Port Orleans Riverside Q&A Thread 2013, Part Three (NOW CLOSED, see 2014 thread)

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  1. Venomhatch

    Venomhatch Cast Member, DisDads #708,

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    PORs ones are motion based and timed. Which can be forced into Program Mode for a 24 hour constant on feature.

    *AC Bypass Directions in New Refurbed rooms:
    To adjust the temperature, follow these instructions: On the thermostat, push the power button and the down arrow (button that adjusts temp) at the exact same time. If you do this correctly, you will see the letters b/p where the temp normally shows. You are now bypassing the sensors in the room. You can then set the temp to whatever you want it to be and it keeps the room that cold whether you are in it and moving, or not (as in sleeping).You may have to do this once a day as the thermostat tends to go back to the sensor mode after 24 hours.
     
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  3. Venomhatch

    Venomhatch Cast Member, DisDads #708,

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    No Problem.
     
  4. emilyhuff

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    THANK YOU! That is exactly what I was looking for!
     
  5. Venomhatch

    Venomhatch Cast Member, DisDads #708,

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    No Problem. I save whatever I can when I feel it to be important. I have used this trick and it does work.
     
  6. wdwdisneyfanchris

    wdwdisneyfanchris Earning My Ears

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    I stayed at POR last year in May and in October. I had an 8:05am Tusker House breakfast on both trips. In May, we were at the South Depot around 6:55, and waited forever. I don't remember when exactly we arrived, but I know we were several minutes late. I thought this was a fluke or we weren't at the bus stop early enough, so in October, we got to the South Depot by 6:40. Again, we were late. I know we arrived at 8:17am, and that was only because we ran. We will be at POR starting this Sunday, and on Tuesday, we have Tusker House at 8:20am. I have several family members who won't be able to run to the restaurant. Should I even consider trying the bus? Maybe at 6:25am? I have a group of 7 family members, including a 2-year-old, so if we wanted to try a cab, we would need a van with a car seat. I'd still rather take the bus, but I'm probably completely insane for even considering it! Just wondering if I had bad luck last year or if this is standard for early Animal Kingdom buses at POR. FWIW, we had no trouble getting to 8:00am Akershus ADRs at Epcot.
     
  7. Venomhatch

    Venomhatch Cast Member, DisDads #708,

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    I have noticed and I am sure Disney has also, that Animal Kingdom has slowly dropped in interest for a lot of guests visiting WDW. Yeah there are a few rides, but even our Family has skipped AK on one or two stays. So maybe Disney has downsized buses going to AK for certain hours. That's all I can think of to be it. All I can say is if you need to be there early, tell bell services this. Some times they can borrow a car from the motor pool to possibly get you over there and if not a short Taxi Ride there wouldn't be too pricey either.
     
  8. firstwdw

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    We booked a preferred for our spring 2013 trip and requested "top floor, pretty view and a corner room" In all honesty, the parking lot views are not that bad and they are much closer to the bus stop in my opinion. You have to walk through the parking lot to get to the bus stop anyways. We did get our requests .
     
  9. sunset7132

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    We have went to that party 5 times and It is a very crowded night so just have you mind prepared its gonna be packed but its alot of fun
     
  10. ALD85

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    The previous comments has me concerned. We have a Tusker house Res. For 8:35 am- I'm really hoping getting to the bus by 7 leaves us enough time. How long does it take to get to AK from POR?
     
  11. Venomhatch

    Venomhatch Cast Member, DisDads #708,

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    There are buses that should get you there that early but I have no idea of their schedule.
     
  12. andrewilley

    andrewilley Port Orleans Guru

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    Semi-officially the buses are meant to start running around 6:30am, with a regular 20-minute service officially by about an hour before each park's opening. This should mean you can get to your reservation fine, but the previous comments do seem to indicate that this is not working well. Might be worth calling the bus info people on 407-WDW-RIDE to see what they suggest (and whether that 6:30 start time is official, as I see mixed messages about it)?

    Andre
     
  13. Li Li

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    Just returned from POR and while it was lovely, the buses really did make me unhappy. Just lots of waiting. I don't know if we were always hitting it at the wrong time or what, but I always seemed to see two busses swing by for places I wasn't going before even one bus I needed showed up.

    I didn't make any requests and we got building 34 in AB. It wasn't the walk I minded, it was getting lost! I feel like the signs were confusing and there was really no good direct way to get to my lodge. We found one shortcut where we walked across the grass which helped a bit, but I am sure it is not what Disney intended!

    As I said, it's beautiful and I liked our room. I just hated feeling like I could never find our building and the poor bus service.
     
  14. POROct2013

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    Oh my, I am starting to feel a bit nervous/sick/excited all at the same time. Our first trip EVER to WDW is in 8 days. EIGHT days! OMG! I feel like I have done a lot but I feel like I have a lot still to do. Our twin daughters are turning 7 while we are there and they are getting super excited as well. They are really looking forward to staying in "Princess Tiana's room" (Royal Guest Room)!

    Any thoughts on last minute things I should do before we go (besides packing, faxing in our room request, getting some US cash)?! :confused3

    Thanks! We all can't wait!
     
  15. snorkelyn

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    We were a party of 7 (4 adults and kids 5,7,9) staying onsite at CSR last month. We like sleep and dislike waiting! So, we called a cab several times during our 11 day stay. They had to pick us up at the front of the resort, as the cabs are not allowed into the guest area for security reasons. We would call concierge a 15-20 minutes before we left the room, and the van (accommodated our party well) was always waiting when we got to the lobby. No car seats are needed in a taxi. Our youngest was 5. If that makes you uncomfortable, I'm sure you could arrange it with the cab company to have one. I once noticed a booster seat in the trunk area of the van once.

    From CSR, we cabbed it to GF, Chef Mickeys at CR, Magic Kingdom, and Poly. Never did we pay more than $20 including tip for 7 people. It was a nice way to start the day....not having to wait! Needed much less travel time :)
     
  16. Venomhatch

    Venomhatch Cast Member, DisDads #708,

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    Sounds like you just need to relax. Your going to have a magical time especially your twins for their birthdays! It's ok if you feel like that but just relax it will be fine. Don't forget to mention to them at check in about the birthdays and first visits for everyone. They give you special buttons to help celebrate the time. Cast members will say happy birthday or welcome just walking by you. It will help make it even more special for your daughters.
     
  17. POROct2013

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    Thanks, Venomhatch! You are the wise one in these forums so I will take your advice and try to relax. Maybe a nice glass of wine tonight will do the trick.

    We are going to have a magical time, you are right. We will definitely mention to them at check in about their birthdays. We really can't wait. What 7 year old girl (in this case, two 7-year old girls) wouldn't want to spend their birthday at WDW in a RGR! I know I would have! ;)

    Thanks again. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.
     
  18. Venomhatch

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    Thank you... Yes I know I spent my birthday there when I was 5 loved it.
     
  19. TooBoyz4us

    TooBoyz4us <font color=red>Run! The Tag Fairies are everywhe

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    I make lists for everything.
    List of things I still need to shop for.
    List of items to pack (Check things off as they go in)
    List of things to do before we leave.

    My lists never fail me :surfweb:
     
  20. andrewilley

    andrewilley Port Orleans Guru

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    LOL, and apparently even a List of all the lists you have to make. :)

    Andre
     
  21. bfamily5

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    Don't forget to notify your credit card company that you are travelling! If you google "Disney ultimate packing list" you will find a very comprehensible list, just cross off the stuff that doesn't apply. Just being on these boards means you are more informed than the average Disney guest :thumbsup2. It's cheaper to exchange CDN to US online than going to a tellar. POR is beautiful and my kiddies wouldn't want to stay anywhere else! Make sure to visit Yeehaw Bob! Have a Magical Vacation!!:goodvibes
     
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