Disney History: Port Orleans French Quarter Opens!

Port Orleans French Quarter

May 17, 1991: Port Orleans French Quarter Opens

Today in 1991, Walt Disney World opened up the newly created Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter! This charming resort is the smallest of the Moderate resorts to be found at Walt Disney World, and is a re-creation of the streets and row houses of New Orleans’ French Quarter.

This resort is one of my favorites on property because it generally is one of the quietest resorts at Disney, at least to me it is. It has a great pool area, water taxi transportation up the river to Port Orleans Riverside or down the river to Disney Springs, and, of course, wonderful beignets!

It’s a short walk up the path to get to Riverside if you prefer to do that, and one of the things you can do there is rent one of the Surrey Bikes to have a little fun at your resort. For a romantic feel, you can also arrange to have a horse drawn carriage ride. That starts up at Riverside.

One of the nice things about this resort as well as Port Orleans Riverside is that you can take advantage of all of the pools at both resorts. So, for your non-park day, if you have one, that gives you plenty of options to enjoy while at French Quarter.

Overall, I really enjoy Port Orleans French Quarter. It’s a great resort with nice amenities and a unique charm that is all it’s own. If you are interested in learning more about this resort, or wish to look at pricing for a package and staying here, please let me know! I’d be happy to assist you in your planning! Click here to submit a vacation quote request today, or send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com!

Delicious Dining

Delicious Dining at ‘Ohana with Lilo & Stitch!

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are sharing some of the best breakfast spots at Disney.

On the opposite side of the Seven Seas Lagoon, almost directly across from the Magic Kingdom, is Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  This resort is the home of many things, but one thing that stands out for us almost as brightly as the resort is the delicious dining experience we have had at ‘Ohana for their Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch.

When most people think of the delicious dining at ‘Ohana, they think of the wonderful cuisine they encounter for their dinner menu.  For me, though, I’ve always been a fan of character dining — I am to this day — so when we ate here, we scheduled a late breakfast so that we could enjoy a hearty breakfast, along with some fantastic character interactions!

Most Walt Disney World character breakfasts are the same — Mickey Waffles, eggs, fruit, potatoes, etc — and in some regards, ‘Ohana is very similar.  But what sets this delicious dining experience apart, in my opinion, were the Pua’a (Pork) and the Uala Kahiki (Fried Potatoes).  I even had some of the Hua Paka, and if you ask my wife, you’ll learn that I am not a big fan of eggs!  The sausage was served as links, and they were sweet and savory, and just a hint of spice to them.  The bacon is, as always, good, because everything’s better with bacon, you know, and the fried potatoes, well, they were incredible, to say the least.

In addition to the good food, of course, were the character interactions.  Along with Lilo and Stitch, we were also met by Mickey and Pluto, and some of the interactions between them and Sophie are among my favorite memories from Walt Disney World.

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Stitch Startles Sophie

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Eyes for Mickey

Pluto leans in for a picture!

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Sophie enjoyed her breakfast!

When considering where to take your kids for some great character interactions, give ‘Ohana a lot of consideration.  I think you will enjoy it as much as we did!  Have you eaten at ‘Ohana for breakfast?  If so, what did you think?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you check out some of the other great places to eat by my Blogorail teammates!



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Magic Bands

What is your Magic Band Report Card?

Magic Bands

Image courtesy and ©MouseChat.net and Pixie Vacations.

Walt Disney World has been using Magic Bands for a while now, and I felt it was time to start a discussion on how well you, the reader, park Guest, and Disney officianado, like (or dislike) the whole My Magic+ system.  Please take a few moments and answer some of these questions for me:

  1. What do you think of the My Magic+ system in general?
  2. Do you use the My Disney Experience section of the Disney website or the App, or neither?
  3. What do you think of the Magic Bands — like them, leave them, or something in between?
  4. Lastly, what do you think of the FastPass+ system?

Please take a moment and answer these questions via our survey — I’d love to see your answers, and also would like to hear your feedback, so feel free to leave comments, too!

