Welcome to the tenth edition of my Where in Walt Disney World Can I Find? series! I started this series back in April 2015 with the Where in Walt Disney World Can I Find? The Drinks & Snacks: Park Edition and kept the food theme going in The Counter Service Parks Edition and The Table Service Parks Edition. In honor of National Ice Cream Day, National Margarita Day and then International Waffle Day, there were respectively, The Cool Treats Edition, The Margaritas Edition, and The Waffle Edition. For the next article, I wrote Where in Walt Disney World Can I Find? A Place to Put My Stuff? which, as you probably guessed, gave readers tips on where to store their things while in the theme parks, water parks, etc.
Where in Walt Disney World Can I Find? Everything at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort! focused on our home away from home. Today, I will give you information about another resort, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter.
As I always do before I go further into these articles, I need to cover some basic information for all of you readers. The intent of my Where in Walt Disney World Can I Find? series is to help you plan what may be a once in a lifetime trip to Walt Disney World Resort. Not a first timer? Even seasoned travelers haven’t done everything and seen it all and it is my hope that I can help them find something new “in the world.”
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Where in Walt Disney World Can I Find? Everything at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter?
A Place to Store My Luggage:
Official check-in time at all Walt Disney World Resort hotels is 3:00 p.m. but you can check in any time that you would like. If you arrive before your room is ready, Bell Services can store your bags while you explore the resort or the theme parks. Once you obtain your room assignment, you can either stop by Bell Services and retrieve your bags or they will be more than happy to assist you in getting them to your room. You can also call Bell Services from your resort room telephone. Bell Services will also store your bags until you are ready to depart.
DIStracted Tip: Bell Services also has a refrigerator for items which need to be kept cold until your room is ready. This is great for Guests who place an order with Garden Grocer which, by the way, can easily be accessed using the handy dandy link on our home page.
Just outside of Port Orleans Square and on the pathway leading to the pool, Guests will find the alligator band playing a tune. These cute alligators make for a perfect and certainly unique picture taking opportunity!
These fried pastry squares are nothing short of food heaven. Beignets have been popular within New Orleans Creole Cuisine for as long as this Louisiana girl can remember so it should come as no surprise that they are served at Sassagoula Float Works & Food Factory. Guests can sample these delicacies in an order of three or an order of six.
DIStracted Tip: Be sure to pick up extra napkins as the powdered sugar can be a bit messy but it is well worth it!
Boat Service to Disney Springs and Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside:
Guests who want to go to Disney Springs and/or Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside can catch a boat from French Quarter Landing, the resort’s boat launch which is just beyond/behind Doubloon Lagoon, the resort’s pool. Boat service is available between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. In inclement weather, boats will not be running and you will need to take a bus to and from the resort. **Hours are subject to change.
Check-In/Out & Concierge Services:
Guests will check in/out at Port Orleans Square which houses the main lobby, front desk, concierge services, resort store, food court, bar and bus stop. Concierge Cast Members can help Guests with the majority of their needs such as checking dining credits, printing dinner show tickets, assistance in calling a cab, etc.
Designated Smoking Areas:
Designated smoking areas are located in several places around the resort and are clearly marked on the map that should be given to you in your welcome packet upon arrival. There is a map of the resort on the pathway from Port Orleans Square towards the main pool.
Disability Accessible Rooms:
Disability accessible rooms can be booked, and while most feature two queen beds, a few king bed options are available. Some have roll-in showers while others feature bathtubs with easy wheelchair access. For information regarding making room requests for medical reasons, please read my article, Should You Make Requests on Your Disney Resort Reservation.
Sassagoula Float Works & Food Factory serves up southern classics such as beignets, muffalettas, King Creole platters, gumbo, jambalaya, pizza, burgers, ice cream and more! For those who want a light snack or are in a hurry, stop by the grab-n-go section. Refillable mugs can be purchased and refilled at Sassagoula Floatworks. This Mardi Gras themed food court serves up true southern hospitality!
