Orleans styled resort is situated along the banks of the Sassagoula River just up river from the Port Orleans-Riverside Resort. These two resort share a common waterway, transportation and other services.
Disney’s replication of the Big Easy consists of seven three-storey guest room buildings and the ‘Mint’, all next to Bonnet Creek. The ‘Mint’ is the centrally located registration and food court area. Fit with a colorful Mardi Gras mural and old fashioned bank teller windows, this is a welcoming area for all visitors. The Mint is a reproduction of a building during the beginning of the 19th century. Farmers of the Mississippi Delta would gather their harvest and meet at a central location.
This resort comes complete with alligators playing trombones, larger than life carnival masks, the charm and romance of the French Quarter. Downtown Disney and Port Orleans-Riverside are just an enjoyable boat ride on the Sassagoula River away.
The guest rooms are furnished with cherry colored furniture and carnival themed décor. The Mardi Gras gives a warm welcome to the guests inside the room. At the resort guest rooms have three different views depending on what building the room is in. The standard view gives guests a chance to view the resort grounds. The water view allows guests to enjoy the Sassagoula River or the pool areas. The garden view rooms overlook the inner streets of the hotel.
A typical size of a guest room is 314 square feet and up to four guests and one child under the age of three in a crib are allowed per room. There are no balconies; however guests can step outside their room to the access ways. Each room has two double beds and a few have king size beds. Rooms include two sinks outside the bathroom, cable TV and radio, dresser, table and chairs, phone with data port for a laptop computer, key-operated wall safe, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and a coffee maker. Complimentary coffee packs are supplied. There are also refrigerators in every room, if not, one can be requested.
With seven buildings and approximately 1000 rooms at French Quarter, guests with larger families can ask for a connecting room. If guests are looking for a peaceful stay, Building 1, Building 7-north wing and Building 6-north wing with rooms facing the water are the quietest places in this resort.
Services & Amenities:
- Limited room service
- Concierge desk
- Babysitting and child services
- Pak-n-play crib available
- Room and facilities for guest with disabilities
- Laundry facilities and service
- Self Parking
Check-In & Check-Out:
Check-in is at 3 pm. It is possible your room may be available prior to that time, but it is not guaranteed. If it is not ready, you can leave your luggage with the Bell Services where it will be stored and then delivered when you are in the room. If you decide to wait around until your room is available, you are welcome to take a dip or relax by the main pool area. There are lockers, changing areas and public restrooms for you to use. You can also head out to a theme park and start enjoying the Disney World magic while your room is being prepared.
Check-out is at 11 am. When paying with a credit card, you will not have to go to the desk to check out. An itemized bill will be hung on your door by 8:30 am on your departure day. If the bill looks fine, you’re all set to depart. Your electronic room key will be deactivated at 11 am. Don’t forget to use Bell Services to help you with your luggage, filled with souvenirs, to your car. If you are taking a bus or taxi to the airport, or leaving later in the day, Bell services will keep your luggage until your transportation arrives.
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court is a converted warehouse setting with festive parade props. Enjoy pizza, pasta, hamburgers, split-roasted chicken, BBQ ribs, Cajun meatloaf and sandwiches.
Boatwright’s Dining Hall has classic American favorites in a relaxing waterfront environment. This is a restored boat-construction warehouse in the Sassagoula River. It is a casual dining restaurant that serves Southern American and American cuisine. Advance reservation is recommended and cancellation fees may apply. A cancellation policy applies and may result in charges if you cancel with insufficient notice. Specific policies related to this facility will be detailed at the time of reservation booking.
There is a lounge called Scat Cat's Lounge and one bar. Scat Cat's Lounge is located in the main lobby building. You can order alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. The bar is located by the pool and is open from 12 pm to 10 pm. You can order alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.
The best beverage deal at the resorts are the refillable mugs. Available for approximately $13, these sturdy plastic mugs can be purchased through any food court vendors and pizza delivery. The mugs are refillable for the length of your resort stay at any self-serve beverage island found in the food court area. Beverages include soft drinks, coffee, tea, iced tea and coffee and hot chocolate. Milk, fruit juice and alcoholic beverages are not included. The mugs are not refillable at any of the theme parks. This is a very economical deal if you are an avid pop or coffee drinker.
The Doubloon Lagoon is the main heated pool area complete with a huge dragon waterslide and an alligator band playing and shooting water. The pool is centrally located on the hotel property. There is one Jacuzzi at the resort. There is never a point that it is closed as long as the noise volume is kept at a reasonable level. It holds quite a few people, so don’t expect it to be quiet and intimate.
At South Quarter games there is a variety of video and pinball games to play.
Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
Carriage rides are available. They will guide you through the French Quarter and Riverside regions. The ride starts in front of Boatwright’s Dining Hall and the first ride departs at 6 pm and the last departs at 9:30 pm. Each carriage can accommodate as many as four adults or two adults and two or three children. Early reservations are recommended, and can be made them at the Riverside Marina near the main building. Carriage rides may be cancelled due to inclement weather.
There is a play area where kids can climb, slide and play on a 24 hour playground.
Bikes & Boats
Pedal boats, watermice, kayaks, canopy boats, pontoon boats or Sea Raycers can be rented to spend some time on the river with. Bicycles and surrey bikes are also available for rent. There may be a 30 minute time limit for each individual use depending on availability, but there is no limit to the number of times you can use the equipment.
Jackson Square is the store located in the main lobby building. The store sells Disney and hotel memorabilia, stamps, postcards, film, snacks, alcohol and other basic necessities.
To get to any Disney Resort or theme park you can drive yourself, take a taxi or use the wonderful Disney Transportation System. Disney Transportation includes buses, boats, the monorail and the Magical Express Service.
Theme Parks, Water Parks, Disney Resorts and the Downtown Disney area are accessible by the bus system. Buses travel on routes throughout the Resorts but do not provide direct service between all destinations and require transfer from one bus to another.
Bus service to the Theme Parks begins approximately two hours before opening. Generally buses will run every 20 minutes throughout the day and continue to operate until two hours after park closing. During peak times, buses can get a little crowded, but there is usually another bus that arrives quickly after so guests are not waiting long periods of time. Magic Kingdom is not accessible by bus from the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Polynesian Resort. These Resorts provide monorail transportation to the park.
The Disney ferryboats connect the Magic Kingdom to the Transportation and Ticket Center, which is adjacent to the parking lot. Entering the park by ferryboat gives guests a chance to float by some of the Deluxe Resorts. This is also the best way to get the first glimpse of Cinderella Castle. If guests are staying at the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Polynesian Resort, Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground or Wilderness Lodge, the Magic Kingdom is accessible by boat at their own water launches.
Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are accessible by boat from BoardWalk Inn and Villas Resort, the Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels. Downtown Disney is accessible by ferryboat from Disney's Port Orleans Resort and Disney's Old Key West Resort.
There are three loops to the monorail system. Loop A runs counterclockwise connecting Magic Kingdom and the Ticket and Transportation Center. Loop B runs clockwise along side Loop A and stops at the Ticket and Transportation Center, Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Magic Kingdom, Contemporary Resort and back to the Ticket and Transportation Center. Loop C runs from the Ticket and Transportation Center to Epcot including a quick tour inside the park around Spaceship Earth. Service generally starts an hour and a half before opening and ends two hours after closing.
If you bring or rent a car, there is plenty of free parking at the Resorts and parks. Depending on your room location, you may or may not be able to park close to your room. Ask when room selection is made.