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Old 05-08-2013, 06:14 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by minnie mum View Post
Call me a cynic, but since my kids aren't paying for the room, they don't get a whole lot of say as to what resort that room is located in.

I agree with this.

The Royal Rooms look fantastic. You have to do things for yourself sometimes, kids shouldn't get there way all the time, that's not real life.

You shouldn't have to cover up the princesses for him either.

As a child, I'm sure we've all heard the phrase "my way or the highway" right?
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:53 PM   #17
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Hi, I'm new to the board. I have recently book a Disney World vacation for my daughter and myself. (We are Disneyland passholder, but I wanted to try Disney World....so looking forward to it!!!).

Anyway, we are staying at the Port of Orleans Riverside in Royal Room starting June 10th. I feel in love with the look of the room. So my answer would be to keep the Royal Room.

I have booked a Pirate Adventure for my daughter at the Port Orleans Riverside. This may be something you can do for your son at POR. It looks like a pretty nice adventure and it's the pirate theme. I think he may enjoy it.

Enjoy your vacation and POR!!!!
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:07 PM   #18
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We have a family full of "adult children" (26,25,22, and 18) two boys, two girls. Stayed in two royal rooms in August 2012 and we all loved it. The rooms are so nice and have such a great theme. Even the guys liked them and wouldn't stop pushing the button for the LED fireworks We are going back and doing the same thing again at POR in July because we loved it so much! If you want to stay in the royal rooms, I'm with everyone else...go for it! While you're at the parks it is ALL about the kids, so do something you want when it comes to the rooms. They are beautiful and definitely worth it! Enjoy!
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:44 AM   #19
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Last fall we (my adult son and daughter and me) ended up in connecting royal rooms. I hadn't originally chosen them because for some reason I thought they were too much of everything. I was surprised how much we loved the rooms!! Your son will, too. As someone else mentioned, they aren't real princessy. And he is going to love the fireworks in the headboards!!

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Old 05-09-2013, 06:09 AM   #20
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Don't sweat it!!!

My numerous mistakes as a mother has taught me that if I make a big deal about something, the kids will follow my lead. The choice of a room is only a big deal to the adults. Kids might have an opinion about rooms before they leave, but once they arrive they are completely distracted by the parks, the gift shops, the POOL! Bottom line: kids that young will most likely not care if they sleep in a cardboard box as long as they are at Disney.

The more I talk about a conflict/issue in front of my kids, the more likely that conflict will stand out in their memory. And that's not what I want them to remember about our special family trip!

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Old 05-09-2013, 06:56 AM   #21
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We booked a standard Royal Room for our last trip. Once I saw where they were located, and realized I could add park hoppers to our 7-day tickets and move to a regular Garden View for the same price we switched. Our son would have loved the room for about 20 minutes, but loved the hoppers even more. We also got our requested building of Magnolia Terrace which is so close to the main pool/lobby/bus, etc.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:20 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by DisneyRunner2009 View Post
Bumbershoot, the last picture you posted made me . It looks a little Haunted Mansion like. OP don't forget the fireworks in the headboards.
That is exactly why my kids want to stay in the Royal Rooms. I have one of each and was kind of worried about booking a Royal Room because my oldest really isn't into princesses anymore and my youngest is a boy but both think the fireworks on the headboards are going to be way more fabulous then I think they are. Our trip is not until next May so I am not sure if I will book a Royal Room river view or a regular River view room in the mansions. We really want to be close the bridge over to the pool so I think either one of those room types will get us close to it.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:41 AM   #23
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I've saved you a seat next to me on the Meanest Mother Ever bench. When I book our WDW trip I will consider other people's input but if I'm doing all the work there's a point at which I'm picking. If the OP wants a princess room, she should have it.
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OP--stay where you want--he'll get over it. Plus, the LED stuff is really cool and soothing regardless of whether or not you dig princesses.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:39 AM   #24
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OP, I understand your concern. Without turning this into a parenting thread, I also care what my DD thinks. I am not a "my way or the highway parent," and I didn't ever hear that as a kid.

That said, the Royal Rooms don't feel princess-y they feel rich and royal. There is so much to look at besides the princess pictures - the princes are there, and the faucet is Genie's lamp, the fireworks, etc.

I would play up the awesome pool and slide, the fireworks, etc. and see if you can get your son to come around. I wouldn't move to a pirate room with a child who is fearful of pirates, that is a vacation no one will enjoy. (Also, those pirate rooms are WAY further out from everything than the royal rooms).
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:06 AM   #25
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We are staying in a Royal Room in September and my husband says the Royal Rooms look nice and do not look too girlie. He was willing to stay in a Little Mermaid room too for our little girl but I think he will enjoy the Royal Room better. Can't wait to go!!!
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:02 AM   #26
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Thank you all! I sent my husband this thread... he was the one who first told me our older son would not like the princesses.

Very good advice here and I told my son (with authority) that I had decided we would stay in the fireworks rooms and he said, "Awesome mom!"

Looks like it's going to be just fine after all!

He's been to Disney four times, but all our trips have been offsite as we were traveling with other family and its just not efficient to get two-three rooms v. a pool home. So this will be a new, exciting experience for the boys. I did tell my older son that you can get Mickey wake up calls. Then, I thought, surely they still do that, but I don't know! I've not stayed onsite in 8 years! (pre kids)
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:18 PM   #27
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I wouldn't worry. The boys in our family have always done fine with the princess's so long as there was plenty of food and the activities they love. Even as older teens they don't complain. However I'm sure they would enjoy the pirates theme better.

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Old 05-09-2013, 02:24 PM   #28
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We stayed in a royal room 2 weeks ago, my boys are 12 and 7...they really liked the room... They pushed the button for the headboards over and over every night before they went to sleep! You will have fun!! Enjoy your trip!
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:54 PM   #29
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We stayed in the Royal rooms in Dec and I think DH played with the headboards more than DD! LOL I didn't even notice right away any of the Princess details as the room just looked ROYAL, ie., Castle-like --fit for a Queen or KING! DH liked it as much as anybody and he's an Italian manly man! Trust me, they will be fine. Fax your request for OAK Manor, 2nd floor, close to the foot bridge-- it is a glorious VIEW. Check out the PortOrleans Riverside Thread.,..lots of advice on faxing your room requests and POR are very good about them.! ENJOY!
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