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Old 08-07-2012, 12:49 AM   #2971
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My family and I are heading to CSR October 25th! So excited! Anyhow, we have a very early ADR at Chef Mickey's one morning at 7:40am! It's not on an EMH morning and while my cousin tries to assure me we can do it, I'm worried about being able to get busses that early. Does anyone have any experience with getting from CSR to Chef Mickey's that early on a bus? There is a big group of us too and taking a cab might be pretty difficult (5 adults and we also will have 2 pre-schoolers and a 1 year-old). Any advice? Thanks!
We had a 7:40am ADR at Chef's Mickey's and we caught the earliest bus...I think it was around 6:40 or so and we made it with time to spare. If you tell the bus driver where you are going like we did they might drop you off right in front of the Contemporary
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:10 AM   #2972
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Anyone eaten at Maya Grill lately?
I've looked at the menu here on the DIS and also the one on the WDW website. They are so different, I'm not sure which one to go by... Anyone know which one is accurate?

We're trying to decide what to do about "lunch" on the day we arrive.
Our flight lands at 12:45 so I'm guessing that we will arrive at CSR just after Pepper Market closes.
We'd rather not use a meal credit getting a sandwich by the pool, so I was thinking about heading to DTD...but with a 4 year old, I'm not sure how tired we will all be at that point, and if we'll be up for more traveling after being on the go since 6 am.
If Maya Grill seems like a place we would like to eat for dinner, then I may be able to swing something in to hold us over until then.
I hope that makes sense!
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:52 AM   #2973
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We had dinner this evening. I was under the impression that they charged you 10% when you paid for gratuity. I also thought that if you were on the dining plan it covered it. However, this evening our waitress told us when we were leaving that the 10% AND the gratuity was not covered by the dining plan. 2 questions: 1st, I thought the 10% was the gratuity, not that there was 10% fee for eating there(?) and also gratuity. 2nd, were we supposed to leave a tip? There were 4 of us so once we saw the total of $45 we walked back $6. We are so confused & the copy of our receipt has all zeros. Please help.
I was under the impression that a 10% gratuity was added at dinner automatically and you had to pay tip on top of that. I would assume if you are on the DDP that the 10% would already be factored in and you would just have to leave tip. Can someone clarify for us?
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:08 AM   #2974
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When we were there in January and on the DDP, nothing was ever added to our bill. We added a tip on our own at lunch and breakfast tried to add it on at Dinner but the waiter did not know how to do it and when we tried at the check out they said we could not add it now. Our lunch waiter was great and deserved the nice tip we left. The dinner guy did very little so we did not feel too badly.

Eve Clark,
I was under the impression that Maya Grill was no longer open for lunch. Now I may be very wrong so maybe someone else can help. I would count on not getting to the resort to well after 2:00. Will your little one be ok with such a late lunch? Maybe take something to have an early lunch on the plane and then enjoy a ice cream or bakery treat when you get to the resort. If you try to do lunch at DTD, it may be well after 3:00. Maybe a snack and a rest or swim and get a place for a fun first early dinner.
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:02 PM   #2975
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Anyone eaten at Maya Grill lately?
I've looked at the menu here on the DIS and also the one on the WDW website. They are so different, I'm not sure which one to go by... Anyone know which one is accurate?

We're trying to decide what to do about "lunch" on the day we arrive.
Our flight lands at 12:45 so I'm guessing that we will arrive at CSR just after Pepper Market closes.
We'd rather not use a meal credit getting a sandwich by the pool, so I was thinking about heading to DTD...but with a 4 year old, I'm not sure how tired we will all be at that point, and if we'll be up for more traveling after being on the go since 6 am.
If Maya Grill seems like a place we would like to eat for dinner, then I may be able to swing something in to hold us over until then.
I hope that makes sense!
As the pp mentioned, Maya Grill is open for Dinner only now.
Here is the updated menu as of June

Dinner
http://allears.net/menu/menu_mg.htm

Kids Dinner
http://allears.net/menu/menu_mgk.htm

I'd grab something at the airport to tie you over and just plan on dinner. We always do dinner at Maya first day after hanging by the pool tyo unwind from traveling.
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:47 PM   #2976
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As the pp mentioned, Maya Grill is open for Dinner only now.
Here is the updated menu as of June

Dinner
http://allears.net/menu/menu_mg.htm

Kids Dinner
http://allears.net/menu/menu_mgk.htm

I'd grab something at the airport to tie you over and just plan on dinner. We always do dinner at Maya first day after hanging by the pool tyo unwind from traveling.
I think those are the old menus even though they say June 2012. The new one came out in july.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:10 AM   #2977
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Little Review/Thoughts about our CSR Stay...

