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kathy23 01-31-2013 02:36 PM

First trip - POFQ or CB? Please help.
 
Hi everyone. We are in the middle of planning our first trip to Disney. We have decided to stay on and are looking at the moderate resorts. I have a two year old and a six year old. Would you please share your opinions regarding POFQ or CB? Would we better off at one over the other. Price is about the same so that is not a factor in our decision. Thanks so much!

maxiesmom 01-31-2013 02:44 PM

Two questions: Are you going to have a car?
Are you willing to pay extra for a preferred room location??

POFQ and CBR are about as different as can be, and still both be moderate resorts. POFQ is the smallest Disney resort, and CBR is one of the largest.

I have stayed at both, with a stay at CBR this past December. And I can tell you that I wouldn't stay at CBR again without a car. POFQ is so compact everything is a short walk away. CBR is so large that you may have a bit of a walk to the food court or main pool area.

Lurch 01-31-2013 02:46 PM

I am in the same boat so to speak. My first trip is booked and we went with POFQ. My thoughts were it is within walking distance to another resort so its like 2 for one. Also, there is direct boat transportation to DTD. Finally, transportation to the MK seemed to be smoothest with this resort.

That said, should 30%+ room discount be offered for September, we are jumping to the WIlderness Lodge for direct boat transportation to the MK.

kathy23 01-31-2013 03:20 PM

Thanks for the responses. We are NOT going to have a car but will be getting a preferred room at CB if we go with that resort. I heard that the preferred rooms are closer to the main things like bus stops, pool, etc. If we do NOFQ we would just get a regular room.

Anyone know how the pools compare - I do see us hanging out there during our stay.

maxiesmom 01-31-2013 03:28 PM

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Originally Posted by kathy23 (Post 47368357)

Anyone know how the pools compare - I do see us hanging out there during our stay.

The feature pool at CBR is way nicer than the one at POFQ. POFQ only has a small slide. There is a splash area by the pool at CBR and a pool area just for little children.

carly chloe 01-31-2013 03:57 PM

We always stay preferred at CBR and the rooms are close. The pool is the best for kids!! Zero entry pool and a private kids pirate ship water play area. We love CBR. They also have a kids meal that comes in a sand pail.

kathy23 01-31-2013 04:00 PM

Thanks again everyone. It looks like the pool set up at CB might be better for us with the 2 year old. I saw that we NOFQ shares the pools with Riverside. Is there a zero entry pool there or a place for smaller kids to play? Can you walk between those two hotels?

Stefjp 01-31-2013 05:06 PM

We are staying at POFQ this coming April. POFQ guests can use POR facilities and Vice versa. There is an entire website dedicated to this resort full of useful info at www.portorleans.org

dminnie 01-31-2013 05:18 PM

If you do decide on CBR, you could save the money on preferred and ask for building 45 or 51. They are just across the bridge from the pool and food court. It might be a little bit more walking, but it's a pleasant walk across with a little nature area in the middle of it.

There are no quiet pools at FQ, but you can use the POR pools. It's kind of a long walk between the resorts. We drove when we wanted to pool hop between them.

maxiesmom 01-31-2013 05:30 PM

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Originally Posted by dminnie (Post 47369554)
If you do decide on CBR, you could save the money on preferred and ask for building 45 or 51. They are just across the bridge from the pool and food court. It might be a little bit more walking, but it's a pleasant walk across with a little nature area in the middle of it.

I wouldn't. We stayed in Jamaica 44, right in the little courtyard area, and it was a good walk to the pool and food court. I don't mind walking, but I got sick of the hike to the main area after a few days. Looking back, I should have paid for preferred.

Sheaboys 01-31-2013 06:55 PM

We were in Jamaica 45 this past August, we loved the location. The little kid area was great, so was the main pool. Only thing is, we only went 1x, the crowds were so thick, no place to sit and put your stuff down. I had all our stuff (there are 7 of us) on 1 chair. Your kids will love the kid area, it was great!

It may have been the time of day we went, but it seemed packed everyday, we enjoyed the "quiet" pool every day.

my2disneyboys 01-31-2013 08:01 PM

We have stayed at both and we have little kids. POFQ has a better food court- Beignets! I love that everything is a 2 minute walk- especially getting your coffee in the morning or the walk to the bus! The rooms are queen beds and all the rooms are newly renovated! AND the boat to DTD is awesome and relaxing - the resort is beautiful and relaxing.

CBR has a better pool area for sure! WAY better! The resort is also beautiful and fun! Everything is just so far away from eachother- one thing I really DID NOT like at CBR is that you have to take a bus to the custom house to check in and then another bus to the resort/building.

We had amazing trips at both resorts:-) I was afraid to check out the CBR because we loved POFQ so much but we all (18 of us) loved CBR too!!

UpstateMick 02-02-2013 05:39 PM

CBR hands down. Food court at POFQ is awful...and creepy and small. We stayed there last February with a 6 year old and would never stay there again. We are heading back to CBR...it is SO much nicer! :thumbsup2

mickeynut1 02-02-2013 05:59 PM

We've never stayed at POFQ, but we loved everything about CBR. The grounds were beautiful, the pool was great (which has been redone since our stay), the food court was great with alot of variety, and the bus transportation was excellent. We wouldn't hesitate to stay at CBR again.

jude&jonah 02-03-2013 03:33 PM

I honestly would pick based on theme if I were you! :) I think they're about equal personally (each has pros and cons- obviously the con of CBR being the bus system and yet there are things about POFQ that don't appeal to me too) and so I think it comes down to if you want a small quaint lousiana feeling resort or a more sprawling carribean colorful resort.

I am staying at CBR this year- because I love to stay at more tropical places.

With all this said- I actually vote for CSR for you. I consider CSR to be very similar to CBR- but just nicer. Would stay there this year except I just did in 2011.


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