Site Update History
13-Dec-14: Rewrote the News parsing PHP code to tidily paginate the display pages and provide better access for individual items.
09-Dec-14: Added more details and photos to the two resort gift shop pages, Fulton’s General Store and Jackson Square Gifts & Desires. Long overdue!
06-Dec-14: Revised the top menus to be more compatible with iPhones. Also updated fonts and made some other site-wide layout tweaks.
03-Dec-14: Completed 6 new 360° panoramas, including new in-room images showing the updated bed covers.
18-Nov-14: Added new food options being offered for a trial period at the Muddy Rivers pool bar.
15-Nov-14: Updated all of the food court and pool bar menus and prices (Riverside Mill, Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory, Muddy Rivers and Mardi Grogs).
04-Nov-14: Added the full 2015 room rack-rate pricing structure, including graphical representations of the seasonal price fluctuations.
01-Nov-14: Further updated building floorplan maps (corrected the annotations for some connecting Accessible rooms) and added a direct access page to make it easier to view or download individual maps.
29-Oct-14: Updated the choices and prices to reflect Boatwright’s Dining Hall's new ‘themed’ menu.
09-May-14: Updated building floorplan layouts to include details of all Connecting Rooms.
01-May-14: Site now includes Google Ads, hopefully remaining fairly unobtrusive within the overall user experience. Visitor donations just weren’t covering the overall running costs, so a necessary evil I’m afraid.
11-Apr-14: Added new Mobile layout to the Discussion Forums to make them easier to use on phone screens.
31-Mar-14: Added Sassagoula Pizza Express menus and poolside & in-room delivery details.
30-Mar-14: Updated site layout and menu bar to provide easier site navigation.
03-Feb-14: Added “My Disney Experience” page covering the Disney website & mobile app, Magic Bands, FastPass+, etc.
24-Aug-13: Added 13 new 360° Panorama Photos, including refurbished French Quarter lobby, new Royal Room decor and various Riverside views.
02-Mar-13: Added new French Quarter 360° Panorama Photos, including downloadable HQ versions.
01-Jan-13: Added full building floor plan layouts, including all room numbers, for Alligator Bayou and French Quarter, plus updated Magnolia Bend layouts.
22-Oct-12: Updated all of the restaurant menus and prices (Boatwright’s Dining Hall, Riverside Mill and Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory).
12-Oct-12: Added new in-room 360° Panorama Photos, plus updated old panoramas and added HQ download versions.
13-May-12: Added a new page discussing Ideal Room Locations & Making Special Requests, including expanded content from the FAQ page.
12-Apr-12: Added a new page detailing the extended options for Disability Accessible Rooms.
08-Mar-12: Added a specific page for the new Royal Guest Rooms.
31-Dec-11: Added a separate Recreation Activities Schedule page, containing both the current monthly schedules and historical archives.
16-Dec-11: Added several new Guest Photo Galleries, including some of the Christmas decorations.
29-Sep-11: Added new refurbished room photos to the Magnolia Bend Rooms Photo Gallery.
19-Sep-11: Updated all the restaurant and pool-bar menus (Boatwright’s Dining Hall, Riverside Mill, Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory, Muddy Rivers and Mardi Grogs).
04-Sep-11: Added a Scavenger Hunt Photo Quiz page which you can print out and take with you on your next trip.
01-Sep-11: Updated the Recreation page, now includes regular monthly activities schedule.
20-Jun-11: Added several new guest albums to the Photo Gallery pages.
19-Jun-10: Updated the Room Rates page to include stays up to the end of 2012, including the new Royal Guest Rooms.
10-Apr-11: Linked the News and Refurbishment Updates pages directly to the Forums to allow questions and comments.
28-Mar-11: Updated the Forums phpBB software and fully integrated the forums into the main site layout (at last!)
26-Mar-11: Made a number of changes to third-party code to better support Internet Explorer 9.
08-Mar-11: Added several new 360° Panorama Photos.
05-Feb-11: Added more than 230 new Gallery photos plus a page of French Quarter Refurbished Room pictures.
25-Jan-11: Added Discounts and Special Offers page.
03-Jan-11: Added a small weather widget to the main menu area, with links to a full forecast for the Orlando area.
06-Dec-10: Updated the Mardi Grogs Pool Bar drinks menu.
21-Nov-10: Updated the Room Rates page to cover stays up to the end of 2011.
20-Nov-10: Updated the Muddy Rivers Pool Bar drinks menu.
19-Nov-10: Updated the Riverside Mill Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner menus.
18-Nov-10: Updated the Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory Breakfast menu, plus Boatwright’s Kids’ menu and kosher options.
15-Nov-10: First sneak-peek photos added of a newly refurbished room at Port Orleans French Quarter.
14-Nov-10: Updated the Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory Lunch and Dinner menu.
12-Nov-10: Updated the Boatwright’s Dining Hall Dinner menu.
01-Nov-10: Added a new Refurbishments Page to document the ongoing guest-room updates.
15-Oct-10: Added around 1,500 new photos and incorporated them into a new Gallery format.
02-Aug-10: Updated the FAQs Page to include forthcoming room refurbishment information.
