A day at Port Orleans – French Quarter
We are excited to announce that we are kicking off our 7 Disney World Resorts in 7 Days tour with Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter! If you’re not familiar with our 7 in 7 Project, you can learn more about our week long adventure here. Be sure to stay tuned for the next seven days to see our overviews of the seven resorts we visited and see if you can guess where we went next.
Below is our French Quarter overview video filmed during our first day of 7 in 7. There will be a video for each of the seven resorts so subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss out.
While there will be more reviews, photos and video both here on The DIS Blog and through segments on The DIS Unplugged, I wanted my posts to be a visual snapshot of our days at each resort. Almost as though you were able to come along with us – walk the paths, see the details and just take in all of the sights and sounds of these seven Disney resorts.
Down In New Orleans
Port Orleans – French Quarter is one of the more beautifully designed moderate resorts – its aesthetic is based on the famous section of New Orleans, Louisiana. Most people identify this style by the architecture of the buildings seen outside, but there are a lot of indoor details that bring this theme to the resort.
Throughout French Quarter’s quick service location, Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, as well as the lobby and merchandise location, there are decorations that tell the story of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Sassagoula is specifically themed as Blaine Kern’s, the famous float factory in New Orleans. That only slightly explains the big creepy heads.
Friends On The Other Side
Jambi was up on a shelf greeting guests as they walked in – “Meka Leka Hi, Meka Hiney Ho.” (This didn’t happen but I wish it did.)
People in New Orleans sure do love their suns with faces. This is chilling. And the best part? There are multiple ones around the registers at the quick service. I think it’s so that no one will stand around too long at checkout and the line will move quickly.
Gonna Take You There
Moving outside (and away from the giant heads), it’s easy to see the New Orleans influence carried throughout the entire resort. As you walk down the paths through the resort grounds, you can tell how much planning went into the layout of the resort. The paths and buildings create a perfectly designed system of streets and courtyards which really make it feel as though you’re walking through a city.
It’s not difficult to navigate and find your way around the resort and I can definitely see spending an afternoon relaxing outside in the courtyards or spending some time exploring. We were lucky to be visiting in the middle of January so the crowds were low and the outdoor areas of the resort felt quiet and peaceful.
Dig A Little Deeper
Some of my favorite aspects of Walt Disney World are the smaller details included to make the theming of environments richer. Port Orleans – French Quarter definitely is filled with these details and they all tie the New Orleans story together effectively. Below are some of my favorites – check out the wrought iron fence and the long line of horse posts that guard the walkways.
Here are some wallpapers that feature one of my favorite views from Port Orleans – French Quarter. You can download for your computer, iPhone, or iPad. Hope you like them – enjoy!
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