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Old 12-18-2012, 08:35 PM   #1216
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Just returned from POFQ.....it was WONDERFUL!!!!! I can hardly believe that they granted my 3 room requests (when we stayed DVC, they never got granted lol) it is SO pretty here, I want to go back!!!! it's my new favorite place! I loved the smell of the H2O shampoo and conditioner so much I bought some to use at home once in a while....the little mickey bottles are so stinkin' cute I can't stand it! This is my new fave resort!
We just got back from POFQ on December 8th. We are campers, so we've always camp at Fort Wilderness in the past. This was our first time to stay somewhere else and I just fell in love with POFQ!! It was just me and DH celebrating our 25th Anniversary, but our Mousekeeper left us the cutest towel love birds one day! We never had any bus issues and the grounds were awesome! We enjoyed relaxing by the pool in the afternoon before heading back out again at night. We were in building 6 in the back by the river.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:43 PM   #1217
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Just returned from our 11-24 to 11-30 at the French Quarter. We were in building 6, room 6112 and it was lovely. We have so many beads and the kids made a wish every day. I loved the Magical Express and the ability to get your boarding passes right at the hotel. We had friends that were offsite and had to go through the entire process at the airport. It took them an extra hour to get to the gate.

It was a great walk along the river to Riverside. The pool was fun for the kids. I preferred the Hot tub especially on the 58 degree evening. The food court was very nice and never too crowded. The decor was creepy for the kids at first but then they had fun with it. We had three meals and all were very good. The muffalleta was delish. And of cours the beignets were awesome.

The rooms were nice. The only downside, there were stains on the chair seats and the bench under the window. OH and the granite threshold from the carpet to the tile is deadly slippery if you are not careful. The only noise I heard from neighboring rooms was the toilet and that was no big deal. I never heard outside activity when we were in our room. The walk to the bus was short. We only shared the bus with Riverside during the afternoon bus to and from Epcot and Downtown Disney. But we were the last ones to get on and the first to get off for EPCOT. We took the boat to DTD and that was okay. Much to long of a wait. But the route is very pretty. OKW Treehouse villas are cool.

We would stay again during the cooler season but I do prefer the Caribean Beach Resort Pool during the warmer seasons.

Thanks for all the information that is on this thread. We will hopefully be visiting WDW in two to three years. If we stay during November again this is definately the resort of choice.
You are SO right about the granite threshold!! Oh my goodness, I about busted it the first time I hit it!!! LOL!
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:20 PM   #1218
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We stayed at POFQ from Dec 8th to the 15th.

Our room was in building 1. Room 1136.

The whole experience was awesome!!!!! the CM's were all helpful and friendly. The doormen were sweet, helpful and funny.

We had a GREAT experiences with the busses from the resort to the parks. Only one time sharing a bus for EPCOT with POR.
We never waited more than a few minutes for a bus from resort. One time we maybe waited 15 minutes for a bus back to the resort from DHS.

One night we were going from Animal Kingdom to the GF for dinner and I was shocked that for a deluxe, how long we waited for a bus...how crowded it was and how many stops they made! It was going to the GF, Poly and CR.
Now, that could be a one time thing....I realize that.

Mouse keeping left us a few towel animals during our stay and our room was always I pristine contrition when we returned from the park.
One day we returned to our room early afternoon for a nap and mouse keeping called us to find out if we wanted them to come later in the day. (We had a do not disturb sign on the door)

The food at the food court was good. Nothing crazy special but ok.

The resort itself is just lovely!! We LOVE all the gardens and the fountains!

It's a small resort so everything is SUPER easy to get to.

And it was so quiet a peaceful there! We barely heard anything at all. It was a super nice getaway from the craziness of the parks.

Overall we loved every minute of being there! Planning on returning next December!
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:39 PM   #1219
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We stayed at POFQ from Dec 8th to the 15th.

Our room was in building 1. Room 1136.

The whole experience was awesome!!!!! the CM's were all helpful and friendly. The doormen were sweet, helpful and funny.

We had a GREAT experiences with the busses from the resort to the parks. Only one time sharing a bus for EPCOT with POR.
We never waited more than a few minutes for a bus from resort. One time we maybe waited 15 minutes for a bus back to the resort from DHS.

