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You Want to Stay Where?! A July PTR* TR LINK 8/8!

Discussion in 'Pre-Trip Reports and Plans' started by shan23877, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. katt789

    katt789 DIS Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    POR is definitely next on my list of resorts to stay at, especially those princess rooms!! They're amazing!!

    I have to comment about AoA though, it really wasn't that bad! There's a sidewalk along the parking lot that cuts down the walk a bit, and if you actually cut across the parking lot (which isn't that hard to do as not a lot of cars are actually out and about) it really cuts down on it. As for CMs, we encountered a ton of amazing ones, and the food court was never as bad as Pops was. Maybe at not a peak season it'd be better than what you've heard? Either way, it's a great resort, and I can't wait until the prices on the suites go down, I really wanna stay in a Lion king room!

    What a headache on trying to figure out what that code was for, and that you couldn't use it, ugh! Dumb! I've been annoyed enough that my AP won't register properly on the site so I cant see what discounts I'll get for that.

    I'm excited to hear more!
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  3. marDgreen88

    marDgreen88 DIS Veteran

    Sep 3, 2011
    Ugh, what a hassle! I'm glad everything worked out in the end... I'm dying to stay in a Royal Room! They look unbelievably awesome, I bet yall will all love it!
  4. KristinAnne

    KristinAnne DIS Veteran

    Jan 27, 2008
    I'm going to switch Landscape of Flavors to Sunshine Seasons since you're not staying at AoA anymore.
    The new room looks awesome!
  5. ronnmel

    ronnmel DIS Veteran

    Apr 5, 2010

    I too am going to change my counter-service guess.

    3. Earl of Sandwhich
  6. Aurora1972

    Aurora1972 Getting my Disney on! Where's the poporn?

    Jun 24, 2012
    That's terrible about the pin code! My feelings would have been hurt too! I also would have cried. That code had to have meant something?? Right?? Frustrating for sure.
  7. SoNotAPrincess

    SoNotAPrincess Disney Diva

    Jan 16, 2006
    AoA is the only value I really want to stay at, but I think you guys will love POR! Of course, I'm a bit partial...it's practically my home away from home!

    Don't forget that you can use the POFQ pool, too (the slide is less intense and they do a Mardi Gras pool party). I know you have your ADRs, but I think Boatwrights is one of those unsung places on property. And don't forget to drop in and see Yehaa Bob in the River Roost Lounge one night if you can...Maddie will have a blast at his show.

    OK, this is me stopping!

    Here are my guesses...

    1. CRT
    2. BOG
    3. Akershus
    4. 1900 PF
    5. Crystal Palace
    6. Cape May (x 2)
    7. Cali Grill
    8. Chef Mickey’s
    9. Ohana
    10. Hollywood & Vine
    11. Brown Derby
    12. Via Napoli
    13. Le Cellier
    14. Yak & Yeti
    15. Tusker House
    16. Hoop De Doo Revue

    Counter Service
    Columbia Harbor House
    Sunshine Seasons
  8. smidgy

    smidgy dimples

    Aug 27, 2006
    reading your pincode story on your TR, in a bit more detail than on Nebo's really put my mind in your position.. and really IRKED ME!!

    how dare they offer you something (you didnt' ask for it, mind you), and then you spend all that time trying to "claim" it, and they end up making you feel like a free loader. sheesh!

    sorry, you probably have gotten over it by now, and I'm getting you all worked up again. (as nebo says, that's what I do best! tee hee;))

    anyway, sometimes you have to just set your mind on what you have now, and look forward to that. (can someone tell Nebo how to do that? he always wants to "tinker")

    the last 2 moderate resorts we have stayed at were CBR and CSR. so we are due for a POR stay.. once, we did a really weird thing. we booked a split stay.. 5 nights at POFQ and 5 nights at POR. I think we had the DDP for the first part, and walked over to Boatwrights to eat from french quarter. (It is a good restaurant.. love the prime rib).
    another day, we strolled over to POR from FQ, to check out the area we had requested, and see which rooms we would want (I know, we are weird).

