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CanadianPaco
09-02-2010, 03:14 PM
Don't get me wrong, it was a lovely resort. But when it is described as quiet and serene, they ain't kiddin'!

It was our first moderate stay and we were extremely pleased with the room size. Very nice when you think of the size of the value rooms. We requested a top floor corner room and got the top floor. No corner room. OK, we managed no problem. No lines at the food court. Very nice.

So where is my "complaint"... we have become used to the flash and pinash of the values because we found POFQ to be almost depressigly quiet and non-Disney. (Insert flames here.) We were at Music last summer and it was alive with music, games, colour and activities! The biggest excitment we had last week was when DH got stung by a wasp.:scared1:

Would we go back? Probably not unless we were kid-less.
Would we recommend it? Probably not. I can see why people love this resort. I don't regret trying it but next time, we'll give Caribbean Beach a chance!

addiln
09-02-2010, 03:22 PM
CBR is a fun resort with a lot going on. we were there last september and enjoyed it. we were trying to get in POFQ last year and it was booked so we ended up here. when we wanted to excitement we went to the big pool and when we wanted some down time we just relaxed at one of the smaller ones

sydneysmom
09-02-2010, 03:25 PM
That's too bad that you didn't like it...... I guess to each his own. That's why Disney makes all different types of resorts. My favorite is POR. I love it becuase it's quiet and the surroundings are beautiful . I don't like alot of noise when we're in our room.
I do think if you're used to the "noise" factor at the values, then all the mods are going to be different and quiet compared to that. They're just designed that way.

Donaldswife
09-02-2010, 03:27 PM
Don't get me wrong, it was a lovely resort. But when it is described as quiet and serene, they ain't kiddin'!

It was our first moderate stay and we were extremely pleased with the room size. Very nice when you think of the size of the value rooms. We requested a top floor corner room and got the top floor. No corner room. OK, we managed no problem. No lines at the food court. Very nice.

So where is my "complaint"... we have become used to the flash and pinash of the values because we found POFQ to be almost depressigly quiet and non-Disney. (Insert flames here.) We were at Music last summer and it was alive with music, games, colour and activities! The biggest excitment we had last week was when DH got stung by a wasp.:scared1:

Would we go back? Probably not unless we were kid-less.
Would we recommend it? Probably not. I can see why people love this resort. I don't regret trying it but next time, we'll give Caribbean Beach a chance!

Different strokes for different folks - no flames here! That is what is so great about Disney, whatever kind of atmosphere you are looking for they probably have something that fits the bill. All the things you describe as negatives are reasons we LOVE :love: POFQ!

That being said, don't not recommend it to someone because it was peaceful and quiet. Make sure you know what kind of resort they are looking for before you make a recommedation, POFQ may be exactly the recommendation they need. :thumbsup2

sndral
09-02-2010, 03:32 PM
I agree, POFQ has a more adult vibe. I've not stayed @ POR, but it strikes me as having a more kid directed vibe than FQ. BTW, if you liked the size of the rooms @ FQ, they are even bigger @ CBR. I did like the bunnies on the grounds @ FQ nibbling on the lawn and the boat to DTD was great.

kaffinito
09-02-2010, 03:34 PM
Don't get me wrong, it was a lovely resort. But when it is described as quiet and serene, they ain't kiddin'!

Would we go back? Probably not unless we were kid-less.
Would we recommend it? Probably not. I can see why people love this resort. I don't regret trying it but next time, we'll give Caribbean Beach a chance!

No flames here either! I wasn't nuts about the resort either. We're a food court family and we didn't like the food court there. We liked everything else about the place, but the food court killed it for us.

It's funny you should say that about staying there kid-less, I'm thinking about a solo NYE trip and have POFQ on the short list. ;)

MHSweb79
09-02-2010, 03:44 PM
After the non-stop stimulation of a long park day, I love coming back the serene grounds and courtyards of POFQ.

What's funny is that it is often described as high-spirited and energetic, like Mardi Gras. BWAH!

dsnydaddy
09-02-2010, 04:23 PM
The reason that Disney makes all sorts of different resorts is that the tastes of various people are all over the map. We love POR but really didn't like POFQ much at all. Last year, we did a tour of the various resorts (value and deluxe) and realized that were very happy with POR and didn't think that the extra savings of the values were worth it or the extra posh of the deluxes were worth the extra money. Different strokes!

starrysky
09-02-2010, 04:51 PM
No flames either.

