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Old 02-16-2013, 02:25 PM   #136
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Originally Posted by cindianne320 View Post
Sorry for the PIN confusion.

I think you will LOVE the Royal Rooms. I can't wait to hear a first hand account of them!
It was frustrating.

I think we will too! I'll take LOTS of pictures!
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:52 PM   #137
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Haha!! I think it's because I haven't gotten to that point in the TR yet!! Lol. Hmm..comparing CBR to AoA?! That's a toughie, I lvoed them both.

Food Courts: AoA WINS! Hands down, WAY more space and choices, and it's open later (ie you can still eat there after getting home from the parks) it's also in the same place as the bus stops/lobby/gift shop and EVERYTHING, so it's convient in the mornings, less walking back and fourth.

Rooms: CBR obviously has a little more space than AoA, but the AoA were moer kid friendly, and had like, THE best freaking bathrooms in the world (check out facebook for those pictures lol) They had tons of nice touches that were really awesome and they were BRAND spankin new when we stayed in them so they were clean, still all new smelling and stuff

CBR had a ton of beautiful stuff like the lake and island and pathways, but AoA has all the lion king, nemo, cars and stuff in it, and all the LM trinkets, it's all amazing, like, the BEST value I've ever stayed at for sure, Pop is awesome too, but AoA beats it for sure! It's all so awesome, tons of stuff for kids to enjoy (and those of us who grew up in the 90's lol!)

Pools: I enjoyed AoA's better, I mean, the big blue pool you can hear music underneath and dory and nemo, and the kids splash area was adorable! Each area has it's own pool too, like CBR, and they were never crowded!

I think in the end it comes down to what the kids in the party would like, if I was going back with say, my Mom, or Tyler, I'd choose CBR, but with Paige, Sylvia, someone younger, or taking kids, I'd choose AoA. I also REALLY want to check out the Lion King suites!!

Anyway, now that I've gone on the longest tangent ever, they're both amazing, and I don't know if I could choose! Lol. Also, glad you emailed about the pin, hopefully they get back to you soon!
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:51 PM   #138
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Overall did you enjoy your stay at POR? We're excited about it!
We loved our stay at POR. I think it's a lovely theme and a very relaxing resort. The pool party was always one of DGD favorite activity. And, behind the pool, they had marshellow roast in the late afternoon. My DGD loved the royal room and looking for all the special princesses touches, matching the prince to the princess. It was fun just lying on the bed and looking around and say 'oh look.....' The fireworks were amazing. Mousekeeping was awesome, with lots of towel animals and posing of her dolls, etc. And, you are right, we hardly ever looked out our window, so the parking lot view wasn't even noticable. It did put us close to the bus stop.

The Royal rooms are only in The Oak Manor and The Parterre Place. Oak Manor is a little closer to the East Bus stop and to Ole Man Island and to Riverside Mill. (Although, now when I look at the map, I see we always walked the long way around to Riverside Mill).

We always have a car, so we don't always rely on the buses. But, never had any problems with the buses. Overall, I really like POR. Although, my DS thought it looked too much like home (yeah, like I live in a mansion on the Ashley River!). And, my DGD says she still likes the Polynesian best! (yeah, like who wouldn't) I could easily go back to POR over and over.

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Old 02-16-2013, 04:15 PM   #139
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I read your previous TR and loved it! So of course, I was thrilled to find this. I am going to go through and read all your updates now
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:00 PM   #140
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Lmao true 40% would've definitely been an excellent resolution!!

