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Old 07-03-2013, 01:48 PM   #1081
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We are just back from a 3-nights stay from 6/29 to 7/2 at POR. It was our first stay there. We thoroughly enjoyed POR. We stayed in a royal room...Oak Manor 9056. Anyone have any questions?
We are considering changing our November reservations to a RR at POR.

My first question is: Does it still feel like Disney? We have only stayed at Pop and you can't help but feel the Disney vibe with all of the giant characters on the property. I don't want it to seem like just another hotel to my 9 & 11 year old.

How long is the walk from the RR to the bus? To the boat?

Where all does the boat go to? Is it just to DTD?
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:50 PM   #1082
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Thank you TXRabbit your overview was fantastic and it's exactly what I was looking for !!

We were torn originally between POR and CSR for our 10 night stay..So we are doing the split stay now and I think it will be a good change of pace so we won't get bored either way.

I'm glad you enjoyed it !
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:37 PM   #1083
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I'll take some more detailed pictures, and a new Panorama, when I'm over at POR in four weeks time, but in the meantime here's a quick shot to be going on with (thanks D!).
Thank you very much, that's really all I wanted to see.

Sad, though, that they used the redesigns!
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:01 PM   #1084
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We are considering changing our November reservations to a RR at POR.

My first question is: Does it still feel like Disney? We have only stayed at Pop and you can't help but feel the Disney vibe with all of the giant characters on the property. I don't want it to seem like just another hotel to my 9 & 11 year old.

How long is the walk from the RR to the bus? To the boat?

Where all does the boat go to? Is it just to DTD?
I haven't stayed at POP. The only value we have stayed at is Sports. Comparing a value to a RR though...

Only the values have that pure Disney vibe throughout the entire property IF by Disney vibe, you are referring to constantly being reminded of the Disney characters themselves. However, if you open up the idea of "Disney Vibe" to include the idea of over the top theming, then you would not be disappointed with a RR at POR. I don't know your other hotel experiences, but there is no way to think of POR as just another hotel.

It wouldn't a stretch to say that POR has the charm of Main St and Liberty Square in the MK in hotel form. Maybe even Frontierland...now that I think about it, the CM uniforms are somewhat reminiscent of the uniforms for those areas in MK. POR has GROUNDS. I have stayed at AKL, WL, BC, and ASSp...and of all these resorts...POR definitely has the MOST scenic grounds. If you stay in a RR, then the river will dominant your landscape. You always cross the river to get to the boat and other common areas of the resort. It is beyond picturesque in the way that only Disney can be, with the planning, design, and implementation occurring in a way that Disney excels at. And so, in this way...POR definitely feels like Disney to me.

We only took the bus one day. Because of the way we planned our morning, we went to the bus depot in front of the resort. We packed food from home and took that into the food court area to eat. Then we walked over to the bus depot. Oak Manor is very, VERY close to the boat. You walk over the bridge and around the corner and the first thing you come to in the common area is the boat marina. Walking at a leisurely pace, less than 5 minutes. And the main building is just beyond...so again, in reality, not a long walk at all. It may feel far...but I think that's the psychology of the river.

Coming home from the bus, we got off at the main depot again. I guess we could have stayed to the East depot, but we enjoyed the grounds. The East depot is close enough to Oak Manor...all the buildings have breezeways, so you just walk through all the different arms of the buildings...it's just through the parking lot, but I preferred to pass through the common areas and the grounds and over the river. The walk was shorter than the walk at BC! And WL! LOL.

The boat just goes to DTD.

The RR rooms have some Disney magic to them. The theming could almost be generic...navy and gold in color. The headboards are really pretty cool. I loved to hit it first thing in the morning when the blackout curtains were drawn and let the fireworks display shoot over my head. Silly, I know, but I loved it. There are photos of the princesses and shadow portraits of the princes. The border wall paper around the room has all the minor characters from the different movies in it...like Sebastian, the Cinderella mice, etc. It's a tone on tone design, so very subtle, but still...it's there.

I can tell you, from having stayed at ASSp most recently...I REALLY appreciated the features of the moderate room over the value. The dual sinks? The changing curtain? Queen beds!! Fridge!! I honestly can't remember all the details of the value...but these things were a major plus for us in moving up in the categories. Other simple things that I can't recall for a value/moderate comparison...the tub/shower has an extra ledge on the short side which makes a great place for storing all your bathing supplies. And I don't recall all the differences in storage, but I felt like the bathroom area had GREAT storage in the RR.
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I've had a great time looking at all the pictures and reading up in the resort. I am leaning toward requesting the mansion section as I just love how they look. However wherever we are I know we will have a wonderful time. Is there any advantage or disadvantage to staying in either AB or the Mansions?
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:11 PM   #1086
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Hi everyone,
My family has stayed at POR twice and loved it. We got a free dining pin and planned a trip for 9/1 thru 9/10 at POR with a preferred room. I starting feeling that we should try a different resort and I changed the reservation to beach club for $1000 more but we would have to spend the first and last night at the Hyatt Regioncy hotel at MCO. The thought of dragging luggage both ways from ME to the hotel sounds like a big inconvenience plus I started to think how much we like POR. I tried to get our preferred room back but all rooms were sold out, until this AM when I went online and the reservation opened up. I am happy to be back at POR, save over $1000 and use ME without having to lug our luggage around. Unfortunately, on 9/1 I could not get a preferred room with free dining (have a pin) because it was booked, so I had to book a standard room on 9/1 for $147 and will switch in the am to our preferred room. We are looking forward to our stay at POR.
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My family has stayed at POR twice and loved it. We got a free dining pin and planned a trip for 9/1 thru 9/10 at POR with a preferred room. I starting feeling that we should try a different resort and I changed the reservation to beach club for $1000 more but we would have to spend the first and last night at the Hyatt Regioncy hotel at MCO. The thought of dragging luggage both ways from ME to the hotel sounds like a big inconvenience plus I started to think how much we like POR. I tried to get our preferred room back but all rooms were sold out, until this AM when I went online and the reservation opened up. I am happy to be back at POR, save over $1000 and use ME without having to lug our luggage around. Unfortunately, on 9/1 I could not get a preferred room with free dining (have a pin) because it was booked, so I had to book a standard room on 9/1 for $147 and will switch in the am to our preferred room. We are looking forward to our stay at POR.
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I've had a great time looking at all the pictures and reading up in the resort. I am leaning toward requesting the mansion section as I just love how they look. However wherever we are I know we will have a wonderful time. Is there any advantage or disadvantage to staying in either AB or the Mansions?
There is no advantage, it is all in the theming.
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We are going to have mugs while staying at POR. When getting coffee at the food court, will they have whole milk to add to our coffee? I don't like the little creamers. Will they give us milk if we ask for it?
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We are going to have mugs while staying at POR. When getting coffee at the food court, will they have whole milk to add to our coffee? I don't like the little creamers. Will they give us milk if we ask for it?
You generally have to buy milk if you don't like the free items that they have available.

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We are going to have mugs while staying at POR. When getting coffee at the food court, will they have whole milk to add to our coffee? I don't like the little creamers. Will they give us milk if we ask for it?
To make it easier on yourself, you might want to buy milk at the gift shop and keep it in the fridge in your room. That way you can use the in room coffee makers and the milk in your fridge and pour it into your mug. The container of milk would probably last the whole week and avoid you having to buy milk in Riverside Mill each time. In addition, it can get BUSY in there in the mornings so having your coffee in your room could save some major time! ( As long as you weren't planning on eating too and your question was truly just about coffee )
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We are going to have mugs while staying at POR. When getting coffee at the food court, will they have whole milk to add to our coffee? I don't like the little creamers. Will they give us milk if we ask for it?
They had different creamers when we were there. Nondairy and real cream creamers. If you add a water to cream or half/half, it's instant milk. You can get the individual bottles of whole milk in the cold case.
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Not a prince in sight this time, which perhaps veers the rooms slightly more towards girls than they were before.

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Did they change it since February? There were princes then (silhouettes). And the princesses were the awful Bratz doll style redesigns. But at least there were princes to make EVERYONE feel welcome.
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I was very lucky to be in a corner room; king bed; riverview; Parterre Place, about as close as you could get to the river, before RR's.

It was my no parks, all resorts stay a few years ago.
CONFUSED!!!! The first page of the thread says no king beds in parterre place, the only reason I'm asking is because my boyfriend and I are going in October and we would really like a king bed room (what we reserved) but we were kind of turned off to the fact that it might not be preferred and close to the lobby, but its more than a regular room that could also just as likely be near the lobby. Are you sure you stayed in parterre in a king room?? I'd love to stay there
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We are considering changing our November reservations to a RR at POR.

My first question is: Does it still feel like Disney? We have only stayed at Pop and you can't help but feel the Disney vibe with all of the giant characters on the property. I don't want it to seem like just another hotel to my 9 & 11 year old.
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I haven't stayed at POP. The only value we have stayed at is Sports. Comparing a value to a RR though...

Only the values have that pure Disney vibe throughout the entire property IF by Disney vibe, you are referring to constantly being reminded of the Disney characters themselves.

It wouldn't a stretch to say that POR has the charm of Main St and Liberty Square in the MK in hotel form. Maybe even Frontierland...now that I think about it, the CM uniforms are somewhat reminiscent of the uniforms for those areas in MK. POR has GROUNDS. I have stayed at AKL, WL, BC, and ASSp...and of all these resorts...POR definitely has the MOST scenic grounds.
POR may not have giant bright colored characters, but it has its own Disney vibe by being so amazingly beautiful. The rooms are rooms, but that is true even at the values. However the gorgeous landscaping, river, port area are all amazing and their is the usual quality Disney CM's and very fun pools.

I am going for the first time this September, but my wife and I toured the resort earlier this year and fell in love! Get the characters at the park where there will be plenty to overload the kids, then enjoy the gorgeous and relaxing resort.
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