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Old 03-25-2013, 12:59 PM   #1
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What's Alligator Bayou like? Do you like it?

We have never stayed at the Alligator Bayou. My hubby says the photos look kinda western and our son is really into cowboys etc.... What's it like there? Do you like it?
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:24 PM   #2
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Just returnded on sat .At first I was dissapointed to get AB but it was nice.All rooms are small ,beds are made out of tree branches and decor is kinda cowboyish. We were in building 24 near west bus stop next to a pool. The children really seemed to love swimming at night. I think you will like the area.
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I like AB but I wouldn't consider it the least bit western. Its more down-south swamp inspired.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:17 PM   #4
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My family and I love AB. It is homey and rustic. the grounds are beautiful and it has avery nice main pool with 3-4 other small pools around the resort. We enjoyed the food court it has a lot of choices. If you get a chance go see yeehaw Bobs show in the lounge. He plays Wed. through Sat the show starts at 8:30. It is a blast! if you can afford a little extra i would recommend a preferred room. they are less then 2 minutes from the main building. We had one and thought it was well worth the money.
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We loved it almost as much as Wilderness Lodge :











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AB was my first ever WDW stay!!! It holds such special memories for us. I was a little disappointed to be put there vs the beautiful mansion area. But....since then I have stayed in the Mansions. The next visit I specifically asked for AB!!! Yes, it is 'rustic'. The bedframes/headboard are kind of branchy. It's not formal at all. But I don't find the rooms to be small at all...same as other moderates. I loved walking around that area...so lush and untamed!!! It's still one of my favorite areas in WDW...and I went and bought DVC at BWV and BLT!!!!! Still love my POR-AB!!!!
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For a boy I think it is a great option. My son was 13 when we were there and he really liked the theming. It looks so swampy you think a gator is gonna getcha for sure!

I liked the main pool Ol' Man Island. It looks like it is from the past. At night it was so pretty too. My 2 favs for boys are POR in AB or CSR because of the DigSite.

I think everyone in your family will enjoy it. The details are just indescribable/ need to see in person to appreciate.
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Have you noticed there are orbs all over your photos?
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Have you noticed there are orbs all over your photos?
oddly enough yes LOL
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oddly enough yes LOL
Anything weird happen during your stay?
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We have never stayed at the Alligator Bayou. My hubby says the photos look kinda western and our son is really into cowboys etc.... What's it like there? Do you like it?
We love it! Like others have said ... It's not western at all ... it's supposed to be Bayou/Swampy.
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Agree that its not Western. That wouldn't make sense with the New Orleans/Southern theme. Magnolia Bend, the mansion section, is meant to look like big Southern plantations while Alligator Bayou is meant to look like the swamp shacks down in the bayous of the deep South. Very rustic. There's even hidden subtleties in the decor of AB... per PortOrleans.org: If you look closely, there are three styles of architecture in the Alligator Bayou Lodges. Apparently, as legend has it, when the settlers first moved out from the town of Port Orleans, their earliest constructions were the four comfortable and opulent mansion buildings. However, the further upstream along the Sassagoula River they got, the harder it became to transport the necessary building supplies and so the constructions became smaller and more rudimentary. That’s why the closest group of buildings to the mansions (Lodges 34-39) have brick-built columns and neatly tiled roofs, while another group (Lodges 14-18) have much plainer wooden columns, and the final section (Lodges 24-28) features plain wood columns and simple sheet-metal roofing.
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:54 PM   #13
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Have you noticed there are orbs all over your photos?


Ahahah my first thought too. I always seem to bring my friends on trips with me too
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:24 PM   #14
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I think CS Ranchos are more Western then AB.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:38 PM   #15
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We were in bldg 24 too and it was a hike to the main bldg!! Like 15 min walk. If I stayed in AB again I'd get closest AB section to lobby. Loved POR!
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