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BebopBaloo
12-22-2009, 07:53 AM
..in about 14 years... Obviously, a lot has changed in that amount of time. I'm planning ahead for fall 2010. I've read a lot of FAQ threads and other resort vs resort threads, and I think I've narrowed it down to two mods. However, before I say which, and why..I'd LOVE to hear what your FAVORITE mod is and why.

I want to know:

Rooms - Why?

Food Court - Why?

CMs - Why?

Bus routine (lay out and how many stops)

Resort Grounds/Theme - Why?


Give me the good,the bad, the magic that made it fantastic.:donald:

bobbie68
12-22-2009, 08:11 AM
Our Favorite is CSR. We stayed there this September and are going back in Sept. 2010.

The resort grounds are beautiful, it is very clean and lots of variety. I like that it is in a circle along the lake. It may seem big but it really is not and you can see one side of the resort while on another.

The bus transportation is great, we waited minimal time and there are plenty of bus stops to choose from.

The CM's were nice and did their job. We enjoyed the Pepper Market (food court.) The food is good and they are accommodating for food allergies.

The rooms are great. They have just been renovated and have queen beds.

The pool area is awesome. The pool and the hot tub are huge and they have the best water slide on the properties.

I hope this helps good luck deciding.:)

Momof2Disneyboys
12-22-2009, 09:40 AM
We have stayed at all of them and our favorite is CBR, followed closely by POR.

CBR has the largest rooms and the most storage area in the bathroom and is the only moderate with Disney themed rooms. The new pools are the best! The CM's are very nice and helpful. Bus service has been excellent and the food court is big and has lots of choices. We love the spacious beautiful grounds and the relaxing tropical feel. We love being able to watch IllumiNations from a hammock on the white sand beach by the lake. :cloud9:

POR is great too. The CM's are great and the pool is a lot of fun. The bus service was very good. The food court is great with lots of choices. Piano Bob is a blast!

POFQ was very nice, but just not for us. We prefer a more spread out resort with more elaborate theming.

We did not have a good experience with CSR and didn't find it very family friendly.

Good luck! :goodvibes

KatMark
12-22-2009, 09:55 AM
We've only stayed at one and that is the Coronado (eight times). The POFQ used to be on our list as the "only other moderate" we would choose, but I think after visiting the POFQ in September and seeing how small the pool and hot tub were (and no quiet pools), that POR would probably be our second choice.

We love (as did our kids when they were young and traveled with us) everything about the Coronado (CSR). We've had outstanding CM's on every visit, love the new queen beds/decor of the rooms, the Dig Site Pool with the Jaguar Slide (at ages 50+ DH and I often go down the slide), the sand volleyball court, three quiet pools, largest hot tub of all the moderates, the fitness center/spa, the lush landscaping, walking around the lake at night or through the courtyards of the Casitas. Yes, it is a "convention" resort and people tend to think it is not "family oriented" but as I said our kids loved it and there are several recent reviews of people with young kids who have stayed and it has now become their home as well. And being a convention resort, it often leaves the pool and buses emptier because the convention people are in meetings.

I don't think you can go wrong with any of them, but CSR is our "home away from home" (we love it more than the Poly).

puffkin
12-22-2009, 10:10 AM
I have stayed at all 4 and rank them in this order:

POFQ
POR (Alligator Bayou side, I don't like the mansions)
CSR
CBR

POFQ- Liked the small size of the resort and overall theming. Food court was small but close and adequate. Pool was perfect size for my toddler. Liked being the first bus stop. Boat to Downtown Disney was really nice. Beignets (need I say more).

POR- Like the overall theming of the resort. Best food court of the mods. Never had a problem with busses here. Liked the quiet pools and the main pool. Bob Jackson is great. Enjoy the boat. Really great resort gift shop.

CSR- Loved the larger rooms and queen beds. No problems with transportation. Thought the resort was too big and not as family oriented. HATED the Pepper Market and how expensive it is. Just not a convenient resort.

