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Old 08-20-2013, 02:10 PM   #2791
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Got our bands today!!! Staying 14-23rd

I can not get over the fantastic packaging. It is really really well done!! Makes you feel like you spent thousands of dollars on a magical vacation... Wait
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:29 PM   #2792
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A couple of hours before a guest's stated arrival time, a backstage CM will find and allocate a room which should hopefully be ready for you (if possible) and prepare your welcome pack ready for collection. Then when you arrive, everything is waiting for you to pick up and ideally you'll be able to go straight to your room (that doesn't always work out for early arrivals of course, but that's the aim). However, you might not get requests fulfilled that way as they only have a limited number of rooms in their Ready inventory at any given time.

However there is an option in the Online Checkin system to select to prefer to wait for more of your requests to be available, but at the expense of probably not having your room ready as soon as you arrive (as it may be a room which isn't checking out until later). I'd suggest selecting that option in your case.


I was quite surprised at the daily turnover levels they get, by the way. At Riverside alone for example, less than 300 checkins would be considered a fairly slow day, 300-500 would be about average, and 500+ is busy. Prior to finding that out, I'd have guessed at maybe about 200 a day...

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A couple of hours before a guest's stated arrival time, a backstage CM will find and allocate a room which should hopefully be ready for you (if possible) and prepare your welcome pack ready for collection. Then when you arrive, everything is waiting for you to pick up and ideally you'll be able to go straight to your room (that doesn't always work out for early arrivals of course, but that's the aim). However, you might not get requests fulfilled that way as they only have a limited number of rooms in their Ready inventory at any given time.

However there is an option in the Online Checkin system to select to prefer to wait for more of your requests to be available, but at the expense of probably not having your room ready as soon as you arrive (as it may be a room which isn't checking out until later). I'd suggest selecting that option in your case.


I was quite surprised at the daily turnover levels they get, by the way. At Riverside alone for example, less than 300 checkins would be considered a fairly slow day, 300-500 would be about average, and 500+ is busy. Prior to finding that out, I'd have guessed at maybe about 200 a day...

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Perfect. That is exactly what I was wondering. Thanks.
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:20 PM   #2794
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Yippee! Patient 0 could not wait to put hers on, but we got our bands! Exciting!
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:34 PM   #2795
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I am 59 days out and finally saw the ability to do online check in. I went through all of the steps but when i went to finish i got an error message that said unable to complete online checkin try again later. I did that a 2nd time and got the same message. The 3rd time i went in it now says modify check in.... I am looking through all of the steps again and see that it doesnt have the updated credit card stored but the pin numbers and everything else was saved. Should i call someone or just give it another day or so and try again?

Also i cannot do anything with Magic Bands or Fast Pass+. Is is still too far out for me or do i assume that i will not be included in the test? Kids are unaware but we arrive Oct 18... SUPRISE!!!
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:22 PM   #2796
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I shot a number of panoramas around Riverside while I was there...
And here are a few more, just preliminary low rez versions for now but they're still kinda fun. I've again gone for a warm, slightly over-saturated colour balance. It makes them feel a bit like 360-degree postcards I think, and I prefer them this way to colder, but more natural, light temperatures. What does everyone else think before I carry on to produce more full versions?


Alligator Bayou woods (between buildings 15, 16 and 18): www.portorleans.org/images/panoramas/POR-AB-2013-2706-pano360.swf


Riverside Mill and Marina: www.portorleans.org/images/panoramas/POR-Main-2013-2741-pano360.swf (this one was a bit of a risk; I really didn't think I'd be able to compensate for the exposure issues of shooting some of the angles directly into the sun - but it worked out OK I think)


French Quarter new lobby: www.portorleans.org/images/panoramas/POFQ-Main-2013-2269-pano360.swf


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Old 08-20-2013, 04:54 PM   #2797
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We just changed our ressies to POR a few days ago for the 2nd week in October. Do you think we have a chance at MBs or do you think test people have already been picked from earlier bookings?
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We just changed our ressies to POR a few days ago for the 2nd week in October. Do you think we have a chance at MBs or do you think test people have already been picked from earlier bookings?
MB testing starts for POR Sept 3.
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We're checking in to POR on Sept 22nd (yippee!). I did the Magic Bands, and got my FastPass+ stuff all reserved. I was wondering if anyone has gotten a FastPass+ for BOG lunch on Sept 27th or later? It says none available for that day and the 28th, but there are available times for every other day before the 27th. I was wondering if maybe the system hasn't gotten that far yet? I'm keeping my fingers crossed that is the case!
I have the same problems. Fastpass+ till sept 28, so 3 days done. We arrive on sept 26 after Dream Cruise. But no Be our guest reservation. Only possible on sept 26, but no later date is available. So we have to wait I think


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Can you only do magic bands 18 days out? Or is it 60 days out like FP+?
You can making magic bands from the moment you make de online check inn.I can make changes till aug 26, exactly 1 month for arrival time. So if I wait till 18 days I cann't customize them.

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Just relogged in again to MDE - my tickets are linked but my sister's are missing

Gonna have to call tomorrow to find out what went wrong....

and my BOG ressie - no more FP+ times for the day I wanna go

sent my sister a video of POR someone took in March on youtube.....she is so ready to be there....just like me!

K - gotta go check out Andre's pictures
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That was part of the idea of shooting a pano from there, it includes a lot of elements of the resort in one shot.

It is mid-August which can dry up the foliage somewhat, but the place is still very green and beautiful. I didn't use any filters, but I did warm the colour temperature of the images up a little from the camera raw which felt a bit cold.

No, the separate kids pool is only about 18 inches deep.

You've not checked out the Gallery on my site then I assume?

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Thanks! I've looked at your pics. I've seen many but never that one. That will be fab. My almost 3 year old wouldn't have been happy with her big sisters gone in the big pool and none for her! she is going to love it in there
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:11 PM   #2802
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Andre--your panoramas are getting me so excited for my trip this December!! POR was the site of my first on site stay, and it just feels like home to me! I can't wait to get back!!!
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Our bands came today too!!! We just customized them Saturday. Gosh that was quick. Got home to find a brown box in a plastic bag laying in the mulch next to the mailbox. Had no idea what it was.
Wow! Sounds like they sent a lot of bands out at once!
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I am 59 days out and finally saw the ability to do online check in. I went through all of the steps but when i went to finish i got an error message that said unable to complete online checkin try again later. I did that a 2nd time and got the same message. The 3rd time i went in it now says modify check in.... I am looking through all of the steps again and see that it doesnt have the updated credit card stored but the pin numbers and everything else was saved. Should i call someone or just give it another day or so and try again?

Also i cannot do anything with Magic Bands or Fast Pass+. Is is still too far out for me or do i assume that i will not be included in the test? Kids are unaware but we arrive Oct 18... SUPRISE!!!
I check in the 18th as well but have not done online check in...not sure if I will. Never did it last time. I wonder do I have to do online check in to get an option to do the magic bands and fp+ when the time comes?
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Andre--your panoramas are getting me so excited for my trip this December!! POR was the site of my first on site stay, and it just feels like home to me! I can't wait to get back!!!
They are great! This is our first time at POR and I'm excited. Little nervous lol but excited love the pics I can picture my 3 daughters standing there!
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