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Old 04-01-2009, 07:35 PM   #631
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I just cant wait. POFQ just looks so awesome.
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Old 04-06-2009, 05:28 PM   #632
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DH and I spent our honeymoon at POFQ in 1993 and we stayed at POR with our kids in 2000. We are psyched to bring our boys here (they are now 14 and 12) and I hope we will all have a great time!
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Old 04-06-2009, 10:10 PM   #633
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Question from an obsessive planner...

Hello! I am in the midst of planning every detail of our upcoming trip to Disney to celebrate our daughter's 3rd birthday May 27-June 3rd. We are doing the regular dining plan, and I have made reservations for just about every character meal (definitely catering to the little birthday princess!!) We recently switched to POFQ from CBR because I was worried that CBR would just be too massive for us. So hopefully we made the right decision. From all of these posts I have been reading, it seems to have been just that! All of the photos of POFQ are beautiful! And I think we will love the boat to DD. Overall, the small size of the resort will be nice when carrying back an exhausted toddler! I have read through all of these posts, which have given me a wealth of information- so thanks to everyone! I do have a couple of questions that I haven't come across answers to (I apologize if they were already answered and I missed them!). First of all, I am wondering about the cost of basic grocery supplies at the Jackson Square shop- ie milk, bread, PB, cereal, snacks. I know we will need such things to tide DD over, and we were hoping to eat a light breakfast in the room prior to hitting the parks in the morning. So I'm trying to decide if I should pick these items up at the resort or use gardengrocer.com. ANy opinions? ANy ideas how much these items cost at the resort? Secondly, will the campfire at POR be going on during our stay, or does this only run through March? Finally, is there a butterfly garden at POR? ANy information on this? DD would love it! Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:53 AM   #634
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You can pick up the sorts of groceries you mention at the resort store, but as with any hotel shop it's not cheap! It is still cheaper than buying from the food court, though. However you could get the same stuff elsewhere for a lot less, and keep it in your room if you like (there is a fridge for milk, yoghurt, etc). A lot of people do this, especially with milk & cereals. We do this sometimes, but personally I think getting breakfast from the food court (even if you take it back to your room) is part of the fun.

The campfire at POR is meant to be seasonal, ending in March, but I've not heard any recent confirmation of this - maybe they'll continue it this year? One issue with running it in the summer would be that it gets dark later and it strikes me as being a dusk/evening activity.

There certainly used to be a butterfly garden at POR, just behind Acadian House, but I've not been able to track it down recently and several cast members looked at me completely blankly when I asked them about it. I suspect that is has no longer been officially maintained, but if the plants are still there then they should still attract butterflies. Has anyone found it recently, or can locate exactly where it was located?

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Thanks andrewilley for the reply. As we will not have a car, and are completely dependent on Disney transportation, I was trying to figure out the best way to get a few staples. Do you think the prices are inflated enough in the resort store to warrant the $12 delivery fee for gardengrocer delivery? The $12 fee definitely seems cheaper than a cab fare would be, and from my understanding there are no grocery stores within walking distance of POFQ, DD, etc? We will be on the lookout for the butterfly garden during our trip!
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Thanks andrewilley for the reply. As we will not have a car, and are completely dependent on Disney transportation, I was trying to figure out the best way to get a few staples. Do you think the prices are inflated enough in the resort store to warrant the $12 delivery fee for gardengrocer delivery? The $12 fee definitely seems cheaper than a cab fare would be, and from my understanding there are no grocery stores within walking distance of POFQ, DD, etc? We will be on the lookout for the butterfly garden during our trip!

I agree the $12 fee will definitely be cheaper than a taxi cab to and from the grocery store. I honestly don't know how inflated the prices at the hotel would be though.
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There certainly used to be a butterfly garden at POR, just behind Acadian House, but I've not been able to track it down recently and several cast members looked at me completely blankly when I asked them about it. I suspect that is has no longer been officially maintained, but if the plants are still there then they should still attract butterflies. Has anyone found it recently, or can locate exactly where it was located?

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I hope it is still there. I wanted to take DS3 who loves the butterfly exhibit at our local zoo.
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I hope it is still there. I wanted to take DS3 who loves the butterfly exhibit at our local zoo.

Wow, you leave tomorrow!! I hope you have a great time!!!
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I hope it is still there. I wanted to take DS3 who loves the butterfly exhibit at our local zoo.
I'm sure you'll have a fabulous time anyway, and I'd love to know if you manage to find the butterfly garden or at least a cast member who can show you exactly where it was.

Even if you don't find it, the Epcot Flower & Garden festival, which is on at the moment, has Minnie’s Magnificent Butterfly Garden where "hundreds of butterflies will flit inside a walk-through screened enclosure that includes a live exhibit showing how caterpillars form a chrysalis and emerge as butterflies."

Have fun!