CBR- Resort is HUGE and spread out. Hate the whole check in process there (in a separate building from the rest of the resort). We thought the busses here took forever. HATED the food court. I love the tropical theme (Poly is my favorite) but just didn't like this resort. It felt to Florida generic (similar to so many of the condo complexes offsite).

BebopBaloo
12-22-2009, 10:59 AM
The responses have been great so far! Keep'em coming! Thanks everyone! :goodvibes

Sue M
12-22-2009, 11:50 AM
We have stayed at CBR (Jamaica) and POR (Mansions- Mag. Terrace)
I liked both very much.
I liked having quiet pools, for that quick dip, my dds are older and don't really need to go to maim pool every time.
I love the theming, and landscapping at both resorts.

CBR:
Jamaica- great location without paying preferred, close to quiet pool, bus stop, and bridge to main pool, food etc.
Loved the beaches and esp the hammocks. We like to come back to resort for mid day break.
Food court, bus service, CMs, mousekeeping were all good. No complaints about this resort!

POR:
I prefer the theming of mansion section. Another great location in Magnolia Terrace- next to quiet pool, bus, bridge over to main buildings.
Loved the boat to DTD, evening entertainment in River Roost Lounge. Bob Jackson puts on a great show. I think the food court was nicer here although nothing wrong with CBR food court.
Again, food court, bus service, CMs and mousekeeping were all good here to.

I actually like the multiple bus stops at moderates because there is always a bus stop close by! I like the spread out buildings because it doesn't give you that crowded feeling, and is very peaceful.

So IMHO, although I like both these resorts, I feel POR gives you a tad extra with DTD boat Carriage Rides, and entertainment.

I didn't choose POFQ, because no quiet pools! And smaller food court. CSR theme doesn't appeal to me.

Good luck with your planning.

figmentfan0724
12-22-2009, 12:03 PM
we have stayed at POR and CBR. We love POR and if we weren't DVC members would probably be staying there more often.


POR- overall beautiful resort, amazing food court, probably the best on property in my opinion. never had an issue with buses at all. CM are amazing very friendly!

CBR- I agree this resort is HUGE. It is very beautiful and we loved the nemo themed room when we stayed there. didn't care for the food court or how diffucult it was to get there if you weren't in a prime room lacation.

MissBritt
12-22-2009, 01:46 PM
We stayed at POR for the first time last week and loved it! The grounds and buildings were beautiful, room was very nice, food court had tons of options, and the buses ran frequently. Buses stop at POFQ first, then pick up at the 4 POR depots, S, W, N, E.

We walked through POFQ and ate breakfast in the food court, but were not impressed. I don't see us staying there. The other 2 we have not set foot on, but I have a coworker who will only stay CBR.

BebopBaloo
12-22-2009, 07:14 PM
I appreciate all of the feedback that has been given. I'd love to hear more! Hype up your favorite mod!

(Or...tell me why All Star Music would be better...that's another one I'm considering, as we have enjoyed stays at AS Sports and AS Movies.)

abubu919
12-23-2009, 06:19 AM
..in about 14 years... Obviously, a lot has changed in that amount of time. I'm planning ahead for fall 2010. I've read a lot of FAQ threads and other resort vs resort threads, and I think I've narrowed it down to two mods. However, before I say which, and why..I'd LOVE to hear what your FAVORITE mod is and why.

I want to know:

Rooms - Why?

Food Court - Why?

CMs - Why?

Bus routine (lay out and how many stops)

Resort Grounds/Theme - Why?


Give me the good,the bad, the magic that made it fantastic.:donald:

I love POFQ! Rooms are wonderful, usually about the same as any other moderate except CSR because of the Queen beds there. Food court is wonderful, mainly because of selection and because I love the beignets :) CM every time I am there are wonderful. Very quaint resort and small in size along with transportation to DTD, you can't go wrong. Everyone is willing to help and everytime we stay there our rooms are cleaned spotless. Bus routine is not bad, POFQ is the first stop then usually off to POR to those stops. Although I have been on buses where they haven't stopped at POR so it depends. I just love the theme of New Orleans, pool is wonderful and I used to stay there all the time when I was little so that is probably why I am a little biased to this resort :) Good luck with decision

yaddo121
12-23-2009, 08:31 AM
Well my favorite is POFQ with POR a close second.

