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Old 05-11-2013, 09:13 AM   #3256
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I have a question about the buses.

For our October trip, we are staying in AB in a preferred room so we plan to use the south depot. From what I understand, the bus picks up at POFQ first, then South depot is the next stop. Do the buses ever completely fill up at POFQ? Is it often standing room only by the time it gets to POR? I'm used to POP with one bus stop, so it has me a bit worried.

We are rope droppers so will be using the early buses, as well as taking afternoon breaks and staying at parks til close. We never had any issues with POP buses even after Wishes in early August loved POP but am very excited to try POR.
When we were there in October, we never had that issue. It happened once in December, but that was closer to Christmas. I'm sure there are times during the day it can happen, but we didn't have that issue. After Wishes and the Halloween and Christmas parties, there were at least 2 buses for POR...they came prepared!
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:41 AM   #3257
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About how long would it take to get from the hotel to the Beach Club? We have a 5:30 dinner reservation at Cape May and want to make sure we budget enough time
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:13 AM   #3258
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I do not suggest the online check in either, some do. Because that could, not saying it will, reset the requests and clear them out. What I would do is take the room request fax I have prepared in the third post on the first page of this thread and prepare yourself a little request list. Send it in about 7-10 days out and you should, but not always get some type of confirmation back from the Room Team. If you need any further help when you get to ten posts you can Private Message me on these forums and we can go over it further.
Ahh crap, I just did online check in last night. We originally booked preferred and once the discount came out, we had to switch to river view. So the TA put in notes to have us as close to preferred as possible, since that was our original booking. So I may or may not have wrecked that?!? I'll send the fax and hope that does it. If not...we're still at Disney, right!? How bad could it be!

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Ahh crap, I just did online check in last night. We originally booked preferred and once the discount came out, we had to switch to river view. So the TA put in notes to have us as close to preferred as possible, since that was our original booking. So I may or may not have wrecked that?!? I'll send the fax and hope that does it. If not...we're still at Disney, right!? How bad could it be!

I wouldn't worry about it. My TA put in requests, I did online check in and then I faxed my request using Venom's template. I got all of my requests, which I wasn't expecting and was extremely happy about!
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About how long would it take to get from the hotel to the Beach Club? We have a 5:30 dinner reservation at Cape May and want to make sure we budget enough time
There's a couple of ways you could go...Resort to Resort is always the most lengthy prospect, unless you are going to OKW or POFQ, of course. I'd take the boat to DTD then the bus to Beach Club. Or you could take the bus to Epcot & walk to Beach club, but that would take longer. By car, it would be 10 minutes.

Incidentally, when we went to Hoop De Doo, it was faster (for us) to take bus to MK then boat to Fort Wilderness.
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About how long would it take to get from the hotel to the Beach Club? We have a 5:30 dinner reservation at Cape May and want to make sure we budget enough time
When we were there a couple of weeks ago, we took cabs when we went to other resorts for dinner. I think the most we spent was $15 plus tip and it was always really fast. They were even to accommodate our whole group of 7.
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I wouldn't worry about it. My TA put in requests, I did online check in and then I faxed my request using Venom's template. I got all of my requests, which I wasn't expecting and was extremely happy about!
Thank you!! I'll make sure to do the fax and we'll cross our fingers!
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There's a couple of ways you could go...Resort to Resort is always the most lengthy prospect, unless you are going to OKW or POFQ, of course. I'd take the boat to DTD then the bus to Beach Club. Or you could take the bus to Epcot & walk to Beach club, but that would take longer. By car, it would be 10 minutes.

Incidentally, when we went to Hoop De Doo, it was faster (for us) to take bus to MK then boat to Fort Wilderness.
It might be faster to take the bus to DHS then walk or boat to BC. Or do what I do. I drive myself, takes no time at all, well maybe 5 to 7 minutes.
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There's a couple of ways you could go...Resort to Resort is always the most lengthy prospect, unless you are going to OKW or POFQ, of course. I'd take the boat to DTD then the bus to Beach Club. Or you could take the bus to Epcot & walk to Beach club, but that would take longer. By car, it would be 10 minutes.

Incidentally, when we went to Hoop De Doo, it was faster (for us) to take bus to MK then boat to Fort Wilderness.
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Ahh crap, I just did online check in last night.
Don't worry, that's what it's there for. It shouldn't remove any existing notes from your reservation (well it's not meant to anyway) but since you are faxing the resort just before you arrive, it won't matter anyway.

Between 25%-40% of guests currently do online checkin apparently, and I know that the room assignment manager at Port Orleans recommends that you use the facility if you can, so you're in good company.

Once Magic Bands are in general use, I think more and more people will being doing online checkin, as that will be the only way to customise your bands, choose colours, etc - if you just check in at the desk when you arrive, you'll most likely get generic grey ones.

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Or you could take the bus to Epcot & walk to Beach club, but that would take longer.
That would require actually entering Epcot, which would be a problem if you'd already been to a park that day and didn't have park hoppers. When I book a dinner at a resort other than the one I'm staying at, I book it for a day when I'm going to be at the closest park so that I then go from the park to the resort, which is much easier than resort to resort. Obviously I still have to get back to my resort, but I just see it as a good excuse to go to DTD. (Although if I'm eating at a monorail resort and MK is still open, that's an easy park to use as a transfer point.)
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:53 PM   #3267
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I was so thrilled to finally book Contemporary Standard view for our family of five when freedining came out, tried for months to snag standard view. However, friends we made on a cruise last year are staying at POR, so I thought I would price it out for us...we would save $1050!!!!!

Our youngest is 14 and 5'6 and 100 pounds, she is fine sleeping on the 65" Murphy bed, if I can talk my 6'3 17 year old son into sleeping with Dad...could this work or us? I was encouraged when my friend said her daughter who is 5'6 slept on it with noproblem...before I cancel my hard to come by CR ressie..can any make me feel better about this being workable?
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I was so thrilled to finally book Contemporary Standard view for our family of five when freedining came out, tried for months to snag standard view. However, friends we made on a cruise last year are staying at POR, so I thought I would price it out for us...we would save $1050!!!!!

Our youngest is 14 and 5'6 and 100 pounds, she is fine sleeping on the 65" Murphy bed, if I can talk my 6'3 17 year old son into sleeping with Dad...could this work or us? I was encouraged when my friend said her daughter who is 5'6 slept on it with noproblem...before I cancel my hard to come by CR ressie..can any make me feel better about this being workable?

According to Andre's site, the new Murphy beds are only 63 inches long (5ft 3in) which would mean your daughter is 3 inches longer than the bed. I don't know that she'd be very comfy! Has she slept on them before? Maybe you could bring an air mattress for her?
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According to Andre's site, the new Murphy beds are only 63 inches long (5ft 3in) which would mean your daughter is 3 inches longer than the bed. I don't know that she'd be very comfy! Has she slept on them before? Maybe you could bring an air mattress for her?
Someone measured it as "Although I measured it as about 66″ long, you probably want to save it for kids 5 feet tall or shorter."

She sleeps all curled up so she should be fine, she's the kid who prefers to put two chairs together and sleep on them at sleepovers than be on an air mattress...my 6'3 son is actually saying he'd like ot sleep on the small murphy bed! He likes cozy! HA! We'll have to be guinea pig family...have stayed at CR, Poly, AKL and OKW...so this will be an 'adventure'
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We'll be checking into POR in 13 days! We have 7:30am reservations at Ohana for breakfast. What is the best way to get there? We will have a car if driving is the best option. We will be going to MK following breakfast. Thanks so much!
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