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ktink
04-07-2007, 02:11 PM
DH went to work this morning and his truck will not go in reverse. We tried to call the mechanic but he wasn't in. Anyway we just found out that our AC unit will probably need to be replaced as well. Which I knew that but could handle replacing that and Poly. Now with an added expense of the truck. I just started to toy around w/ resorts.

We're at Poly w/ 40 % discount PIN and paying for DDP for a total of $2951.52. Staying 6 nights. OR WE COULD....

Stay at CBR (we like tropical themes) for 7 nights w/ free DDP for $2001.78. Which is close to $1000 savings and we get to add a night.

Poly is my dream resort and I know I'll never get that kind of rate again but the savings and an additional night are clearly obstructing my view.:laughing:

For those who have stayed at either or both could you enlighten me on your likes and dislikes of CBR. TIA

Kimi313
04-07-2007, 02:18 PM
I have been in your shoes before, sometimes it feels like when you see the light at the end of the tunnel it just turns out to be a train! I have not stayed at CBR before but I just wanted to add something: We usually stay at Poly, WL, or Cont but this past spring break went with my brother and his 4 children, my mother, my niece, and my DD. My brother is a single dad so budget was very important so I got an AP at ASMo to save money. I was amazed at how much we loved it, DD even asked why haven't we stayed here before and can we stay there this summer. DH didn't get to go this spring due to work and now I find myself trying to talk him into switching resorts this summer. So what I am trying to say is I don't think there is a bad resort as long as you like the themeing. Ex.-we had stayed at ASSpo before, me and DD, but neither being sporty people we didn't enjoy it but we love disney movies so I think if you like the tropic feel the CBR will be great!:love:

CarolA
04-07-2007, 02:19 PM
I have not stayed at the Poly (just don't think it's worth NEAR what Disney wants.) but the CBR is my favorite moderate (and the only deluxe I have stayed in I like more then CBR is AKL. Of course I do compare the pricing and service to comparble hotels outside Disney and by that measure "Deluxe" hotels are more like overpriced moderates LOL!)

CBR was built several years ago. As a result, it has some features you don't find in some of the newer moderates. The rooms are a little bigger and the " standard views" are a lot less likely to be a direct parking lot, more like a partial view. The bathrooms have dual sinks and the "curtain" feature which is nice. I think for the price it's a very nice hotel.

Vickie46
04-07-2007, 02:20 PM
I would step down to CSR or All Star Movies.. CBR has too many bus stops ... but whichever.. I would stay the 7 nights!!!!!!!!! Great Savings!:cool1:

imatoad
04-07-2007, 02:25 PM
Here's my two cents; I've been staying at the Poly since I was a kid in '72 and could never imagine staying anywhere else, until last Nov. My best friend and I wanted to take our Dad's to WDW as a gift but could no way afford all of us at the Poly, so we decided to try POR. Holy cow, what a wonderful surprise, this moderate resort blew us away, and in no way did we feel slighted. We are now booked at CBR for this May and I can't even tell you how excited we are. We'll get back to the Poly someday, but right now we can stay longer at a moderate and still save money over a shorter stay at a deluxe.

ktink
04-07-2007, 02:32 PM
Wow! Thanks for all the replies. You all have made me feel better about this. Of course I won't make any changes to our ressie until 4/12 provided free dining comes out.

We've stayed at CSR and Pop and loved them. So I know it comes down to what we make of it. And we still have 2 ADRs at Poly so we'll be able to enjoy that, just not those fabulous renovated rooms. Oh well, at least we'll get an extra nights stay and still have a wonderful time.

ObsessedwiththeMouse
04-07-2007, 02:45 PM
Personally, I would stay at the Poly. You may never get that 40% off again and at least you got to stay at your "dream" hotel. I don't think 1 night will make that much of a difference.

Good luck!

DisneyMomx7
04-07-2007, 02:52 PM
If you are feeling uncomfortable and the $900 would make you feel better I would switch. Plus you would get an extra day out of it so that's always a good feeling.

disneycake
04-07-2007, 03:13 PM
I loved CBR even with the bus stops as I didn't think they were that big of a deal. If you like the theming, want to stay an extra day, and can save $1,000 (which seems as if it will come in very handy) then I say go for CBR. I've never stayed at Poly but lying in the hamocks at CBR watching Illuminations at night was fantastic!!

digitaltim
04-07-2007, 03:23 PM
For $900 extra you can fulfill your dream. Stay at the Poly, and enjoy.

catbertdave99
04-07-2007, 03:35 PM
We love CBR!!! Check out the CBR FAQ thread:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?threadid=655543

We just returned from a 3/24-3/31 visit to CBR -- we love it there!

