Port Orleans Riverside Q&A Thread 2013, Part Two [Thread now FULL and closed]

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  1. Patience

    Patience DIS Veteran

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    I have a Royal Room booked at POR in September with free dining! I called at 7:00 am on the day free dining in September was offered to the general public. Can't wait!
     
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  3. CouponCon

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    We fished at POR and did the fishing excursion and no license was needed.
     
  4. disneybound2010

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    We are considering the Alligator Bayou for our 2014 trip. We are overall fine with not having any fancy views and are not too worried about the distance as we will have our own vehicle to get around if need be. Our only concern is noise. Of the buildings, are there any that would be considered more noisy(bumped up to roads, etc?) I expect that after a day at the parks, we will be too tired to notice anything, but DH has voiced this concern.
     
  5. Missytara

    Missytara I'm all ears!

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    The entire resort is amazingly quiet.

    I have stayed every level; even at standard view facing the parking lot there is no issue. We would hang out each morning and sit outside, since we had five adults and three kids in two rooms; it took some time to get ready.

    Even when the staff is dropped off in the morning, they are very respectful of everyone's privacy and people who want to sleep in. None of the buildings are really directly on the road - you can see the map on the front page of this thread.
     
  6. Missytara

    Missytara I'm all ears!

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    You are basically starting a new reservation; and you will lose free dining.

    You can certainly request to upgrade when you check in, but most likely they will quote you the difference to upgrade and it won't be with free dining. I am curious as to why you went from Riverview to Pool View to get to Oak Manor; both Parterre Place and Oak Manor have those categories. You don't get a specific building with a booking category - you could be in either building.
     
  7. tinkerbell1984

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    Sorry! I deleted this post from the old thread, I didn't realize it was full. I find my threads by going into my post from my profile and didn't see the new one. :blush:

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    We are back from our stay 5/18-5/25....

    This was my first time at POR and other then the horrible bus ride back and forth to MK that I posted about before, our stay was very nice and quiet...Walking was difficult at times but I expected it.

    As I said, I faxed a request in about 5 days before asking for either AB bldg 16 or 17 bottom floor, OR Magnolia Terrace, any floor. I ended up with AB #17, bottom floor, and even got upgraded from Standard to Garden. This was our view walking out the door:

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    It was a beautiful resort. The food court area could be bigger, it got really crowded ordering food. The bus situation I had was a disaster, so eventually any time a bus didn't go to South first, we started to get off at East. I was paranoid from then on and it took too long riding all the way around anyway. For those who missed my post, a MK bus went to the E/N/W stops and skipped South with no announcement and made my family ride back to the MK. I report her and requested an update from the Bus Manager, and have heard NOTHING by the way. :rolleyes2

    The main pool was a bit small and crowded...The Quiet pools were decent sized for extra pools, but also got pretty crowded as well.

    The food at the resort was good. My kids got to be Jr Chef's and decorated cookies one evening which they really enjoyed. While we were walking out to the car to leave, a CM stopped me (he was in a golf cart) and asked if we were leaving. When I told him I was he handed me two wands from CRT (at least that is what was printed on them). That was nice. My kids loved them.

    The resort was real quiet, we were never bothered with outside noise like at the All Stars. Didn't hear anyone upstairs either. We were in room 1708. We did get Birthday Buttons at check-in (I remember someone saying they were told they didn't do that there). Both front desk girls I dealt with (at check in and when complaining about the bus ride) were very friendly. :)

    From walking around the resort, I preferred the look of AB over Mansions...I originally thought I'd feel the other way, but I loved the nature look of AB...We saw a couple bunnies too.
     
  8. jewelsb

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    26 days to go and still no Mickey Mail. :confused3 Should I be worried?
     
  9. Missytara

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    You usually get it about 30 days out, so keep your eyes pealed for it.
     
  10. ohnowewontgo

    ohnowewontgo Disney here We Come

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    Sooo who has done online check in lately? I just did ours at around 53 days out. I thought there were more room requests that you could add. I could only pick: corner, highest floor, ground floor. I thought maybe you could request a building, or a section. I guess not. Is that normal? Only 4 little boxes you can check?
     
  11. Mickey'sApprentice

    Mickey'sApprentice Shamelessly demand, it works bette

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    You need to call CRO to add any request beyond the boxes on the online check-in.
     
  12. disneybound2010

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    Did they upgrade you on their own or did you asked to be upgraded? Did you have to pay for it? I have heard that they will upgrade you for free some times, but I don't even know how to go about asking them about this?
     
  13. nonstopdisneymom

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    That's all that was there when I did online check-in. If you want to make specific request (building number) you should call and have it added to your reservation and fax your request in just before your vacation, 3-5 days out.
     
  14. andrewilley

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    The June 2013 Recreation Activities and Movie Schedules for Port Orleans Riverside are now available. See my main Recreation Activities Schedule page for full-size PDF versions, or click on the image below.

    The outdoor movies will start at 9pm and the daily campfires commence at 7pm this month.

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    Andre
     
  15. Missytara

    Missytara I'm all ears!

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    Normally online check-in is not for requests, it should be on your ressie. Also, the requests have been very vague like you mentioned. Make sure your requests are on your ressie and do not pick them off the online check-in, if they are important to you.
     
  16. Missytara

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    If you ask, you will be quoted the cost to upgrade and you could lose your discounts. CM's prefer to sprinkle the pixie dust as a surprise, not an expectation by the customer.

    Upgrades are done at the discretion and convenience of the resort and the issues are beyond your control.

    In addition, Disney got very savvy a few years ago and created booking categories based on requests, especially at the moderates. People are going to pay for the higher booking categories, so do not expect it for free.
     
  17. andrewilley

    andrewilley GNU Terry Pratchett

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    At Port Orleans you MIGHT get lucky and they may be able to do this for you without changing your booking (which would lose your free dining), but officially the answer is no. However as they are sister resorts it's possible that a nice CM might be able to work something out for you with the room inventory team. Please don't count on it though, as it probably won't happen.

    Switching to a completely different resort; if there is availability you can do it, but at rack rate and without the dining plan.


    Yes, that is a valid request. There are six Pool View rooms in Alligator Bayou 18 which come under the Pool View booking category, not Preferred Location. So ask away and keep your fingers crossed.


    I won't say it's never happened, but it's not very common. However the room assignment team do like to spread a little extra unexpected pixie dust if they can, so if there's some special occasion for your visit, or little princesses in your party, let the resort know how much they are looking forward to their magical visit, etc.


    Nope, you just need to pay Disney money. :)


    Handicapped rooms can be specifically booked, and the fully wheelchair accessible ones do provide a little extra space which makes storage of chairs/ECVs a bit easier. Contact the special assistance line (details in the first post) for help with that.


    No, they don't do day rates, sorry. You might get a free 1pm checkout though if the room is not urgently needed for another guest. I've a feeling someone once mentioned a 50% rate for staying on until 6pm, but I've never heard of that actually happening. You can still use all the facilities (including the pool) on your checkout day though, and there is a shower and changing room near the main pool.


    I assume you have a Royal Room booking? You can ask for an upgrade if one happens to be available, but there are no guarantees. If they do give you a pixie dust upgrade then you won't lose your free dining. However your room could be in either Oak Manor or Parterre Place (but then that applies to Pool View too, just the odds are somewhat better for you to get Oak Manor).


    No more so than for any other activity around the resort.


    It's really not too far at all from a River View room in 38 back to the food court - maybe 5 minutes tops. You could always request buildings 14 or 27 by preference though, which are even closer.

    Andre
     
  18. JinxedSydney

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    You ever had a rough day that you think just squishes your brain and makes you feel exhausted and chopped up? :duck:

    I popped in here to read about POR and have a pick-me-up for today. We have months before we get there. But, one of the bright spots is reading this thread and getting more information. AND, as a bonus, I checked my ADR calendar and next week I get to call in!! :yay:
     
  19. amybaud

    amybaud Earning My Ears

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    We booked a river view room. My understanding is that king rooms and river rooms are in their own booking category and some of those rooms happen to be in the preferred buildings.
     
  20. phoebec

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    Does anyone have any pictures of the view from "river view" rooms in the AB?

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  21. Missytara

    Missytara I'm all ears!

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    You can look on allearsnet.com or this site or andre's website. Look at an AB room and if you can see the river, you got it.
     
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