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.

Port Orleans Riverside Guest Room “Soft Goods” Refurbishment (late Summer/Fall 2018)

Once the Port Orleans French Quarter room refurbishments are complete (see below) work will commence on Port Orleans Riverside’s Alligator Bayou section, starting with building 37. This is currently scheduled to begin on 21 July, but please remember that maintenance plans and dates are always subject to change at any time. Each 64-room building should take around four weeks to complete, and there will be periods of overlap when two or more buildings may be worked on simultaneously. The entire Alligator Bayou section should be complete by the end of the year.

Notification letters and emails have already started going out to guests who are booked at the resort during this period, but since the Alligator Bayou buildings are a lot smaller than those in French Quarter each one should be completely closed before any work commences. There will be no major external work, just in-room redecorating, so there should be little if any disruption to anyone’s stay — if indeed you even notice at all.

During the period when the buildings closest to the ‘twenties’ leisure pool (e.g. 24, 25, 28) are mostly unoccupied, that pool will be closed for routine maintenance. Dates are still to be confirmed, but it will most likely be somewhere around late September.

Once all 16 Alligator Bayou buildings are complete, work will commence on the Magnolia Bend area. This section is expected to begin in early Spring 2019, and the four large mansion buildings should take a total of around six months to complete.

In advance of this work though, the second week in May will see the start of installation of the new style wall-mounted amenity dispensers (shampoo, etc) in the bathrooms of the Riverside mansion buildings, starting with Parterre Place and working back to Acadian House over the following few weeks.

Building Estimated Starting Status
37 21 July 2018 Work not commenced yet
38 Aug 2018 Work not commenced yet
39 Aug 2018 Work not commenced yet
36 Aug 2018 Work not commenced yet
35 Aug/Sep 2018 Work not commenced yet
34 Sep 2018 Work not commenced yet
27 Sep 2018 Work not commenced yet
28 Sep 2018 Work not commenced yet
26 Oct 2018 Work not commenced yet
25 Oct 2018 Work not commenced yet
24 Oct 2018 Work not commenced yet
17 Oct/Nov 2018 Work not commenced yet
16 Nov 2018 Work not commenced yet
15 Nov 2018 Work not commenced yet
18 Nov 2018 Work not commenced yet
14 Dec 2018 Work not commenced yet

 

Riverside Map Lodge 14 (click to see detailed layout) Lodge 15 (click to see detailed layout) Lodge 16 (click to see detailed layout) Lodge 17 (click to see detailed layout) Lodge 18 (click to see detailed layout) Lodge 24 (click to see detailed layout) Lodge 25 (click to see detailed layout) Lodge 26 (click to see detailed layout) Lodge 27 (click to see detailed layout) Lodge 28 (click to see detailed layout) Lodge 34 (click to see detailed layout) Lodge 35 (click to see detailed layout) Lodge 36 (click to see detailed layout) Lodge 27 (click to see detailed layout) Lodge 38 (click to see detailed layout) Lodge 39 (click to see detailed layout) Magnolia Bend

Port Orleans French Quarter Guest Room “Soft Goods” Refurbishment

The planned dates for the upcoming Port Orleans French Quarter guest room soft-goods refurbishment project over the first half of 2018 are as follows. Please remember that this schedule is tentative and may be subject to change as the project progresses. Currently each building seems to be re-opening around a month behind its target date, and the revised completion estimates were provided at the start of April.

Location Original Schedule Completion / Estimate Progress
Building 2Jan 6 – Feb 9, 2018 Completed 1 March Top floor re-opened 8 February. Building fully completed 1 March.
Building 3Jan 23 – Feb 25, 2018 Completed End of March Work commenced 1 March. Top floor re-opened 18 March, middle floor by 20 March. [Building now fully re-opened]
Building 1Feb 10 – Mar 13, 2018 Completed mid-April Top floor closed and being prepped for work as of 17 March.
Update on 31 March: work now underway on all floors. [Now fully re-opened]
Building 5Feb 26 – Mar 31, 2018 Completed early May Update on 2 May: Floors 2 and 3 reopened for guests. Floor 1 almost complete. [Now fully re-opened]
Building 4Mar 14 – Apr 16, 2018 Completion Due 30 May Update on 1 May: Top two floors now being worked on, ground floor was still in use.
15 May: All floors now being worked on.
18 May: Top two floors re-opened to guests.
Building 6Apr 1 – May 4, 2018 Completion Due 23 June 15 May: Work has started on top floor, lower floors are still occupied.
Building 7Apr 17 – May 20, 2018 Completion Due 15 July Work not commenced yet

