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Old 12-11-2012, 12:06 PM   #1576
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Ok, having a bit of brain fuzz...but I'm having more questions the more i research.
I booked preferred, I can also request to be river view or garden view? Can you see the river from 14? Close to food court and pool would be my first choice, but if the kids could also see the river, that would be beyond amazing!!
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:13 PM   #1577
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We booked a King room. I would love to be as close as possible to the main building/food, and on the first floor or in a building with an elevator. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:07 PM   #1578
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Ok, having a bit of brain fuzz...but I'm having more questions the more i research.
I booked preferred, I can also request to be river view or garden view? Can you see the river from 14? Close to food court and pool would be my first choice, but if the kids could also see the river, that would be beyond amazing!!
Yes from building 14 you can see the river and it isn't too far away either. Say maybe 30-50 feet from water.

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We booked a King room. I would love to be as close as possible to the main building/food, and on the first floor or in a building with an elevator. Any suggestions?
Well if your in the Alligator Bayou area then that is the closest to the main building but no elevators in those buildings so if you were concerned with stairs then you'd have to get a first floor room.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:17 PM   #1579
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Well if your in the Alligator Bayou area then that is the closest to the main building but no elevators in those buildings so if you were concerned with stairs then you'd have to get a first floor room.
Thanks! This will be our first time at POR. So exited!
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:42 PM   #1580
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We are staying in the Royal rooms - standard view in late Jan/early Feb.
I'm not very good at making special requests for hotel stays - but given that we are travelling with 5 kiddos (ages 11, 9, 6, 2 & 3 months) for the first time - is there anything special that we should be adding to our rez? Is there anything super important?

I did request that we have connecting rooms since the 4 older kids will be in one room while DH & I with the baby will be in the other; and a crib/pack & play for the babe.

Would the CM who is assigning rooms look at our rez and just know what would make sense for us?

If you think there is something else that we are missing - would you kindly inform this first-timer

TIA
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Thanks! This will be our first time at POR. So exited!
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We are staying in the Royal rooms - standard view in late Jan/early Feb.
I'm not very good at making special requests for hotel stays - but given that we are travelling with 5 kiddos (ages 11, 9, 6, 2 & 3 months) for the first time - is there anything special that we should be adding to our rez? Is there anything super important?

I did request that we have connecting rooms since the 4 older kids will be in one room while DH & I with the baby will be in the other; and a crib/pack & play for the babe.

Would the CM who is assigning rooms look at our rez and just know what would make sense for us?

If you think there is something else that we are missing - would you kindly inform this first-timer

TIA
Well to start with congrats on the trip here! Second connecting rooms is a good request in this situation. Just a heads up standard views have views of parking-lots and some shrubbery. So if that isn't a big issue then you will be fine. Do you have a floor preference? If so you may want to request 1st, second or third. There will be elevators in the central area of both the royal buildings. In my own opinion the oak is a nice building but the parterre was the newer building of the two to be refurbed into royal rooms. There is a foot bridge (Slightly closer to the Oak Building) that connects to the main building area and provides for a short walk over to the food court, main bus depot and main building/gift shop.

If you have further questions you can Contact me if you'd like, I will Private message you. Id be more than happy to help.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:31 PM   #1582
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We arrive at POR tomorrow! We can't wait to see this beautiful resort in person. I have read so much about it and viewed so many gorgeous pictures on this thread of the resort. We are soooo ready to be on vacation!
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We arrive at POR tomorrow! We can't wait to see this beautiful resort in person. I have read so much about it and viewed so many gorgeous pictures on this thread of the resort. We are soooo ready to be on vacation!
So excited for you! Have a great time!
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:46 PM   #1584
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First Time at POR! Third time at DW. :)

I am so happy that I have found this board!! Thank you to everyone that has supplied us with such helpful info!

I have been to DW twice, once I was 12, the other time I was 20. So it's been a few years.

My WONDERFUL father is taking us to POR for Christmas! It will be a rather short stay, 5 nights, 4 days. There will be a total of 13 of us. We live in a different state than the rest of the family that is going, so seeing them for Christmas this year is very exciting, and doing so in POR and DW is

This will be DH's and all of the kids first time to DW! I am so excited for them!

Are the pools heated?

I would love to hear from anyone that has been there on Christmas day. I KNOW it will be crowded and plan to not stress about it. I plan to just do what when can when we can and enjoy each other's company! The ONE thing that I really do want to make happen for my youngest daughter, is for her to see some of the Disney Princesses. That is the one thing she talks about all the time.

I forgot to add, we will be celebrating my SIL's 40th birthday there too!

I can't believe we will be there in TWO weeks!!

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Old 12-11-2012, 04:52 PM   #1585
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I am so happy that I have found this board!! Thank you to everyone that has supplied us with such helpful info!

I have been to DW twice, once I was 12, the other time I was 20. So it's been a few years.

