Any “Port” in a Storm? The “Big Easy” Wins!

And, did it ever!  Wow!  Dueling resorts!  Razor-close finish!  Between the two Orleans resorts, almost 75% of your vote?  75%?!  What a day!

Actually, this year, at first, I thought it wasn’t going to be all that close.  French Quarter jumped out to an early, and quite large, lead.

Then, Riverside came roaring back.  From that point on, the “battle” became a spectacle … a metaphorical horse race!

In the end, what it really became was a repeat … of sorts.  How so?

Some of you folks might not remember this, but this “competition” was won by Port Orleans – French Quarter “way” back in 2013.

Yesterday’s rival – its sister down the river – actually dethroned it last year.  Port Orleans – Riverside won your favor in 2014.

Well, if there’s justice in rematches, Walt Disney World’s homage to the Big Easy’s “Old Square” has seen that “wrong” get “righted”.  By the slimmest of margins, French Quarter is the 2015 readers’ choice!

What do I think about the result?  I think you already know.

I still say that Coronado is way too under-appreciated.  But, that’s OK.  It only adds up to more room “at the inn” for the All in WDW family to enjoy!

How about you?  Are you thrilled?  I think so …

“We have stayed at French Quarter twice and Riverside once.  Both are beautiful, and I might even like the Riverside theme better.  However, the size and one bus stop at French Quarter wins it for me.  However, you can’t go wrong with either.”

“I love French Quarter the best.  The size is perfect.  The theme is so relaxed.  The river-view rooms are perfect.”

“We love how small French Quarter is … yet, the amenities are not decreased.  It’s even the first bus stop.  And, it’s an easy walk to Riverside to share in their table service and see Yehaa Bob.  It’s easy to get a boat ride to Downtown Disney.”

Great comments, all!  Great resorts, both halves of the “Port”.  Great competitions, my friends!  Port Orleans – French Quarter is the 2015 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Moderate Resort!

You see, my friends?  Even I can appreciate our Moderate “champ”!

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Not a Fan of Values? Then, Here are YOUR Moderates! VOTE!

The whole All in WDW “World” knows that my family is in love with Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

After all, it was the very-first place we ever stayed on property … way back in 1999!  From the beautiful lake it surrounds, its ever-changing Pepper Market food court, and, yes, “our” Laguna Bar, we’ve loved it ever since.

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Coronado is much-maligned for being a convention resort, but, my friends, we never “feel” the crowd.

To us, it’s much more quiet than a lot of places – among both WDW’s Value and Deluxe options.  In fact, why should it “take a hit” for being a convention option?  The Deluxes that afford the same opportunity do not!

Coronado holds a Deluxe-level atmosphere, in our opinion.

Although not on a par with dining options owned by the Polynesians and Animal Kingdoms of the World, the opening of Las Ventanas as a Table Service location kicks their culinary “scene” up a level.  Pepper Market can compete with any Counter Service at any of Disney’s resorts.

La Vida Health Club provides hair and salon services.  They offer an opportunity for a massage.  The club, itself, is adequately stocked with fitness equipment.  And, did I mention the scenic “jogging trail” around the lake?

Finally, their pool area sports some of the most unique theming in WDW … as well as its own bar – Siestas Cantina!

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Again, for us, Coronado holds Deluxe appeal … all at a Moderate price!  It’s a great trade off, in our opinion, and we feel it makes Coronado the most under-appreciated property in Walt Disney World!  Most recently, it’s the only place we’ve stayed!

There.  I made my pitch.  Now, what’s yours?  Don’t just VOTE your choice … explain your passion!  Why should YOUR choice become the 2015 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Moderate Resort!  You know my pick!

If last week’s Value discussion is any indication, today is going to be a great vote … and a great Disney day!  Enjoy … and, most of all, VOTE!

Dining Recon: Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory

Have you ever visited “The French Quarter”?  Also known as the Vieux Carré – “Old Square” in English – The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans.

But, no, my friends, I’m not asking you about that famous historic district in Louisiana’s “Big Easy”.  Did you know that The French Quarter was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965, by the way?  Interesting trivia.

Anyway, when I ask you about “The French Quarter”, I’m actually referring to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.  Hey, this is a Disney site!  Of course, I am, eh?

Inspired by the aforementioned historic Louisianan central square, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is a perfect place to both take a leisurely stroll or rest and recreate.

On a recent trip to Orlando, Mrs. All in WDW and I did just that “our way”.  How?  By combining a quick lunch from the resort’s Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory with an afternoon refreshment at its pool bar – Mardi Grogs!

Enjoy!

It all started at Mardi Grogs.

It all started at Mardi Grogs.

If Mrs. All in WDW and I have a Top 10 when it comes to WDW's bars, Mardi Grogs is in the running for #2.  Of course, Laguna Bar is the undisputed #1!

If Mrs. All in WDW and I have a Top 10 when it comes to WDW’s bars, Mardi Grogs is in the running for #2. Of course, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort’s Laguna Bar is the undisputed #1!

Mardi Grogs doesn't serve food, so you have to take a short walk to the resort's main building to visit the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory for lunch or dinner.

Mardi Grogs doesn’t serve food, so you have to take a short walk to the resort’s main building to visit the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory for lunch or dinner.

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Hmm. In search of a good, old-fashioned Po’ Boy …

Yes!

Yes!  Bullseye!

Fried shrimp galore.  Fresh house-made chips.  Perfect for sharing!

Fried shrimp galore. Fresh house-made chips. Perfect for sharing!

Of course, how could we forget "dessert"?  Authentic New Orleans Beignets!  Yum!

Of course, how could we forget “dessert”? Authentic New Orleans beignets! Yum!

It was a great afternoon.  Lots of sunshine.  A friendly bartender.  A delicious lunch.  And ...

It was a great afternoon. Lots of sunshine. A friendly bartender. A delicious lunch. And …

New friends!  Hey, one of these guys is getting just a little bit "out of control"!  Hmm.

New friends! Hey, one of these guys is getting just a little bit “out of control”! Hmm.

 

“Moderate” Battle Ends with Slim Victory and New Champion!

Who amongst you remembers last year’s Moderate “competition”?

Actually held at the very end of December 2012, I ran that poll a bit differently than the one you, so phenomenally, supported yesterday.  In the end, that “tournament” of voting came down to only two finalists.

It was a “civil war” between the Disney Port Orleans “sister” resorts won by the “French” half of, what obviously is, our favorite Moderate complex.  In late 2012, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter dominated by accumulating 60% of your support.

Yesterday, while racking up a whopping 133 total votes, amidst a back-n-forth, three-way battle with my poor, under-appreciated Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, and with a minuscule one-vote victory, you unseated WDW’s ode to New Orleans.

Yes, by the slimmest of margins, you appointed Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside as the NEW All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Moderate Resort!

Riverside

Originally named Disney’s Dixie Landings Resort, and opened on February 2, 1992, Riverside is themed to look like the Old Antebellum (during the time before the American Civil War) South.  With over 2,000 rooms, there’s plenty of space for all of us!

Congratulations, Riverside.  You are our first NEW champion of 2014!

Oh, and not to forget … here’s the All in WDW Readers’ Top 5 Moderate Resorts!

  1. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  2. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  3. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  4. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  5. The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort