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Old 03-04-2013, 11:15 PM   #736
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There are several types of boats; they are based on 30 minute or 45 minute rental time. The prices and types are listed on the first page of the thread or on Andre's website - portorleans.org - under recreation.

They are first-come, first-serve. Often, it is good to do it when most people are in the parks in the afternoon.
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Going to WDW for the first time in April. I was wondering if anyone knew how well the bus system is and about how long it will take to go to the different parks (Magic, animal kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood) from POR
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:28 AM   #738
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If you are looking for a room nearest to the bridge leading to the main building, this is what you should request. It is the closest room to the bridge. Closer even then Oak manor.
Agreed. I keep trying to tell people that although Oak Manor is generally a better option if you want to state a specific building, the northern wing of Parterre actually has the very closest rooms. So it's often better to request the feature you want ("close to main building") rather than specifying a building.

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We booked a king room- I can now request preferred and have a decent shot, right? I know there are king beds in the preferred buildings, just don't remember if those are booked as preferred with king requests, or booked as king with preferred requests...thanks!
Yes, "King Bed" trumps all other categories. There are King Bed rooms in the preferred buildings, and there are king beds in rooms with river views too. All of those fall under the King Bed booking category (see the floorplan maps I created).

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Just wondering if people still decorate their windows in their resort rooms?

And what about Lime Green Mickey Heads?? I don't hear much talk of these either.
You can if you want to, people tend to do so quite a bit around holiday times. I don't think you can get the LGMHs any more, they stopped giving them out at the store which did them.

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Going to WDW for the first time in April. I was wondering if anyone knew how well the bus system is and about how long it will take to go to the different parks (Magic, animal kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood) from POR
See that piece of string... it's about that long. The actual driving time is quite short (Epcot is less than 10 mins, then Studios and MK at 10-15, and finally AK at 15-20 plus a possible Blzzard Beach stop). However you need to factor in all the variables, such as whether you just miss one bus, have to wait 20 mins for another, then one goes past full, there is a wheelchair load/unload, and/or if you go around the circuit of all the other stops at the resort before getting to your destination (which can add 8-10 mins).

For the record, I've never had any major problems in many years of visiting POR, but other people have reported long waits on occasions. I guess I do tend to avoid peak travelling times though.

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Old 03-05-2013, 03:29 AM   #739
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Going to WDW for the first time in April. I was wondering if anyone knew how well the bus system is and about how long it will take to go to the different parks (Magic, animal kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood) from POR
In general, we have always enjoyed using the WDW bus system. The below is from the 1st post of this thread.

Epcot is the closest resort (usually less than 10 minutes from leaving the resort), then Studios, Magic Kingdom and finally Animal Kingdom (sharing its service with Blizzard Beach) which can take up to 20-25 minutes.

If you’re travelling to Downtown Disney, a much more relaxing and romantic option is the 20-minute free water taxi service which runs along the Sassagoula River every 10-20 minutes from 10am to 11pm. Outside of these hours you’ll need to take the bus to get to or from Downtown Disney, and during the day that bus also serves Typhoon Lagoon.

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One thing I noticed when watching a few Youtube videos of the Royal Rooms is that appears one of the queen beds is up very close to the wall. Is there any room for an average sized person to get out of bed on that side? Any pictures floating around of how much space there is? Just curious.
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One thing I noticed when watching a few Youtube videos of the Royal Rooms is that appears one of the queen beds is up very close to the wall. Is there any room for an average sized person to get out of bed on that side? Any pictures floating around of how much space there is? Just curious.
There are pictures on the first page of this site, as well as Andre's site, portorleans.org.

In addition, he has a panoramic view as well.
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One thing I noticed when watching a few Youtube videos of the Royal Rooms is that appears one of the queen beds is up very close to the wall. Is there any room for an average sized person to get out of bed on that side? Any pictures floating around of how much space there is? Just curious.
Average sized? Hmmmm I dont know what is averaged is anymore. But Id say a gentleman with a waist of 32-40 could think it to be a little tight but manageable. It is perhaps a 1 3/4ft area, kinda narrow I know.
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One thing I noticed when watching a few Youtube videos of the Royal Rooms is that appears one of the queen beds is up very close to the wall. Is there any room for an average sized person to get out of bed on that side?
Well I managed fine, it's the same gap as all the other room types (except for King rooms). You can fit a reasonable sized suitcase between the bed and the wall if that helps (which makes a nice bedside table to put your phone on).

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Well I managed fine, it's the same gap as all the other room types (except for King rooms). You can fit a reasonable sized suitcase between the bed and the wall if that helps (which makes a nice bedside table to put your phone on).

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That is what we do when I have more than just myself staying in the room. We place all the suitcases along that wall and you just get out from the side with the nightstand.

Actually works quite nicely, since I usually get a bed to myself.
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Well I managed fine, it's the same gap as all the other room types (except for King rooms). You can fit a reasonable sized suitcase between the bed and the wall if that helps (which makes a nice bedside table to put your phone on).

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Thanks Andre,

It was tough to tell from the pictures. These are the little things that go through my mind at the end of my overnight shift while thinking about our trip.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:23 AM   #746
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We are planning on staying at POR (2 rooms) end of May and I was wondering if when you check in you can put gift cards on the accounts so you have "credit" on the account for room charging. I don't want to have to carry around gift cards every where we go and I didn't want to have a "bill" at the end of the stay. Also, if we can put the giftcards for "credit", what happens if you have money left over, do they just refund it back to you in cash or have to put it back on the gift card.

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I wonder this as well, anybody know??
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Friday is the day to book our July trip! And I still can't decide!!!!
Our party will be: Myself, DD10, DS9, DD7 and my Best friend from many duty stations ago and her husband, and DD10.

CSR or POR Royal Room? Price is the same.
I was all set to book CSR, but then I heard about the Royal rooms at POR!

My quandary is this: i have been to WDW many times, but this is the first time for my friends and their DD. And i am in charge of all the planning and I want it to be perfect for them!
i thought the Royal rooms have a bit more "Disney" than CSR without being over the top Princess-ey for my DS9 and my friend's husband. (We were originally looking at AoA, but my son saw the Little Mermaid building and that idea got VETOED!)

Is there anything you could say that would sway me either way?
While I am planning my next stay to be at POR, we stayed at CSR in June of 2010. We actually really enjoyed the resort! We had a first floor room facing the quiet pool in Cabanas. The room was beautiful, as were the grounds. We thought the food at Pepper Market was good, and the portions were huge! My daughter and I split many items. We thought the staff was friendly. I would definitely stay there again in the future. We did not use the bus system, as my daughter has special needs and it is easier for us to drive. And I did not even notice if there were any conventions going on during our stay.

We are trying POR in 2014 because we like to try different resorts. Haven't found our favorite - yet. Maybe POR will be it!

Good luck with your decision - what a fun one to have to make!
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Well I managed fine, it's the same gap as all the other room types (except for King rooms). You can fit a reasonable sized suitcase between the bed and the wall if that helps (which makes a nice bedside table to put your phone on).

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Great idea!! I hadn't thought of that! Thanks!
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Do any of the Royal Guest Rooms have the Murphy Bed? If not, are there any rooms that do have a Murphy Bed that are themed with young children in mind?
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