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Old 12-18-2011, 05:15 PM   #2176
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My family and I loved CBR. If you don't want to pay extra for a preferred location, I would suggest Jamaica 45 or Aruba 51. We stayed in Jamaic 45 and it was a 5 minute walk over to the Food Court and main pool, and less than that to the bus stop.

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Old 12-19-2011, 05:20 AM   #2177
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Caribbean Beach now has free wi fi at Shutters, Old Port Royale Food Court, Goombay Games, Calypso Trading Post and the Straw Market.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:29 AM   #2178
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My hubby is going to be thrilled with this! Thank you!
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I wonder if you could pick the wireless up from the nearby resort rooms? Anyway, it's a start!
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:29 PM   #2180
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Caribbean Beach now has free wi fi at Shutters, Old Port Royale Food Court, Goombay Games, Calypso Trading Post and the Straw Market.
Woo Hoo!!!! Is this going to be permanent?
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Old 12-21-2011, 03:58 AM   #2181
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Hi all, we will be staying at CBR march 3-10 and I have 3 DD's ages 7, 5, and 2. We are booked for a preferred room in Martinique, just wondering if anyone has any time saving or "wish we would have done that" tips they could share.
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:30 AM   #2182
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Hi all, we will be staying at CBR march 3-10 and I have 3 DD's ages 7, 5, and 2. We are booked for a preferred room in Martinique, just wondering if anyone has any time saving or "wish we would have done that" tips they could share.
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Good Morning - Is this your first visit? If so I would advise you and the family go through all of the Character involved dining opportunities you are wanting to experience and make reservations asap.

My DD and I love Mickey's Backyard BBQ and Chef Mickey at the Contemporary.
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First time at CBR but we went down last Feb. and stayed off property. We have a lot of character dinings lined up because we got the free dining plan in our package. My girls love Akershus in Epcot and Chef Mickeys of course. Looking for more of insider Resort tips. Thanks for the response!
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:40 AM   #2184
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Yes it is.
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:25 AM   #2185
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First time at CBR but we went down last Feb. and stayed off property. We have a lot of character dinings lined up because we got the free dining plan in our package. My girls love Akershus in Epcot and Chef Mickeys of course. Looking for more of insider Resort tips. Thanks for the response!
If you have some time to spend at the resort, I'd suggest renting a surrey bike or bicycle from the resort marina. We usually rent the surrey bike for a half hour and that allows us to make two loops around the resort. We rented both a surrey bike and a bicycle this past trip and my son rode around the resort at least a half dozen times within the hour rented time.

At night, you can see the higher Epcot fireworks from Old Port Royale, the Martinique beach, the island and from several other spots in the resort. We like to watch from the picnic tables at Old Port Royale.

As far as the food court goes, our favorites are the Reuben sandwich, the soup and breadsticks from the pizza station and the fresh baked items from the grab n go section.
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:39 AM   #2186
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3 days til we check in for our first visit. I can't wait ! Just booked a late lunch in Japan for Christmas day since we are spending the day in Epcot and yesterday we booked the "Me Pirate Adventure" for our two boys and they will set that up on the 26th while we spend the majority of the day at DisneyQuest. I will be writing on my blog or at least posting pics daily and then will transcribe the trip report here from there, or at least links to it. Woohoo !! getting away from this cold !
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:05 PM   #2187
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Here's a quicky review of our stay. We were there from November 10th to the 20th. I finally got to our resort day on my TR, and thought I would post an excerpt here:

Now is as good a time as any to talk about this resort. As anyone following my TR knew, I was a bit skeptical about staying here. Realistically I was concerned about three things versus our preferred location at POFQ – the multiple bus stops, the size of the bed (full instead of queen), and size of the resort. The first two were not even remotely an issue, there was one time that the multiple bus-stops seemed to really slow us down, but otherwise it was not a problem at all.

In the end, the size of the resort was completely canceled out by the fact that we were lucky enough to be upgraded to “preferred” location in Martinique. We were so close to the center of the resort it was ridiculous. Here are two shots I took standing in one spot, the first I faced one way and took a picture of our room. The second I faced the other way and took a picture of Port Royale (just behind the trees in the middle).





It was probably about 60 seconds from our room to the food court, and maybe 2 minutes to the main pool. We were probably closer to the main pool than the quiet pool. However, after staying preferred, I would have to say this might be a case where I would pay for the same privilege in the future. We walked around the resort a bit on our last day, and there are quite a few room locations that would be very, very far from the main hotel, and even quite a few that would far from a bus stop.

To the positives, we really liked the Old Port Royale set-up. The food court was very good for lunch/dinner with quite a bit of selection. Breakfast at usual was wholly mediocre (our one main criticism). The pool was very nice, and the activities they staged at the pool were great and went on for a good portion of the day (from 1 PM pool games, to a marshmallow roast, to into the evening with movies on the big screen each night). There was also some other activities such as boat/bike rentals that we didn’t take advantage of. The staff was absolutely wonderful, and we never had any problems at all.

DD also tried the Pirates adventure cruise on our last day. I have not yet posted pictures of this, but will come back and do that at a later date.

We’ve now stayed at 4 Disney Resorts (AKL, POFQ, Pop Century and now CBR). I would in fact recommend all four to anyone, as we had great experiences at all of them. To rank them would even be difficult. Pop Century is obviously for a more modest budget, and while we had great stays there, I would certainly prefer the mods, but would not object to going back. AKL is of course an amazing experience, but there were a few negatives there and would only recommend that stay as an extravagance. Of the two mods, I still would say I prefer POFQ personally, but if I were coming again with young children (a likely prospect) I would probably pick CBR for having a better pool and more activities surrounding it. It was propably DD second favorite after AKL.










The stairs up to the big (dark) slide.


The view from the parapet:


Coming out of the slide:


The bigger slide exit:




The smaller slide:


There was also a “splash” area designated for little kids. DD never actually tried to go there, but later in the trip we noticed you had to be under 48”, which she wasn’t anymore, and there wouldn’t have been able to go.


Christmas decorations went up when we were there. They were somewhat sparse, but I thought appropriate…it’s not a resort that screams “Christmas!”





Thank you for all the great posts on this thread. I read them extensively when deciding whether to jump from POFQ to CBR to save some money. In the end, I was very glad we did, and we would even keep this on our list for a possible return trip.

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Old 12-21-2011, 09:28 PM   #2188
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I'm so excited! My girls and I are going to stay at CBR for 9 nights in February, in a pirate themed room. We're all pirate junkies, and are very excited about the theme. After reading the posts here and seeing the pictures I'm even more excited! Thanks everyone!
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:49 PM   #2189
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Thank you skier_pete! I also have the same concerns about CBR and it's great to hear your honest opinion. I MIGHT be staying here next July - we are still working it all out. If we are able to go, I want to stay here so I'm keeping an eye on the thread and all the great info. Thanks!
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:14 PM   #2190
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We booked CBR a few weeks ago. I was concerend about the size of the beds compared to POFQ. It looks like a great child-friendly resort though.
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