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

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  1. caa1277

    caa1277 American by birth............Grumpy by choice!

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    Never stayed here at POR. I am seriously considering moving our stay from CBR to POR for June of this year. The only rooms that they have available for this resort and our dates are the royal rooms. I have two kids, a son who will be 17 by travel date and a daughter who will be 12. Are these rooms to "juvenile" for my kids ages?
     
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  3. Venomhatch

    Venomhatch Cast Member, DisDads #708,

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    OK here is a new revised Fax Template For those of you that may need it. This Fax below is just one way to word the fax and has a very good success rate at achieving a little extra magic when trying to achieve room requests. This may have some things you may need it may not. If you have Medical reasons add those to this. If your celebrating something let the CMs know! Every little bit helps generate you some extra pixie dust. Everything in BOLD and sized bigger are things to either draw attention to or you need to change to reflect your own info. If you have any other needs feel free to PM me and ask for assistance.

    Also I have this in Microsoft Office Word format for easy editing, just ask!

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    Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort
    Attn: Room Assignment Manager (David Elg)
    Friday, February 15, 2013
    Resort Confirmation# ????????


    Hello, and good day to you and your staff!

    On March ??, my Family and I will be spending our annual vacation in Walt Disney World at your Port Orleans Riverside resort. We are all looking forward to this trip from March ?? – ??, with much excitement. We would be most grateful if you could possibly send a little Pixie Dust our way and accommodate a room request for Oak Building perhaps a corner room, maybe either Rooms ????, ????, or ???? we really like the ????. I have also paid extra for a “River View”. The reason I have this request is that one of us in our group will be celebrating a Birthday there Jane and she has always wanted that corner room and we never seem to get lucky enough to have one. Jane and myself (John) will be celebrating together an engagement there! She doesn't know but I plan to propose to her on this trip!!! So it would be very magical to receive this pixie dusted surprise upon arrival. It would be the most magical experience to achieve that one time for her. We will be arriving at your resort in just under two weeks, and would greatly appreciate any assistance you can provide in making our wonderful vacation more enjoyable and magical.

    Sincerely,

    John and Jane Doe
    Home Address: 1234 Walton Avenue, Wally World, FL 32830
    Home Phone: 407-936-5778 and Cell Phone: ???-???-????
    Email: ?????????@yahoo.com


    • Building requested Oak Manor, Rooms ????, ????, or ????, Preferably room “????”.
    • Paid for River View and Royal Guest Room Theme
    • Must be Second Floor please we are very sensitive sleepers and would be easily woken by passing traffic.
     
  4. Missytara

    Missytara I'm all ears!

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    If you loved walking the grounds at CSR, then you will equally love POR.

    Since my favorite building Oak Manor went to RR's, I just love Acadian House. Close to transportation and a quiet pool. Lovely walk to the main building.

    I stayed my first year at CBR and never went back. Forgive me, I am an architect and from day one, I noticed how it was laid out and I could just see all the issues with it.
     
  5. DevonsDisneyMom

    DevonsDisneyMom DIS Veteran

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    Thank you! Well it looks like we will eb staying at POR! YAY!!!:cool1:

    I was the same way. I stayed at CBR for my 1st visit and never considered staying there since!
     
  6. andrewilley

    andrewilley GNU Terry Pratchett

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    OK, just for quick-reference purposes, here are the best case / worst case walking distances from ground-floor rooms in the various mansion buildings at POR (as calculated using Google Earth imagery, and taking the best walking routes into account).

    Acadian House > Food Court: 307 yds / 499 yds
    Acadian House > South Bus Depot: 482 yds / 674 yds
    Acadian House > Ferry Dock: 454 yds / 646 yds


    Magnolia Terrace > Food Court: 245 yds / 458 yds
    Magnolia Terrace > South Bus Depot: 420 yds / 633 yds
    Magnolia Terrace > Ferry Dock: 392 yds / 605 yds


    Oak Manor > Food Court: 286 yds / 488 yds
    Oak Manor > South Bus Depot: 303 yds / 505 yds
    Oak Manor > Ferry Dock: 275 yds / 477 yds


    Parterre Place > Food Court: 249 yds / 456 yds
    Parterre Place > South Bus Depot: 266 yds / 473 yds
    Parterre Place > Ferry Dock: 238 yds / 445 yds


    Acadian and Magnolia's shortest distances are walked via Ol Man Island, Oak and Parterre's are via the alternative bridge to the south of the marina. The best-case distances are all from River View rooms, the worst-case distances are from Standard or Garden View rooms.

    So, based on an average walking speed of 3mph - and assuming you don't get lost or stop to smell the roses en route - that gives the shortest Magnolia Bend walks to the food court as about 2' 45", and the longest ones as 5' 40".

    Andre
     
  7. fadingjamie

    fadingjamie Up next... our first trip to Disneyland!

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    A little late, but thank you! That is very reassuring. I was trying to count how many king rooms there are on the map on the POR website and it didn't feel like a lot but I'll take your word for it. I'm even more excited now! :banana:
     
  8. FigmentChick

    FigmentChick DIS Veteran

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    Venom,

    Awesome fax, as always! Thank you so much for taking the time to help all of us. I'm usually a lurker, but I love to read everyone's thoughts on POR because we do consider it "home" now. I'm going to be doing consulting over the next two months and we could very well afford the Poly, but I think we'll stick with our favorite. ;)
     
  9. Indy Denise

    Indy Denise Mouseketeer

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    If anyone is going from July 10-16th ( or coming in during those dates ) I would be more then happy to purchase bottled water ( or other things ) and bring it to the resort for you.

    I will be stopping in my mini-ish RV and stocking up on water, soda, chips/snacks. and Coors Light..so it would not be a problem if I picked extra supplies up.

    I would love to help my " roomies " out! :thumbsup2
     
  10. pigletto

    pigletto DIS Veteran

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    Hi all! I have an either/or question for you.
    A few months ago I booked our resort with a 35% off code at POR in a gardenview room. Fast forward to now and our dates are switching around a bit as we have some extra time and decided to go to Universal after Disney instead of before.
    I can't keep the room we have as the extra days we need are no longer available.

    However I have choices.. oh boy do I have choices:rotfl:

    I'll try to be as concise as possible.

    StayPlayDine is working out to be the cheapest because we are knocking it down to a one day ticket because we have AP's. (Free Dining actually comes in higher funnily enough)

    So that being said all that is left at POR (where I really want to stay) is a Royal Garden View room for our dates.

    I could also book a Garden View at POFQ for 200 dollars cheaper under the same discount.

    I love POR and have wanted to go back for a long time. However, I don't have little girls ( I do have a 15year old girl and an 8 yr old boy). They would think the Royal Room was cute but it's not necessary.

    So would you go for POR in the Royal Room .. when you know you love the resort? OR would you save the 200 for tips and go to POFQ where you have never stayed before?

    I personally love the themeing of POR but I don't know if it's worth the extra 200. I don't think we'll get to use the pool much in February no matter where we stay, and we'll have a car so buses from either don't really matter. All opinions appreciated.:goodvibes
     
  11. Venomhatch

    Venomhatch Cast Member, DisDads #708,

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    Thank you very much!
     
  12. Debrn

    Debrn Mouseketeer

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    That's very nice of you. :) too bad I'm going end of Feb.
     
  13. ksromack

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    I loved POR also......but I think for $200 less, I'd probably throw caution to the wind and try out POFQ. The food court decor scares me but you will have $200 to spend on tips at nicer restaurants. :confused3
     
  14. cerberus

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

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    Thanks for taking the time to compose and post this. I do have a question regarding the whole faxing room requests. We booked Royal Guest Room (standard version), so I realize that we will not get a view, but on my reservations the CM added "top floor and close to main lobby/transportation". ALthough we do not care about transportation since we have a car.

    Do you think that is sufficient since we just booked the basic RGR?:goodvibes
     
  15. Venomhatch

    Venomhatch Cast Member, DisDads #708,

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    Thank you,

    I think with what you booked you may only get top floor honored. Mostly because there is no standard rooms close to the main building that are RGR. But to be honest when you come down in the elevators you will be right there in the center of the building right where everyone else from river and garden view rooms would come down also. So not really that much further if you wanted to walk over to the main building and South Depot Bus Station.
     
  16. cerberus

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

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    Thanks that is what I was wondering so I will just keep with my request in the system and not fax it in!!
     
  17. kenly777

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    We went over Christmas week. I called about five days ahead and asked for adjoining rooms close to the south bus stop. We were given rooms in AB 16. What great rooms! We were five minutes from the bus stop, very close to the main buildings and Ol Man Island, and right in front of a quiet pool. We all loved it!!!!

    Oh, and as for water, we were on the dining plan, which provides refillable mugs. When we purchased quick serve meals at the food court they came with a bottled drink. We used our mugs for drinks while there and got a water to take with us. This is good at breakfast and lunch.

    Love POR <3
     
  18. quietgirll

    quietgirll DIS Veteran

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    Lol 16 dollars is very outrageous! Granted, at the vending machines, they were 3.00 each...so I guess it's a savings that way? Altho, the ones in the cases are the smaller bottles...
     
  19. quietgirll

    quietgirll DIS Veteran

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    LMAO I feel the same way about the food court!
     
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    My DS is 12, all boy, and he thinks the rooms are kind of cool. The location of the ryal rooms is excellent. We stayed at Oak Manor before it was updated to Royal Rooms.

    The Queen beds are also a big plus over the CBR doubles.
     
  21. jomommy

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    My SIL needs help, but she's not on the boards...

    Can you buy juice boxes in the general store/gift shop?

    Thanks! :)
     
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