WDW LifeLong Fan
04-07-2007, 03:43 PM
The POLY is and has always been my favorite WDW Resort. With that being said, the savings by switching to the CBR is significant and with everything you have going on, probably a smart move.

Perhaps your next trip you can stay at the POLY and not have the other unexpected expenses.

Good Luck!

Tam1067
04-07-2007, 04:41 PM
We love the Poly, but if $900 is significant to you at this time, you should stay at CBR. We've never stayed there, but we did have a lovely stay at POR before we had kids, so I'm sure CBR is really nice. Some friends of ours just stayed there over Christmas and liked it a lot. I would not stay at the Poly if it caused me stress or financial worries. Go stay at CBR, enjoy the tropical atmosphere, and have a great trip to Disney!

safetymom
04-07-2007, 06:18 PM
CBRs a great resort to stay at. You will fill like you have escaped from the world when you stay at CBR.

valleygirl
04-07-2007, 08:10 PM
Our family has stayed at the AS Sports, Pop Century, POR, Fort Wilderness Cabins, CBR and the Poly. My daughter keeps asking to stay at CBR again and we may do that this summer with free dining. The least favorite vacation for all of us was the Poly. Not that there was anything particular wrong with the vacation, maybe our expectations were just too high. Anyway, I think it's definitely about the experience and not the hotel. Do what you think is right and you'll have a great time no matter where you stay.

2minny
04-07-2007, 08:33 PM
I'd easily move to CBR, I don't think the poly is worth the extra $900, how often are you in your room, rarely? to sleep? You'll have a great vacation, no need to stress over spending extra money.

SeaSpray
04-07-2007, 08:35 PM
I think it's a tough call....

I've stayed at both resorts, and actually loved CBR. It was our very first onsite resort. The rooms are a great size, as has already been mentioned. The grounds of the resort are gorgeous, and very similar in vegetation to the Polynesian. Just missing the tiki torches. lol But the lighting at night, especially around the lake, is very, very pretty.

The Polynesian is my favorite resort and you really got a great discount. However, sometimes unexpected expenses come up, and the extra savings is substantial, and you'd still have an excellent vacation if you stay at CBR... :scratchin

If that $900+ difference will really help you out, and you'd feel better about saving the money for the truck repair, I'd switch. However, if it'll bug you that you changed from the Polynesian resort and you think you'll never get the opportunity to stay there again, and if the money you'd save isn't going to make or break you, then keep the Polynesian.

I'm really no help, am I? LOL :confused3 :laughing:

mirthmaiden
04-07-2007, 08:37 PM
I'd easily move to CBR, I don't think the poly is worth the extra $900, how often are you in your room, rarely? to sleep? You'll have a great vacation, no need to stress over spending extra money.

ITA. The only reason I can justify staying at the Poly for even 3 nights is because we're not going to the parks at all (except for MNSSHP). We're doing a 9-night stay at POP in August and will have our fill of the parks then. For the short trip, we're just going to stay at the resort and enjoy it completely. Rest and relax by the pool. :cloud9:

ktink
04-07-2007, 10:27 PM
Thanks again to everyone for the replies. I really think that CBR is a resort that we would enjoy but I know that we would love the Polynesian. DH and I have talked about it and it just seems like the smart thing to do. I'm not going to make a final decision, of course, until the free dining promo comes out.

It really bums me to think that we won't be staying at Poly this trip. The rate was great. But we know our next trip that we will book as far in advance as we can to make smaller payments and it won't be such a blow to the budget. We could swing the Poly and the expenses but it makes better sense to save the extra. We try to save and cut corners and I think that is our downfall.:laughing: I ran into my best friend tonight and was discussing this w/ her and she told me to go for it and stay at the Polynesian and DH said that he'd rather save. I know we can't take it with us when we go but it's not a situation that will make or break us. It's just the tight wad in us.:goodvibes

ktink
04-07-2007, 10:30 PM
I'd easily move to CBR, I don't think the poly is worth the extra $900, how often are you in your room, rarely? to sleep? You'll have a great vacation, no need to stress over spending extra money.

