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PixieDustLove
10-13-2008, 10:34 AM
we're thinking of taking a last minute november trip...the moderates are having such great fl rate deals!! we've only stayed at deluxes and have never visited a moderate. DH thinks POR looks the best and likes the mansion section..but overall i wanted a second opinion. what's your favorite? we've got two small kids and i've read through other threads ppl suggest french quarter b/c of the size but dh kind of thinks the alligator statues and martigras theme is semi-cheesy (PLEASE PLEASE no offense to anyone that likes it there....i think it's cute!) :) i guess the main part is which has the nicer rooms in your opinion...pool...lobby...restaurants..etc? thank you!!

kaffinito
10-13-2008, 11:02 AM
I would give POR a slight edge. The rooms in the AB section are really nice with trundle beds and rustic furniture. The Mansion section looks more formal/down south/plantation style. The food court is larger and has really good food, and POR has several quiet pools and one nice main pool. It also has a sit down restaurant.

The only reason I give POR the edge is due to the food court. For us it's important to have a good food court for several meals. The theming at POFQ is not too much or "in your face" at all. The sculptures are only in a few areas, and just make for a nice touch. POFQ is just as lovely in person as POR is, with the main difference being the city garden vs rustic garden landscaping. The size and the layout are also very nice and everything there is just a short walk from everywhere else.

Happy planning! :goodvibes

NHTikiBeckie
10-13-2008, 11:14 AM
I like the theming of POR better, but I LOVE the small size of POFQ, and the bus service picks up there first.

WDisneyWforMe
10-13-2008, 11:29 AM
Boy that is a tough one!! But I think I would have to give POFQ my vote. The quaint size of the resort is such a plus! The pool is fun, the food court is really very good and the shopping area isn't bad either! The bus being first off in the evening is really nice too! But like I said it's a hard choice because POR is great too! But it can be a REALLY LONG walk to the food and shopping areas if you are in AB or some of the mansions! I think you will be please with either choice though really.
Diane

SnowWtch
10-13-2008, 11:37 AM
POFQ would be my pick and we're staying there again in December. It's small size is perfect for us. DH has arthritis so with this resort I don't have to request something specific b/c they're all pretty close. It's quiet and romantic.

puffkin
10-13-2008, 11:50 AM
We just got back from POFQ (2 night stay before our DVC stay at AKV) and I LOVED it. The room was really nice and the resort is beautiful. Everything seemed really fresh and new there, I am not sure when it was rehabbed last but it was in great shape. The food court is smaller but pretty good and it isn't far to get over to Riversides food court if you prefer.

The pool isn't real big, but the slide was perfect for younger kids. And the size of the resort is great. We were in building 7 about as far from the main building/bus stop as you can be and it was still a quick walk. Riverside is HUGE. It is also nice being the first ones on/off the busses.

We have now stayed at all the mods and POFQ is my favorite with POR a close second.

HeatherBelle614
10-13-2008, 12:38 PM
Going to have to go with POFQ, too.

We loved that it was a small resort; they have some great options in the food court, too. Have you ever had beignets? They're pure fried goodness covered in powder sugar. WONDERFUL!! I'm pretty sure that's the only place you can get them, too.

The theme isn't obnoxious, as said above. And, the whole resort is very romantic. We stayed there for a week this past June and have nothing but wonderful things to say; POR is OK. I guess it's just too big for us.

And ditto a previous poster; our room looked newly done. Not sure when they refurbed it, but it's kept up very well. GREAT resort; we've stayed at most mods, and this one is by far my favorite. I will always go back here (if our budget is for a mod.)

I can't remember our building number, but we were in the back and still only had a 5 minute walk to everywhere. And, we had a corner room, so we had two huge windows that looked out to the river where they run the boats to DTD. It was wonderful!!!

SuzieN
10-13-2008, 01:00 PM
They are both wonderful but my family prefers POFQ. It is a truly charming little resort with everything nearby. Literally just minutes to the food court, lobby, pool, bus stop, boat launch, etc..... Good luck with your decision!

