Ground floor pros/cons

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  1. mousefan73

    mousefan73 DIS Veteran

    May 9, 2012
    Hey, we are booked at POR royal rooms. Booked pool view cat. Not planning on any other special requests, but was thinking about requesting ground floor to avoid stairs/ elevators. Not that we have physical issues, just the time/ convienence thing.

    The only thing ( maybe I am being paranoid here? ) is the creepy / crawler issues. IF any were to visit wouldn't a ground floor room have better odds of this happening??
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  3. balletgirl2

    balletgirl2 Earning My Ears

    Sep 10, 2009
    Remember creepy crawlers can climb and fly so floor level won't matter much. Odds are in your favor that you won't have any visitors, but remember you are in FL so sometimes it can't be helped.
  4. Kay1

    Kay1 <font color=red>Check out Ricki's hidden Mickey!<b

    Aug 30, 1999
    Well, one time my son and I were walking past some rooms and saw a snake wiggling outside one of the doors. Another time, a frog got into our ground-level room. I stopped using online check-in because I was assigned a ground floor room each time. Snakes really don't bother me, but frogs? :faint:

    Have a great trip whichever floor you choose.

  5. pamkat1820

    pamkat1820 Mouseketeer

    May 9, 2011
    We had the 2nd floor at POR. It wasn't that bad and there was an elevator. I think the first floor would be nice to just walk right out and go. But you have to watch out for little critters crawling in.

    If. You are higher up you also have a better view of the growns. You have to decide what means more view or easy access out.
  6. SkywayGuy

    SkywayGuy Earning My Ears

    Dec 2, 2007
    Were at POR right now. We have an upstairs corner room, and the room is the farthest corner away from everything. But the room is VERY quiet, high on our priority list. We have a lovely garden view out of our window too. It does take a bit to get used to where your room is in relation to everything, but once you do, you can find the quickest rout to everything. Even though it's not as convenient as some locations, i wouldn't say it's inconvenient. and we have less foot traffic here than other locations. A nice rest from the busy parks.
  7. mousefan73

    mousefan73 DIS Veteran

    May 9, 2012
    See! This is what I am paranoid about. I could handle a frog. My son would be excited to handle this situation. But a snake. No way!
  8. Missytara

    Missytara I'm all ears!

    Apr 3, 2009
    I have traveled twice with a car and been on the first floor of Acadian House facing the parking lot both times. It was very nice to just be able to walk right out to the car, around the corner to the pool, etc. We were lucky enough to not see any creepy crawlies at POR.

    I did stay at SSR one year, and we felt with the sliding glass door, we preferred to be high up and were on the top floor. It was nice to not hear anyone above you.

    I have been in a couple of "Middle" floors at POR, one facing the woods all the way at the end of the corridor, and I don't remember hearing anyone either below me or above me all week.
  9. mom2AidanAndEli

    mom2AidanAndEli DIS Veteran

    Apr 19, 2013
    We're going to POFQ end of August and I actually requested an upper floor. Kids are older so going up and down isn't a problem. My thinking is there's less foot traffic outside the room when you go up. Being on ground level, you have more chance of people walking by your room/window. Just thinking it's quieter higher up!
  10. goofy4tink

    goofy4tink No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator Moderator

    May 2, 2002
    Just isn't an issue. I've had many ground level rooms, never had any uninvited guests in the room.
    The only time I don't accept a ground level room is if I'm traveling by myself. I just feel better if I'm off the ground level. I probably doesn't make any difference but I feel safer.
  11. DisneyDmbNut

    DisneyDmbNut <img src="

    Oct 10, 2003
    we have always had a ground floor room at POR.. I never had any bad part..other than not having to walk stairs at the end of a long day!!! :)
  12. PlainJane

    PlainJane <font color=teal>It was wonderful both times<br><f

    Dec 25, 2005
    I've had to catch and release a couple of lizards, but I think that's happened on both the first and second floors.
  13. DisneyDoc5

    DisneyDoc5 Making memories...

    May 7, 2008
    no ground floor for many snake stories, and even though I know they can climb, they will show up in ground floor rooms more often. I could deal with lizards, bugs, but not snakes.

    Another reason, view, I like the elevated view of whatever resort I am at.

    I also like top floor so no one is above me making noise. Less foot traffic too.

    Exercise is good for you, so in the resorts with no elevators, a few flights of stairs is just a little extra calorie burn in my opinion! Helps burn off my daily Mickey bar and Dole Whips!
  14. Shell54

    Shell54 DIS Veteran

    Jun 17, 2008
    No ground floor for us! First of all we like having no one above us making noise and I recall a thread a few years ago about some folks who were staying in a first floor room at the Contemporary in the Garden wing. They found a large snake curled up in their closet. UGH.
  15. NJRRK

    NJRRK DIS Veteran

    Jun 12, 2007
    Ground floor CR, August 2007 the only time we've ever had critters in our room. DD was outside, didn't close the slider all the way and we had, horrors, a duck walk in. :scared:

    That I can deal with. A snake, not so much.
  16. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

    Jul 6, 2004
    I stayed at CBR this past December, and we had bugs in our room. When I called down to have them take care of them, one of the first things they asked was if I was in a ground floor room. It did sound like that increased your odds of having unexpected and unwelcome guests in your room.
  17. cmhguy

    cmhguy Mouseketeer

    Mar 5, 2011
    We have always had ground floor rooms - not by request...just happened that way.

    Our first stay at POR was in AB, and by the end of the week, we were SOOO glad we had a first floor room. The stairs would have done us in! :rotfl:

    We've learned that we like the first floor - not dealing with stairs or elevators - just feels quicker to us. Depending on location, it can also lesson the number of people that walk by your room.

    However - at POR, PoP and CSR, we could always hear the people walking above us. At POR, we had a toddler above us for a few days - we knew exactly when they were up as the toddler ran around the room constantly...and the must have had 8:05 breakfast rezs every they were up early. I sleep with ear plugs, becasue I'm a light sleeper - otherwise, that would have been annoying to me.
  18. Brownsfan317

    Brownsfan317 Mouseketeer

    Mar 20, 2011
    We have stayed on the ground level at various resorts in the past and no issues. My sister absolutely refuses to stay in a ground level room. She has visions in her head of mousekeeping keeping the door to the room propped open for uninvited guests. She thinks there is a greater chance on the ground floor of a snake coming in.

    We are going on a trip to Disney in October together. Oh how I would enjoy getting a fake snake in her room!!! :rotfl2:
  19. Momofonelittlemickey

    Momofonelittlemickey Earning My Ears

    Aug 2, 2012
    I'm hoping for a ground room at WL.

    I really love having a patio, especially when we've stayed at the Poly.
  20. dpswift

    dpswift DIS Veteran

    May 6, 2007
    We arrived at AoA at 9:30 am and were told our room was ready. Dd had just said that she did not want a ground floor room because of snakes. The cast member told her that they do not have much problem with that. After a 21 hour drive I was more than willing to take my chances. Yes I do know that snakes have gotten into rooms but the odds are against it.
  21. DisneyFreak06

    DisneyFreak06 DIS Veteran

    Oct 17, 2006
    I had a ground floor room at GF, POFQ and two at POR. No creepy crawlies or anything in any room.

    My "pool view" room at POR had trees blocking the view though, I would have paid for standard and get the same. Our garden view room (when we got moved due to water in our room) had a better view from the ground floor. If actually seeing the pool is important, ask for a higher floor, if it's actually the proximity to the pool you like, ground floor is great!

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