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Old 07-10-2014, 05:44 AM   #1816
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We had a great room.. Building 24 corner room.. it was like 20 steps from our door to our car. it was just like our own little house
The West Depot is right there too but we drove everywhere.
It was maybe a 5 minute walk to the mainhouse but it is a beautiful walk, we did it daily for the pool and food and didn't complain once..
You know, I sometimes think that the people who request building 14 to be right next to the food court can actually miss out on some of the enjoyment of being at Riverside.

I know that with small kids the reduced walking is a real plus, but perhaps when you walk straight from room to food court to bus stop, you actually miss a whole load of charming features that you might otherwise find by chance as you stroll around the resort.

However someone please remind me I said that when I get back from late EMH at the MK completely exhausted though!

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Old 07-10-2014, 05:47 AM   #1817
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Hello! We are staying at POR for our upcoming August trip. We are Disney veterans, but this is our first stay at this resort. I'm working on our window decs and wondered if anyone had the measurements for the windows here? I see from photos they have the segmented panes. Thanks so much for the help!
The outer edge is about 5ft by 5ft, as you say broken up into smaller panes which vary by section (some areas have four large panes, some have 16 smaller ones, some have six).

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You know, I sometimes think that the people who request building 14 to be right next to the food court can actually miss out on some of the enjoyment of being at Riverside.

I know that with small kids the reduced walking is a real plus, but perhaps when you walk straight from room to food court to bus stop, you actually miss a whole load of charming features that you might otherwise find by chance as you stroll around the resort.

However someone please remind me I said that when I get back from late EMH at the MK completely exhausted though!

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Not true "one who is interested will always explore". I found even when I have been so close I still walk around and explore and see the sights. Plus a lot of guests tht have requested to stay at the closest buildings, have had some pretty important medical reasons, either to them selves or others in the family. Allowing family to be close and the others could go explore.
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You know, I sometimes think that the people who request building 14 to be right next to the food court can actually miss out on some of the enjoyment of being at Riverside.

I know that with small kids the reduced walking is a real plus, but perhaps when you walk straight from room to food court to bus stop, you actually miss a whole load of charming features that you might otherwise find by chance as you stroll around the resort.

However someone please remind me I said that when I get back from late EMH at the MK completely exhausted though!

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Not true "one who is interested will always explore". I found even when I have been so close I still walk around and explore and see the sights. Plus a lot of guests tht have requested to stay at the closest buildings, have had some pretty important medical reasons, either to them selves or others in the family. Allowing family to be close and the others could go explore.
You are both correct! I always explore the resort some, but I feel like if I'm a little further away, I see and do things more often, taking different pathways and things like that. But if I'm close, I'll only head out with my camera once or twice. I sometimes like being "forced" to see more of the resort! I've stayed in Magnolia Bend my last (and only) trip, and I only explored a little of Alligator Bayou, so I wouldn't be disappointed to stay there, but I would also be perfectly happy in a Mansion! We arrive here on the 29th after about a week at All Star Sports.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:59 AM   #1820
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We are heading out next weekend to POR with my mom and niece. Absolutely can not wait!!! I've been poring over this thread for months and have gotten lots of good info. The only thing that remains confusing is the bus transportation. For anyone who has been recently, I'd like to know the order of the stops specifically for MK. We'd be arriving at the bus stop probably around 8:30 (a little earlier if I can get everyone up and going on time!). I've seen people say West depot as well as South depot as the first stop. I've also seen South depot being the last stop. Although, ideally, we'd like to have one seat on the bus to hold DS, a bag, and the stroller, we don't mind standing. What I really don't want to happen is a bus to go by full--so disappointing to see MK on the bus and then to see it drive on past. Also, does anyone know if the double bus (articulated? might be the better word) has been in service yet? I saw pictures of them earlier and was wondering when they would start running as well as how that would affect transportation at POR. Thanks for any info you can provide!
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:18 AM   #1821
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We are heading out next weekend to POR with my mom and niece. Absolutely can not wait!!! I've been poring over this thread for months and have gotten lots of good info. The only thing that remains confusing is the bus transportation. For anyone who has been recently, I'd like to know the order of the stops specifically for MK. We'd be arriving at the bus stop probably around 8:30 (a little earlier if I can get everyone up and going on time!). I've seen people say West depot as well as South depot as the first stop. I've also seen South depot being the last stop. Although, ideally, we'd like to have one seat on the bus to hold DS, a bag, and the stroller, we don't mind standing. What I really don't want to happen is a bus to go by full--so disappointing to see MK on the bus and then to see it drive on past. Also, does anyone know if the double bus (articulated? might be the better word) has been in service yet? I saw pictures of them earlier and was wondering when they would start running as well as how that would affect transportation at POR. Thanks for any info you can provide!
Just returned last night...although there were some times it was different, the order we typically saw was West first then North then East and South last.

