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Old 02-06-2012, 01:14 PM   #1
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Port Orleans Riverside Room Location Request

I would like to be in Magnolia Bend rather than Alligator Bayou.

Has anyone had success requesting and getting the section they wanted?

Has anyone requested a certain section of the resort and not gotten the section they wanted?
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:05 PM   #2
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Last summer we stayed in Magnolia Terrace and were downstairs. We just requested MT, but no special views, since we aren't in the room enough. But for us being downstairs and close to the pathways to the lobby, main pool, and bus stop was very helpful. We also prefer the Mansions, so I would say request either Magnolia Terrace or Acadian House (preferably MT). For us views aren't worth the extra money, all that matters is how close you are to the places you need to get to. Magnolia Terrace is a beautiful location and I am sure you will enjoy it! When booking and checking in I would make sure to request a building, it will double your chances of getting the building/room you want. When we do this it always seems to work out to our advantage. Wishing you the best of luck!
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:47 AM   #3
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On our trip back in Oct'10 we had requested to be in Mansion section, had it noted on our reservation and even asked upon checkin but we ended up in lodge 38 AB section. We still had a fantastic vacation.
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:02 AM   #4
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There are only two sections in POR - Magnolia Bend (mansions) and AB.

If you are a family of 5, you are guaranteed to be in AB.

If you book preferred room, you are guaranteed to be in AB.

If you book RR, you are guaranteed to be in one of two buildings in Magnolia Bend.

After that, you will request being in the mansions.

That being said, I have always requested being in the Mansions and always get it. It is best to request Mansions, rather than a specific building. That broadens your request.

At check-in, if you are given a room in AB, reiterate your requests to the CM and tell them you don't mind waiting for an available room in the mansions. With the new computer system, the CM is now looking at the first available room. Sometimes the room assigner does locate you in a different section, but the CM may be able to give you a room later in the day that is available in the area you wish to stay in. That is depending on how busy they are, they may/may not be able to do so.

As the PP stated, you can still end up in AB and have a wonderful time. With the refurbishments, the rooms in AB are no longer as "rustic" as they used to be and are actually quite nice, just as nice as the mansions to be specific. That is one of the reasons why most people specifically say they want to be in the mansions, but IMHO it is now a moot point.

I would stay at either section.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:16 AM   #5
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I've stayed at POR twice and requested mansions both times and received it with no problem. I'll be interested to see if people have trouble getting in the mansions now since two of the mansion buildings have since been converted to royal rooms, leaving the mansion inventory smaller for regular rooms. The only way to be guaranteed a mansion room is to book a royal room, as PP said.

I was never a fan of the AB decor which is why I requested the mansions but after seeing the AB refurbishments, I may request AB next time. A little more drastic of a change than the mansions, IMO, and I actually like the look now.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:32 AM   #6
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I've stayed at POR twice and requested mansions both times and received it with no problem. I'll be interested to see if people have trouble getting in the mansions now since two of the mansion buildings have since been converted to royal rooms, leaving the mansion inventory smaller for regular rooms. The only way to be guaranteed a mansion room is to book a royal room, as PP said.

I was never a fan of the AB decor which is why I requested the mansions but after seeing the AB refurbishments, I may request AB next time. A little more drastic of a change than the mansions, IMO, and I actually like the look now.
I am thinking now that they had no choice but "UP" the ante at the AB section, due to taking so many mansion rooms out of inventory with the RR.

They had no choice but to make them look less rustic. Many of my friends and family have joined me and we have specifically set up the rooms so we were guaranteed to get in the mansions section. Last year, we booked the five year old in my room, to avoid being a family of 5, just so we didn't get in AB. Now after the refurb, I wouldn't mind staying in that section. I always loved the buildings and the lush landscaping, but hated the room decor. I think most people did.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:04 PM   #7
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Never had a problem getting the mansions. We have stayed at POR about 12 times. I think it is because the families with 5 people have to stay at AB. The only time we stayed ay AB was the 1st time we stayed at Dixie Landings about 20 yrs ago. We didn't know any better. But we have never had a bad room at POR! Love it! We will be there in 16 days!!
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:23 PM   #8
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We've had 3 stays at POR and prefer Mansion section too. I'd request either Acadian House or Magnolia Terrace near quiet pool and Old Man Island Bridge.
The quiet pool & bridge is between the 2 buildings, and an excellent location IMO, the main pool is just over the bridge, and a short walk from there to food court, and main building.
You will be very close to either the North or East bus stop too.
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Just got back on friday and got all my requests. We stayed in AB family of 4, got a free pool view upgrade and the room number we wanted. They offered us a mansion room that had been renovated first but we said no thanks and that we would wait for AB. Its all preference but the mansions feel like Im in a motel while AB is more secluded and to us a little more quiet. You should have no problem getting what you want IF your willing to wait....
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:32 AM   #10
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We booked a garden view room. I requested Magnolia Terrace or Oak Manor. That was before I realized all Royal Rooms are in Oak Manor. 36 more days and I'll find out what we get. We are a family of 4 and I just liked the look of the mansions better plus I wanted to be somewhat close to the pool and food court. I didn't request a floor, but wonder if we would prefer ground floor or what? I didn't want to sound too picky on my requests, so we shall see.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:05 AM   #11
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Arrow I am the opposite - I want AB!

I am the opposite of everyone on this thread - I would LOVE to stay in Alligator Bayou, but can never get it. I like the woodsy paths and vegetation, and I am a big WL fan, so AB really appeals to me (and my budget). But on 2 different trips I requested AB, but nope, denied flat. I got almost the same room instead on both trips - a far back parking-lot-view room in mansion Parterre Place. Felt left out totally from the vibe of the resort. I hated that location, and then to get it twice - ugh. I quit staying at POR because of it.

But now with AB being a preferred location, I may try it again. I never make room requests since I am convinced they are never seen beforehand and the computer assigns the room (at least that has clearly been my experience). But if I can pay for AB to guarentee it, I would start considering POR for my next trip.

My fear is that some mansion rooms will become preferred too, and then AB wouldn't be guarenteed anymore.
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I am the opposite of everyone on this thread - I would LOVE to stay in Alligator Bayou, but can never get it. I like the woodsy paths and vegetation, and I am a big WL fan, so AB really appeals to me (and my budget). But on 2 different trips I requested AB, but nope, denied flat. I got almost the same room instead on both trips - a far back parking-lot-view room in mansion Parterre Place. Felt left out totally from the vibe of the resort. I hated that location, and then to get it twice - ugh. I quit staying at POR because of it.

But now with AB being a preferred location, I may try it again. I never make room requests since I am convinced they are never seen beforehand and the computer assigns the room (at least that has clearly been my experience). But if I can pay for AB to guarentee it, I would start considering POR for my next trip.

My fear is that some mansion rooms will become preferred too, and then AB wouldn't be guarenteed anymore.
I doubt you will see the mansions become preferred as well as AB. They have taken so many rooms out of inventory (half) for RR rooms. They wouldn't want to make them preferred.
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On this past trip we didnt arrive at por till around 11 pm. I politely asked if there were any rooms available inn magnolia bend. To my surprise there was. Best locstion ever. Close to everything. Goodluck. Either way youll have a great time
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:29 PM   #14
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I doubt you will see the mansions become preferred as well as AB. They have taken so many rooms out of inventory (half) for RR rooms. They wouldn't want to make them preferred.
Yeah!! That's great news to me! Maybe someday I will experience AB after all! There is hope!
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I am the opposite of everyone on this thread - I would LOVE to stay in Alligator Bayou, but can never get it. I like the woodsy paths and vegetation, and I am a big WL fan, so AB really appeals to me (and my budget). But on 2 different trips I requested AB, but nope, denied flat. I got almost the same room instead on both trips - a far back parking-lot-view room in mansion Parterre Place. Felt left out totally from the vibe of the resort. I hated that location, and then to get it twice - ugh. I quit staying at POR because of it.

But now with AB being a preferred location, I may try it again. I never make room requests since I am convinced they are never seen beforehand and the computer assigns the room (at least that has clearly been my experience). But if I can pay for AB to guarentee it, I would start considering POR for my next trip.

My fear is that some mansion rooms will become preferred too, and then AB wouldn't be guarenteed anymore.
I'm with you! We have always stayed AB because we are a family of 5 but even if we weren't, we much prefer AB. The mansion section is just not us. We love the relaxed, rustic nature of AB and all the beautiful landscaping and vegetation. I hope you get to stay there someday. We love it!
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