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Old 03-13-2013, 10:54 AM   #1231
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I probably shouldn't have caught up on the the thread this morning while eating breakfast.

Andre - I do have a question about your room maps. On the one for Magnolia Bend (because that's where I'm hoping to stay, I keep looking at it), you show room 8746 as a Standard View, but 8546 which is right below it on the 1st floor, shows Garden View. How is this possible? Thanks again for creating and maintaining that site. It is so great for planning a PO stay.
Kelleigh1, so glad to see that I am not the only person who keeps looking at Andre's maps of POR! Maybe we think that if we keep staring at the room we want, it will be magically granted upon arrival??
My son's are also doing it now.. they look at the big map and mark our route from any of the prefered locations (which we have booked) to the food court, the main pool & the closest bus stops. They still try to pretend that I am the Disney freak in the family, but just ask one of them the fastest route from building 15 to the south depot..
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:55 AM   #1232
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I would be ok without it, but I miss the ceiling fan in the royal rooms.
I would agree with you there. My DW can't sleep with the aircon on as it is too noisy, but the ceiling fan she can live with. Luckily in February it's not exactly hot, but in August I think I'd really miss the fans (they were replaced to make room for the new decorative lights in the Royal Rooms only, all other Port Orleans rooms still have the ceiling fans).

Another minor irritation is the way that the new wooden housings vent the airflow towards the wall/window, and away from the main occupied area of the room.

And while we're at it, I also really miss the dimmer switches for the bed lights, just so they could install those awful nasty CFL bulbs to tick a few environmental boxes. If only they'd waited a few years for LED lighting to become mainstream.

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Old 03-13-2013, 11:00 AM   #1233
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Kelleigh1, so glad to see that I am not the only person who keeps looking at Andre's maps of POR! Maybe we think that if we keep staring at the room we want, it will be magically granted upon arrival??
My son's are also doing it now.. they look at the big map and mark our route from any of the prefered locations (which we have booked) to the food court, the main pool & the closest bus stops. They still try to pretend that I am the Disney freak in the family, but just ask one of them the fastest route from building 15 to the south depot..
I printed out the one for Magnolia Terrace (in color and black & white) and plan to hang it on my "planning door". We use the closet doors in our bedroom for Disney planning. Right now one us being used for our cruise, so I have a printout of the deck we're on and have highlighted our stateroom. I want to do that with the Magnolia Terrace map but I keep reminding myself that I won't know the room number until we get there. But I can still hang the map.

My husband keeps reminding me that I need to put our dining plan info on the door too.
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Yes, but we had a king bed, garden view. I just can't believe I don't remember. Wonder if hubby remembers? I'm going to have to go look at my photos.
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Okay forgive me, but where are these rooms exactly? I was thinking of doing Royal, but wasn't in love with the fact that the "closet" was next to the sink. Are there armoires in all of the mansion rooms, if that is what this is? If its AB, I know it's farther away, but I might just be willing to switch from BC to POR.
These are just regular Mansion rooms, but the AB section has ceiling fans also.
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Now I'm trying to figure out why I ever felt the need to stay at YC. POR seems to have many of the same amenities....campfire, nightly movies, watercraft rentals, etc. So many great things and for so much less money.
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Another minor irritation is the way that the new wooden housings vent the airflow towards the wall/window, and away from the main occupied area of the room.

And while we're at it, I also really miss the dimmer switches for the bed lights, just so they could install those awful nasty CFL bulbs to tick a few environmental boxes. If only they'd waited a few years for LED lighting to become mainstream.

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Yes, Yes, I didn't like not being able to adjust the direction. I thought at first I could but then the fins would not budge. I also agree those CFL ones on the head board were killer bright so if you wanted yours on to read if someone was sleeping in the other bed it would keep them awake.

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I printed out the one for Magnolia Terrace (in color and black & white) and plan to hang it on my "planning door". We use the closet doors in our bedroom for Disney planning. Right now one us being used for our cruise, so I have a printout of the deck we're on and have highlighted our stateroom. I want to do that with the Magnolia Terrace map but I keep reminding myself that I won't know the room number until we get there. But I can still hang the map.

My husband keeps reminding me that I need to put our dining plan info on the door too.
Ha I normally would print something out just like that but I have the POR maps in my head committed to memory. So my obsessing was done in my head. Yeah I cant get my fiance on the boats at all. Now especially after the Carnival Deal.
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Now I'm trying to figure out why I ever felt the need to stay at YC. POR seems to have many of the same amenities....campfire, nightly movies, watercraft rentals, etc. So many great things and for so much less money.
Well some of the higher villas would have a strait shot view of Spaceship Earth, World Showcase, and Illuminations.

