Popular Disney World Resort Set to Undergo Refurbishment

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When Walt Disney World Resort reopened in July 2020 following its pandemic-related closure, numerous on-property Resort hotels remained closed.

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Due to Disney’s phased reopening process, certain hotels — including the Guest-favorite Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — have still not reopened. Fortunately, Guests who enjoy Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter do not have to wait too much longer to once again stay at the Louisiana-inspired Resort.

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Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is due to reopen on October 14, 2021, with Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter following on October 28. And, now, it seems that the hotel may be set to undergo a refurbishment in addition to reopening its doors for the first time in over a year.

A new permit filed by The Walt Disney Company indicates that the Alligator Bayou pool at the Port Orleans Riverside section will be undergoing work in the near future.

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The permit is for “General Construction”, which can be classified as anything from basic maintenance to a complete overhaul. At this time, Disney has not announced a major renovation at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, but this new construction permit certainly indicates that some type of project will be happening soon.

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The permit, which lists CIC Construction Group U.S.A. as the contractor, expires on August 10, 2022.

More on Disney’s Port Orleans Resort

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The official description of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside reads:

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. 

The pool itself is described as:

Cross the bridge to a 3-plus acre hideaway with an old-fashioned swimmin’ hole and sawmill slide.

Inspired by the story of Tom Sawyer, Ol’ Man Island even features a catch-and-release fishing hole and stories told around an evening campfire. The nearby Muddy Rivers pool bar and a hot tub provide fun for grown folks.

Are you hoping for a major overhaul of the Alligator Bayou pool area?

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