Review: Breakfast at Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory, Port Orleans French Quarter

Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory — it’s a long name for dining spot, and kind of a tongue twister — but it has some unique menu items and is definitely worth a visit if you’re a beignet fan!

Or a New Orleans fan.

Or a Mardi Gras fan.

Or just like big, giant parade float heads hanging from ceilings.

Not sure what I’m talking about? Let’s take a look inside… .

Atmosphere

Sassagoula is, of course, the river running through the resorts around Downtown Disney, including the sister Port Orleans resorts — Riverside, and French Quarter. Upon arrival at the Port Orleans French Quarter resort, a welcoming indoor courtyard complete with an ornate fountain creates a relaxing atmosphere.

If you’re hungry, you’ll find Floatworks — named as such because it’s themed after a warehouse storing Mardi Gras parade props —  opposite the Registration area. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are offered throughout the day.

Entrance to Float Works

Entrance to Float Works

Look closely and you’ll see some hidden dining references in the Sassagoula sign. Utensils, seafood, lemon, asparagus… what else?

Look for hidden food references

Look for hidden food references

A display reminds guests of their dining choices while visiting the Port Orleans resorts.

Dining Choices at the Port Orleans Resorts

Dining Choices at the Port Orleans Resorts

Here’s your first glimpse of the “floatworks.” Crazy, eh?

It's Mardi Gras time!

It’s Mardi Gras time!

While the weird parade props have always disturbed me, some guests enjoy the whimsical decor. I understand the theme but find the decor outdated. (I’d love to see a refresh here). Of course, you’ll find whimsy around the resort — from Scales (the serpent pool slide) to jazzy tunes, the vibe is casual and relaxing. Just as it should be on vacation!

I spy a yellow piece of candy!

I spy a yellow piece of candy!

Entertain the kids with a game of “I Spy” while dining!

A great snack option is ice cream!

A great snack option is ice cream!

I do like the dining room’s dark wooden tables and mismatched chairs; it just feels cozy. Brick accents and lantern lighting adds to the quaint ambiance. In fact, the whole resort is a mixture of playfulness and charm.

Mardi Gras props in dining room

Mardi Gras props in dining room

Most importantly, the dining area and serving stations are kept very tidy. (During our stay, we did not find this to be the case over at the Riverside Mill.)

Artwork reflects the Cajun and Creole flavors on the menu such as the Gumbo and Jambalaya dishes served later in the day.

Louisiana is known for  spicy Cajun and Creole dishes

Louisiana is known for spicy Cajun and Creole dishes

Take your breakfast to the adjacent Scat Cat’s Club for a quieter meal.

Additional seating at Scat Cat's

Additional seating at Scat Cat’s

Inside the club, your morning meal can be savored with a dose of cartoons!

Cartoons

Cartoons

Eats

Guests on the Disney Dining Plan can use their quick service credits to redeem meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Use your Disney Dining Plan credits

Use your Disney Dining Plan credits

Snack options are also available!

Got a Rapid Fill mug? Head to the beverage island for hot and cold drinks!

Hot and cold beverages

Hot and cold beverages

At the Rapid Fill station, fill up on water, Sprite Zero, Barq’s Root Beer, Fanta Orange, Coca-Cola Zero, Minute Maid Light Pomegranate Lemonade, Coca-Cola Cherry, Sprite, Powerade Mountain Berry Blast, Hi-C Fruit Punch, Diet Coke, and Coca-Cola.

Cold beverages at the Rapid Fill station

Cold beverages at the Rapid Fill station

Breakfast
Breakfast here at Sassagoula often includes their “you-can-only-get-‘em-here” made-to-order beignets. Many Disney guests visit this spot solely for these doughy treats.

Port Orleans French Quarter Beignets

Port Orleans French Quarter Beignets

But we’d had beignets the previous day, so my husband opted for the Bounty Breakfast Platter served with [Read more…]

What’s New Around Disney World: September 4th, 2014

We’re staring down the last of the dog days of summer as Disney World gears up for Fall… Join us on a tour around all four east coast Parks as we check out What’s New!

MAGIC KINGDOM

Fall Fun

With September upon us everyone is anticipating autumn and special seasonal events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (currently underway) and the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (more on that a little later in the post :). So it’s not surprising to see Magic Kingdom all decked out for the occasion!