Tarheel girl 1975
10-13-2008, 02:43 PM
I think it's funny that I asked the same question about a week ago and all the responses I got favored POR :confused3 We currently have POR booked for bounceback, but I've been having a hard time deciding between the two as well.

Clare
10-13-2008, 03:38 PM
We have stayed at both, and we enjoyed both very much (and, like you, we typically stay at the deluxes). I think the themes at both are very well-done. I also worried after I saw photos of those Alligator statues at POFQ, but once we got there I found the whole place very charming. POR is equally charming.

We like that POR has an table-service restaurant, Boatwright's. We have eaten breakfast there several times & it is always great.

Still though, for me, the small size of POFQ gives it the advantage. It's just so nice to not worry about what building you'll be in because they are all so conveniently located.

Have funn planning!

Mousemom
10-13-2008, 04:14 PM
We love POFQ and are planning another trip staying at this resort next year. We like the size, theming, pool, and food court. It is also a very nice walk to POR for their sit down restaurant and boat rental.

GovieMom
10-13-2008, 04:21 PM
POR for us all the way!! It's much more lushly and beautifully landscaped, has a larger foodcourt, giftshop and main pool, and a wonderful restaurant. POFQ is more compact; but POR is so gorgeous we didn't mind the extra walking.

nicki.momof3
10-13-2008, 04:26 PM
POR is teh one for us. We really like the lush grounds. POFQ is more open and not as much of a "natural" pretty setting. We also really like the extra trundle bed in AB.

tinkjess3
10-13-2008, 04:37 PM
POR is the one my husband and I love. We love it so much that we have not stayed at another resort since our first stay at POR!!! The natural beauty is wonderful! A relaxing atmosphere.

upquinby
10-14-2008, 10:25 PM
Boy that is a tough one!! But I think I would have to give POFQ my vote. The quaint size of the resort is such a plus! The pool is fun, the food court is really very good and the shopping area isn't bad either! The bus being first off in the evening is really nice too! But like I said it's a hard choice because POR is great too! But it can be a REALLY LONG walk to the food and shopping areas if you are in AB or some of the mansions! I think you will be please with either choice though really.
Diane

I think it depends on where you are in AB -- we were there last year and it was a very short walk to the food and shopping areas. Plus we were close to the pool and fishing hole. We loved it!

Shmily1
10-15-2008, 06:50 AM
We've stayed at both and POR wins hands down!! It's just a nicer place and there is more to do there. I know you can walk between them, but why walk over there if you can stay there and it be right outside your door?:confused3 We love the mansions!!! They are so nostalgic and the rooms in them are great. Breakfast at Boatwrights is great too!! POR is a more relaxing and peaceful resort. It's wonderful!!!

Pirate at Heart
10-15-2008, 08:22 AM
We have stayed both places and prefer POR. I just feels more laid back to me. We liked the rooms better at POR as well as the overall theme. The food court was better at POR and offered more choices. POR is defiantly more spread out than FQ but we didn't mind walking. FQ is very nice too. I think you'll be fine with either choice.

ols386
10-15-2008, 10:37 AM
My favorite would be POR. Love the theming, boat transportation to DTD, pools, and the food court. But if I had small children, I'd probably go with POFQ, mainly because it is smaller, and less walking with the little ones.

buzznina
10-15-2008, 01:21 PM
Our DD(4) likes the alligators at POFQ, wants to take a picture with each oneprincess: Remember POFQ is only a short walk from the mansions at POR and you are allowed to use their ammenities since they are sister resorts. We have stayed at and enjoy both of the resorts and are happy at either one.

andrewilley
10-15-2008, 04:20 PM
My vote goes for POR because of the better facilities onsite, the number of pools, and the general lushness and variety of theming. But as has been said, it's a lot bigger than FQ and so I would always suggest trying to get a room close to the main buildings.

