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Old 09-04-2012, 08:30 AM   #136
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Wow... Turns out they live about 3 minutes away from us.
And it took a few hours on the road just to find out about it.

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It's around 8:45 and the airplane is outside the gate, everything is looking up... then the announcement...
Been there too many times...

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As we are boarding, and they are about to close the plane door, a couple around the middle refuses to sit down in their seats. Why? The seat is wet and dirty from the previous flight. There was a full "Air Sickness" bag on their seat.

So now the crew has to call in the Maintenance team, with their heavy duty chemicals and they clean down the seat, remove any residue, and finally we are ready to leave. Around 10:30.
Wow... I'm still not sure I'd have sat in that seat knowing what was just there a few minutes before.

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Third Stop - (almost 1:30 am) - Port Orleans.

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OK, enough pictures - it's closing in on 2:00 am, and tomorrow is a Park Day.
I can't believe you took pictures... I'd have just walked in the room and collapsed into bed.

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Long travel day! yuck!
Nice use of your ninja like talents to sneak onto his plane and puke on a seat. Next time try to get his actual seat though.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:05 AM   #137
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Which reminds me... I need to continue on with the next chapter of the check-in, aka The Continuing Reservation ...
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:28 AM   #138
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10th page and you're still not even in the park?
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:32 AM   #139
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We pick up a quick bite, and sit down to eat it. As we are eating, my DD starts staring at a girl at the next table, and their daughter starts staring at my DD. To be honest I didn't even notice this happening, but they looked over at our table and asked... "Do you girls know each other?"

Both a little shy, but they nod .
Great. You had to go and get that song stuck in my head, didn't you?

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"Attention ladies and gentlemen, the airplane is on time and ready. However the flight crew for this flight is late coming in on another flight. They are scheduled to arrive around 9:15, then they have to deplane, and debrief with their captain on the other flight, then find their way to this gate, do preliminary checks, and a preliminary briefing with this captain, then they can start boarding".
Also, they need to fill out 30 IRS forms in triplicate and go through the security line again.

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As we are boarding, and they are about to close the plane door, a couple around the middle refuses to sit down in their seats. Why? The seat is wet and dirty from the previous flight. There was a full "Air Sickness" bag on their seat.
Ewww...

So: really? The flight crew didn't notice that?

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This was our first time at Port Orleans Riverside, and our first impressions, even that late at night were in awe. Such a beautiful resort.
Absolutely love POR. Great place to stay.

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OK, enough pictures - it's closing in on 2:00 am, and tomorrow is a Park Day.
Dude, stop taking pictures and go to sleep!
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:54 PM   #140
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After our side excursion to Niagara Falls, it's off to Rochester to catch our plane.
Looked like fun, even though you had to endure it with the unwashed masses.

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Good... now off to Wal-Mart as my DS lost his sunglasses before we left. Picked up a pair of Phineas and Ferb sunglasses
Ug. Travel all the way from Canada and visit a Wal-Mart. No wonder the rest of the world thinks we're all fat, lazy slobs. Well, most of us are, but going to a Wal-Mart pretty much proves it. The shades were sweet, though.

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As we are boarding, and they are about to close the plane door, a couple around the middle refuses to sit down in their seats. Why? The seat is wet and dirty from the previous flight. There was a full "Air Sickness" bag on their seat.
OK, I was about to start railing on those people because they were probably complaining about an empty peanut bag or something, but that's a legitimate gripe. Clearly, the flight crew from the previous flight decided to leave it as as "present" for the next flight crew.

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So we get out bags, and head to ME counter, and board the bus around 12:00 am. We are the first ones on the bus. So we wait, and we wait... until the bus is about half full. It's now close to 12:45 am, and we finally leave to WDW.
Nope. I'd be snoring by about 12:05. Wake me up when we get there.


