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Old 05-06-2013, 08:29 PM   #991
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We checked in at 10:15 this morning. I had requested Casitas 4 or 5, but we got some pixie dust and ended up in Cabanas 9, first floor! Our daughter is turning 2, and they gave her birthday balloons at checkin, and when we got to our room, there was a voicemail from Mickey and Minnie singing happy birthday to her. So far, so magical!

The resort is gorgeous, but my oh my is it huge. After dinner tonight at Downtown Disney, we might watch Wreck It Ralph at the main pool.

Only minor complaint is it took 30 minutes earlier this afternoon to get from Downtown Disney back to CSR, no exaggeration, and it wasn't even that busy. Next time we will probably stay at a monorail resort, since I don't want to spend so much of our trip on a bus. Hopefully the rest of our stay sees quicker travel times!
We're back now from our stay at CSR. A wonderful resort. The grounds are gorgeous, staff very helpful, Pepper Market surprisingly good, and pool tremendous fun.

However, the busses, while frequent and easy to use, just took too much of our time. When we go back next, it will likely be Poly. The allure of the monorail is too great, especially with a toddler in tow.

I would certainly recommend CSR, though, to anyone who doesn't mind the bus rides, or need to return to the resort in the middle of a park day for a break.
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We checked in at 10:15 this morning. I had requested Casitas 4 or 5, but we got some pixie dust and ended up in Cabanas 9, first floor! Our daughter is turning 2, and they gave her birthday balloons at checkin, and when we got to our room, there was a voicemail from Mickey and Minnie singing happy birthday to her. So far, so magical!

The resort is gorgeous, but my oh my is it huge. After dinner tonight at Downtown Disney, we might watch Wreck It Ralph at the main pool.

Only minor complaint is it took 30 minutes earlier this afternoon to get from Downtown Disney back to CSR, no exaggeration, and it wasn't even that busy. Next time we will probably stay at a monorail resort, since I don't want to spend so much of our trip on a bus. Hopefully the rest of our stay sees quicker travel times!
DTD is a pain to get to and from no mater what resort you are at. We simply do not take a bus there from any resort. Remember that the only place the mono-rail takes you directly is MK, and with a connection, Epcot. We have stayed the gamete from Deluxe to Value and CSR has had the BEST overall transportation of any resort.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:39 PM   #993
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DTD is a pain to get to and from no mater what resort you are at. We simply do not take a bus there from any resort. Remember that the only place the mono-rail takes you directly is MK, and with a connection, Epcot. We have stayed the gamete from Deluxe to Value and CSR has had the BEST overall transportation of any resort.
We're staying here in September and just wondering what is the best way to get to DTD if not using the buses?
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We're staying here in September and just wondering what is the best way to get to DTD if not using the buses?
I don't believe there is another way unless you have a car.
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We're staying here in September and just wondering what is the best way to get to DTD if not using the buses?
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Hello all! I know this thread has discussed this bus thing at length, but I have a slightly different perspective. My DH has severe arthritis and uses an ECV at WDW. It worked great last time with bus transportation at AKL. Unfortunately we can't afford to stay there again. We were thinking Pop for the 1st week of December due to its price, small size and single bus stop. But I was just running prices using the current free dining promo since historically the promo for Dec 1-7 is the same as this one (higher reg rates though). I realized that assuming free dining and upgrading to the 1QS/1TS dining plan, CSR would be only $163 more! I think CSR is a gorgeous adult friendly resort and the perfect place to celebrate 5 years of marriage and 100 lb weight loss (we still have 31 lbs to go jointly). Also we both love Mexican food so if we eat at the resort I think we'd like the options.

My only reservation is the 4 bus stops and large resort size. I know the ECV adds to load time so if anything I hate making people move for him or just adding to an already long bus ride. However if my research is right CSR is closer to the parks than others...so maybe it would even out? The size thing is mainly for me...I hurt so bad last time with all the walking in the parks, but since I will be over 50 lbs lighter maybe it will be easier. DH can zip around on his ECV really well so I am not really worried about the size of the resort for him. But we also can't just hop a bus to the main building either since loading him is a pain. So that means more walking for me!

So my question is, what is everyone's opinions on CSR buses with an ECV vs. Pop in regard to overall travel time/convenience?? Also any suggestions for which area would be 'best' for us? A good combo of me being close to food but us not being on the LAST bus stop and making everyone move or having to wait for another bus?

