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Old 05-14-2013, 07:16 PM   #3406
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Slightly freaking out! I paid to upgrade to royal river view without realizing your building request was a request not a guarantee...I tried to switch back to royal pool view to guarantee oak manor but there was no availability so I had to stick with river view. Anyone know what the odds are of being granted your request on the building you want? I really want to be in oak manor for the convenience but and scared I will end up in parterre...can anyone ease my mind? Thank you!
You can request Oak Manor, both buildings have very nice riverviews.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:19 PM   #3407
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You can request Oak Manor, both buildings have very nice riverviews.
I did request bldg 90 but just curious what the chances are of my request being honored or how often requests are not honored? Thank you!
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:25 PM   #3408
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I did request bldg 90 but just curious what the chances are of my request being honored or how often requests are not honored? Thank you!
You have a 50 percent chance it will and 50 percent chance it will not.

It totally depends on things that are beyond your control. You could ask the question many different ways but it will always be the same answer.

No one can predict.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:40 PM   #3409
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Slightly freaking out ... scared I will end up in parterre ... can anyone ease my mind?
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It totally depends on things that are beyond your control. You could ask the question many different ways but it will always be the same answer.
And at the end of the day, panicking that much about which out of two adjacent buildings your lovely River View room might be located in for your Walt Disney World vacation does seem to be a bit of a First World Problem... Relax, breathe, and chill!

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Old 05-14-2013, 07:50 PM   #3410
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Slightly freaking out! I paid to upgrade to royal river view without realizing your building request was a request not a guarantee...I tried to switch back to royal pool view to guarantee oak manor but there was no availability so I had to stick with river view. Anyone know what the odds are of being granted your request on the building you want? I really want to be in oak manor for the convenience but and scared I will end up in parterre...can anyone ease my mind? Thank you!
I was in Parterre and it was lovely. No reason to be scared, it's a great location.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:51 PM   #3411
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And at the end of the day, panicking that much about which out of two adjacent buildings your lovely River View room might be located in for your Walt Disney World vacation does seem to be a bit of a First World Problem... Relax, breathe, and chill!

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I suppose you right it's just that my daughter was diagnosed with several medical conditions this year and we have been to dr.s apps weekly for the past year. This trip to us was just a way to try to move forward a bit and forgot about some of that....just want it to be perfect for us...as I know everyone does thanks!
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Just booked our room for January 11-19. We threw around the idea of staying at the Boardwalk or Beach Club but we were both sad to not be going back to POR so after a few months of thinking it over, we scratched that idea for now. We have another 10 day trip to plan for October 2014 for DD's 3rd birthday so maybe we'll consider it then. POR just feels like "home" to us so it's hard to think about not staying there!

We were in a royal room in Parterre a few months ago and thought it was great. Didn't really seem far from anything. We had booked a standard view and our only request was to be on the ground level because of the stroller, but were given a garden view which was nice. We booked a standard view again since we really are happy with that. Just hoping some sort of discount comes along but we'll see!

DH will be running the Dopey Challenge so he'll be down on January 11 ahead of DD and me but staying at pop century. We've never stayed in a value so we'll see what he thinks compared to POR.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:06 PM   #3413
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Pirate Cruise

How far ahead of time can I make reservations for the kids pirate cruise?

Also, is there a page with info about how long the shows and parades are at the parks?
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Just booked our room for January 11-19. We threw around the idea of staying at the Boardwalk or Beach Club but we were both sad to not be going back to POR so after a few months of thinking it over, we scratched that idea for now. We have another 10 day trip to plan for October 2014 for DD's 3rd birthday so maybe we'll consider it then. POR just feels like "home" to us so it's hard to think about not staying there!

We were in a royal room in Parterre a few months ago and thought it was great. Didn't really seem far from anything. We had booked a standard view and our only request was to be on the ground level because of the stroller, but were given a garden view which was nice. We booked a standard view again since we really are happy with that. Just hoping some sort of discount comes along but we'll see!

DH will be running the Dopey Challenge so he'll be down on January 11 ahead of DD and me but staying at pop century. We've never stayed in a value so we'll see what he thinks compared to POR.
POR is our home resort also... but we SPLURGED last July for three nights at Beach Club and LOVED it!!! We will certainly do it again... but only for SHORT trips as it is a bit pricey... but the POOL was UNBELIEVABLE... THAT trip was a strictly RESORT stay... we did not go to the parks! We stayed there after returning from a cruise and just wanted to try a Deluxe! LOVED being able to RELAX at the pool... walk around to the BoardWalk! SO much to see and DO without even hitting the parks! We road the boat... we took a bus to DTD... we ate at several resorts and took the monorail to one of our ressies... we LOVED just RELAXING!!!
If you take a shorter trip I would certainly recommend BC!
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:19 PM   #3415
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Just back from POR, What a beautiful resort! This was our first stay and it was so gorgeous! Upon arrival we were met outside for check-in, where we were escorted into the foyer and our room was ready and very close. my only request by fax and from online checkin and over phone was to have a first floor corner room, we did get a first floor but no corner. We were in building 14 in 1403, which was both extremely close to the South Bus Stop and dining. yes we had a parking lot view but it was also very close to the Quiet pool and the main pool. And just steps away from a view. As we walked every where anyway and did not open our blinds or sit right outside our door, I did not have an issue. One morning on my walks around the grounds I even saw otters at play in a small pond near building 16!

The beds were comfy and we slept well, we had five people and my daughter loved her special bed. we had plenty of room, and used a hanging storage unit hung in the closet for clothes.

