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blue_eyes5212
08-23-2007, 07:52 PM
I think the theme of CBR is more appealing than CSR, but CSR seems to be preferred on the DIS. I know that different people like different themes, but it seems like people would prefer a beachy theme in Florida as opposed to a southwestern theme (especially if they live far away from the beach).

Is there something that CSR has that makes it more popular, or is it just about the theming??

Quinn222
08-23-2007, 08:11 PM
CSR has a beachy area too, so when you stay there you get it. The pool is much larger with a bigger slide. CSR has room service, a spa, a salon. The Pepper Market is in a lot of people's opinions the best quick service of any hotel. Though some don't like it. The resort itself is really beautiful with three separate styles. I always am surprised when people say they don't like it because they don't like the southwest style. I don't find CSR particularly southwest. It's very tropical except for the Rancho section. It's got lush landscaping and beautiful flowers, beaches and hammocks. It also has the best bus service of any resort we've stayed in. Oh, and at Christmas it's especially lovely.

Taja
08-23-2007, 08:16 PM
Yep! I agree with the above. Although I dislike the Ranchos section because I live n the Southwest!

Apart from that, it's a convention hotel. You frequently don't see many of the conference guests all day. It's just a bit closer to being a deluxe resort without paying deluxe prices!

helenabear
08-23-2007, 08:29 PM
IMO the theming at CSR is far superior. The layout of CSR is better IMO. CBR takes waaaaay too long to walk around for me. It feels too spread out to me. I also think that the food court at CSR is wonderful. CBR is my least favorite of all the moderates and I am not sure I would ever stay there again if I had to.

NotTooGoofy
08-23-2007, 08:34 PM
I've stayed at both resorts and I tend to like CSR a little better. The theming is attractive and CSR is more compact than CBR. The last time my family stayed at CBR we were in Trinidad South. It took time to get to and from the building to the pool or food court. We usually stay in the Cabanas section because it's close to the pool, bus stop and food court.

cigar95
08-23-2007, 08:35 PM
I suspect this is one of those things that comes and goes. A few years ago, CSR was the moderate most likely to get dumped on - "far away from the action", "conventioneers ruin the feel", "not very pretty", and so on. Recently it's gotten a lot more love.

Similarly, Dixie Landings used to be preferred to Port Orleans, but for a while I've gotten the feeling that the opposite is true more often than not.

Just remember that every resort is someone's favorite, not to mention someone else's *least* favorite. Whatever appeals to you will probably be the one you enjoy.

Buzz2001
08-23-2007, 08:50 PM
I love CSR! And I like to think that my website has helped DIS'ers see that CSR is a great resort. I think all the mods have their fans. Everyone loves different things, that's what makes WDW so great. It has something for everyone.

CSR has a beach area but it also has the best pool and slide of all the mods and that's what guests to go FL for, their kids want to swim in the pool.

Here are some pictures of CSR in the evening.
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tinawv
08-23-2007, 08:50 PM
I suspect this is one of those things that comes and goes. A few years ago, CSR was the moderate most likely to get dumped on - "far away from the action", "conventioneers ruin the feel", "not very pretty", and so on. Recently it's gotten a lot more love.

Similarly, Dixie Landings used to be preferred to Port Orleans, but for a while I've gotten the feeling that the opposite is true more often than not.

Just remember that every resort is someone's favorite, not to mention someone else's *least* favorite. Whatever appeals to you will probably be the one you enjoy.

Very well said. :)

Buzz2001
08-23-2007, 08:52 PM
I suspect this is one of those things that comes and goes. A few years ago, CSR was the moderate most likely to get dumped on - "far away from the action", "conventioneers ruin the feel", "not very pretty", and so on. Recently it's gotten a lot more love.

Similarly, Dixie Landings used to be preferred to Port Orleans, but for a while I've gotten the feeling that the opposite is true more often than not.

