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Old 02-14-2013, 07:21 PM   #91
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82 days to go! Don't know why but 83 sounds so close, and still so much to do!!!!
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:39 PM   #92
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I've been trying to read every post to avoid asking the same questions that have already been asked, but I'm afraid I may have missed something I'm wondering about. Is everyone getting a response to the room requests that they are faxing in? And if so, about how long does it usually take? 3 more sleeps and then we'll be at POR!
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:39 PM   #93
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I have a question about the buses for Port Orleans Riverside. We stayed at Coronado Springs and we were quite far from the main building. In the mornings we were able to go to the nearest bus stop and the bus would always stop at the main bus stop. We could then go to the food court for breakfast. We could then use the main bus stop to head to the parks.

Is this how the bus system for this resort works. I assume we will be far from the food court and pool since we are not getting a preferred location. Any info would be greatly appreciated!
The south depot is the main bus stop. Very easy to get breakfast at the food court and catch a bus after. Check out the map at the beginning of the thread.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:07 PM   #94
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I've been trying to read every post to avoid asking the same questions that have already been asked, but I'm afraid I may have missed something I'm wondering about. Is everyone getting a response to the room requests that they are faxing in? And if so, about how long does it usually take? 3 more sleeps and then we'll be at POR!
i faxed in a request and never got a response, but when i checked in i got all my requests, except the king bed (which i pretty much knew i wouldn't get). so if you don't hear from them it doesn't necessarily mean you aren't getting your requests!!
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:13 PM   #95
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i faxed in a request and never got a response, but when i checked in i got all my requests, except the king bed (which i pretty much knew i wouldn't get). so if you don't hear from them it doesn't necessarily mean you aren't getting your requests!!
Same with us. I didn't get a reply but our requests were met.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:15 PM   #96
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i faxed in a request and never got a response, but when i checked in i got all my requests, except the king bed (which i pretty much knew i wouldn't get). so if you don't hear from them it doesn't necessarily mean you aren't getting your requests!!
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Same with us. I didn't get a reply but our requests were met.
Thanks! I won't worry about it too much, then.
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82 days to go! Don't know why but 83 sounds so close, and still so much to do!!!!
Haha! I know what you mean! I logged into my Disney account today and when I saw the "92 days to go" I had a mini panic attack! Better start making my to-do and packing lists.
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We are so clost to being at POR and I can't wait! We check in next Saturday!

And, Andre, so happy you were able to get this up before your own vacation! Hope you enjoy!

Venomhatch, I sent you a PM, I do hope you got it!

Thank you both for all of your information, help, and dedication!
I just logged on, and I am going over them now.
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I'm one of those lurkers who always reads this thread but almost never posts on it. We spent 5 wonderful nights at POR in January. Always one of my favorite resorts! Great thread ... thanks!
My husband and I were also there in January (14-20) It was amazing!!!!
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:23 PM   #100
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287 days until our stay! Really, really excited, even though it's still so far away!
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:36 PM   #101
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We were at POR 2/6 - 2/12 for our first on-site trip with the kids and we loved the resort. We were in room 1452 and it was perfect - second floor corner room, garden view, close to everything and yet very quiet. Check-in was easy and our room was ready at 11:30am when we arrived. Landscaping was gorgeous and we loved walking around the resort. We had no problem with storage space and didn't even use all of it (2 adults, 3 kids). We didn't have any problems with slipping on the tiled floor but our 4 year old son did ask why there was no carpet there! The kids loved the pull-down bed and took turns sleeping on it. Housekeeping was adequate, but nothing special. We had a Mickey shape made with 3 towels on the bed when we arrived, but that was it (and we tipped every day). We only used the main pool and loved it. DH would bring lunch over from the food court and we'd sit at the tables near the bar to enjoy lunch and drinks while the kids swam. The food court was always busy and on our last day we waited over 1/2 hour for some fish to find out they had forgotten to put it down so we were comped 2 qs service meals without even asking. All CM's were super friendly.

The only downside was the POR busses at night. Lines always seemed to be the longest for this resort and the busses the least frequent. After the first two nights we decided to try taking the French Quarter bus and that worked out much better and we ended up doing that the rest of the trip. Lines for French Quarter were nonexistent, busses were frequent, we didn't need to stand on the bus, and we enjoyed the 10 minute walk along the river back to Riverside. Not sure why POR bus lines were always so long.

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Old 02-15-2013, 05:52 AM   #102
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Andre-are there only certain sections or building where once can get connecting rooms? Thanks!
They are all over the resort, around 50% of rooms have connecting doors.

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I have a question about the buses for Port Orleans Riverside. We stayed at Coronado Springs and we were quite far from the main building. In the mornings we were able to go to the nearest bus stop and the bus would always stop at the main bus stop. We could then go to the food court for breakfast. We could then use the main bus stop to head to the parks.
POR buses do not always work that way, no - and especially in the mornings. Sometimes buses do the South Depot first and then do the outlying stops, while other times it's the outer loop first and then the South. Honestly, I'd just walk from pretty much any room, it'll never be quicker by bus (try it one time maybe, split up and try both options and see who gets their breakfast first ). Put in a request for a room fairly close to the main buildings anyway, that should help.

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I've been trying to read every post to avoid asking the same questions that have already been asked, but I'm afraid I may have missed something I'm wondering about. Is everyone getting a response to the room requests that they are faxing in? And if so, about how long does it usually take? 3 more sleeps and then we'll be at POR!
See the FAQ in the very first post, which says:

They may contact you about your requests, but don’t worry if you don’t get any confirmation back.

You could contact Venomhatch about checking that your fax has at least been received if you wish.

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Old 02-15-2013, 07:04 AM   #103
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To avoid the issue with the busses at night; I started ending my evening at a resort. I take the bus to DTD; never waited more than 10 or 15 minutes for one - and then took the water taxi back to the resort.

The water taxis run every ten minutes from 4 pm until 11:00 pm, so you are never waiting very long.

Of course, I usually get diverted by the Christmas shop....ugh.
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New Thread, awesome!!!

I have 98 days left until our trip!!! So excited! I was looking over the maps this morning trying to decide what building I want most to be in. We booked a garden view and was thinking originally I would request building 16 or 17 (want AB)... but after looking over the map again today it looks like building 38 is actually settled quite nicely near a bus depot and close to ol' man island (way closer than 16 or 17, judging by the map). Would anyone know about how far of a walk building 38 is away from the main building? Also if we want to get to the parks early (going for EMH and an early ADR) would we be better off going to the main bus depot? Or do the buses pick up that early at every depot. We're not worried about the walk time, but we'll be pushing a double stroller and don't want to tire ourselves out BEFORE getting to the parks!

I'm thinking I'll plan to make my request for building 38, 16 or 17 in that order. We also would prefer ground floor since we'll have that stroller to haul around. Do you think that would be a good request?


We stayed in Building 39 Feb 2011...we loved the location. It was very quiet...we had the quiet pool to ourself most of the time. The laundry was right there...the bus was a quick walk through the trees...and it was only about a 5 minute leisurely stroll to Ole Man Island and the main building. POR is probably one of our favorite resorts.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:17 AM   #105
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I just booked a package at POR for the end of May. There will be 5 in our party. I really wanted a preferred room but there wasnt any availability under the spring promo.
My question is this:
It it unrealistic to make a building request for one of the preferred buildings when I'm only booked in a garden view? I don't mind paying the difference in the room I just really want to be near the main building. Do they ever grant requests from one room catg. like gardenview to another like preferred?

Any other suggestions as to what to request to try to get close to the main buildings?

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