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Old 01-21-2013, 02:02 PM   #2836
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perfect! Can't wait to see the resort again after all these years!
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:06 PM   #2837
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Had a bad dream the other night -- I had forgotten to fax my room request and ended up miles and miles from the main building It was so far away that we might as well have been in a different resort. Very silly!

Just under 2 weeks till we're there!
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what do i do first, check in online or fax in my room request?!
I have told guests to do the fax then the online check in and they turned out fine with their requests. Just don't put anything into the little check boxes that say room preferences. That could mess up your faxed in requests if you check something in that area.

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Had a bad dream the other night -- I had forgotten to fax my room request and ended up miles and miles from the main building It was so far away that we might as well have been in a different resort. Very silly!

Just under 2 weeks till we're there!
Time to cut off the medication before bed, lol! JP Glad your time is almost there!
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:12 PM   #2839
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23 more days for us. It has been so quiet at work today that all I have done is Disney stuff.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:12 PM   #2840
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A few questions about the boat rides:

-How long is the boat ride to DTD?
-How often does a boat launch from POR to DTD (and from DTD to POR)?
-Do you ever have to wait for the next boat due to crowds?
-Can you catch a glimpse of any of the other resorts (Saratoga Springs, Key West, Treehouse Villas) during the boat ride?
-Is the boat ride worth it for sightseeing purposes only?
-Do they play music on the boat?

-How long is the boat ride to/from French Quarter?
-How often does this boat launch?

Thanks for all the great information, everyone. Between this thread and portorleans.org I feel like I've already been there!
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:13 PM   #2841
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So, we may have a car rental our 1st evening there. Instead of having groceries delivered, we may as well go get them ourselves. Where is the closest shopping place?
Also, where is the best car rental company to get our car from? I'm sure it will be returned before the actual office is open, so we'll need somewhere relatively easy to get back to POR. Any opinions?
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:17 PM   #2842
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I just faxed my request... we have booked a preferred room, and I am requesting a non-parking lot view, and a corner room would be nice too.

We arrive on Saturday 1/26. Only a 4 night stay, mostly to minimize the school days our foreign exchange student will miss, and partly to keep costs down. I have been working pretty much 7 days/week ever since our WDW trip last winter (I own a small business) and am ready for a full-immersion Disney break!
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:35 PM   #2843
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A few questions about the boat rides:

-How long is the boat ride to DTD?

They say 20 minutes- maybe a bit shorter, but that seemed close.


-How often does a boat launch from POR to DTD (and from DTD to POR)?

We found that the boats came in more frequently than every 10 minutes.

-Do you ever have to wait for the next boat due to crowds?

We did not on the POR end. At DTD, we did have to wait for a second boat, but it was late in the evening-- near 11 p.m. and everyone was trying to catch the last boats back to the resorts. YMMV with crowds. When we had arrived at DTD there were literally no people waiting for the launch.


-Can you catch a glimpse of any of the other resorts (Saratoga Springs, Key West, Treehouse Villas) during the boat ride?

Yes, really pretty at night with the resorts lit up! Saratoga Springs and Tree House Villas. We did not go past OKW on the ride. That is another leg of the river.

-Is the boat ride worth it for sightseeing purposes only?

IMHO...Yes.


-Do they play music on the boat?

Yes, primarily bluegrass when we were there. I liked it.

-How long is the boat ride to/from French Quarter?

3 or 4 minutes?



-How often does this boat launch?

I have read here every 15 minutes, but in our experience, both New Year's Day and later in the week as crowds were lower, it was no more than 10 minutes apart.

Thanks for all the great information, everyone. Between this thread and portorleans.org I feel like I've already been there!

We arrived on January 1 and stayed at POR only 1 night. BUT, we were so thrilled with the boat ride to DTD that we came back to POR, walked around the resort and took the boat to DTD for dinner two additional nights. In fact, we were so pleased with it that we plan to stay at POR on our next trip. We have only stayed Deluxe, but between the theming and the boat to DTD, we decided POR may be our new favorite!
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A few questions about the boat rides:

-How long is the boat ride to DTD?
-How often does a boat launch from POR to DTD (and from DTD to POR)?
-Do you ever have to wait for the next boat due to crowds?
-Can you catch a glimpse of any of the other resorts (Saratoga Springs, Key West, Treehouse Villas) during the boat ride?
-Is the boat ride worth it for sightseeing purposes only?
-Do they play music on the boat?

-How long is the boat ride to/from French Quarter?
-How often does this boat launch?

Thanks for all the great information, everyone. Between this thread and portorleans.org I feel like I've already been there!
-How long is the boat ride to DTD?

Id say it could be between 15-25 mins off the top of my head because it does have to make a stop st POFQ even if there is no one on the dock. It still stops.

-How often does a boat launch from POR to DTD (and from DTD to POR)?

Id say best guess a boat is there every 15-20 mins.

-Do you ever have to wait for the next boat due to crowds?

Sometimes but usually only during peak season. I have only ever waited once because I there was a line and another because there was handicapped guests that I gave the spot up for.

-Can you catch a glimpse of any of the other resorts (Saratoga Springs, Key West, Treehouse Villas) during the boat ride?

Yes on SS and TV, but no on KW.

-Is the boat ride worth it for sightseeing purposes only?

Oh yes Day and Night it can be interesting! Lots of photo moments.

-Do they play music on the boat?

Some do I believe but most of the time the CMs navigating them are interacting with guests and what not.

-How long is the boat ride to/from French Quarter?

5 minutes if that.

-How often does this boat launch?

Maybe 10 minutes.

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Old 01-21-2013, 02:55 PM   #2845
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A few questions about the boat rides:

-How long is the boat ride to DTD?
-How often does a boat launch from POR to DTD (and from DTD to POR)?
-Do you ever have to wait for the next boat due to crowds?
-Can you catch a glimpse of any of the other resorts (Saratoga Springs, Key West, Treehouse Villas) during the boat ride?
-Is the boat ride worth it for sightseeing purposes only?
-Do they play music on the boat?

-How long is the boat ride to/from French Quarter?
-How often does this boat launch?

Thanks for all the great information, everyone. Between this thread and portorleans.org I feel like I've already been there!
The official schedule is: from 11am-4PM every 20 minutes
from 4pm-11pm every 10 minutes
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The official schedule is: from 11am-4PM every 20 minutes
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See BSG I knew you were lurking and could offer them some good info. LOL hope your day is treating you well!
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:04 PM   #2847
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See BSG I knew you were lurking and could offer them some good info. LOL hope your day is treating you well!
Thanks Venom. Any day I don't have to drive in to work is a good day
Just wish the weather were not so dang gloomy today. It looks like it wants to snow any minute, LOL.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:20 PM   #2848
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Woohoo - my reservation is mostly fixed! We're back where we're supposed to be at POR (45 days from today!).

The only thing still wrong is that they have us as standard view and we paid for garden but that can be fixed

Thanks for the pixie dust - it worked!
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Woohoo - my reservation is mostly fixed! We're back where we're supposed to be at POR (45 days from today!).

The only thing still wrong is that they have us as standard view and we paid for garden but that can be fixed

Thanks for the pixie dust - it worked!

Such fantastic news!!!!
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That's because lunch at BoG is counter service, not table service.
Yes, I've been reading up on this. The line gets very long very early (opens at 10:30) but that the line moves very quickly, and most people seem to be reporting that the wait is usually less than posted. Most people seem to say about 30 minutes until you order, and they don't seem to have a problem with part of your party holding a place in line.
We are going end of May and couldn't get an ADR either, but I think we will enjoy lunch more.
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