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Old 09-18-2013, 12:22 AM   #136
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If you're talking about the Christmas parade, there's no way to see it unless you attend the MVMCP, or attend the taping on the first Saturday in December or are there after the last MVMCP (which I think is on the 20th) when it replaces the daytime parade.
I am planning to keep note of this as i always get the timing wrong. Thanks
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:45 AM   #137
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We are booked in a pool view royal room. I would like to be near the bridge to the main building. On the map, it looks like most pool view royal rooms are. Is this correct? Do I need to make a request, or will we be good?
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I have a question, and I am sorry if it has already been asked before but, if you have a room near the courtyard where they play the movies can you hear them in your room?
Not much, no, The doors are pretty solid when closed. You might hear the louder bits in a muffled way, but the films are only on for 90 minutes or so anyway. I've not heard anyone say it kept younger kids awake, etc.


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This would make sense because don't they do the parade early and not exactly at christmas so they can show it on Turkey day?
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1. Did not realize until this morning that the shower curtain has these little suction cup thingies on the edge to help keep water from spilling in floor..shoulda coulda woulda.

3. What is up with the ice? Granted we always were going at 10:00 at night when returning from the parks, but never could find a 'working' ice dispenser, 3 out of 4 had no ice and the one that seemed to work, you had to hold it for many seconds before just 1-3 cubes would fall in...I don't think we ever got more than 6 small cubes just out of sheer lack of time

4. Never quite got the bus schedule...sometimes Riverside would drop off first at South and other times North then South was last...the line for Riverside was usually the longest of any other resorts, usually 2-3x longer...you'd think Disney would adjust and send more buses...
1. Well I've learned something new today, thank you!

3. Do you mean the ice dispensers in the food court, or in the vending areas around the resort? The vending areas might be over-used at the moment due to the lack of fridges. The food court ice machines have been deliberately doctored to reduce the flow of ice (as Rapid Fill is now meant to pretty-much fill the cups). It annoyed the heck out of me though, at first I thought the machines were faulty (as did a lot of other guests, repeatedly jabbing at the control). That needs a rethink IMHO.

4. There isn't a schedule for the buses as such, the despatch system is largely computerised now (using GPS tracking of the buses) and there is meant to be at least one bus per park every 20 minutes. The routing around the various Riverside stops is based on the theme-park that each bus serves by the way, so there is some logic there if you look hard enough - MK buses use one route, Studios buses another, etc.

They do indeed send more buses at busy times, but when you get lines as long as the ones at park closing even those extra buses don't always seem to help much (but think how bad it would be if there was only one bus every 20 mins after Wishes! With 3 buses an hour you'd still be there at 3am!).

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Old 09-18-2013, 05:53 AM   #138
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We noticed the little suction cups on the shower curtain, early on and I tried to use them, but the tile in the bathroom was just rough enough that they do not work. They just won't stick. Nice idea but even Disney isn't perfect I guess. Along those lines we had a shelf above the faucets in the sink area; on each faucet there is a post that you raise and lower to close or open the drain in the sink. The shelf was so close to the faucets in our room that the right sink could not be closed to hold water. Oops. Slight miscalculation. The left one just barely worked. It was not a major issue, and I did not report it.

Should I report it so they can do something or is it too minor?

Regarding the magic bands we did have an issue at one restaurant getting additional charges on the account correctly and after several tries the manager said, it was on them! Very nice!

I thought the ice machines were all out of ice!! No one could get them to work right. That can't be intentional can it?! One little cube every few seconds. On the other hand, the ice machines near our room worked great and but out good volume quickly. I was relatively disappointed in the whole mug experience, but that was a very minor part of the trip.

Did I mention we had a great time?
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:49 AM   #139
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Should I report it so they can do something or is it too minor?

I thought the ice machines were all out of ice!! No one could get them to work right. That can't be intentional can it?! One little cube every few seconds.
I think it's worth reporting anything that's not working properly, as otherwise it never gets fixed and then the next guest has the same "well it's OK, but a bit annoying" experience. No need to make a big performance about it, but just so they know - it might be a simple adjustment.

I felt the same about the ice machines in the food court as you did, the flow rate had been reduced so much as to seem faulty. And yes, I did the same as you and tried the other dispensers on the assumption that the first one was broken, as did other guests. I agree that it's something that they should change back, and hopefully feedback will tell them that. I mentioned it in passing to the F&B Manager while I was talking to her anyway.