Sorry Andre, I know back to POR. But I love to talk about Disney, that is why I am perfect for Disney.
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There are times when people ask me why I keep going back to Walt Disney World every year, even always staying in the same boring old hotel?

Oh I dunno, I guess I must have my reasons...

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Someone on another thread said something along the lines of "For people who have been to resorts before, they don't consider POR to have resort class amenities".

I have to respectfully disagree (no pun intended). I have been to first class resorts and for us we LOVE POR. Could I go to a place with cabana boys and turn down service? Absolutely. But for what we want while on vacation when we look at the entertainment, the grounds, the ease of...everything really; we could not ask for more.

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I also agree those CFL ones on the head board were killer bright so if you wanted yours on to read if someone was sleeping in the other bed it would keep them awake.
Hmm... maybe I should add a low wattage old fashioned light bulb to the packing list!?! I love to read before going to bed but don't want to wake the kids.
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I also agree those CFL ones on the head board were killer bright so if you wanted yours on to read if someone was sleeping in the other bed it would keep them awake.
In fact the lights above the beds in the Royal Rooms only would probably be dimmable if they'd left suitable switches in - I didn't check, but they looked like either halogen or bright-white LEDs to me.

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Now I'm trying to figure out why I ever felt the need to stay at YC. POR seems to have many of the same amenities....campfire, nightly movies, watercraft rentals, etc. So many great things and for so much less money.
Location, location, location!!! YC is within walking distance to EPCOT and DHS so that is the #1 reason it costs more. (Plus the inside corridors for room access)

YC is now and will always be our fav resort but POR Royal is what I have been referring to as Deluxe Lite since the attention to detail and appointments in those rooms seem fabulous!!!

(That being said, we are still switching to YC for the last 4 nights of our trip once DH arrives because he will NOT give up that EPCOT location)
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Yeah I cant get my fiance on the boats at all. Now especially after the Carnival Deal.
When I told my parents that we booked the cruise, it was right after the Carnival problem and my mother freaked out with "why would you want to go on a cruise." I pointed out that I'm not going to stop living and doing things because of one incident.

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Well some of the higher villas would have a strait shot view of Spaceship Earth, World Showcase, and Illuminations.
We saw nothing from our room so that did nothing for us. And we've found that we have always enjoyed being away from the parks when we go back to our room. I think it was much more relaxing to feel like we were far away from the parks.

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Location, location, location!!! YC is within walking distance to EPCOT and DHS so that is the #1 reason it costs more. (Plus the inside corridors for room access)

YC is now and will always be our fav resort but POR Royal is what I have been referring to as Deluxe Lite since the attention to detail and appointments in those rooms seem fabulous!!!

(That being said, we are still switching to YC for the last 4 nights of our trip once DH arrives because he will NOT give up that EPCOT location)
After staying at YC, which was our first time at a Deluxe, we found that it just wasn't our thing. We liked being able to walk to Epcot, but not enough to fall in love with the place. I think that at some point we'll try one of the Monorail resorts since hubby really wants to do that, but I really think the Mods are our thing. We absolutely loved POFQ and I have a feeling that we're going to love POR too. I just keep watching videos and checking out Andre's site and I think I'm seriously in love with the place. I suspect that Port Orleans is going to be our HOME.

That being said, I am so glad that Disney has all these different resorts. There is something for everyone.
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In fact the lights above the beds in the Royal Rooms only would probably be dimmable if they'd left suitable switches in - I didn't check, but they looked like either halogen or bright-white LEDs to me.

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They were super-bright LED I looked. Not a traditional socket either, maybe like the ones with two poles and you push them in and twist about a quarter of turn and they are locked in.

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...POR Royal is what I have been referring to as Deluxe Lite since the attention to detail and appointments in those rooms seem fabulous!!!

(That being said, we are still switching to YC for the last 4 nights of our trip once DH arrives because he will NOT give up that EPCOT location)
I love the Deluxe Lite!!! That is a nice touch!
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If you scroll halfway down the page here http://www.portorleans.org/room-requests.php you can click on each individual building. Once you click it will pull up the building layout and rooms will be color coded based on room type. That might give you a better idea of where the river view rooms are located.
Thanks so much for the info!!
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