Went with my Mom December 23-29, 2012. Decided to stay at Port Orleans French Quarter mainly because of the ferry boat to DTD. Did not expect to LOVE it as much as we did. Easy check-in, perfect location (Building 4, right next to the main lobby/food court AND bus station) and we marveled at how quiet the entire property was! Seriously - it was almost eerie how quiet it was. Obviously it was a busy, possibly sold out time at Disney and we didn't hear anyone and only rarely saw anyone on the property!
Food in the cafeteria was good. Great variety, the beignets lived up to their hype and the Mickey waffles were delicious. Staff was friendly. Housekeeping did a nice job, could have vacuumed more often but I can't complain. The only thing the room lacked was more than one tiny little garbage can! I know this is something small and stupid to point out but it was a bit of an annoyance. Bathroom was VERY small (I'm talking you need to swing your legs toward the tub to get the door closed) but functional. The double sink was great. Bath products were nice. Beds were comfortable, nice to have a mini fridge for water/yogurt. TV had a lot more channels than expected and the wireless internet worked just fine every night.
It was pretty cold the week we were there so we didn't use the pool - but it looked neat! The gift shop is nice but a pack of water was something like $16 which was outrageous. Bought some souvenirs at Epcot and they were delivered right back to the hotel the next day. SO convenient.
The boat to DTD was great. Unfortunately it was closed one day because of a high wind warning on the lake. It took about 20 minutes and was such a nice ride.
NOW....this was our first time NOT staying on the monorail system. We'd been warned - it will be crazy crowds, your wait times on the bus will be horrendous, the parks will close blah blah blah... WELL....none of these warnings came true. We got to the bus stop by 7am each day to take advantage of the extra magic hours and got right on and got SEATS...most we ever waited for a bus at any park was 10 minutes. Rode all of our favorite rides with NO WAIT TIMES at all parks before 11am. We were shocked. And it remained this way at all parks, for all buses and in the monorail too for the entire week. I will concede that it's a lot easier for 2 adults to get up at the crack of dawn and move quickly to do what they want than it probably is for people with small children - but don't be scared of spending the holidays at Disney! It can be done and done without long waits or frustrations!
Would definitely stay at the French Quarter again. Quiet, friendly, convenient and very well maintained.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Revel in the romance and pageantry of New Orleans's historic French Quarter at this Resort hotel, where cobblestone streets, gas lamps, wrought-iron balconies and fragrant magnolia blossoms evoke the Antebellum era and colorful Mardi Gras characters and jazz keep things lively. Then stroll along the Sassagoula River to Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside, home to Cajun and Creole specialties. ... more less
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