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Old 06-13-2013, 07:06 PM   #691
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Hey all
We just payed off our balance!! Wohoo!

Now that we have switched from a RR to a Garden view with a murphy bed to accommodate our nieces in the same room with us, which building shall I request?

Corner, close to food or pool, first floor, second floor, near a bus depot?

We have a toddler, a 9 and 10 yr old and 3 adults.

Thanks for the input.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:21 PM   #692
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So I am checking in for the last time, before leaving tomorrow night for the big drive from DE.
Have a great time! Hope you get some chill time at the River Roost while you're there.

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Old 06-13-2013, 08:00 PM   #693
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:15 PM   #694
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Hey all
We just payed off our balance!! Wohoo!

Now that we have switched from a RR to a Garden view with a murphy bed to accommodate our nieces in the same room with us, which building shall I request?

Corner, close to food or pool, first floor, second floor, near a bus depot?

We have a toddler, a 9 and 10 yr old and 3 adults.

Thanks for the input.
Buildings 16 and 17 are the closest to the main building without bring preferred. We requested a first floor ( because me kids are stompers and we didn't want to fight the stairs), corner ( two windows made the room seem bigger) in bldg 16 or 17. We got a first floor corner room in 17. Close to a quiet pool. Right in between 2 bus stops. We liked it. Some days it felt like we were walking forever, but not much of a difference between the two to make a big difference.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:41 PM   #695
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Buildings 16 and 17 are the closest to the main building without bring preferred. We requested a first floor ( because me kids are stompers and we didn't want to fight the stairs), corner ( two windows made the room seem bigger) in bldg 16 or 17. We got a first floor corner room in 17. Close to a quiet pool. Right in between 2 bus stops. We liked it. Some days it felt like we were walking forever, but not much of a difference between the two to make a big difference.
We too, had a garden room.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:59 PM   #696
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So I am checking in for the last time, before leaving tomorrow night for the big drive from DE.

I decided to take tomorrow off, to get some last minute things done at home - we also have a wicked storm coming today - and I might have to call a contractor in the morning for some repairs.

We should be arriving something around 10:00 am or so on Saturday. We are rotating two drivers all through the night - on nothing but adrenalin and the fact that after two years of planning - we are on our way.

I hope to bump into a few people - and I cannot wait to see Todd at the lounge. I am sure I will be ready for a glass of wine the first night.

Wishing everyone safe travels that is going to check-in this weekend! Hope to see you there.
Have a safe drive and a magical trip!
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Is the POR using the magic bands at all? Or probably more accurately, when will they be implementing these?
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Oh eeek! In less than 24 hours we will be checking in for our first visit to POR! 😃
Yay! I hope you have a magical trip!
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:24 PM   #699
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Buildings 16 and 17 are the closest to the main building without bring preferred. We requested a first floor ( because me kids are stompers and we didn't want to fight the stairs), corner ( two windows made the room seem bigger) in bldg 16 or 17. We got a first floor corner room in 17. Close to a quiet pool. Right in between 2 bus stops. We liked it. Some days it felt like we were walking forever, but not much of a difference between the two to make a big difference.
Do you think it would be ok to check in online and still send a fax with request? I'm really hoping for some major pixie dust and will try and see if the can upgrade us to RR. I would do my online check in with what's on my Reservation right now and ask for the possible upgrade on the fax. Would that work?
Should I just skip online check in all together.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:47 PM   #700
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Do you think it would be ok to check in online and still send a fax with request? I'm really hoping for some major pixie dust and will try and see if the can upgrade us to RR. I would do my online check in with what's on my Reservation right now and ask for the possible upgrade on the fax. Would that work?
Should I just skip online check in all together.
I did both. I even sent my faxed request like 9-10 days out. It was the last day I had a fax machine available before vacation. The RRs don't hold 5 ppl, do they? Only upgrade I can see would be to a preferred building, while closer to main bldg, is farther away from quiet pool.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:04 PM   #701
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Do you think it would be ok to check in online and still send a fax with request? I'm really hoping for some major pixie dust and will try and see if the can upgrade us to RR. I would do my online check in with what's on my Reservation right now and ask for the possible upgrade on the fax. Would that work?
Should I just skip online check in all together.
I hope you don't mean you're going to ask for a free upgrade. If you want to upgrade to RR, you should expect to pay for it.
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Is the POR using the magic bands at all? Or probably more accurately, when will they be implementing these?
None of the resorts are using the magic bands and it's unknown when they will be implemented. Some testing is going to be done in a week, but it's only for select people checking in between June 20 and 22 and staying at the Contemporary and AKL.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:24 AM   #703
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:29 AM   #704
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Do you think it would be ok to check in online and still send a fax with request? I'm really hoping for some major pixie dust and will try and see if the can upgrade us to RR.
Yes, do your online checkin FIRST though, see all the info in the first FAQ post for details.

If you're looking for a "pixie-dust" upgrade you'd be more likely to get one if don't ask for one. Sure, tell them why you're looking forward to a magical stay with your Disney-obsessed princesses, explain their favourite films/characters - but don't push for freebies, it's harder to make magic for someone coming over as "I want"...

Otherwise, you could always say something along the lines that you were unable to book a Royal Room at the time (if your agent did not have anything for your dates for example) and say that if there happen to be any late cancellations then you'd love to pay for an upgrade if one becomes available.

[Edit: just noticed that you previously downgraded from a RR to a Garden View to fit five in the room - has that changed again, as they won't put you in a RR with more than four people plus an infant?]

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Old 06-14-2013, 06:33 AM   #705
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Do you think it would be ok to check in online and still send a fax with request? I'm really hoping for some major pixie dust and will try and see if the can upgrade us to RR. I would do my online check in with what's on my Reservation right now and ask for the possible upgrade on the fax. Would that work?
Should I just skip online check in all together.
The RR don't have a Murphy bed and only hold a max of 4 plus one under 3. Since you have 5 plus one under three, I don't know that they would upgrade you to a RR.
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