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Old 08-18-2010, 03:46 PM   #1
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Port Orleans Riverside or Caribbean Beach Resort?

Hello everyone! I'm new here... I am currently planning my second trip ever for September 2011 with my mom and my (will be) 4 year old daughter. My first trip was August 2009 with my (then) 8 and 12 year old daughters. Last time we stayed at Port Orleans Riverside in the Magnolia Bend section and just loved it. We paid extra for a "water view" room but have decided it's not really worth the extra money to see the corner of the pool if you stretch your neck over the railing and look really hard. Also our room was right near a loud air conditioning unit. Thankfully we couldn't really hear it from inside the room. Aside from that we were right near a quiet pool which we used more than the feature pool - mostly late at night to cool down before bed. My mom especially liked this resort and would like to go back there. I, on the other hand, would like to try something different. Since I am paying for this trip (she covered the last one), I have the final say. Of course, we both agree that we'd enjoy sleeping on park benches if that's what we had to do.

I am leaning towards the Caribbean Beach Resort. We had dinner there at Shutters last time, and I thought the resort was beautiful. Aside from the Polynesian, the Beach Club and Animal Kingdom resorts (all deluxe, and way out of my price range) this is the resort I remember liking. Also, I heard they just refurbished their feature pool and have a zero depth entry and a children's play area - which I think would be good for my 4 year old (who would LIVE in water if she could). We plan to rent a car for our visit.

So... Anyone have any thoughts to help me come to a final decision. I have not booked yet, but will be in the next month or so, so I can lock-in the free dining.
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:35 PM   #2
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subbing on this thread. We actually just booked our trip for Feb and FD!!! at CBR. This is our first time at this resort, we have always stayed at POR. I am excited for FD and CBR since we have never experienced any of these perks
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:13 AM   #3
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Congrats! Let me know what you think. By the time you go, I'll have already booked my trip. I'm pretty much decided on CBR. The only issue I have is the size of the resort. I don't want to have to walk for miles to get to the main building. I think I'll just have to shell out the extra for the preferred room.

We had FD on our last trip, but we upgraded it to the Deluxe Dining. We just had to pay the difference between the regular and the deluxe. It was totally worth it. We didn't have to worry about food at all. The only problem we had was that we overbooked ourselves. We had ADR's for almost every single meal so spent a bit of time making sure we were in the right place at the right time. On this trip we have agreed to limit ourselves to one or two ADR's a day.
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:44 AM   #4
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If you're renting a car, why not just drive to the main building? Why pay extra?
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:55 AM   #5
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Congrats! Let me know what you think. By the time you go, I'll have already booked my trip. I'm pretty much decided on CBR. The only issue I have is the size of the resort. I don't want to have to walk for miles to get to the main building. I think I'll just have to shell out the extra for the preferred room.
We stayed in a pirate-themed room. There was only one building farther from Old Port Royale than ours. With DS3 in a storller and DS7 along for the walk, it took about 8 minutes to get from our room to OPR. It's not miles per se, but it is very spread out. We walked it a few times if we had nowhere else to go, and we drove when we wanted to save time.

The CBR thread is a great place to find more info: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2495213
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:41 PM   #6
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I've stayed in both and I don't think you can go wrong with either one. They are both beautiful.

My kids really love the POR pool, but I'm sure they would love the new CBR pool as well (we have not been there since the new pool has opened)

Good luck with your decision and have a great trip!
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:43 AM   #7
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Talking Both are great!!!

