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Old 06-07-2014, 09:49 PM   #1636
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Arriving at Night

My husband and I are taking a very late flight to Orlando, and we'll probably arrive at POR around 12:30-1 am. Has anyone come in this late? How does the Magical Express work at night? Is the POR front desk a lot less busy at that time? I would imagine it would be... I'm just wondering how smoothly things will go. Are requests for rooms more difficult to get at night since most people are already settled in rooms by then? That's my major concern. I don't want to get stuck in the far corner of AB, far away from buses, marina, food court, etc. just because that's the only thing open at that point. We do plan to go through all the steps of faxing a request and online check-in, and I've already requested Magnolia Terrace over the phone.
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Old 06-07-2014, 10:02 PM   #1637
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As for Magical Express for arrivals after 10pm, you pick up your own baggage from baggage claim and bring it with you to the buses. It may take awhile to get to your resort as there are less buses running at that time of night, and when we did it recently they wait for a bus to fill. Seamless process, but takes longer than daytime. Check in will be relatively quick as not many people in lobby
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Old 06-07-2014, 10:13 PM   #1638
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They wont wait all night or anything for the bus to fill up. They have a max wait time. I think the one time when we lived in VA and we went late, they waited 30 minutes max before they went ahead to the resorts filled up or not.
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Old 06-07-2014, 10:27 PM   #1639
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I'm not sure what happened but I responded right after your post about the trial run they are doing with check in and it's didn't post. ??? I also had a question about buses.....guess I'll ask it again.


Can anyone give me an idea of how the buses run at POR? I love the way the buses run at Coronado Springs Resort and wondered if they work in a similar fashion.

The way CSR buses work....the bus hits the second bus stop first, then third and then fourth being the last before heading to the front of the resort to the main building which is obviously the first bus stop, but it's last on the route, if that makes a darn lick of sense.
I like staying in one of the rooms closest to the fourth bust stop because this way I'm closest to the main pool and the last stop before reaching the front. I don't know why this works for me, but it does.

Is there a routine bus route at POR? Do they stop at POR first or POFQ? Do they go to a certain number bus stop first and or is it always the main building first and then so on, or is it totally random? I've read through a lot of the thread and can't seem to find anything on this, there is information about how unreliable the buses are when being picked up, but beyond that I haven't found anything. If this is predictable information it would be so helpful to us readers to have it on the main first page. Great job on the amount of information that there is by the way. The page is beautiful.
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Old 06-07-2014, 10:47 PM   #1640
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My husband and I are taking a very late flight to Orlando, and we'll probably arrive at POR around 12:30-1 am. Has anyone come in this late?
How does the Magical Express work at night? Is the POR front desk a lot less busy at that time? I would imagine it would be... I'm just wondering how smoothly things will go. Are requests for rooms more difficult to get at night since most people are already settled in rooms by then? That's my major concern. I don't want to get stuck in the far corner of AB, far away from buses, marina, food court, etc. just because that's the only thing open at that point. We do plan to go through all the steps of faxing a request and online check-in, and I've already requested Magnolia Terrace over the phone.
What I share is only from our experience. We came in pretty late one time and we just made sure not to put our yellow tags on our luggage and picked it up ourselves and then brought it to the ME desk with us, we took it out with us to put on the bus before we boarded, it's pretty easy.
Coming in late stinks since there is no where to eat that late (be sure to eat dinner at your last stop or bring it with you on the plane), but the desk will be virtually empty other than the CM's that are working.
And because of this, things will go very smoothly.
I will say that one way to ensure your room location and possible requests is to do early check in, I think this is a more sure way to get a room request than anything else we've tried in the past. I'm not saying it will guarantee your location but since they usually assign these rooms first you will have your room ready from almost first thing that morning. Every time I've checked in with early check in, our room was ready first thing in the morning when we got there (probably doesn't happen all the time-but it did for all four resorts we stayed at on our last trip in May of 2013). Now, that doesn't mean they may not switch it around with other people's request through out the day since you're coming in later, but at least you'll have a better chance than if you wait for when you get there. Good luck!
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Old 06-08-2014, 02:37 AM   #1641
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Hello! We're staying at POR in late June and are planning to eat at Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney. How frequent is the boat service from POR to Downtown Disney? What would be the best route from Downtown Disney to the Magic Kingdom using only Disney transportation?
Boats run every 20 minutes, switching to 10 minutes after 4pm. At busy times expect to probably not get on the first boat that comes along.

Getting to the parks from DTD is not very easy as there are no direct buses. I assume this was done to prevent people using DTD as an easier parking option for visits to the parks - although with the current construction at DTD I suspect it would more likely happen the other way around now!

You would need to go to a resort and then change to get to the park. For MK, get a bus to the Contemporary and walk from there direct to the park. Similarly for Epcot, get a bus to the Beach Club and walk via the International Gateway. Studios is a longer walk, but you could still go to the Swan/Dolphin and walk, but it might be quicker to just take a second bus. For AK I'd have thought changing at AK Lodge makes the most sense, but if another bus arrives sooner for somewhere along the general route (e.g. Caribbean Beach or Coronado Springs, or one of the Values) then you might want to jump on that.