Just remember that every resort is someone's favorite, not to mention someone else's *least* favorite. Whatever appeals to you will probably be the one you enjoy.Because more guests have tried it and found out that you can't believe everything you read. Its the newest resort, it offers deluxe amenities (full menu room service, a spa, a salon, tanning beds, a steam room and a fitness center). It's large but not as large as CBR. CBR was the first mod built.

Like cigar95 said, it was least favorite in 1999 when I first started coming here but it just opened then. That was the reason I started my website was to give CSR some love. It was my first trip there and I couldn't understand why everyone was bashing it because it was great.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=830638

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1390487

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1133200

marivaid
08-23-2007, 09:18 PM
I never even think of CBR when considering which resort to try next.
Not even sure why. The theming is kind of "blah", it reminds me of our $86/night motel in Ft Lauderdale.

We've done Value,Moderate and Deluxe. I have a hard time chosing a Mod instead of a Value because, except for a slightly larger room and better theming, you don't get much else in a Mod that you can't get in a Value.

CSR is the only mod we wanted to try so we booked it for Christmas. I love the theme, the pool, location is great too. It just feels more deluxy to me than CBR or POFQ (which we tried last year). I'm a little worried about the size, but then again I was worried about the size of POP as well and it was completly unwarranted. The one thing I'm not crazy about is that we can't use our DDE at the counter service at CSR like we could do in a Value or at POFQ.

Buzz's site had a LOT to do with us wanting to try CSR. These night photos are incredible!

Suzanne74
08-23-2007, 09:42 PM
I am the same way - I never think of CBR when I look to book - it seems like a cheesy oceanfront hotel with too much walking. I try to do something different each stay and honestly I like them all. My least fav is Poly (gasp:scared: ) but everyone here just loves it. I love the fact that Disney has so many types of hotels to choose. We did CSR and loved it. The ceilings are beautiful in the lobby - the architecture outstanding. It is hard not to go back but I am trying as many as I can so it might be awhile. The Pepper Market, Seasons in Epcot and Tusker House (RIP) are my 3 fav counter service venues.

The pool and buses are the least crowded of any resort I have been to. I would recommend checking to see what convention is going to be there the dates you look for.

lustergirl
08-24-2007, 05:59 AM
with the current code discount I upgraded to CSR from AS Sports for our upcoming trip and I believe I made the right choice. Actually the very helpful CM that I spoke with over the phone did an excellent job convincing me as well- thanks disney.. After reading and viewing lots of pictures thanks to Buzz I have decide that I can't wait to stay at CSR. To me this resort looks more deluxe at you are getting it a mod price. I was showing my husband the pictures one night this past week and he was completely taken aback because of the beauty of this resort.
Everyone has their own opinions though and that what makes us unique.

Oh yea- I am in the double digits finally- 98 days to go!!

G's mommy
08-24-2007, 07:28 AM
with the current code discount I upgraded to CSR from AS Sports for our upcoming trip and I believe I made the right choice. Actually the very helpful CM that I spoke with over the phone did an excellent job convincing me as well- thanks disney.. After reading and viewing lots of pictures thanks to Buzz I have decide that I can't wait to stay at CSR. To me this resort looks more deluxe at you are getting it a mod price. I was showing my husband the pictures one night this past week and he was completely taken aback because of the beauty of this resort.
Everyone has their own opinions though and that what makes us unique.

Oh yea- I am in the double digits finally- 98 days to go!!

You definitely made the right choice, you will not be sorry. CSR is a great resort, we'll be back for our 3rd stay in December. :cool1:

zgirl
08-24-2007, 07:38 AM
We tried CSR last weekend and as beautiful as it is, we are taking our family back to CBR for the 3rd time this December. We just prefer the Caribbean theme. And we don't use any of the extra stuff that CSR offers (spa, etc), we hardly use the pool in Dec, and it was a little weird for us seeing business people everywhere. We did enjoy laying on the hammocks by the lake but we can do that at CBR too. :thumbsup2

Lilolvr
08-24-2007, 08:02 AM
CSR is my favorite mod as well. It has nothing to do with not liking CBR, I just prefer CSR.

