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Old 12-05-2012, 07:39 AM   #16
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We left POR last Friday and were happy to do so. A whole horde of pop Warner kids literally filled up the entire lobby of POR, we had to cut through the bar and gift shop to catch out ME bus. They weren't misbehaving, but they are in such large groups, I would not want to be stuck in line with them for a ride, bus or to eat and I've heard ppl complain before that sometimes they take it upon themselves to loudly practice at the resort. That would be annoying.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:21 PM   #17
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We left POR last Friday and were happy to do so. A whole horde of pop Warner kids literally filled up the entire lobby of POR, we had to cut through the bar and gift shop to catch out ME bus. They weren't misbehaving, but they are in such large groups, I would not want to be stuck in line with them for a ride, bus or to eat and I've heard ppl complain before that sometimes they take it upon themselves to loudly practice at the resort. That would be annoying.
I left POR Saturday. Friday was CRAZY! Food court packed, pool area packed, people everywhere. I think because of arrivals. Saturday was much calmer. We went to Epcot and the bus wasn't any more crowded, went to the food court to wait for ME and it was fine, etc. There were also dance groups in for the MK parade taping, so I don't know which were at POR.

I wasn't there with them long, so I don't know about the impact. But the lobby/food court settled down on Saturday.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:39 PM   #18
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Last year when we checked into CBR (just DW and I), we discovered that it was the host hotel for the cheerleaders. We had been avoiding that week because of PW, but when they started offering free dining, we took our chances and the first year or two they were at PO.

I am glad to say our worst fears were not realized. Yes it was crowded, way more crowded than we like. BUT, the girls were all well behaved, there was no extra noise to speak of, and once past breakfast (and they all headed off to competition), you never knew they were there. As for when they were, breakfast was like eating at Cosmic Ray's - lots of noise, lots of people looking for tables, lines at the ocunters. Evenings at OPR resembled World of Disney at DtD inside and outside the pool and the Banana Cabana were extra busy as well. Probably no different than a mid-July evening (except 30 degrees cooler).

Fortunately, we stay two weeks, so we got our peace and quiet back for week 2, so I can understand some people not wanting to share the entire vacation with PW, but all in all it wasn't bad. A high school basketball tournament moved in after PW, and while way fewer people, we actually preferred the 9-12 yo girls (one group of HS girls was loud and uber obnoxious on a park bus).

That said - we are leaving for this year's trip this weekend and avoiding them. PW week is now a free dining blackout week (unless you start before) and while we had no complaints, if given the choice, we will choose peace and quiet.

FWIW - it was somewhat surreal being surrounded by these platoons of 9-12 year old identically dressed girls romping around the resort. They go all out as far as decorating room windows, and you can tell when its a competition day - first hair rollers held down with handkerchiefs, and then final do's covered with hair nets. There were more hair nets than a lunch lady convention.

So I guess my answer is - no I wouldn't move and wouldn't worry if I didn't, but I wouldn't blame you if you did either.
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