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Old 01-23-2013, 11:59 AM   #1
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PO Royal Guest Room or A of A Finding Nemo Family Suite

I am booked for A of A finding Nemo Suite but had thought about switching to PO Royal Guest Room. I had thought about switching to the Coronado but was told that is more of a Convention resort and it would suck to be there if there was a convention - also I heard there were like 9 stops on the bus line. I would love to hear some opinions on resorts these resorts and some experiences....I am traveling with my Hubby, and my 3 and 4 year old...

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Old 01-23-2013, 01:10 PM   #2
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I just returned from a stay in a Royal Room. I've also stayed in CSR three times.

The nice thing about POR is the food court area. CSR has a CS area for getting food, but it's small and doesn't have seating. CSR has a bigger pool, but theme pools are nice.

Overall, I like CSR better. There are always conventions going on and they've never impacted our stay at all. In fact they keep the buses pretty empty since they don't do the parks first thing in the morning. The bedding is nicer and I like the sliding door to the vanity area.

I think you'll be happy with either resort though. Just go with the theme you like better.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:46 PM   #3
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Thank you - there are so many choices to make that it is difficult to decide!
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:53 PM   #4
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Both the CSR and the POR thread are very well maintained, so you will find a lot of info about both resorts.

Both have similar layouts with multiple bus stops, so there is no difference.

POR has a slightly better food court and does have entertainment, as well as access to DTD via water taxi.

CSR has a wonderful pool area and nice outdoor seating.

I love the themes of both resorts.

Conventions have no impact on your stay, unlike competitions. Convention people are tied up all day in activities and you rarely see them; they have little impact on the parks, so you won't see any significant differences with the bus service.

I don't think you can go wrong either way.
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Not sure where you are getting your info from as CSR has only 4 bus stops. If you go to the resort sticky at the top of this forum you can find lots of great info about the resorts or go to allears. Also CSR no longer has the buffets for breakfast and lunch. It is now back to having a food court and has lots of seating. The only thing I dislike is the 10% gratuity to eat inside but if you get it to go and eat outside you don't have to pay the 10%.
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I am booked for A of A finding Nemo Suite but had thought about switching to PO Royal Guest Room. I had thought about switching to the Coronado but was told that is more of a Convention resort and it would suck to be there if there was a convention - also I heard there were like 9 stops on the bus line. I would love to hear some opinions on resorts these resorts and some experiences....I am traveling with my Hubby, and my 3 and 4 year old...

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Seems like you have managed to find some bad (as in very inaccurate) information. I would suggest that you spend some time on the resort specific threads to get a realistic picture (and yes, they have photos too) of each of the resorts you are interested in.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:36 PM   #7
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thank you all - i didn't realize there were resort specific forums - I will definitely check them out! I am greatful to have insight from so many experienced people!
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I am booked for A of A finding Nemo Suite but had thought about switching to PO Royal Guest Room. I had thought about switching to the Coronado but was told that is more of a Convention resort and it would suck to be there if there was a convention - also I heard there were like 9 stops on the bus line. I would love to hear some opinions on resorts these resorts and some experiences....I am traveling with my Hubby, and my 3 and 4 year old...

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CSR and POR both have 4 bus stops, and AoA has multiple ones as well. I agree with PP - if there's a convention going on at CSR, its a good thing as it empties the buses and pool area. Less families around because it's typically single business travelers, so less people.
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CSR and POR both have 4 bus stops, and AoA has multiple ones as well. I agree with PP - if there's a convention going on at CSR, its a good thing as it empties the buses and pool area. Less families around because it's typically single business travelers, so less people.
AoA has only one bus stop.

We've stayed in both an AoA Nemo Suite and the POR Royal Rooms recently. They are both awesome in their own ways. The suites will give you a lot more room. The theming at AoA is perfect for your kids' ages and the pools family friendly. The buses go directly to the parks, we found bus service good.

POR's RGR rooms are wonderful too, but are much further to the main building than would be at AoA. Multiple bus stops. I give the advantage here for the foodcourt over AoA even though I like LoF too. You have easy access to Downtown Disney by boat for dining and fun. The boat ride alone is fun.

Like I said, both are great, you have to decide which aspects of the resorts are most important to you. (Room size, theming, distance of rooms to central locations, transportation options and dining.)

Good luck! I think either AoA or POR RGR would be a great choice! ( we have also stayed at CSR, as nice as it is, it is my least favorite moderate resort.)
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Thank you both so much - one of the reasons I was thinking of going to the POR royal guest rooms was because we could save about $882...but my travel agent said to book the Nemo Suite and wait to see about discounts - she said discounts might come out which would make it less expensive and if they don't it would be easier to switch to POR because those rooms don't fill up as fast as the suites.....

there is so much to learn - this will be my fourth trip to Disney but my first as an adult with children, lol - last time I went was in college and we camped out at Jelly Stone, lol - this is a whole new world for me!
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My DD15 slept on the sofa bed and DD10 slept on the Murphy bed and they had no complaints whatsoever! DD15 is like Princess and the Pea...she most definitely would have complained if the bed was uncomfortable! DD10 fell asleep with a smile on her face each night sleeping "under the sea" with the most adorable Marlin and Nemo mural over her. If your kids are so tired from having fun at Disney, which I guarantee they will be, I honestly think the beds will be no issue at all!!
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The bed in the AoA Family Suites' master bedroom is most definitely a queen. They are fulls in the standard Little Mermaid rooms.
Just wanted to clarify.... One of the advantages of the suites.
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I have stayed at all 3. My two cents worth. Pick AOA or CSR. AOA for the size of the room and zero entry pool with little ones or CSR for the hot tub and theme. POR royal room was nuts with my two year old who kept pushing the lights button singing dream lights til 1am there was no way to shut it off. My other down side for POR was the size of the resort it was a far walk to the food court with a 2 year old and grandma. POR didnt work for us due to the size of the resort and the pool looked old. I love CSR themed pool and hot tub area and their food court. AOA the space is wonderful but I did miss the hot tub however the short distance to the food court and pool was wonderful. Hope all that mess made sense.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:04 PM   #14
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I have stayed at all 3. My two cents worth. Pick AOA or CSR. AOA for the size of the room and zero entry pool with little ones or CSR for the hot tub and theme. POR royal room was nuts with my two year old who kept pushing the lights button singing dream lights til 1am there was no way to shut it off. My other down side for POR was the size of the resort it was a far walk to the food court with a 2 year old and grandma. POR didnt work for us due to the size of the resort and the pool looked old. I love CSR themed pool and hot tub area and their food court. AOA the space is wonderful but I did miss the hot tub however the short distance to the food court and pool was wonderful. Hope all that mess made sense.


Thank you so much that is such great advice and very helpful - I think I would shoot myself if I had to listen to those lights/music going off over and over, lol! I would really like a hot tub for myself - I mean I know it is a vaca for the kids but it is the first vaca I have had in forever too, so I really do want to be able to treat myself to something! Right now I think that we will stay with A of A for the kids and hopefully a nice discount will come out and I can use the savings to give myself a spa day!
Otherwise - I think we will head to CSR for the savings and the hot tub!
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The bed in the AoA Family Suites' master bedroom is most definitely a queen. They are fulls in the standard Little Mermaid rooms.
Just wanted to clarify.... One of the advantages of the suites.
Thank you for clarifying that - I much prefer a queen but even if they weren't we would be fine with three double beds for four people
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