Saying on property in Walt Disney World offers guests the chance to be immersed in the magic and also enjoy special perks like complimentary Disney transportation and access to Extra Magic Hours. While all of the Disney Resorts are wonderful, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is a favorite of many as it brings the charm and romance of New Orleans to life. Featuring wrought iron railings, bright colors, beautiful gardens and courtyards, and the gurgling Sassagoula River all set to the backdrop of classic jazz, this Moderate Resort has so much to offer to those who stay there. Here are ten things to know when checking into Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter!
1. Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory
The main dining option offered at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is a quick-service restaurant located just off of the main lobby. Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory is themed to feel like a warehouse for the famous Mardi Gras parade floats, and the ceilings are decorated with colorful and festive props. Featuring different stations, guests can order and enjoy a wide array of food options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some menu items include Biscuits & Gravy with Scrambled Eggs, House-Made Vanilla Pancakes, Shrimp & Grits, Voodoo Chicken Sandwich, Gumbo, Shrimp Po’ Boy, Shrimp Arrabbiata, and French Quarter House Salad with Chicken.
2. Scat Cat’s Club
Another location to enjoy delicious food options at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is open only at night. Scat Cat’s Club welcomes guests into a cozy jazz club where live performances run each evening. In addition to the entertainment and a full bar, guests can take a seat and order appetizers such as Bayou Brisket Sliders, Mardi Gras Mac & Cheese, Chicken and Waffles, and Crawfish Etouffee. Guests can also order some of the Disney Resort’s famous beignets spiked with either Baileys, Kahlua, or RumChata.
3. Scat Cat’s Café
Those who are looking to try the classic beignets can head right next door to Scat Cat’s Café, conveniently located in the main lobby. This quick-service location was recently renovated to focus solely on the popular snack and guests can opt for the classic version, spiked options, or even decadent ice cream sundaes piled high on the fried snack! Scat Cat’s Café is open daily from six in the morning through midnight, making beignets available nearly all the time!
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4. Mardi Grogs
Heading out towards the main pool area at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, guests can stop by Mardi Grogs pool bar for wonderful drinks and small bites. This open air bar features some stools as well as nearby tables and guests can enjoy pool views while sipping on specialty cocktails such as the Sunshine Margarita, Nola Cola Front Porch Freeze, Hurricane, and Captain’s Mai Tai and nibbling on light bites such as a Turkey Club Wrap or Tuna Salad Croissant. In addition to the great drinks, the Cast Members at Mardi Grogs are always welcoming and fun to chat with, so be sure to stick around and say hi!
5. Doubloon Lagoon
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is home to one main pool area titled Doubloon Lagoon. Guests of all ages are sure to have fun in the sun at this wonderful location thanks to a splash and play area for young ones, various depths, nearby hot tub, and plenty of lounge chairs to spread out on. The pool is also surrounded by whimsical alligators playing various jazz instruments as well as the massive serpent Scales whose tongue is a fun water slide that winds down into the pool.
6. Beignet Fun Run
Guests staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter can also participate in a weekly event that ends in a sweet treat. The Beignet Fun Run takes place every Sunday morning and features a one and a half mile course that guests of all ages can race through. At the end of the run, guests can enjoy a special medallion commemorating their experience as well as a delicious beignet. For fifteen dollars, this experience does cost extra, but it is a fun way to explore the Disney Resort and enjoy a treat at the end.
7. Boat Transportation to Disney Springs
One of the biggest perks of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is its convenient location just down the Sassagoula River from Disney Springs. Guests who are looking to head to Disney Springs for some shopping or dining can opt to take one of the complimentary river boats that run continually throughout the day. With open siding, guests can sit back in the boats and enjoy a leisurely trip down the river that drops them right in the heart of the entertainment at Disney Springs.
8. Walk to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is only half of the Disney Resort, and guests who are up for taking a stroll can explore the other side. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is located just down the Sassagoula River and guests who take a leisurely stroll will find themselves at the lobby there in about ten minutes The other half of the Disney Resort features charming Antebellum-style mansions and bayou-themed buildings with guest rooms as well as a quick-service, full-service, and lounge locations in the main lobby.
9. Jackson Square Gifts & Desires
Guests who are looking to do some shopping while staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter can do so in Jackson Square Gifts & Desires. The store features the typical souvenir items including housewares, photo frames, clothing, toys, and more in addition to snacks, beverages, and items that guests might have forgotten such as medicine or band-aids. Guests can also peruse merchandise exclusive to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and even bring home some authentic beignet mix to relive their vacations.
10. Painting on de’ Bayou
Each Wednesday, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is also home to a wonderful class that lets guests tap into their artistic sides. Painting on de’ Bayou costs thirty five dollars, but provides guests with all of the necessary supplies needed to create a beautiful Disney-inspired masterpiece. Each month, the painting changes to reflect a different Disney film or character and some past months have feature Moana, The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland, and Frozen. This fun class is a special way to enjoy time while staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.