We stayed at POFQ last year and loved it and this year we are going to try POR. It is just myself and DH so we like the quiet resort after all the fun of the parks.

I agree that if you have kids then the value resorts or one of the other mods might be a better choice.

Hope the next resort you choose turns out to be a better fit for your family.

a1tinkfans
09-02-2010, 05:58 PM
Don't get me wrong, it was a lovely resort. But when it is described as quiet and serene, they ain't kiddin'!

It was our first moderate stay and we were extremely pleased with the room size. Very nice when you think of the size of the value rooms. We requested a top floor corner room and got the top floor. No corner room. OK, we managed no problem. No lines at the food court. Very nice.

So where is my "complaint"... we have become used to the flash and pinash of the values because we found POFQ to be almost depressigly quiet and non-Disney. (Insert flames here.) We were at Music last summer and it was alive with music, games, colour and activities! The biggest excitment we had last week was when DH got stung by a wasp.:scared1:

Would we go back? Probably not unless we were kid-less.
Would we recommend it? Probably not. I can see why people love this resort. I don't regret trying it but next time, we'll give Caribbean Beach a chance!

As one who loves POR I do not usually recommend POFQ unless they like the "quiet", like my sis for her honeymoon (she loved it) ..I think its great for little kids at the Dragon pool...but for teens or older families, a no go IMHO. I happen to LOVE the boat to DTD and the ability to share POR though,
I hope you visited POR, you may have liked it more...multi pools, Quiet and Busy and just more "active", Bar with music show, etc......
Anyway, glad you experienced it, Its Disney after all....but I agree, so many to choose from, choose another if it was not a good fit!

eeyorethegreat
09-02-2010, 06:15 PM
No flames here either! I wasn't nuts about the resort either. We're a food court family and we didn't like the food court there. We liked everything else about the place, but the food court killed it for us.

It's funny you should say that about staying there kid-less, I'm thinking about a solo NYE trip and have POFQ on the short list. ;)

That is so funny you put it that way! We were there 6-21 Aug. Did we like it sure. It was nice. We weren't disappointed with the resort. I loved hearing the Jazz music walking through the area. The kids loved the pool and we spent more time at the resort pool there than we have on previous trips at other resorts. I loved that it was quiet bus service was prompt. Grounds were nice. Enjoyed the boat to DTD and POR.

BUT I used those very same words , well similar during our stay about the food court. I had planned less meals at table service this trip in an effort to save on costs. I have the Tables In Wonderland card which can be used at POFQ. I thought it was ideal. Soon after we checked in one of the food service (pasta area) closed further limiting options. At one point I looked at my family and said "Please, let's just go to POP and use their food court!!! This one is killing me!" The kids were at the door and ready to go with in moments! LOL We also ventured over to Ft W to go to Trail's End figuring that we could get in with out an ADR:thumbsup2

So would I go back to POFQ again maybe but only if I wasn't planning to use the food court more than a couple times suring our trip! Maybe all the renos I hear talk about will include the food court and theri selections:dance3:!

Vivianne
09-02-2010, 06:25 PM
You have a right to your observations/preferences.

At least now when there's a poll you know what resort to put on top and
the one on the bottom.

Personally, we like POFQ, it was the first resort we stayed at. We continued
to stay 2 more consecutive times since we liked it.

However, we've done a few others that we like just as well.

So keep on trying, maybe you'll find another that meets your needs/wants.

Momof2Disneyboys
09-02-2010, 06:36 PM
I agree with you 100%. We liked POFQ, it was very nice, we didn't have any bad experiences there, it just wasn't for us. :confused3

CBR and POR are more our style with their spacious and lush grounds, larger food courts, and larger pools. We particularly love the theming at CBR - relaxing, tropical, and fun - with a touch of Disney! :goodvibes

summerlady
09-02-2010, 06:40 PM
No flames from me. :) The reasons that you dislike POFQ are the very same reasons that we love it. Get enough flash at the parks all day and half the night, don't need it at a resort.

RachChamb
09-02-2010, 06:53 PM
I'm so glad to hear it is quiet and serene!! That's what we wanted! We'll be there in 37 days! :)

brooklynnbaby
09-02-2010, 07:10 PM
This is exactly why we chose POR, lol - we want the separation from the parks! But everyone is different, so don't feel bad. What works for some doesn't work for others.

