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Old 10-22-2012, 10:08 AM   #571
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I believe, not sure about this, but the preferred buildings like 14 are only 25$ more per night. Again, not sure about that. But it is literally only minute or two by foot. Here is a youtube video I did one year. My room was on the second floor though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8zEi...qNcpBU2MO-lIrQ
I would LOVE to have building 14! I tried to get a preferred room because I have no problem paying for that but they we not available for free dining . So i figured I would request the next best thing. Maybe I should send the fax, at least for my mother's room.
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I would LOVE to have building 14! I tried to get a preferred room because I have no problem paying for that but they we not available for free dining . So i figured I would request the next best thing. Maybe I should send the fax, at least for my mother's room.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:28 AM   #573
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We just returned from a 5 day stay at POR in a river view RGR and were put in Oak Manor.

Hammocks: Probably my favorite thing. While the kids and my husband napped in the room on our park days, I laid in the hammock and read my book. Soooo relaxing!
Thanks for the really useful review, and I'm glad you had such a great time. So many of the things people stress about in advance on the boards really do turn out to be mostly non-issues once you get there - as you say, a little bit of a walk at Port Orleans is so relaxing that you almost want to take the long way round anyway!

The hammocks you mention are new by the way, they were only installed a few weeks ago, sounds like they are a hit already!

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Am at POR in my Royal Guest Room writing to you now as I look out my river view at a staircase
Sorry about your view, I guess it can be difficult to make sure that guests get two connecting rooms where the view is just as good from both rooms. Sounds like you should have warned your sister in advance about those noisy, draughty old corner rooms and I'm sure she'd have swapped with you. At least you got a discount though, which helps - I assume a change of location (which would have meant two new rooms) wouldn't have been very easy for you.

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Old 10-22-2012, 10:35 AM   #574
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Just back during the night & POR was the 1st stop on our ME bus, then went to BW, BC & YC after. I was pleasantly surprised!

We were in Magnolia Terrace & room was clean & nice. Friends were in Oak Manor Royal Room & their room was great as well. Coffee pods (for those that had asked) are plentiful & they'll bring you more if you need them. It was a short walk over either bridge (by Parterre or Magnolia) to the main area.

I must have been on the opposite bus of everyone else that was there last week - we found the bus service poor most of the time. I waited at East Depot for 35 min. for a MK bus one day, 25 min. was the norm. Now bus service back to POR from parks was just fine, never more than a 5 min. wait, even at MK closing. That was great. One day there was a transportation CM at the East Depot checking times. This was the day of the 25 min. wait. He was aware of it & said they're tracking bus times heavily. So hopefully this will improve over time.

We did the Carriage ride which was very nice & relaxing. It was nice to get to see POFQ as well on the ride. Our driver was sweet & very knowledgeable about Disney.

If you're going this week be prepared for the Gartner Group conference. They were bussing them in (on disney size buses) all day yesterday, there were hundreds of them.

Parks were moderate to full. We learned our lesson about Epcot on a Sat. night during F&W. I have been going to F&W every year for many years & never encountered the drunken fools like we did this trip. I'd read on here the stories of it happening but had never seen it. It was pathetic. Large groups of intoxicated adults falling over, laying in bushes, being loud & obnoxious. One woman was staggering through WS screaming "Snow White was a ****!" in front of families & kids. All while pushing her baby in a stroller. We witnessed another group (who stood out all night) shoplifting. We told a CM who said it was a shame but they could do nothing. This same group had been pulled aside by security earlier in the evening as well. If anyone was at Epcot Sat. night it was the guy in the santa hat & beard - if you were there, you know who I mean! We know now to avoid F&W on weekend nights!

Another nice surprise was the "dress rehearsal" for Fantasyland. We ate at Gaston's & rode Enchanted Tales with Belle & Under the Sea. The whole area is done extremely well & the theming is amazing. Details everywhere! BOG was closed, they were filming something there so we couldn't get near it. The new mermaid details in POTC are fabulous!

Weather was very warm & humid until Saturday, then it cooled down to low 80's with little to no humidity. Looks like mid 80''s for the rest of this week.

Have fun to those of you just leaving!
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Just back during the night & POR was the 1st stop on our ME bus, then went to BW, BC & YC after. I was pleasantly surprised!

We were in Magnolia Terrace & room was clean & nice. Friends were in Oak Manor Royal Room & their room was great as well. Coffee pods (for those that had asked) are plentiful & they'll bring you more if you need them. It was a short walk over either bridge (by Parterre or Magnolia) to the main area.

