Mom And Son Safari
  • On Mar 2, 2012
    Amy from WV Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    What are the major differences between Riverside and French Quarter? Which would you think a 7 yr old girl would enjoy most? We cannot afford the extra cost of the princess rooms, so that is out.

    The major difference between Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter, Amy, is theme.  Whereas Riverside guests enjoy either a cozy country charm in the bayou section, or a stately southern sophistication in the mansion section, French Quarter guests definitely come "home" to a down-home atmosphere.  Think, New Orleans.  Both offer subtle southern flair, just in different ways.  You can get an idea of those differences by checking out pictures of both via the links I provided in the first sentence of my answer.  In addition to the varying themes, French Quarter is a bit smaller than Riverside.   Also, Riverside offers a sit-down restaurant whereas French Quarter does not.

    I can't really choose one over the other based on the preferences of your daughter, only because I truly think she'd be happy with either.  French Quarter offers a pool that is more eye-catching for the younger set, though Riverside's pool has provided hours of entertainment for my kiddos.  On one hand, Riverside's resident piano man puts on a GREAT family-friendly show in the lounge.  On the other hand, French Quarter offers a colorful food court with delicious beignets.  See what I mean?  It all equals out in the end.  I would base my decision off of your personal preferences and rest assured that she'll have a magical vacation no matter which you choose.  Enjoy!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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