Glad to hear it's exactly what we hope it to be, hehe.

chocovrdmicears
09-02-2010, 07:24 PM
No flames here either! We stayed at POFQ and felt the exact same way. It just wasn't for us. But as others have said, the same reasons we didn't love it are the same reasons others do. :)

POOHsie
09-02-2010, 08:42 PM
No flames from us. We love POR and POFQ. Have gone back there countless times since they opened in the early '90s.

The values, with their gigantic icons, remind me of a baby's crib, where you put up big, colorful, in-your-face mobiles to grab their attention. I would rather experience the simple beauty of lovely landscape, not simpleton man-made overgrown toys. But that's just me.

sumertime
09-02-2010, 08:49 PM
After the non-stop stimulation of a long park day, I love coming back the serene grounds and courtyards of POFQ.

What's funny is that it is often described as high-spirited and energetic, like Mardi Gras. BWAH!

This is me exactly. I love how peaceful it is. It's also small, so we don't have to worry about walking forever with three exhausted little kids to get back to our room.

But, I totally understand that it isn't for everyone. All of the hustle and bustle of the Values puts me on edge. :lmao:

swtlenny
09-02-2010, 09:44 PM
Wondering what would you choose between either Caribean Beach or POFQ as I changed my reservation from CB to POFQ. Thanks.

CanadianPaco
09-02-2010, 09:52 PM
A co-worker stayed at Caribbean Beach last year and said it was lively and up beat. Colourful and beautiful! So that's how I chose CB for the next trip. I actually booked ASSp but DH really wanted the larger room so moderate it will be!

skipperkim
09-02-2010, 10:23 PM
Different strokes for different folks. I don't want an in your face experience at my resort. I tried that at Pop, it's just not for me. For all the reason you don't like POFQ, that's why its the perfect resort for me. I don't usually eat at the food court at any resort. I eat breakfast in my room, it's too hard to do that at a value with no fridge. Some day you'll find your prince of a resort at WDW and just like Cinderella's shoe it will fit you.

stitch34
09-03-2010, 03:45 AM
I kinda have to agree. While we love POFQ, is one of our favorites... we do split stays and like to always try to do 1 night there. We do bulk of trip at values, sometimes a night at a deluxe.
But, yes, totally find it a bit too quiet and serene. While we love it there, so pretty, love the pool, the boat to DTD and it's kinda a sentimental favorite of ours this resort.... but to do a full stay there, nope, not for us. We like more activity going on. We're up and about pretty late, and always seems so dark and deserted - compared to let's say at Pop, people always out by the main pool and pool bar.

But really, it's not just POFQ we feel that way about - also did CBR once, and have done Poly, BC, WL and AKL - and get the same feeling.... all beautiful, but so much more quieter than the values, and guess we just prefer seeing people around and about more, more activity.

The_Aviator
09-03-2010, 04:48 AM
Each person has their own ideas about the resorts, and that is fair, that is why they have so many!

Like I know a lot of people love the WL, but we just found it okay and would not return any time soon.

I do like the sound of POFQ though, considering its small size, but the unrenovated rooms keep me away :(

eeyorethegreat
09-03-2010, 07:02 AM
Each person has their own ideas about the resorts, and that is fair, that is why they have so many!

Like I know a lot of people love the WL, but we just found it okay and would not return any time soon.

I do like the sound of POFQ though, considering its small size, but the unrenovated rooms keep me away :(

I wouldnt let the idea of un renno'ed rooms stop you from trying POFQ. We spent 2 weeks there in August and don't have any complaints about the rooms at all but I do here that rennos are on the agenda so if it is something that is important to you (knowing the hotel was renno recently) maybe try next year:thumbsup2

eeyorelvr09
09-03-2010, 11:05 AM
No flames here either. This October will only be my 3rd trip. My first visit we stayed at POFQ and loved it. Last year we stayed at CBR and did not like it. We did not like how big it was. This Oct we are staying at POFQ again. It is our home away from home.

My opinion is that you are on vacation and you have the hustle and bustle at the parks. There is nothing more relzxing than coming "home" to a quiet resort and taking a stroll down through the resort. I feel at ease when walking those grounds. To each his own.

bgohre
09-03-2010, 11:28 AM
Don't get me wrong, it was a lovely resort. But when it is described as quiet and serene, they ain't kiddin'!

It was our first moderate stay and we were extremely pleased with the room size. Very nice when you think of the size of the value rooms. We requested a top floor corner room and got the top floor. No corner room. OK, we managed no problem. No lines at the food court. Very nice.