09-Mar-10: Updated pricing information for 2010 in the Rentals and Recreation pages.
26-Feb-10: Added a page detailing the background music which plays at both Port Orleans resorts.
11-Feb-10: Updated the Desktop Wallpaper page with lots of brand new images and larger sizes.
03-Jan-10: Added new pricing information, including 2010 Room Rates and Valet Laundry charges.
08-Apr-09: Improved site navigation and removed/merged some redundant pages.
04-Apr-09: Updated the Home Page to provide Forums info, including a new-messages count for existing users.
21-Mar-09: Updated the FAQs page.
01-Mar-09: Added Port Orleans Walking Tour and other video content to the Video page.
24-Feb-09: Added Mardi Gras 2009 Celebration at POFQ page.
11-Feb-08: Fully updated the menus & prices for the Muddy Rivers & Mardi Grogs pool bars and the Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory lunch/dinner menu, plus added a Scat Cat’s page.
09-Feb-08: Completed the missing half of the Port Orleans Backstory (from the Sassagoula Sentinel) alongside the existing Dixie Landings section.
25-Jan-08: Fully incorporated the Photo Gallery into the new site format.
18-Jan-08: Completely updated the web interface and menu system across the whole site, so it should be faster and easier to use now. Any problems, please leave a message in our Discussion Forums.
15-Dec-08: Updated the Welcome Page, plus added more info to the main lobby pages for both resorts.
14-Dec-08: This site features in Lou Mongello’s WDW Radio Show podcast (Show #97, Port Orleans segment).
25-Nov-08: Added 2009 Room Rates.
18-Nov-08: Added River Roost Lounge and Boatwright’s Boat Building pages, plus lots of minor updates.
13-Sep-08: Added brand new Discussion Forum where site visitors can post trip reports, leave comments and ask questions.
11-Sep-08: First Video Clips added (webcam views from Port Orleans rooms).
13-Aug-08: Added full layout plans for each of the Magnolia Bend mansion buildings.
10-Aug-08: Added the intricate Dixie Landings faux history details to the Backstory page.
03-Aug-08: Added Riverside Dining and Drinking pages and Refillable Mugs information.
18-Jul-08: Added French Quarter Dining and Drinking pages and added new details to the Tips/FAQs page.
28-Jun-08: Updated news section.
17-May-08: Added Resort Services & Facilities page.
03-May-08: Added pages for the Riverside (Ol’ Man Island) and French Quarter swimming pool areas.
27-Apr-08: Added Resort Recreation page.
22-Apr-08: Recoded to allow bookmarking of individual pages within the frame layout, plus improved page titling and some cosmetic changes.
02-Apr-08: Added Resort Internet Access page.
30-Mar-08: Added Bike and Boat Rentals page, including pricing.
28-Mar-08: Added basic details to the River Ferry page and updated several sections including adding more detail to the Trivia page.
27-Mar-08: Added Hints, Tips & Frequently Asked Questions page.
24-Mar-08: Added Guest Room detail page.
20-Mar-08: Updated History and Trivia pages with some external links.
19-Mar-08: Added Bus Transportation information page.
18-Mar-08: Added French Quarter room interior pictures to the Gallery (visitor-submitted).
14-Mar-08: Added various new websites to the Links page.
12-Mar-08: Added Guestbook.
06-Feb-08: Added 200+ new pictures to the Gallery, mainly of French Quarter.
27-Jan-08: Modified navigation system to allow easier access to the photo pages.
17-Jan-08: Added a ‘favicon’. Little things please little minds. :-)
24-Nov-07: Added Wallpaper download page.
16-Nov-07: Updated the Photo Gallery software and added some Magnolia Bend room interior photos (visitor-submitted).
10-Nov-07: Added Boatwright’s Menu.
03-Nov-07: Added PDF files of older copies of the Sassagoula Times to the Documents page.
26-Oct-07: Soft-launched the site with an initial simple HTML menu structure (still mostly consisting of a Photo Gallery and some maps).
01-Jul-07: First online forum post containing a linked image from the new server. Only a few photos and maps on the site so far.
22-Jun-07: Registered the domain name portorleans.org and rented server space.
11-Mar-07: First discussed the idea for a Port Orleans information website in a thread on the DIBB.
A very big thank you to everyone who has helped with the research and content of this site. I always appreciate updates and comments from resort visitors, so please get in touch via the Contact Page or the Forums. And special thanks to all the helpful Admin staff and users on The DIBB and also the members of the DISboards — you know who you are!Particular thanks to the following site visitors for their help and support:
- Brian Gamache
- David Coleman
- Dave DeNardis
- Shane Cook
- Kimberly Dugger
- Angelina Iannelli
- Steve Haskett
- Michael Landman (many thanks for providing a copy of the elusive Sassagoula Sentinel!)
Thanks also to the folks from the various online communities who have kindly snapped away with their digital cameras at the menu boards in the bars and restaurants every so often to help me keep the price lists up to date. All of your help is very much appreciated, including: John Miller, nicholas, Steven Joseph and Mike©.
Finally, my especially grateful thanks for the help, advice, information and support given by Val, Kyle, David, Marita and several others — you all know who you are, and your kindness and generosity is very much appreciated. Thank you so much.