I just returned from a fun girl’s weekend at Walt Disney World. We traveled to WDW to run the Wine & Dine Half marathon. Before this trip, I hadn’t stayed at a moderate resort in some time so I was excited to see how it differed from the deluxe and budget resorts.
Port Orleans French Quarter is designed with quaint and romantic touches that are a throw back to the Louisiana Bayou and good ole Southern hospitality. The cobblestone streets and white columns against the colorful buildings make it a picturesque resort set along a river.
Upon arrival, you’ll catch the sweet aroma of beignets and welcomed with Mardi Gras beads from cast members. The main building is also the location of the quick service dining, lounge and resort gift shop. Compared to other resorts I’ve stayed at on Disney property, this lobby felt quiet and peaceful without being overcrowded.
We scored a room that looked over the river, placed across the street from boat access to Disney Springs and next to the pool. It was so convenient to the popular resort amenities.
One amenity that I didn’t take advantage of on this trip was the kid’s playground. I saw many families use it and it’s a feature many Deluxe resorts don’t have.
The resort offers fishing excursions and horse-drawn carriage rides too. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to experience all of the amenities since we were their to run.
Our standard room had two queen size beds, separate shower/toilet area from twin sinks and a flat screen TV over a dresser. There was plenty of space for 4 crazy women visiting Disney with running costumes. I loved the separate vanity feature with double mirrors. It allowed us to get ready simultaneously.
We took advantage of the mini fridge for wine storage and the coffee maker for the early Run Disney wake up calls.
Overall, our standard room was clean, spacious and offered everything we needed to feel comfortable.
My favorite resort feature was the boat transportation to Disney Springs. It was a 10 minute scenic ride and the boats departed regularly from our resort. I prefer to avoid Disney bus transportation, so this was definitely a bonus.
I highly recommend Port Orleans French Quarter for families, young adults or a girl’s trips. The resort is a beautiful and quiet place to retreat after a long day at the parks.