Port Orleans Riverside FAQ thread --- 2012, Part Three --- NOW FULL / CLOSED

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  1. coffeecassie

    coffeecassie Earning My Ears

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    Thanks so much for the info! I understand about being a picky coffee drinker. I've been a Barista for the last 13 years, and I have unlimited access to amazing espresso everyday at work. Disney is good at so many things, coffee, sadly, is not one of them.
     
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  3. FancyNancy

    FancyNancy DIS Veteran

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    I'm on my kindle right now so unfortunately I can't put up a link but if you'd like I can pm you one tomorrow when I am on my PC. There is also another girl in the group arriving at POR the very same day!
     
  4. cerberus

    cerberus "If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exe

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    So I just booked a Royal Guest room (no view) just wondering how far the walk will be to the food court and pool? The only other thing available would be a regular gardenview room 9not royal)...wondering if that might be closer for us???
     
  5. kgoodb00

    kgoodb00 Disney Fanatic

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    We are heading to POR June 15th-22nd. I booked a standard room since we are driving down and plan on driving to most of the parks. Also, the views don't really bother us. I was wondering where I should request. Even though we are a family of 4, could I request the AB rooms with the murphy bed? I know those are used for 5 member families. Have any of you stayed in standard rooms before? If so what would you recommend for our request? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! We are so excited to go :) June can't come fast enough!!
     
  6. dansdad

    dansdad DIS Veteran

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    Very good descriptions of room categories and locations located here.

    http://portorleans.org/room-requests.php

    Plus that site is filled with aweome POR/POFQ information. It's run by Andre a very frequent poster on this thread!
     
  7. kgoodb00

    kgoodb00 Disney Fanatic

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    Thanks for the quick reply! I will definitely use that site as part of my planning :)
     
  8. firstwdw

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    another Mainer arriving on April 28th - May 4th to POR!!!!
     
  9. atisikitabasket

    atisikitabasket Mom Always Said I was a Little Off

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    First Timer what are some must do or see at the resort? I getting to French Quarter a pain I really want to try the Beignets!!:goodvibes

    Also is the request fax # the one that is in the blog if you select the link on page 1 about rooms or has it changed?
     
  10. 5mouseketeersforus

    5mouseketeersforus Mouseketeer

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  11. Venomhatch

    Venomhatch Cast Member, DisDads #708,

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    As soon as I got home for the night I took a little bit of me time an played some pc games. But I am back on for a few hours. Thank you for the compliment and look forward to seeing the Shepard mix! But don't let it get to far off topic. lol. We don't want to upset the topic police! lol.

    Anyone who needs help I am on the clock for a few hours.
     
  12. wdwagain518

    wdwagain518 Mouseketeer

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    very true! in case you didn't know-allears.net has a link on their dining page to places around WDW where you can get a cup of real coffee-not Nescafe!
     
  13. Momto2PrncChrmgs

    Momto2PrncChrmgs DIS Veteran

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    We're leaving in 6 hours!!!!!
    So excited to see POR for the first time! Our plane lands at 1040, so I'm hoping we're there by about 1130, can eat lunch and head over to the marathon expo. Running my first 1/2 and am scared to death!

    We put in our requests but hubby forgot to fax so they didn't go until last evening. Oh well! I'm sure there isn't a bad spot. We paid for prefered so I'm sure I'll be happy wherever we are!
     
  14. Canooknic

    Canooknic Mouseketeer

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    How exciting!! Have an amazing time - good luck with your marathon xx
     
  15. andrewilley

    andrewilley Port Orleans Guru

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    Marathon answers post coming up...! For most of these though, please also see www.portorleans.org/room-requests.php

    Frankly, all three won't hurt. However, I do feel it's a good idea to put your basic requests into your original booking, just to get them logged. Then the next thing is faxing at 3-5 days out, which the room assignment people will at least read individually rather than just seeing your request alongside everyone else's on the computer system.

    I don't see any harm in adding requests to your online checkin too - IF the system allows you to, that is. The old version had no free-format text box so you couldn't do much with it, and I'm not 100% sure how the newly upgraded system will handle it as I can't get it to work for me at the moment. But a fax is better as you can go into more detail.

    Venomhatch seems to be this thread's guru of the faxed request and getting feedback. I suspect his PM box must be full to overflowing by now! I don't know exactly what voodoo magic he recommends :) but a lot of people praise him very highly for whatever black arts he performs...

    Yes you can, they'll leave as much as you want.

    You don't need to, all the rooms have two queen beds unless you have booked a King Bed room (it's a specific paid-for booking category, not a request).

    The ten-day booking window for 8 July resort arrivals would have opened on 9 Jan.

    Just ask for a mansion building room, located as close as possible to the bridge over to Ol Man Island and the main buildings. A Preferred Location booking would not help you as those rooms are all in the Alligator Bayou section.

    I doubt there's any point in asking for Magnolia Terrace over Acadian House as both buildings have some rooms near to the access bridge and some a good distance from it, just explain what you want (and send a fax 3-5 out too, if you wish).

