At several of the Walt Disney World Resorts, guests can enjoy nightly campfires to end your day. At these campfires, you will find FREE activities including supplies to make your own s’mores, stories, or sing alongs. When you check in to your resort you will be given a recreation calendar. Check your calendar to see when and where the campfires will be. Some of the resorts will have refreshments to purchase. Bring your blanket and enjoy an evening around the campfire! You can also stay later to enjoy a Free movie under the stars!
My husband and I stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter on our “no kids allowed” trip in February of 2012. We stayed a week and had a lovely time. Being “southern” and having spent quite a bit of time in New Orleans, we both loved the charm of this resort. We both honestly felt like we were strolling the streets of New Orleans.
This resort opened as Disney’s Port Orleans Resort in May of 1991. The sister resort, Disney’s Dixie Landings Resort opened in June of 1992. In 2001, these two resorts merged into the new Port Orleans Resort consisting of French Quarter and Riverside. Disney’s French Quarter has 1,008 rooms in seven 3 story buildings. The buildings are divided between the South Quarter and North Quarter.
Each room at Port Orleans has two queen beds with some rooms offering King size beds. These rooms are a good size for a family of 4 at 314 square feet. Along with the bed(s), each room has a dresser with a flat screen TV, a small table with 2 chairs, a night stand, a refrigerator, safe, coffee maker and free WiFi. Each room has a separate vanity area with double sinks and a bathtub with shower head and a toilet off the vanity area.
Guests can choose between a standard view, garden view or water view room. Standard rooms will get a view of parking lots. Garden view rooms open to the “streets” throughout the resort. The water view rooms will have a view of the Sassagoula River.
The lobby is the “Mint House” which was based on a turn of the 20th century mint. You can check in here, shop in the gift shop, eat at the food court or play in the arcade. The check in desks are designed as a bank teller window as a nod to the mint. If you read music, you’ll notice the music notes mural behind the desk are the notes to “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
The Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory is the food court and the only place at French Quarter to get food. Here you can choose between several “New Orleans” style items here such as gumbo, chicken with red beans and rice, beignets and other Creole dishes. You can also find burgers, pizza, ice cream and baked goods. The food court is in a warehouse setting complete with Mardi Gras parade props.
Along with the arcade located in the lobby area guests can swim at the Doubloon Lagoon. This pool is built around a sea serpent and the pools slide is the tongue of the serpent. There is a whirlpool near the pool and guests are invited to also swim at Riverside. The gift shop, Jackson Square Gifts & Desires has Disney merchandise, clothing and sundries. All French Quarter guests are invited to visit Riverside Resort to rent bikes and surrey bikes, pedal boats, kayaks, canoes, Sea Racers and more. Carriage Rides are available and chartered fishing excursions are also available.
At Port Orleans, we loved the size of the resort. It was large enough to take a nice walk through the buildings, but not so large we felt lost. No matter which building you stay in, you are just a short walk to the food court, pool and bus stop. The theming of the resort was also a plus for us “southerners.” We loved the bright Mardi Gras theme at the pool and Mint House and the New Orleans garden district themed buildings were perfect. One of our favorite parts of this resort was the river boat ride down the Sassagoula River.
One thing in particular we didn’t like about this resort was the noise in our room. We couldn’t hear the noise outside our room in the courtyards, but we could hear our neighbors very clearly. We could hear the TV, the conversations and the toilets flushing. It seems like some extra insulation might be needed!
In February 2012, my husband and I took a “no kids” trip to Walt Disney World to celebrate our fifth anniversary. We celebrated at each restaurant we went to, but our big celebration was at California Grill. While everything we ate was delicious, my favorite food from the meal was the Filet Mignon served on a bed of mashed potatoes with a sauce that had a barbecue flavor. Currently, it’s not listed on the menu, but at the time it was $47.00.
If you ever visit California Grill and the Filet Mignon is on the menu, I highly recommend it!
Yesterday, I mentioned “Rope Drop” at the Magic Kingdom as one of our Must Do Magic Kingdom Experiences. If you aren’t familiar with Rope Drop, I suggest you take time on your next vacation to see it! Rope Drop is a short “show” with characters, songs, dancing, fireworks and a guest family that opens the park for the day. Plan on arriving at the front of the Magic Kingdom at least 30 minutes prior to park opening. This will allow you time to get through bag check, through the turn stiles and situated before the celebration begins! Get your camera(s) ready and enjoy the show!
Plus, you’ll get to ride your favorite ride and snag a fast pass before the lines get too long, if you make it in time for Rope Drop!