One night we were going from Animal Kingdom to the GF for dinner and I was shocked that for a deluxe, how long we waited for a bus...how crowded it was and how many stops they made! It was going to the GF, Poly and CR.
Now, that could be a one time thing....I realize that.

Mouse keeping left us a few towel animals during our stay and our room was always I pristine contrition when we returned from the park.
One day we returned to our room early afternoon for a nap and mouse keeping called us to find out if we wanted them to come later in the day. (We had a do not disturb sign on the door)

The food at the food court was good. Nothing crazy special but ok.

The resort itself is just lovely!! We LOVE all the gardens and the fountains!

It's a small resort so everything is SUPER easy to get to.

And it was so quiet a peaceful there! We barely heard anything at all. It was a super nice getaway from the craziness of the parks.

Overall we loved every minute of being there! Planning on returning next December!
This is all really great to know! Thank you!
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:17 AM   #1220
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Well Christmas is almost upon us, and for those guests spending a bit of time relaxing away from the parks there will be lots of fun and games at both Port Orleans resorts. As I mentioned previously, there are musical groups entertaining everyone in the lobbies daily in the run-up to the big day, and on Christmas Eve your kids (oh alright, the adults too) can meet with Disney characters at both resorts in the morning, and Santa will be making a special appearance at the RIVERSIDE Lobby in the evening.


For the rest of the regular monthly activities, please see http://www.portorleans.org/recreatio...s-schedule.php

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Old 12-22-2012, 08:06 AM   #1221
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That reminds me!

One afternoon we went back to the resort for some down time and our daughters did a craft activity and went to a campfire.

The CM's were awesome! One of them, Shawn, came from a town not that far from where we live and we chatted with him for quite a while.

It's really great for the kids and adults! If you get a chance please have your kids join in the activities. Our girls really loved them!

After a while at the campfire we took a nice stroll (maybe 10 minutes) over to POR to check out their gift shop and see that resort.
It's a quick , easy, pretty walk. : )
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:26 PM   #1222
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I have a friend there now and she says that the buses have been shared with POR for every single one of their trips since arriving Thursday except for this afternoon -- and that bus they had all to themselves. I really thought that with the crowds there now that the POFQ bus would be a dedicated, not shared, bus.
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:42 PM   #1223
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I have a friend there now and she says that the buses have been shared with POR for every single one of their trips since arriving Thursday except for this afternoon -- and that bus they had all to themselves. I really thought that with the crowds there now that the POFQ bus would be a dedicated, not shared, bus.
I noticed that from recent visit too. I've never stayed at POR only POFQ. I knew POR is much bigger but was surprised that is has 4 stops!
You really do learn something new everyday...
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:10 PM   #1224
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45 days till I check in at POFQ!

This thread has been so helpful and informative and I want to take the time and thank Andre for all the time and input he has given us, you truly made the decision to go with POFQ a easy one.

I now can't wait to see the gardens, the fountains and experience the food court. Just a little while longer and I will!
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45 days till I check in at POFQ!

This thread has been so helpful and informative and I want to take the time and thank Andre for all the time and input he has given us, you truly made the decision to go with POFQ a easy one.

I now can't wait to see the gardens, the fountains and experience the food court. Just a little while longer and I will!
It's a fantastic resort and I'm sure you'll love it, I would recommend this resort to everyone.
Ahhh and I'm very jealous of you! I stayed there recently and am missing it. Hope you enjoy it!
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:59 PM   #1226
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I have a friend there now and she says that the buses have been shared with POR for every single one of their trips since arriving Thursday except for this afternoon -- and that bus they had all to themselves. I really thought that with the crowds there now that the POFQ bus would be a dedicated, not shared, bus.
In my past 2 stays at POFQ, we only shared the bus with POR one time each trip. One was coming back from EPCOT and the other time was going to AK in the morning.
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The new discount is out for Disney VISA card holders but once again POFQ is not included.
Dh doesn't want to stay anywhere else.
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The new discount is out for Disney VISA card holders but once again POFQ is not included.
Dh doesn't want to stay anywhere else.
I think it's such a small resort that it doesn't need special offers to fill it...
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The new discount is out for Disney VISA card holders but once again POFQ is not included.
Dh doesn't want to stay anywhere else.
This was what I was afraid of. We are going to switch to POR for now and *hope* that AP rates will include POFQ
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