Jrabbit910
08-24-2007, 08:04 AM
Its a personal preference both resorts are very pretty.... I just think it comes down to the theming that you would like....

kaytieeldr
08-24-2007, 08:06 AM
Why do people seem to prefer CSR over CBR?? Simple. ******** is a very charismatic, influential person who has convinced (legitimately) a lot of people that CSR is a better place to stay!

wvgoofyfan
08-24-2007, 09:34 AM
I haven't been back to CSR since Feb this year, (not my choice, it was booked in June and I couldn't get in:confused3 ) but I have to agree with Buzz in all he says.
What hasn't been said is that the absolute best cast members work at CSR. They go out of their way to fix anything and everything. They are all a great bunch of people from the resort manager on down to the mousekeepers. :love:
The conceriege desk at CSR has gone above and beyond several times for me. The resort manager several years ago was the best. The gift shop people always have a smile with quick service. The mousekeepers there are excellent and my room at the end of the day has never been not what I expected. I love catching a ride with those great people who run the shuttle buses around the lake.
CSR has the absolute best bus service of any of the resorts and no matter where you stay you are close to the food court/lobby/ reception because you just grab the next bus going anywhere and get off right at ElCentro.
Because the conventioneers are in business meetings all day, the ordinary tourist has the bus system all to themselves.
I haven't stayed there since the resorts went non smoking but I know there were lots of great DSAs at the resort. For those of you who smoke and need your fix first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee, just make a pot in your room and head outside because there will be a smoking area near you.
I love the relaxing feeling of the resort especially after a long day at the parks. The colors just seem to help you unwind. The resort just eludes a relaxed feeling. I have always been close enough to head for the hot tub late at night and this is absolutely the best to drain every ache out of every muscle not the mention the way it soothes your tired feet.
I have only stayed in the Ranchos and the Cabanas but both were great!
Guess I better get off here and start planning my next trip at CSR of course.

Pluto1976
08-24-2007, 10:32 AM
I'm glad everyone likes the CSR over the CBR as it just means a better chance for me to get a chair by the CBR main pool. :cool1:

I really believe it is all about what theme appeals to you more. We drove by the CSR when the Magical Express was dropping some people off and the theme did nothing for me. However..........

My DF and I enjoy taking extended weekend trips and recently discovered WDW as a great place to go for one of those weekends. When booking them I never thought of the CSR but I think we may try it for one of our upcoming extended weekend trips due to the pictures from the other Disboard member.

mikkiwikki
08-24-2007, 10:46 AM
I'm glad everyone likes the CSR over the CBR as it just means a better chance for me to get a chair by the CBR main pool. :cool1:


I agree!!!! - I can't wait to have CBR all to myself...I mean AHEM -

Yes! yes! ...CSR is Definitely FAR superior ....:thumbsup2 ...you should stay at CSR :jester: :goodvibes

:tiptoe: Sneaking off to uncrowded CBR - hee hee hee...

Quinn222
08-24-2007, 12:07 PM
I'm glad everyone likes the CSR over the CBR as it just means a better chance for me to get a chair by the CBR main pool. :cool1:



I was thinking of giving CBR a try but the pool there is going to be closed for most of 2008 so that knocked it out of the running. Maybe 2009.

Goofy4WDW1964
08-24-2007, 12:19 PM
We have stayed at POR, CBR, and CSR and we like the theming of all three of them. CSR is our least favorite for other reasons. The plusses it offers we don't utilize. We don't use the salon or the spa or the room service. Also, since our son is older, we usually don't go to the main pool. We use the private pools. In my opinion, CSR does have the best main pool, but the worst private pools.

It's the minuses at CSR that really put it on the bottom of our mods list. Now, that doesn't mean we dislike the resort. We do like it. It would just be our last choice of moderates. We do not care for the food court at all. Also, the rooms only have one sink. When there are four of us getting ready, we want two sinks.

