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

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  1. kelleigh1

    kelleigh1 <font color=purple>Disney Baby<br><font color=gree

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    Trying to decide between POR and CSR for our next trip, so I'm following both threads. I'm going to have a lot of reading to do.

    We just returned from a stay at YC and we thought it was just ok. We didn't take advantage of many of the Deluxe amenities though. It's just not us, probably because we're so used to living on a budget that even when we splurge, we don't know how to live it up.

    On our previous two trips (there's just hubby and I), we stayed at POFQ the first time (LOVED it) and then CBR the next time. We weren't really fans for CBR. Of the 3 places we've stayed, it's our least favorite.

    So now we want to try another mod, so it's either POR or CSR. We're looking at mid-November of next year. Probably going to book after the first of the year, so we've got about 2 months to figure out where we want to stay.

    I look forward to reading this thread and hearing what you all have to say about POR!
     
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  3. Clamesa

    Clamesa Mouseketeer

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    CSR is our home resort. We have stayed in there 6 times and just love it !! But after of almost 2 years lurking in the POR Unofficial website and the DIS forums (and sharing information, photos etc with DH and DS :hyper2:) we decided it was time to try something new.
     
  4. darose1234

    darose1234 Loves Anything Disney

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    No one able to answer my question? :confused3
     
  5. Clamesa

    Clamesa Mouseketeer

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    One more question: Does the Pirate Cruise at POR is just for kids or may we be allow to go with my son ?
     
  6. mommy2jack

    mommy2jack Mouseketeer

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    The Bayou Pirate Adventure is only for kids... but sounds super fun!

    http://www.portorleans.org/recreation.php

    We are thinking about booking it for our 4 year old in May!

    There is also a Pirate and Pals cruise which is more for the whole family. That departs from the Contemporary resort.

    http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/tours-and-experiences/pirates-and-pals-fireworks-voyage/

    Also sounds fun. But my son is not big into the 'characters' so we're thinking the Pirate Adventure would be better for him. :)
     
  7. Venomhatch

    Venomhatch Cast Member, DisDads #708,

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    Well with POR you have access to DTD through two different modes of transport. One Bus and the other Boat. POR has everything with in a few minutes walk with three different accommodation themes. You have the regular Mansions, Alligator Bayou, and Royal Guest Themed. It is about the same travel time from the resorts to the parks.

    Just some of my opinions. Between the two I favor POR.
     
  8. bluejasmine

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    I really have no idea, when you check in at the resort they can tell you or even when your on the bus going somewhere else on property ask a bus driver they'd know better than anyone!

    Sorry wish I knew!

    Sent from my iPad using DISBoards
     
  9. JessiMommy

    JessiMommy DIS Veteran

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    Thank you so much Venomhatch for your help and advice for my upcoming trip in 2 days!!! Woo hoo!!!! :woohoo:
     
  10. Venomhatch

    Venomhatch Cast Member, DisDads #708,

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    Yeah, no problem. Glad we were able to sprinkle you trip with some pixie dust! Have a magical stay here at Disney World!
     
  11. Dixiemom

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    From the map it looks like there are no preferred locations in the mansion section. Is this correct? Hoping for a mansion room in close proximity to the main building and maybe 'Ol Man River Island.....thoughts?
     
  12. jerseygirl81

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    We have stayed at CSR 3 times and also love it. We are planning a trip in August and staying at POR. I'm hoping you will give a little review of your stay there. Have a great trip!! Linda :)
     
  13. andrewilley

    andrewilley GNU Terry Pratchett

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    Correct, as it says in the FAQ the only preferred locations are in buildings 14, 15, 18 and 27. So if you want a mansion building room, don't book Preferred category.

    The Water View and some River and Garden View rooms in Acadian House and Magnolia Terrace do still give very easy access to the main buildings though (a short walk across the bridge via Ol' Man Island) so you could try requesting those locations.