Just got back late last night from our stay at CSR, so I just wanted to post a few things about the trip.

We did online check in and had requested first floor Cabanas. We were going to be spending time at the pool, but we didn't plan on eating at the main building much or using the bus, but I wanted to be close to El Centro anyway.

We arrived about 12:00. There was a short line for online check in (much longer for regular check in), but as I was waiting, I was pulled out of line and directed over to the concierge desk, where I was checked in. We were happy to hear the room was ready AND not only did we get our requests, we were "upgraded" to a waterview! Honestly, I didn't really think waterview would be all that impressive, but we had a beautiful view of the lake and it was nice to open the curtains and look out. The room was in 8B, and I think it was a perfect location - right near the pool, short walk to El Centro, and the bus stop was right when you walked out of the building.

We had dinner at Pepper Market - DD and I shared the chicken fajitas and I thought they were pretty good. DH got a steak burrito, but wasn't too impressed. The waitress was happy to refill our mugs and a 10% service charge was added to the bill.

This was a short stay for us and we ate breakfast in the room, but if we were on the dining plan or there for a longer stay, I think we would miss having a "real" counter service option. Cafe Rix was OK for grab n go type stuff, but I like the convenience of the food courts.

The grounds were beautiful and we enjoyed walking around. DH made the comment that it seemed like there was more to do around the resort at POR/POFQ, so that might be a consideration if you planned on really spending time around the resort, but it was fine for us for this trip.

Overall, we really liked CSR and would definitely consider staying there again.

I'll be glad to try to answer any questions (while it's all fresh on my mind!)
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:35 AM   #2978
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Just got back late last night from our stay at CSR,... DH made the comment that it seemed like there was more to do around the resort at POR/POFQ,
can you clarify this?

Thanks for the report, hoping we get a similar room in 14 days

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Old 08-08-2012, 09:41 AM   #2979
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Just got back late last night from our stay at CSR, so I just wanted to post a few things about the trip.

We did online check in and had requested first floor Cabanas. We were going to be spending time at the pool, but we didn't plan on eating at the main building much or using the bus, but I wanted to be close to El Centro anyway.

We arrived about 12:00. There was a short line for online check in (much longer for regular check in), but as I was waiting, I was pulled out of line and directed over to the concierge desk, where I was checked in. We were happy to hear the room was ready AND not only did we get our requests, we were "upgraded" to a waterview! Honestly, I didn't really think waterview would be all that impressive, but we had a beautiful view of the lake and it was nice to open the curtains and look out. The room was in 8B, and I think it was a perfect location - right near the pool, short walk to El Centro, and the bus stop was right when you walked out of the building.

We had dinner at Pepper Market - DD and I shared the chicken fajitas and I thought they were pretty good. DH got a steak burrito, but wasn't too impressed. The waitress was happy to refill our mugs and a 10% service charge was added to the bill.

This was a short stay for us and we ate breakfast in the room, but if we were on the dining plan or there for a longer stay, I think we would miss having a "real" counter service option. Cafe Rix was OK for grab n go type stuff, but I like the convenience of the food courts.

The grounds were beautiful and we enjoyed walking around. DH made the comment that it seemed like there was more to do around the resort at POR/POFQ, so that might be a consideration if you planned on really spending time around the resort, but it was fine for us for this trip.

Overall, we really liked CSR and would definitely consider staying there again.

I'll be glad to try to answer any questions (while it's all fresh on my mind!)
Thank you for the great review.
When we return to WDW, our DS & DD will be 'adults'.
Do you think we could fit a twin areo bed in the CSR standard double bed room ?
Maybe move the chairs and place the twin areo bed near the window & door ?
Any thoughts, since you just returned and maybe remember the room configuration ?
Thank you!
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:45 AM   #2980
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To compare resort activities.....

POFQ and POR have a boat to DTD, bike rentals, boat rentals (although the marina at CSR is offering activities soon, you can rent a boat to go down the river at POFQ & POR), and family friendly live night entertainment at each resort (Elliot Dyson and Bob Jackson on select nights). They also have carriage rides and a fishing hole.

POFQ, POR, and CSR all have fun pool games, a campfire, and nightly movies.
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Thank you for the great review.
When we return to WDW, our DS & DD will be 'adults'.
Do you think we could fit a twin areo bed in the CSR standard double bed room ?Maybe move the chairs and place the twin areo bed near the window & door ?
Any thoughts, since you just returned and maybe remember the room configuration ?
Thank you!
We got the COT from CSR and set it up just like you said ... moved the little square ottoman-type chairs and put the cot in the corner near the window. It worked fine. It was a little tight getting in/out the door, but very do-able. You should be just fine.

Actually, we ended up using those square "stools" over near the opening to the bathroom area and used them to put luggage on so it was at a more useable height. Worked out great.



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can you clarify this?

Thanks for the report, hoping we get a similar room in 14 days

John
If you were going to be spending time doing activities around the resort, we just felt like there was a little more to do at the other mods (particularly POR). For instance, at POR, they have the surrey bike rentals, marina rentals, and the fishing hole. And you can take the boat to DTD.

If you're looking for things like that, POR might have the advantage. But what we didn't like about POR was that it was sooo spread out. Even though CSR is a big resort like POR, we didn't get that feeling because of the way the building are laid out.
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Just got back late last night from our stay at CSR, so I just wanted to post a few things about the trip.

We did online check in and had requested first floor Cabanas. We were going to be spending time at the pool, but we didn't plan on eating at the main building much or using the bus, but I wanted to be close to El Centro anyway.

We arrived about 12:00. There was a short line for online check in (much longer for regular check in), but as I was waiting, I was pulled out of line and directed over to the concierge desk, where I was checked in. We were happy to hear the room was ready AND not only did we get our requests, we were "upgraded" to a waterview! Honestly, I didn't really think waterview would be all that impressive, but we had a beautiful view of the lake and it was nice to open the curtains and look out. The room was in 8B, and I think it was a perfect location - right near the pool, short walk to El Centro, and the bus stop was right when you walked out of the building.

We had dinner at Pepper Market - DD and I shared the chicken fajitas and I thought they were pretty good. DH got a steak burrito, but wasn't too impressed. The waitress was happy to refill our mugs and a 10% service charge was added to the bill.

This was a short stay for us and we ate breakfast in the room, but if we were on the dining plan or there for a longer stay, I think we would miss having a "real" counter service option. Cafe Rix was OK for grab n go type stuff, but I like the convenience of the food courts.

The grounds were beautiful and we enjoyed walking around. DH made the comment that it seemed like there was more to do around the resort at POR/POFQ, so that might be a consideration if you planned on really spending time around the resort, but it was fine for us for this trip.

Overall, we really liked CSR and would definitely consider staying there again.

I'll be glad to try to answer any questions (while it's all fresh on my mind!)
Thanks for the review!

I believe the breakfast and lunch are now cs style buffets at PM now.
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Do you think we could fit a twin areo bed in the CSR standard double bed room ?

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We got the COT from CSR and set it up just like you said ... moved the little square ottoman-type chairs and put the cot in the corner near the window. It worked fine. It was a little tight getting in/out the door, but very do-able. You should be just fine.

Actually, we ended up using those square "stools" over near the opening to the bathroom area and used them to put luggage on so it was at a more useable height. Worked out great.



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This is definitely the way I think it would work. The little ottomans can easily be moved (ours were under the window and we never really used them) and maybe you could push the desk towards the TV a bit.

Have a good trip!
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Thanks for the review!

I believe the breakfast and lunch are now cs style buffets at PM now.
We never walked by PM during breakfast or lunch, but I do remember a sign with the buffet prices, so I assumed one of both was still a buffet. I think I read the buffet was just a "trial" to see what the response would be, so maybe they'll end up changing it to more of a typical CS style again.
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