After 9/11 travel to WDW was way down. Disney took that time to rehab all the rooms at Port Orleans/French Quarter. They shut down all of PO and it took some time to bring the resort back up. This was shortly after the two sister resorts merged as one. Dixie now Riverside was rehabed I believe through 2004.
Unfortunately they closed Bonfamille's Cafe at the French Quarter. They left it sit untouched for years. Then nailed particle board over the door from the lobby which seemed to stay there forever. Now Bonfamille's is a test kitchen for Disney. Bonfamille's had the best and very authentic food. I miss it and hope that empty seating area up there will someday re-open. The Boatwright at POR side is very good. Often difficult to get ressies at. This is more to their limited hours, small size for now a large resort. It was open for breakfast and dinner only. Earlier this year, February it went to dinner only. Haven't heard if it reopened for breakfast for summer months or not.
We were there for both hotels grand openings about a year apart. It has remained a family resort favorite. All three areas have their own good points. Our favorite section to stay in is the Mansions. Least Bayou's, just because it was too rustic.
Boatwright menu: http://allears.net/menu/menu_bwd.htm