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Old 07-20-2009, 07:19 AM   #106
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KatMark the thread looks great! Thanks for all the work.

I'll be staying at CSR for the first time in October and I'll be sure to take some photo's to add to the thread.
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Wow! Fantastic job Kat - if I hadn't already switched to CSR I would after seeing this thread. Thank you so much for putting all this together.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:13 AM   #108
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Hi,
I wanted to ask your help....When I fax in my room request what
should I put in the note ......Has anybody done this...Can I see an example????


Thanks for all your help.....
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should I put in the note ......Has anybody done this...Can I see an example????


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ATTENTION: Room Assigner
Coronado Springs Resort
Fax Number #

Greetings from __________! (insert state here)

We are so excited about our upcoming vacation at Coronado Springs. We arrive in just a few days and were hoping that you might be able to meet a few of our requests (Reservation number # Dates). We would love a room in the ________ section, building ____ or ____ on the ____ floor if possible.

Thanks in advance!

The ________ Family!
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Reservation Number

Limiting your requests, giving the assigner more than one building, and ordering your requests in highest priority to lowest, tend to be the best ways to get your requests met. The best time to fax is usually 4 days prior to your arrival. So if you are arriving on a FRI, you should fax on MON. But remember, faxes are only requests, not guarantees. Have a great trip!
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:32 AM   #110
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Hello- I'm looking for some help- we are trying to make our final decision on our resort-- DH really likes the looks on CSR but I have some questions since I don't know anyone who has stayed there b4.

Have ALL the rooms been renovated recently?? ANd do ALL the rooms get all the bathroom stuff that was seem in the picture-toothbrush, moutwash and all the other stuff? or is the just for conventioners?

All have in room fridge (no charge?) with coffee maker?

which rooms would be closest to the buses & food court-- I'm a diabetic so I need to be close

with the food court- do they have "normal" things to eat for kids- mine are so picky!! and is there a tip added on even if you take the food back to your room?

with the buses are there a lot of stops around the resort and are the buses super crowded?

My chooses right now are between- CBR, CSR, POFQ and maybe Pop or ASMo since it would be over 1000.00 in savings to stay there.

thanks for all the help
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Thanks so much for your quick response.....
Also do you guys prefer the first floor or the second floor....???
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Hello- I'm looking for some help- we are trying to make our final decision on our resort-- DH really likes the looks on CSR but I have some questions since I don't know anyone who has stayed there b4.

Have ALL the rooms been renovated recently??

The only sections that have not been renovated yet are floors 1-3 of Casitas 1, 2 and 3. I believe that 2 is currently down. The fouth floor of all these sections was completed months ago and to my knowledge will remain open as floors 1-3 are renovated. All rooms have new beds (queens) as of Oct 2008.

ANd do ALL the rooms get all the bathroom stuff that was seem in the picture-toothbrush, moutwash and all the other stuff? or is the just for conventioners?

I know all rooms get shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and lotion. Not sure about the mouthwash, toothbrush etc...I think those are for suites/"club level" for conventions

All have in room fridge (no charge?) with coffee maker?

Yes, all rooms have a mini fridge and a coffee maker at no charge

which rooms would be closest to the buses & food court-- I'm a diabetic so I need to be close

Cabanas 9B or Casitas 1 are closest to El Centro and Bus Stop 1. Cabanas 9A & 9B are closest to Bus Stop 4. If you are diabetic and NEED to be close to the food court you should contact the Special Needs department, they are the only place that can GUARENTEE you a close room.

with the food court- do they have "normal" things to eat for kids- mine are so picky!! and is there a tip added on even if you take the food back to your room?

The have pizza, chicken fingers and fries etc. So yes, there are "normal" offerings. The 10% automatic gratuity only applies if you DINE IN at the Pepper Market. There is also Cafe Rix, which offers pizzas and sandwiches, and no gratuity.

with the buses are there a lot of stops around the resort and are the buses super crowded?

There are 4 stops. One at El Centro, one at the Casitas, one at the Ranchos and one at the Cabanas. The buses go in this order.

Theme Park Buses
First Stop: Casitas
Second Stop: Ranchos
Third Stop: Cabanas
Fourth Stop: El Centro

Downtown Disney Buses
First Stop: El Centro
Second Stop: Casitas
Third Stop: Ranchos
Fouth Stop: Cabanas

Whenever I have taken buses from CSr I have never had a problem getting a seat. I have been at the first stop and the last. Because it is a convention resort a good number of the guests you see won't use Disney transportation as frequently because they will remain at the resort during the day for their conventions.


My chooses right now are between- CBR, CSR, POFQ and maybe Pop or ASMo since it would be over 1000.00 in savings to stay there.

I think that CSR is the best choice. The rooms are bigger than Pop or ASMu. My understanding is that CSR's transportation is better. And the rooms, if not renovated, at least have new beds.

thanks for all the help
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Hello- I'm looking for some help- we are trying to make our final decision on our resort-- DH really likes the looks on CSR but I have some questions since I don't know anyone who has stayed there b4.

Have ALL the rooms been renovated recently?? ANd do ALL the rooms get all the bathroom stuff that was seem in the picture-toothbrush, moutwash and all the other stuff? or is the just for conventioners?

All have in room fridge (no charge?) with coffee maker?

which rooms would be closest to the buses & food court-- I'm a diabetic so I need to be close

with the food court- do they have "normal" things to eat for kids- mine are so picky!! and is there a tip added on even if you take the food back to your room?

with the buses are there a lot of stops around the resort and are the buses super crowded?

My chooses right now are between- CBR, CSR, POFQ and maybe Pop or ASMo since it would be over 1000.00 in savings to stay there.

thanks for all the help
All the Cabanas have been renovated and I think all of the Ranchos. Most of the Casitas have also been done. All will be done by October 2009. KatMark will be the one to tell you the official word on the updates.

We just return from our first trip to CSR (June 26 - July 4). We loved it! I gave a quick review and posted some pictures on page 7 of this thread.
We loved the Cabanas. We were in 9A. Since you are a diabetic, make sure you have that noted on your reservation. There is a special number/service for those needing specific things due to medical needs. Since you have a medical need to be close to food courts this special service will note that on your reservation and you will be given a room close to El Centre. For the Cabanas this would be 9B. I think it would be Casitas 1. Again, I am not an expert. Check out the disabilities thread for specific information and the phone number for medical needs.

We loved having the queen beds! Yes, all the rooms have a refrigerator and coffee machine at no additional charge. These amenities are free at the moderate level and are additional at the value level. I think it is 10 dollars or more a day to rent a frig.

Yes, we did get all the toileties in the photo - all but the toothbrush. If I had called the front desk or asked we probably would have been given a toothbrush too. The shampoo and conditioner are separate and we were given several during our 8 night stay.

There is pizza for a kid's choice. It looked great (very large slices that are thick and appealing-looking). I think they had chicken nuggets too. You can check out the Pepper Market menu on allearsnet.com for specifics. My DD is very picky too so I packed a jar of peanut butter in my checked bag and she tended to eat that along with some of my son's fries or my baked potato. We then used her CS credit later in the parks or for breakfast.

We found the buses to be good. We used Bus Stop #1 the most. It is the last stop to be picked up before heading to the parks. Most of the time we had seats, occassionally we had to stand. Remember, we were there during the height of the summer season, perhaps the busiest time of all at WDW. From my understanding the weeks prior to and after July 4th are the busiest weeks of the year along with Christmas week.
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Hello- I'm looking for some help- we are trying to make our final decision on our resort-- DH really likes the looks on CSR but I have some questions since I don't know anyone who has stayed there b4.

which rooms would be closest to the buses & food court-- I'm a diabetic so I need to be close

thanks for all the help
After you finish making your reservation, explain to the CM that you are diabetic and need to be close to the food court. Ask them to contact special needs for you - they will do this during the call and have arrangements made.

Hope this helps!
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Just a general tip: if you forget your toothbrush, you can go down to the Conceriege desk and request one. I forgot one the other year and headed down (at the Poly) to see if which store had one I could purchase. They then handed me one with a small thing of toothpaste in it.

It's a cheap toothbrush (I was a little disappointed that it didn't have Mickey on it! but glad I didn't have to pay for one!) and just a little toothpaste, but if you forget, it's enough to carry you through.
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Thanks so much for the fab thread Kat!! You are the best!
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Way to go! This thread looks great! It's easy to make a thread look good when you have a resort that's as beautiful as the CSR to work with!
Thank you--and thanks for the pics!

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I'm looking forward to our stay here in 45 days! Thank you for all the great information.

I promise to bring back lots of pics.
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COLLEGE is more important...but I know how much it hurts to cancel a trip. (:

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KatMark the thread looks great! Thanks for all the work.

I'll be staying at CSR for the first time in October and I'll be sure to take some photo's to add to the thread.
Thank you, and can't wait to see the pictures.

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Wow! Fantastic job Kat - if I hadn't already switched to CSR I would after seeing this thread. Thank you so much for putting all this together.
Thank you, Letsbgoofy. I hope you enjoy CSR!
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Thanks for the website. I am so excited to make our first trip here in October.

Quick question: We are checking in on 10/3. I see that there are 2 conventions that are ending on 10/4. Do you think we will have a problem getting a requested room (Cabanas 8A or 8B)
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Thanks for the website. I am so excited to make our first trip here in October.

Quick question: We are checking in on 10/3. I see that there are 2 conventions that are ending on 10/4. Do you think we will have a problem getting a requested room (Cabanas 8A or 8B)
Thank you. It really depends on how large the conventions are. Some of them are very small so your chances might be better. The thing you have to remember is that a request is just a request and not a guarantee. If they don't assign you Cabanas 8A or 8B you can nicely ask if there is something available or if you could be moved the next day.
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how can you find out when/how many conventions there are?
I'm sure that with me being diabetic I can bring stuff/buy stuff and keep in refridge. (I'm trying to really work hard to keep under control--working well!)
another quick question::: is there a lounge/ pool bar? DH wants to know.
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how can you find out when/how many conventions there are?
I'm sure that with me being diabetic I can bring stuff/buy stuff and keep in refridge. (I'm trying to really work hard to keep under control--working well!)
another quick question::: is there a lounge/ pool bar? DH wants to know.
If you scroll through this new thread, there is a list of conventions that we are aware of. Unfortunately, there is no way for us to know all of them. We have the one that were found by googling and by people letting us know of conventions that they were aware of.

Yes, there is a pool bar--Siestas. There is also an outside bar, Laguna, which serves food and a new lounge, Rix, which has music and no children allowed after 9 p.m.
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