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04-02-2006, 08:26 PM
:cool1: just a questions of the Moderate Resorts which one do you like better and why ?

my hubby and i are staying at the wilderness lodge but my best friend and her hubby is coming also and they can only stay at a Moderate resort. they have no children.

So which hotels ?

04-02-2006, 09:24 PM
Our favorite is CBR. It is a beautiful resort.

04-02-2006, 09:27 PM
We love CBR -- white sand beaches, hammocks and beach chairs, the pools, the food court and gift shops, the boat rentals on the resort's own 45-acre lake, the Promenade walkway around the lake -- it's a vacation within our vacation!

04-02-2006, 09:43 PM
We love CSR. The pool is awesome and the waterslide is the best! It also has the white sandy beaches w/ the hammocks over in the cabana section. It is situated on a beautiful lake. The food court either you love it or hate it. I personally loved the Pepper Market. We also ate at Maya Grill and it was great. It's such a lovely romantic feel especially at night. We could even see just a hint of the fireworks from Epcot. We were on the hammocks and DH noticed the fireworks, it wasn't the greatest visual but it was nice. The transportation was also wonderful. One of the bus drivers had pulled up and we were the only family at bus stop 1 heading over to AK to catch the bus to AKL for ressies at Boma, well he carried us over to AKL! I thought that was a great touch of pixie dust! Good luck in deciding.

04-02-2006, 09:51 PM
CSR is a large resort that does not share services with other resorts and offers some deluxe amenities because it is a convention resort.

CSR has a salon, spa, and a gym that other moderates do not offer. CSR has full menu room service and offers an internal shuttle system provided by golf carts to assist in getting to and from the main building to the villages.

It is also the only mod to offer suites.

CSR is situated around a 15 acre lake and CBR is situated around a 45 acre lake.

CSR has terrific transportation. It does not share with any other resort (like POR / POFQ) and it only has 4 bus stops within the resort (vs 8 at CBR). And since CSR is centrally located, you'll have a quick ride to all the parks.

And being a convention resort, the buses seem less crowded because guests are busy with their conventions.

Photo by Ducky4Disney







CSR has the best pool of the mods and probably the second best on WDW property. Best mod pool (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=830638). It offers a great slide (123 ft long), an arcade, a sand volleyball court, and a playground at the main pool area.




Review from mousesavers.com!! (http://www.mousesavers.com/wdwresortfacts.html#moderate)

Coronado Springs is my Best Value choice in the Moderate category. It has several advantages compared with the other Moderate resorts. It is newer, so there has been less wear-and-tear on everything. Also, Coronado Springs is a convention hotel, so it has a few extra amenities not offered at the other Moderates, including a salon, a health club and a more upscale food court.

The theming is radically different in the three areas of Coronado Springs. You can request a specific area when booking but there is no guarantee you'll get your request.

The Spanish-style Casitas at Coronado Springs are very peaceful, with courtyards featuring tiled fountains. Casitas Buildings 1, 3 and 2 (in that order) are the closest to the restaurants and services. Casitas Building 4 contains the salon and health club, if those are important to you.
The Cabanas at Coronado Springs have a beachy Caribbean feeling. Cabanas Building 8A is very close to the feature pool, which may be a blessing (convenience) or a curse (noise, light). Cabanas Building 9B is closest to the marina and relatively convenient to the restaurants and services.
The Ranchos at Coronado Springs feel quiet and secluded -- some would say isolated -- and feature desert landscaping and pueblo-style architecture. They look closest to the main pool on a map, but in actuality they are separated from the rest of the property by a swamp, so it can be a fairly long walk from these buildings to the pool, and a very long walk to the restaurants.

04-03-2006, 10:15 AM
I have stayed at all of the Mod's with the exception of Coronado Springs Resort (CSR). It just always seemed to be too far out of the way. My favorite is Port Orleans Riverside (POR) or Dixie Landings as I still sometimes call it. The rooms a very nice, there are muliple pools and it is not as spread out as the other Mod's.

Have a magical time!

04-03-2006, 12:46 PM
Port Orleans Riverside. Its beautiful and quiet. The bus transportation is not a problem as long as you get on the bus at the SOUTH DEPOT near the food court. Everything is nice and clean, the staff is helpful and the food court is one of the better courts.

Your friends would fall in love with this place if they saw it. Pictures don't do it justice. If they choose POR, ask for Alligator bayou.

04-03-2006, 06:49 PM
what about Caribbean Beach Resort ?

