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Old 09-22-2012, 09:33 PM   #1
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Is there any difference in bus service quality (moderates)?

Stayed at CBR this past May for our kids first trip and are onto planning for the next trip.

Stayed in the Pirate rooms so we were all the way down at Trinidad South, but the bus stop worked really well (time wise to parks, passenger density, frequency).

I was thinking maybe PORFQ for the next trip and was wondering what impressions were for those who've stayed at both resorts (or other moderate resorts). Is there any difference in bus service quality between them (frequency, trip duration, passenger density)?

Our next trip will be off-season (late January/ February) so maybe I'm splitting hairs (?) Thanks for any input.
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:38 PM   #2
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First off to the disboards...

2nd...Weve found CBR to be one of the worst bus systems we've encountered..
Out of the Mods....Theres none IMHO that can compete w/ CSR... The fact that it is a convention resort means that there's never a bus that you have to stand on...AT least all the times we were there...

POFQ & POR are virtually the same....Not great not Horrible, but I might add, that coming home from Fantasmic, WAS ABSOLUTELY HORRENDOUS.....Waited at least 7 or 8 buses...WAy too long..

As you can see we really do enjoy CSR but POR is nice as well...Good luck w/ your choice.
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:38 PM   #3
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long time since I have stayed at a moderate - but the bus service for me was better at PO (POR and POFQ will share) than Cbr..

maybe because if was 2 resorts - but they seem to come very often.
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:43 PM   #4
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we go every year and our next trip in 32 days will be at POP and we have over the years staye din all deluxe but AKL and all moderates and then tried all the all star resorts and tehn wen to POP four years ago and they have the best bus service of ANY property there. we keep going back there because of that plus the CM's so nice there and several things to do. rooms small but we not in them that much anyhow. is three of us now but if fourth goes we do get two connecting rooms as that is better bathroom wise. the buses at POP always on time and one after another and same leaving the parks they get their buses there if one fills they calling for another. we had horrible wait times at GF and Poly and Yachstclub and Beech club and CSR was bad as well.
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:10 AM   #5
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CBR is probably our favourite mod- we've been there several times and never had a problem with the bus service.

We've also been at both POR and POFQ multiple times. The only time we ever had a problem with a long wait/high demand for buses was one day going to and from MK. But to be fair it was a very busy spring break with a packed resort and park. Could happen to any resort on any given day. Other than that they were fine.

The nice thing about POFQ is there is only the one bus stop, and when they share buses with POR (they don't always), POFQ is picked up and dropped off first.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:25 AM   #6
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I agree I think CSR has the best bus service. So many don't like the resort but I think it's hands down one of the best
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:42 AM   #7
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Our next trip will be off-season (late January/ February) so maybe I'm splitting hairs (?) Thanks for any input.
We have been to all the moderates. We will be at POFQ next month. We have had the most bus problems at CBR. But I think anyplace can have off times. We have stayed at POR the last two times and have had very short waits for buses. In the middle of the day when returning is when you have the most wait. We never shared with POFQ on this trip. POFQ is nice because there is only one stop and if its shared its the first usually.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:40 AM   #8
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POFQ had great buses when we stayed. We rarely shared with POR and never waited long.

Last week We stayed at POR. The evening buses were terrible so most of the time we took the POFQ bus and walked back to POR. The POFQ buses were never full. After MK evening emh, the bus line for POR was long enough to fill 5 buses and there were 20 people in the POFQ line.

I think at DHS POR and POFQ share a return bus. So of you stay til closing, then you might have issues. We left two hours before closing with no issue, though.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:05 AM   #9
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THANKS everyone! I feel like I can't lose given what everyone's shared. If CBR is at the bottom of the spectrum in regards to getting around, I'm golden, because I was more than satisfied there. POP has to be a contender as well with a bus cudos like that.

I had been to the parks twice before as a kid and once as a young adult (with coworkers during business travel and always staying off campus), but this was my first go as a dad with success or failure ON ME. Staying on campus certainly "iced the cake." We loved the Disney-ness of the resort, but when it's all said and done, the room was just a place to crash EXHAUSTED at the end of the day and a place for the kids to swim after lunch to refresh. That's why MOBILITY has been put at the top of the list of considerations for round two.

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Old 09-23-2012, 09:36 AM   #10
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We seem to have had the best bus service at the values. I like the bus "lines" vs. everyone huddle under the covered stop, which seems to be crazy in the am. Plus at least you know when the bus pulls up, it wont be FULL. We stayed at all stars many times and never had a problem, and POP. I think we did pretty good at POFQ other than when we shared with POR, which was only a couple of times. But we had HORRIBLE bus service at times at POR, and sometimes it was OK. We have taken buses from POLY, CR, and GF after ADR's, and they were all pretty bad because there were multiple stops. So I guess we have come to the conclusion, just pick a resort, and we dont base it on buses, we just learned to never be in a HURRY
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I'm one of those people who compares bus lines as I walk by them on my way to the lines for the Pop Century on the other side of Orlando..... Caribbean is ALWAYS the longest line. We often joke that "look. the Caribbean is as long as us..." makes us feel better about our wait. Ive also noticed the other moderates are shorter lines. So I'm agreeing with the rest here.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:37 PM   #12
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disnet buses are the same all over disney. no difference at from any of the hotels. wait time usually up to 20 min. to any park or hotel.
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:48 PM   #13
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disnet buses are the same all over disney. no difference at from any of the hotels. wait time usually up to 20 min. to any park or hotel.
oh I think you'll find many that disagree with this myself included. Take into consideration that some buses share with other resorts, stop at water parks first, etc. Lots of factors in the bus situation
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I'm one of those people who compares bus lines as I walk by them on my way to the lines for the Pop Century on the other side of Orlando..... Caribbean is ALWAYS the longest line. We often joke that "look. the Caribbean is as long as us..." makes us feel better about our wait. Ive also noticed the other moderates are shorter lines. So I'm agreeing with the rest here.
We had a great experience during Spring Break at POFQ. I was concerned since we were traveling with my parents who are in their late 60's. A friend had told me that POFQ had only one bus stop and that they were usually first on the pick up if sharing with POR. It worked out very well. On a previous trip, we stayed at POP and we did have to stand more. It was not bad since I was with my sons who are teenagers. There is nothing better than getting on a cool bus at the end of the day and having a seat!
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:11 PM   #15
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The question is like asking about the weather. It is very subjective. Waiting 15 minutes or so for a bus when I do not have to drive on a vacation to me is fine, while others will complain about the entire system if a bus does not come in a minute or two.
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