On my most recent trip to Walt Disney World I stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter for part of my trip. This was my first time at this hotel. I had heard good things. In the “Unofficial Guide” you can get a detailed description of all of the amenities, room layout and dimensions.
A few things I like about the French Quarter: the rooms were nice, clean, and the “themeing” is darling. I also loved the refrigerator in the room. The grounds are very pretty. The housekeeping staff was great. The food court accepts the “Tables in Wonderland” card. There is a curtain that divides the beds from the sinks. That’s nice and the Values don’t offer that. I visit the real “French Quarter” in New Orleans several times a year and I have to say I much prefer Disney’s “French Quarter” — much cleaner.
A few things I didn’t love: the food court is small and doesn’t have a ton of choices. At the time of my visit, it was understaffed. Waiting in line for mediocre, over priced food gets a little old — even at Disney World. The bathroom isn’t much bigger than that in a Value resort. The location of the French Quarter didn’t seem any more convenient than the Value resorts. Other than the food court, the main detractor for me is the price.
So here is my dilemma, it cost $70 more per night to stay here as opposed to Pop Century or another Value Resort. Does Port Orleans offer enough amenities for me to justify spending the extra money? I know this answer is different for everyone. For me, the answer is no. The rooms at a Value resort don’t seem that much smaller, the food court at Pop Century is huge and offers a ton of variety, the Disney toiletries are the same at Moderates and Values, the “themeing” at all of the Value resorts is clever and very Disney, and the rooms are clean as well.
If staying at a Value means I can stretch my budget and stay another night or enjoy a nice meal, then I think I’ll stay Value. Let me confess right here, if I have a window of time to go to Disney World and there is not availability at a Value, you can bet I am staying at French Quarter. Every family has different priorities and Port Orleans may be just the place for yours.