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Old 01-26-2013, 08:34 AM   #1
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should we switch from POR to CSR

We have ressies at POR in March. We've been there once before, but never had time to do the boat to DTD. We liked the decor(stayed in mansions), pool, food court. We've never been to CSR and DS14 would like to try it. Should we switch? Is the pool nicer at CSR? How are their running trails and workout room? How are the rooms for a family of 4(2 teens)?

Also, if we do switch, do they charge a change fee? It's a bit more to go with CSR, but we definitely won't do it if there's also a change fee.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:19 AM   #2
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We have ressies at POR in March. We've been there once before, but never had time to do the boat to DTD. We liked the decor(stayed in mansions), pool, food court. We've never been to CSR and DS14 would like to try it. Should we switch? Is the pool nicer at CSR? How are their running trails and workout room? How are the rooms for a family of 4(2 teens)?

Also, if we do switch, do they charge a change fee? It's a bit more to go with CSR, but we definitely won't do it if there's also a change fee.
Funny, we are doing the opposite, staying at POR (hoping for the mansions, have a request in and a King room booked).

We LOVED CSR, loved. Were in the Casitas, the mini lakes with the white sand around them are beautiful. There are several quiet pools for the different sections of the resort, but the central pool with the Mayan Temple with waterslide is just AMAZING !!! Several friends who were with us and have done disney a few times say its the best pool, and by looking online at pictures of the others (and visitin the Poly and the GF) I would agree, its the best pool !

I am an avid runner as well (I run 5-8 miles 6 days a week) and running at CSR is fricken awesome ! The resort itself is very large, which makes a single loop actually take up some time, and its beautiful, running around the lakes in the morning, or at evening with the lights reflecting off them, awesome.

Can't wait to give POR a try, but even with all the hype about it and the many positive posts we are worried it wont live up to CSR.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:23 AM   #3
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POR will NOT disappoint you! I promise!

Try the Pasta Your Way in the food court!

Walk around. It is beautiful!
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:37 AM   #4
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POR will NOT disappoint you! I promise!

Try the Pasta Your Way in the food court!

Walk around. It is beautiful!
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:49 AM   #5
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Loved POR when we stayed there but this time we are going to add two days at WDW and staying CSR mainly for the pool area. My girls really like the looks of it .
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:05 PM   #6
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Maybe I'm just over thinking this.
Would a split stay (2 nights each at POR and CSR) be enjoyable, or a hassle? Time spent moving/packing up better spent on something else? If we did first 2 at POR and last 2 at CSR, both kids would get their resort pick.

I like it that CSR has a place to work out and we'd experience a resort we haven't been to. On the other hand, the pictures of the rooms look kind of like a typical hotel we always stay in...desk and kind of businessy. Do they have two sinks at CSR? Also, is the pool really better at CSR? Is the slide larger than POR? Do the conventions take away from the Disney feel at CSR?
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:11 PM   #7
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While the pool at CSR is nice, it is entirely too far from the parks! I stayed at CSR twice and CBR 2x and this time we are at POR because we need a room that acomidates 5 people. I love the look of CSR but unless you are going to AK, everything is far! Lots of time spent on bus, and we only went to pool one afternoon out of 5 days the rest of the week we were traveling on buses! I think you made the right decision. Our trip to Boma at AKL took us over an hour to get home! They are right by each other but we had to go all the way to DTD from AKL to get on bus to CSR, too much time wasted, if you are in a rental car it is not so bad but if you are only using Disney transportation, I do not recommend it!
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:41 PM   #8
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While the pool at CSR is nice, it is entirely too far from the parks! I stayed at CSR twice and CBR 2x and this time we are at POR because we need a room that acomidates 5 people. I love the look of CSR but unless you are going to AK, everything is far! Lots of time spent on bus, and we only went to pool one afternoon out of 5 days the rest of the week we were traveling on buses! I think you made the right decision. Our trip to Boma at AKL took us over an hour to get home! They are right by each other but we had to go all the way to DTD from AKL to get on bus to CSR, too much time wasted, if you are in a rental car it is not so bad but if you are only using Disney transportation, I do not recommend it!
We drive and we love the location! I can see how depending solely on the buses can take longer for sure. We stay in casitas and when we go out the side exit we are literally 2 mins from BB! It became our own pool!
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:45 AM   #9
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My favourite Mod Resort is CSR so I agree with your decision. I love the foodcourt especially if you are on one of the DDP's. Both resorts have beautiful grounds but I tend to prefer the CSR.
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While the pool at CSR is nice, it is entirely too far from the parks! .... I love the look of CSR but unless you are going to AK, everything is far! ...
I personally didn't find it to be too far (see resort item #29) ... its actually very close to DHS

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I'm glad you posted the map. I never understood why people feel it's so far out the way but that the port Orleans resorts are not. Also, I never take the DTD bus to go to another resort. It is best to take the bus to the closest park and then go from there.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:03 PM   #12
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Also, I never take the DTD bus to go to another resort. It is best to take the bus to the closest park and then go from there.
Or, take a cab when going from resort to resort.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:23 AM   #13
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I personally didn't find it to be too far (see resort item #29) ... its actually very close to DHS
I absolutely LOVE CSR but we did have lots of travel time both times we stayed there that seemed noticeably longer over CBR. I prefer CSRs food court and rooms and pool over CBR! Maybe it was just poor timing. The biggest thing I remember was leaving our 8pm ADR to Boma and having to go to DTD because the EMH park that day was a morning EMH and EP was closed, after 10pm! We were exhausted and it took us over an hour to get to our room. If we would have had a car we would have been in our room within 5 mins! That was a last min trip, and we had to settle for reservations at late times. We usually schedule ADRs around 6 and probably would make a difference. Just wanted OP to know relying on buses can have situations like this occur.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:16 AM   #14
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Actually, the advantage of POR is using the DTD bus to get back from one resort to POR.

I actually finish my evening at a resort for a late dinner each night of my trip and I use the DTD bus to get back. I have never waited more than 15 minutes at any resort.

The water taxis at DTD run every ten minutes after 4 pm, so you are never waiting very long to get back to the resort. I love that extra option.
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I don't think you can go wrong either way. My husband and I were just talking about this! I' m truly torn between the two. My son likes POR, but he's only 7. Plus he doesn't remember CSR much, if at all, as he was only 2.5 when he was there. My husband loves CSR. The theme is beautiful. He really likes the Pepper Market. I know not everybody does, but he thinks it's great! Again, both are terrific!
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