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Old 01-26-2013, 10:09 PM   #1
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Poly to moderate...POR, PFQ or CSR?

Our family of 5 spoiled ourselves at the Poly in 2010. We are going again in September for 10 days with my parents, and will need to stay Moderate this time. I am torn between POR, PFQ and CSR. Our kids will be 5, 7 and 9. We are willing to pay for preferred buildings, if needed. We want a family friendly place to have a couple cocktails at the end of a busy day. We really loved the pool bar at the Poly because the kids could play in the sand while we relaxed at the end of the day. We are also concerned about the bus service- which is why we are willing to pay for preferred. Food court is not important, since we will be doing a dining plan. It will be at least 2 years before we go again, at which time it will only be the 5 of us, and we will probably stay at an Epcot deluxe. Based on our wants...what would you suggest?
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:58 PM   #2
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Por or csr. I love the piano player in the lounge at POR and the pool bar at CSR is great. We are deluxe snobs but when we do moderates these are the 2 we switch between. Fwiw we never upgrade to preferred and have had better luck w/ bus service at POR than AKL or CR.
At the end of the day I would price both out.
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Ps. Wait I forgot to add we prefer POR w a bigger party because of the trundle bed. But I heard its now a Murphy bed?
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:07 AM   #3
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We LOVED POFQ! We are trying to stay at all the different resorts and that is the only reason we aren't staying there again this Sept and chose POR. It is smaller, fun pool and beautiful.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:20 AM   #4
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I will have to say CSR. I love the pool bar there. I have stayed at all three resorts you mentioned and like the set up at CSR the best. First, the bar is right by the playground and the pool. We liked having drinks and being to watch DS run around playing and swimming. You can also get pretty good food at the pool bar. Finally, the beach with hammocks is close to the main pool and you can easily bring your drinks there. POR and POFQ don't have a beach area.
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OP i notice you've left out CBR from your list of mods that you're considering. Since I'm seeing good rates for it for upcoming trip just wondering if there was a reason.

btw PORFQ is really nicebut it's been pricing out higher for our dates.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:14 PM   #6
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I will have to say CSR. I love the pool bar there. I have stayed at all three resorts you mentioned and like the set up at CSR the best. First, the bar is right by the playground and the pool. We liked having drinks and being to watch DS run around playing and swimming. You can also get pretty good food at the pool bar. Finally, the beach with hammocks is close to the main pool and you can easily bring your drinks there. POR and POFQ don't have a beach area.
Hmmm...The beach with a bar next to it could be the dealbreaker. DH loved that about the Poly...the kids can unwind in the sand while the adults unwind with an adult beverage. Sounds good!

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OP i notice you've left out CBR from your list of mods that you're considering. Since I'm seeing good rates for it for upcoming trip just wondering if there was a reason.

btw PORFQ is really nicebut it's been pricing out higher for our dates.
CBR is out because I have read it is just too big. POR alligator or CSR are the ones appealing to me right now.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:06 PM   #7
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We did the exact same thing! LOL! I'm really trying to figure out where to go for our next trip. I was pricing it out yesterday, and it told me that our party size was too much for POFQ? Is that true, or website issues? That's the one I was considering.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:25 AM   #8
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I have stayed at CSR about 8 times and just got back last week from my first stay ay POFQ. I liked both but prefer CSR as it has a real deluxe feel. I think the pool is much nicer at CSR and the pool bar there is great. I did not use the pool bar at POFQ because on this trip I was a chaperone for a student group but the set up did not look great. You can't see the playground area from the bar area at POFQ but as CSR you can and their playground is much nicer.

