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Old 04-05-2012, 02:27 PM   #91
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Ever feel like a fish out of water when you're planning??? We're a family of 5 DVC members who have stayed mostly at OKW (many times). Used up our points doing a Disney cruise on the new Dream so we were looking at other possibilities. We've done CBR a couple times and due to some really nice room-only rates later this summer we're taking our first plunge into POR. It's a beautiful looking resort and Andre's incredible FAQ page and website have been an amazing help.

We know we will have to stay in AB since we are 5 to the room. We are booked with Garden View, but I'm not sure what buildings that would be in. We like to be as close to the action as possible so any ideas on which building to request since we're not in the preferred buildings? We're also a little spoiled being able to do laundry in our roon at OKW, how are the laundry facilities at POR and are they readily available?

We'll be there in August which is a first time for us. I know it's pretty hot and humid, but if anyone has traveled that time of year and can tell me a little about crowds and such I'd really appreciate it. Looking forward to follwoing ths thread.

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Hi! We will be at POR in October for our first trip with our 1.5 year old son...so excited! He doesn't do too well sleeping in a pack and play so we were planning on renting a full size crib for him (30" x 54"). Does anyone happen to know if this would fit along the closet wall by the sinks? We were hoping to be able to close the curtain at night to make it darker/quieter for him to sleep.
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Hi! We will be at POR in October for our first trip with our 1.5 year old son...so excited! He doesn't do too well sleeping in a pack and play so we were planning on renting a full size crib for him (30" x 54"). Does anyone happen to know if this would fit along the closet wall by the sinks? We were hoping to be able to close the curtain at night to make it darker/quieter for him to sleep.
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can't speak for POR but crib would fit in area but you would either have it "in closet" or blocking sinks plus it would be right across from bath room and if someone should need br they would have to go behind curtain to use it
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Mickeygolf - I would request AB16 as it is almost like preferred, next to quiet pool where the laundry is located and equal distance from south and west bus. Parking lot is on the standard side if you drive. This location is closer to main building then Mansions. Enjoy!
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Mickeygolf - I would request AB16 as it is almost like preferred, next to quiet pool where the laundry is located and equal distance from south and west bus. Parking lot is on the standard side if you drive. This location is closer to main building then Mansions. Enjoy!
Thanks so much. Do you know if they have the Garden View classification? Any idea if these have been refurbed yet, not that I would care since it's close to main buildings?
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Thanks Andre! Do you know what the general schedule is for refurbishments of the pool/slide areas?
It varies, I don't think there is a specific year-on-year timetable for work to be done. I think most years there are a few days of downtime for each of the pools for minor work though, but there is only ever one closed at a time. Dates are often only announced a month or so in advance.

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We know we will have to stay in AB since we are 5 to the room. We are booked with Garden View, but I'm not sure what buildings that would be in. ... how are the laundry facilities at POR and are they readily available?

We'll be there in August which is a first time for us. I know it's pretty hot and humid, but if anyone has traveled that time of year and can tell me a little about crowds and such I'd really appreciate it.
Have a look at the map in the first post, Garden View rooms are in any of the smaller individually-numbered buildings except for 14, 15, 18 and 27 (which are preferred locations). 16 and 17 are good to request if you want to still be fairly close to the main buildings, and they are also very close to a quiet pool - which is where you find the laundry facilities. It's great to throw all the washing into a machine and go and have a swim while it cleans.

Crowd levels really depend on exactly when in August you are going. First two weeks will be very, very busy; the third week gets a bit quieter and fourth week (once all the US schools have started again) is quieter still. After Labor Day it gets dramatically quieter, but that's September.

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Old 04-05-2012, 03:22 PM   #98
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Does anyone ever request a building close to the bus stop?? I'm thinking buildings 25 or 24 in AB would be good....close to a quiet pool and close to a bus stop.

Far from the main pool and refilling drinks though.

Or am I confusing a lake for a quiet pool on the map????
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can't speak for POR but crib would fit in area but you would either have it "in closet" or blocking sinks plus it would be right across from bath room and if someone should need br they would have to go behind curtain to use it
Thanks for the response! We were hoping to line the crib up against the "closet" wall so that it wouldn't be blocking the sinks, but this is where I wasn't sure if it would fit. We definitely want him behind the curtain one way or another so we'll just have to make do with sneaking in after his bedtime.
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We are booked at POR in a Royal Room for September 29-October 5th! So excited to catch free dining AND a stay in these gorgeous rooms! It will be my daughter's first trip and she will be celebrating her 5th birthday while there! I am BEYOND excited! Thanks Andre for all of the information!
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:39 PM   #101
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Working on Booking RR at POR for Dec 2012!

So excited to have found this thread. I am pretty sure that we just decided today that a RR at POR is what we are going to book for Dec 2012. We stayed at POFQ a few years back and I wasn't overly impressed - but now I realize it was because I missed the Disney Theme. The RR gives me the benefits of a moderate resort with a major Disney Theme!

Andre - do you have your own website and a FB page? Can you post the link to those? Thanks!

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Old 04-05-2012, 07:03 PM   #102
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I thought I saw this SOMEWHERE, but I can't find it now. Can anyone tell me if the new Murphy Beds might be able to accommodate a 9 year old girl of average height?
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So excited to have found this thread. I am pretty sure that we just decided today that a RR at POR is what we are going to book for Dec 2012. We stayed at POFQ a few years back and I wasn't overly impressed - but now I realize it was because I missed the Disney Theme. The RR gives me the benefits of a moderate resort with a major Disney Theme!

Andre - do you have your own website and a FB page? Can you post the link to those? Thanks!

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We're booked for Dec in RR's aswell - can't wait!

Andre has an awesome site: http://www.portorleans.org its been my resort handbook
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:35 PM   #104
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I just opened up my DME documents that arrived yesterday and they are correct. That makes me so glad.

My trip is so much closer now. All I have left to do is finish up my ADR's (yes, I'm behind as usual. LOL) and everything will be set.

I also have to look at the map and see where the laundry room is. I figure I'll probably do a load of laundry this trip while I hang out at the pool one afternoon.
Looks like we will be there at the same time! We will be in RGR's and I am SO EXCITED. Our Mickey Mail also came! Oh my...getting closer! See you around Ole Man Island or the beautiful resort we are staying at!
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:52 AM   #105
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Well I heard about the free dining and decided to see what it would cost the family to go to WDW. The computer sent us to this hotel. Originally I had planned on the Values but only way we can fit(family of 5) is in a suite.

Not going to make it this year, looking at Sept 2013. Just doing my research and this place looks like a lot of fun especially with kids.
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