The food court was good, and yes it gets busy around 8:30, but getting coffee around 7:00 I had no issue. We tried the make your own pasta and yes it was huge and we are big eaters and yes it was plenty to split between my daughter and myself, they gave us 2 plates for easy splitting. oh and it was so yummy! We tried the make your own omelets too on our last day and they were good too!

Our only issue was we had no maid service on our next to the last day and had left rather early around 8:30 and did not return until 10:00 pm but we had to call because we needed towels and TP ect, was not sure why we were missed. We did get three towel animals the first day, a mother hen and her chicks and an alligator the second day.

We watched a movie on the lawn and BOB's show was a highlight of our trip! we sat right in front and loved every minute of the hour and a half show. We all laughed and sang along! I even lead the conga line! and my youngest was a leader too! what fun.

We even ate at Boatwrights, very good! the prime rib and steak and pork chop was great and my daughter really liked her grilled fish. the only issue was the collard green, I have never tasted them so spicy, and I make them from scratch.

My girls loved getting their hair wrapped and it still looks great!

Now for the buses, The mornings went well, but returning in the afternoon after a break before dinner, even giving ourselves an hour and a half, they just were not coming, so we hired a taxi one evening to get back to MK for a dinner reservation we had waited 40 minutes. Coming "home" from the parks the lines were so long that we took the French Quarter bus back and then the ferry back to POR and made great time and the buses were much less crowded, no one standing, while it would have taken 3 buses to for the line at the POR bus stop. much more relaxing too.

All in all we had a great trip thank you all for the info I gained from this board and portorleans.org
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it's just that my daughter was diagnosed with several medical conditions this year and we have been to dr.s apps weekly for the past year. This trip to us was just a way to try to move forward a bit and forgot about some of that....just want it to be perfect for us...as I know everyone does thanks!
If the medical conditions might effect her stamina or ability to walk longer distances, it would be worth letting the resort know. You are much more likely to get a medical-reasons request fulfilled than just a general preference one (although, to be fair, POR are pretty good with general preferences too). You can either contact the WDW Special Assistance line in advance if it's a serious concern (on 1-407-939-7807) or otherwise just fax the resort a few days before your arrival and let them know what would work best for you. But as you've got a Royal River View booked, your chances are pretty good for a relatively short walking distance anyway (see my detailed floorplan maps at www.portorleans.org/royal-rooms.php).

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How far ahead of time can I make reservations for the kids pirate cruise?

Also, is there a page with info about how long the shows and parades are at the parks?
Same as ADR's; 180 days in advance.

You can post questions about the parks on the Theme Parks and Strategies Board.
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Hi just a quick check in. We arrived at 1100 Monday. They are having lots of glitches and problems. Online check in line was empty but regular check in was very long. No one greeting when we arrived. The CM who checked us in was very unfriendly and not pleasant. Told us we got connecting rooms, but they were not ready. I asked what building we were in and was told we do not give out building info or room numbers. There are 2 royal room bulidings you will be in one of them. You will get a text when they are ready. You won't whose room it will be until you try the door with your room key. Also told room won't be ready until probably 4 or 5. Told they don't give birthday pins out if we want them ask at the park. This was the only CM like that everyone else since has been over the top friendly and amazing.

We went to the MK. 5 pm still no text. We returned, no apology but rooms were ready a long time ago. Told the CM never put in text request. Last night found out there was a system glitch and more than half those checking in did not get their texts.

We got all our requests. 2nd floor, connecting rooms, close to bridge. Couldn't be more happy when we saw our rooms. I know it is listed as garden view but we look at the river in Oak manor. The movies are right outside our room. I know people say it is spread out but main building, pool, and the mansion bus stop are all very close. We cut through our building to get the car or bus. We can hear the pool dj but no boqt horns or the movies from in our rooms. Royal rooms are really cute and fun.

Pool was amazing. Went for about an hour yesterday. The girls didn't want to leave. I think they hit that slide at least 20 times. Even the promise of dinner with the princesses wasn't enough to get them out.

Had a major glitch will fill in later off to eat breakfast.
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Hi just a quick check in. We arrived at 1100 Monday. They are having lots of glitches and problems. Online check in line was empty but regular check in was very long. No one greeting when we arrived. The CM who checked us in was very unfriendly and not pleasant. Told us we got connecting rooms, but they were not ready. I asked what building we were in and was told we do not give out building info or room numbers. There are 2 royal room bulidings you will be in one of them. You will get a text when they are ready. You won't whose room it will be until you try the door with your room key. Also told room won't be ready until probably 4 or 5. Told they don't give birthday pins out if we want them ask at the park. This was the only CM like that everyone else since has been over the top friendly and amazing.

We went to the MK. 5 pm still no text. We returned, no apology but rooms were ready a long time ago. Told the CM never put in text request. Last night found out there was a system glitch and more than half those checking in did not get their texts.

We got all our requests. 2nd floor, connecting rooms, close to bridge. Couldn't be more happy when we saw our rooms. I know it is listed as garden view but we look at the river in Oak manor. The movies are right outside our room. I know people say it is spread out but main building, pool, and the mansion bus stop are all very close. We cut through our building to get the car or bus. We can hear the pool dj but no boqt horns or the movies from in our rooms. Royal rooms are really cute and fun.

Pool was amazing. Went for about an hour yesterday. The girls didn't want to leave. I think they hit that slide at least 20 times. Even the promise of dinner with the princesses wasn't enough to get them out.

Had a major glitch will fill in later off to eat breakfast.
Thank you for the update!!
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I am wondering if all the glitches had to do with rolling out the new RFID's????
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