I'm glad you decided to email Disney about it. If nothing else they should at least apologize and try to make sure it's something that doesn't happen in the future. Very smart about calming down enough to be able to email without blind emotion. I feel you get further with some common sense and logic than yelling and screaming. Even though its hard to do sometimes loo

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Old 02-16-2013, 09:13 PM   #141
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Just joining in! We are booked in a POR Royal Guest room from March 2-10!!! DD5 is going to go nuts!! This trip is a surprise and it's killing me keeping it from her. She loves surprises and handles them well so I just have to keep thinking about the big reveal and how awesome that moment will (hopefully) be on that day! But, I do love that you get so much input on the trip and hope to do that next time. What TR were you reading about the Royal rooms???? I'm just discovering TRs now. I was a lurker until just recently and I'm so into these reports I hope to do one when we get back.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:45 PM   #142
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:46 PM   #143
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OKAY!!! I have made my list of ADR choices... I didn't look at anyone else's list because I thought I would feel like a cheater if I did. And I have to admit, some of them are super random guesses, but hey, ya never know!

1. 'Ohana
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:22 AM   #144
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yes, Magnolia Bend (aka the "mansion" section) is scloser to FQ than Alligator Bayou. but it is across the river. parterre place is closer to FQ, but oak manor is closer to old man island and the food court.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:35 AM   #145
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GOOD GRIEF!! What a pain! I can't believe you were on the phone that long, and I really can't believe they gave you a FL resident discount....really doesn't make much sense, does it? Bad mistake on someones part.

We've thought about renting points from David's, too. There are pros and cons....but I'm like you; it makes me nervous. Lots of people do it and have had great success. Perhaps one day we'll give it a try. For our next long trip, we're using some of my parent's RCI points to stay at a villa.

The Royal Rooms are great!!! Faith thought they were beautiful. Needless to say it was a little tight with 5 people, but with yall only having 3 it will be perfect. If I ever get around to it, I'm going to do that mini-TR on POR and the New Fantasyland...I have tons of pics. Will let you know when that gets started. I might need to finish my present TR first

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Old 02-17-2013, 11:41 AM   #146
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It made my day to know my TR influenced your POR choice!

We stayed in Parterre Place, but Oak Manor is a bit closer to the pool, food court, bus stop, etc.; so you may want to put in a request for Oak Manor. Every step you save in walking around the resort is good!

FYI, Parterre Place has a rose garden with patches named after each princess and a really adorable "throne" set up that makes a lovely princess photo opp.
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:00 PM   #147
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I really have to get back to my regular DIS-ing so I'm not always so behind!

I am so excited for you that you get to celebrate your bday in Disney!!!

Well, you already know my feelings on the PIN code. It's very frustrating what you had to go through & they should be able to give you a better explanation of it. I'm glad you sent an email!

I think the POR Royal is absolutely perfect for Maddie!

Ok, I'm horrible at ADR games but I'm gonna give it a shot! Here goes nothing!

1. 'Ohana breakfast
2. 'Ohana dinner
3. CRT
4. Akershus
5. 1900 Park Fare
6. Chef Mickey's
7. Via Napoli
8. 50's PrimeTime
9. Be Our Guest
10. Le Cellier
11. Crystal Palace
12. Chefs de France
13. Mama Melrose
14. Yachtsman
15. Yak & Yeti
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I'm probably completely wrong but those are my very uneducated guesses.

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1. Flame Tree BBQ
2. The Food Court @ POR
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:52 PM   #148
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Hey!! I found your PTR!!!

I am familiar with the concept of a PTR, but I am resigned to the fact that I will probably never have one of my own.

subbing in. Will try to keep up. Looks like you will be departing WDW the day before we arrive!! Love the ADR game, will give it some thought and put in my guesses in a bit. (I usually wait until the last minute on anything like this.)

Sorry to hear about that pin confusion. I'm happy that it led to a positive result, but still feel for you having to go through that. I think sending the email was a good idea, even if you don't get a response, it's good to get that out.

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Old 02-18-2013, 01:36 AM   #149
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It's awesome you let Maddie choose the room to stay in. I'm sure no matter where you stay, you'll absolutely love it.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:38 AM   #150
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Grrr what a frustrating pin saga!!
I think writing to them was definitely a good idea, hopefully avoids this situation for someone in the future!

All the same, you are going to have such a fantastic stay there!!
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