Thank you for taking time to answer our poll questions!  Remember, I love to hear what you think of things, so please, feel free to leave comments to expand on the questions we have in our survey!  Thanks again, and go out and make it a great Disney Day!

Disneyland or Walt Disney World?

In one of my favorite Disney trips, here I am with my wife Cindy and daughter Sophie, loving every minute!

The entrance to Disneyland Park!


Walt Disney World Railroad

The Main Street, U.S.A. Walt Disney World Railroad station

Walt Disney World…

If you had to choose one or the other for your trip, which one would you pick?  To help you with your choice, I’ve got two posts — one that I think really illustrates the reasons why Disneyland is better than Walt Disney World, and one that I think really illustrates why Walt Disney World is better than Disneyland.

This link will take you to the Disneyland is better than Walt Disney World post (the post will open in a new tab/window).

This link will take you to the Walt Disney World is better than Disneyland post (the post will open in a new tab/window).

So, what is it going to be? Disneyland or Walt Disney World?  Help us out by voting in our poll at the bottom of this post, and thanks!  I’ll keep the poll open indefinitely, so have at it everyone!  I’ll periodically post on our Facebook page the numbers at the moment, and invite you to continue voting.

Doc Hudson

Keith Partridge Buys Pixar’s Doc Hudson

With Disney buying so many franchises lately, I was surprised to find someone who could actually buy a little piece of the Mouse! But as I was watching another Season One episode of The Partridge Family (ep. 21 – A Partridge Up a Pear Tree) the first scene showed Keith cleaning up his ‘new’ car. The plot involves how broke he becomes trying to keep it on the road.

And I noticed right away that it was a fabulous Hudson Hornet from the 50’s! Sound familiar?

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It’s Doc Hudson! I’m thinking this was after his big crash but before he got fully restored and found a new life in Radiator Springs. Obviously, between those times, he ended up in the loving hands of Keith Partridge (above).

Here’s a pic showing Doc all fixed up:

Toy Cars Doc Hudson +

This is a die-cast model of Doc without his racing stickers, as we would see him in Radiator Springs. And next is a pic I took recently at the Art of Animation Resort in WDW, Florida:

Doc at AoA Resort

Looking good! As you compare the real Hudson Hornet to the Pixarified version, you’ll notice a little artistic licence was taken with the side trim and ol’ Doc was supposed to have a radio antennae sticking out of his forehead between his split windshield. But over all, our Pixar pals did an amazing job of staying true to the original car design.

Now all silliness aside, how many of you have actually seen a real Hudson Hornet? Well, if not, here is a little history on the car, and where you can see it today (from Wikipedia):

Hudson was the first automobile manufacturer to get involved in stock car racing. The Hornet “dominated stock car racing in the early-1950s, when stock car racers actually raced stock cars.”

During 1952, Marshall Teague finished the 1952 AAA season with a 1000-point lead over his closest rival, winning 12 of the 13 scheduled events. Hornets driven by NASCAR aces Herb Thomas, Dick Rathmann, Al Kellar, Frank Mundyand, and Tim Flock won 27 NASCAR races driving for the Hudson team.

In the AAA racing circuit, Teague drove a stock Hornet that he called the Fabulous Hudson Hornet to 14 wins during the season. This brought the Hornet’s season record to 40 wins in 48 events, a winning percentage of 83%.

Overall, Hudson won 27 of the 34 NASCAR Grand National races in 1952, followed by 22 wins of 37 in 1953, and capturing 17 of the 37 races in 1954 — “an incredible accomplishment, especially from a car that had some legitimate luxury credentials.”

The original Fabulous Hudson Hornet can be found today fully restored in Ypsilanti, Michigan at the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, a facility that was formerly home to Miller Motors, the last Hudson dealership in the world.

And I’ll conclude this post with a picture of what one of the Fabulous Hudson Hornets looked like, this one driven by Herb Thomas:

Fabulous Hudson Hornet

{Editor’s Note: Lee keeps turning out some great Disney information from old television shows!  Who would have thought that Doc Hudson would appear in the Partridge Family? Have you ever seen some Disney characters or things appear in your favorite shows?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!}