Disney World’s Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter Resorts have remained shuttered since the shutdown in 2020. While guests have been patiently waiting for over a year for a reopening date, it seems they will be waiting a while longer yet as Disney is only now starting work on the much-beloved hotels.
This is a good sign, that with work starting soon, Disney has plans to reopen sometime in the near future. However, those wishing to stay at either of the sister resorts this summer, or even the fall (presumably), have had their hopes dashed.
Disney has recently filed several permits all relating to general construction on both Port Orleans Resorts. The construction looks to be concentrated on both hotels’ check-in buildings with another permit being filed so work can be started on a service building in the Riverside location.
Port Orleans is hardly the only Disney World Resort that has had a cosmetic upgrade during the pandemic and in time for Disney World’s 50th anniversary.
All Star Movies and Music, Wilderness Lodge, Contemporary, Old Key West, Polynesian Resort, Saratoga Springs, Animal Kingdom Lodge– Jambo House, Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach & Riviera Resort, Fort Wilderness Campground, Gran Destino & Coronado Springs and Pop Century are all currently under or have recently finished refurbishment.
While most Disney World resort hotels are currently accepting reservations, Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter Resorts are among the few that are still not online.
A handful more are opening up in July and August including Disney’s BoardWalk Inn which opened this past Friday, July 2, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is the next to open up on July 19. On August 26 Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge will open, as will Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
Watch this space for more updates on the Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter Resorts!