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Old 04-08-2013, 02:14 PM   #1
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Why not CSR instead of POR? Are the pictures misleading? Help me please!

We are going to Disney this fall and trying to decide on a resort -- but here's our dilemma: It seems like just about everyone, everywhere loves Port Orleans (especially Riverside) and considers this by far the best Moderate. However, based on the hotel website and pictures found elsewhere on the Web, Coronado Springs (and to a lesser degree, CBR) look absolutely enchanting to us. POR looks fine but nothing special, so we're wondering: is CSR completely underwhelming in person? Does POR have a magic about it when you're there that pictures can't capture? Or are we just the rare people who will truly prefer CSR or CBR?

In case it helps to answer this, we stayed at the Swan 3 years ago and found the "entertainment architecture" escapist and delightful. We didn't find the presence of convention capabilities at all rendered the hotel sterile or uninteresting. Also, we'll be driving our own car when we go, so distance from a bus stop shouldn't be a big deal.

Would you recommend a split stay in a indecisive case like this? In which case, which two? Or just one (which)? Helllllp! I'm driving myself crazy overthinking this!
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:23 PM   #2
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CSR is a great resort. IMO it is the best bang for your buck on WDW property. It has Deluxe type amenities that the other Mods don't have and is almost Deluxe at the Mod price.

DIS board has a very strong POR following. I call them the POR army! They invade every thread on the board. I don't personally care for the look of the POR resort's. But I'm sure they are fine. CSR is an easy choice for us because I actually use the fitness club and none of the other Mods have one. Further more I find the "look" more relaxing and appealing. I won't bother getting into all the details other than to say it is a great resort and don't be afraid to try it.

The POR Army will be along shortly to refute everything I've just said!!
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:26 PM   #3
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I think CSR is actually much, MUCH prettier in person. It was lush and tropical. We absolutely loved it and would be going back there this October if we hadn't decided to splurge on the Poly.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:33 PM   #4
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I have never stayed there, but it would be my first choice if the rooms slept five. We stay at POR because it is the only mod that sleeps 5. I am not willing to pay deluxe prices, or family suites that are basically deluxe prices, so its our only option. Now dont get me wrong, POR is a wonderful resort and beautiful, a great foodcourt, and boat to DTD, but would try another in a second if I could.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:38 PM   #5
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It's really a matter of personal taste. Each of the moderates - actually, every Disney resort - has fans who'd never stay anywhere else, and guests for whom one visit was enough.

There's an ebb and flow in the message traffic on this board for every resort. Some weeks it seems like POR is all we talk about, and then the next week it's the Wilderness Lodge. It's coincidence, more or less.

Each of the resorts has their own kind of magic. If CSR is calling you, go for it.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:08 PM   #6
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It's really a matter of personal taste.
I personally like all of the moderates. POR is my favorite. I really enjoyed CSR last year but ... the theming is not very appealing/special to me since the southwest theming is very common where I'm from.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:29 PM   #7
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Definitely not one of the POR army, although we do like the resort. But I have to agree with saskw- POR has a large and vocal fan base.

Here's the thing, though- everyone has a favourite. Sometimes it's just a gut reaction to the photos. Sometimes it is personal experience from a previous visit. Who knows. Who cares. Don't pick a resort because somebody else likes it. Pick a resort because it feels right to YOU!

If CSR feels right, looks right, then go for it! There are lots of people who love it. I also wouldn't do a spit stay unless there were 2 resorts that I really, really, really wanted to stay at. I wouldn't do it for a resort that I kinda thought maybe I should want to stay at.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:52 PM   #8
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DIS board has a very strong POR following. I call them the POR army! They invade every thread on the board.
The POR Army will be along shortly to refute everything I've just said!!
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:57 PM   #9
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Haven't stayed at POR or POFQ--the themes do absolutely nothing for me/us. I belive they are beautiful, wonderful, fabulous resorts, but just not our taste. Have stayed at CBR (2011) & CSR (2012) and LOVED both of them. The tropical feel, the beaches, the over all atmosphere & themes, etc, etc. CSR felt more relaxed & "adult" to us (although our kids also loved it.) CBR felt like we really were on a tropical vacation and seemed a little more "family friendly." We rented a boat twice which was great fun. CSR has a marina but no longer does any rentals (at least they weren't last summer.) I could go on & on about the reasons we would go back to either one, but it really comes down to personal preference. I know when I looked at pictures of CBR and CSR, those were the resorts for us. When I look at POR or POFQ...meh.
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:00 PM   #10
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We've stayed at both and much prefer CSR! We were so unimpressed with POR on our last trip that we were considering switching back to CSR for the remainder of our last trip.

We're returning to CSR this year!
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The POR Army will be along shortly to refute everything I've just said!!
I'm actually part of the subsidiary branch of this army, POFQ.

I would actually love to to try CSR, but we fly down and never rent a car, so we find the size of CSR and the multiple bus stops overwhelming. We love POFQ because of its size, one bus stop and boat to DTD.

Since the op has a car, I would say definitely give CSR a try!
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I'm actually part of the subsidiary branch of this army, POFQ.
You guys are all the same!
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:30 PM   #13
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I don't recommend a split stay if you can avoid it. I hate packing/unpacking in the middle of a vacation.

As for CRS versus POR: I prefer POFQ to both of them! But mainly that is because POFQ is the most compact resort of the moderates. Cutting down the walking at the resort after all the walking in the parks is a big priority for us.

CSR was okay, but nothing special, IMHO. The CSR feature pool may be the best pool in all of WDW, including deluxes. But it can be a LONG walk from a CSR room to the pool, to the food court, to a bus stop, etc. CSR is extremely spread out with a lake in the middle of it to isolate areas even more. It can take 10-15 minutes to walk from some rooms to the pool. Great pool, but that's too much walking for our tastes. Also, CSR is a convention resort. A convention may not directly impact your vacation, but we stayed there during a convention once and were simply unable to use the food court there, it was so packed with conventioneers.

POR is also spread out, but not nearly so much as CSR. It also surrounds a creek that leads to DtD, rather than a lake like at CSR. Further, POR has more bridges crossing the waterway, making for less circuitous walks to get from A to B. The boat that goes to POFQ and DtD is a nice feature, too. POR and POFQ's feature pools aren't quite as spectacular as CSR's, but they both have slides and kids love them, especially with less walking to get there.

The rooms between the resorts are pretty similar. Aside from that, the differences mostly are in theming.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:34 PM   #14
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I have stayed at Coronado Springs, Port Orleans Riverside and Caribbean Beach 3 times each. We had one stay at French Quarter.

I like Riverside slightly more than Coronado and Caribbean Beach.
Coronado Springs is really Beautiful. I find the Ranchos the best themed with the Cabanas second. The Casitas are pretty from far away and in some specific locations but seem a bit cheaply built. Some of the architectual details look like plywood with a bit of stucco texture on them. Still it was nice when we stayed in that section. Walking around the resort is really relaxing and so varied as you pass from one themed area to another.
If, based on the photos and video you have seen you find it to be more appealing, go for it. Loads of people LOVE Port Orleans French Quarter and it is my least favorite so we don't stay there. Don't let others opinions overwhelm your own intuition.









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Old 04-08-2013, 02:44 PM   #15
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Ill chime in here too- it does all come down to personal taste, but we've stayed at CSR twice and absolutely loved it and thought it was beautiful!
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