There is no table service restaurant at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter but, lucky for Guests, its sister resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort has one and it is just a short walk or boat ride away! The cuisine served at Boatwright’s Dining Hall is varied, with a blend of Cajun specialties and American fare in the 208-seat family restaurant reminiscent of a wooden shipbuilding yard. Menu items include, Cajun crawfish bites, gumbo, jambalaya, voodoo chicken, sweet tea-brined pork chops, prime rib, and andouille-crusted catfish. Make sure to save room for dessert as Bananas Foster Angel Food Cake, Bread Pudding and Pecan Pie are all choices on the menu. Guests over the age of 21 will find a “carnival-worthy” cocktail list.
Free Outdoor Activities:
Nightly outdoor movies are shown in Beignet Square, the grassy courtyard between buildings 4, 5, and 6. The nightly movie will only be shown weather permitting. Daily pool activities, weather permitting, are held at the main pool. Marshmallow roasts take place behind Building 6 every evening. Cast Members provide Guests with roasting sticks and free marshmallows! Again, this activity takes place nightly if the weather permits.
Handicap Parking & Building Accessibility:
Accessible parking is located near the buildings and are clearly marked. All of the seven three-story accommodation buildings have elevators.
Scat Cat’s Club is the place to go to unwind after a long day in the parks. Toe-tapping live musical entertainment from Tom Casey takes place four evenings a week in this southern-style jazz lounge that offers specialty drinks and appetizers.
Every day is Fat Tuesday at Mardi Grogs, the resort’s pool bar! Guests can order specialty drinks, frozen or on the rocks, wine, sangria and draft beers, including Abita Amber and TurboDog. You can even get it to go and take a leisurely stroll along the Sassagoula River.
Those who are in need of prepaid phone cards can find a machine located near the main lobby in Port Orleans Square.
For kids needing to burn off excess energy, there’s a playground near the Alligator Band and close to the restrooms outside of Doubloon Lagoon. Let your child slide and climb to their heart’s content on the playground built specifically for them.
Shopping & Sundries:
Even the most organized packer sometimes forgets to pack something. Maybe it’s a toothbrush, shaving cream, sunscreen, swim diapers or over the counter medications. Need extra batteries or memory card? Jackson Square Gifts and Desires will have what you are looking for and if they happen to not have it, they’ll be happy to assist you in getting it elsewhere. In addition to the sundries already mentioned, Jackson Square Gifts and Desires sells an assortment of tees, hats, toys, autograph books and souvenirs.
Somewhere Quiet to Sit and Relax:
Guests looking for a place to relax and unwind after a busy day in a park can find peace and quiet in sitting areas along the Sassagoula River. You and your fellow Guests will enjoy the beautiful view and watch the boats navigating the Sassagoula River.
Swimming Pool & Hot Tub:
The feature pool, the Doubloon Lagoon, has a Mardi Gras theme with colorful Mardi Gras characters and an alligator band that squirts water into the pool. The slide is a huge sea serpent and sliding down the serpent’s tongue is a delightful way to enter the pool. Because of the quaint size of the resort, there is only one hot tub. There is also a kids’ pool near the main pool.
I’ve already talked about the boat service at the resort so I’ll move on to the other transportation at the resort. Bus service to all four theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs runs one hour prior to park opening and one hour after park closing. Buses are scheduled to run every twenty minutes. That’s the official word from Disney; however, Guests may notice that they run earlier, later and more frequently than the official times.
Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is the smallest of the moderate resorts and has a single covered bus stop located near Port Orleans Square (the main lobby). The buses at French Quarter occasionally share with Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside. When that is the case, the buses normally stop at French Quarter first when picking up and dropping off.
Well, there you have it folks! I hope that I’ve answered all of your questions regarding Where in Walt Disney World Can I Find? Everything at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort!
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