Rooms - Why? -- Our family is small (3 people) so basically any resort room feels 'roomy' to us ;-) When DS was younger I appreciated the privacy curtain because there was enough room for us to put the pack n' play behind the curtain and not disturb DS by watching TV or having the lights on. Our rooms have always been clean and pleasant. On the POR side I do prefer the 'Mansions' decor to the Alligator Bayou interiors but either way we've always been comfortable.

Food Court - Why? -- I know the one thing Dh prefers about the POFQ is that they have biscuits and gravy lol! The nice thing with POFQ/POR is that if you don't like what they have at one food court you can simply walk to the other food court and eat there instead. We tend to eat at off-times (we are not a rope drop family lol!) so we've never really experienced a crowd at the food court.

CMs - Why? -- Every CM we've talked to or interacted with was polite, friendly, and helpful. Mousekeeping has always done a great job and even when we have left the privacy tab in the door they brought us more towels, soap, shampoo, etc. (FTR, this has been the case at any Disney resort we have stayed at, not just the mods).

Bus routine (lay out and how many stops) -- POFQ has one bus stop and as I'm sure people have pointed out or you've read about how the theme park buses stop there first. POFQ and POR each have their own MK buses and the last time I was there (October) the Hollywood Studios buses were also split (meaning the POFQ bus only went to the one resort stop and then to the park). I don't know if that was something they were just trying out....it was the first time that I noticed that. There's also the boat to Downtown Disney which is always a nice break.

Resort Grounds/Theme - Why? -- I love the New Orleans-ish theme of POFQ and the resort is small enough that I don't feel like it's a trek to get anywhere. We've stayed in every building except 2 (it always eludes us lol!) and never had more than a 5 minute walk to get to the pool, lobby, food court, bus stop. DS is only 4 and not a very strong swimmer so the pool suits him just fine. Everything is centrally located so we appreciate that.

I don't think you can go wrong no matter which one you pick :) Good luck and I hope you have a wonderful trip no matter what resort you choose!

MissBritt
12-23-2009, 08:53 AM
first. POFQ and POR each have their own MK buses and the last time I was there (October) the Hollywood Studios buses were also split (meaning the POFQ bus only went to the one resort stop and then to the park).

We stayed at POR last week and shared a bus with POFQ to and from every park, every time.

Poohbug
12-23-2009, 08:59 AM
Every time I have stayed at POFQ we have shared buses also.

I will never stay at POR again-just personally did not like it at all. I did like POFQ tho.

yaddo121
12-23-2009, 09:20 AM
We stayed at POR last week and shared a bus with POFQ to and from every park, every time.

Interesting. Maybe the holiday rush? More buses, more people so they combine resources? I've never shared a bus to MK with POR -- even last Christmas when we stayed there.

KatMark
12-23-2009, 09:24 AM
Interesting. Maybe the holiday rush? More buses, more people so they combine resources? I've never shared a bus to MK with POR -- even last Christmas when we stayed there.


Or it could be the cutbacks as well.

yaddo121
12-23-2009, 09:29 AM
Or it could be the cutbacks as well.

LOL...right after I posted I realized "Duh! More cutbacks" :sad2: If the lights at Epcot couldn't even make the cut I could absolutely see them cutting back bus service as well.

MissBritt
12-23-2009, 09:30 AM
Well the crowds were low and the buses empty until Friday when we went to MK. Bus came from POFQ already half full at 8 am, and another at 815 half full.

Sweet Melissa
12-23-2009, 09:48 AM
Interesting. Maybe the holiday rush? More buses, more people so they combine resources? I've never shared a bus to MK with POR -- even last Christmas when we stayed there.
I've stayed at French Quarter once before, on a late October/early November trip in 2007, and we shared buses with Riverside the entire time, for every park. I've read others write that they did not share buses and assumed that the resorts got their own transportation during peak season only. That seems to no longer be the case if the resorts are sharing buses on Christmas week, though. :confused3

To answer the OP: I've only stayed at French Quarter and Caribbean Beach, and while the rooms at CBR are slightly larger, I wouldn't return there. The resort is far too spread out for my liking after I was spoiled by the intimacy of the grounds at POFQ. We're going back in two weeks for our second stay at French Quarter. It has all to do with the small size of the resort and the grounds. I also like that there is boat access to Downtown Disney from the Port Orleans resorts. Any alternative transportation to the buses is a bonus, IMO.

