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Old 03-04-2013, 12:16 PM   #1576
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Question about buses

I understand that there is only one bus stop at POFQ...BUT that POFQ shares buses with the PO Riverside hotel...is this true all of the time or only in less crowded/off peak times? Is the bus situation good at POFQ? Read a few complaints that it was slow..but I understand that people like to complain...


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Old 03-04-2013, 12:25 PM   #1577
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I understand that there is only one bus stop at POFQ...BUT that POFQ shares buses with the PO Riverside hotel...is this true all of the time or only in less crowded/off peak times? Is the bus situation good at POFQ? Read a few complaints that it was slow..but I understand that people like to complain...


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I was at POR in the middle of January, no holidays - definitely a slow time. We never dropped off at POFQ on the way back from the parks, and I don't think we were with a POFQ bus on the way to the parks. Some have said that they shared during the late morning/early afternoon hours.

You'll read complaints about slow buses on the DIS for every resort, and often one poster will say, "They were slow" and another will say, "We were there at the same time and the buses were fine." I wouldn't judge a resort by its reputation about buses!
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:25 PM   #1578
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I understand that there is only one bus stop at POFQ...BUT that POFQ shares buses with the PO Riverside hotel...is this true all of the time or only in less crowded/off peak times?
It varies. Normally the MK has separate buses, while the other parks mostly share apart from the busiest times of the day (such as park closing). However the routing is controlled by a central computer system now, so it can change without notice. There is no perfect solution, but whatever happens it's better than some offsite hotels with a couple of buses each way per day.

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I understand that there is only one bus stop at POFQ...BUT that POFQ shares buses with the PO Riverside hotel...is this true all of the time or only in less crowded/off peak times? Is the bus situation good at POFQ? Read a few complaints that it was slow..but I understand that people like to complain...


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It does occasionally share but I've only had that happen twice. It's was at off peak times and I think one time may have been when we were going to AK and the other time it was DHS. I can't remember if we ever shared returning to a resort. My stays were in Sept and Oct. Both times had a pretty full resort but I really didn't think they were any slower than my other stays at value or deluxe level. (well I take that back, AoA was so so slow last Oct but it was a Sat night and the MK so that is just kinda par for the course)

The boat shares as well and I know they have sometimes said that it can get full up quickly heading TO DTD, as it stops at POR first but it saves some seats for POFQ, but sometimes you have to wait for a second boat.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:10 PM   #1580
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the summer, so a busy time. It has been a few trips since we had to share buses with POR.

The one exception was from DTD when the boast were shut down due to weather conditions.
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We usually go in March or April and we always stay at POFQ and we always seem to have our own buses for each park and never a long wait. I've only had to stand once or twice and that was usually coming back from MK or EPCOT and it was most likely to give my seat to an elderly person or a pregnant woman. Other than that we never had problems with the buses. Every now and then they drop at POR first, but no big deal.

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Old 03-04-2013, 02:39 PM   #1582
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One more question...someone on another thread said he heard that the lobby at POFQ is being closed in May for refurbishment and that checkin and other lobby functions would be handled in the former now closed restaurant.

Can anyone confirm this, and if so advise of timing of start and estimated completion? I hate construction!
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:47 AM   #1583
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Bump...see prior post...thanks for the help!
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One more question...someone on another thread said he heard that the lobby at POFQ is being closed in May for refurbishment and that checkin and other lobby functions would be handled in the former now closed restaurant.

Can anyone confirm this, and if so advise of timing of start and estimated completion? I hate construction!
Don't know the answer to this, but Andre who manages this thread would have probably know the answer.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:32 AM   #1585
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One more question...someone on another thread said he heard that the lobby at POFQ is being closed in May for refurbishment and that checkin and other lobby functions would be handled in the former now closed restaurant.

Can anyone confirm this, and if so advise of timing of start and estimated completion? I hate construction!
You might want to check the year on the construction thread you found. The entrance/ lobby was refurbished last year.
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Bump...see prior post...thanks for the help!
When I can post anything more definite about the POFQ lobby refurb date I will, but there is no further information I can add at present. Suffice to say that it will probably be sometime mid-May for 6-8 weeks, but that could still change (it has already been pushed back from an earlier April date). It will create a rare opportunity to go into the old Bonfamille's Cafe, so make the most of it.

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Old 03-05-2013, 06:49 PM   #1587
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You might want to check the year on the construction thread you found. The entrance/ lobby was refurbished last year.
That was POR; POFQ is this year.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:55 PM   #1588
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It's finally official, we're staying at POFQ for the first time in August! My friend was thinking of coming with us and if that was the case we would have stayed at POR so we could fit 5 in the room. She decided to come and bring her two sisters so they will be getting their own room!

I would of been ok with POR but we've already stayed there so I'm happy it worked out this way. : ). Now I'll be returning to page 1 so I can get caught up in all things POFQ.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:24 PM   #1590
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Changing rooms at pool?

Are there showers/changing rooms by the pool at POFQ? We are staying at POR but my DS wants to try that slide at POFQ-not sure about walking back or boating back wet. Is it best to walk over to POFQ or take the boat?? And what about on the way back to POR?
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