Andre

Bev J
10-15-2008, 04:57 PM
We have stayed at both, the. rooms are about the same layout and size, just the theming is different.
We like POFQ better for the smaller size and the atmosphere of the resort. POR was too spread out for us. At the end of a day in the parks I don't want to walk all over to get a snack or drink refill. We felt we were always just a few minutes from the food court, bus, boat. Lots of little courtyards to relax in. It is one of our fav resorts.
Our kids loved the dragon slide at POFQ. Food court has good food and friendly CM's.
You probably can't go wrong with either resort, but for our family POFQ is our first choice of Mods.

Bev

autumnpalm
10-15-2008, 05:17 PM
POR!!!
:cool1:

auntie
10-15-2008, 08:05 PM
I would agree with your husband. I've not stayed at French Quarter, but I have visted the food court. I wasn't impressed,and just my opinion..but the aligator pool..it is kind of tacky. Again...just my opinion. I don't care for the Boardwalk pool (giant clown head) either. Same concept to me.
I recently was at POR. I thought riverside was beautiful..and the Aligator Bayou area was especially lovely. If I were to choose a moderate I'd choose POR. In fact, I think we will very soon.

Crazy4Disney72
10-15-2008, 08:22 PM
For me, no question, I prefer POFQ. Both resorts are beautiful, but I think I like the look of the French Quarter better, and my kids preferred the sea serpent pool. More importantly, I like knowing that no matter which building they put us in, we are not really far from the main building/food court. Last month we stayed at POR in building 35 and we felt so far removed from the amenities of the resort.

mytwinklestar
10-15-2008, 10:07 PM
POFQ is my favorite mod. The cozy feeling there is the reason for me. The resort doesn't seem to be tremendous - as we have felt at the other resorts. The pool is great and the boat dock just behind it... everything is at your fingertips.

mickeyholic
10-16-2008, 01:05 PM
Definitely POR!

ILVPOOH
10-16-2008, 03:50 PM
I like POFQ better because the bus to the parks stop at POFQ first before picking up people at POR. When going to the parks in the morning, the POR people always had to stand. Although I like the look of POR better and the food court is much better plus it has a sit down restaurant.

dalt01
10-16-2008, 04:13 PM
just the faks jack, all the rooms are cookie cutter so no plus there, the pool at french quarter has more eye appeal to the knee bounce set, there is no full service restaurant at french quarter, the food court is more diverse and larger at riverside, french quarter covers about 1/3d less area, french quarter has one bus stop, riverside has four, riverside has the largest arcade (maybe of all the resorts), riverside has a cool lounge with argueably the best entertainer in all of disney. at french quarter there are no 10 minute walks to get to anywhere. having said all that we are devoted riversiders.

ms mouse
10-16-2008, 06:36 PM
We like FQ better. Its a cute resort and the bus situation is much better imo. RS does have a full service restaurant so if thats important to you it might make a difference.

Stacy's a freak
10-17-2008, 08:21 PM
just the faks jack, all the rooms are cookie cutter so no plus there, the pool at french quarter has more eye appeal to the knee bounce set, there is no full service restaurant at french quarter, the food court is more diverse and larger at riverside, french quarter covers about 1/3d less area, french quarter has one bus stop, riverside has four, riverside has the largest arcade (maybe of all the resorts), riverside has a cool lounge with argueably the best entertainer in all of disney. at french quarter there are no 10 minute walks to get to anywhere. having said all that we are devoted riversiders.

Well said - very cut-to-the-chase!

melissac
10-17-2008, 08:24 PM
We love POFQ better. It is our favorite mod. resort. We usually stay DVC now but it is are favorite because of the size.

lulukate
10-17-2008, 08:56 PM
Just got back from our second visit to POR stayed in AB this year and it was great. Room looked like it had been recently redecorated or at least newer curtains and quilts, we were close to a quiet pool and not too far from the main pool, fishing hole and restaurants. Have never stayed in POFQ so can't compare the two. Last year we were in mansions and it was also good with respect to location, room decoration, etc.