Colleen27
12-23-2009, 10:36 AM
We've stayed at POR and CBR, and of the two, CBR is my hands-down favorite.

We had bus issues at POR and didn't care for how long the ride was once we did finally get on, particularly since we encountered a lot of standing-room-only buses by the time they got to our stop. For our stay, it was free dining and the resort was fully booked, but still sharing buses with POFQ which was ALWAYS the first stop. The bus service at CBR was really great during our stay; we never waited long and because the resort is more centrally located none of the rides are very long.

The pools at POR are smaller and not as much fun in my kids' opinion, and since we swim nearly every day even on winter trips, the pool complex at CBR is a HUGE plus. My kids weren't impressed with the slide at POR at 4 & 7, so I don't imagine they'd care much for it now at 8 & 11, and the kiddie pool there is pretty lame. The slides at CBR, on the other hand, are better for a range of ages - the splash pad area has slides our toddler enjoyed, our middle child liked the shorter of the slides in the main pool, and even our daredevil oldest had fun on the bigger slide in the main pool. Also, the beach entry is a big plus with a toddler, because she was able to sit in an area where she was comfortable, splash a little with me, and still keep an eye on the bigger kids.

The rooms at CBR are bigger as well, though I really don't think the pirate rooms feel it with the larger furniture. We were in a pirate room, which isn't something we'll do again because the theme isn't worth the bad location IMO, but my mom had a Nemo (standard) room and it felt a LOT bigger than ours.

I also like that at CBR, we can book a preferred room next time and know that we'll be close to the main building. At POR, it is just a matter of luck with room assignment.

I have no interest in going back to POR or staying at POFQ; the location and the pools just don't do it for me, especially now with Pleasure Island gone and us skipping Downtown Disney completely on most trips. I would like to try CSR eventually, but CBR will certainly be our moderate of choice at least until our youngest is bigger and the zero-entry pool and splash pad aren't such a big draw.

LoveDisneyinToronto
12-23-2009, 10:52 AM
Here is an answer to your questions:

Rooms - Why? Privacy doors for the vanity area, QUEEN SIZE BEDS (not double) and a CEILING FAN - plus all rooms have been refurbished in the last 2 years.

Food Court - Why? Pepper Market is awesome if you are on the dining plan. And they make food to order. Much better than a cafeteria-style.

CMs - Why? I had just awesome encounters. On my last trip, I had the person handing me my kit who was very helpful and upgraded the room... Just because I was a huge Mickey fan like him! It was just a great magical touch. and the cast at Pepper Market were awesome; they remembered me each time I went after the first time for breakfast. And at Panchito's (the gift shop) they were out of the resort pin. The cast member went the extra work to check in the computer, told me that a shipment had arrived at Downtown Disney World of Disney. I went the day after and the Coronado pin was there, as said. I thought that was really nice!

Bus routine (lay out and how many stops) There are 5 stops throughout the resort, all shaded with a canopy. Because Coronado is actually also a convention center, the buses are usually EMPTY. I stayed just near by stop #4 and I had to wait MAX 10 minutes ONCE in 10 days (most time within 5 minutes there was a bus going to my destination)

Resort Grounds/Theme - Why? The main pool is beautiful, also just walking through the resort around the lake is an experience by itself, beautifully kept grounds. A picture cannot even give justice to this peaceful resort. The color palette is splendid. The hammocks throughout the property are just awesome. It is really nice after a big day at the parks to come in a relax atmosphere.:beach:

BebopBaloo
12-23-2009, 01:42 PM
Thanks for all the continued responses. I think my main concerns at this point are:

1. We are used to food courts at the values, which have a great selection and are super easy to get to. None of the buildings are very far from the main building.