All the other amenities are pretty similar in all of the mods.

We love the fact that the moderates are spread out. It makes such a difference in how quiet the resort is. Every trip we have had to a moderate has been very peaceful at the resort. That is important to us because we do take breaks from the parks every day.

kbdisney
08-24-2007, 12:37 PM
Im glad to hear more people like the CSR. We are staying at the CBR in October and Im am thrilled. Im liking the thought that more people are at the CSR than at the CBR. More beach space for me!:cool1:

DH and I are not into going to pools. As 2 adults with no kids, the thought of going into pools, unless late in the evening, never enters our minds. Probably why we only use the Pleasure Island part of our Water parks and more option! We booked the CBR because it is spread out and has beaches. Just wanted a beach-like hotel for the short time we are actually at the hotel/room. Most of our Disney time is spent at parks during the day, Pleasure island at night. Room for sleeping/recovery.

Carol D
08-24-2007, 01:02 PM
CSR is the best. We love the food options at the resort, the place may be popular but it always seems like you have the place to yourself.

The transportation is some of the best we used at WDW.

The main pool area is fantastic! We use the hot tub a lot too.

But the number one reason is the theme. It is just such a romantic resort. The lighting, landscaping and atmosphere make it our favorite all around.

grimley1968
08-24-2007, 01:15 PM
I've never been to either, much less stayed at either.

I have a theory, though, and it has nothing to do with whether one resort is truly better than the other:

CSR's theming suggests a place that is much farther away, and much more different in appearance, weather, etc. than CBR is from Orlando.

While some of the locales being imitated by CBR are often less than 500-750 miles away or so by air, with similar weather to Orlando, CSR's locales are much, much farther away and reflect much more different cultures, weather, and appearances than CBR does.

By the same token, and assuming the same kind of quality in both resorts (I know, not a safe assumption), CBR would probably do much better if it were built at Disneyland than CSR would do, due to Disneyland's much closer proximity to southwestern areas than to Caribbean areas.

I think people enjoy Disney's ability to make it seem like you are somewhere rather than just in central Florida. CBR doesn't provide that as much as CSR does, especially when you consider you can hop in a small plane at MCO, or even a GA airport, and be in a real Caribbean location in a very short time. It's not so easy or quick to get to southwestern areas from there.

JJ&JSMOM
08-24-2007, 01:28 PM
I would love to stay at either CSR or CBR because that would mean I'd be at disney world!!! Not sure which one I would try first but it will have to wait because this year will be at the Poly!!!! My sister has stayed at both and likes the atmosphere at CBR better but liked CSR as a whole better. She really liked the PM and their food selections.

yecats
08-24-2007, 02:38 PM
I didn't think I would like CSR (I'm not into a lot of spanish style theming with overly bright colors) but I had a short stay a few years ago and found that I fell in love with it. Disney did a beautiful job there and the resort is what I would call deluxe lite with room service, workout facilities and salon services. I also love the pool and slide. I am not overly happy with the long walks especially on those days where you've been all over the park but you would get that walk at CBR as well. In the end and as stated above, everyone has there favorite and all of the resorts have both their good and bad.

angie74
08-24-2007, 03:18 PM
We are staying at CSR this November. Our first trip to WDW, we stayed at CBR. It was ok. We were not very impressed. We decided not to stay there again. The funny thing was that I wanted to stay at CSR back then but DH said no. :rolleyes:

I can't wait to check it out and see if it lives up to the hype. :goodvibes

Magalex
08-24-2007, 04:04 PM
We had a wonderful stay at CBR 6/8-6/16 2007! We loved it! But it was a great fit for my family. My 7 yr old DS loved the activities at the pool and the food court. We would return to CBR someday.(We do like to stay at different resorts each time). We haven't tried CSR yet. But because we go to WDW at the beginning of June it seems to me that CSR looks very HOT as in landscaping. POR or POFQ looks more inviting as a summer guest. Maybe when we are older and we can return to visiting WDW during cooler temps we will try CSR. The photos of the Ranchos section looks like the sun would beat down on it a little bit too much.

