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Old 11-19-2012, 04:52 PM   #16
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I'm not going until feb but I'm wondering if they still have ellipticals?
I don't think we took any pics of the Fitness center, but I used it about 1/2 dozen times the 14 nights we were there last time. From memory, there was 5 brand new tread mills, 2 brand new top of the line bikes, 2 new Ellipticals or stair climbers (don't remember which, I used the tread mills), Brand new smith rack with free weights, couple of free weight bars, new rack of dumb bells up to 50 lbs, couple of benches, and about 10 brand new machines. Actually a pretty good little set-up for a hotel. There is a large change room, sauna, and I think tanning bed. The Casitas quiet pool is right out the door and is set-up for swimming laps if you are into that. The fitness center definately gives it the Deluxe resort feel.
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Awesome. I'm going for princess half and might need the elliptical to warm up before the race. I don't want to run extra but the elliptical would work for me.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:07 PM   #18
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Oh and I agree. Csr is looking like a secret deluxe! The spa and fitness center plus new business rooms with a great pool all sound fancy schmancy deluxe at mod prices!
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:59 PM   #19
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Wonderful information - thank you so much!! Our family will be arriving at CSR in 6 days for our first-ever Disney vacation!
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:42 PM   #20
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I would appreciate any input from those of you who have stayed before at CSR. I'm going to call WDW and put in a request for a particular area - I know there is no guarantee that my request will be honored.

I've read several different opinions about which area is best and the only real consensus seems to be that people don't care much for Ranchos. I would like to be reasonably close to El Centro because my youngest dd wakes up early and usually wants something to eat. She and I will usually go grab drinks/snacks and take back to DH and our oldest dd. Weather permitting, we will swim a couple of times but probably not every day. And, convenient bus service (not having to always stand because we are the last tone picked up) would be a bonus.

I really like the look of the casitas area best but when I look at the map, I think Cabanas might be better because it's close to El Centro but not too far from the main pool.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:44 AM   #21
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I haven't stayed there yet, but the only draw back for you that I see with Cabanas over Casitas would be the last bus pick up vs the first. It is closer to the main pool though.

Maybe a CSR vet can chime in, but is the bus stop at El Centro the first pick up or the last one? Same for drop off? I'm sure this info is somewhere in the threads, but maybe a kind person can save me some searching. I'm booked for Cabanas already since I am doing the Business Class room, but was wondering if it would be a faster pickup to just walk to El Centro for the bus vs going to the 4 bus stop?
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:47 AM   #22
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Okay- found the info on Buzz's site.

Buses at the Resort
Theme park buses go in this order of bus stops:
2 - Casitas
3 - Ranchos
4 - Cabanas
1 - El Centro

Downtown Disney buses go in this order of bus stops
1 - El Centro
2 - Casitas
3 - Ranchos
4 - Cabanas

So in my case, the Cabanas stop will be a bit faster to get on a bus than the El Centro for the parks. I thought El Centro would be the first stop, but obviously not!
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I think El Centro is the last pick up spot. It goes Casitas, ranchos, cabananas and then el centro.
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I would appreciate any input from those of you who have stayed before at CSR. I'm going to call WDW and put in a request for a particular area - I know there is no guarantee that my request will be honored.

I've read several different opinions about which area is best and the only real consensus seems to be that people don't care much for Ranchos. I would like to be reasonably close to El Centro because my youngest dd wakes up early and usually wants something to eat. She and I will usually go grab drinks/snacks and take back to DH and our oldest dd. Weather permitting, we will swim a couple of times but probably not every day. And, convenient bus service (not having to always stand because we are the last tone picked up) would be a bonus.

I really like the look of the casitas area best but when I look at the map, I think Cabanas might be better because it's close to El Centro but not too far from the main pool.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!

Cabanas is definitely nice!! I've stayed there twice and I find it to be a wonderful spot for exactly the reasons you have mentioned. It's really not that far to El Centro and it's definitely not far from The Dig Site. Also, there's a beautiful "quiet" pool right there near the laundry (which I've also used). Bus stop 4 is right there, too. I absolutely love it there!!

If you get there and they've put you in a different area than you requested, just ask the CM if there's any possible way to get Cabanas (or whichever you choose) and they will try for you.

Have a great time!


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Old 11-21-2012, 09:37 AM   #25
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I would appreciate any input from those of you who have stayed before at CSR. I'm going to call WDW and put in a request for a particular area - I know there is no guarantee that my request will be honored.

I've read several different opinions about which area is best and the only real consensus seems to be that people don't care much for Ranchos. I would like to be reasonably close to El Centro because my youngest dd wakes up early and usually wants something to eat. She and I will usually go grab drinks/snacks and take back to DH and our oldest dd. Weather permitting, we will swim a couple of times but probably not every day. And, convenient bus service (not having to always stand because we are the last tone picked up) would be a bonus.

I really like the look of the casitas area best but when I look at the map, I think Cabanas might be better because it's close to El Centro but not too far from the main pool.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!
We like the cabanas best because it is closest to the main pool but not too far from everywhere else. We go to the pool every day - we only go to El Centro a couple of times.

I do think the casitas are the prettiest, and they have the benefit of being near the first stop picked up and dropped off when going to the parks. But casitas 1, 2 and 3 are preferred. Casitas 4 and 5 are standard and/or waterview, but they are by request.

We haven't stayed in the Ranchos, but 7B is not a bad location - very close to the Dig Site, but also close to a quiet pool and laundry.


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I haven't stayed there yet, but the only draw back for you that I see with Cabanas over Casitas would be the last bus pick up vs the first. It is closer to the main pool though.

Maybe a CSR vet can chime in, but is the bus stop at El Centro the first pick up or the last one? Same for drop off? I'm sure this info is somewhere in the threads, but maybe a kind person can save me some searching. I'm booked for Cabanas already since I am doing the Business Class room, but was wondering if it would be a faster pickup to just walk to El Centro for the bus vs going to the 4 bus stop?
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Okay- found the info on Buzz's site.

Buses at the Resort
Theme park buses go in this order of bus stops:
2 - Casitas
3 - Ranchos
4 - Cabanas
1 - El Centro

Downtown Disney buses go in this order of bus stops
1 - El Centro
2 - Casitas
3 - Ranchos
4 - Cabanas

So in my case, the Cabanas stop will be a bit faster to get on a bus than the El Centro for the parks. I thought El Centro would be the first stop, but obviously not!
The info is on this thread, too, on the first page. But this thread was started by Buzz a long time ago, so we have retained a lot of his excellent information.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:13 AM   #26
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Okay- found the info on Buzz's site.

Buses at the Resort
Theme park buses go in this order of bus stops:
2 - Casitas
3 - Ranchos
4 - Cabanas
1 - El Centro

Downtown Disney buses go in this order of bus stops
1 - El Centro
2 - Casitas
3 - Ranchos
4 - Cabanas

So in my case, the Cabanas stop will be a bit faster to get on a bus than the El Centro for the parks. I thought El Centro would be the first stop, but obviously not!
The Business Class rooms are Cabanas 9B. You will actually be closer to walk to stop 1, it will be a longer walk from 9B to stop 4. It depends how busy the resort and buses are as to whether it's worth the longer walk to stop 4.
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Mary, glad to see this continue. We (well, I can't wait to be there...Mark still doesn't know about the trip). 15 days and counting.
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Mary, glad to see this continue. We (well, I can't wait to be there...Mark still doesn't know about the trip). 15 days and counting.
I can't believe you have kept it a secret all this time!
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:09 PM   #30
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This is great information!! We are checking into CSR for our first ever christmas trip to disney!! So excited. My kids dont know we are going so I cant wait to see their faces when they find out!!

OK so I have a question.. when I booked I booked preffered rooms.. what are they? I didnt even know there was a difference until I looked at the site map. Are they good rooms?
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