Hello!
We stayed at POR on our first Disney family vacation in 2008 (Alligator Bayou section) and at CBR (Pirate Room) in 2009. We loved both. The pool at CBR is really the crown jewel of the resort in my opinion and the kids loved it...we spent a lot of time on-site and enjoyed both properties immensely. I would have to say POR is a bit more lush and the pathways more secluded and scenic which I loved but my BOYS loved CBR the best because of the room (of course) the pool and the gift shop. They loved POR at the time but decided after being at CBR that POR was too lovey-dovey....hahaha! Gotta love kids!
CBR was quite a bit of walking but it didn't bother us. I can see it being a headache if you had toddlers though. We really liked Shutters and I hear the "nemo" rooms are nice as well. I thnk you're right though - either way you can't go wrong but I'm like you - I'd want to try a different resort. We are staying at FW Cabins when we return in 2011. Another exciting adventure to look forward to!!
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subbing on this thread. We actually just booked our trip for Feb and FD!!! at CBR. This is our first time at this resort, we have always stayed at POR. I am excited for FD and CBR since we have never experienced any of these perks
that is funny. We always stay at POR and because it's not available for free dining in November, we chose CBR. I sure hope this isn't a mistake. I will read on and see what others have to say
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that is funny. We always stay at POR and because it's not available for free dining in November, we chose CBR. I sure hope this isn't a mistake. I will read on and see what others have to say
This was us 4 trips ago and we haven't been able to go back to POR since. We fell in love with CBR.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:16 PM   #10
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For my family that's an easy decision. POR!
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:01 PM   #11
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CBR vs POR - 2012 comparison

I know that this is an old thread, but in case someone is puzzled with this dilemma now, I stayed at both the CBR and POR in 2012. In a nutshell, both my DF and I much preferred the POR; it seems newer, more lively and more easy to navigate, and the boat to DTD is a great feature!

As someone who has stayed in deluxe hotels (GF, CR BCR and the poly) I was SO impressed with POR and will likely stay there again. The rooms in POR feel new, and you can tell that great care has been taken to ensure their quality. The main area of the hotel is very lively, gorgeous at night, and to be honest, feels purely magical. The lobby transported us to an elegant and elaborate southern mansion, which was truly breathtaking to take in.

(I love CBR so it pains me to say this,) but the first thing we noticed when we got into the room was that it smelled funny. It had that old, musty smell to it, and it felt that way too. The smell dissipated within 24 hours, but still, the room lacked the brightness that one expects of the caribbean. Old Port Royale was fun and lively, but was missing that magic that POR had. IMO, the pool at CBR is better, but I didn't love it enough to convince me to stay there again. Overall, is seems that CBR could use a little restoration love.

To a certain extent, to compare the hotels one must split hairs; at the end of the day, they are both wonderful, and far better than most hotels outside of Disney!
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:58 PM   #12
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Hi We ended up doing CBR, and while we quite enjoyed it (especially the pool bar) we liked POR better as well. I can definitely agree with your assessment.

Also, they have updated the rooms at POR since we were there (2009), I believe. I hope to stay there again!
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:45 PM   #13
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I have stayed at both POR and CBR and much preferred POR for two big standout reasons. Being an architect, I noticed this right away.

The site layout for CBR is very elongated, making for some of the buildings to be extraordinarily far from the main building. POR is much rounder, therefore even through there are remote areas of the resort, it is not nearly as many rooms as CBR.

Second, at CBR, you are basically walking through the parking lot to get to your building from the bus stop - the entire walking distance. At POR, you are walking on the sidewalk next to the parking lot (not nearly as hot) and as soon as you hit the first building, you are walking in the shade under the overhang of the corridor above. Even through you may have to walk to another building, there is a lot more landscaping and shade. Much easier to walk back at the end of a warm day.
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I have stayed at both POR and CBR and much preferred CBR for two big standout reasons. Being an architect, I noticed this right away.

The site layout for CBR is very elongated, making for some of the buildings to be extraordinarily far from the main building. POR is much rounder, therefore even through there are remote areas of the resort, it is not nearly as many rooms as CBR.

Second, at CBR, you are basically walking through the parking lot to get to your building from the bus stop - the entire walking distance. At POR, you are walking on the sidewalk next to the parking lot (not nearly as hot) and as soon as you hit the first building, you are walking in the shade under the overhang of the corridor above. Even through you may have to walk to another building, there is a lot more landscaping and shade. Much easier to walk back at the end of a warm day.
OK, I'm confused. Your comments seem to indicate that you would prefer POR, but you say that you actually preferred CBR? Or am I misreading something?
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OK, I'm confused. Your comments seem to indicate that you would prefer POR, but you say that you actually preferred CBR? Or am I misreading something?
Yep! I made a mistake! I fixed it. Thanks.
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