One of my favorite Disney resorts sits along the Sassagoula River and feels more like a village than a hotel. The resort, is of course, Port Orleans French Quarter. The rooms are located in antebellum style buildings reminscent of old New Orleans. Narrow gaslit streets crisscross the resort and fountains and foliage are plentiful. Besides being lovely to look at and having comfortable and nicely equipped rooms, the French Quarter is probably one of the most conveniently located resorts just a boatride or walk from Downtown Disney. Never been? Well take a stroll with me. The weather’s fine and there’s lots to see.
Charming streets lined with trees and gaslamps connect the various buildings of the resort.
This resort is perhaps one of Disney’s most green with lush landscaped courtyards and mature trees.
This fountain of spitting frogs creates a bit of whimsy in a sitting area lined with benches.
Water is an important element for this riverside resort. Fountains are placed throughout the grounds adding to the ambiance of the portside theme.
As you head to the French Quarter’s fantasy pool you’re greeted by a Mardi Gras parade of festively attired reptiles.
The pool area is colorfully decorated in a Mardi Gras theme. Painted figures make a festive atmosphere and turn an ordinary pool into a Disney playground for children and adults.
The body of a massive sea serpent snakes its way through the pool area.
Mr. Alligator with the pink umbrella was one of my favorite characters hanging out by the pool.
The pool here is not just one pool but several broken up by pathways and sitting areas. Here you see another part of the sea serpent and a huge shell fountain sprays swimmers cooling off in the hot summer sun.
The pool is near the river and many of the resort’s rooms have a nice view of both.
As you make your way around the pool you finally discover the head of the sea serpent with King Neptune at the reins. Kids can’t get enough of this slide!
Attention to detail is everywhere in the Disney resorts. This beautifully designed and unique water slide is just one small example.
No sea serpent worth its salt could swim the seven seas without a tail. It appears we’ve found the end of our water slide.
Strolling back along the quiet streets after an afternoon at the pool.
Antebellum gates open onto a walkway along the Sassagoula River taking you down to the boat launch. Or you, if you’re in the mood for a walk, you can stroll over to Downtown Disney.