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crzy4dsny
08-01-2006, 06:08 PM
We returned last week from our first stay at Coronado Springs. We had a split stay, 4 nights at CBR, and 11 nights at CSR. With this visit I have now stayed at each moderate resort. In my opion CSR is by far the most beautiful. The landscape is very tropical. Plants and flowers everywhere. The grounds here are better than most of the deluxe resorts.

We stayed in Casitas #1 for the first part of our stay, then we had to move over to Cabanas 9b. Both of these rooms were in great locations. The Casitas were the nicest section of the resort. Lots of courtyards and fountains through out. Some of these buildings were 4 storys high in this section. I was a little concerned that I would not like that but they fit in to the theme well. The Cabanas were nice, not as much landscaping and themeing, but still very nice. We had a room that looked out over the beach and part of the water. There was a couple of days when you couldn't go near the beach though. It was covered in what looked like bee's flying low over the sand.

After 4 days at CSR, unfortunately a big convention started and we were stuck in the middle of it. Most of the people involved were put into the Casitas. I heard there were 3,000 of them. They had hospitality rooms set up all around us. I guess the people who were running for office in an election that was going on, set these rooms up to get votes. They were serving food and drinks out of these rooms. Lots of drinks. They were wheeling in cases of beer 16 to 20 at a time. Lot of people were congregating on the walkways right outside our door eating, smoking and drinking. There were also lots of signs hung up all around soliciting votes and saying where the hospitality rooms were. Everytime we left our room we felt like we were intruding on their party. As you walked up to the buildings there were people all over the balconies on each level. All drinking and having a good time. I don't blame the people who were there for the convention. They weren't bad people. They were just doing what they came there to do. I think the resort should have been more aware of what was coming in and not put us, or any other family, in the middle of it. One night there was almost a fight outside our door. Two really drunk guys were yelling at each other, cursing up a storm, one guy was yelling "I'm going to kill you". Someone split them up before they started to fight. It just was not very Disney like at all. So the next morning we were moved to Cabanas 9B.

The Dig Site was awesome. The pool and slide were great. Everything you need is right there. Food, drinks, arcade, playground, volleyball, hot tub, and a little stand selling pool related items. I think we spent about 5 full days at the pool. Lots of room and chairs. This is the best pool I have been to so far.

The Pepper Market was okay but I think the prices were too high on most things. I can't see paying $13 to $15 for a plate of chinese food. Thats just too much. The burgers were a little bigger than others, and served on a better bun, they were priced about the same as the other resorts. They had a bigger selection of food than other resorts. I didn't like the desserts. I think it was $3.95 for one scoop of ice cream. When you are buying 5 it adds up quick. It didn't seem like there was much to choose from. Then they add in that 10% fee, for what I don't know. I think we had our mugs filled twice out of all the times we ate there. My brother in-law asked for some water once and they told him to find someone else and walked away. Lines weren't really an issue for us. We maybe had to wait 10 minutes once. We did see some really long lines at times when passing by though.

The bus service was great. Most of the time there was a bus waiting for us when we walked up, both at the resort and parks. I think the most we had to wait was about 15 minutes once.

Over all I did like the resort. I loved the tropical feel there. I felt it was not very Disney for some reason. Maybe it was because they do not have Mickey Bars there. Maybe it was all the convention people everywhere. (yes, I know it is a convention resort) That is something I'm just not used to seeing at Disney.

kmermaid
08-01-2006, 06:28 PM
Thanks for the great report! We are going to be there at the end of this month, hopeing there won't be a convention the size you experienced!.

FWIW: It seems every vacation (anywhere not just WDW) there seems to be atleast one night when there is a drunk either outside our door or right next door. I really don't recall a vacation without one! :lmao:

bdink921
08-01-2006, 06:54 PM
Thanks for the honest review. In all the great reports about CSR I've never heard much mention of the convention people, except in passing, until lately. I am wondering if we wouldn't do better at a different mod--we booked CSR based on the great reviews and ******** web site as well as for the transportation. I'm going to think on that one a little more--maybe we'll switch to POR :confused3 . I'd rather deal with a wait for the bus than drunk people outside my door--that's just my opinion.

crzy4dsny
08-01-2006, 08:00 PM
I'd rather deal with a wait for the bus than drunk people outside my door--that's just my opinion.

