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Old 03-13-2013, 08:43 AM   #1201
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I agree totally on this, I read the one comment last night and couldn't believe it, I think that it is good to hear both the good and the bad of stays, it could happen anywhere, Disney isn't exempt.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:47 AM   #1202
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On the one for Magnolia Bend (because that's where I'm hoping to stay, I keep looking at it), you show room 8746 as a Standard View, but 8546 which is right below it on the 1st floor, shows Garden View. How is this possible?
I guess most likely due to some obstruction which only effects the upper floor (a large tree for example)? There are a few other rooms like this, such as ones under stairwells which don't give you a good view of the gardens.

They do re-check periodically to ensure that the categories are accurate, and the room assignment manger actually has a set of photos of the views from every single room in the resort to help him. They thinned out and removed a few trees around the resort recently too, which were starting to obstruct river views for example.


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Oh and another question...is it unreasonable to request Magnolia Terrace building, 2nd floor, corner room in a standard view? Is that asking too much?
It can't hurt to ask, you're only asking for three things after all. It might be an idea to prioritise them though.


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On a related note, our last night of our trip we have a late-ish (around 7pm) ADR for Kouzzina. After, would it make sense to go from there to DTD and take the boat to get back to POR?
That would work. Or if it's within an hour of Studios closing, take a Friendship boat to the Studios and a bus back to POR from there. DTD bus journeys can be some of the longer ones, so if there's a shorter route it might help.

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Old 03-13-2013, 08:50 AM   #1203
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With everything else that has been happening on this board, didn't know if anyone else knew this answer.
I did see an answer about using foil balloons, but maybe it got caught up in the purge? However I'm not sure that the POR aircons actually have motion sensors, ours seemed to just respond to the thermostat only.

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I probably shouldn't have caught up on the the thread this morning while eating breakfast.

Andre - I do have a question about your room maps. On the one for Magnolia Bend (because that's where I'm hoping to stay, I keep looking at it), you show room 8746 as a Standard View, but 8546 which is right below it on the 1st floor, shows Garden View. How is this possible? Thanks again for creating and maintaining that site. It is so great for planning a PO stay.
Also I do have pictures from even on the third floor of magnolia that do not have all that great clear views of the river that might be why. There is a lot of trees in their court yard.
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Thanks Andre

I was hoping you'd say that, I would rather deal with a thermostat that I can turn up or down, not worry if I have to get up every hour or so in the middle of the night and do jumping jacks to get the air going again (DS is 15 and I dealt with getting up every hour or so a long time ago)
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I guess most likely due to some obstruction which only effects the upper floor (a large tree for example)? There are a few other rooms like this, such as ones under stairwells which don't give you a good view of the gardens.

They do re-check periodically to ensure that the categories are accurate, and the room assignment manger actually has a set of photos of the views from every single room in the resort to help him. They thinned out and removed a few trees around the resort recently too, which were starting to obstruct river views for example.


It can't hurt to ask, you're only asking for three things after all. It might be an idea to prioritise them though.



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Ok, that makes sense. I was just thinking it looked odd to have that one room listed as Standard in a sea of garden views. But I didn't think of obstructed view.

And thanks for the info on requests. I think the way I typed it is actually in the order of our preference too. In fact, I'm pretty sure that my TA put Magnolia Terrace and 2nd floor on our original reservation. I didn't think of the corner room until I saw a photo of it somewhere.
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I did see an answer about using foil balloons, but maybe it got caught up in the purge? However I'm not sure that the POR aircons actually have motion sensors, ours seemed to just respond to the thermostat only.

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Yeah POR is thermostat only. If it is off when you came into the room from a park day or something it is because mouse keeping turned it off.

Places like poly, GF, SSR, have a selective motion sensor but we used a Mickey balloon to fool that.
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Yeah POR is thermostat only. If it is off when you came into the room from a park day or something it is because mouse keeping turned it off.

Places like poly, GF, SSR, have a selective motion sensor but we used a Mickey balloon to fool that.
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Yeah POR is thermostat only. If it is off when you came into the room from a park day or something it is because mouse keeping turned it off.

Places like poly, GF, SSR, have a selective motion sensor but we used a Mickey balloon to fool that.
So the POR thermostat doesn't require the motion override? We had that issue at CR before we read up on what to push to override it. There's nothing like waking up at 3 am in mid June in a sweat because the A/C has been off for 3 hours...
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So the POR thermostat doesn't require the motion override? We had that issue at CR before we read up on what to push to override it. There's nothing like waking up at 3 am in mid June in a sweat because the A/C has been off for 3 hours...
Ours stayed on all the time and we didn't override anything. I have to say I was disappointed in one thing I thought I would be ok without it, but I miss the ceiling fan in the royal rooms.
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Yeah POR is thermostat only. If it is off when you came into the room from a park day or something it is because mouse keeping turned it off.

Places like poly, GF, SSR, have a selective motion sensor but we used a Mickey balloon to fool that.
This will be great for us. Everywhere else we have stayed has had the motion activated theromstats that we have had to bypass. You cannot manually bypass the ones at AoA like you can many of the others, and a balloon doesn't provide enough motion to keep the air on overnight. We had to have mantainance come, take the panel covering the unit off, and hook up a computerized switch to bypass it. They had to come back every 72 hours to do it agian becuase it would reset. With our allregies, we would all have sinus infections by the end of the trip if we didn't keep air moving at night.
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Ours stayed on all the time and we didn't override anything. I have to say I was disappointed in one thing I thought I would be ok without it, but I miss the ceiling fan in the royal rooms.
Did POR used to have them? (My brain is so foggy about this place since it has been over 7 years since we stayed here... I remember thinking it was pretty and I remember the noisy elevators in Oak Manor but everything else specific is a blur.)

I confess, I hate ceiling fans since I don't like the feeling of them blowing on me when I sleep (I know, its strange...)
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Ours stayed on all the time and we didn't override anything. I have to say I was disappointed in one thing I thought I would be ok without it, but I miss the ceiling fan in the royal rooms.
And this is the exact reason why I stalked the Disney site hoping for a non-Royal room to open up with the Spring rate when we wanted to stay. I wonder why they took the ceiling fan out for those rooms?
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Ours stayed on all the time and we didn't override anything. I have to say I was disappointed in one thing I thought I would be ok without it, but I miss the ceiling fan in the royal rooms.
Is there a ceiling fan in the other rooms? I have to say the fan is actually important to us.
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I disliked messing with the A/C in our Royal Room. I kept a hand towel over the vents to keep it from blowing right on us at night. It was very cold and when we turned up the temp a little we had a burning smell because it turns on the heat. The kids and I ended up with a head cold by the last day of our trip from the cold, dry air in the room.
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