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Old 05-07-2013, 11:35 AM   #631
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You will learn very quickly at WDW resorts that you will always here how long the buses take. You can arrive at a buss stop and it is all on your timing not the buss. You can arrive one minute before the buss or one minute after the bus leaves or some where in between. Buses are usually about 20 min. apart. per park. WDW does a good job of this. Remember it is your timing. I only remember waiting 10 min. once. Enjoy the ride and music cause that park is going no where and let the driver take you to the park instead of you driving.
I talked to someone who drove and his wife and kids took the bus and they arrived about the same time but by the time he meet up with the family he was 5 min behind. He told this story to let people know it was not worth driving.
You are on vacation so relax and don't get in a hurry it will all be there when you get there. Why do people worry about how long it takes? Then don't go to WDW.
I agree! We've never run into an issue with the buses at the CBR and we've gone at some pretty busy times of the year. The loop around the resort doesn't bother us at all.

We have a car at our disposal and we park it as soon as we get to the resort and don't start it up again until we get ready to leave almost two weeks later. I'm happy to let Disney do the driving for me.
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:45 AM   #632
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Hi everyone, new to posting but been lurking for a few months since booking our trip. Decided on CBR because of the price, activities for kids, and the large layout. We are all pretty excited and this will be the first trip for my wife and kids. I was there in 80s when EPCOT was fairly new and River Country was the water park.

When planning the trip I looked at reviews as well and I have learned over the last 15 years of using the internet is vacation reviews have to be taken with a grain of salt. I automatically ignored any review that complained about walking, mousekeeping, lines, or food. Those to me are picky individuals who enjoy casting stones from the anonymity of the internet. After filtering that out I found very useful and positive reviews that helped shape our decision on the CBR

For online check in we requested Jamaica and a second floor room, and plan on taking advantage of the resort the day we land for some swimming, boating, and whatever else catches our eye. Will definitely report back during and after trip.
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:49 AM   #633
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Hi everyone, new to posting but been lurking for a few months since booking our trip. Decided on CBR because of the price, activities for kids, and the large layout. We are all pretty excited and this will be the first trip for my wife and kids. I was there in 80s when EPCOT was fairly new and River Country was the water park.

When planning the trip I looked at reviews as well and I have learned over the last 15 years of using the internet is vacation reviews have to be taken with a grain of salt. I automatically ignored any review that complained about walking, mousekeeping, lines, or food. Those to me are picky individuals who enjoy casting stones from the anonymity of the internet. After filtering that out I found very useful and positive reviews that helped shape our decision on the CBR

For online check in we requested Jamaica and a second floor room, and plan on taking advantage of the resort the day we land for some swimming, boating, and whatever else catches our eye. Will definitely report back during and after trip.
First of all, welcome to the Disboards! You'll find that we are a bunch of friendly, Disney lovin' folks!

You are going into this vacation/resort stay with the perfect attitude. I totally agree with you on the bad internet reviews. I've found that most people like to post bad reviews but not a lot of people post good reviews which is a bit puzzling.

I hope that you have a great stay at the CBR! I have a lot of CBR pics in my Excuse Me trip report. You can find the link in my signature below. Just click on it and it'll take you there. Don't be intimidated by the size of my report, there are handy dandy links in post #8.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:32 PM   #634
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Hi everyone, new to posting but been lurking for a few months since booking our trip. Decided on CBR because of the price, activities for kids, and the large layout. We are all pretty excited and this will be the first trip for my wife and kids. I was there in 80s when EPCOT was fairly new and River Country was the water park.

When planning the trip I looked at reviews as well and I have learned over the last 15 years of using the internet is vacation reviews have to be taken with a grain of salt. I automatically ignored any review that complained about walking, mousekeeping, lines, or food. Those to me are picky individuals who enjoy casting stones from the anonymity of the internet. After filtering that out I found very useful and positive reviews that helped shape our decision on the CBR

For online check in we requested Jamaica and a second floor room, and plan on taking advantage of the resort the day we land for some swimming, boating, and whatever else catches our eye. Will definitely report back during and after trip.
Great attitude! Have a fantastic time and I look forward to hearing about your stay at CBR!
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We leave 4 weeks today for 10 days at CBR, and I can't stand the wait!!!!

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Just checked out of CBR this morning (moved to ASMo) and thought I would post my first experience...

Did online check in and requested Jamaica and close to transportation. When we checked in both requests were honoured and we had the BEST room. Room 4404 corner room bldg 44 in Jamaica with the bus stop right out front. As for refurbs - hate to be the bearer or bad news but didn't see much...there were a few guys out painting the bldg each day and that was it..as for the interior the only difference I noted from pics I had seen before hand was no colourful Nemo blanket on bed and an addition of a green pillow....not sure if this is the usual decor?

Overall we had good luck with buses, grounds were beautiful, and I fell in love with CBR despite a few grumpy CM's in Port Royale... I'll be back to give a better review when I get home....writing on an ipad mini kinda sucks...

Last thing ill say is I've got 4 nights at ASMo left and so far I wish I was back at CBR
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We leave 4 weeks today for 10 days at CBR, and I can't stand the wait!!!!

(Posting here 'cause I knew you would understand)
Heck yeah, we understand! We'll be back at the CBR in 15 days. We're giving Port Orleans French Quarter a try on May 21st before moving back to the CBR.