I must have been on the opposite bus of everyone else that was there last week - we found the bus service poor most of the time. I waited at East Depot for 35 min. for a MK bus one day, 25 min. was the norm. Now bus service back to POR from parks was just fine, never more than a 5 min. wait, even at MK closing. That was great. One day there was a transportation CM at the East Depot checking times. This was the day of the 25 min. wait. He was aware of it & said they're tracking bus times heavily. So hopefully this will improve over time.

We did the Carriage ride which was very nice & relaxing. It was nice to get to see POFQ as well on the ride. Our driver was sweet & very knowledgeable about Disney.

If you're going this week be prepared for the Gartner Group conference. They were bussing them in (on disney size buses) all day yesterday, there were hundreds of them.

Parks were moderate to full. We learned our lesson about Epcot on a Sat. night during F&W. I have been going to F&W every year for many years & never encountered the drunken fools like we did this trip. I'd read on here the stories of it happening but had never seen it. It was pathetic. Large groups of intoxicated adults falling over, laying in bushes, being loud & obnoxious. One woman was staggering through WS screaming "Snow White was a ****!" in front of families & kids. All while pushing her baby in a stroller. We witnessed another group (who stood out all night) shoplifting. We told a CM who said it was a shame but they could do nothing. This same group had been pulled aside by security earlier in the evening as well. If anyone was at Epcot Sat. night it was the guy in the santa hat & beard - if you were there, you know who I mean! We know now to avoid F&W on weekend nights!

Another nice surprise was the "dress rehearsal" for Fantasyland. We ate at Gaston's & rode Enchanted Tales with Belle & Under the Sea. The whole area is done extremely well & the theming is amazing. Details everywhere! BOG was closed, they were filming something there so we couldn't get near it. The new mermaid details in POTC are fabulous!

Weather was very warm & humid until Saturday, then it cooled down to low 80's with little to no humidity. Looks like mid 80''s for the rest of this week.

Have fun to those of you just leaving!
That was a very nice review! Shame about the shoplifting!
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Thanks Venomhatch!
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:48 PM   #577
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I would LOVE to have building 14! I tried to get a preferred room because I have no problem paying for that but they we not available for free dining . So i figured I would request the next best thing. Maybe I should send the fax, at least for my mother's room.
I had the same problem - not available for free dining. Is it better to ask at check-in to see if rooms in Bldg. 14 are available (to pay) rather than faxing request?
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:54 PM   #578
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I had the same problem - not available for free dining. Is it better to ask at check-in to see if rooms in Bldg. 14 are available (to pay) rather than faxing request?
Same question. I had to downgrade from River View to get Free Dining. Reservations show River View and Preferred as available for my travel dates. When is the best time to let them know I would like to pay for the upgraded rooms - do I have to wait until I get there at check in?
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I had the same problem - not available for free dining. Is it better to ask at check-in to see if rooms in Bldg. 14 are available (to pay) rather than faxing request?
You can ask at check-in, but basically you would have a new reservation and you will lose free dining. You will pay the highest rack rate for the room for that season.

Really, request one of the buildings right behind preferred; you won't be but two more minutes walk behind them.
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Fro the map it looks like buildings 16 and 17 in AB are the closest buildings to the main building without paying for preferred. When making a request would it be best to ask for specific buildings or should I just ask for a room on the 1st floor (my special needs DD doesn't do well on stairs) as close as possible to the main building?
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Same question. I had to downgrade from River View to get Free Dining. Reservations show River View and Preferred as available for my travel dates. When is the best time to let them know I would like to pay for the upgraded rooms - do I have to wait until I get there at check in?
See my post above; it is a new ressie and you will lose free dining.

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Fro the map it looks like buildings 16 and 17 in AB are the closest buildings to the main building without paying for preferred. When making a request would it be best to ask for specific buildings or should I just ask for a room on the 1st floor (my special needs DD doesn't do well on stairs) as close as possible to the main building?
Ask for close to main building; first floor.

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Ask for close to main building; first floor.

Always make requests in the order of importance to you.
Thanks. It doesn't matter that much which building. I'm just hoping to not get one that's really far away. First floor is even more important. DD can do stairs, but it could be torture for her and us to make her climb stairs after being in a park all day.
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I had the same problem - not available for free dining. Is it better to ask at check-in to see if rooms in Bldg. 14 are available (to pay) rather than faxing request?
You can ask at check in. But if you go the way I have helped others you might have a better chance. PM me the details if you still need help.
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Has anyone asked for the VIP cleaning at POR. We just found out our son has asthma and I was thinking about requesting this service. Thank you!
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