I think this behavior is very rare. When the manager came to our room that night he said there are only a few groups of people that they have problems like that with. Once we moved over to the Cabanas there were no problems at all. He also said that they try to give these groups rooms in the Casitas facing the courtyards. This way they stay in the courtyards.

MariaElleršoš
08-01-2006, 08:48 PM
How were your 4 nights at CBR? Where was your room and what was your impression of the whole resort?

crzy4dsny
08-01-2006, 09:23 PM
How were your 4 nights at CBR? Where was your room and what was your impression of the whole resort?


CBR was nice. This was our second stay there. I liked it much more the first time. I think we were in building 14 In Barbados, for some reason I can't remember. The resort has nice landscaping, it has a tropical feel. I didn't really like the main pool this time. It just seemed real small for some reason. The food court had the basic stuff, nothing special. CBR is a nice resort, I guess I just like all the other moderates better.

MagneticxBoy
08-01-2006, 11:06 PM
Thanks for the review.. :thumbsup2 Im leaving in 12 days to CSR, I'm kinda nervous.. I have walked through it, but never stayed there.. I hope we love it! :)

BlindTyldak
08-02-2006, 01:26 AM
*nods emphatically* I think anyone who ever stayed at the Castitas when there was a major convention where drinking was . . . encouraged, would probably have similar stories. We didn't have hospitality rooms around us, but instead had approximately 2,000 conventioneers returning from PI every night at 2 AM yelling from the walkways. Now I will only stay in the Cabanas when I go there.

Buzz2001
08-02-2006, 05:07 AM
Welcome back!! Glad you enjoyed CSR and found it to be beautiful!! At least you didn't let the noisey conventioneers spoil your trip. I've been lucky not to have experience any of that.

The PM is a definitly bargain if you are on the dining plan but we don't mind the prices considering we are dining out.

pixistix
08-02-2006, 06:11 AM
Thanks for the review! We'll be at CSR for the first time in 11 days. My main decision to stay there was the pool and the transportation reports from others. :sunny:

Badllamamama
08-02-2006, 08:08 AM
Very informative report, thanks for sharing!!

We've never encounter rowdy conventioneers at CSR (knock on wood) so we hope that continues with our next trip in September.

ReadingMama
08-02-2006, 08:10 AM
Thanks. We are staying at CSR in three weeks. Does anyone know if the farther away Casitas section have less conventioners? We want to stay in the Casitas section, but have requested Casitas 5 first and Casitas 4 second.


I can't wait, glad to hear the bus and pool were good.

CTDis4
08-02-2006, 08:45 AM
Very nice review. We have also been very luck and only stayed at CSR when there were no or only very small conventions. Glad you had a great trip!

dixiedizfan
08-02-2006, 09:26 AM
Thanks. We are staying at CSR in three weeks. Does anyone know if the farther away Casitas section have less conventioners? We want to stay in the Casitas section, but have requested Casitas 5 first and Casitas 4 second.
The conventioneers are placed all over the resort, not just in the Casitas. Our family stayed in Cabana 8A, along with dozens of convenioneers. We saw business people (with their nametags and cell phones) in all areas of the resort, including the Rancheros. Luckily for us, though, they weren't loud or unruly ... except maybe a couple times at the main pool at night (drunk).

Boomdocker
08-02-2006, 02:30 PM
Oh gosh, I hope I haven't made a mistake booking CSR. I am now a little worried that I am going to regret it. I know its a convention resort but I never thought it might be so obvious. Please reassure me it won't spoil my holiday. :confused3

crzy4dsny
08-02-2006, 05:17 PM
Oh gosh, I hope I haven't made a mistake booking CSR. I am now a little worried that I am going to regret it. I know its a convention resort but I never thought it might be so obvious. Please reassure me it won't spoil my holiday. :confused3

I wouldn't worry too much about it. The resort just had a different feel to it. I'm sure the experiance I had was very rare. But even the non-rowdy convention people put a little bit of a damper on it. I guess it was just because they weren't there doing the same thing I was there to do......be on vacation!! They were there to work. Seeing all these people walking around with name tags and suits looked a little strange to me. It's kind of hard to explain :confused3 I would still give it a shot because CSR is such a beautiful place. All the good things there may make you over look the bad. If you don't like it you could always switch resorts. :)

praisehim5
08-02-2006, 05:35 PM
We will be staying there in Sept for our 25th anniversary. I sure hope there are no rowdy folks during that time. We want to relax and enjoy the quiet without our children. We have enough chaos at home I realy dont want chaos durning our vacation. I have read such great reveiws thats why we chose CSR. I'm sure the CM will do there best to put us where we will enjoy our stay.