04-03-2006, 06:52 PM
We love CSR!!! Great pool, transportation and food court!! :banana:

04-04-2006, 07:28 AM
I would have them go with POR Mansions. Great landscaping and full-service restaurant and bar. Many pools.

04-04-2006, 07:42 AM
what about Caribbean Beach Resort ?

Caribbean Beach Resort is also referred to as CBR.
Both safteymom and catbertdave99 recommended CBR. safetymom has some very nice photos of Caribbean Beach Resort on her link.
Be sure to take a lokk at them.

Have fun at Disney!

04-04-2006, 07:56 AM
CSR! Stayed a week this last October, just the DH and I and it was wonderful! But then we stay at the CSR alot and it has always been wonderful. Where ever you decide to stay have a great time!

Manda's Mom

04-04-2006, 08:05 AM
catbertdave99, which building were you in at CB to get such a lovely view?

04-04-2006, 08:07 AM
POR (alligator Alley) or CSR are beautiful. I am not really a fan of CBR. I do like the boat to Downtown Disney at POR. It's a nice trip and it makes getting around super easy and one of the most restful parts of our vacation.

04-04-2006, 08:12 AM
CBR is a great resort to stay at. You might want to read the FAQ II thread listed below.

04-04-2006, 08:13 AM
We have only stayed at POR so I really cannot compare it to anything else but we love staying there.

04-04-2006, 08:24 AM
I have stayed at all the mods and the one I liked the best was CSR, the second best was POFQ. I haven't been to CSR since 1998, but really liked it then. Went to POFQ last Sept. and really enjoyed it too.

I think the Pepper Market was really nice, I love the spanish style. I have been to Mexico and it was just like being there.

If we go this fall with the new dinning plan out we will be going to CSR I think.

04-04-2006, 10:20 PM
thank you everyone,

we are doing epcot, ak, and mgm. So they all seem pretty close

04-04-2006, 10:27 PM
Coronado Springs. It is the only one that I am dying to stay at.

04-05-2006, 05:47 AM
thank you everyone,

we are doing epcot, ak, and mgm. So they all seem pretty closeCSR is the most central to the 3 parks you mentioned. See the map below.


04-05-2006, 06:04 AM
Caribbean Beach Resort! :thumbsup2

04-05-2006, 07:52 AM
Definitely CSR!!! Best pool, best transportation and a great food court!! :thumbsup2

04-05-2006, 07:55 AM
CSR has terrific transportation. It does not share with any other resort (like POR / POFQ) and it only has 4 bus stops within the resort (vs 8 at CBR). And since CSR is centrally located, you'll have a quick ride to all the parks.This is why I would choose CSR. I had a terrible experience with the shared buses at POFQ/POR with my kids and a stroller. CSR rocks!!

04-05-2006, 07:56 AM
Another vote for CSR!!! :cool1:

04-05-2006, 08:15 AM
I've stayed at all the mods. and here is my order of preference with 1 being my favorite.

1) PO FQ

2) PO RS

3) CS

4) CB

They all offer something different but I like the combination of good pool, boat to DTD, and beautiful surroundings of PO FQ.


04-06-2006, 11:12 AM
thanks everyone, i think we decided on csr!!!!

04-06-2006, 11:35 AM
thanks everyone, i think we decided on csr!!!!Great choice!! Have a fabulous vacation!! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

04-06-2006, 02:17 PM
I think alot depends on your personal preference. We decided on a Moderate and chose PO Riverside, based on a few things:

I stayed at CBR, and while I loved the room and thought the resort was beautiful, it was a bit too large for my taste, and the farhest rooms from the central area, are quite a walk away.

Coronado, I've never stayed at, but have driven through, and it just didn't appeal to our taste. Plus, I don't like the idea of it being a convention resort.

So, it came down to Port Orleans. And we figured, we can't go wrong with either since they are sister resorts, so close to each other, and share amenities.

According to readers of the Unofficial Guide, Port Orleans has the highest rated pool of the Mods. It's the only Mod that has the boat to Downtown Disney. It's the closest Mod to the Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney. In all, there are 7 pools at the resort. There's a full service restaurant, 2 food courts, 2 indoor lounges, and 2 pool bars.

I also look at the 2 resorts as a good thing when it comes to buses. At times, the resorts share buses, and at busier times, they each have their own bus, meaning at the end of the day when you wanna get back to your resort, you have the choice of either resort bus to get back.

04-07-2006, 09:32 AM
thanks everyone, i think we decided on csr!!!!
:thumbsup2 Great choice, and it's close to the parks you want to see. Have Fun :woohoo: