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Old 11-28-2012, 01:00 PM   #1291
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I have a question about driving vs. buses from POR. We're going in January and it will be 6 of us - DH and me and our 4 kids. We'll most likely have 2 strollers - an adaptive stroller for our oldest with special needs and a regular stroller for the 2 year old. We'll have our car with us and we're thinking it might be easier to just drive, instead of trying to juggle 4 kids and 2 strollers on the buses and trying to keep them from bothering everyone around us. DD qualifies for a handicapped parking permit and even though we don't normally need it in our every day life, we're thinking about getting it for WDW just because of the massive amount of walking.

Given all that, is there a reason why taking the buses would be better? I've heard that at MK it's better because the buses get you much closer to the entrance. The only other reason the buses might be an advantage would be if we wanted to drink, but DH and I aren't big drinkers, especially when we're with the kids, so I don't think that's a big selling point.

I hope this doesn't turn into a hot topic. I've seen threads turn hot from discussions of strollers, especially strollers on buses, and handicapped permits, but this thread seems pretty

When we have a car we usually ride the buses to MK, but we don't have strollers and our 2 kids are teenagers. The one time I would definitely drive ( in your situation) would be if we were staying until park closing. The lines for the buses can be really long and the buses are really crowded. Personally I would be less stressed if I knew I could get on the ferry and drive back in my own car. Plus, the ferry is an experience itself, especially on the way over to the MK.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:46 PM   #1292
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Just booked for our stay at POR May 28th-June 7th! I have learned so much from this board, and look forward to learning more as our trip approaches!
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:26 PM   #1293
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silly ? but what does a car rental cost? I'm thinking for 3 kids, 2 aduts normally run for 6-7 days rental?
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:43 PM   #1294
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Does this process work for all of the resorts? I am in the process of planning a trip and haven't settled on a resort yet, but POR is in the running.

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No, this happens to be an anomaly because a CM is on the thread. Most resorts have not taken faxes since the new computer system was installed and the computer can sort them automatically.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:45 PM   #1295
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silly ? but what does a car rental cost? I'm thinking for 3 kids, 2 aduts normally run for 6-7 days rental?
You can find info re: car rental on the Transportation board, including pick up/drop off places on-site.
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We stayed at POR Nov. 12 - Nov.22. The resort is beautiful and the staff very friendly. The check in was a breeze and when we got in our room there was a message from the front desk wishing we had a magical vacation.

Our room was near the East stop and that was convenient in the evenings after a long day in the parks. Our room was always clean, we had enough towels and toiletries. Our mousekeeper made animal towels and arranged the towels near the sink in a nice way.
The boat to DTD was fantastic, we used 4 times during our stay and just loved it. The buses run frecuently we never waited more than 5 minutes for any bus and always had a seat.

We ate a few times in the Riverside mill food court and the food was really good with a lot of options. The make your own salad was my favorite I tried the make your own pasta and it was good too.
We ate Dinner at the Boatwright's Dining Hall and it became a must do on future trips, the food was tasty, DH had the blackned fish and he does not eat much fish so I was worried but he said it was great. The service was very nice. We saw a couple with birthday buttons and all the servers sang the happy birthday (they mixed up with the song from Splash Mountain) and gave to them a bcard with ballons and necklaces. There is a lot to do in the resort but we did not have enough time.

Coronado Springs has been our home resort since we have DS and we tried a couple of others resorts before DS and yes we found good polite cast members, but the ones in POR are special and they will make you feel special or at least for 10 nights we had the luck of encountering the really happy ones.
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You will love it !! I'm already planning a trip for next september.
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silly ? but what does a car rental cost? I'm thinking for 3 kids, 2 aduts normally run for 6-7 days rental?
You'd have to talk to AVIS, Enterprise, Triangle, Etc to find that out. But usually they work a weekly rate for pretty cheap. 5 occupants should be able to get a nice sedan and not to cramped.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:52 PM   #1299
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We visited POR for an hour or so last winter and it was so beautiful that we will stay there in January!

We are bringing a high school foreign exchange student from Nigeria. Her life in Nigeria is very third-world. Everything here is new to her. She had never used a computer before, never eaten Chinese/Mexican/Italian/etc food, never been on an escalator, no shopping malls, never been swimming, never ridden a bike, and never (fill in the blank). It has been fun watching her experience new things.

Given that this will likely be her only opportunity to see Disney, I am interested in suggestions for amazing things for her to see or do, especially at POR. Is there anything that Disney does for "special" guests?
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Hey BSG, they were right they are talking about, "from the Magic Kingdom to POR."
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:58 PM   #1301
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silly ? but what does a car rental cost? I'm thinking for 3 kids, 2 aduts normally run for 6-7 days rental?
Depends on the time of year. It's more around christmas or spring break. But we were there last week and we paid 250. (10 dollars more per day if you take the insurance) for midsize car for 10 days. Advantage car rental.
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We visited POR for an hour or so last winter and it was so beautiful that we will stay there in January!

We are bringing a high school foreign exchange student from Nigeria. Her life in Nigeria is very third-world. Everything here is new to her. She had never used a computer before, never eaten Chinese/Mexican/Italian/etc food, never been on an escalator, no shopping malls, never been swimming, never ridden a bike, and never (fill in the blank). It has been fun watching her experience new things.

Given that this will likely be her only opportunity to see Disney, I am interested in suggestions for amazing things for her to see or do, especially at POR. Is there anything that Disney does for "special" guests?
Definitely see Yee-hah Bob in the lounge; he always recognizes all kinds of occasions.

Do the 4 person surrey bike around both resorts and tell her about the story behind the development of the Louisiana Territory, and the US in general.

Take the water taxi to DTD and stroll through the shops. Give her something to remind her of your family.

Take lots of pics and make a collage for her to take home to remember the trip. Last year, I went with two families and I took pictures of them at the entrance of each park and gave it to them for a gift.

Purchase the passport at Epcot and let her have it signed at each country. She can learn a few words in each language.

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Old 11-28-2012, 04:22 PM   #1303
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No, this happens to be an anomaly because a CM is on the thread.
No, that's not really why it works at all (although I'm sure the tips here help). It's mostly because the room assignment manager at POR is very conscious that these seemingly little things can really make a guest's visit so much more magical, and he tries to help out wherever possible. In fact he told me he enjoys reading guest faxes and adding that bit of extra magic to people's stays.

I know he and his team actually go to a lot of effort - even without people sending in faxes - and they run daily reports on the computer to try to catch linked bookings, check for recurring surnames, look for requests, and even pick up sequential bookings (such as one night before and then a block during free dining, for example) to try to keep guests in the same room, etc.

But I agree that not all resorts are always quite so good at this.

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Old 11-28-2012, 05:38 PM   #1304
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I'll be there with my family in just under 4 days....can't wait.

Any last minute tips or things I need to do whole I'm there? I think the first day were gonna just relax and walk around. I'm thinking boardwalk and Downtown Disney. Probably hit the pool if the weather permits and maybe drag the kids to the arcade....what am I missing????
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No, that's not really why it works at all (although I'm sure the tips here help). It's mostly because the room assignment manager at POR is very conscious that these seemingly little things can really make a guest's visit so much more magical, and he tries to help out wherever possible. In fact he told me he enjoys reading guest faxes and adding that bit of extra magic to people's stays.

I know he and his team actually go to a lot of effort - even without people sending in faxes - and they run daily reports on the computer to try to catch linked bookings, check for recurring surnames, look for requests, and even pick up sequential bookings (such as one night before and then a block during free dining, for example) to try to keep guests in the same room, etc.

But I agree that not all resorts are always quite so good at this.

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