My WONDERFUL father is taking us to POR for Christmas! It will be a rather short stay, 5 nights, 4 days. There will be a total of 13 of us. We live in a different state than the rest of the family that is going, so seeing them for Christmas this year is very exciting, and doing so in POR and DW is

This will be DH's and all of the kids first time to DW! I am so excited for them!

Are the pools heated?

I would love to hear from anyone that has been there on Christmas day. I KNOW it will be crowded and plan to not stress about it. I plan to just do what when can when we can and enjoy each other's company! The ONE thing that I really do want to make happen for my youngest daughter, is for her to see some of the Disney Princesses. That is the one thing she talks about all the time.

I forgot to add, we will be celebrating my SIL's 40th birthday there too!

I can't believe we will be there in TWO weeks!!
First; CONGRATS
Yes the pools are heated, but if it's cold out, it's going to be cold period.
One of the best places (JMO) for princesses is getting a reservation at Askerhaus in EPCOT. MK also has an area where you can see three princesses and the wait can be up to 90 minutes if the park is busy.
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We are staying in the Royal rooms - standard view in late Jan/early Feb.
I'm not very good at making special requests for hotel stays - but given that we are travelling with 5 kiddos (ages 11, 9, 6, 2 & 3 months) for the first time - is there anything special that we should be adding to our rez? Is there anything super important?

I did request that we have connecting rooms since the 4 older kids will be in one room while DH & I with the baby will be in the other; and a crib/pack & play for the babe.

Would the CM who is assigning rooms look at our rez and just know what would make sense for us?

If you think there is something else that we are missing - would you kindly inform this first-timer

TIA
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:30 PM   #1587
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We arrived yesterday, and are really enjoying our stay. The Royal Guest Rooms are lovely. My daughter is especially enjoying the decor. When we arrived yesterday, the lobby seemed to be pretty busy, but I imagine it was because their system went down! They were very helpful and accommodating in getting us a room quickly despite the problem. My husband was feeling very ill and really needed to get into a room. So, I really appreciated their help with that. I must admit, I'm still partial to French Quarter, because it has always been my favorite hotel since childhood... but I also haven't really had a chance to walk around the Riverside resort yet. I plan on doing so tomorrow.
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Does the port Orleans royal rooms have DVD players? Stayed at animal kingdom a few years back and they did...
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Does the port Orleans royal rooms have DVD players? Stayed at animal kingdom a few years back and they did...
No they dont, they have av hook ups where if you brought a portable one or a laptop you could plug into the tv.

They have in order left to right; HDMI in, VGA PC input, red/white/yellow RCA input, I believe s-video also.

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Old 12-11-2012, 10:55 PM   #1590
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Hi all!

We stayed at POR for the first time from 11/24-11/30 and I thought I would leave a short review with our thoughts.

We absolutely loved POR. I had requested the Magnolia Terrace building, but when we arrived (we did online check-in), they had us assigned to a room in buiding 37 of the AB section (which wasn't ready at the time; 12:30pm). I asked if they would check again for Magnolia Terrace or anything at all in the mansions. The CM was able to find a room on the third floor of Acadian House (room 8401) that was ready. I was very grateful, as I really wanted to try the mansion rooms (plus building 37 looked pretty far from everything!).

Acadian House was not nearly as far from everything as I thought it would be. We had stayed at CSR last year, and the buildings that were far from everything there were REALLY FAR from everything, so I think I expected it to be more like that. But Acadian house was a quick, lovely 4 or 5 minute walk to the main pool, and then another minute or two to the food court. The room itself was great; it felt roomier than our room at CSR last year. I did think CSR's beds were a little more comfortable, though.

Mousekeeping was great. We tipped daily and the room always looked great and we did get a few cute towel animals throughout the week.

I loved the food court. Plenty of open space/seating, and the food was very good. I loved the create-your-own pasta option for dinner.

We used the quiet pool once and the main pool once. Kids enjoyed both. I did think it was a bit of a pain that we had to go across the bridge and over to the marina to sign out a life jacket for our little one. Last year at CSR they just had a big bin of them in the pool area that you could grab as needed (not sure if this has changed there, too?).

Buses were pretty good. We usually waited no more than 10 minutes for a bus. The exception was one morning heading to MK. We were at the main bus stop after a late-ish breakfast (maybe 9:30am or so) and it was PACKED. It took us a good half hour before we were able to get on a bus that day.

I loved the ferry to DTD. We also took a horse drawn carriage ride around the resort one night and it was wonderful. We had our mugs filled with hot chocolate and we really enjoyed it. It was great to get to see some of POFQ while we were on our ride.

I can't say enough great things about POR. I definitely preferred it to CSR overall (and I really liked CSR!). The next time we visit WDW it will be a hard choice; try something new or return to POR??

Thanks to all on these boards for all the info and tips! It really was a magical trip!
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