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Old 05-16-2013, 12:06 PM   #3496
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There is a late check-out, but housekeeping will have to approve it and you won't know until the morning of check-out; there is a fee for doing so and it is done based on availability.
I don't recall there being a fee for a late checkout up until 1pm. However, after 1 pm is a different story.
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:33 PM   #3497
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Well, I got back yesterday from my 7 day trip.

Sadly, I will probably never stay at POR again unless it's a REALLY good deal money wise.

The resort is beautiful, but that's where it stopped for me. I was in preferred building 18, corner room, second floor with a king bed.

The resort is TOO big and too confusing. I booked a moderate because I wanted a hot tub, I got to the hot tub once. Even in a preferred building, the walk was just too far after a full day in the parks.

The room was okay... the bed was a little softer than concrete, the drapes didn't keep the light out well, the shower was extremely weak. A big negative was that the TV was mounted flat against the wall above the murphy bed. The only way I could watch TV was to be lying in the bed. I couldn't sit at the table, work, and watch TV.

The food court was a little better than a value resort and Boatwrights is only open for dinner. I would have had lunch and breakfast there.

However, the worst part had to be the buses. They were truly awful. I had my 45+ minute wait for an AK bus and this was BEFORE the parks opened. I had an hour wait for an EPCOT bus.. which is the closest park.. we watched 6 MK buses go by before an Epcot bus showed up. The 4 separate bus stops make the buses even more intolerable.

I think I'll just stick to values because I can't afford GF or Contemporary. I may try POFQ because the resort is more compact, one bus stop, and beignets are GREAT.
OMG - your experience is totally opposite of the two recent visits my husband and I just had in April at POR. We had a preferred room in AB Building 18 the first time, and AB Building 14 the second. The room in Building 18 was on the first floor-middle of the building. The walk to the bus stop was practically right out the door & across the parking lot. We had no issues whatsoever with waiting for the buses to come. They were constantly coming no matter what time of day we went or what park we were going to. One time coming back from a park we actually took a POFQ bus back so that we could go through their resort & then caught the boat back to POR. Never had to stand on any of the buses either. We went to all 4 parks while we were there.

Building 14 is in the same quad as building 18 & we had a second floor room there. It was even closer to the bus stop, the food court & everything else. Loved the quiet pool right there by building 18. Never went to the main pool to swim, just to relax at the Muddy Rivers Pool Bar.

Food court was great - food was good. Alot better than we've gotten at POP, or any of the AllStars. We used the boat to DTD alot & also took a carriage ride around the resorts.

We've stayed at all levels of the resorts, but love POR & we are planning to go back there in the Fall and probably stay in the mansions to see what the other side of the river is like.

Our worst issues with buses, food courts & overall rooms has been POP & we won't ever stay there again.
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:51 PM   #3498
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Well, I got back yesterday from my 7 day trip.

Sadly, I will probably never stay at POR again unless it's a REALLY good deal money wise.

The resort is beautiful, but that's where it stopped for me. I was in preferred building 18, corner room, second floor with a king bed.

The resort is TOO big and too confusing. I booked a moderate because I wanted a hot tub, I got to the hot tub once. Even in a preferred building, the walk was just too far after a full day in the parks.

The room was okay... the bed was a little softer than concrete, the drapes didn't keep the light out well, the shower was extremely weak. A big negative was that the TV was mounted flat against the wall above the murphy bed. The only way I could watch TV was to be lying in the bed. I couldn't sit at the table, work, and watch TV.

The food court was a little better than a value resort and Boatwrights is only open for dinner. I would have had lunch and breakfast there.

However, the worst part had to be the buses. They were truly awful. I had my 45+ minute wait for an AK bus and this was BEFORE the parks opened. I had an hour wait for an EPCOT bus.. which is the closest park.. we watched 6 MK buses go by before an Epcot bus showed up. The 4 separate bus stops make the buses even more intolerable.

I think I'll just stick to values because I can't afford GF or Contemporary. I may try POFQ because the resort is more compact, one bus stop, and beignets are GREAT.
I have to agree with the Buses issue last week when we were there, coming back to the resort in the afternoon for a break and then back to parks for dinners proved to be horrible and if you were doing a park that did not have EMH you were pretty much out of luck. they were the only ones that seemed to have lots of buses going back and forth in fact one bus from MK to POR on 5/12 in the evening was in an accident.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:06 PM   #3499
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Thanks Andre, you and this site are so helpful. I. Opted 2 specific building requests in AB (I booked river view to stay "close" to facilities), but I'm thinking I should change that to just AB....
If you've booked River View then a simple AB request should hopefully get you 14, 27 or 38. 14 and 27 are very close to everything, and even 38 is pretty good too. Maybe request "Alligator Bayou, ideally buildings 14 or 27 if possible".