French Quarter Map Building 1 (click to see detailed layout) Building 2 (click to see detailed layout) Building 3 (click to see detailed layout) Building 4 (click to see detailed layout) Building 5 (click to see detailed layout) Building 6 (click to see detailed layout) Building 7 (click to see detailed layout)

 

Refurbished Rooms Report, 3 March 2018

For the latest photos of the new rooms, please see our French Quarter Refurbishment Gallery Page.

Lagging somewhat behind the originally planned schedule, the first of the refurbished rooms in building 2 at Port Orleans French Quarter were re-opened to guests on 8th February 2018. Initially only the top floor rooms were opened while work continued on the rest of the building, the remaining floors being completed and the whole building re-opened by 1 March. Workers then moved on to building 3. Guests arriving in June and July have reported receiving emails warning them of possible construction disruption during their stay, so obviously there are concerns that this work will seriously over-run the original provisional timescale.

The new room design is very understated — some on Facebook have even gone so far as to say it’s a bit bland. The colours are more muted and the refreshed curtains are much more subtly ‘New Orleans’ themed than they were before. The old venetian blinds have been replaced with net curtains, providing a somewhat more limited degree of privacy unless you also close the blackout curtains which will cut out any external light completely. The lovely decorative borders along the ceiling edges are all gone too, just plain walls now.

Sadly there is still only plain white bed linen, rather sterile in both the good and bad senses of the word. However on the plus side, the beds themselves are now raised on legs rather than solid metal bases though, allowing about 14 inches of extra space beneath each bed for storage of luggage, etc.

Hard wood flooring with an attractive inlaid design effect has replaced the old carpets (which will now be much easier to keep clean) and the chest-of-drawers features a new top panel including power and USB sockets, and the chairs have been reupholstered. The over-bed lights have new oblong shades with subtle fleur-de-lys designs, and the switches have been replaced throughout.

There are some nice new touches such as a larger single main mirror and a repositionable round shaving mirror in the bathroom, and a larger wall-mounted TV (sadly with obtrusive white plastic conduit concealing the cables, shame they could not have channeled the wall during the refit). The wall safes are now larger and have combination locks rather than physical keys.

Toiletries are now provided as large wall-mounted dispenser bottles in the bathroom rather than the small individual bottles which somehow always seemed to end up in guests’ suitcases...

Most other fittings appear to have remained unchanged, such as the bed headboards, green bench seat, bathroom tiling and shower, hand basins and counter-top, coat rack, Cuisinart coffee maker (not Keurig), and the imagineering painting on the wall.

Many thanks to Jenni Lee over on the Port Orleans Magical Guide Facebook Group for her first photos on opening day:

 

Original Background Information

In order to minimise disruption the work will be undertaken on a floor-by-floor basis for each building, starting on the third floor and working down to the ground floor. There should be very little impact to guests staying in the other buildings, and no one will be allocated to a room on a floor that is currently under construction. However it is possible that guests may be allocated to rooms on other floors in the same building, depending on occupancy requirements at the time.

No further details or photos are available as yet, but the work will most likely include changing out the carpeting for hard wood-effect flooring, possibly 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. And if we are really lucky, perhaps something a little less stark than the plain-white bed linen that recently appeared at the resorts. Only time will tell.

[Update on 9th January 2018] A poster in the excellent “Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts - A Magical Guide” Facebook Group observed that work has now commenced on the upper floor of building 2, as we revealed a few months ago. They saw carpet being pulled up and mattresses, furniture, TVs, chairs, etc being removed. Pressure washing of the outside of the building was also taking place.



 
 

Previous Major Maintenance and Refurbishment Projects

For details and photos 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: