7 in 7 Day One: Port Orleans – French Quarter

| January 29, 2013 | 13 Replies

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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Downloads

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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Come back tomorrow for our second day of 7 Disney World Resorts in 7 Days! You can also follow us on Twitter @TheDIS and like us on Facebook.

Also, feel free to share your tips and thoughts on Port Orleans – French Quarter and all of the resorts we visit during 7 Disney World Resorts in 7 Days. Leave a comment below and write a review!


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I'm the Assistant Webmaster and Designer for The DIS and the Associate Producer for The DIS Unplugged podcast. I've lived in Florida for almost three years after graduating from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania in 2010. I am a former Walt Disney World Cast Member and spent almost four years on Main Street U.S.A.
  • Marie

    Thanks! This is my favorite resort on property. Even in June, when the place is hopping, it’s still pretty peaceful.

    • http://shaunthompson.net/ Shaun Thompson

      Awesome, I’m glad to hear that it’s still relaxing during the busy season.

  • Meagan

    I enjoyed all of the references to “The Princess and the Frog” but also to Pee Wee Herman.

  • http://www.DisneybyMark.com Mark Hickson

    Shaun, Great walk-thru and great photos (with no people)!

    • http://shaunthompson.net/ Shaun Thompson

      Thanks Mark!

  • http://twitter.com/KimErinStar Kim

    Great post and pictures Shaun. I too enjoyed your Pee Wee reference :)

    • http://shaunthompson.net/ Shaun Thompson

      Thank you Kim!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rena.thompson.18 Rena Thompson

    I am so proud of you! Great blog and pictures!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stenogoddess Stenogoddess Boxx

    Loved the video and all the photos! Thanks for the new desktop makeover.

    • http://shaunthompson.net/ Shaun Thompson

      Glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Ashton

    Im 19 and from New Orleans, and I absoulutely love this hotel. Ive always stayed at Pop Century or the Animal Kingdom lodge but, for my families June 2013 trip we are definitely staying at this “Home away from Home”!!!!

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