Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory closing for lengthy refurbishment

Jun 15, 2016 in "Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory"

Posted: Wednesday June 15, 2016 7:31am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter is closing for a major refurbishment.

Beginning July 11, the food court will be closed until the fall, with a reopening date not yet confirmed.

A temporary location will be available near the lobby, serving jambalaya, gumbo, po-boy sandwiches, beignets, other hot and cold entrees and a range of grab and go items. The Disney Dining Plan will be accepted at the temporary location.

In-room pizza delivery will continue to be available from 4pm to midnight daily.

Bus transportation from 7am to midnight will also be available to the nearby Mill Food Court and Boatwright's Dining Hall at the Riverside.

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Andy_0410Nov 20, 2016

Def not as fun as it was before the refurb Always used to come here every vacation since discovered it when staying at French quarter much preferred it to riverside quick service Not sure will bother now

TheOrangeBird01Nov 20, 2016

Looks so boring and sterile :(

Texas84Nov 20, 2016

Love the new menu. Might make a trip here.

MarkTwainNov 20, 2016

Very disappointing to see the floats and masks were removed. My family always takes tours of the floats warehouses when we're in New Orleans, and we loved how the Sassagoula dining area reminded us of being back there. The decor also just added a lot of color, visual interest, and frankly just "theme" to the space that's going to be missed. It just looks like an empty warehouse now. I wonder if whoever makes these decisions at WDI today knows why those thematic choices were made in the first place.

WDWtravelerNov 20, 2016

Photo update as of Sunday, Nov. 20. The Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory refurbishment is almost completed. It appears the only item left to do is build a free-standing refrigerator case in the center of the food service area. Temporarily, there are several industrial restaurant refrigerator cases occupying the area now. LED screens welcome you to the remodeled dining area, with LED screens over each food station. Gone are the "creepy heads" in the dining room. The result is a more simple, casual look with Mardi Gras decorations on shelves along the walls. Lightweight metal chairs and stools accompany wood topped tables. Framed antique Mardi Gras drawings of faces and floats adorn the walls. The beverage area has the Coca-Cola Freestyle dispensers along with separate coffee machines.

danlb_2000Jul 28, 2016

Does anyone know how the temporary dining location has been handling the crowds?

LSUxStitchJul 25, 2016

But it's a float factory...have you ever been to a float factory before? (Even though us in New Orleans don't call them that lol) Float Dens have creepy heads...its sort of what we do.

Mark P.Jul 24, 2016

We got our pre-arrival resort information email today and apparently someone missed the memo...

worldfanaticJul 15, 2016

I'm pretty certain most food courts are profitable for Disney, especially the very busy ones at Port Orleans. Cost cutting would = Profit cutting. Not something Disney pursues.

Gabe1Jul 15, 2016

Bonfamille was used at Christmas 2015, that is where those photo's I believe were taken during. We ate there frequently there until the resort closed down completely after 9/11 and when it reemerged it was without the TS restaurant. I do not have photo's from the 8 years we ate there with white table clothes so I'm thinking this was for Christmas 2015. I saw the facilities in 2014 and it was cluttered back then, like a storage room but very much intact.

castlecake2.0Jul 14, 2016

ScoutNJul 14, 2016

Yeesh. I paid $6.79 for the Mickey Waffle and bacon at Capt. Cooks in May.

COProgressFanJul 14, 2016

White tablecloths and cloth napkins at a Disney location?! Don't let the bean counters know! (Yes, I know it's an old picture...certainly shows how things have changed though, sadly). Also, I believe the kitchen has been in use by Disney for a number of years for catering and as a test kitchen for all of WDW. So it is very much functional.

danlb_2000Jul 14, 2016

Some more information on the temporary dining location...