We stayed at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort in December over Christmas. The property is a moderate hotel and is one of the smaller Disney resorts at Disney World. We decided on the Port Orleans Resort French Quarter after reading some of the reviews online and looking at various other resorts in Disney. Since it was over Christmas, some of the next level up resorts were costing an arm and a leg to stay at.
Check-in for Disney World resort hotels is completely different from the last time we stayed at a Disney hotel. Now everything is online and you can receive a text message once your room is ready. Your Magic Band is also the key to your room. Since we got to Orlando earlier then planned, we did stop by the front desk since we weren’t sure of the process at that time for check-in. The check-in experience is really easy since everything is done online ahead of time, but we did all feel the Disney magic was no longer there.
Our room was ready within an hour after getting to the resort. The room was basic since this was a moderate resort, but there was a mini-fridge. We used the fridge to store water bottles since the tap water is not the best in Orlando. The resort did feel more adult oriented because of its size and seemed to have less kids than some of the other properties.
Since this resort was not on a monorail line nor had boat transportation to any of the parks (boat transportation is available to Disney Springs), there was a bus service. Bus service is actually a major part of the Disney resort and is common at all the hotels. For the most part the bus system was convenient and easy. Only twice we found the system to be irritating. One time we waited for the bus to Magic Kingdom for over 40-minutes. Another time the bus to Epcot stopped at the Riverside resort as well and added a good 20-minute drive to Epcot, which thankfully was the only bus experience with multiple stops in December.
One of the major highlights at the Port Orleans French Quarters is the beignets in the restaurant. The beignets are made fresh to order and are fantastic. This is the only thing we had at the food area during our entire stay. We ordered beignets twice and both times they were delicious.
Overall the resort was nice for the price and quiet, though it really did not have the Disney feel like some of the other Disney resorts we have stayed it.