blue_eyes5212
08-24-2007, 04:34 PM
We had a wonderful stay at CBR 6/8-6/16 2007! We loved it! But it was a great fit for my family. My 7 yr old DS loved the activities at the pool and the food court. We would return to CBR someday.(We do like to stay at different resorts each time). We haven't tried CSR yet. But because we go to WDW at the beginning of June it seems to me that CSR looks very HOT as in landscaping. POR or POFQ looks more inviting as a summer guest. Maybe when we are older and we can return to visiting WDW during cooler temps we will try CSR. The photos of the Ranchos section looks like the sun would beat down on it a little bit too much.

Maybe that's what it is about CSR! Kinda looks hot to me too! Maybe it reminds me of the desert!!

Amy&Dan
08-24-2007, 04:42 PM
We really enjoyed our three nights at CSR back before our Cruise a year ago. Our room in the Ranchos section was right off of a quiet pool, Maya Grill was excellent and the staff was very helpful. I still remember the beautiful, early morning walk I took one day and how truly quiet and peaceful it was there. Buzz's pictures do a good job of catching the beauty of this resort.

All that said, I am a CBR lover at heart. I love all the mods, but CBR's theming, the rooms, the staff, and the quiet pools all just feel like a vacation within a vacation. I love the way you have a good view of the higher up fireworks of Illuminations from many vantage points around the resort. I also like the fact that the CBR bathrooms have the double sinks with that nice shelf underneath. We will be staying at CSR next June for a few nights and I am bit bummed because I really do love CBR. But the pool is down during our stay (although I read something about two of the quiet pools getting slides installed during the main pool refurb) so we chose CSR. Too bad all my tragedies in life aren't that "tragic"!!;) My kids are totally psyched to spend a ton of time in CSR's pool. They did think CBR's main slide was cheesey so I think that pool refurb is a good thing and hope they improve it. I do find the main pool CBR's weakest link. And CSR's strongest.

In the end, I don't think you can go wrong with either resort. They both have a lot to offer. And in many ways I find them quite similar.

I also agree with the poster that said the love/hate relationship disers have with certain resorts changes. And sometimes a certain resort gets a bad rap and its hard to shake that. And on the reverse end, sometimes you read all the hype and then arrive only to be disappointed. That happened with me at Boardwalk, perfectly lovely resort but after all the SSR bashing on the DVC boards, I decided to give Boardwalk a try. Arrived to find myself going "huh" quite a lot of the time. I missed the dreaded SSR! But then I love CBR, Sci Fi, San Angel and think the music to Its a Small World is charming! ;)

ArielsMommy
08-24-2007, 04:48 PM
I prefer CSR over CBR because I live in FL and I see the beach all the time. I like something different when I am on vacation. I guess it's all just a matter of preference.

2manypets
08-24-2007, 06:53 PM
I've never been even to visit a moderate. I made the choice of CSR for many reasons. The first being that we're taking a family vacation to the beach just a month before WDW. I thought two beachy vacations would be overkill.

After deciding on CSR (the clown masks at POFQ scare me!:scared1: ) I started researching and found the pics of the CSR resort beautiful and being a convention resort is also a bonus for us. Less crowded buses. I wouldn't NOT stay at CBR, though.

Kathi OD
08-24-2007, 07:11 PM
Im glad to hear more people like the CSR. We are staying at the CBR in October and Im am thrilled. Im liking the thought that more people are at the CSR than at the CBR. More beach space for me!:cool1:

DH and I are not into going to pools. As 2 adults with no kids, the thought of going into pools, unless late in the evening, never enters our minds. Probably why we only use the Pleasure Island part of our Water parks and more option! We booked the CBR because it is spread out and has beaches. Just wanted a beach-like hotel for the short time we are actually at the hotel/room. Most of our Disney time is spent at parks during the day, Pleasure island at night. Room for sleeping/recovery.

