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Top 8 Disney Pro Tips For Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter

The best way to enjoy a Walt Disney World vacation and be close to the magic at all times is by staying on property in a Disney Resort. With over twenty options to choose from, many guests have a favorite Disney Resort which they return to time and time again. A Moderate Disney Resort which is a favorite of many guests embraces the spirit and fun of New Orleans’ French Quarter through beautiful details and lively areas. Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter can be found nestled along the banks of the Sassagoula River and offers guests the chance to enjoy the charm of New Orleans without ever leaving Walt Disney World. While the Disney Resort is small in size, there are plenty of things to do and enjoy there that guests might not know about. Disney pros who visit Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter love to spend time enjoying all that the Disney Resort has to offer. Here are the top eight Disney pro tips for Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter in Walt Disney World.

8. Know What Building You Want

While Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is rather compact, there are still plenty of buildings which house guest rooms. Before arriving at the Disney Resort, guests should have an idea of the layout and decide what building they would like to stay in and whether they would like to have a garden view, pool view, or river view. By knowing ahead of time which building or area they would like to stay in, guests can make a specific request before checking in that usually can be accommodated.

7. Spend Time In Doubloon Lagoon

The main pool area of Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is Doubloon Lagoon which features lively alligators playing jazz music and a massive water slide comprised of the sea serpent Scales’ tongue. Doubloon Lagoon features a large pool, kiddie pool, hot tub, plenty of lounge chairs, and a wonderful view of the Sassagoula River. There is no better way to relax and unwind while staying at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter than by spending time at Doubloon Lagoon.

6. Enjoy Mardi Grogs

Guests who relax in Doubloon Lagoon can also visit nearby Mardi Grogs pool bar to order up delicious and refreshing beverages. The open air location serves up specialty drinks like the Banana Cabana, Black Cherry Lemonade, and Grand Margarita along with select beer and wine. Guests can choose to either order their drink directly at Mardi Grogs’ bar or order with a Cast Member who can be found wandering through Doubloon Lagoon to serve guests.

5. Talk To Arniel

Guests who stay at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter enter into the lobby through a main door which is usually manned by a Cast Member. Most days, a man decked out in a bright purple vest with a festive hat with feathers can be found happily greeting guests and holding the door. This Cast Member is Arniel, a friendly and happy man who is always willing to take the time to talk to guests about their day. Pausing for a few moments when entering or leaving Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter to speak to Arniel is a great way to make the most of the Disney Resort.

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4. Take The Boat To Disney Springs

While the Sassagoula River provides a beautiful backdrop for Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter, it also serves as a convenient mode of transportation. Guests who stop by the Disney Resort can go to a dock located behind Doubloon Lagoon where small boats continuously run throughout the day. These boats travel back and forth between Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter and Disney Springs and offer a serene and beautiful way for guests to enjoy the river while getting to their destination.

3. Wander The Grounds

Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is full of beautiful scenery, landscaping, and architecture which guests should definitely take the time to enjoy. Those who wander the grounds can stumble upon gardens, wrought iron details, grassy courtyards, fountains, and streetlight lined pathways full of charm and romance. Simply taking the time to take in all of the beautiful details is one of the best ways to enjoy time at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter.

2. Order Beignets

The quick service dining location at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory which is located right off of the main lobby. The location is themed to look like a factory which creates the larger than life floats for festive New Orleans’ parades and there are huge props found suspended from the ceiling in all areas. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory serves up traditional Cajun favorites in addition to a delicious dessert which guests will never want to share. Guests who visit the location can order up beignets which are fluffy squares of fried dough which are smothered in powdered sugar. Served in batches of three or six, beignets are enough to share but no guest will want to!

1. Visit Jackson Square Gifts & Desires

Guests who visit Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter and want to find the perfect souvenir should stop by Jackson Square Gifts & Desires. The store is located just across from Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory and is accessible from the lobby and outdoor courtyard. Jackson Square Gifts & Desires sells traditional Disney merchandise as well as unique items which feature the logo of Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter. Guests who are looking for the perfect item to commemorate their visit to Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter definitely need to stop in at Jackson Square Gifts & Desires.

About Caitlin Corsello

Caitlin Corsello first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.