That's so true. And that's what DH said. We really only sleep and shower in the rooms but we are planning on some more resort downtime this trip. But we'll do that regardless. We want some relaxation time this trip.

Disney Kim
04-07-2007, 10:35 PM
I'm sorta in the same boat.. we got the 40% off for Poly and are planning on going during the rumored free dining time..
And I'm thinking we could stay at POR for about $1000 less USD (From Ont)
We can swing it for the Poly... But $1000 Bucks... If free dining does come out it might be hard not to switch and use the money elsewhere....

Amy&Dan
04-07-2007, 10:58 PM
I had this same type of thing happen. We were set to stay at the Contemporary, Tower for my ds' 11th birthday trip October of 2005. I got a very good deal and was so happy, its my dream resort as well as my son's. Well we had a major car repair and I decided to be smart and changed it to ASSP. Thankfully I hadn't told my son so he never knew. I ended up getting a huge credit onto my debit card which was almost the exact same amount as my car repair. And then to top it all off, my husband's company experienced a crisis and everyone had to take 25% pay cuts (temporary, but no fun) a few months before our trip. At that point I was even more glad we had made that change. And we ended up loving ASSP, my son was in heaven to have his 11th birthday there. The relief of saving that money was so huge, that once we were at WDW I never even spent one minute thinking, "oh we could be at the CR right now". Someday we'll stay at the CR, its not going anywhere! I mean staying at a moderate at WDW is so beyond what many people will ever get to do it makes you realize what a blessing it is to have to that sacrifice to make! And we love CBR dearly, next to our home resort of SSR, its our favorite. Nice sized rooms, lovely landscaping and relaxing in a hammock by the lake viewing the stars or Illuminations is very nice.

Whatever you decide will be the best decison for your family. Have a wonderful trip!

ktink
04-08-2007, 06:13 PM
Well I just wanted to thank everyone. DH and I as well as the kiddos decided on All Star Music, this way we can hopefully take advantage of free dining and also park hop and do the water parks options and save well over $1000. And we did add an extra night and we'll be able to do everything that WDW has to offer. I went ahead and called CRO and the CM was rather comical, she asked why we were going from Disney's Polynesian to All Star Music, when she saw that we were adding an extra day and hopping and waterparks she said, "well that makes sense." It does to us anyway.:goodvibes Thanks again.

Amy&Dan
04-08-2007, 06:25 PM
Good for you! I love All Star Music! In the end, its all about enjoying WDW with the family and you can do that at any resort! And just think how glad you will be on the day of your origninal check out when you don't have to leave since you got that extra day!

ktink
04-08-2007, 06:33 PM
Good for you! I love All Star Music! In the end, its all about enjoying WDW with the family and you can do that at any resort! And just think how glad you will be on the day of your origninal check out when you don't have to leave since you got that extra day!

Thanks. I already feel like a weight has been lifted and that extra day lessens the blow. :rotfl: The DDs are really excited especially DD6, she likes the "fun" resorts w/ the big stuff.

Amy&Dan
04-08-2007, 06:37 PM
Thanks. I already feel like a weight has been lifted and that extra day lessens the blow. :rotfl: The DDs are really excited especially DD6, she likes the "fun" resorts w/ the big stuff.

When your resort choice makes you stressed, it is not worth it! That is exactly how I felt when I changed from CR to ASSP. And that was one of the best resort experiences we had. In the end, I am at Disney and dont' care that much what resort I stay at! Now you can just have fun and not worry!

I also just remembered we had to switch from WL to Pop once because of some financial woe or another. I think we are just cursed when it comes to making Deluxe reservations! That was another great trip too for that matter!

Kevin355
04-08-2007, 06:43 PM
If it were up to me, I'd go to the CBR...just got back from a lovely week there, and save the $900+. CBR is our favorite resort. The amount of bus stops is not a big issue.

WDW LifeLong Fan
04-08-2007, 06:57 PM
Well I just wanted to thank everyone. DH and I as well as the kiddos decided on All Star Music, this way we can hopefully take advantage of free dining and also park hop and do the water parks options and save well over $1000. And we did add an extra night and we'll be able to do everything that WDW has to offer. I went ahead and called CRO and the CM was rather comical, she asked why we were going from Disney's Polynesian to All Star Music, when she saw that we were adding an extra day and hopping and waterparks she said, "well that makes sense." It does to us anyway.:goodvibes Thanks again.

Good for you! :thumbsup2

Have a great time.