So where is my "complaint"... we have become used to the flash and pinash of the values because we found POFQ to be almost depressigly quiet and non-Disney. (Insert flames here.) We were at Music last summer and it was alive with music, games, colour and activities! The biggest excitment we had last week was when DH got stung by a wasp.:scared1:

Would we go back? Probably not unless we were kid-less.
Would we recommend it? Probably not. I can see why people love this resort. I don't regret trying it but next time, we'll give Caribbean Beach a chance!
I agree with you 100%. I like that the value feel so "busy". To me it's all part of being at Disney. We have stayed at a couple different moderates but we always come back to the value because it feel more "Disneyish".

Sassagoula Billy
09-03-2010, 11:31 AM
http://i1.trekearth.com/photos/5162/flames.jpg

Kidding.

Mamalisa58
09-03-2010, 11:56 AM
I preferred CBR to POFQ. The main pool is wonderful. I was there in August just before Free Dining started, on two occasions I had the quiet pool to myself for over an hour. It was so nice to sit on the steps and read my book. We did have a corner room @ POFQ which was very nice. But overall CBR is our new fav (Pop was). We will try something different next time since DS wants to stay @ all the resorts once. If we can get 40% off it will be AKL if not CSR or POR. But first I have to find a job. Can anyone help me with that??????:confused3

staceycrouton
09-03-2010, 12:06 PM
We love POFQ because it is so relaxing and peaceful after a busy day in the parks and we think that the New Orleans theming is wonderful. We will be staying there for the fourth straight year this November. Our girs, ages 8 and 10, won't even let us think about staying at another resort. They love POFQ! (especially the pool and boat to Downtown Disney). However, I can definitely understand that if it is high energy and excitement that you are looking for, then POFQ is probably not the place for you. This is why Disney offers us so many different choices of resort, both in style and price.:)

Mamalisa58
09-03-2010, 12:13 PM
http://i1.trekearth.com/photos/5162/flames.jpg

Kidding.

:rotfl:HAHAHA LOL

KELLY
09-03-2010, 12:34 PM
My parents just got back from POFQ and my Dad did a survey and told them he was very disappointed in there stay. My mom said when the checked in to there room it was on the dirty side. She said the carpet didn't look like they even vacumed it. They have stayed here every year since 2000. They are thinking of saving some money and trying a value next year.

cm8
09-03-2010, 02:56 PM
My parents just got back from POFQ and my Dad did a survey and told them he was very disappointed in there stay. My mom said when the checked in to there room it was on the dirty side. She said the carpet didn't look like they even vacuumed it. They have stayed here every year since 2000. They are thinking of saving some money and trying a value next year.

:eek:

Sassagoula Billy
09-03-2010, 03:10 PM
:rotfl:HAHAHA LOL

:blush:

golden2323
09-04-2010, 11:52 AM
I have to agree also. We just returned yesterday from 6 nights at POFQ. The room itself was fine - nothing outstanding, but it was clean, mousekeeping was great, and it was in good condition. I didn't even think the resort was "too quiet" I can't really put my finger on it :confused3, but POFQ just wasn't for us. Kids loved the pool, but then they'd love any of them.

The food court was a joke :rolleyes1 - VERY little to choose from, and it was constantly hot in there - I don't understand that. I assume it was from all the folks coming in and out from the pool, but it was awful to sit there and sweat the entire time you tried to eat.

I prefer both CBR and CS over POFQ. Riverside is the only moderate we haven't tried yet. We went over one day to eat at their food court when we were sick of the few options at POFQ and it seemed nice.

Glad there are plenty of folks that like it - and all the glowing reviews may have made me expect more than I should have, but for now POFQ is on the bottom of our list of resorts to go back to.

Planogirl
09-04-2010, 12:58 PM
Personally I crave quiet after spending all day in a noise themepark. But to each their own.

POFQ is the only moderate we haven't tried yet. We may have to...

pixidustmom
09-04-2010, 01:49 PM
I understand that some would want more from it. But not me. I much rather have the quietness and peaceful feeling we get there. I don't need anymore stimulation after being at the parks all day. :thumbsup2

motsmom
09-04-2010, 02:02 PM
It's just husband and I in December so looking forward to POFQ being a little quiet as we will be in parks etc. all day and just using it as a place to sleep.

That being said I am moderator on a huge website about cruises and there are as many opinions about a particular ship/cruiseline as there are people almost so what's right for one might not be for someone else! Figure the resorts are the same.. we've never stayed on property at Disney so just looking forward to that! :)