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Old 09-02-2013, 11:29 AM   #1
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Anyone just really NOT like CSR?? Why?

We have not been able to get POR for our trip this year and it's ALWAYS where we stay! We are currently at CSR and I'm just not excited about it. The pictures online do nothing for me. I've heard good things here about it but still.....I'm not excited. I can't decide WHY I'm so against it. It's the only moderate we haven't stayed at.

So....tell me some reasons why you DON'T like it. Curiosity......
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:35 AM   #2
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I stayed there with my mom once and the only thing I didn't like about it was the size--our rooms weren't close and my mom had Parkinson's (this was one of her last trips before she was wheelchair bound) so it wasn't easy for her and we couldn't switch to a closer room.

That being said, the rooms were roomy and I thought well-designed. It isn't very "Disney" so that's probably why you aren't so excited. It's more regular resort/conference center design. But it was comfortable and the shops were nice, the pools were nice and we liked the food court (though I know Pepper Market has changed since my trip).
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:50 AM   #3
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The only reason I don't like it is the Pepper Market. I didn't like that at all. The Pepper Market has changed since that trip so it might be better now.

I was also glad we had a car - it's a big resort and we were back in Ranchos.

The pool is great at CSR, the rooms are large and I like that it's an actual sliding door between the room and the sinks.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:59 AM   #4
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We stayed there and it was a nice resort but not Disney themed at all. In fact, the theming is fairly weak in my opinion. They do have one of the best pools though. The slide is a lot of fun and they have great pool activities. The lake is pretty neat too-we saw huge turtles in it and once while we were there they had to call animal control because an alligator got in the lake.
The rooms are fairly spacious and the beds are queen sized. The food court is a bit of a disaster so I would make eating arrangements else where. The bus was fairly good except to Epcot. I didn't really think anything was a long walk. I know a lot of people complain about that but compared to all the walking in the park, the resort walking is not too bad. The crowd tends to be a lot of business people so the pools are less crowded during the day. The hot tub can get a little busy at night but not bad.
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:15 PM   #5
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I didnt like CSR other than the beautiful grounds. I thought the rooms were ugly (I loved the clean modern look of the white duvet covers) and the southwest theme made it unappealing to me. 90% of the workers there barely spoke English (during my trip anyway) which really bothered me and made it seem unmagical. I wouldn't call that a "Moderate" level resort at all...but I've never stayed anywhere else and I hear it's nicer than the other mods, so maybe I just expected too much. I think I need a Deluxe to feel comfortable.

The theming is subtle as far as Disney goes, and no, you don't get a Disney World vibe from it unless you're at the gift shop area. I appreciated it looking more like a normal hotel but others may not. Pepper Market is terrible in my opinion...I hate the way it's set up/run. The food is mediocre at best. When we went (Feb 2012) breakfast was converted into a buffet which we actually enjoyed, but I believe they reconverted it back into the way it used to be.

We were in Casitas 4 which we loved for the close proximity to the best bus stop, but it was a pretty long walk to the lobby area to fill our mugs or grab breakfast. If we stayed there again, we would book Preferred level so we would be closer to the lobby. Overall the resort was fine, but since we have the option to book a DVC room at AKL for a similar price, we will probably never stay Moderate again. Mods just aren't the quality I expected I guess...a little too run down for my comfort level (even though CSR was rehabbed). I should say that POR wouldn't appeal to me at all, so if you like the comfort of POR rooms or other Mods you may be happy here.

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Old 09-02-2013, 12:21 PM   #6
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Interesting thread. We are considering booking a mod instead of a deluxe for our upcoming trip due to unforeseen financial obligations. I've been looking at pictures online and we will probably go with POR if we choose a mod. I've really tried to like CSR through looking at all the pictures online, but honestly, it really doesn't do anything for me either. Maybe I just need to see it in person?
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:40 PM   #7
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Not everyone likes the same themes. I love the Poly, my Mom loves the CR. I see advantages to both, but theme wise, I have to say I do not understand how anyone would like the "theme" of the CR over that of the Poly.

Again, I love deluxe resorts, my sister (with small children) feels that the All Stars are much more 'Disney". Huh?

My Mom loves the All Star but hates Pop. Why? It's just that we all have different taste in what theme works for us. If giant dalmations screams Disney to you, than the All Star could be your fav resort too. If immersion in Victorian elegance is your thing, then the magic of Disney is the ability of the resort to help you live that experience while visiting a theme park.

Visiting a resort can b different from looking at pictures, but if the theme that you see in the pics leaves you cold, another resort might suit you better. Where you want to stay and which resort is best, is a personal choice.

I LOVE Coronado Springs Resort. For a long time it was my favourite moderate. (Sorry, but I think the resort and the rooms are beautiful, btw) Now, I'm not so sure if it's my fav, but just because I have trouble deciding. I love them all!
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:55 PM   #8
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I've stayed at CSR 3 times, have also stayed at POFQ, CBR, and several deluxes as well as staying at POP. My only complaint regarding CSR is it's size. Although the grounds are beautiful, if you are far from the main building it can be a drag. This resort has a more adult feel than the other mods- something I liked about it since I travel without kids; but that can make it feel a bit unDisney.

I know that there are one or two resorts that hold no interest for me, but a Disney trip is a Disney trip and now you'll have first hand knowledge of CSR.

Who knows? Maybe you will actually like it. I wasn't excited about POFQ and now it's my favorite Mod; and I never thought I'd like POP but found that it's perfectly fine to use for a cheap* trip now and again.

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Old 09-02-2013, 12:51 PM   #9
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There are people who love CSR and people who can't stand it. We happen to love it. The complaint about Disney theming doesn't bother us, we get plenty of Disney at the parks. CSR is beautiful. The views around the lake are great, especially at night. We love to walk around it. The pool is great as are the quiet pools. The food situation is what it is. We have had it both ways, good and not so good. The rooms are nice. The beds are super comfy and the sliding door between the bedroom and the dressing area is a nice feature. We have always had good bus transportation to all of the parks. Not so good to DTD. None of the downs are deal breakers. Go with an open mind and see what you think. You will be at Disney. It can't be that bad. We used to stay at POFQ all the time, but switched to CSR when the discounts for FQ became almost nonexistent. We haven't regretted it at all. Whatever you choose have a great trip.
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:54 PM   #10
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I stayed there once about 10 years ago and didn't like the theme or the food court.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:52 AM   #11
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Ok, we stayed there, CSR, once... That was enough...what can I say I liked about the resort.. Not one thing...

We saw the brochure and it seemed nice and at a super discount ( WDW veterans with over 30 trips)....got there, huge, immense spread out resort...huge parking lot, always to cross to get to bus station....where our room was located a long walk to the pool, same other direction to main lobby and food ( didn't care for operations in Pepper Market ) we hardly ever ate together since each station had longer lines or cooked slower...

Bottom line without going into more detail, we felt like we were off property in a Holiday Inn... no Disney ambiance at all...!
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:04 AM   #12
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Let me preface my post by stating that I have stayed at every level of Disney resort, so I will only compare the Mods. Believe it or not, CSR is hands down my favorite Moderate resort (I've stayed at all of them). We've always stayed in Cabanas 8b. Perfect location. Close to the main building, close to the main pool, and has a bus stop right outside the back door. I love the clean feeling of the room decor. The white duvets are just clean and calming, and mousekeeping has always been very attentive. We genuinely love the Pepper Market. It always has a wonderful selection to suit everyone in our party. Having said that, I will admit to not liking 2 things about it: The stamping thing is wierd. I just don't get it. And I also don't like being charged a gratuity whether or not I receive good service. I would like to make that choice on my own as to whether or not I think the server deserves 18%. They are after all only bringing me a drink. Everything else I'm getting myself.

But as other posters have said, it's all in what you like and are comfortable with. I personally do not like POR. I'm not at all a fan of the decor of the Alligator Bayou rooms, which have a better proximity to the main building and main pool. The Mansion rooms are quite nice, but we've always been stuck in either Oak Manor or Parterre Place. Having to cross a bridge to get anywhere is too much for me. We never let it affect our trip, just made a mental note that we won't be staying there again. But overall the resort is quite beautiful, and I'll admit that the boat to DTD is a definate plus.

Just my own personal experience. I hope this helps you make an informed decision.
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It was pretty, but it was a LONG way from our rooms every morning, especially for my mother (who was in her late 60s when we stayed there). Since we are mainly "park" people - we didn't find that it was worth the extra expense to look at the view and grounds. We prefer POR over CSR. Still very lovely, but not as much of a hike!
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:36 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by texasroni75 View Post
It was pretty, but it was a LONG way from our rooms every morning, especially for my mother (who was in her late 60s when we stayed there). Since we are mainly "park" people - we didn't find that it was worth the extra expense to look at the view and grounds. We prefer POR over CSR. Still very lovely, but not as much of a hike!
I love POR too, but how much of a hike you have at either resort depends on where your room ends up. I've had quick walks to the front at POR, and I have had long ones. Same thing at CSR. Last trip we had a short walk, the stay before that we were in Ranchos and felt like it was a journey to the ends of the earth to get to the front.

I like that at both POR and CSR you can now pay a little extra and be guaranteed a room close to the main buildings.
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:21 PM   #15
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My last choice resort would be CSR. Front desk staff screwed up three times, Pepper Market just made me furious (service is showing me the only clean table in the place and going back to gossip with your coworkers?)! And the desert theme makes it even hotter Orlando in the summer is plenty hot without a desert theme
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