When Walt Disney World Resort began its phased reopening process in July 2020, numerous things changed for Guests. For example, Guests age 2 and over are now required to wear mandatory face coverings, social distancing is enforced, and certain experiences, such as fireworks shows, have been suspended for the time being.
Furthermore, Disney World Resort hotels did not all reopen at once. As a matter of fact, the Port Orleans Resorts have yet to reopen its doors to Guests. Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter together boast upwards of 3,000 hotel rooms.
With its laid-back Southern charm, the moderate Resort is a favorite for many Disney World Guests, so it has been disappointing to some that it has yet to accept any new reservations following its COVID-19 closure.
ITM has received aerial photos from Jonathan Salazar (@TheDisneyPilot on Instagram) that show the entire Port Orleans property looking like a veritable ghost town.
In these two images [above and below], the empty parking lot at Port Orleans Resort is jarring, given that it is usually filled with Guests’ and Cast Members’ vehicles. It’s safe to say that the deserted French Quarter and Riverside hotels look like a ghost town right now.
Another image [below] gives a full view of the Port Orleans property without Guests enjoying any of the onsite amenities, including the popular Mardi Gras-themed pool.
Finally, this aerial photo of the Disney World Resort [below] allows viewers to see how empty even the road running by Port Orleans is while the hotel remains closed.
At this time no reopening date has been announced for Port Orleans. Stay tuned to Inside the Magic for the latest details regarding this popular Walt Disney World Resort hotel.
More About Port Orleans at Disney World
Disney describes the romantic, charming Port Orleans French Quarter as:
Revel in the romance and pageantry of New Orleans’s historic French Quarter at this Moderate Resort hotel. Discover cobblestone streets, gas lamps, wrought-iron balconies and fragrant magnolia blossoms, along with colorful Mardi Gras characters and the sounds of jazz. Then stroll along the lushly landscaped Sassagoula River to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, where the bayou beckons, as do Cajun and Creole specialties.
Port Orleans Riverside, on the other hand, is described by Disney as:
From the stately white-column mansions of Magnolia Bend to Alligator Bayou’s quaint backwoods cottages, delight in a picturesque setting that evokes the romance of rural Louisiana. Take a short walk along the Sassagoula River to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, known for Southern specialties like gumbo, jambalaya and beignets.
Do you hope Port Orleans reopens soon? What do you think of these aerial pictures of the Disney hotels looking completely abandoned?