Magic Kingdom autumn decorations

Magic Kingdom autumn decorations

(Love seeing this sign pop up [Read more…]

Review: Disney World Resort Quick Service Pasta Options

Thanks to DFB Author Wendy for a look at some great counter-service carb-loading options for your runDisney races this year!

Are YOU running the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler (or any of the other runDisney races this year)? If so, you might be interested in participating in a good old-fashioned carbo-load before your race!

Even if you’re not tackling those ten on October 5th… odds are good you’ll be putting in plenty of miles at the Parks at some point, no matter what.

It’s time to fuel up, people ;)!

Spaghetti time!

For those running one or more of the east coast races this season, there are plenty of places all over Disney World property where you can take part in the time-honored runners tradition of a pasta “carbo-load.”

Today we’re going to focus on some of your pasta options in the resort Quick Service restaurants.

Counter Service Pasta Options at Walt Disney World Resorts

Let’s start with this terrific trend: Create-Your-Own-Pasta stations are cropping up in a few of your favorite Quick Service restaurants!

Create Your Own Pasta

Art of Animation’s Landscape of Flavors already has a reputation for innovative and delicious dining, and you can read a full review of the Create-Your-Own-Pasta experience here.

Add-ins for Create Your Own Pasta at Landscape of Flavors

Spaghetti Carbonara with Broccoli

The Riverside Mill at Port Orleans Riverside also offers this fun option!

Riverside Mill

Create Your Own Pasta Options at Riverside Mill

Unique to the Grand Floridian’s recently refreshed Gasparilla Island Grill is a [Read more…]

Guest Review: Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Breakfast

Join us in welcoming guest author Catie Hiltz with a review of the food court at Port Orleans Resort French Quarter in Disney World! Yep — this is where you can get those one-of-a-kind beignets!! But Catie’s got some other treats in mind…start your morning with one of these yummy eats!

My husband and I loved staying at Port Orleans French Quarter, and found Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory (the resort’s counter-service food court) to be a great place to grab a bite to eat before or after spending some time at the parks. They carry all the standards for breakfast, from the always delicious Mickey waffles, to omelets, platters, and pancakes.

Atmosphere

The resort itself is New Orleans themed, and has a relaxed, romantic feeling. The Food Factory fits right in with the theme — it’s large and open, and even during the breakfast rush, it’s loud but not deafening. It didn’t feel crowded at all.

Exterior Entrance

Interior Entrance

With its mismatched chairs and tables — and the oversize Mardi Gras float decor — the Food Factory really makes you feel like you’re hanging out in the Big Easy!

Seating and Decor

Plus, since it was [Read more…]

Snack Series: Beignets at Port Orleans Resort, French Quarter

Made famous at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, Louisiana, beignets are a delicious, doughnut-like treat. And if you’re lucky enough to visit Sassagoula Floatworks food court at Port Orleans Resort, French Quarter, in Disney World, you can try some yourself!

Sassagoula Floatworks Food Court

Sassagoula Floatworks Food Court

In fact Sassagoula Floatworks, which is themed after a Mardi Gras float-building warehouse, is worth the trip. The spectacle of the partially constructed float decor is a photo-trip in itself!

Sassagoula Floatworks Food Court Decor

Sassagoula Floatworks Food Court Decor

Sassagoula Floatworks Float Decor

Sassagoula Floatworks Float Decor

On my recent WDW trip, I had my first taste of beignets, and I can safely say I’ll be back for more! What I find particularly interesting is that the beignets are not pre-made. In fact, when we ordered them, we had to wait 5-10 minutes while they were made.

First, raw dough was brought into the kitchen from the back and pounded thin.

Step 1 in making the beignets

Step 1 in making the beignets

Second, the beignets were put into the fryer.

Making Beignets Step 2

Making Beignets Step 2

And third, the beignets were removed and dusted with scads of powdered sugar.

Beignet Making Step 3

Beignet Making Step 3

They were as fresh and hot as can be — delicious!

Finished Beignets

Finished Beignets

Inside, the beignets are hollow

Inside, the beignets are hollow

Do you have a favorite Disney Theme Park snack that I should highlight here on the Disney Food Blog? Send me your ideas via twitter, facebook, or email!