    There is a quiet pool between the two Royal buildings, so just a couple of minutes walk from most rooms. The main pool is a bit further, varying between about 3 minutes at the closest to around 8 minutes at the furthest. The Main Building distances would be about the same. I measured the routes a while back, and from the furthest room the walk to the food court door was only about 500 yards.

    Yes, you can request an AB room no matter how many are in your party, and as there are more of these than mansion building rooms you stand a good chance of getting one. Otherwise, the standard view rooms are all around the 'outside' of the resort (closest to the parking lots, see maps) so you might want to request a room not too far from the main building if you want to avoid a bit of walking.

    Yes, the fax number is in the first post of this thread. The walk to French Quarter varies depending on where you are located within POR, but from food court door to food court door is about 950 yards from memory. It's worth it anyway. :) Taking the ferry boat one way can be fun too.

    Andre
     
  16. cerberus

    cerberus "If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exe

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    Thanks Andre, I think we will just keep our Royal Room then since it is only $100 more:worship:
     
  17. Venomhatch

    Venomhatch Cast Member, DisDads #708,

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    Black Arts, VooDoo, seriously, its more like magic! Actually I keep my inbox pretty well maintained and have the admin here expanding my inbox so I can handle even more. I just enjoy coaching guests and helping them make their visits as magical as they can be!

    Good Morning from Eastern US Seaboard! I welcome all PMs so samgminov, PM me if you need help!
     
  18. Kevin1281

    Kevin1281 Earning My Ears

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    I need to pull the trigger soon with booking our resort. I've been set on POR for quite some time now, but still haven't been able to decide on a "view".

    As I stated in an earlier post, a co-worker of mine told me I was silly to pay for a river view, if I was looking to save some cash wherever possible (which I am looking to do). He explained that a standard view is just fine. Having never been to POR I, obviously, can't picture what a standard view is. It sounds like we will likely be looking at a parking lot if we went with the standard. Is this the case? Is it unattractive? Would it be worth it to upgrade to a garden view? I know we are not going to be sitting in our room all day looking out the window at the view, but we will have an 18-month-old with us, which means we'll be back for naps daily. I just don't want to feel like we are in any old motel/hotel, watching cars in a parking lot.

    Garden View - $13.50 more a night + 8 nights + 2 rooms = $216.00
    River View - $36.00 more a night + 8 nights + 2 rooms = $576.00

    That's the first time I wrote it out like that. After seeing this, river view is out. I know it depends on the individual/the family, but do you personally think the extra $216.00 is worth it to have a garden view, as opposed to a standard view???
     
  19. Cinderumbrella

    Cinderumbrella Wench

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    Here's my thought on the view (and I realize it may be unpopular here :flower3:)

    While looking out your window, you will see something, however, this is also the walking corridor for people to get to their rooms, mousekeeping and maintenance to walk through etc. It's not like at the deluxe resorts where you have a private balcony to accompany your view.

    When staying value or moderate, I seldom have my curtains wide open to look out because I don't want people walking by to look in...

    As for river rooms being physically closer to the main building, for me, all that goes out the window (no pun intended ;)) since the elevators seem to be in the center section of the buildings. If I am staying on a top floor (which is frequently a granted request of mine) I still have to walk from my room, wherever it is, to access the elevator to leave (ditto for coming back).

    As always, this is my personal view, so your mileage may vary :goodvibes
     
  20. Missytara

    Missytara I'm all ears!

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    I have had just about every view there is on property.

    My last two trips with my traveling companions and their budget, we did standard view. We actually loved the location. We were at the rear of Acadian House on the end opposite the bus stop. However, once you walk the sidewalk over to the building, and walked along the building, you were in the shade.

    The Mousekeeping staff was dropped off around 7:30 am every morning, but they were very quiet and respectful about guests who might sleep in. There was hardly any cars back there and we only (in 8 days) saw five people walk past our room. It was like our own private little area.

    The walk to food court was maybe five or six minutes, and it was wonderful in the morning, to watch as the staff was getting ready for their various duties on property.

    Now a few years ago, on a solo trip, I was blessed with a riverview room on the end of Parterre Place. There were only four rooms at that end and not once did anyone walk past my room - and I spent a lot of time at the resort. I wasn't 30 feet from the river's edge (first floor) and every night before I went to bed, I pulled my chair out in the alcove of the room door and watched the last few water taxis go by in the evening. It was a wonderful way to end the day.

    I have had a few pool views that I thought I would enjoy, but it was actually noisier in the evenings than I thought.

    Either way, the resort is beautiful. If there are things you would like to do for the additional money, I say stick with standard view. If you want to go for it, enjoy the riverview.
     
  21. ItsNotMuchofaTail

    ItsNotMuchofaTail but I'm sort of attached to it

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    I do, and I did, LOL. I booked RGR Garden View in Nov. I wanted the feel of the resort, not the feel of the parking lot. I use Disney transportation, so I don't need to get to a car. My 9 year old has some special needs, and we frequently return to the room midday or later. I enjoyed walking to our room, which overlooked the fountain in Oak Manor. It felt much more vacation-y to me not to see the parking lot. I would do it again. Some people will tell you its not worth it at all. So, for them, its not worth it. Different strokes.
     
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