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Just checked out of CBR this morning (moved to ASMo) and thought I would post my first experience...

Did online check in and requested Jamaica and close to transportation. When we checked in both requests were honoured and we had the BEST room. Room 4404 corner room bldg 44 in Jamaica with the bus stop right out front. As for refurbs - hate to be the bearer or bad news but didn't see much...there were a few guys out painting the bldg each day and that was it..as for the interior the only difference I noted from pics I had seen before hand was no colourful Nemo blanket on bed and an addition of a green pillow....not sure if this is the usual decor?

Overall we had good luck with buses, grounds were beautiful, and I fell in love with CBR despite a few grumpy CM's in Port Royale... I'll be back to give a better review when I get home....writing on an ipad mini kinda sucks...

Last thing ill say is I've got 4 nights at ASMo left and so far I wish I was back at CBR
Thanks so much for posting! I'm glad to hear that you had a great stay at the resort. I appreciate your posting the "bad news" about the work going on in Jamaica. All of us here were wondering what, if anything, was happening over there. Hum...I wonder if they are changing out the bedding in the rooms? Usually, there's a bright colorful bedspread on the beds.
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:43 AM   #638
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We leave 4 weeks today for 10 days at CBR, and I can't stand the wait!!!!

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I totally understand! I have got 163 days and so excited already!

Hope you have a fantastic time!

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Just checked out of CBR this morning (moved to ASMo) and thought I would post my first experience...

Did online check in and requested Jamaica and close to transportation. When we checked in both requests were honoured and we had the BEST room. Room 4404 corner room bldg 44 in Jamaica with the bus stop right out front. As for refurbs - hate to be the bearer or bad news but didn't see much...there were a few guys out painting the bldg each day and that was it..as for the interior the only difference I noted from pics I had seen before hand was no colourful Nemo blanket on bed and an addition of a green pillow....not sure if this is the usual decor?

Overall we had good luck with buses, grounds were beautiful, and I fell in love with CBR despite a few grumpy CM's in Port Royale... I'll be back to give a better review when I get home....writing on an ipad mini kinda sucks...

Last thing ill say is I've got 4 nights at ASMo left and so far I wish I was back at CBR
I am glad you had such a nice time in CBR! I'm looking forward to your review and comparison, right now I'm booked in ASMo for October but I'm looking for any incentive to switch to CBR. Is the difference in room size noticeable? I have 3 kids, one in a pack and play, and I've heard in the values the PnP makes for a very tight fit.
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I am glad you had such a nice time in CBR! I'm looking forward to your review and comparison, right now I'm booked in ASMo for October but I'm looking for any incentive to switch to CBR. Is the difference in room size noticeable? I have 3 kids, one in a pack and play, and I've heard in the values the PnP makes for a very tight fit.
If its in the budget I would recommend switching if size is a concern. We had 3 adults in CBR room and still felt like we had room - double sinks were great for multiple ppl getting ready.... Now that I'm in ASMo I really notice the difference...feels much smaller and I'm one adult...I will say though depending on the age of your kids (if they are quite young) they may enjoy the overall theming and pool area a little more at ASMo
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I have been back for almost a week since my 1st stay at CBR! I loved the resort! We have stayed at the values and Shades of Green before. I loved having the bus stops are each village. It was very nice to be able to sit at the bus stop instead of waiting through that long line like at the values.

We were in Aruba 56. We were close to the bus stop but OPR was a good hike. It was a nice hike but did take around 10 minutes to walk. I am sure that we could have got there faster but we were taking in the sights and taking pictures. The room did need some updating as it was showing some wear. But it was still a great room.

Thank you to whoever posted about mailing the coconut! We sent one to my parents and to DH's Mom. They loved them. We made it home before they were delivered so I actually got to see the look on the mailmans face when he delivered my parents. It was priceless!! So was the look on my Dad's face!

We were there during a cheer competition. It did not effect our resort but I did notice the groups in the park. The ones we saw were well behaved but they were everywhere!

I loved the way the food court is set up. It was much easier to navigate than the ones at the all stars. Our last morning there we had a Cuban sandwich for breakfast! It was delicious!! I wish that we had gotten that earlier in our stay.

If it fits into our budget I would love to stay at CBR again!!
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Glad you had a great time, BamaGirl! How much was the coconut? I think it would be fun to send one to my office while I'm gone.
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Glad you had a great time, BamaGirl! How much was the coconut? I think it would be fun to send one to my office while I'm gone.
It was around $23 with postage. You can buy it and address it right there and they will mail it for you.
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Do they have queen beds yet?
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If its in the budget I would recommend switching if size is a concern. We had 3 adults in CBR room and still felt like we had room - double sinks were great for multiple ppl getting ready.... Now that I'm in ASMo I really notice the difference...feels much smaller and I'm one adult...I will say though depending on the age of your kids (if they are quite young) they may enjoy the overall theming and pool area a little more at ASMo
Thank you for the great info! My kids are little and I know they would love ASMo (My DD has been on a Toy Story kick lately) but man, that pool at CBR looks amazing. Plus the extra square footage in the room with a PnP would be really nice. I actually don't mind the thought of full sized beds - means more floor space, lol.
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