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Upstairs / Downstairs, Corner Room, and I think but cannot remember for sure, near an elevator, which would put you on the Magnolia Bend side, as there are no elevators in the AB section.
When they started this new system, for a couple of weeks they had "water view" in the requests section. Given that this is a booking category not a request, the room inventory manager got them to remove that tick-box pretty sharpish!


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Anyone know if they only have the HA roll in shower rooms for a family of 5 in building 15? That's where we were last month and it was a preferred room facing parking lot.. it was great. Hoping to maybe get the same room..
I assume you were in 1501/02? If so then, yes that's the only option for a party of five with wheelchair accessibility. It was set up especially for that purpose, as the other wheelchair modified rooms do not allow enough space to install the pull-down bed over the bench seat.


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Can I request and early check-in instead of it being at the normal afternoon check-in time?
Sure, you can check-in as early as 6-7am - but they won't guarantee that your room will be ready before the official 3pm window. That said many people are given rooms a lot earlier, but obviously it's luck of the draw as to whether they have enough rooms cleaned and prepped for the next guests. To guarantee a room to be ready at 7am, you'd need to book and pay for the night before.


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OMG - your experience is totally opposite of the two recent visits my husband and I just had in April at POR. We had a preferred room in AB Building 18 the first time, and AB Building 14 the second. The room in Building 18 was on the first floor-middle of the building. The walk to the bus stop was practically right out the door & across the parking lot. We had no issues whatsoever with waiting for the buses to come.
It's so strange how polarising POR can be. We hear loads of stories of people who love the place, and yet there are also horror tales such as Chuckers' recent stay. And he was in building 18, and yet thought the place was a maze, too far from the hot tub for quick access, etc. Yet you thought the opposite about the same building.

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We used the busses when we were there a couple of weeks ago and never waited more than maybe 15 minutes.
And the buses can end up with horror/praise stories within the same day!

It's a funny old world...

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Old 05-16-2013, 01:35 PM   #3500
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It's so strange how polarising POR can be. We hear loads of stories of people who love the place, and yet there are also horror tales such as Chuckers' recent stay. And he was in building 18, and yet thought the place was a maze, too far from the hot tub for quick access, etc. Yet you thought the opposite about the same building.



And the buses can end up with horror/praise stories within the same day!

It's a funny old world...

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I actually feel bad that I didn't like it. I will admit it got easier to navigate after a few days, but the signs were kind of confusing. There are two signs for South Depot right next to each other near building 18. One sign points to go AROUND the end of building 15 and the other points to a walkway between 14 and 15 - which is MUCH closer and quicker.

I found it pretty amazing that people had no clue which depot they used to get on the bus. Several people asked ME which depot they needed to get off on.. and when I asked them if they were in the mansions or the bayou, they didn't know. (All of the ones I spoke to turned out to be in the mansions.)

I was lucky in Bldg 18, because if I walked a little bit, I could usually see the top of Fulton's or the Dining area, so I could always figure out which direction to go.

I think the stay started off on the wrong foot when it took me two hours to check in because my reservation was totally hosed. And while that wasn't the resorts fault... the resort stay got soured from the start.
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Don't ever feel bad about your feelings about a particular resort, good or bad.

I stayed at SSR a few years ago, on the 4/3 deal, it was my least favorite place to stay so far. I thought, hey, it is a deluxe, we have a balcony view above the lake, we have a kitchenette to make breakfast every morning, it has a great restaurant, it is just a hop, skip and a jump from DTD which I love.

But twice I went down to POR and almost cried that I didn't stay there.

I did not like the food court at all. I did not like the bus loop and having to share buses our stop with THV. The resort just seemed so huge to me. The pool just seemed to always be so crowded. Most of all, we seemed to have less space with three people, then I did with four people in a standard room at POR. I got so tired of finding places to stash all the pillows from the sofa bed, the cocktail table had to go in front of the sliding glass door and you had to climb over it to get out, and there seemed to be so little storage space.

You will see people who rave about, but alas, it was a good experience, but just not for me.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:58 PM   #3502
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We always request the 2nd floor, at CBR and POR, for 3 reasons. No chance of hearing anyone running or jumping above us. For my wife's sake, less chance of a snake following us into the room. Most people request 1st floor which might up our chances of getting our location requests met since we also request 2nd floor.
This is pretty much the reasons I like higher floors especially the snake part! I've been to Florida twice and never realised there were snakes until I read something here.

