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Old 05-07-2013, 04:53 PM   #3166
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Early breakfast reservations are why they start so early.
Correct. The main bulk of the bus services do start about an hour before park opening, but there are earlier buses provided for early breakfasts.

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Old 05-07-2013, 04:55 PM   #3167
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I've made packing a power strip standard when we travel.
I have several power strips in our Owner's Locker (I bring UK ones to plug all our stuff into).

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Old 05-07-2013, 06:26 PM   #3168
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Our DME stuff came from our TA today!! (But alas, no true "Mickey Mail" since we are a room only reservation).

And add me to the list of those who always packs a power strip too I like everything in one place so I can just grab them in the AM and not forget anything!
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:39 PM   #3169
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Awesome picture. Makes me even more excited to get there!

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That is an awesome view!! We have a river view booked and have requested Magnolia Terrace for our upcoming trip. Hope we have a nice view like yours.


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Old 05-07-2013, 07:46 PM   #3170
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We got home late Saturday night from our first trip to POR. We absolutely loved it! I didn't miss staying in a deluxe resort at all. We were in AB in building 16 and it was great. I did send a request with some help from Venom, and we got what we requested (close to main building, first floor, corner room - much easier for husband who is visually impaired). It worked out great! As a bonus, we were very close to a quiet pool and an easy walk to the bus stop. We just loved everything about it! We took the boat to Downtown Disney and back 3 times. It was a really nice ride! We also walked to FQ once and it was such a pretty walk. We made great use of the quiet pool and also went to Ol' Man Island to try out the slide and the hot tub a couple of times. Tried out Muddy Rivers while there too. We ate in Riverside Mill twice and found it to be really good. Clean, good selection, fast service.

I was nervous about the busses because I have heard they can be hit or miss (although, I think that can be said about any resort. It was certainly the case when I have stayed at GF). We had all hits! The longest we ever waited was maybe 15 minutes, and most often a less than that. One morning we got to the bus stop at about 8:30 just as a MK bus pulled up. Instead of getting on and standing we decided to wait for the next bus. I checked the time and it was only 4 minutes before another pulled up. I have to say, there were several times that we stood on a bus on the way home from a park and only one time did anyone offer a seat to my blind husband. That was a bummer, but what can you do!

Besides being nervous about the busses, I was nervous about storage space too. It ended up not being a problem for us. Each of the girls took a drawer under the murphy bed. My husband and I had our clothes on the shelve in the "closet" and we all hung a few things. One of the girls also had some things on one of the selves below the coffee maker and another under the night stand. There was plenty of room under the sink and on the shelve over the sinks for toiletries. It worked out just fine, and that was with 5 people.

All in all, we couldn't have been happier with the resort. The landscaping in AB was so pretty! We would stay there again in a heartbeat! Thank you so much to Andre for maintaining this thread and the awesome POR website! And thanks to Venom too for all the work on this thread and the fax template. I miss POR already. Guess I need to start thinking about the next trip!
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:56 PM   #3171
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Do the early busses go to all the stops or is one better than another to be at? We have to early ADR's in the parks.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:32 PM   #3172
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Is there a freezer in the refrigerator? I wanted to bring a cooler with ice packs for my toddlers milk and food....I wasnt sure if the refrigerator, being that its a mini one, had a freezer. Thanks! Sorry if this question was asked before. I tried looking but didnt come across it.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:55 PM   #3173
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Is there a freezer in the refrigerator? I wanted to bring a cooler with ice packs for my toddlers milk and food....I wasnt sure if the refrigerator, being that its a mini one, had a freezer. Thanks! Sorry if this question was asked before. I tried looking but didnt come across it.
No, there are no freezers. The very first post has a lot of info about rooms and amenitites.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:55 PM   #3174
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Do the early busses go to all the stops or is one better than another to be at? We have to early ADR's in the parks.
We're here now. They're supposed to go to all the stops. But I'd much rather just walk to the South Depot and know for sure that we were not getting passed over.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:12 PM   #3175
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We're here now. They're supposed to go to all the stops. But I'd much rather just walk to the South Depot and know for sure that we were not getting passed over.
Even though we are a little closer to the east depot, this is what we have done as well. There have been a couple busses we have been on at South Depot that do not go to the other stops in the morning because they are full.

That being said, the walk to the south depot is not very far, unless you are in the farthest building in Royal rooms, or maybe a couple in AB, its really not much of a walk.

Of course, take into consideration little ones you may have as well.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:33 PM   #3176
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Is there a freezer in the refrigerator? I wanted to bring a cooler with ice packs for my toddlers milk and food....I wasnt sure if the refrigerator, being that its a mini one, had a freezer. Thanks! Sorry if this question was asked before. I tried looking but didnt come across it.
There aren't freezers in the room fridge but a friend of mine said they went to concierge and they actually stuck their ice packs in the freezer for them overnight. So if you don't mind going to pick them up that might be an option for you
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:21 PM   #3177
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Is there a freezer in the refrigerator? I wanted to bring a cooler with ice packs for my toddlers milk and food....I wasnt sure if the refrigerator, being that its a mini one, had a freezer. Thanks! Sorry if this question was asked before. I tried looking but didnt come across it.
We just got back - great stay, room exactly what we requested! For some reason, POR is the only resort other than the FW cabins that I get a great night sleep in because they r so quiet:-) and other than these 2 resorts we have only stayed in deluxes & DVCs & I dont't seem to get good, sleep in them, strange (so why waste $$ on a deluxe LOL!)... anyway to answer your question, it depends on the room regarding the frig. When we got there our frig was barely cold and the back was frozen over. I called housekeeping and a CM was there to check it within 10 min. About 10 min later they came in with a brand spanking new refrigerator with a little mini freezer in it! Now this is not the norm but he said these are the replacement refrigerators they are using now. I put our ice packs in them and they froze pretty quickly;-)
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:51 PM   #3178
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Our fridge was not cooling our stuff very well, the fridge actually felt quite warm.

We did the trick we have read here and a few other places, crack the cabinet the fridge is in open, now its running very well and the milk, and beer, are very cold.
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I'm bringing a small power strip that also has USB ports. There are 3 iPods, 2 iPhones, 1 camera, a battery charger, and 3 DS games for us to plug in. Better be safe.
You taught me something-- I didn't know those existed!! There is one on its way to me from amazon. Thank you!!
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You taught me something-- I didn't know those existed!! There is one on its way to me from amazon. Thank you!!
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