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Posted: April 05, 2003 1:33 am/pm Quote

The following is what is being reported on AllEarsNet:

Disney's Port Orleans Resort at Walt Disney World is closing for extensive renovations.

This extensive room renovation that will take approximately 2 years to complete. The French Quarter rooms will be done first and the entire resort will be closed during this time. The rooms will get all new furniture, carpet, bathrooms and wall coverings.

Effective today (April 4, 2003) no reservations will be taken for the resort.

Disney will be contacting guests who currently have reservations at the French Quarter to move them to another moderate resort. More details as they become available.


We'll post further details here on the Disney Echo as they become available.

The following picture and information about Port Orleans French Quarter comes from Disney:

Down the River -- Disney's 1,008-room Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter is a village of seven three-story residence buildings plus shops, dining and recreation areas situated riverside. The 300-seat Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory with a variety of food-court vendors offers everything from beignets and hand-dipped ice cream to spit-roasted chicken with jambalaya.

Copyright 2003. The Walt Disney Company.


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Posted: April 05, 2003 1:53 am/pm Quote

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will take approximately 2 years to complete. The French Quarter rooms will be done first and the entire resort will be closed during this time.


Until I get more details about this, I interpret the news to be that Port Orleans French Quarter is being closed immediately. A spot check of trying to book a room at this resort on Disney's website shows "Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter is not available" on any of the dates I've tried for later this year. Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside, however, is available. This is true all the way through December 2003, the furthest into the future their website allows anyone to book a room.

By "the entire resort will be closed during this time" I interpret it to mean that Port Orleans French Quarter are now closed first, while Port Orleans Riverside remains open. Perhaps when POFQ renovation is completed then PO Riverside will close for the remainder of the two year renovation period, with POFQ hopefully reopening at that time.

We'll have to stay tooned to see what more word about this brings.


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Posted: April 05, 2003 2:11 am/pm Quote

I have unverified information that although Port Orleans French Quarter is no longer taking reservations, it will not be closed until May 3, 2003.

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Posted: April 05, 2003 2:15 am/pm Quote

Some people say that Disney's CRO said they are going to start calling people next week about their reservations at Port Orleans French Quarter. They are starting first with the people that have reservations for May.

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Posted: April 05, 2003 2:58 am/pm Quote

Here's the article about it on The Orlando Sentinel:

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Disney to renovate Port Orleans resort starting in May
By Robert Johnson | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted April 5, 2003

Walt Disney World's 3,100-room Port Orleans resort will close in phases for a two-year renovation beginning in early May.

Port Orleans, which Disney markets as a "moderately priced" resort -- with rooms usually in the range of $100 to $200 a night, depending on the season -- was partially closed for several months starting in November 2001 because of the travel slump that followed Sept. 11.

The period of what Disney officials called an "adjustment of inventory" ended in May 2002.

Disney spokeswoman Rena Callahan called the planned renovation's timing "fortuitous" because it allows the company "to take advantage of the current economic environment to temporarily close some rooms and reinvest in our property in preparation for the expected economic turnaround down the road."

The resort accounts for about 14 percent of the Disney-owned rooms at Walt Disney World.

Up to 60 percent of the 1,000 employees of Port Orleans will be reassigned to jobs at other Disney World resorts, its four theme parks or in such attraction areas as reservations, Callahan said. Disney World's reassignment policy is to offer workers other jobs of comparable responsibility and the same pay.

"No cast members will lose their jobs," she said.

The other 40 percent of the resort's employees will remain on the job in segments that are open during the refurbishing.

The Port Orleans renovation will be a "multimillion dollar" project that replaces all the rooms' carpeting and furniture and renovates the bathrooms, Callahan said.

The work will take place in phases and last up to two years. Callahan said that as many as 1,080 rooms -- all those in the French Quarter section of Port Orleans -- will be closed at once. The 2,048 rooms in the Riverside section will be closed in phases, but those rooms not being worked on will remain open, she said.

The French Quarter section opened in 1991. Riverside followed the next year.

Guests who want to stay in Disney resorts that are similar to Port Orleans in pricing and amenities during the renovation period will sometimes be steered to the Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach resorts. The Caribbean Beach was closed for several months last year while its restaurants were being renovated.

Disney World's attendance has been brisk through much of this spring. The company doesn't disclose occupancy rates at its resorts or attendance figures at the four theme parks.

Central Florida tourism officials are cautious about the impact of the war in Iraq on occupancy rates throughout the region this spring and summer.

Callahan said Friday an opening date has not been set for the company's 5,700-room Pop Century resort, which is under construction near Wide World of Sports.

The property was originally scheduled to open in 2001. The opening was delayed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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Posted: April 05, 2003 2:55 am/pm Quote

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I had a room reserved at POFQ and now I don't.  There are 4 of us going in May (May 3-13) and were hoping to stay in the French Qtr.  We went to New Orleans last year !  Now they are telling me I may have a choice between CS and POR.  
Anybody have their views which one would be better ?  We are all adults and no kids.  This will be trip number 25 for me... everyone elses first.  I wasn't too overly impressed with CS last time I was there but that was a business trip too !

Let me know... Now I guess it's wait until I hear from CRO...
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Posted: April 05, 2003 4:10 am/pm Quote

If you have the choice, stay at PO Riverside.  I have stayed there 6-7 times and have enjoyed it very much.  After a week at CS, I vowed never to stay there at CS again.  Riverside is easier to get around.

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Posted: April 05, 2003 4:21 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Don & Putzer1!

Don, I agree with Putzer1. Although I haven't ever stayed at CS, I have given it the once over and I also would rather stay at PO Riverside, which I have enjoyed many times (both Alligator Bayou and the mansions, preferring Alligator Bayou).

Putzer1, you almost sneaked in here without getting your Disney EchoEars! But I spotted you...
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Posted: April 08, 2003 8:31 am/pm Quote

The renovations begin on May 4th, 2003 as the entire Port Orleans: French Quarter resort closes as that section of Disney's Port Orleans Resort gets updated rooms.

After French Quarter is finished and reopened, the next phase of renovation would close part of Port Orleans: Riverside, starting late this year. Work will continue in phases through 2004.


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Posted: April 10, 2003 3:05 am/pm Quote

PO riverside is great. We loved staying there last year. We where going to stay there this next trip but we are taking my brother-in-law for his first time and i decided to go all out with the Poly concierge lagoon view.

I have never stayed at CS but I hear they have an adult pool. Not sure about that but have read it someplace.


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