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Can anyone confirm whether POFQ has somewhere to store luggage till we re able to check in? We ll be arriving there mid morning but have been told check in does nt open till 4 . So we just need somewhere to store our cases whilst we re going round the parks for a few hours until we can come back & check in
Any info will be greatly appreciated
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Can anyone confirm whether POFQ has somewhere to store luggage till we re able to check in? We ll be arriving there mid morning but have been told check in does nt open till 4 . So we just need somewhere to store our cases whilst we re going round the parks for a few hours until we can come back & check in
Any info will be greatly appreciated
I believe they do. I know all of the Disney hotels I have stayed at from value to deluxe allow you to store luggage until you are able to check in. I haven't stayed at POFQ yet but I don't see why they shouldn't!
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Can anyone confirm whether POFQ has somewhere to store luggage till we re able to check in? We ll be arriving there mid morning but have been told check in does nt open till 4 . So we just need somewhere to store our cases whilst we re going round the parks for a few hours until we can come back & check in
Any info will be greatly appreciated
Yes--they will keep it while you're at the parks! You can also check in and get your keys with tickets on them, and they can tell you your room number when you return. That's what we did last time (at a different resort, but I think they all do this)
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Can anyone confirm whether POFQ has somewhere to store luggage till we re able to check in? We ll be arriving there mid morning but have been told check in does nt open till 4 . So we just need somewhere to store our cases whilst we re going round the parks for a few hours until we can come back & check in
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You don't have to wait until 4PM to check in at POFQ. You can check in as soon as you arrive, but your room may not be ready yet.

If your room is ready you can take your luggage directly to your room and leave it, and then go on to the parks.

If your room is not ready you will be given a card with a phone number on it you can call from the parks to find out if your room is ready and what the room number is. Then you can take your luggage to baggage claims office after you check in.

ETA - Unless you have an annual pass, your park admission will be on your room key card. In other words, you can't get into any park unless you have checked in and everyone has their room key/park admission card. Since you are from the UK its not likely you have an annual pass. So just dropping your bags at the baggage claims office without checking in will not get you into the parks.

The baggage office is located near where the Magical Express drops you off. The person at baggage claims who assists you will count your bags to be checked in, and the number will be noted on a receipt you will be given. Then you can go on to the parks and have some fun.

So, besides your room key/park admission cards (these look a bit like credit cards), you will have two paper cards to keep track of: 1) the card you were given at check-in with the phone number to call to find out if your room is ready, and 2) the receipt from the baggage office when you checked in your bags.

Later in the day, when you are ready to return to POFQ you can call the number on the card you were handed at check in. If you are told your room is ready you will also be given your room number (make sure you write it down on the card) and you can return to POFQ and go straight to your room; your room key card will work without needing to stop back at check in. Once in your room you will find the telephone number for the baggage office on the telephone (it will also be on the receipt you were given when you checked your bags), and you can call to have your bags delivered. Please remember to tip the delivery person $1 per bag. Or, if you prefer, you can return to the baggage claims office yourselves to re-claim your bags, but I can tell you that after an afternoon slogging around in the parks the last thing I want to do is some more walking and this time with luggage.

Guess you can tell we've done this a time or two.

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You don't have to wait until 4PM to check in at POFQ. You can check in as soon as you arrive, but your room may not be ready yet.

If your room is ready you can take your luggage directly to your room and leave it, and then go on to the parks.

If your room is not ready you will be given a card with a phone number on it you can call from the parks to find out if your room is ready and what the room number is. Then you can take your luggage to baggage claims office after you check in.

ETA - Unless you have an annual pass, your park admission will be on your room key card. In other words, you can't get into any park unless you have checked in and everyone has their room key/park admission card. Since you are from the UK its not likely you have an annual pass. So just dropping your bags at the baggage claims office without checking in will not get you into the parks.

The baggage office is located near where the Magical Express drops you off. The person at baggage claims who assists you will count your bags to be checked in, and the number will be noted on a receipt you will be given. Then you can go on to the parks and have some fun.

So, besides your room key/park admission cards (these look a bit like credit cards), you will have two paper cards to keep track of: 1) the card you were given at check-in with the phone number to call to find out if your room is ready, and 2) the receipt from the baggage office when you checked in your bags.

Later in the day, when you are ready to return to POFQ you can call the number on the card you were handed at check in. If you are told your room is ready you will also be given your room number (make sure you write it down on the card) and you can return to POFQ and go straight to your room; your room key card will work without needing to stop back at check in. Once in your room you will find the telephone number for the baggage office on the telephone (it will also be on the receipt you were given when you checked your bags), and you can call to have your bags delivered. Please remember to tip the delivery person $1 per bag. Or, if you prefer, you can return to the baggage claims office yourselves to re-claim your bags, but I can tell you that after an afternoon slogging around in the parks the last thing I want to do is some more walking and this time with luggage.

Guess you can tell we've done this a time or two.
Thanks for the great advice

We re both annual pass holders, was given annual passes as a wedding gift from Disney so we can go straight in to the parks
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