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Can anyone give me an idea of how the buses run at POR? I love the way the buses run at Coronado Springs Resort and wondered if they work in a similar fashion.
Is there a routine bus route at POR? Do they stop at POR first or POFQ? Do they go to a certain number bus stop first and or is it always the main building first and then so on, or is it totally random?
It's not totally random, but it's not exactly predictable either, and it varies somewhat by park destination. Rather than repeating myself again, most of my understanding of the system (for what that's worth) can be found at www.portorleans.org/buses.php.

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Old 06-08-2014, 09:02 AM   #1642
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Here now....in Acadian House, in the way back by the parking lot. The resort is as lovely as always. I was disappointed that I wasn't notified when my room was ready tho. But, that's happened at other resorts as well. Checked in at 8:15, dropped our bags will Bell Services, and headed to DHS. Got back around 3:30 to find that our room had been ready for quite awhile. No biggie. Son and his wife drove over from Tampa and we took the boat to DTD for dinner, then back again. As usual, very nice way to get around. Did forget about not sitting on that back row tho....behind is a little sore today! A lot of engine vibration back there.
Food court was fine this morning....very pleasant CMs. The morning walk for coffee and pastries was really nice....quiet and peaceful.
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Old 06-08-2014, 10:44 AM   #1643
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January is soooo far away :(

This is my first time posting to this board. My husband and I signed up for the Dopey in 2015. We have only been to DW one other time -last Christmas we stayed at CBR. We are booked to stay at POR 1/6-1/16 in a Royal Room standard view. I want to change it to a garden view and add a couple days -hoping I still can since I know it books up quick. We are crazy excited and I've been reading everything on here I can to prepare.

I do have one question. I have noticed the more common complaint is about the buses and transportation. Has anyone stayed there for a marathon or if anyone knows how that transportation differs from the regular. I know they start the bus services at 3am and we plan on being there at that time. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. We are pretty chill people but I want to make sure we make it to the races.

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Old 06-08-2014, 11:52 PM   #1644
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Checked out today from a weekend at POR! We loved the RR's and the fireworks above the bed were perfect! My friend's DD's loved pressing the buttons all day every day! Housekeeping was good, they left extra towels and shampoo/conditioner as requested.

When I checked in my fridge did not latch so they brought a new one and without checking later in the night, I went to get my breakfast out yesterday and everything was warm It was plugged in but not working either. I did let them know at the front desk and they credited my account $25 which was appreciated! The food court was 3x busier starting on Saturday and Today as opposed to Friday. It took my friends almost 45 mins at 7pm tonight to get pizza and pasta (no groups were there, just lots of families like us).

We said we loved RR's and the location of PP but we did say we'd never stay for an extended period of time bc of the buses. It seemed like a lot of guests used the main building bus stop to get off and on. The line to MK this morning at 7:45am was almost to the lobby and was past the 2nd station when we got off at 6pm. CMs were there tracking and we saw so many buses waiting to be dispatched in the parking lot but none seemed to come. We waited about 30 mins this morning and my friends waited about 45 mins from MK Friday night. When we left MK today the bus was nearly full and we begged to get on as we knew it probably had been a while since a bus had come…thankfully we were let on! We stay at WDW about every other month and have had better buses at POP, AoA, POFQ, and CSR…not sure what's going on at POR though.

Other than that, we had a great stay and would love to go back to the RR's again!
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:31 AM   #1645
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Just got back. Enjoyed POR very much. Stayed in Mansion buildings gorgeous!




Totally recommend. Friendly staff, pretty resort, great food court. No negatives. Didn't use transport though had car.
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We only have 223 days to go but who's counting. Ha Ha. I love to come here to get my Disney and POR fix. I love reading about everyone experiences at the resort. Hope everyone enjoys their visits.
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We only have 223 days to go but who's counting. Ha Ha. I love to come here to get my Disney and POR fix. I love reading about everyone experiences at the resort. Hope everyone enjoys their visits.

I'm at 211 and on this and Disney sites every day. I think I have a problem. My poor husband suffers so much. But I just can't not be crazy happy I get to go back. Seriously thought last Christmas was a once in a lifetime trip. But it wasn't
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Old 06-10-2014, 01:36 AM   #1648
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So how many of you go back to the resort in the afternoons? We loved our afternoon swim breaks at the Poly, but it was so fast and easy to get back. Any estimates on time spent on the bus coming back to the resort during the day and then going back to a park in the evening? Is it worth it to do so?

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So how many of you go back to the resort in the afternoons? We loved our afternoon swim breaks at the Poly, but it was so fast and easy to get back. Any estimates on time spent on the bus coming back to the resort during the day and then going back to a park in the evening? Is it worth it to do so?

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We've always found it worthwhile.

MK ~ 15 minutes
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So how many of you go back to the resort in the afternoons? We loved our afternoon swim breaks at the Poly, but it was so fast and easy to get back. Any estimates on time spent on the bus coming back to the resort during the day and then going back to a park in the evening? Is it worth it to do so?

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We've always found it worthwhile.

MK ~ 15 minutes
HS and Epcot ~ 10-12 minutes
AK ~ 18-19 minutes
Quoting both of these, We did it more when we visited for longer amounts of days say like a 8 or 9 day stay versus only a 7 or less. Now since we live here it has gotten even more frequent because we really don't have to worry about leaving WDW behind when we leave. I'll turn around and see it the next day of work.
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