I've read that CSR adds a 10% on top of CS at Pepper Market and that the POR food court is the best. What about CBR's food court? POFQ seems only famous for beignets, but I'm lactose intolerant..so I'd have to avoid them anyhow...

2. We are used to just one bus stop...maybe two if the bus stops at another Value. (At the PO resorts..what's the total time spent from POFQ to the last stop at POR? Estimate..)

3. My daughter will be turning four when we go, so I'd like a kid friendly theme. They all seem to have their perks.

::sigh:: I'm glad I have a little while to make a decision. I really do appreciate your feedback! :cutie:

Momof2Disneyboys
12-23-2009, 01:54 PM
Thanks for all the continued responses. I think my main concerns at this point are:

1. We are used to food courts at the values, which have a great selection and are super easy to get to. None of the buildings are very far from the main building.

I've read that CSR adds a 10% on top of CS at Pepper Market and that the POR food court is the best. What about CBR's food court? POFQ seems only famous for beignets, but I'm lactose intolerant..so I'd have to avoid them anyhow...

2. We are used to just one bus stop...maybe two if the bus stops at another Value. (At the PO resorts..what's the total time spent from POFQ to the last stop at POR? Estimate..)

3. My daughter will be turning four when we go, so I'd like a kid friendly theme. They all seem to have their perks.

::sigh:: I'm glad I have a little while to make a decision. I really do appreciate your feedback! :cutie:


CBR, POR and CSR are all very large and very spread out. But with that being said, we have never had more than a 5 minute walk to the food court or pool at any of them. CBR is the only one that allows you to book a "preferred location" and be right on either side of the food court/pool. We have never booked a preferred room at CBR, and still have always been within 5 minutes of everything.

We enjoy CBR's food court as much as POR's. Both very large and easy to use with kids. And lots of choices! POFQ's food court is good too, but much smaller and with less choices. We don't care for the set up of the CSR food court and it is very hard with kids. Plus it is much more expensive and the 10% charge like you mentioned.

CBR is the only moderate to offer zero entry in the pool. Also a huge pirate ship playground pool for the kids!

As far as kid friendly, again I would have to go with CBR and POR. My kids favorites! DS8 turned 4 on our first trip to CBR! :goodvibes

KatMark
12-23-2009, 02:19 PM
Thanks for all the continued responses. I think my main concerns at this point are:

1. We are used to food courts at the values, which have a great selection and are super easy to get to. None of the buildings are very far from the main building. From the one time we stayed at a value, we found their food court had a little more to offer.

I've read that CSR adds a 10% on top of CS at Pepper Market and that the POR food court is the best. What about CBR's food court? POFQ seems only famous for beignets, but I'm lactose intolerant..so I'd have to avoid them anyhow...
The 10% is charged at the Pepper Market if you stay inside to eat; you can ask for a "to go" ticket and eat at one of the numerous tables surrounding the lake and then you won't get charged for it. Although we stay at the CSR (we don't choose our resort based on a food court), of the four moderates, we'd rank the food courts in this order: POR, CSR, POFQ and CBR.
2. We are used to just one bus stop...maybe two if the bus stops at another Value. (At the PO resorts..what's the total time spent from POFQ to the last stop at POR? Estimate..)
The CSR has four bus stops and the CBR has seven I believe; I'm not sure about POR or POFQ.
3. My daughter will be turning four when we go, so I'd like a kid friendly theme. They all seem to have their perks. I think they are all kid friendly; the CBR has more of a Disney theme as far as "characters" are concerned with the Nemo and pirate rooms; our kids loved CSR and many families have stayed there with young kids and loved it.

::sigh:: I'm glad I have a little while to make a decision. I really do appreciate your feedback! :cutie:

My comments in red. I really don't think you can go wrong with any of the choices.

jeanylaser
12-23-2009, 03:16 PM
Cbr!

nicki.momof3
12-23-2009, 03:55 PM
Interesting. Maybe the holiday rush? More buses, more people so they combine resources? I've never shared a bus to MK with POR -- even last Christmas when we stayed there.

