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minijeanie
04-04-2007, 06:20 PM
Had a very enjoyable time at this resort. I was definitely swayed by Buzz and many other Disers who suggested this resort...So to all of you thank you thank you for persuading me to try CSR. Will report in full on trip report but to summarize....

we were in Cabanas 8A. I wanted 9B but this was okay. Personally though I would not want to stay any further from main bldg.

We had room 8223 which was a corner room. This is probably the worst room on floor because even though we had a water view, the view was completely hindered by the blinds in corner. Wasn't so bad because the moderates have no balconies so you really can't sit outside and enjoy the view. Rooms were nice and clean. Beds were adequate. I was happy to see they had a curtain between main room and bathroom. This made it so much easier each morning. Especially since I had two 16 yr old boys with me. Thought the water pressure in shower was a little light, but nothing so serious to even complain. I did like the fact that you had a big area to put toiletries in the tub area.

We only had a 5 minute walk to main pool or building. Hammocks were always empty to sit upon. I found the carts to take people from one location to another were always running. Pool was crowded but absolutely okay. We got a seat both times.

Jury still out for me on the Pepper Market. We were on the dining plan so DH got steak which he really liked. I got chinese which was just okay. The pastas and pizzas looked inedible so we moved on.
Breakfast was a much better choice. Omelets were made to order so much better. If I had to rate it on a scale of 1 to 10....with dining plan a 6, without dining plan a 4.

My favorite spot in CSR was Sanfriscos(god I hope this is right) It is the bar in the main building. What a wonderful bar. The bartenders there make a mean martini and their margaritas are the best I have ever ever had on any WDW property. You get complimentary chips and homemade fresh salsa. Bartenders extremely nice,helpful and fun to talk to. One night we went to the bar and ordered appetizers for dinner with a drink. It was such an enjoyable nite for DH & I. If you do not prefer to sit at the bar there are several tables and chairs surrounding the bar . Even if I don't spend my next trip at CSR I will still go back to this bar that is how much I enjoyed it.:love: :love:

Buzz: wondering if you enjoy it there as well.

Transportation was good. No problem with buses. We were bus stop #4 but got off at bus stop #1 and just hoofed it

Any questions, please ask.,,,,hope I can help


I do prefer this resort to POR and POFQ where I have also stayed

Buzz2001
04-04-2007, 06:35 PM
Had a very enjoyable time at this resort. I was definitely swayed by Buzz and many other Disers who suggested this resort...So to all of you thank you thank you for persuading me to try CSR. Will report in full on trip report but to summarize....

we were in Cabanas 8A. I wanted 9B but this was okay. Personally though I would not want to stay any further from main bldg.

We had room 8223 which was a corner room. This is probably the worst room on floor because even though we had a water view, the view was completely hindered by the blinds in corner. Wasn't so bad because the moderates have no balconies so you really can't sit outside and enjoy the view. Rooms were nice and clean. Beds were adequate. I was happy to see they had a curtain between main room and bathroom. This made it so much easier each morning. Especially since I had two 16 yr old boys with me. Thought the water pressure in shower was a little light, but nothing so serious to even complain. I did like the fact that you had a big area to put toiletries in the tub area.

We only had a 5 minute walk to main pool or building. Hammocks were always empty to sit upon. I found the carts to take people from one location to another were always running. Pool was crowded but absolutely okay. We got a seat both times.

Jury still out for me on the Pepper Market. We were on the dining plan so DH got steak which he really liked. I got chinese which was just okay. The pastas and pizzas looked inedible so we moved on.
Breakfast was a much better choice. Omelets were made to order so much better. If I had to rate it on a scale of 1 to 10....with dining plan a 6, without dining plan a 4.

My favorite spot in CSR was Sanfriscos(god I hope this is right) It is the bar in the main building. What a wonderful bar. The bartenders there make a mean martini and their margaritas are the best I have ever ever had on any WDW property. You get complimentary chips and homemade fresh salsa. Bartenders extremely nice,helpful and fun to talk to. One night we went to the bar and ordered appetizers for dinner with a drink. It was such an enjoyable nite for DH & I. If you do not prefer to sit at the bar there are several tables and chairs surrounding the bar . Even if I don't spend my next trip at CSR I will still go back to this bar that is how much I enjoyed it.:love: :love:

Buzz: wondering if you enjoy it there as well.

Transportation was good. No problem with buses. We were bus stop #4 but got off at bus stop #1 and just hoofed it

Any questions, please ask.,,,,hope I can help


I do prefer this resort to POR and POFQ where I have also stayedWelcome back! It's Francisco's and it is under going a rehab to make it larger. :thumbsup2

minijeanie
04-04-2007, 07:16 PM
Buzz: have you ever been to franciscos?

dancemomnj
04-04-2007, 07:31 PM
Thanks for the post! Will be at CSR in July. We loved POFQ in November but wanted to give CSR a try. I'm glad you liked it!