Just remember that the CBR lovers may not be DISers, and so you might find CBR crowded too. :sad1:

Personally, I LOVED CBR, but since we bought DVC we don't stay there any more.

Raincrow
08-24-2007, 10:19 PM
Cigar I couldn't have put it better..You have to go with what looks good to you.. What looks good :banana: to a yankee from New York ,might be the pits :sad1: to a Kentucky boy like me..Personally I won't be happy till I've stayed at them all..By the way I will be at CSR in October..

EnchantedDreams
08-25-2007, 10:19 AM
[QUOTE=Goofy4WDW1964;20463633] In my opinion, CSR does have the best main pool, but the worst private pools.

I am considering staying at CSR. Can you please elaborate on what you didn't like about the private pools? We love to swim and that is an important factor in my decision. Thanks.....

Quinn222
08-25-2007, 10:37 AM
[QUOTE=Goofy4WDW1964;20463633] In my opinion, CSR does have the best main pool, but the worst private pools.

I am considering staying at CSR. Can you please elaborate on what you didn't like about the private pools? We love to swim and that is an important factor in my decision. Thanks.....

I'm wondering about that too. We love the quiet pools at CSR so I don't know what the problem could be that made these 'worst' for the poster.

Praise2Him
08-25-2007, 11:12 AM
I actually think CBR is prettier than CSR, but I probably wouldn't stay there again because it is so big and spread out. This is the one resort where it would be worth it to pay extra for a preferred room! And also, there are no elevators, so we had to lug our heavy suitcases up the stairs.

Buzz2001
08-25-2007, 12:09 PM
Cabana pool, the lap pool. Also home of the spa, salon, tanning beds and steam room.
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Rancho pool
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Cabana Pool
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kparc
08-25-2007, 01:17 PM
We stayed at CSR for our second time and were sooo glad we did. We almost opted for CB because we had friends staying their but decided not to switch. Good thing. We visited our friends at CB and liked CSR much better. First, the pool is much larger and less crowded than the CB pool. The check in desk and guest relations is in the same building as the gift shop and restaurants at CSR making it more convenient and within easy walking distance ( not to mention that you can hop on the internal shuttle if you want). AT CB it's in a seperate building off by itself. The buidings at CB seemed closer together than at CSR making my husband feel claustophobic. The buses at CSR were hardly ever full and the bus stops at most of the parks are close to the entrances of the parks. AT MGM and the MK its the first bus stop you pass when leaving the parks. And most of all I love the resort grounds. They are truly beautiful, especially at night. My favorite is the Southwestern themed Ranchos, which we always get because its seems like it is the least requested location at the resort! Not a big fan ofthe Pepper Market but we usually eat at the parks anyhow.

DisneyJen0504
08-25-2007, 04:15 PM
Having stayed at both, and we loved both, we preferred CSR for two main reasons-better bus system and better food.

DebbieB
08-25-2007, 04:33 PM
I've stayed at both and prefer CBR. I love the tropical theme. I wasn't crazy about CSR's food court. I always get a rental car, so distance isn't an issue. I stayed in Martinique once and Barbados twice. Can't remember which building at CSR, you turned right after you entered, it was by a quiet pool.

ToyStory
08-26-2007, 08:48 AM
My main reason for going with CSR over CBR was the pool. Maybe once CBR's pool gets refurbished next year we would try out CBR.

klinlin
08-26-2007, 12:27 PM
....would not stay at CBR again. There are just too many bus stops at CBR and it seems to take forever. It always felt crowded and a far walk. I too remember dragging all of the luggage up the stairs. We found CSR beautiful, and loved strolling around the lake. Because of the conventioners, the busses were never crowded. We tried to stay there last time, but it was already booked.