    Andre
     
  14. Hoodie

    Hoodie <font color=purple>Going to BC and GF with one wee

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    Just got back from our Royal Room stay at POR! We had a WONDERFUL time. Minor irritations with some buses (45 minute wait for an EPCOT bus at 9am?!? Really!?!) Resort was lovely as usual. Pretty crowded (and even moreso when we left)

    Overall a great stay, but my comments on the Royal Rooms are not too positive. Disney either spent too little money on the rehab or too much for the quality they got. We had 3 Royal Rooms and they all looked pretty worn already. On the positive side, everyone LOVED the headboards (although when my 3 year old decided we needed the "stars" at 5:30 in the morning they weren't quite as lovely) decor-wise they are a bit on the over-done-Vegas-tacky side, but that's just personal preference. However, 2 of the 3 rooms had visible mold on the outside of the blinds, the gold paint is chipping off the lightswitches and revealing the lovely yellow plastic underneath. A weird probably only nitpicky to me item was that even though all the faucets and hardware was gold, the door handle and hinges on the bathroom door were brushed nickel. We just redid our bathrooms so I noticed the mismatch immediately. We also laughed that with all the specially designed gold items, the 2 things you can get already in gold or brass from any Home Depot were the mismatches. Some of the gold faucets are looking tarnished already. Our bathroom was in serious need of a renovation. Some of the grout was eroding and leaving deep trenches while in other areas the grout was smeared over the tiles. There were also paint splatters/drips on the tiles. If our contractor had left our bathroom like that, we wouldn't have given the final payment. There was also a funky waterstain on the ceiling in the shower. Finally, some of the linens were already worn and the buttons on the bolsters were starting to come off. Pretty poor quality on items that are less than a year old.

    Mousekeeping was atrocious. We opened the drawer to put our clothes away and there was hair in the drawer. There was also a pile of hair/dust in the corner in the bathroom. The soapdish in the shower still had white residue on it. By day 2 they had remedied it, but left 3 sets of towels...in a four person room. By far Tuesday was the worst. We returned to our room and found they had left 2 bottles of cleanser - one in the shower and one on the table, had left the coffee pods in the coffee maker and hadn't restocked any of the coffee items. No coffee items on Wednesday either.

    None of these things impacted the fun we had (although the coffee thing came close. DH is quite cranky without his coffee!) I do plan on letting POR know so they can remedy it for others. We're pretty easy going, but I know some people would let those things upset them and I don't want someone's vacation "ruined" because mousekeeping is inept or a button on a bolster is loose (and sadly we all know someone who would let that button ruin everything!)

    Overall, a good trip. Most importantly the kids loved it (it was their first trip). Oldest already asked to go back (yippee!! I have a convert!) Can't wait to start planning the next one.
     
  15. Dixiemom

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    Thanks Andre, you are the man!! :thumbsup2
     
  16. Clamesa

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    Thanks for the information !!!
     
  17. Clamesa

    Clamesa Mouseketeer

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    I would love doing it. Thanks for the good wishes.
     
  18. Clamesa

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    Other guest hair !!!:scared1: I don't expect or ask for much, everything I asked of any hotel is a clean room !! A dirty room drives me nuts. Lest hope my RGR has a better mousekeeper. :scared:
     
  19. kelleigh1

    kelleigh1 <font color=purple>Disney Baby<br><font color=gree

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    The boat to DTD is definitely on my list of Pros for POR. We loved taking the boat when we stayed at POFQ.
     
  20. Venomhatch

    Venomhatch Cast Member, DisDads #708,

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    Ohh nice to see another fairy tagged person. Yeah we love the boat also. We have never rented a boat it just didn't seem worth it to us.
     
  21. DisneyFreak06

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    I just posted a ton more pictures on the Riverside picture thread. There are still more to come, maybe tonight, maybe not until next weekend. Who knows!

    Here's one of my favorites that I posted today.

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    POR 211 by disneyfreak0306, on Flickr
     
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