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Old 11-21-2010, 08:16 AM   #841
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Can you tell me if there are frozen drinks available for the refillable mugs? My DD loves them and I haven't seen it mentioned at this resort.

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I don't think any of the resorts have them anymore. For a long time Pop had them but they took them out over a year ago.
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Old 11-21-2010, 03:29 PM   #842
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We are staying at CBR from 12/16-12/22. Before we left for our last trip I searched online and found a layout of Pop Century that included room numbers, so I knew exactly what rooms I wanted to request. I have looked for one for CBR but I can't find one anywhere. I have read other TR's and I found the exact room I wanted, but we want 2 connecting rooms, and I don't know what the other # is. The one is #5102. If I had a map I could see what other rooms have the same features, so I wouldn't need to ask for a specific room #...
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Old 11-21-2010, 04:57 PM   #843
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Just got back!

Just got home from being at the world from the 13-19. Stayed in Barbados bldg 11, did not get my requests for Aruba or Jamaica. Looking back, I should have pushed them for something else, but it was pretty close to the bus stop, so I went with it. Room was reasonably clean. No signs of bedbugs. We got one towel animal. The construction on the island is done and they put in the most AWESOME play ground! It was just perfect for my three year olds! Had dinner at Shutters one night, and would definitely eat there again- probably the best service we had and the food was pretty good, especially the kids' meals. I think it was by far one of the better options/value, although we were on the DDP. Glad to be back home--- I love being in the world, but man, touring with two three year olds wears you out! The buses were ok. THere was one night it took us an hour and a half to get to dinner at the Grand Floridian, so that was kinda crummy. We've always had a car in the past, so this was our first time using the buses, and honestly will probably be our last. It's just so much quicker to have your own car. Overall, it was a good trip! Who knows when we'll be back... but hopefully it won't be too terribly long!
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Old 11-21-2010, 05:13 PM   #844
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Pictures of the new playground on Caribbean Cay.















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Old 11-21-2010, 05:15 PM   #845
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Glad to hear all the good reviews! We will be here on Saturday God willing!
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Old 11-21-2010, 05:24 PM   #846
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That playground looks AWESOME! Can't wait to spend some quality time there in a few weeks!
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Old 11-21-2010, 06:58 PM   #847
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We are staying at CBR from 12/16-12/22. Before we left for our last trip I searched online and found a layout of Pop Century that included room numbers, so I knew exactly what rooms I wanted to request. I have looked for one for CBR but I can't find one anywhere. I have read other TR's and I found the exact room I wanted, but we want 2 connecting rooms, and I don't know what the other # is. The one is #5102. If I had a map I could see what other rooms have the same features, so I wouldn't need to ask for a specific room #...
The problem with asking for a specific # room is that if they can't give it to you for whatever reason, they don't know what else to give you. If you can find a way to specify your criterias (i.e corner room, close to bus stop, close to pool, whatever), it might give you a better chance of getting something you like.
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The problem with asking for a specific # room is that if they can't give it to you for whatever reason, they don't know what else to give you. If you can find a way to specify your criterias (i.e corner room, close to bus stop, close to pool, whatever), it might give you a better chance of getting something you like.
Good point... Hmmm so is it worth it to fax in a request? I know Pop pays attention to them, but I have no idea about CBR.
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Good point... Hmmm so is it worth it to fax in a request? I know Pop pays attention to them, but I have no idea about CBR.
Last year we phoned in a few days before and gave our request that way. We had asked for Aruba and top floor, and got both requests.

It's just that the most specific you make your request, the most chance you risk them not being able to honor it.
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:09 PM   #850
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Last year we phoned in a few days before and gave our request that way. We had asked for Aruba and top floor, and got both requests.

It's just that the most specific you make your request, the most chance you risk them not being able to honor it.
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:40 PM   #851
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Just back from a week at CRB (Nov 14-21)

I just got home from a week at the CBR (Nov 14-21). It was my first stay at this resort (previously stayed at Poly, GF, and offsite at Vistana) and was there with my 40% off pin code (Yeah!). Having no clue about this property, I made no room requests at all. We were assigned room 3251 (North Trinidad B32, water front, 2nd floor). After looking at the first post in this thread, it seems we were placed in a preferred building at no extra charge?

The resort seemed very QUIET (as in a lot of vacant rooms, but all 4 parks were empty too!!! No wait longer than 5 min for most rides except Soarin' and TSM, of course). We spent a lot of time at the main pool and didn't think there were many kids there. The line for the slides were virtually non-existent. I have pictures of the main pool from friday nov 19 (just after lunch) that show how empty it was (if I can figure out how to post them!). No thoughts on the bus as we used rental car to get around. (got a Prius...hybrids are SO different than gasoline-only cars).

Not surprisingly, the CBR room was a lot smaller than those at the Poly, but it was well-designed with good storage spaces for our stuff and I liked the bathroom area design with curtain. I didn't like that the food court at Port Royale closed at 11 pm (apparently closing time is seasonal), and 2 of the food stations would be closed during non-peak food times. Maid service seemed just fine and we got 2 towel animals on our 6th day only. Also, I agree that the location of the internet cable is terrible, and the line is too short! We need wi-fi!

Finally, I really liked the location of the CBR. It was super close to DHS and Epcot, and not far from AK, MK, and DTD. Everything except MK seemed far away from the poly.

