Scheduled Maintenance and Refurbishment Work

Please remember that maintenance plans and dates are subject to change at any time, and often Disney does not release details of scheduled work until around three months prior to its commencement. Updates will be posted here as and when further information or dates become available, so it would be worth bookmarking or watchlisting this page.

Only major projects will be listed here. Other smaller routine works can be expected during any visit, especially during the off-peak winter months, as that’s how they keep the place looking so beautiful for you! For completed projects, please see the Refurbishment Projects Archive page.

Special thanks to regular Port Orleans guest John “RiverRooster” Schmidt who provides invaluable photo updates during his trips. For lots more of his photos, please see his Guest Photo Gallery page.

Guest Room “Soft Goods” Refurbishment

There still isn’t an official start date, but the project to refurbish all of the guest rooms at Port Orleans which we’ve been hinting at for over a year draws ever closer. A test room was constructed at French Quarter early in 2017 and the project is likely to commence sometime during Fall 2017.

No further details are available as yet, but the work will most likely include changing out the carpeting for wooden flooring, adding a shutter of some sort between the bedroom and the vanity area, and other general decor and soft goods replacements including the addition of a larger Smart TV hung on the wall. I would be most surprised if we didn’t also see some of the added features that have been popping up at other resorts (for example Pop Century) such as USB charging sockets, extra storage options, etc.

The work will be undertaken on a building-by-building basis to minimise disruption, and there should be very little impact to guests staying in the other buildings. Once French Quarter is complete, refurbishment will commence on Riverside’s Alligator Bayou section and finally the Riverside Magnolia Bend mansion buildings will complete the project.

On a purely conjecture basis (and I really do hope I’m going to be proven wrong) I wouldn’t be surprised if the overall theming of the decor was toned down and muted to match with the rather bland and sterile white bedding that was recently fitted, rather than choosing new linen designs to reflect a tastefully refurbished New Orleans themed room. Time will tell anyway...

Riverside Mill Flooring Replacement Project

New doorway leading from the Riverside Mill to Boatwright’s Dining Hall

New doorway leading from the Riverside Mill to Boatwright’s Dining Hall

The flooring at the Riverside Mill food court at Port Orleans Riverside is due for replacement, with work likely to commence sometime in August 2017. Plans include replacing all of the carpeting in the seating areas with hard flooring which will presumably be much easier to keep clean. An additional doorway leading from the end of the food court (next to the Bakery) directly through into the upper seating area of Boatwright’s Dining Hall was installed during June 2017 which is presumably designed to improve access to the overflow seating area used at breakfast times.

Swimming Pool Short Closures: NOW COMPLETE

Some websites are reporting a few pool refurbishment closures this month:

There has now been official confirmation that the French Quarter “Doubloon Lagoon” swimming pool and the new children’s Aquatic Play Area will both be closed for routine maintenance starting on Monday 9th January for approximately five days. Given that this sort of work requires significant advanced planning, and as noted above the dates had already been included in recent press/travel agent information, it seems strange that paying guests are only being informed about it two days before work starts.

The following communication will be provided in-room for guests staying at the resort:

Starting Monday 1/9/17 French Quarter Doubloon Lagoon Pool and Aquatic Play Area will be closed for cleaning and Maintenance. The French Quarter hot tub will remain open throughout the refurbishment. During this time Guests may see or hear work in progress.

We invite French Quarter Guests to make a splash at the Ol’ Man Island Pool, or any of the five leisure pools, located throughout Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. Recreation activities will also be available in the courtyard near the lobby at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter.

For Guests’ convenience the following transportation options will be available during the closure:

We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience. Should you have any questions or need additional assistance, our Front Desk Cast Members will be happy to assist you.

Update 14 Jan: The Doubloon Lagoon swimming pool and Aquatic Play Area are now open again, however the water-slide will remain closed for a while longer while work on it is completed. The pool hours are currently 10am-8pm, and the Mardi Grogs pool bar will be open from noon until 5pm (hours may be adjusted at bartender’s discretion).

Port Orleans French Quarter food court refurbishment: NOW COMPLETE

Floatworks Logo

The Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory food court re-opened on Saturday 19 November 2016, with the ribbon-cutting ceremony taking place at 8:30am.

There is still some decor detail to be completed, but for full information on the re-opening with lots of photos, please see our News Post and also Steve Denney’s excellent review article in our forums. The full revised menu is listed on the main Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory page.

For other reports, please see Disney Parks Blog post, the DISboards review, and the excellent AJ Wolfe’s Disney Food Blog site (which is always worth a visit for the excellent food porn photos anyway).

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the re-opening of the Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory

Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory Menus for Re-opening Day

Everything will apparently be served on real flatware with real cutlery rather than the previous paper plates and plastic knives and forks (which also means less waste I assume).


 

 

Starting 11 July, the Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory food court will be closed for a few months for refurbishment work, due to be completed “sometime in the fall”. In the meantime, the original Bonfamille’s Cafe table service area will be brought back into service to act as a temporary quick service food court, serving many of the resort’s regular hot and cold favourites — including of course the signature beignets.

