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Old 01-31-2013, 07:27 AM   #3271
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I feel that it's only fair to credit Venomhatch for his fax template; I wrote the general FAQ on the subject (www.portorleans.org/room-requests.php) but all the fax specific magic is Venom's.

You can always reply to David Elg's email to thank him for his help (he really does go way over and above the level of service you get at some of the other WDW resorts) but I would suggest that you also send a letter to the Port Orleans General Manager (either by fax or even better to the resort's postal address) or send an email to the WDW Guest Relations dept. Cast member appreciation is highly valued within Disney, so if you ever feel that someone has been particularly helpful then it's a really nice idea to let Disney know in writing.

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Why thank you Andre, but I have always seen it as a team effort. For those of you reading this I am not Mr. Elg by any means. But I am guessing you could thank him by either leaving a card at the front desk for him. He will get it.
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Absolutely! You did know that Hollie has left POR though didn't you? As of about three weeks ago she's working daytime over at Kouzzina instead.
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How is Kouzzina? We have an ADR for there the last night of our stay. Mom's one pick for a fancy restaurant for the week!
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:39 AM   #3273
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When I stayed at the GF, the concierge staff was beyond excellent. I had asked about tipping and was told the no tipping policy. I asked what I could do to show my appreciation and was told that a thank you letter to management is a very good thing and that while they can't accept tips, if someone should happen to deliver a gift basket of foodstuffs or wine, they are allowed to take that.
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It will most likely be deserted. The only slight blips that occur at that time of night are when a Magical Express bus arrives, but even then it usually only drops off a couple of people at that sort of time. This panorama was taken at around that sort of time of night in August, spot the person: www.portorleans.org/images/panoramas/POR-Main-2012-6436-pano360.swf

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Let me guess, the person is in the tv!!! (I didn't see anyone else)

What about a double air bed with the queen beds? Can we move the furniture around?
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:53 AM   #3275
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Let me guess, the person is in the tv!!! (I didn't see anyone else)

What about a double air bed with the queen beds? Can we move the furniture around?
We just got back and stayed in an AB room with two queen beds and I think it would be really tough to fit a double airbed in there. A twin sized airbed would probably be fine, though. In our room, the pack n play was right net to a bed. That gave the door just enough room to open. There wouldn't be room between the beds or between the bed and the far wall. You could *maybe* move the table and chairs against the wall where the door opens and fit it where the table and chairs are, but I think that's the only place there would even be a possibility of fitting a double airbed and then I think it would be hard to walk around.
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We booked a Standard Room for our May trip. Since there seem to be like 6 room categories now, does that mean a Standard Room is a Parking Lot view?
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LOL, you too! I'm always doing that, I'm glad it's not just me.
And I'm glad it's not just me. LOL.
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It will most likely be deserted. The only slight blips that occur at that time of night are when a Magical Express bus arrives, but even then it usually only drops off a couple of people at that sort of time. This panorama was taken at around that sort of time of night in August, spot the person: www.portorleans.org/images/panoramas/POR-Main-2012-6436-pano360.swf


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Andre - beautiful panorama! But your "spot the person" comment is messing with my head! Is there a person to be found? If there is, this is the most difficult "Where's Waldo" I've ever encountered..
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We booked a Standard Room for our May trip. Since there seem to be like 6 room categories now, does that mean a Standard Room is a Parking Lot view?
not necessarily. We had the standard view looking over the smaller pool and other villas. You can request a room that doesnt overlook the parking lot.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:06 AM   #3280
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not necessarily. We had the standard view looking over the smaller pool and other villas. You can request a room that doesnt overlook the parking lot.

That is exactly what I was hoping to hear!!! Thanks so much!!!

How far in advance can I send my fax request form? I have never done that in all my years of going to WDW!!
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:41 AM   #3281
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In less than 24 hours we will be at the airport. It will be about 8 degrees here and the forecast for next week in Florida looks glorious.

I sent a room request fax last week, but didn't hear back. Since I also had my requests attached to my original reservation, I'm not going to bother following up on the fax. For some reason it feels like I'd be nagging and I don't want to do that. We'll be happy to be there no matter where our room is.

Anyway, thanks again to everyone on the thread for the great info!
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:45 AM   #3282
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In less than 24 hours we will be at the airport. It will be about 8 degrees here and the forecast for next week in Florida looks glorious.
So exciting! Just 3 days for us! Totally looking forward to not needing a winter coat

Have a safe flight!
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:29 PM   #3283
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We're looking forward to our POR stay from 4/2 to 4/10. We're going to visit my daughter who is on the college program and we were able to get a great CM rate.

We're a party of 5 so we'll be in an AB room.

We are DVC members and haven't stayed at POR in about 10 years. Reading this thread has been awesome. Can't wait to go back!
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:43 PM   #3284
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Pool and dining questions

Hi all,
I was wondering about the life jackets people have mentioned borrowing. Can you borrow one for the whole time you are there or do you need to return it everyday? Also where you borrow (I'm assuming the marina) is it far from the main pool? Is there a cost associated with the life jackets (don't want to get there to have to turn around and run back to the room )?
I was also wondering how likely it would be to add two people to our dining reservations when we arrive. Our travel agent said I could call (I have 4 times so far with no luck of them being able to do it yet) but she also said when we check in or even that morning to try and talk to them. It's my MIL and mothers birthday on two of the nights and since my in laws decided later that they would come with us I wasn't able to get them in on those two nights.
I was also wondering when to ask about late checkout (flight leaves at 6 and we wanted to hit the pool and DTD before leaving), should I have put it in our room request fax? I sent that off yesterday.
Thanks so much for all the help!
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:52 PM   #3285
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For those of you reading this I am not Mr. Elg by any means.
Sorry, I didn't mean to imply in any way that you were! I have met the now-famous Mr Elg on a few occasions, and I really don't think he's moonlighting on the boards as our very own Venomhatch.


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We booked a Standard Room for our May trip. Since there seem to be like 6 room categories now, does that mean a Standard Room is a Parking Lot view?
Technically, yes. Take a look at the floorplans I created which show the official category of every room at Port Orleans. Click on the maps at www.portorleans.org/maps-and-directions.php for each building.

However there are some more and some less direct views of the parking lots, and many people have been given what might technically be an upgrade to a better view category - but please don't rely on that always being possible.


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Andre - beautiful panorama! But your "spot the person" comment is messing with my head! Is there a person to be found? If there is, this is the most difficult "Where's Waldo" I've ever encountered..
Sorry folks. There were actually three people (all cast members) in the photos that I took for that panorama, but the two CMs in plainest view who were compiling welcome packs ducked behind the desk when I scanned round past them, and the other CM is mostly behind a pillar in the distance, and I photoshopped her arm out of the final shot to keep it tidy. So "the camera never lies" was a lie after all.

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