Anyway I have 120 days (82 work days!) to go and super happy because I started buying summer clothes
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We are travelling with a 7 year old boy who has accumulated quite a few gift cards to bring for his spending money. Can he have charging priviledges set up on his room key/park pass? I was telling my friend (the mom) how i was going to have all my gift cards applied to my room charge as a credit balance when we check in so i dont have to carry them all around and she thought that was a great idea to do for him too. Not on her card but on his. He's very excited about having his own spending money to bring

I just for some reason thought children couldn't have charging priviledges. Am I right or wrong?
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We are travelling with a 7 year old boy who has accumulated quite a few gift cards to bring for his spending money. Can he have charging priviledges set up on his room key/park pass? I was telling my friend (the mom) how i was going to have all my gift cards applied to my room charge as a credit balance when we check in so i dont have to carry them all around and she thought that was a great idea to do for him too. Not on her card but on his. He's very excited about having his own spending money to bring

I just for some reason thought children couldn't have charging priviledges. Am I right or wrong?
Children can have charging privileges but the charges all go on the account of the person whose name the reservation is in.
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We are travelling with a 7 year old boy who has accumulated quite a few gift cards to bring for his spending money. Can he have charging priviledges set up on his room key/park pass? I was telling my friend (the mom) how i was going to have all my gift cards applied to my room charge as a credit balance when we check in so i dont have to carry them all around and she thought that was a great idea to do for him too. Not on her card but on his. He's very excited about having his own spending money to bring

I just for some reason thought children couldn't have charging priviledges. Am I right or wrong?
My girls all had charging privileges, my youngest being 11. We charged everything to the room and I kept track of how much they spent. Halfway thru the week I went to the front desk with their gift cards and paid off what they had spent so far. Anything your son charges will go on the rooms account, he won't have his own.
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Hi oh wise POR people! I am researching a trip for DH and I to go for my 30th birthday in April. This will be our first moderate resort and I finally landed on POR after weeks of research on pretty much all the resorts.

We are planning on renting a car, but I still have a question on location...I really like the Mansions section based on appearance, but I'm concerned on distance to the main building (to refill mugs and get breakfast, etc). Any guestimate of how long of a walk it is? What is the best of the mansions building?

Outside of that, I don't mind location since we'll be driving to parks.

Thanks for the help!!!
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Hi oh wise POR people! I am researching a trip for DH and I to go for my 30th birthday in April. This will be our first moderate resort and I finally landed on POR after weeks of research on pretty much all the resorts.

We are planning on renting a car, but I still have a question on location...I really like the Mansions section based on appearance, but I'm concerned on distance to the main building (to refill mugs and get breakfast, etc). Any guestimate of how long of a walk it is? What is the best of the mansions building?

Outside of that, I don't mind location since we'll be driving to parks.

Thanks for the help!!!
I stayed in Magnolia Terrace. It's right next to the footbridge to the main pool and then past it is the main building. It's a 5-10 minute walk depending on how quickly you walk and the location of your room in that particular building.
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I stayed in Magnolia Terrace. It's right next to the footbridge to the main pool and then past it is the main building. It's a 5-10 minute walk depending on how quickly you walk and the location of your room in that particular building.
CareHeartsDisney - thanks for that info. DH & I have been staying in the AB preferred rooms but have been talking about a riverview room in Magnolia Terrace to see the difference. We know the movies play on that side of the river by the mansions so that is intriguing too even though we are past the age of kids..........LOL!!
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CareHeartsDisney - thanks for that info. DH & I have been staying in the AB preferred rooms but have been talking about a riverview room in Magnolia Terrace to see the difference. We know the movies play on that side of the river by the mansions so that is intriguing too even though we are past the age of kids..........LOL!!
You're welcome! My kids have stayed at POR, Poly, AoA (in a Cars suite) and at CSR. Their favorite resort was Poly followed by POR, AoA and CSR. We all loved POR and it was a ton less expensive than the Poly!
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Hi oh wise POR people! I am researching a trip for DH and I to go for my 30th birthday in April. This will be our first moderate resort and I finally landed on POR after weeks of research on pretty much all the resorts.

We are planning on renting a car, but I still have a question on location...I really like the Mansions section based on appearance, but I'm concerned on distance to the main building (to refill mugs and get breakfast, etc). Any guestimate of how long of a walk it is? What is the best of the mansions building?

Outside of that, I don't mind location since we'll be driving to parks.

Thanks for the help!!!
I was in a standard room facing the parking lot in Acadian House and walking with a toddler every morning, it never took longer than eight minutes.
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