dixiedizfan
08-02-2006, 06:03 PM
I wouldn't worry too much about it. The resort just had a different feel to it. I'm sure the experiance I had was very rare. But even the non-rowdy convention people put a little bit of a damper on it. I guess it was just because they weren't there doing the same thing I was there to do......be on vacation!! They were there to work. Seeing all these people walking around with name tags and suits looked a little strange to me. It's kind of hard to explain :confused3 I would still give it a shot because CSR is such a beautiful place. All the good things there may make you over look the bad. If you don't like it you could always switch resorts. :)
crzy4dsny, I feel the same way about CSR as you. It's a beautiful resort, but it didn't feel "Disney" to me in the least. Seeing business people all over the place with their nametags and cell phones really took away from the atmosphere.

crzy4dsny
08-02-2006, 09:02 PM
crzy4dsny, I feel the same way about CSR as you. It's a beautiful resort, but it didn't feel "Disney" to me in the least. Seeing business people all over the place with their nametags and cell phones really took away from the atmosphere.

And they don't have MICKEY BARS!!!!! Whats the deal with that ?????

dixiedizfan
08-02-2006, 09:08 PM
And they don't have MICKEY BARS!!!!! Whats the deal with that ?????
I know ... nothing Disney-like about CSR. It was weird in the Pepper Market; I think we were the only family on vacation in there. We were surrounded by business people, and the lounge was loaded with them.

BlindTyldak
08-02-2006, 09:09 PM
I definitely wouldn't worry about booking there, we loved it as well! I think that the biggest problem we had between the conventioneers in the Castitas was architectural . . . the buildings are tall and relatively close together, so when people shout it does echo a bit. okay, a lot. But it sure sounds like it is a rare occurance, as the OP is the only other poster I have read here that has ever had a problem other than myself.

KimberlyC
08-02-2006, 10:23 PM
We leave for CSR in how ever many days my ticker says. I booked knowing it was a convention resort but thinking it wouldn't bother me. Lately there has been much mention of the fact that this is a convention resort and "un-disney-like". But I'm curious because many other resorts are convention resorts and I'm wondering if its the same or why little is said about them. I know I have colleages attending a law conference at BC in March (I'm skipping it - can't bring myself to work when I'm at WDW). If CR, BC and others are convention resorts without it making them seem un-disney-like, why is CSR seemingly different or at least the only one focused on? :confused3

GoingtoWDWagain
08-02-2006, 11:19 PM
Great information to the OP, thanks for posting. I just switched from POFQ to CSR and now feel a bit concerned :sad2: . I have stayed at CSR but was always running off to the parks. The trip is to take it slow and enoy the pool. I hope it's not packed with a convention :sad2: I requested the Casitas because I've stayed at the Cabanas and Ranchos and the Casitas looked so nice, I hope I don't have to request to change rooms after unpacking :furious:

Can I ask when checking in if there is a convention going on and to place us away?

dolphin01
08-03-2006, 05:08 AM
In all our trips, we never had a bad experience with conventions. I think it is more of an unusual event. The conventions are usually a good thing because they make the pool and buses less crowded. I wouldn't worry. :cloud9:

Buzz'sBetterHalf
08-03-2006, 05:12 AM
I have never experienced rowdy guests at CSR, convention or vacationers. The resort is so relaxing and romantic. It is not the most Disney-like resort but usually only the values are. The pool is great, the transportation is the best. Being a convention resort helps because they are usually busy during the day doing there convention stuff.

Quinn222
08-03-2006, 05:57 AM
I've never seen a single person in a suit with a name tag at CSR. It's not a given that you will when you're there. Maybe I'll see them next time, but I really can't imagine that seeing someone in a business suit is going to wreck my vacation. As to it not being 'Disney', I don't find it any less 'Disney' than POR. The only resorts that have specific Disney themeing are the values. I'll gladly trade a giant dog statue for the peace and luxury of CSR or the lovely landscaping and boat to DTD at POR.