Here's hoping for another pin code for 2011!!!
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:32 AM   #852
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I just got home from a week at the CBR (Nov 14-21). It was my first stay at this resort (previously stayed at Poly, GF, and offsite at Vistana) and was there with my 40% off pin code (Yeah!). Having no clue about this property, I made no room requests at all. We were assigned room 3251 (North Trinidad B32, water front, 2nd floor). After looking at the first post in this thread, it seems we were placed in a preferred building at no extra charge?

The resort seemed very QUIET (as in a lot of vacant rooms, but all 4 parks were empty too!!! No wait longer than 5 min for most rides except Soarin' and TSM, of course). We spent a lot of time at the main pool and didn't think there were many kids there. The line for the slides were virtually non-existent. I have pictures of the main pool from friday nov 19 (just after lunch) that show how empty it was (if I can figure out how to post them!). No thoughts on the bus as we used rental car to get around. (got a Prius...hybrids are SO different than gasoline-only cars).

Not surprisingly, the CBR room was a lot smaller than those at the Poly, but it was well-designed with good storage spaces for our stuff and I liked the bathroom area design with curtain. I didn't like that the food court at Port Royale closed at 11 pm (apparently closing time is seasonal), and 2 of the food stations would be closed during non-peak food times. Maid service seemed just fine and we got 2 towel animals on our 6th day only. Also, I agree that the location of the internet cable is terrible, and the line is too short! We need wi-fi!

Finally, I really liked the location of the CBR. It was super close to DHS and Epcot, and not far from AK, MK, and DTD. Everything except MK seemed far away from the poly.

Here's hoping for another pin code for 2011!!!
Thanks for the review! CBR is our favorite!
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:51 AM   #853
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Safetymom, thank you for posting pictures of the new playscape! It looks awesome.


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Last year we phoned in a few days before and gave our request that way. We had asked for Aruba and top floor, and got both requests.

It's just that the most specific you make your request, the most chance you risk them not being able to honor it.
When you say you phoned in, did you call the WDW travel company or try to get a direct line to the resort?
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:24 PM   #854
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Thought I would share our experience at CBR. I requested Martinique 22, 23 and Jamaica 45 in that order, and I was happy that we got Martinique 23. And we also got a first floor room, which I also requested.

I did online check in and spent all of maybe 1 minute waiting for someone to check us in and 1 minute checking in. And that is at most, it might have taken even less time. It was awesome.

We were super happy that our room was ready at 10am. We got there and it looked nice. Alot of storage and my DH loved the tv. My DM did not like no coffee maker, it was missing. But she found a mousekeeper close by and asked for one and we got a brand new one just handed to us. Which was great, but then the box never got thrown away from our room. It was still there even on our last day.

Along that same line, our mousekeeping wasn't that good at all. Not one towel animal, I know not a requirement, but one would have been nice. We never got 4 washcloths, even though there were 4 of us in the room. And back to the trash, not only did they never get rid of the coffee maker box, but they wouldn't get rid of obvious trash on the nightstand. Like empty wrappers. Now most of the times, we did put things in the trash, but sometimes, stuff was left on the nightstand or other table and low and behold it stayed there. Now I can see not throwing away my half a bag of cracker jacks, I might still want it. But an empty wrapper or a tissue.

We also had a stain on our blanket and on the dust ruffle, we didn't notice it until half way through the trip. We didn't say anything, because it was at the bottom, so it was not a real issue, but others might have a problem.

We went without a lightbulb in one of our lights for most of the trip. Again we didn't report it, it didn't bother us, but you would have thought that someone would have noticed it when cleaning the room.

I think all that our mousekeeper did was make the beds, take out trash (that was in the can), take out towels (from the floor only of course), and give us new towels and a few times new soaps and shampoo, but never alot. And as far as the towels, one time we left one on the sink area over the ice bucket. Which actually needed to be replaced, but we forgot to put it on the ground. So of course she didn't move it and didn't do anything to the ice bucket at all. It wasn't emptied and no new bag was given for it.

So all in all I was not impressed by mousekeeping at all. And we typically stay at the value resorts, never at a deluxe, so we aren't comparing it to say mousekeeping at the poly or something like that. One last thing about that, one time the bed was so messy that my DM commented on it and it looked like something I would do, and I rarely make my bed. It was not good at all.

The buses were okay. We were typically the first stop on and off, so that was nice, but it also meant alot of waiting on the bus as it goes to every stop. We typically waited 5-10 minutes. Maybe 15 at most, but then you add 10 min for the bus to finally leave the resort.

The walk wasn't that bad, but we kept getting lost for some reason. First time swimming we meant to go to our pool and ended up at Barbados I think. Of course without towels, because I hadn't read that you need towels at the smaller village pools. My mistake. I loved the big pool area, but after a long day, even the 10 minute walk just seemed too far (we walk slowly). So we actually drove.

All in all it's a nice resort. Loved the hot tub, zero entry pool and the kid's pirate pool area. But this resort is not my fav. In fact my DH and I both have liked our stay at ASMovies the best. We have stayed at all 4 values and CBR and CSR.

Hope I haven't left anything off. If you have any questions, just ask away.
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Safetymom, thank you for posting pictures of the new playscape! It looks awesome.




When you say you phoned in, did you call the WDW travel company or try to get a direct line to the resort?
The number listed goes to a call center that answers as the resort you are trying to call. But doesn not go there directly. It is best to put your request right in with your reservation right away.
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