Back in July, 2010, I wrote an extensive article about Port Orleans French Quarter. Although a few items may have been tweaked over the last three years, nothing of significance has changed with the basic resort. However, the rooms were recently redecorated so I spent the night here a few weeks ago to find out what has changed. Here's what I found.
Overall, little has been altered. The basic layout of the room remains the same - two queen beds, a table and chairs, a chest of drawers, and a nightstand.
Here are the differences: Before and after.
The headboards are the same and have not changed. However, a new bedspread design is now used.
The nightstand has changed, but only slightly. The new drawer is deeper than the previous.
The artist concept drawing of Pirates of the Caribbean remains the same.
The table and chairs are the same; however they have been reupholstered in a new fabric. The picture above the table has been replaced with a mirror.
The air conditioning unit received a major makeover. In the past, it was an ugly, modern air conditioner - thematically out of place in the room. Today it looks like a nice piece of furniture complete with a window seat. They also put a thermostat on the wall rather than controls on the unit. Also notice that the carpet and draperies have changed from a blue pattern to a golden design.
The biggest change in the room is the chest of drawers. This may present a storage problem for some of you. The old chest featured four large and two small drawers. The new chest only has three large drawers.
This extra space was taken up by housing the refrigerator into the chest rather than have it stored in a free standing cabinet.
The old tube TV was replaced by a flat screen unit.
Like the table and chairs, the only change to the bench is the upholstery.
The old vanity area featured two pedestal sinks. This was thematically attractive, but offered too little counter space. The new vanity has one large counter with two sinks. The small hexagon floor tiles were replaced by large, brown tiles.
Over the shower we find a new curtain. And the dingy wall tiles have been replaced with a clean, white replacement. The shower head is also new and more stylish.
Disney is always in the process of updating their rooms. They know the importance of keeping things fresh. Most people will never notice these changes from one visit to the next. In fact, it took looking at my old pictures for me to be reminded of the differences.
To see a video of the new room design, check out the clip below.
I like Port Orleans French Quarter. In fact, I prefer it over the Mansion and Bayou rooms found in the Riverside section of the resort. Much of this has to do with the resort layout. It's far more compact and thus, easier to navigate. Also, there is only one bus stop. This makes transportation to and from the parks easier as you don't have to make multiple stops to pick up and drop off others.
If you're looking for a moderate resort at Walt Disney World, I highly recommend Port Orleans French Quarter. You will not be disappointed.
The previous post in this blog was New Disney Transport Look.
The next post in this blog is Old Key West - Disney Vacation Club - Part One.