Badllamamama
08-03-2006, 06:28 AM
I've never seen a single person in a suit with a name tag at CSR. It's not a given that you will when you're there. Maybe I'll see them next time, but I really can't imagine that seeing someone in a business suit is going to wreck my vacation. As to it not being 'Disney', I don't find it any less 'Disney' than POR. The only resorts that have specific Disney themeing are the values. I'll gladly trade a giant dog statue for the peace and luxury of CSR or the lovely landscaping and boat to DTD at POR.I agree. I'll take CSR any day of the week. I do usually see names tags but the conventioneers are usually in polo shirts. I have seen a few suits usually the folks in charge of the convention. But the way they dress would never effect my decision to stay at CSR!!! :cheer2: :love: :cloud9:

CTDis4
08-03-2006, 06:38 AM
We leave for CSR in how ever many days my ticker says. I booked knowing it was a convention resort but thinking it wouldn't bother me. Lately there has been much mention of the fact that this is a convention resort and "un-disney-like". But I'm curious because many other resorts are convention resorts and I'm wondering if its the same or why little is said about them. I know I have colleages attending a law conference at BC in March (I'm skipping it - can't bring myself to work when I'm at WDW). If CR, BC and others are convention resorts without it making them seem un-disney-like, why is CSR seemingly different or at least the only one focused on? :confused3

Thank you so much for this post. I have always wonderd the same thing! The DH says people focus on it because Convention Center is on the sign! Love the resort and it is Disney to me!

Buzz2001
08-03-2006, 07:23 AM
Thank you so much for this post. I have always wonderd the same thing! The DH says people focus on it because Convention Center is on the sign! Love the resort and it is Disney to me!I've mentioned the other resorts begin convention resorts hundreds of times. GF, Y&BC, CR but really you only hear about it with CSR because it is the only mod convention resort.

People only focus on what they want to focus on. I've been to CSR (and other resorts) enough times to have had a chance to experience just about everything and I've never encounter rude CM's, conventioneers (or guests) drunk and/or swearing or anything to ruin my trip. I'm not saying this things can't happen but they are exceptions and not the norm. (Yes, I guess I've been lucky)

Think about all the people that stay at CSR. What percentage of them do you think post about their trips or even know about these boards? I'd assume it had to be very low. One usually only hears about the negative things of people's trips. I can't tell you how many DIS'ers (and other board members) e-mail (or PM) me about there great trips and then never post on the boards.

For the same reason the local news leads with the tragedies because that's what people want, the same happens on the DIS. Watch a thread about someone's great trip versus a thread about someone's bad trip. Huge difference in the number of hits.

The OP of this thread definitely seems not to be phased by anything that happened at CSR.

But CSR is what it is and if a convention may ruin your trip, then you should probably stay at a resort that won't let that aspect of the resort ruin your trip.

PS - The Pepper Market is not run by WDW or CSR. It is privately run.

Lilolvr
08-03-2006, 07:35 AM
I've mentioned the other resorts begin convention resorts hundreds of times. GF, Y&BC, CR but really you only hear about it with CSR because it is the only mod convention resort.

People only focus on what they want to focus on. I've been to CSR (and other resorts) enough times to have had a chance to experience just about everything and I've never encounter rude CM's, conventioneers (or guests) drunk and/or swearing or anything to ruin my trip. I'm not saying this things can't happen but they are exceptions and not the norm. (Yes, I guess I've been lucky)I agree. I love CSR for what it is. The pool is great, the buses are terrific and they are usually like that because of the convention guests. But since everyone is different, some may not like CSR because of the convention aspect but that will leave more room for me. :bounce: :banana:

MissMichelle
08-03-2006, 07:43 AM
I will be there the end of next month...I am not worried at all ...Maybe because the kids won't be with us, and we are using this time to relax and soak up the "non Disney" aspects of Disney. DH didn't want to do Disney, he doesn't yet see it for what it is without kids. I personally think anyone can have a great time.
So I am looking forward to CSR, conventioneers and all ;)

IWISHFORDISNEY
08-03-2006, 07:55 AM
We loved CSR resort also but had a convention happen upon us also. Not that large but pretty big and this is why we wont stay there again. Great food court, awesome pool, but not worth getting stuck in the middle of a convention. I am glad you had a good time otherwise. Thanks for the report.

pooh2001
08-03-2006, 11:17 AM
Employees of companies must behave at conventions - even when they are held off site (not at the place of employement). I work for a major computer corporation. Employees are expected to behave in a professional manor while at work - even at off site conventions. They will be reprimanded and possibly fired for illegal and roudy behavior.
Someone threating to 'kill someone' is harrasment and could be brought up on charges. Getting drunk at a company convention is reasons for being put on probation and having a talk by their manager.