    by the time we got over to POR, we felt like we had been there already!!! It was a strange trip. (what a long, strange trip it's been. you guys are too young to get that reference. Grateful Dead?)

    one of the very cool things about either of those resorts is that they are sister resorts. you can use either food court, any of the pools. POFQ has the Scat Cat Club, POR had the River Roost with yeehah Bob. we love both food courts.

    you might want to take a morning to take to boat ride (or walk) over to FQ to get the BEIGNETS for breakfast (note: they do NOT nuke well) and then use the pool there for a bit.

    the other cool thing to try to find a reason to take advantage of: the boat ride to Downtown Disney. now, with a package, you always have that durned Planet Hollywood Voucher. if you are on a DDP, geez, ya got enough eatin' to do already!
    but Im sure Maddie would find something she liked at Once Upon a Toy, or World of Disney. the Lego store is cool. is Maddie too "
    girly" to enjoy dinosaurs? Our grandson Jackson (you remember him, Maddie's future hubby?;)) loved eating there. where the dinos come to life.

    aw man, I want to go with you guys! we have been debation POR for a while, and each trip it gets voted out. our next trip is AOA (LM room) and BWV (boardwalk view!).

    the great thing about disney is you never get tired of going, ause there are so many dif. resorts!!!
  9. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

    Jul 17, 2009
    Hi again!:wave2:

    Subbing!....It's supposed to be raining today, so I'll have plenty of time to catch up! Now....back to reading:surfweb:

  10. merbobear

    merbobear DIS Veteran

    Feb 8, 2011
    16 ADRs for TS Locations
    I'm taking a risk here by guessing pretty much every character meal out there, but since Maddy is such a grand master at character hunting, it might just pay off :)
    1. Be Our Guest
    2. 1900 Park Fare
    3. 1900 Park Fare
    4. Akershus
    5. Chef Mickey
    6. Play & Dine at Hollywood & Vine
    7. Crystal Palace
    8. Tusker House
    9. Cinderella's Royal Table princess:
    10. 50s Prime Time Cafe
    11. Beaches & Cream
    12. Cape May Cafe
    13. 'Ohana
    14. Hoop Dee Doo Revue
    15. Garden Grill
    16. Garden View Tea Room...going on a limb with this one, but if you haven't booked it, you should look into it! We really enjoyed it last year.

    3 Planned CS Locations

    1. Riverside Mill
    2. Earl of Sandwich
    3. Columbia Harbour House
  11. pkondz

    pkondz Hoping to get lucky

    Mar 9, 2007
    hmmmm.... what's this? A PTR?

    lurk, lurk, lurk....
  12. RGirl

    RGirl Change Is Good

    Jan 7, 2010
    :rotfl2: Well, if you insist! :rotfl2:

    I'm so excited that we are both staying in Royal Rooms. I think they are going to be great! :woohoo:
  13. shan23877

    shan23877 I make lists about my lists

    Jul 9, 2011
    It was super frustrating. I've never had such an experience with Disney. It was disappointing. :confused3

    We figure that these are really her trips at this point, and eventually we'll get to choose. I'm pleased with her decision. It looks really cool, and I love the look of the mansion section.

    We didn't request a specific view, but we tend to be in the room only to sleep. We've usually got the drapes closed to keep the light out anyway. Last year we booked water view at CBR, and literally never looked out the window. I'm excited that the rooms seem to be in a great location, and that they're in the mansion seciton! Maybe I've read Gone with the Wind too many times, but I think I'll feel right at home in a nice Southern mansion. :rotfl:

    Oh my gosh that's the funniest story! I wish that I could pull that one on Bryan, but he's lurking here. :lmao:

    Overall did you enjoy your stay at POR? We're excited about it!

    After I read your comment I did email them. I used my post as the outline for it, and I'm actually really happy with how the email read. I'll definitely keep you guys posted on how they respond.

    Yay! Welcome! Thanks for joining in! Please don't be a stranger!

    I'm excited for our stay at POR, I hope that the buses run as smoothly as they did at POFQ-we had no complaints when we stayed there.

    Thanks for joining in the game!

    That's good to hear. I think that what worried us most is that Maddie will be walking for the first time on this trip. If we had a stroller, we wouldn't worry about it at all. I'll store that info away for a future trip.

    I love those faucets! Aren't they a cool touch? Maddie's favorite part was the "magic carpet" on the floor!

    Did you follow up Lisa? I sent an email this week, but I'm not sure that anything they'll say could make me feel better. I think that will just take time.

    Thank you! I'm just starting to do my research on POR. I love having a new resort to learn about! I'm excited to be so close to the food court and main bus stop. We were quite a ways away at CBR-the walk was so lovely that I didn't mind it much, but we still gave going to OPR some thought.

    Thank goodness you got such a great CM in that situation. How scary to think what would have happened if you didn't!

    I've never received on either, but like you I'm pretty sure it should have been much easier. :lmao:

    I knew you'd approve! We're excited to stay there. The mansions look so pretty, I'm really glad that the princess rooms are in that section.

    I'm going to keep an eye on earlier Friday flights-I think Yee Ha Bob could be a really fun thing to check out on arrival night!

    It really would have gone a long way (40% off would have gone a whole lot further :rotfl2::rotfl2:)

    Don't they look awesome? I'm so sorry that I wrote them off last year. I think we're going to love them!
  14. cindianne320

    cindianne320 Mouseketeer

    Oct 27, 2010
    Sorry for the PIN confusion. :(

    I think you will LOVE the Royal Rooms. I can't wait to hear a first hand account of them!
  15. shan23877

    shan23877 I make lists about my lists

    Jul 9, 2011
    I totally forgot that you've stayed at AoA! You take too many trips Miss! :rotfl: How did you think it compared with somewhere like CBR? We've never done a value before, and I'm a little apprehensive.

    It was a headache, and it made me kind of sad too. :confused:

    It was frustrating to say the least. I'm really excited about Royal Rooms! They look really cool, and I've always liked the look of the Mansion sections of POR!

    Dully noted. :thumbsup2

    Doesn't it?!

    Gotcha down for EoS Mel!

    That's what I thought! I was pretty close to tears, but that CM who switched our reservation when I called for the last time saved the day. He really made me smile.

    Thanks for joining in the ADR game! I hope that it will be fun for everyone!

    Now I'm jealous! BWV? We stayed at BWI on our honeymoon and LOVED it!

    Thanks for joining in Heather! You haven't missed much!

    Character meals for Maddie? Whatever would make you think that? :rotfl:

    Thanks for playing!

    Thanks for lurking Ponzerbell!

    My goal is to make this PTR interesting enough that you'll feel compelled to speak up. :lmao:

    I think that you may have had insider information. It's just not right. :rotfl:

    Me too! The more I see about them, the more excited I get!
  16. shan23877

    shan23877 I make lists about my lists

    Jul 9, 2011
    A little update on the PIN Code fiasco of 2013

    A little something you might not have known about me: I really suck at "just letting it go" :rotfl:

    By Thursday of this week I was still feeling pretty unsettled about the way things turned out with the whole PIN code thing, so I sent an email to Guest Relations. I'm not sure if that was the proper place to send it, but I figure in this day and age it's not too hard for someone to forward it along to the right person.

    I'm glad that I waited a few days to send the email, because with a few days to think things over I was able to write an email that I think conveyed what happened and my feelings about it without being overly emotional. I'm pretty proud of the email I crafted.

    The email was a little on the long side, but at the end I did say that I'd appreciate a response if only to know that someone read the whole thing. :lmao: I received the standard "auto-response" almost immediately, and it said that I'd get a more personalized response within 5 business days.

    I don't think that this will be resolved in a way that will make me happy that this ever happened, but I'm hoping that at the very least they'll make some changes so that no one else has to go through what we did.

    I'll keep you guys posted when I hear back from them!
  17. shan23877

    shan23877 I make lists about my lists

    Jul 9, 2011
    It was frustrating.

    I think we will too! I'll take LOTS of pictures!
  18. katt789

    katt789 DIS Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    Haha!! I think it's because I haven't gotten to that point in the TR yet!! Lol. Hmm..comparing CBR to AoA?! That's a toughie, I lvoed them both.

    Food Courts: AoA WINS! Hands down, WAY more space and choices, and it's open later (ie you can still eat there after getting home from the parks) it's also in the same place as the bus stops/lobby/gift shop and EVERYTHING, so it's convient in the mornings, less walking back and fourth.

    Rooms: CBR obviously has a little more space than AoA, but the AoA were moer kid friendly, and had like, THE best freaking bathrooms in the world (check out facebook for those pictures lol) They had tons of nice touches that were really awesome and they were BRAND spankin new when we stayed in them so they were clean, still all new smelling and stuff

    CBR had a ton of beautiful stuff like the lake and island and pathways, but AoA has all the lion king, nemo, cars and stuff in it, and all the LM trinkets, it's all amazing, like, the BEST value I've ever stayed at for sure, Pop is awesome too, but AoA beats it for sure! It's all so awesome, tons of stuff for kids to enjoy (and those of us who grew up in the 90's lol!)

    Pools: I enjoyed AoA's better, I mean, the big blue pool you can hear music underneath and dory and nemo, and the kids splash area was adorable! Each area has it's own pool too, like CBR, and they were never crowded!

    I think in the end it comes down to what the kids in the party would like, if I was going back with say, my Mom, or Tyler, I'd choose CBR, but with Paige, Sylvia, someone younger, or taking kids, I'd choose AoA. I also REALLY want to check out the Lion King suites!!

    Anyway, now that I've gone on the longest tangent ever, they're both amazing, and I don't know if I could choose! Lol. Also, glad you emailed about the pin, hopefully they get back to you soon!
  19. Cinderella909

    Cinderella909 Mouseketeer

    Jun 7, 2010
    We loved our stay at POR. I think it's a lovely theme and a very relaxing resort. The pool party was always one of DGD favorite activity. And, behind the pool, they had marshellow roast in the late afternoon. My DGD loved the royal room and looking for all the special princesses touches, matching the prince to the princess. It was fun just lying on the bed and looking around and say 'oh look.....' The fireworks were amazing. Mousekeeping was awesome, with lots of towel animals and posing of her dolls, etc. And, you are right, we hardly ever looked out our window, so the parking lot view wasn't even noticable. It did put us close to the bus stop.

    The Royal rooms are only in The Oak Manor and The Parterre Place. Oak Manor is a little closer to the East Bus stop and to Ole Man Island and to Riverside Mill. (Although, now when I look at the map, I see we always walked the long way around to Riverside Mill).

    We always have a car, :drive: so we don't always rely on the buses. But, never had any problems with the buses. Overall, I really like POR. Although, my DS thought it looked too much like home (yeah, like I live in a mansion on the Ashley River!). And, my DGD says she still likes the Polynesian best! (yeah, like who wouldn't) :rotfl2: I could easily go back to POR over and over. :love:

    I know you will enjoy it! Karen
  20. theworldneedscolor

    theworldneedscolor DIS Veteran

    May 19, 2012
    I read your previous TR and loved it! So of course, I was thrilled to find this. I am going to go through and read all your updates now :goodvibes
  21. lvcourtneyy

    lvcourtneyy DIS Veteran

    Nov 24, 2012
    Lmao true 40% would've definitely been an excellent resolution!!

    I'm glad you decided to email Disney about it. If nothing else they should at least apologize and try to make sure it's something that doesn't happen in the future. Very smart about calming down enough to be able to email without blind emotion. I feel you get further with some common sense and logic than yelling and screaming. Even though its hard to do sometimes loo

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