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We just flew in, and arrived at Port Orleans, and as the old joke goes "Boy are my arm's tired".
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OK, enough pictures - it's closing in on 2:00 am, and tomorrow is a Park Day.
Um, don't you mean "today" is a park day?
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:56 PM   #141
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Um, don't you mean "today" is a park day?
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:57 PM   #142
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Sunday August 19th

I woke up at around 7:30, stoked to get the day started.

So if you recall earlier I mentioned we had a continuing reservation. Reason was DDP started on Sunday, and we were arriving on Saturday. You may also recall I mentioned something about a $40 credit on the room, as we originally booked rack rate (on the Saturday night) and once room discounts were announced, I changed the reservation to a discounted room.

So I went to check out of reservation #1, and pickup the package, tickets, dining etc. for reservation #2.

So there was still the matter of the $40 credit to settle. Being that it was linked to the first reservation, and we arrived after midnight, and clearly did no charging to the room, I asked if we can transfer the credit to the new reservation. The CM wasn't sure how, and said he had to speak to a manager. No problem...

So he comes out a few minutes later and says "You aren't entitled to the credit."

"Pardon?"

He went on to explain "You aren't entitled to the credit, as you booked a standard room, and you got a preferred room."

So I calmly explained to him "I requested a room on the lower level, close to the main building, you didn't have to give it to me. But I booked a standard room.". This was done with the WDW reservation line, and you have no right to take back a quoted rate, simply because someone neglected to charge it back to my credit card." Then I asked to speak with the manager directly.

He went to get him, and the manager understood my side, and agreed that I was entitled to the $40 credit, as I booked it.

Then I went on to further emphasize to the manager that "I simply requested a better room... kinda like if I were to ask you if you had a Royal Room available"

He said he understood, and was sorry for the inconvenience.

I said "I don't think you understand... It's kinda like if I asked you if there was a Royal Room avaialble." Pause.... "Well let me put it this way... Is there a Royal Room available?"

Well, he finally clued in... and said "You're right sir, let me see what I can do."

10 Minutes later, I returned to our room, and told DW to pack up... we are moving to the Royal Room!



She was amazed... and excited, and so was I.

The building is called Parterre Place, the room is 9515



The layout of the room is identical to the Standard Rooms, but what makes it Royal is this:



Story is Tiana left a note, saying that her and her friends have had a wonderful time in this very room, and she invites you to enjoy your stay and search the room for some of the gifts her friends left her.

Notice the Coat Rack was a gift from Cinderella, as it features her carriage.



Faucet's courtesy of Jasmine



Photo's of Tiana and all her princess friends scattered throughout the room



The crests of the Princes on banners (notice the hidden Mickey's on the light fixture as well)



Snow White left a nice piece of framed art (notice the SW on the bottom)



You can even ride Aladdin and Jasmine's magic carpet



But the ultimate piece - is the headboards on the bed (I can't believe I didn't get any better pics of it), but they have a fireworks show that lights up at the press of a button.



OK... Next update we go to a Park - and our Dining Analysis begins.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:10 PM   #143
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well...now that was pretty cool to get your room upgraded!!!
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:14 PM   #144
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good job brian!!!!
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UPGRADE! Very Nice.
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Nice subtlety there Brian, unfortunately with the American behind the desk you had to hit him with a frying pan to figure out what you were saying.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:12 AM   #147
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So... did you get your 40 bucks back?


Nice job on the upgrade.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:37 AM   #148
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I think the manager had a little issue understanding you....after all....you do have a pretty thick Canadian accent eh?

So glad he finally came around and agreed to hook you up with a room upgrade. Seeing the pictures makes me want to stay in one too! My girls would love it!

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Old 09-05-2012, 07:57 AM   #149
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I can relate to those long travel days!

Nice pictures, we have never stayed at POR but have been at POFQ twice and have looked around over there a bit.
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I said "I don't think you understand... It's kinda like if I asked you if there was a Royal Room avaialble." Pause.... "Well let me put it this way... Is there a Royal Room available?"
Wow, so much for this "Canadian Nice" I always hear about. You strong-armed that poor guy!

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Princess Slumber Party! Pillow Fight!

Sweet score on the room, Brian!
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