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Old 03-03-2013, 12:03 PM   #1
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ugh! can't decide. I originally booked AOA for the LMR but switched over to POP with a preferred pool room to keep us close to the bus. Just so much cheaper. Then I started missing the "princess" theme and now I'm considering a royal guest room at POR. It will be about $300 more for our trip. Is it worth it? My dd6 LOVES princesses so much. How far away from the bus stop would a standard royal guest room be? How bad is it having multiple bus stops for POR? What is the walk like to the cafeteria? I have been to POP before and like it. I like the lines at the bus stops, the limited walkin, and the bridge to AOA. But those princess rooms look so dang cute.

Another consideration, we REALLY do like the magic band concept and rumor has it POR might be getting them soon. I have not heard anything about POP getting them anytime soon. Anyone know a timeline? Think that POR will have them before the end of May? I would love to use these!

Only a few days for me to decide before the spring offers leave! HELP!!!
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:43 PM   #2
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I guess it depends on what the money means to you?

We have stayed at all levels and are just as happy at pop as we were at all the other more expensive ones. Just be warned a preferred room at pop facing the pool is going to be loud. If you want some peace and quite you may just want to book straight preferred. You couldn't pay me to stay pool side.

I haven't stayed at POR since the 90's so I don't feel I'm qualified to answer your questions on the resort? But we love pop now.

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Old 03-03-2013, 02:49 PM   #3
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We love POR mansion section, if you request Oak Manor, end closest to Magnolia Terrace you'll be close to the bus stop behind Magnolia Terrace. Love the bus stop there, never crowded, you can relax on a bench while waiting for the bus, and aren't out in the blazing sun, or rain waiting.
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How much time do you spend at your resort? If a lot, it might be worth it. If not, spend the money on a meal at CRT or a second princess meal.
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:52 PM   #5
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I would totally give POP a miss & head directly to POR. We booked a POP "Preferred Pool Room" for our December 2012 trip & what we were given at check in was a 3rd floor room as far away as possible with no view of the pool but still considered pool view. Boy did I hot foot it back to check in where I was basically treated like crap, but did eventually get moved to a better & closer room. We didn't have any issues with noise from the pool though & it was pretty crowded at times. Used online check in but won't do that again!! JMHO

We're actually going the first part of April & staying at POR. We've stayed there before & actually loved it & can't wait to go back.

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Old 03-03-2013, 07:05 PM   #6
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We just got back from an awesome trip to POP. We had a standard room in building 5- gorgeous view of the lake and AOA, short walk to the bus.

Take the savings and book the Norway princess breakfast (I always kill the spelling) and/or CRT.

Is a hot tub important to you though? That was the only thing we missed at Pop
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