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  1. WishingMom

    WishingMom DIS Veteran

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    Yikes! It will be a test as to how hardy we can be! Thanks :)

    Great work on the website, by the way!

    Tanya
     
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  3. pwdebbie

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    I am in one of those Florida Special rooms right now and will definitely recommend it. I love the extra security of the grab bar when getting in and out of the tub. The wardrobe for hanging clothes is also nice - I like it better than the bar in the bathroom that you usually hang clothes on.
     
  4. andrewilley

    andrewilley GNU Terry Pratchett

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    Could you maybe get a few photos before you leave? I didn't know they had those extra wardrobes in the Florida Special rooms too, only in the two types of wheelchair-accessible rooms (both of which feature the 'open-plan' bathroom/wash area, with the toilet, sink and bath or roll-in shower within one room).

    Andre
     
  5. LisaRobinsonUK

    LisaRobinsonUK Earning My Ears

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    Do you know if you can get detergent or softener near the machines? Would prefer not to risk packing it if possible but if its a fortune we will bring from home.

    Thanks :-)
     
  6. Clochette nordique

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    Well, I guess it all depends where you come from in Canada.....! ;) :confused3 ;)

    :tinker: Poussière de fée!
     
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    Most laundry rooms have a vending machine that spits out those little boxes of soap. Usually takes quarters. Change machine should be in the laundry room for washers and detergent.
     
  8. WishingMom

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    NL, we are used to the cold!
     
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    It will make my day if they have a FD offer for next February!
     
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    Not released yet ... please don't give me a heart attack! According to the post, it may be bookable beginning May 9. Not official by Disney.
     
  12. WishingMom

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    One of the Peak season dates at POFQ seems to be the week after President's Day! Is this because it is Half Marathon week?


    Thanks
     
  13. MeeskaMooskaMickey

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    Hi - I have been taking a look at the breakfast menu at POFQ and am a bit unfamiliar with some of the items on the menu, lol! Grits? Biscuits and gravy? French toast? :confused3

    Unfortunately, as much as I love trying new foods, I have quite picky children. I'm sure they would happily eat muffins and beignets but I wouldn't really want them to have sweet things for breakfast solidly for 2 weeks!!

    Do they have anything that compares to toast or cereal like we have in the uk?

    Thanks xx
     
  14. ibrokeitmommy

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    Grits are like a hot cereal. Do you know what cream of wheat is? The consistency is similar. They are so yummy but I do put sugar and butter in mine.

    Biscuits here aren't sweet, more a buttery dish. The gravy is probably a white sausage gravy.

    French toast is bread dipped in egg and then fried in a pan/griddle. It's really good but yes sugary.

    I'm sure you can probably buy cold cereal and milk at the hotel store? This is our first trip to port Orleans so I'm not sure. We are also struggling with breakfast. We eat eggs every morning at home and not sure we want to use credits for them every day. I plan in bringing some granola bars and picking up some muffins maybe, fruit?
     
  15. taylor3297

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    Grits are a southern breakfast staple. It is ground hominy(corn). It is sort of like a porridge. Most people put butter and pepper on their grits. Also, adding cheese is quite tasty too. Never heard of anyone putting sugar on their grits like the other poster stated. I used to eat grit every morning growing up.

    Biscuits and gravy is delicious! Of course US biscuits are more of a bread/roll/ The gravy is a white gravy called sawmill gravy. It is flour based, with pepper. Some people add ground sausage to the gravy.

    French toast is like the other person said. Different people use different types of bread to make this. Some use french bread, white bread, sour dough bread etc. At home, we just use regular white bread. French toast can be served with butter and syrup, or my favorite powdered sugar.

    Give it a try you may like it.
     
  16. arianrose

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    Does your family eat hard boiled eggs? We're driving, so we plan to make some and keep them in the fridge. If you're flying, many grocery stores often have a little deli area where there are already boiled eggs. (Up here they do, anyway.)

    ETA: MeeskaMooskaMickey, you can frequently also order the biscuits with gravy on the side, so your children can try just the biscuit first. As others have said, it's a fairly dense, savory bread. (ETA *again* because my girlfriend is brilliant. She said a biscuit is like a baked (instead of boiled) dumpling, and she's exactly right.
     
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    Grits are basically the same as polenta only served creamy like porrige and often have cheese on it.

    Biscuists are like lighter fluffer scones, buttery but not sweet. They are served with a savory gravy (milk/flour/pepper) and often have sausage in it but I haven't had them at POFQ so it may just be plain gravy.

    French toast is thick bread egg batter dipped and griddled served with butter syrup and powdered sugar. Kinda like the bread part of a monte cristo sandwich.

    They have standard corn flakes or cheerios you can also buy slices of bread and toast them in the food court. They will have butter and jelly/jam in the condiments section. Bacon is in no way similar to english bacon but sausage is similar enough that they will probably recognize it. They also sell flavored yogurt and fruit in the fridge sections. Or you can get the parfait which is yogurt layed with granola/fruit of your choosing. They might like the oatmeal which is also like porriage and you can get toppings for it.
     
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    Thanks to everyone who clarified our question about the room only vs package deposit. When we called to change our room only dates (we do not want to chance not having a room at POFQ so did not want to wait and change when packages became avail) the CM at reservations mentioned that for the packages for January we should call back the "3rd week in June." My daughter spoke w/reservations since I wondered why do we have to call - thought we could just book online?
     
  19. MeeskaMooskaMickey

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    Thanks peoples for enlightening me about the breakfast food choices, it's all very different to what we have at home! I can't speak for my fussy little ones but I will be trying everything, tt's nice to eat something a bit more 'exotic' on holiday!

    I'm relieved to hear though that they have some cheerios, fruit, yoghurt etc, that sounds perfect for the children, and I think they would probably like french toast if too if they try it! :rolleyes:

    Thanks again guys!! xx
     
  20. Shaden

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    I think its because people turn it into a week vacation, why not if you can book a week but only have to use 4 days vacation.

    Its also now "family day" up here in Ontario Canada (a couple other provinces have that monday off as well) and spring break for many Canadian universities, so there has been an increased trend for Canadians to head down during that time.

    We were there February 2012, it was indeed pretty busy, not terrible, but not ideal.
     
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    And a warning from a fellow Brit: prepare yourself for the fact that at some point during our long and divided history, the Americans somehow lost track of bacon. You can't get any lovingly cooked lean back bacon at all (anywhere!), just crisply frazzled thin strips of streaky mostly-fat. Oh alright, I guess I can cope with it as it's all they seem to understand and you have to humour them as it's their loss, but it's not bacon!

    (now, where's my wooden spoon gone? :) )

    But they certainly make up for the lack of bacon with pancakes... and more especially funnel cakes!

    Andre
     
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