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  • On Mar 10, 2015
    Jennifer from NJ Asked

    My daughter and I stayed at POFQ 2 years ago for our first WDW trip. We loved it even with construction. Considering another trip with her; she is 9. We liked FQ so am wondering if we should stick with tried and true or try a different resort? Thanks!

    Jennifer:

    I have to agree with you that Port Orleans: French Quarter remains one of my favorites after staying there a few years ago. The resort's smaller size appealed to me as well as its positioning along the Sassagoula River for a scenic view. Its boat to nearby Downtown Disney provided the icing on the cake.

    There are pros and cons to returning to a resort where you've stayed in the past: the comfort of the familiar setting and knowing where amenities like the food court, laundry facilities, and bus stop are located. Before you re-book, ask yourselves what you liked about POFQ and could you get those same feelings and amenities at another resort. Some folks don't like change and the level of comfort from knowing what you'll get on your vacation can outweigh any anticipation of a new resort or even the likelihood of upgraded facilities.

    I tend to alternate between returning to my favorite resort, Fort Wilderness, and achieving a goal of mine of staying at every hotel on Disney property. With so many hotels from which to choose, I would encourage you to stay at another hotel. Although you won't find one with as small a footprint as POFQ, even Port Orleans Riverside next door will offer a much different theme and larger pool while giving you the familiar boat launch to Downtown Disney. While the other moderate hotels of Caribbean Beach and Coronado Springs sprawl over a larger acreage, enjoying their themes, landscape and decidedly better pools and food courts would lure me for a try. 

    Lastly, the Swan & Dolphin are close in price to Disney's moderate hotels. However, they trump all of them in my opinion when it comes to room luxury, pool facilities, on-site restaurants but most especially location to Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. Keep in mind that you cannot add the Disney Dining Plan to your vacation package but if it were me, I would give them a strong look, too. 

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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