Why did the convention company management not reprimand their own employees ? It is not the CSR managers job to 'baby-sit' convention guests.

I would find out what company was holding a convention at CSR. I would write to the company and explain thier employees behavior. I would also write to WDW legal department and 'cc' CSR management saying the company should not be allowed to have conventions at a WDW resort.


SHAME on the company who has rowdy employees. If the employees act like that, I would not want to buy a product made by them.'

What were your dates ?
July 17 - July 22 -> NAPE-NCAA, National Association of Power Engineers,
http://www.nape-ncaa.org/ or call 800-377-1883

July 15- July 21 -> Fraternal Order of Eagles (Eagle Boy Scouts)
Shame on them - They should obey the Boy Scout Law ! - contact Boy Scouts of America http://www.scouting.org/ or http://www.nesa.org/

June 29 - July 2, 2006 -> Hearing Loss Association 2006 Convention
Check out http://www.hearingloss.org/html/2006conv.html to see who to complain to

lpandorf
08-03-2006, 11:53 AM
We stayed at CS last October in Casitas 4 and had no problems. It was lovely. There was a convention going on (believe medical - lots of doctors there) but never would have known it. We had a great trip!

crzy4dsny
08-03-2006, 02:35 PM
Employees of companies must behave at conventions - even when they are held off site (not at the place of employement). I work for a major computer corporation. Employees are expected to behave in a professional manor while at work - even at off site conventions. They will be reprimanded and possibly fired for illegal and roudy behavior.
Someone threating to 'kill someone' is harrasment and could be brought up on charges. Getting drunk at a company convention is reasons for being put on probation and having a talk by their manager.

Why did the convention company management not reprimand their own employees ? It is not the CSR managers job to 'baby-sit' convention guests.

I would find out what company was holding a convention at CSR. I would write to the company and explain thier employees behavior. I would also write to WDW legal department and 'cc' CSR management saying the company should not be allowed to have conventions at a WDW resort.


SHAME on the company who has rowdy employees. If the employees act like that, I would not want to buy a product made by them.'

What were your dates ?
July 17 - July 22 -> NAPE-NCAA, National Association of Power Engineers,
http://www.nape-ncaa.org/ or call 800-377-1883

July 15- July 21 -> Fraternal Order of Eagles (Eagle Boy Scouts)
Shame on them - They should obey the Boy Scout Law ! - contact Boy Scouts of America http://www.scouting.org/ or http://www.nesa.org/

June 29 - July 2, 2006 -> Hearing Loss Association 2006 Convention
Check out http://www.hearingloss.org/html/2006conv.html to see who to complain to


The people from this convention were members of a fraternal organization. They weren't employees of a business. I don't blame these people for what went on there. Thats what they do at a convention. If I was a member I probably would have been out there drinking too :drinking1 Of course the public cursing and fighting should not go on anywhere. I think the resort should be aware of what type of convention is coming in and keep families seperated from it. Maybe Disney should not allow conventions of this type at their resorts.

pooh2001
08-03-2006, 02:55 PM
July 15- July 21 -> Fraternal Order of Eagles (Eagle Boy Scouts)
Shame on them - They should obey the Boy Scout Law ! - contact Boy Scouts of America http://www.scouting.org/ or http://www.nesa.org/

I would report them. I know Eagle Scouts. I work with a Boy Scout Troop.
Shame on them. They are Eagles for Life !

Eagle Scouts are Scouts for Life - they take an OATH...

Here are the Boy Scout Oath & Laws

Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law
TRUSTWORTHY
A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.
LOYAL
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.
HELPFUL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.
FRIENDLY
A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
COURTEOUS
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
KIND
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
OBEDIENT
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
CHEERFUL
A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
THRIFTY
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
BRAVE
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
CLEAN
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.
REVERENT
A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

crzy4dsny
08-03-2006, 04:31 PM
I don't believe the Fraternal Order Of Eagles are Boy Scouts or Eagle Scouts.