Thanks in advance I am so sorry for bringing up a such common topic.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:28 AM   #997
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DTD is a pain to get to and from no mater what resort you are at. We simply do not take a bus there from any resort. Remember that the only place the mono-rail takes you directly is MK, and with a connection, Epcot. We have stayed the gamete from Deluxe to Value and CSR has had the BEST overall transportation of any resort.
Your point is well taken. Our next trip will focus mainly on MK and Epcot, so that will work best for us
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We're staying here in September and just wondering what is the best way to get to DTD if not using the buses?
If you don't have a car, you have to use the buses or take a taxi. As long as you're prepared for it, the buses are a perfectly fine way to get to/from DTD. But don't leave the resort at 5:00 hoping to be at DTD for a 5:30 ADR. Likewise, don't head to the DTD bus-stop at 5:00 if you have an ADR at another resort at 5:30. If you're spending an afternoon or evening shopping and not in a big hurry to get to or from DTD, it's not a big deal.

And FWIW, the worst bus experience to or from DTD we ever had was from the WL, a deluxe. We had spent the morning at MK, took the boat to WL for lunch and decided to take the bus to DTD for our last-day souvenir shopping. The bus picked us up and went all the way to the GF to pick up more guests, then back-tracked all the way back near WL to go to DTD. It took at least 45 minutes - crazy!
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How much is cab fare to DTD? Or back?
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How much is cab fare to DTD? Or back?
Was $14 for us, $20 with tip.
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is there a taxi that the hotel uses most?
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Hello all! I know this thread has discussed this bus thing at length, but I have a slightly different perspective. My DH has severe arthritis and uses an ECV at WDW. It worked great last time with bus transportation at AKL. Unfortunately we can't afford to stay there again. We were thinking Pop for the 1st week of December due to its price, small size and single bus stop. But I was just running prices using the current free dining promo since historically the promo for Dec 1-7 is the same as this one (higher reg rates though). I realized that assuming free dining and upgrading to the 1QS/1TS dining plan, CSR would be only $163 more! I think CSR is a gorgeous adult friendly resort and the perfect place to celebrate 5 years of marriage and 100 lb weight loss (we still have 31 lbs to go jointly). Also we both love Mexican food so if we eat at the resort I think we'd like the options.

My only reservation is the 4 bus stops and large resort size. I know the ECV adds to load time so if anything I hate making people move for him or just adding to an already long bus ride. However if my research is right CSR is closer to the parks than others...so maybe it would even out? The size thing is mainly for me...I hurt so bad last time with all the walking in the parks, but since I will be over 50 lbs lighter maybe it will be easier. DH can zip around on his ECV really well so I am not really worried about the size of the resort for him. But we also can't just hop a bus to the main building either since loading him is a pain. So that means more walking for me!

So my question is, what is everyone's opinions on CSR buses with an ECV vs. Pop in regard to overall travel time/convenience?? Also any suggestions for which area would be 'best' for us? A good combo of me being close to food but us not being on the LAST bus stop and making everyone move or having to wait for another bus?

Thanks in advance I am so sorry for bringing up a such common topic.
Though I have not stayed at POP, I'm under the impression they have only ONE bus stop wait area which is in the front of the hotel, which means everyone must travel to that one bus stop to wait for transportation making it much busier. At CSR there is multiple! It's very helpful because basically anywhere you are on resort property, you are close by transportation. If your in El Centro eating breakfast, just go to bus stop 1! If you are in your room and ready to hit the parks, there will be a bus stop close by your building! Personally, I find it very convenient and it's a huge reason we just recently upgraded our reservations from POP to CSR!
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My understanding is that Checker cabs is affiliated with Mears and that they are the only "authorized" taxi company on WDW property.

I use them every trip and have never had a problem.
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:23 AM   #1004
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I went to Walgreen's (twice) while there last April. When you step out front of the entrance, the CMs will wave over a taxi (they sit in the parking area right there and wait) and they drive right up immediately. They are vans - not cars.


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I'm just finishing my 10 day stay at Coronado Springs in the business class. This has been a wonderful stay! This was my first time at CS and I am very impressed with how beautiful the grounds are. I am in room 9530 in Cabanas 9B. Looking out my window now I have a wonderful view of the front lake.

The CMs in the lounge have been so friendly and willing to help in any way. Their morning offerings are perfect for a quick breakfast before heading to the parks.

I can understand why so many people say this is their favorite moderate.
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