Quick room tour over, we headed back out to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter (POFQ) for Mardi Gras! We had heard that this resort does some activities to celebrate, and since one of our Bucket List things is to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras, we thought this was as close as we’re gonna get until we do!
Unfortunately we had missed the parade of golf carts that had been dressed up as parade floats. But they were parked up so we could see them. They were themed after Disney and Pixar movies and were so cool to see how creative people are! I think they may be designed and made by Cast Members, but I’m not 100% sure on that.
While at POFQ we grabbed some NOLA food from Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory which is the quick-service/counter-service location at French Quarter.
We have dined here before and enjoyed the food, so had to come back (especially for those Mickey Mouse-shaped beignets!).
When visiting Walt Disney World in February and March, be prepared for all sorts of temperatures! Some days were really quite cold, and some days were really warm. Today was a pretty cold day, so after a quick look at the Mardi Gras floats we ventured back inside for lunch.
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter (POFQ) is classed as a Moderate Resort. It doesn’t have a table service restaurant, but it does have a great quick service/counter service food court called Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The food is American, Cajun, and Creole and there are several counters where you can order different types of food – pizza, sandwiches, pasta, salads, burgers, and Cajun/Creole entrées. There are also grab-and-go options like most of the resort quick service locations have.
You order your food at the counter and then pay for it at one of the check-outs. During peak times, quick/counter service locations like this can get really busy, so do bear that in mind. Fortunately, it wasn’t very busy when we visited.
The theme of Sassagoula Floatworks is that of a Mardi Gras storage facility. There used to be huge decorations hanging from the ceiling, but that has been scaled back quite a bit. However, there are some fun touches all around, and there is lots of seating available.
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory »
Me: Jambalaya – Chicken and Andouille Sausage with Vegetables cooked in a Rich, Spicy Sauce with Rice ($11.99)
Steve: Creole Chicken Po’ Boy – Sliced Chicken Breast, Onions, Banana Peppers, and Cheese served on a Soft Roll with French Fries and Coleslaw ($14.99)
On this particular trip, we ate from quite a lot of the quick/counter service locations in the parks and resorts. Which saves big on tips, as you don’t have to leave tips!
The jambalaya came with some yummy corn bread on the side, and the po’ boy was delicious too. We also did quite a bit of food-sharing on this trip, including here at Sassagoula Floatworks.
Me: Mickey-shaped Beignets – 3 piece – ($4.49)
Steve: Mardi Gras King Cake Cupcake – ($4.59)
You can’t visit POFQ without buying some Mickey Beignets! You can buy them in batches of 3 or 6, and they are always cooked fresh to order.
For an extra charge ($1.99) you can have a pot of dipping sauce – chocolate, strawberry, or caramel. And they even have a Mickey Beignet Sundae with a scoop of ice cream, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream!
We stuck to good old powdered sugar – and there is a LOT of that stuff scattered atop the beignets. All snacks taste better when they are Mickey-shaped and the beignets at POFQ are no exception!
For those not in the know, beignets are a type of fritter – deep-fried pastry or dough. Think of them a bit like doughnuts but without a filling. They are SO good!
We also ordered a King Cake Cupcake, which was a simple vanilla cupcake topped with green, purple, and gold frosting, little sugar ball sprinkles and a chocolate decoration.
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory »
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Bill: $36.06 + Tax: $2.36 + Tip: $0 = $38.42
Total Paid: $38.42
After our Mardi Gras lunch, we popped into the resort shop to take at peek at the merchandise for sale and maybe pick up a Disney Pin or two! We are Disney merch fiends, and love visiting the resort shops as they do stock slightly different items, or items themed to the resort, so they’re always worth checking out.
Here are photos of some of my favorite things at the POFQ shop…