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Old 04-28-2013, 07:14 AM   #2911
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I am promoting this hotel for our stay in August- but my kids are pushing for CBR! They don't think this one looks as interesting- but I think it's lovely. Any suggestions for what perks this resort has over CBR?
My kids love taking the boat to downtown Disney from POR!
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:23 AM   #2912
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Do you think it is a mistake not to fax any requests if we booked a standard room? DH and I have been going back an forth. I want AB so we can have the Murphy bed and my two kids don't have to sleep together (DD 4 and DS 6) but he would prefer the mansions because of the look. We decided to just not put any requests and leave it to chance. We considered requesting "close to the main building" but then decided to just let it be. Now I am worried!!!! Any thoughts?
Honestly, if it was just my family going, I probably wouldn't put any requests in. It is a big resort, but it is so beautiful that we actually enjoy the walk to the pool, food court, etc. However, we travel with my parents and mom has a bad knee so I usually request connecting rooms on the first floor close to the main building to cut down on the amount of walking she has to do. If it weren't for that, I would leave it up to fate. You never know, you might like where Disney puts you better than what you would have picked out yourself! Now, if you have a specific reason for making a certain request, then by all means, go ahead!
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:04 AM   #2913
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Ok today is my 180 day mark and balanced is paid (thanks Mr Taxman) and ADR's are made. So is it too early to pack??

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Old 04-28-2013, 08:11 AM   #2914
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I have been reading this forum for weeks! My family's first trip in 9 days. Soooo excited. As we are driving down from Ontario. Thanks for all of the helpful advice that everyone posts, really don't care how close or far from bus stops we are, just happy to be going! Quick question though, with a standard room are we more likely to be in the AB section? Kind of hoping for it, but kind of thinking we will be wherever we are supposed to be!
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:54 AM   #2915
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Ok today is my 180 day mark and balanced is paid (thanks Mr Taxman) and ADR's are made. So is it too early to pack??

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Mr Taxman screwed up for us. We still have to wait at least 3 more weeks. We did use part of the refund to make our reservation though. DH keeps asking when were getting the rest since he wants to pay off the vacation so bad. We're so excite about it. We're already thinking about the bounce back offer even though we haven't even taken this trip, lol.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:57 PM   #2916
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So excited for our first stay at POR. We have stayed at the Yacht and Beach Club before, as well as staying at POFQ in 2006, but we are really looking forward to Riverside! Only 69 more days until we are there! Any standard room recommendations for the Royal Rooms?

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Old 04-28-2013, 02:29 PM   #2917
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Does Muddy Rivers (at the pool) serve food? and if so, what kind, is there a menu anywhere? The menu on the DIS just has drinks. If not, how far is the walk from the pool to the CS up front? I was planning an evening at the pool and just thought we would eat a light dinner while there. tia
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:44 PM   #2918
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Didn't see anything foodwise at Muddy River this past Wednesday & really didn't look like they were set up to accommodate making food. It's a quick walk over the bridge to the food court & we saw alot of people bringing food from there to the pool area. Great place to relax & unwind!
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:48 PM   #2919
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:08 PM   #2920
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Do you think it is a mistake not to fax any requests if we booked a standard room? DH and I have been going back an forth. I want AB so we can have the Murphy bed and my two kids don't have to sleep together (DD 4 and DS 6) but he would prefer the mansions because of the look. We decided to just not put any requests and leave it to chance. We considered requesting "close to the main building" but then decided to just let it be. Now I am worried!!!! Any thoughts?
Which would upset the vacation more? Your kids having to sleep in the same bed or your DH having to stay in AB? Also, will DD and DS fight over who gets to sleep in which bed?
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:47 PM   #2921
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Help we can't decide for 100$ more we can stay at pofq we are at AOA first time to Disney dh ds13 dd6 staying sept 22-28 just don't know if we should change we are a loud fun family both seem great. Bus for AOA is a plus becouse it's there own . Help me decide please. We are getting the better dinning plan ( hope free) .so I would have to pay more at AOA and and nothing at pofq but all together 100 more.
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:57 PM   #2922
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Help we can't decide for 100$ more we can stay at pofq we are at AOA first time to Disney dh ds13 dd6 staying sept 22-28 just don't know if we should change we are a loud fun family both seem great. Bus for AOA is a plus becouse it's there own . Help me decide please. We are getting the better dinning plan ( hope free) .so I would have to pay more at AOA and and nothing at pofq but all together 100 more.
Just remember AoA is a value resort, without a boat to DTD without a sit down restaurant and no slide at the pool, while it is new and has family suites POR is a moderate with many more amenities.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:00 PM   #2923
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Well if free dining is offered like what they are thinking we are hoping to upgrade to POR for our first stay at a moderate. We have always stayed at POP and we are currently booked at AOA. We are arriving on 9/1 and the free dining is supposed to start on 9/2 so we will have to do a room only reservation the first night before starting the free dining package. Are the chances pretty good that we will be able to keep our same room? If we can't stay in the same room will they hold your luggage for you all day? We really want to be at MK at rope drop on 9/2 so want to get checked in under the package as early as we can.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:43 PM   #2924
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My husband and I just returned from an 8 day, 7 night stay at POR. This was our first time staying on Disney property, and overall we were very pleased with our choice of Riverside. The resort is absolutely gorgeous, and we loved the general atmosphere. Here are some of my observations from our stay:

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We booked a standard view room when we made the reservations. When we checked in, we were told that we would have a garden view (woohoo - upgrade!) in Alligator Bayou - Building 26, room 2656. Our room was a corner room on the second floor.

