I am posting an update to our 2007 Port Orleans photo walks today, in two parts (Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside). I went back and reviewed my 2007 Port Orleans French Quarter photo walk, and while it was very popular, I wanted to show much more of the resort this time around. We'll meander more than in 2007, but will see much more as well!
Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter opened in 1991 as Disney's Port Orleans Resort. It added the "French Quarter" in 2001 as what was then known as Disney's Dixie Landings Resort became Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort. Since they are technically under one resort name of Port Orleans (and each moderate resort only needs one restaurant), the Port Orleans French Quarter restaurant Bonfamillies closed, and I believe the recreation area with bikes and boats did as well. Guests can walk (or take a boat) to Port Orleans Riverside for a sit-down restaurant option or for boats, bikes, etc. There is also a boat to Downtown Disney, but no walkway.
It really is only a 10-12 minute walk to get between Port Orleans French Quarter to Port Orleans Riverside, if walking from main building to main building. It's even less if you are staying in a building closer to Port Orleans Riverside. In 2007, we walked along the Sassagoula River to Riverside – this time, we are heading through the heart of Port Orleans French Quarter along the street Rue D'Baga (and will return later along the water).
We haven't started timing the walk yet (and just for the record, the full walk ends up being about 40 minutes around both resorts). This is the front of Port Orleans French Quarter as seen from the parking lot:
There is a beautiful fountain in the entranceway, along with other Mardi Gras theming:
There is a spacious Registration Lobby with seating:
The Jackson Square gift shop is much smaller than Fulton's General Store at Riverside, if you are looking to shop:
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory is the food court here. There is plenty of seating, although the ordering area is smaller than any other food court I can think of on Disney property.
There are larger-than-life faces and more that hang above guests in the food court:
One of my favorite items on the menu is the beignets, though I skipped them on this visit.