Things I liked at POFQ: proximity of rooms to central building, double sinks, size of room, table and chairs in room, and food court, boat to DTD (huge plus)

Things I did not like at POFQ: bed spreads, smallness gave resort a crowded park feel vs. a relaxing feel, grounds not as beautiful as CSR, theming was very nice but I prefer theme at CSR

Things I like about CSR: pool area, playground, beautiful grounds and paths to walk/run, food options, beds and bedding, bus transportation very good and does not share, many bus stops, resort gift shop, health club

You can't go wrong with your choices. It just comes down to your personal preference in style and amenities. The poly is great but I think you will love the mods too. Good luck.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:06 PM   #9
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Oops I forgot to add why I didn't enjoy CSR the convention center element made me feel like I wasn't at Disney, pool was very crowded, there's not really a beach just hammocks on a patch of sand (kind of misleading), gift shop reminded me of something that would be at an airport, quick service option was a headache (definitely not an in and out meal and the area for refillable mugs is tiny), the rooms reminded me of any standard hotel room, and the pool at night brought a more adult crowd (assuming this was because of convention guests). I know these seem like small complaints but when you're use to the Poly and all of the true Disney magic it has to offer, CSR felt like a nice La Quinta Inn. Some of this might have been a result of what time of year I was there but my experience is one that I have heard repeatedly on these boards. Okay I'll get off my soap box, I just can personally relate to the decision you're making and I wish I hadn't stayed at CSR. Either way you'll have a magical trip and there is no such thing as a bad day at Disney especially if you're staying on-site
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:16 PM   #10
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We have not stayed POFQ of POR but we are completely in love with the Poly and we spent our last vacation at CSR to save money.

What we liked about CSR:
-Rooms are beautiful. Nice decor. Love the solid wood sliding door (vs curtain at other mods) to close off the bathroom vanity area. Mousekeeping was good.
-Bus service was great. No long waits and we always had a seat. Bus Stops are covered with some bench seating, overhead fans, music, and vending machines.
-Pools are fantastic. The Dig Site pool is awesome with a great slide, nice pool bar/CS poolside, playground area poolside and very nice, large, clean restroom facilities. The "quiet" pools are also very nice. The Casitas quiet pool was great since it is next to the fitness/spa area, there were both towels and a restroom.
-Nice variety of food and drink options.
-The theme/decor/landscaping is stunning and feels very deluxe.

What we did not care for:
-Rooms were much smaller. We knew this going in and planned ahead with hanging shoe and shelf organizers. It became an issue when I got sick our last night there and we needed to extend our stay a day. Such a small room made for an unpleasantly close environment when I needed rest and the kids and DH were tired of hanging out around the resort.
-There was a lack of urgency/importance at the food venues regarding my daughters food allergies and our last meal was almost a complete disaster when she was served egg noodles when I had been promised they didn't even HAVE any noodles containing eggs during our first visit when talking with the chef. It was not true.....
-The above as well as some issues with the front desk during my illness may have been complicated by the fact that most of the workers at CSR seem to speak English as a second language. Just be aware.
-Resort is very large. We stayed in a preferred room in Casitas and were so glad we did. It made the trips to the bus stop and El Centro much easier but it was a hike to the main pool. Because the main pool was only visited once a day, it made more sense.

For your problem related to drinks in the evening, you could have one adult go to the laguna bar and get a round to bring back to the main pool or one of the quiet pools. There is nothing super interesting for the kids at the laguna bar area other than looking at the water in the lake or sitting at one of the tables and playing with some brought-along toys, etc.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:52 PM   #11
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I too have stayed at Poly several times and find I love CSR just as much. So, to each his own. I did not like the lounge at POR. I Know I am in the minority but Yeehaw Bob is not my cup of tea. I missed CSR when I was at POR. Siesta's is open til 7 for drinks. The grill closes at 6. I live on the beach so nowhere in Disney has more than a patch of sand to me but I still enjoy the large hammock and beachy area by the Cabanas section. I would check out the picture threads for whatever resort you're considering and decide for yourself.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:08 PM   #12
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We are Poly lovers too. this go around we are staying longer, but have to do a mod to make it work for 2/3 of the trip. after going back and forth myself, I ended up choosing CSR too. It was between POR and CSR. We will be there 7 nights with the last 4 at the Poly GVCL. I will make it a great trip.

My kids are 16, 13, and 10 when we go. The pool and slide is most important to them. The are Poly loyalists, lol. For me, it is the room and palm trees that are needed. I like the duvets and the palms. I love the southern look for POR and the fact that you can ride on the boat to DTD, but the trees just are not the palms from what I have seen.

I am looking forward to it all!
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:31 PM   #13
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We are Poly lovers too. this go around we are staying longer, but have to do a mod to make it work for 2/3 of the trip. after going back and forth myself, I ended up choosing CSR too. It was between POR and CSR. We will be there 7 nights with the last 4 at the Poly GVCL. I will make it a great trip.

My kids are 16, 13, and 10 when we go. The pool and slide is most important to them. The ate Poly loyalists, lol. For me, it is the room and palm trees that are needed. I like the duvets and the palms. I love the southern look for POR and the fact that you can ride on the boat to DTD, but the trees just ate not the palms from what I have seen.

I am looking forward to it all!
Sounds like you have the right attitude. You will have a great time! I need that tropical feel when I'm on vacation too. The slide at CSR is awesome! We're trying AKL for the first time in
June for ten days. I am super excited.
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Our family of 5 spoiled ourselves at the Poly in 2010. We are going again in September for 10 days with my parents, and will need to stay Moderate this time. I am torn between POR, PFQ and CSR. Our kids will be 5, 7 and 9. We are willing to pay for preferred buildings, if needed. We want a family friendly place to have a couple cocktails at the end of a busy day. We really loved the pool bar at the Poly because the kids could play in the sand while we relaxed at the end of the day. We are also concerned about the bus service- which is why we are willing to pay for preferred. Food court is not important, since we will be doing a dining plan. It will be at least 2 years before we go again, at which time it will only be the 5 of us, and we will probably stay at an Epcot deluxe. Based on our wants...what would you suggest?
We stayed at Poly on our first trip and have stayed at POR twice since then. Staying at CSR this November for the first time. We're two adults, no kids. CBR does not appeal to me, and I don't care for POFQ. It's small size makes it feel much more crowded, especially common spaces such as the bus shelter, pool and food court. I prefer how spread out POR is.

POR's pool bar is on the small size and I don't love the main pool there. The lounge is decent however several nights a week Yee Haw Bob plays there and his show is certainly not conducive to relaxing and widing down after a long day at the parks. Think loud sing along type show. Many people rave about it but we don't like it, although outgoing kids might get a kick out of it.

CSR, from what I have seen, has a pool bar and an outdoor bar on the lake which looks nice. However, their indoor lounge is not Disney run and is a little more "upscale/night club" style. I don't believe kids are permitted, and there is a dress code.

The POFQ lounge is very small and also has entertainment during the week, and I can't picture their pool bar.

You say food courts don't matter since you are on the DDP - are you doing DxDP or do you not plan to eat at the resort at all? We found we used our QS and snack credits in our resort food court quite a bit, especially when grabbing something quick in the morning. POR has the best food court for this in my opinion.
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We stayed at the Poly for a number of years before we decided that the price was cutting back our trips and we then stayed at the Coronado (CSR) nine out of our next elevent trips. We LOVE everything about it. We have never had an issue with the convention people (if you've got an issue with busines people being there then I suggest you not stay at the Contemporary, Boardwalk, Yacht Club or Beach Club or the Dolphin...all host conventions). The pool area is a huge hit with adults and kids, the playground is wonderful for kids. We like the Pepper Market a lot, but know it is not for everyone (but we also only eat one meal at our resort most trips as we are eating at other resorts or at the parks). With the exception of the rude, ignorant Pop Warner people, our last visit to CSR this past December was perfect.

That being said, if we were to stay moderate again (which won't happen for several trips as we now rent points for DVC) and the CSR were not available, the only other moderate we would give any consideration to would be POR-Riverside.
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