Both times we stayed at POR (Easter week both times) we never shared a bus with POFQ. The only time the bus went to POFQ was when magical express stopped there on the way home.

Love POR

RustManFan
12-23-2009, 09:41 PM
I selected POR. We have always felt that the rooms were plenty roomy whether I was alone (side trip from business) or if there were 4 of us. Love the landscaping particularly in AB section!

My sister and I were just there in mid-November. It was my 7th stay at this resort. The cast members were delightful! Rooms were very clean and even 2 adults got towel animals. :)

They have changed the food selections since my last trip and we were very pleased. The build your own pasta and build your own salad stations were highlights!!

There is lots of seating in the food court area and even when it appears to be very crowded, a table always seems to become available in a short period of time.

Buses come frequently and in a week's time we never had to stand on the bus because of when we got on I guess. Others were standing...

My sister always says that her favorite ride at WDW is the boat from POR to DTD! We rode it a few times this trip and it was great as usual.

I have stayed at CBR twice and had great times there too. We somehow felt that we fit in with the guests better there when my DD and DS were young. POR is our adult home now!!

tbee407
12-24-2009, 09:25 AM
We have stayed at all four and here is how I rank them:

1: POR
2. CBR
3. CSR
4. POFQ

1. POR is my favorite for the theming and the great food court.
2. I bumped up CBR because of the new Pirate theming and the pool.
3. I really liked this resort but the two drawbacks were the distance to the pool (long walk) and Pepper Market (not our favorite).
4. The theming was not my favorite. Food court small. The buses stopped at POFQ and POR.

BebopBaloo
12-24-2009, 10:29 AM
I am very intrigued by the poll results so far. Seems the PO resorts have quite a strong lead.

Merry Christmas everyone and thank you for your responses thus far!

AlternateEgo
12-24-2009, 01:30 PM
We LOVED CSR!

You want to know:

Rooms - Why? Because of the newly remodeled rooms. There is a beautiful wood door in place of the curtains at other resorts. Everything was fresh and clean.

Food Court - Why? There were a lot of choices.

CMs - Why? Everyone was very helpful. I had an issue with one of my charges at Narcoossee's. We paid cash for our alcoholic drinks and they charged them to our room also, they took off the charge and smiled all along.

Bus routine (lay out and how many stops) There are 4 stops. We were at the second to last stop. There was NEVER a full bus. We always had seats and maybe twice were there a couple of folks standing.

Resort Grounds/Theme - Why? In pictures I often find that the resort looks... bare. In real life it was very plush and so much greenery. I loved the look of the lake and the sandy beach.

Shleedogg
12-24-2009, 02:26 PM
I voted for POFQ. I've only stayed at POFQ and POR, so I can't speak about specifics at the other resorts, but POFQ is the smallest by far. Walking for 10 min in the sweltering heat to fill up your mug is not a fun way to vacation, imho. We were in the mansions at POR, but the furthest away mansions. It was a trek to get to the food court. The buses weren't a big deal as we had a stop close to our room, but there were a lot of stops to and from the parks. BTW, both are BEAUTIFUL resorts, the grounds and architecture are amazing!

rkrushing4
12-24-2009, 03:00 PM
Our favorite Moderate is POFQ. We just stayed in Sept/Oct at the CSR and were not very happy at all. Check if there are any large conventions. When we stayed there was a convention there that held a dinner buffet at the entrance to our building. We could not get to our building since they had blocked the sidewalks with food tables and then the beach had tables and chairs. We were at the quite pool and the conventioneer decided to smoke on the paths to our pool. We were quite uncomfortable swimming with them watching us. After they were done late that night the beach and sidewalk was covered in food and trash. I also believe that the CM's are not as helpful or disney like here. I prefer food courts at the other resorts than the pepper market. It always took forever to get our drinks and any kind of service. Also the counters can be confusing for the first time . POFQ food court was okay but we really liked Riversides compared to all. So we like to stay at POFQ and walk over to Riverside for something different. CBR is very spread out and we didn't enjoy this as much as POFQ which is a very small resort. We will return to POFQ when done trying out a few others.