The view was quite pretty - it overlooked a wooded section of the resort. However, we didn't have the curtains open very often, as I don't like the thought of people walking by and peeking in. That is one thing I did not like about the resort, and wish the door/window set up was more like the deluxe resort style (although, I guess Disney has to have some things to set apart the moderates from the deluxes )

The interior decor was fabulous. We loved Disney's attention to detail - we really felt like we were part of the "bayou." During the week, the room was in a nice, quiet location of POR. It was about a 5 minute walk to the lobby/food court (I actually wore my pedometer during the week, and found that it was approximately 600 steps from our door to the food court. 1200 steps round trip )

Overall, the beds were not as comfortable as I would have liked. I'm used to (and prefer) a nice, soft bed. The POR beds were a bit firm for me. Because of this, I did have some trouble sleeping. However, the bedspread was nice and thick, and quite comfortable.

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Mousekeeping was fantastic! We would leave our room around 9/10 in the morning and return for a break in the afternoon (normally by 2), and our room was always cleaned during that time frame. Our mousekeeper was great about bringing us new shampoo/conditioner/soap each day. As such, I was able to bring home quite the hoard of Mickey soap .

My only minor complaint was that sometimes our mousekeeper was too efficient at cleaning. A couple times I had left a half full bottled water on the nightstand (meaning to finish it off later), and would return to find that our mousekeeper had thrown it away. Once, she also threw away half used Mickey shampoo/conditioner (and replaced with new ones). I thought it was kind of odd to waste the bottles when there was still soap in them.

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The food court at POR was fantastic. The cinnamon rolls are excellent (and I'm bummed out that I didn't discover this until the day before we left.) I normally tried to get to the food court by 7 am to get my coffee (still Nescrape) and found the food court pretty empty. A couple times I slept in and got to the food court around 8:30/9. By that time, it was PACKED. There were also several teenager groups (choir/cheerleaders/band/etc) staying at the resort, and this was normally when they were there trying to eat, which could explain the extra crowd.

We only ate dinner at the food court twice. Once we did the "make your own pasta" station. It was delicious - but be warned: the servings are HUGE. One serving is definitely enough for two people to split. The other night we ate dinner there, I had the "make your own salad." It was quite good as well. My husband was craving fried food that night and settled for chicken tenders and fries. He said they were pretty standard.

We did eat at Boatwrights one night. We both split the Romaine Salad appetizer and the Pasta with Shrimp entree. Both were delicious. Even with us splitting the app/entree, we both had huge servings. Neither my husband nor I could finish our pasta. For dessert I had the pecan pie (YUM!) and my husband had the Butterscotch Creme Brulee (he enjoyed this).

Extras:
Carriage Ride - My husband surprised me with a carriage ride one night. It was such a fun way to explore the resort (we had the driver take us on a tour of POFQ). The ride was only $45 for about 30 minutes, and the carriage could easily fit 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children. It was a nice way to spend the evening.

Boat to DTD - We loved riding the boats to DTD. The scenery is gorgeous. However, catching the boat at the POR dock did take awhile. Both times we rode the boats, the line at the dock was HUGE. We had to wait for 4-5 boats to come through before we got on. However, coming back to POR from DTD, we had little to no wait.

Transportation - we rented a car while we were there, so didn't rely on Disney transportation (other than the boats to DTD). We found the drives to the different parks and other resorts to be quite easy. Disney does a great job of providing ample signs pointing the direction to different locations. Our longest drive was to Animal Kingdom - and it only took us 10 minutes. Our shortest drive was to Epcot - it took about 5 minutes.

Overall:
We would definitely stay at POR again. I would like to stay in a Mansion room next time we go - just for a change of decor.

I did take a lot of pictures that I wouldn't mind sharing if there is any interest. They just need to finish uploading onto photobucket.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:52 PM   #2925
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Which would upset the vacation more? Your kids having to sleep in the same bed or your DH having to stay in AB? Also, will DD and DS fight over who gets to sleep in which bed?
That's the thing. Certainly my husband won't care if we stay in AB. He wouldn't even have voiced an opinion if I hadn't forced one out of him. I don't think the kids will fight over who gets what bed. I do think there is potential for complaints about the other bothering the other if they sleep in the same bed. I expect that they will be pretty zonked and it will probably be easily squashed (and that is DH's opinion as well). Basically, I don't think it is that big of a deal so can't be easily persuaded to make a request. I think I feel hesitant to request because what if we would have ended up with something better if we just left it to chance???? Ugh. How does one stop Disney obsessing ?
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