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.
In the longer-term, and to respond to an often-asked question, the next round of guest room refurbishments is not expected to commence until 2017. While there are of course no firm details this far out, there are rumours that some changes being considered might include addressing the current storage space issues, replacing the vanity area privacy curtains with themed shutters, and possibly switching from carpets to wooden flooring. Oh, and it’s likely that larger (55 inch?) TVs with more interactive features to provide access to WDW resort-based activities such as dining reservations and FastPass+ will be coming to resort rooms too. But there’s plenty of time for any plans to change several times over in the meantime, so keep watching!
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.
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:
Riverside Building 85 (Magnolia Terrace) Roofing Work
Estimated Completion Date: 15 July 2016
Roofing refurbishment will commence on the Magnolia Terrace mansion building (building 85) at Port Orleans Riverside in January 2016. This will be the same kind of work that was undertaken on Oak Manor (building 90) during the equivalent time period back in 2014, and so will presumably involve temporary closures of portions of the building on a rolling basis to avoid inconveniencing guests. Even so, guests should be aware that there will probably be scaffolding visible around the work areas, and some daytime noise too. By way of comparison, the Oak Manor work in 2014 took about six months to complete and was finished in mid July (see the 2014 news post).
Update 28 January 2016: The Magnolia Terrace (building 85) roofing work will be split into five phases, and is expected to run through until 15th July. The first phase has already commenced, which comprises the whole of central section of the building. That section should come back into service on 26th February and then work will commence on each of the four outer ‘wings’ in turn.
Update 21 February 2016: Extra weekend work is helping to catch up on a slightly delayed start, and phase one is still on schedule for completion by 26th February, after which it looks like they will be moving on to one of the northern wings of the building (the end facing towards Acadian House). As rooms were removed from inventory during the roofing work, the extended downtime is being used to perform deep cleaning, carpet extraction and other general painting/maintenance on the guest rooms.
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:
- French Quarter Children’s Aquatic Play Area (Opened 7 March 2016)
- Riverside Ol’ Man Island Pool Maintenance (Completed 5 March 2016)
- Riverside Oak Manor Roofing Refurbishment Work (Completed 18 July 2014)
- French Quarter Doubloon Lagoon Pool Refurbishment Work (Reopened 4 March 2014)
- Refurbished Campfire Locations (July—September 2013)
- French Quarter Registration Lobby Refurbishment (Reopened 18 July 2013)
- Riverside Registration Lobby Refurbishment (Reopened 26 June 2012)
- Guest Room Refurbishments (2010—2012)