Friday, September 7, 2018

Day 1: Port Orleans French Quarter & Disney Springs

We've returned home from another amazing Disney Cruise Line vacation and I can't wait to share all of the fun details with all of you!

Our cruise vacation began a day early with an overnight stay at Port Orleans French Quarter, which was a resort we'd never stayed at in the past and quickly fell in love with it! Riverside is a huge favorite of mine and I assumed that French Quarter wouldn't live up for me but it DID!

I'm getting ahead of myself, though. Let's go back to where it began...the airport!


For this trip, Jason and I used the TSA Precheck that we purchased for the first time this summer.

It. Was. Worth. Every. Penny.  I honestly can't believe we hadn't done this sooner! Y'all...I can't talk it up enough!


After a super smooth flight from New Orleans, we landed in Orlando without any issues.  Thankfully, we used Magical Express so all of our bags were taken care of!

When we arrived at French Quarter, we stopped at the front desk to ask a question and the super kind cast member was very helpful and found a room for us that was cleaned and ready to go! (1 point for French Quarter!)


Inside our room was this super fun hidden mickey made with Mardi Gras beads! So cute!

After getting settled in our room, the bottom literally fell out of the sky and continued to pour for the next 45 minutes or so. Instead of letting the rain get us down, Jason and I took a nap while waiting on it to subside.


Our plans for the afternoon included a stop at Disney Springs for lunch and a little exploring. We also had ADR's at The Edison and we were really looking forward to it!


Since we didn't have a lot of time between "lunch" and our dinner ADR's, we split an order of Poutine! It was actually quite tasty!

Our first purchase of the trip was in the Pandora store where Jason surprised me with a Pandora charm of Walt and Mickey! It's one of my favorites for sure!

After a little shopping, we made our way over to The Edison for dinner.


This is seriously the coolest restaurant! We loved the decor!!


I ordered the fish and chips because they sounded tasty...


...and Jason ordered the Edison burger! By the way, do y'all like his shirt?! I bought it for him for his birthday last year!



Once we finished with dinner, we hopped on a boat and made our way back to French Quarter to meet up with our friend Randy!



It was so great to visit with him and see him again!


Our final stop for the evening was over at Riverside to see the Yeeha Bob show. I've been wanting to see it for a long time and just never made it over there. I arrived about 20 minutes before his show and the place was PACKED. Sadly, my seat wasn't the best and it was kind of hard to hear what he had to say. He was funny, though! Hopefully next time I'll be able to snag a closer seat.


On Saturday morning, we had a breakfast of Mickey beignets in the Sassagoula Float Works and Food Factory. They were actually quite delicious and tasted much closer to the beignets I'm so familiar with back home. The old recipe from several years back was just...ok. Thank you to whomever decided to change this!


For this trip, we decided on Disney transportation and didn't have a pickup time until 12:10 p.m. which is later than we've ever been picked up before. We were kind of bummed about it and even though we knew that DCL resort pickups are later in the morning, we discussed taking a town car for our next trip.

As  I mentioned earlier, we LOVED Port Orleans French Quarter and all this cute, quaint, and adorable resort had to offer! I can't wait to stay there again! 

Up next: Our first day on board the Disney Fantasy! Stay tuned! :)

14 comments:

  1. I love POFQ, it's my absolute favorite resort! The cast there is amazing!

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    1. YES! I couldn't agree more! We totally fell in love with it!

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  2. I was looking at Port Orleans, both sides, for Princess. My mom and I ended up choosing Coronado Springs. I like how Port Orleans is setup and it looks like a fun resort.

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  3. I love that you had a mini vacation within your vacation!

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  4. Did you take Brayden on your trip? I was/am hoping to hear your thoughts of the child care and child activities on Disney Cruise Line sometime :)

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    1. Sadly, no we didn't. He's definitely coming with us next time and from now on. We can't wait to introduce him to Disney Cruise Line!!

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  5. So was Port Orleans just like home? Looks so fun!

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    1. It definitely reminded me of New Orleans! I did love that part of it! :)

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  6. Sounds like such a fun time! I love that Mickey face with the beads ;-)

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  7. French Quarter is my favorite resort so far. I love Riverside as well, but FQ is just more quaint and I didn't feel like I had to walk a mile after a long day just to get to my room. Oh and I also totally agree with the TSA Precheck. I got it a few years ago and will never go without again. So worth the money.

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