Guests will also be able to make use of the Riverside Mill food court and Boatwright’s Dining Hall table-service restaurant over at Port Orleans Riverside, and free shuttle transportation will be provided.

The temporary food location, in place during the current refurbishment work of the main food court, is located in the old Bonfamille’s Cafe area as expected, and is thus quite a bit smaller than the normal food court. To provide for the maximum seating capacity they can (which appears to be around 20 tables) you order your food at one of two registers and cast members bring it out from the kitchens directly to your table (rather like the quick service system in use at the Be Our Guest restaurant, but without the magic roses). This means that no Create-Your-Own options are available. See below photos for menus.

There are chilled grab’n’go cabinets too, plus two Coca Cola Freestyle machines and coffee machines for use with your refillable mugs. Tables in Wonderland cards are accepted, as is the Quick Service Dining Plan.

The automated player piano in the lobby has been removed for the time being to allow better access, but otherwise Scat Cat’s Club is operating as normal (including evening entertainment).

The refurbishment work is expected to continue into the Fall, and should be completed before Thanksgiving.

Update: Some photos have been uploaded by NCDisneyMom from the POFQ thread on the DISboards (she apologises for the focus in some of them, it was a bit dark to get good shots). Thanks for the update:

Update: The re-opening date has now been confirmed as Saturday 19 November 2016, with the ribbon-cutting ceremony due to take place at 8:30am.

French Quarter Temporary Breakfast Menu, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Breakfast Menu, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Lunch/Dinner Menu, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Lunch/Dinner Menu, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Kids Menu, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Kids Menu, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Grab’n’Go Menu, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Grab’n’Go Menu, Summer/Fall 2016


 
French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016

French Quarter Temporary Food Court, Summer/Fall 2016


 

 
 

 

Port Orleans Riverside Leisure Pool Fencing Project: NOW COMPLETE

In line with all the other resort swimming pools at Walt Disney World, perimeter fencing and access gates will be added around the five quiet pools at Riverside over the next few months, starting with the Alligator Bayou pool closest to the main buildings.

As I understand it from the Recreation team, it is not currently intended for access to be restricted via magic band control, nor will the ‘official’ closing times indicated on the signage be enforced unless they have problems with rowdy groups of swimmers using the pools at unsociable hours. The main focus seems to be on guest safety, in particular to prevent unsupervised access to the pool decks by children from nearby rooms.

Work has already commenced near to the pool in the ‘teens’ area (by buildings 15, 17 and 18) to provide an additional concrete pathway to allow guests to bypass the pool area when walking between certain buildings. This will probably be needed for the other Alligator Bayou pools too to maintain access routes. Once this has been completed, the fencing and gates will be erected. Presumably there will be far less work required for the Magnolia Bend area, where the pools already have perimeter fences and all that should be required will be a few gates.


New pathway being added around the quiet pool next to building 18

Update November 2106: Work is now complete on all the quiet pools, and fencing and access gates have been added to all five of the leisure pools at Port Orleans Riverside.

The theming impact varies, with the least intrusive additions being in the mansion building areas where there was already themed fencing in situ, and the replacement has been designed in a very sympathetic style. The Alligator Bayou fencing however is rather more conspicuous (especially the very inappropriate stark-white metal railings in the ‘teens’ area pool). Functional and safe it might be, but rustic and woodsy it certainly is not!

French Quarter Children’s Aquatic Play Area (Opened 7 March 2016)

The brand new (and long awaited) children’s Aquatic Play Area opened to guests at 9am on Monday 7 March 2016, complete with plenty of whimsical - and suitably drenching - water play features, all with a unique New Orleans twist. Many thanks to Denise from MouseSteps.com and Jeff Lange for this great video of the ribbon-cutting event:

Port Orleans French Quarter Aquatic Play Area, opening ceremony

 
French Quarter Aquatic Play Area Opening Ceremony, 7 March.<br>[Photo (c) MouseSteps.com]

French Quarter Aquatic Play Area Opening Ceremony, 7 March.
[Photo (c) MouseSteps.com]

French Quarter Aquatic Play Area Opening Ceremony, 7 March.<br>[Photo (c) MouseSteps.com]

French Quarter Aquatic Play Area Opening Ceremony, 7 March.
[Photo (c) MouseSteps.com]

French Quarter Aquatic Play Area Opening Ceremony, 7 March.<br>[Photo (c) MouseSteps.com]

French Quarter Aquatic Play Area Opening Ceremony, 7 March.
[Photo (c) MouseSteps.com]

French Quarter Aquatic Play Area Opening Ceremony, 7 March.<br>[Photo (c) MouseSteps.com]

French Quarter Aquatic Play Area Opening Ceremony, 7 March.
[Photo (c) MouseSteps.com]

 


 
 

 

Previous Major Maintenance and Refurbishment Projects

For details of some of the previous major maintenance and refurbishment projects that have taken place over the past few years at the Port Orleans resorts, please the please see the Refurbishment Projects Archive page. These include: