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Old 02-03-2013, 04:40 PM   #16
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Our last trip was at CBR, and we have reservations for POFQ for April.
Here are a few things to consider:
- CBR IS much larger. However, I didn't find the walk to be that bad from our room in Barbados 13 to Old Port Royale (the food court pool area). We did it at least once a day.
- CBR has a zero entry pool AND a kid splash area. We didn't use either while we were there, because our son was only 3 months old, but they did look nice. We did use the quiet pool in Barbados which was almost immediately outside our door, and we were the only ones using it at the time.
- POFQ has queen beds instead of doubles. I'm happy that we stayed at CBR before we actually needed a second bed, because we went with a king size, and didn't have to deal with the doubles.
- CBR doesn't have elevators. There are only 2 floors, and you can request a ground floor room (we got our request) but it's entirely possible that you could end up in the position of carrying one or both of your children up the stairs should they fall asleep on the ride back, in addition to anything else you may have with you.
- POFQ only has one bus stop. Yeah, sometimes they share with POR, but POFQ will be the first to get dropped off and picked up. This reduces the chances of standing slightly.

We really loved CBR, and I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again, but we like to try new places. It's also good to know some of the drawbacks going in, so you can adjust your expectations accordingly.
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:21 PM   #17
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We have been going to Disney forever! We have stayed at practically every hotel. We stayed at both CBR and POFQ when the kids were young and we did not like POFQ at all! The food court is not good at all. The pool is small and the overall theme of the resort was not to my liking. CBR is larger but the pool is great for small children and the food selection is by far superior to POFQ. Whatever resort you choose just have a great time and enjoy the experience. I guarantee you will come back again!
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:53 PM   #18
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Have been to both and prefer POFQ. No contest really.

CBR always smelled old and musty. Even with a preferred room, it seemed like a hike to the food court and pool. AC in the room did not work well and was noisy.

POFQ was great. Friendlier cast members, smaller food court - but better quality. Most of all, we loved not having to walk so far back to the room with a tired child and POFQ only has one bus stop. Having to do all of the stops at CBR was a drag. We were in a nice corner room right across from the laundry and pool, maybe 100 steps to the food court. We also enjoyed the boat to DTD and the entertainment at both Scat Cat's (POFQ) and River Roost (POR).
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Hi OP. we stayed last April in a pirate room on cbr. We LOVED the resort. About the size, yes, it is a large resort. All of the pirate rooms are in the Trinidad south section which is the furthest from the amenities. We stayed in the furthest building. It took us 7-11 minutes to walk to the pool. It really wasn't that big of a deal. Our room was immaculate and mouse keeping was wonderful during our stay. The food court was just average in my opinion. The resort was at capacity but never felt crowded. It was relaxing and tranquil and the grounds are beautiful.

The best part for us is the pool. It's wonderful for children (and adults too). Zero entry as mentioned with 2 slides. The pirate play area has multiple small slides and water features and is GATED. It is also for the under 48" crowd and we saw this enforced. Our boys loved it and I liked the gate. We liked this pool so much that we pool hopped (legally, DVC member staying on points) when we stayed at another resort in September.

We haven't stayed at POFQ (yet). It's the only moderate we haven't made it too. We're originally from new Orleans it seems a lot like home. I know it is well loved on these boards. It also has queen beds where as cbr only has full. Whichever resort you decide, have a great trip.
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