Buzz2001
04-04-2007, 07:37 PM
Buzz: have you ever been to franciscos?No, I never had the chance. I heard the salsa and tequilla are good. What did you like about it?

Buzz2001
04-05-2007, 04:41 AM
Thanks for the post! Will be at CSR in July. We loved POFQ in November but wanted to give CSR a try. I'm glad you liked it!Have a great trip!

Lilolvr
04-05-2007, 06:50 AM
Welcome back!

minijeanie
04-05-2007, 09:41 AM
No, I never had the chance. I heard the salsa and tequilla are good. What did you like about it?

The salsa is extremely fresh and homemade. The chips are warm and crispy. The margaritas are served in a nice glass and the taste is wonderful. whatever mix they use it is perfect. Servers are fantastic to talk to.

I could of stayed there all night. But then again, I would of had to take a taxi back to my room:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

BigDopeyMom
04-05-2007, 09:56 AM
How is the pool at CSR? Is there a cool slide that my DS7 would love??

ktink
04-05-2007, 10:02 AM
Glad to hear you had such a nice trip. So far CSR is our favorite resort. DH tried to get us to stay there this year but I'm a lady on a mission to stay at ALL the resorts. We will return to CSR one day.

To answer BigDopeyMom's question: Your DS should love the slide at CSR. Our DDs loved it and so did DH;) The pool is awesome and I think the slide at CSR looks better than the slide at AKL and WL.

Buzz2001
04-05-2007, 10:08 AM
How is the pool at CSR? Is there a cool slide that my DS7 would love??The best!! A 123ft slide, an arcade, a playground, and a sand volleyball court are all housed at the main pool area.

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Tinkerbell_Girl
04-05-2007, 10:39 AM
I'm glad you had a great time!

The salsa is extremely fresh and homemade. The chips are warm and crispy. The margaritas are served in a nice glass and the taste is wonderful. whatever mix they use it is perfect. Servers are fantastic to talk to.

I could of stayed there all night. But then again, I would of had to take a taxi back to my room:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

I can't wait to try Franciscos in Nov!!!

tink70
04-05-2007, 11:21 AM
How is the pool at CSR? Is there a cool slide that my DS7 would love??

My DS is 10 and he LOVED the pool. So did my DD, 5 years old.
It is amazing.

We are planning on going back next year. You will love CSR!!!!!!

cammie1229
04-05-2007, 11:24 AM
Welcome back! It's Francisco's and it is under going a rehab to make it larger. :thumbsup2

Is it under rehab right now??? We're heading there in two weeks -- will it be closed?? :worried: It sounds like a great place to try while we're there, I'll be disappointed if we can't check it out.

Buzz2001
04-05-2007, 11:27 AM
Is it under rehab right now??? We're heading there in two weeks -- will it be closed?? :worried: It sounds like a great place to try while we're there, I'll be disappointed if we can't check it out.According to the DIS rehab schedule it is undergoing rehab to make it larger.

1. Laguna Bar being constructed in outside promenade from now thru 4/28/07
2. Francisco's - 4/16 - 10/12 - Being expanded to include the Jumping Beans Arcade space - When open it will be a bar, lounge and cafe (La Tienda convenience store will be relocated as part of this refurbishment)

Superjoint_Ritual
04-05-2007, 11:33 AM
25 more days until my honeymoon at CSR. I really can't wait. This will be my fiance's 1st time to the world. What a place to bring her for her 1st time. :thumbsup2

dancemomnj
04-05-2007, 02:09 PM
According to the DIS rehab schedule it is undergoing rehab to make it larger.

1. Laguna Bar being constructed in outside promenade from now thru 4/28/07
2. Francisco's - 4/16 - 10/12 - Being expanded to include the Jumping Beans Arcade space - When open it will be a bar, lounge and cafe (La Tienda convenience store will be relocated as part of this refurbishment)

Where do I find the rehab schedule? Thanks!

Buzz2001
04-05-2007, 02:49 PM
Where do I find the rehab schedule? Thanks!

http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/rehab.htm

dancemomnj
04-05-2007, 02:52 PM
Thanks Buzz! We can always count on you!:cheer2:

minijeanie
04-05-2007, 04:32 PM
When I was there the arcade was closed but it didn't look like the bar area was in the process of being touched at all. Maybe it will not go down until May.

I cannot say how the slide was but the 2 sixteen year old boys had fun.

I really enjoyed the hot tub. Quite large and roomy. I really enjoyed it's location to the pool.