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I thought the ice machines were all out of ice!! No one could get them to work right. That can't be intentional can it?! One little cube every few seconds. On the other hand, the ice machines near our room worked great and but out good volume quickly. I was relatively disappointed in the whole mug experience, but that was a very minor part of the trip.

Did I mention we had a great time?
I agree about the ice in the food court! I heard one CM say that the ice was either stuck or empty when it dispensed only a few cubes at a time. That could be correct because there was a few time when I was lucky enough to get a full cup of ice on the first try. I also had trouble with the drink dispensing part. There was 1 station that never worked on Coke. And there was a few times when I had to try a few stations to find one that worked. I give the mugs a thumbs down!
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:59 AM   #141
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I agree about the ice in the food court! I heard one CM say that the ice was either stuck or empty when it dispensed only a few cubes at a time. That could be correct because there was a few time when I was lucky enough to get a full cup of ice on the first try. I also had trouble with the drink dispensing part. There was 1 station that never worked on Coke. And there was a few times when I had to try a few stations to find one that worked. I give the mugs a thumbs down!
Yes! This is what I meant, the food court dispensers, wish I had thought of finding the ice machines for the room! That would have been a good fix! Never saw one!! I hit an ice dispenser in the food court that filled my cup up quickly like at a typical restaurant, but that only happened once or twice, so I just assumed they were all broken as did all the other guests and we all went searching for one that was 'full'...if that is intentional, crazy move, causes so much congestion and frustration...hope they correct it!
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:15 AM   #142
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Only 16 days to go! We started planning at 180 days out and I can not believe it is finally almost here. Putting the finishing touches on everything and making (and remaking) my lists.

From those who have been there recently - any last minute tips, tricks or things to bring?

Our group is DD5, DD2, DH and I. I have been there many times before, but this is my first time as an adult and my first mod stay (stayed at All Star in high school). This is the first trip for both my girls. We haven't told them yet, but will be surprising them next week so we can do a short countdown. So excited!
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:01 AM   #143
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With less refrigerators, I wonder if people are using the ice machines to gather ice to keep their food cold that would normally be in a refrigerator.

If we don't have a fridge, our backup plan is ice in coolers to keep our perishables cold. Perhaps others are doing that too, and the ice consumption is much higher than normal.

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Has anybody ever stayed here for the marathon? I am wondering if the buses to the expo and the race itself stop at every stop, or only one? If it's only one, I think I'd like to make a room request as close as possible to that stop!

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Has anybody ever stayed here for the marathon? I am wondering if the buses to the expo and the race itself stop at every stop, or only one? If it's only one, I think I'd like to make a room request as close as possible to that stop!

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24hrs from now we will be in POR!! Whoohoooo

We put our deposit down 365 days ago, and this is our first family trip ever!(let alone to the world) we told the kids Monday DD6 DS3 and they freaked.

Thanks to Andre and venom and all the other cool kids that answered my newbie WDW and POR questions along the way.

I'll try and pay it forward while we are there and answer any "here now" questions if I can.
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24hrs from now we will be in POR!! Whoohoooo

We put our deposit down 365 days ago, and this is our first family trip ever!(let alone to the world) we told the kids Monday DD6 DS3 and they freaked.

Thanks to Andre and venom and all the other cool kids that answered my newbie WDW and POR questions along the way.

I'll try and pay it forward while we are there and answer any "here now" questions if I can.
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Thanks to Andre and venom and all the other cool kids...
Wow, it's a long time since I've been called a cool kid... or indeed any kind of kid!

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Nine more sleeps until we are on the road (no matter what my ticker says!)! First "just our little family" vacation in 8.5 years. First time at Disney in the Fall. First Food and Wine Festival. First MNSSHP. First time we're ever celebrating a birthday (DD6) at Disney!

And the kids still don't know we're going! We told them we're going with Daddy for a work trip in Georgia (only partially a lie, since we will be driving through the state lol). Our plan is to tell them at the Florida Welcome Center.

Can't wait to be back at POR. We love it so much - such a relaxing, beautiful resort.

I'm so excited, I could burst
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We just canceled our cruise for next year and added more days to our disney vacation. We will be at universal for 5 days then off to Disney for 12. We plan to relax a bit at universal. I'm seriously thinking of upgrading to a royal room or a preferred room. We will be using the food court probably daily for something.
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