View Full Version : Just back from 10-nights at CBR (10/2-10/12)

10-13-2008, 12:02 PM
We got back last night from 10 great nights at CBR. We left home (Huntersville, NC) around 3:30 pm on Thursday (10/2). We arrived at the Customs House for check-in at 11:58 PM. We were the only ones checking in at that time and we had a very nice CM assist us with our check-in. We were celebrating our 16th Anniversary on the 3rd, so she gave us Happy Anniversary buttons. I had requested a 2nd floor in Martinique (we booked a standard view) and we were given what we requested (building 21). Upon arrival to our room we were pleasantly surprised it was a corner room. The room was great - very clean and roomy and my daughter loved the Nemo theme. We had a lovely courtyard view.
The next day after returning to our room we had Happy Anniversary balloons and an autographed picture of Shane & Mulan waiting for us. Mousekeeping was great the entire week. No towel animals, but I didn't care as long as the room was clean and it was kept spotless. We only rode the bus twice as we drove the rest of the time. On Friday (10/3) we walked to the bus stop and an MK bus pulled up just as we walked up. It picked up at 2 more stops and then we were on our way. It took 15 minutes to arrive at the MK - not bad! We left the MK around 2:00 that afternoon and a CBR bus was waiting at the stop there so we had no wait and only one other family on the bus. The 2nd trip on the bus was to HS on Friday (10/10). This time we waited for 15 minutes for the bus and it also picked up at 2 other stops and was standing room only. We again left the studios around 2:30 and a CBR bus pulled up just as we arrived at the stop so no waiting.

I thought the food court had a good selection of food and it seemed pretty efficiently run. The new pool area was great. My daughter loved the play area and the slides at the main pool. I retreated to the Cold Spa several times and it was always usually just me sitting in it.

We walked around the entire resort our last night there and I must say that I don't think there's a bad location in the entire resort. I found the grounds to be lush and tropical and it definitely made you feel like you were away from it all. Please no flames, but I actually preferred CBR over our stay at POFQ last year. Our room was so much cleaner at CBR than POFQ and that's a major issue with me. I know POFQ is compact and many people like that aspect, but I find it to make the resort "seem" more crowded and that you're on top of everyone. The fact that CBR is only 2-story buildings and is sprawled out made for a much quieter and more peaceful trip for us. I don't mind walking a bit to the food court as walking around the lake was so pretty and serene. We didn't hear any noise from our neighbors except the occasional door slam and running water.

Overall it was a wonderful, relaxing escape from reality and I would definitely stay at CBR and recommend it. Now back to reality: back to work, piles of laundry, Wachovia/Wells Fargo (my DH works at Wachovia :sad2: so we're not too sure what his future holds), global macro economics, etc, etc. I want to go back to WDW and get away from it all! :wizard:
Thanks for reading - I'll try to post some pictures later. :flower3:

10-13-2008, 12:20 PM
Thanks for sharing your experience at CBR! I will be there in 15 days!!!!
I also requested Martinique. Can't wait to see if they grant my request :) It stinks going back to reality, doesn't it?! The WDW trips are never long enough!

10-13-2008, 01:22 PM
I'll be there in 19 days. :cool1:

Thanks for the info about the buses. How long was the drive to AK and Epcot?

10-13-2008, 01:25 PM
39 days and counting til I will be there.:dance3:

10-13-2008, 01:28 PM
I've stayed in Martinique and we had a wonderful time. Took one of my brothers that trip as his Christmas present. Do love CBR!

10-13-2008, 01:31 PM
I'll be there in 19 days. :cool1:

Thanks for the info about the buses. How long was the drive to AK and Epcot?

The drive to Epcot was quick - no more than 5-10 minutes depending on traffic. AK was about 10-15 minutes. CBR is very centrally located on WDW property, so nothing is very far away. :)

Hope you have a wonderful time!!! :thumbsup2

10-13-2008, 01:33 PM
Welcome back! Great review. We stayed most of the same dates. 10/4-10/12 and also were in Martinique. We were also happy with our stay at CBR :goodvibes . I have to post a review and pics when I get a chance.

10-13-2008, 02:02 PM
Glad to hear you had a wonderful time:)

All your reasons are the reasons we love CBR - quiet, beautiful, serene, and speadout. :)

10-13-2008, 02:40 PM
Thanks for your review!!! We are booked at CBR for next August in a preferred location room.

10-13-2008, 02:54 PM
Any pics to post? I've always wanted to stay at CBR, but it seems to have gotten a lot of bad reviews lately. Glad to see this good one!

10-13-2008, 04:26 PM
Welcome back! :goodvibes

So glad to hear another positive review of CBR, there seems to be a whole lot of them lately!

I am so glad you had such a wonderful stay and everything went so well for you!! We stayed at CBR in 2005 and loved it! :cloud9: It is our favorite moderate by far! Can't wait to be back there in 100 DAYS from today!! :yay:

I'll be waiting for your pictures. :goodvibes Thanks so much for sharing!

10-13-2008, 04:53 PM
I'm glad to hear a good CBR review. Sounds like it was the perfect resort for you.

10-13-2008, 05:13 PM
We are booked for CBR next fall after many stays value and deluxe. Thanks for your review. Can't wait to try it ourselves!

10-13-2008, 05:25 PM
Great report, glad you enjoyed CBR!

10-13-2008, 05:27 PM
Thanks for the great review of CBR. I leave in six days!!!!!I too requested Martinique(paid for preferred) Hope my stay is as great as yours was!!!

10-13-2008, 08:15 PM
Welcome back! I'm so glad you enjoyed CBR!!

10-13-2008, 08:43 PM
Thanks for the review! :)

10-14-2008, 09:30 AM
Thanks for the review..we are booked preferred room for Aug.09..can't wait!:)
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10-15-2008, 10:35 AM
I'll be there tomorrow night! Can't wait. :yay: :woohoo:

10-15-2008, 10:48 AM
Thanks for the review, we also love CBR for all the same reasons you mentioned!

Best of luck with your husband's job, these are scary times indeed.

Welcome home!:)

10-15-2008, 11:33 AM
Glad you had a great stay! Very nice and detailed trip report.

10-15-2008, 01:09 PM
Just reading your review brought a big smile to my face. Glad you had a good time.

10-15-2008, 06:05 PM
Thanks for the review. We'll be staying at CBR in December and I'm reading everything I can get my hands on. Oh, and my husband works for Wachovia too!


10-15-2008, 09:01 PM
I'm glad you had a nice CBR stay! The CBR is like two vacations rolled into one.....tropical and Disney. What more could you ask for?!?!

For those of you wanting to see pictures, I just posted several over on the CBR thread. Head over there to check them out.

10-16-2008, 09:24 AM
Sorry for the delay in posting pictures. I've never done it before so had some hangups with PhotoBucket - also my wireless router is on the fritz at home, so I am having to do this at work.

Here are some pics of our room in Martinique:

http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr4/bethyf/WDW057.jpg http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr4/bethyf/WDW020.jpg

I'll post some pictures from around the grounds in a little while. Thanks for looking!

10-16-2008, 09:38 AM
Great pictures! :goodvibes

10-16-2008, 11:00 AM
Great pics, CarolinaChick! Cute window decos too!! Less that 2 weeks til we arrive at CBR!!!