I wanted to try the quiet pool but couldn't fit it in. This was a short trip and we were on someone else's schedule so I was glad that I got to do somewhat of what I wanted.

Also, wanted to mention that check in was a breeze. Always 5-6 CM on duty and the concierge/ticket desk was always staffed. At least 3-4 people there daily.

Thank goodness because those DANG STUPID CARDS that Disney makes always Demagnitizes. I can't begin to tell you how much trouble we had with those stupid cards. CSR concierge was very helpful and straightened out my daily problems

And before anyone asks,....I did not have it next to a cell phone. DH kept all cards in his pocket which had no electronic devices next to it.

My card was the only problem.

Seems like many people had problems when I was there. One day 20 people out of our group all had problems.

Buzz2001
04-05-2007, 04:47 PM
When I was there the arcade was closed but it didn't look like the bar area was in the process of being touched at all. Maybe it will not go down until May.It's not due to start until 4/16. Did you see work happening outside on the promenade? They are building an outdoor lounge.

minijeanie
04-05-2007, 05:05 PM
No Buzz not as of yet...

I know the Childrens Miracle Network was coming in the day I left. Suppossedly there was going to be many celeberties. Just my luck, I was leaving. Anyhow maybe they were going to wait until that function was over to start

Buzz2001
04-05-2007, 08:16 PM
No Buzz not as of yet...thanks!

mslightning
04-05-2007, 11:35 PM
Transportation was good. No problem with buses. We were bus stop #4 but got off at bus stop #1 and just hoofed it


Do the MK buses drop off at the MK gate or the ticket and transportation center?

LionKingRules84
04-05-2007, 11:41 PM
Will the bar close for this rehab through septemeber? That would suck, I'm sure my boyfriend and I would have loved to try that. :(

Buzz2001
04-06-2007, 05:46 AM
Do the MK buses drop off at the MK gate or the ticket and transportation center?At MK gate and CSR has bus stop #1 for the return.

Buzz2001
04-06-2007, 05:48 AM
Will the bar close for this rehab through septemeber? That would suck, I'm sure my boyfriend and I would have loved to try that. :(According to the DIS rehab schedule it is undergoing rehab to make it larger.

1. Laguna Bar being constructed in outside promenade from now thru 4/28/07
2. Francisco's - 4/16 - 10/12 - Being expanded to include the Jumping Beans Arcade space - When open it will be a bar, lounge and cafe (La Tienda convenience store will be relocated as part of this refurbishment)

Looks like until October, 16. You will have the new Laguna Bar to try and/or Siestas by the pool.

Buzz'sBetterHalf
04-06-2007, 12:25 PM
Thanks for sharing!!

Simba22
04-06-2007, 12:42 PM
I am glad that francisco's will open on the 12th of october...we are there from 10/5 - 10/14 so at least I'll be able to check it out on our last night!

BTW, for those of you having trouble with you key cards demagnetizing...I was told that carrying them in your wallet with credit cards can do that, as well as the cell phone thing. I kept our keys in the little envelope they gave them to us in at check-in and kept them in the pocket of my backpack, or pants pocket not containing my wallet and for the first time ever, I didn't have a problem with them!

minijeanie
04-06-2007, 08:38 PM
Next time I am bringing my own ziplock baggie and then putting my card in a envelope and putting it in my drawstring backpack..


If it still demagnitizes then it must mean it is my own electifying personality:rotfl: :rotfl: :banana: :banana:

anyhow thanks for the advice:hippie:

Mickey23
04-07-2007, 01:21 PM
Welcome home, thanks for sharing!!!

cammie1229
04-08-2007, 07:53 AM
According to the DIS rehab schedule it is undergoing rehab to make it larger.

1. Laguna Bar being constructed in outside promenade from now thru 4/28/07
2. Francisco's - 4/16 - 10/12 - Being expanded to include the Jumping Beans Arcade space - When open it will be a bar, lounge and cafe (La Tienda convenience store will be relocated as part of this refurbishment)


We'll be there April 20-28. Will there be any bar available to us? Will the pool bar be open in the evenings?

Will La Tienda be open for us? I was counting on it for buying milk, beer, etc.

Buzz2001
04-08-2007, 08:04 AM
We'll be there April 20-28.
Will there be any bar available to us? Sietas is open and I am not sure Francisco's will be closed entirely during the expansion.

Will the pool bar be open in the evenings? It is but not sure if the hours will be extended

Will La Tienda be open for us? you can get everything you need at Panchito's

Carol D
04-08-2007, 08:41 PM
Great review, thanks for sharing!

Lilolvr
04-09-2007, 04:37 AM
Can't wait to try the new laguna lounge too!

7nqb00
04-09-2007, 07:15 AM
Welcome back!