Didn't see any of the double buses you mentioned but they sound cool!
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We are heading out next weekend to POR with my mom and niece. Absolutely can not wait!!! I've been poring over this thread for months and have gotten lots of good info. The only thing that remains confusing is the bus transportation. For anyone who has been recently, I'd like to know the order of the stops specifically for MK. We'd be arriving at the bus stop probably around 8:30 (a little earlier if I can get everyone up and going on time!). I've seen people say West depot as well as South depot as the first stop. I've also seen South depot being the last stop. Although, ideally, we'd like to have one seat on the bus to hold DS, a bag, and the stroller, we don't mind standing. What I really don't want to happen is a bus to go by full--so disappointing to see MK on the bus and then to see it drive on past. Also, does anyone know if the double bus (articulated? might be the better word) has been in service yet? I saw pictures of them earlier and was wondering when they would start running as well as how that would affect transportation at POR. Thanks for any info you can provide!
Andre has the best information about the bus routes on his website:

http://www.portorleans.org/buses.php
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:42 PM   #1823
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The outer edge is about 5ft by 5ft, as you say broken up into smaller panes which vary by section (some areas have four large panes, some have 16 smaller ones, some have six). Andre
Thank you so much for this info!! This is such a great thread. Do you know which sections have which style? I have requested Alligator Bayou.
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Old 07-11-2014, 03:29 AM   #1824
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Just returned last night...although there were some times it was different, the order we typically saw was West first then North then East and South last.
Correct, for MK the route is normally West, North, East, South, then park. Other parks generally do South first. But it does vary occasionally.


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Thank you so much for this info!! This is such a great thread. Do you know which sections have which style? I have requested Alligator Bayou.
Ground floor AB rooms have the four large panes, while upstairs rooms have each of those split into four smaller panes (so 16 panes in all):



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Just booked my stay for October! I will be staying at POR from the 21st to the 25th. Can't wait!!
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Correct, for MK the route is normally West, North, East, South, then park. Other parks generally do South first. But it does vary occasionally.


So if you're leaving for MK early in the morning, is there a good chance the bus will be full by the time it reaches the South Depot? We're staying in a Royal Room and it seems like South is the closest to us followed by West - would it be worthwhile to walk over to the West Depot in order to reduce the chance that the bus will pass us by?
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South is always the most crowded so when getting on the bus its probably worth a little bit of an extra walk to use a different stop. Getting off, use the closest stop.
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So if you're leaving for MK early in the morning, is there a good chance the bus will be full by the time it reaches the South Depot? We're staying in a Royal Room and it seems like South is the closest to us followed by West - would it be worthwhile to walk over to the West Depot in order to reduce the chance that the bus will pass us by?
From a standard Royal Room, I'd suggest probably the East Depot for getting to the MK. West would be your worst choice. But in the mornings they sometimes lay on extra buses / change routes as buses get full, so there really are no hard-and-fast rules.

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I booked the Pirate Adventure for the 2 9 year olds in our party, 1 boy and 1 tom-boy girl. It seems very expensive so I'm wondering if its really worth it since it only includes a snack, not lunch. Of course the adults get a couple of hours kid-free so that alone might be worth the price.

Has anyone's kids done the Pirate Adventure? Do you think its worth the cost?
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From a standard Royal Room, I'd suggest probably the East Depot for getting to the MK. West would be your worst choice. But in the mornings they sometimes lay on extra buses / change routes as buses get full, so there really are no hard-and-fast rules.

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I agree, thanks for the response. I wrote West by mistake in my original post. West makes no sense as it's on the complete opposite side of the resort from the RRs.
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