Disney Resort Looks Like a Ghost Town Prior to Reopening

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A close up of a hillside view of a city

Credit: Bioreconstruct

Walt Disney World Resort continues to follow through their reopening plan, and soon we will get to welcome back a beloved Resort that has been closed for quite some time now.

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Although the majority of Disney Resorts have reopened, there has been a handful that has remained closed. Port Orleans French Quarter and Port Orleans Riverside have been the only two Resorts in the moderate category to remain closed. Now, we are quickly approaching their reopening dates, we will soon see the deserted looking hotel regain its prior Mardi Gras lifestyle!

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Below you can see when both Riverside and French Quarter will be reopening:

port orleans french quarter entrance
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Although the Resort will be reopening in the near future, it still looks like a ghost town as Guests have not yet been able to return. Photographer Bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) shared aerial photos of the Resort, which showcases empty rooms, parking lots, walk ways, and waterways.

Aerial look at Port Orleans resort. Still closed due to pandemic effect on tourism.

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Luckily, although the Resort is free of humans at the moment, Disney has been working hard to ensure that the Resort is looking fresh and landscaped for Guests once it does reopen next month.

Permits have been filed for the Resorts as of late, so we know that there has been work done. Knowing that Disney has been improving the Resort during its closure will surely bring a smile to many Guest’s faces as they will not only be able to return to or experience Port Orleans once again, but the Louisiana-inspired hotel will likely be in tip-top shape.

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

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. 

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Interior of Royal Guest Room at Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside
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The official description of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter notes:

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.

Do you plan to stay at Port Orleans once it reopens?

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