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Old 10-03-2010, 10:13 PM   #1
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Coronado Springs Resort -- New Unofficial FAQ Thread -- October 2010

CORONADO SPRINGS RESORT


Welcome. For my fellow CSR lovers, lurkers and newcomers to the CSR. If you see any errors or have any suggestions, please send me a PM and I will try to include them. Any and all pictures of the CSR are welcome! Thanks for your support.


Address of the Coronado Springs Resort:
1000 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-1000
Telephone number: (407) 939-1000
Fax number: (407) 939-1001







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El Centro: As you arrive at Coronado Springs your first stop will be El Centro, the main building that contains registration, guest services, Panchitos gift shop, Café Rix, Rix Lounge, the Pepper Market and the Maya Grill. This building also connects to the Convention Center.

The most striking feature of El Centro is the fountain and frescoed domed ceiling in the main lobby. The registration area also features impressive high ceilings with exposed beams. Guest services can assist you with booking dining reservations (though we all know that most should be made 180 days in advance!) and theme park passes. Beside guest services is a DVC information booth.

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Ceiling:



Fountain in lobby:



Panchitos: The gift shop at Coronado Springs is called Panchitos, and it is located in El Centro. It features a sampling of WDW merchandise, some beautiful Mexican pottery and jewelry, and a small grocery section, including personal items, non-prescription drugs, batteries, etc.











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Rooms: 1,917 rooms available; there are junior suites and executive suites available. Regular rooms are 314 square feet

Room Breakdown:

All rooms are now non-smoking
There are 224 king bed rooms
99 disabled accessible rooms
70 Club Level rooms
31 junior suites (1 accessible for the disabled)
10 VIP suites (one bedroom suites)
5 Executive Suites


***Also, there is now a "preferred" category at the CSR where you can pay extra per night to be in one of the preferred buildings. These buildings are Casitas 1, 2 and 3 (all near to El Centro--registration, food, lounge and gift shop).

All rooms come with the following: either two queen beds or one king-size bed, flat screen television, high-speed
internet access, telephone with separate data port, work desk and chair, two ottomans, vanity area with wood
sliding door, refrigerator, coffee maker, in-room safe, ceiling fan, hair dryer, iron and ironing board





Open safe (it comes with a key):



The CSR has Central Air (not wall units). To adjust the temperature, follow these instructions: On the
thermostat, push the power button and the down arrow (button that adjusts the temp) at the exact same time.
If you do this correctly, you will see the letters "bp" where the temp normally shows. You are now bypassing the
sensors in the room. You can then set the temp to whatever you want and it keeps the room that cold whether
you are in it or not. You might have to do this once a day as the thermostat tends to go back to sensor mode
after 24 hours.



A few pictures of the new rooms:

















Suites: CSR has 3 types of suites and they are costly. There are 30 Jr suites, 10 VIP suites and 6 executive suites. All the suites are located in the casitas with the exception of 2 jr suites located in the cabanas, one in 8b and one in 9b. The queen bed jr suite would fit six because the wall unit in the second room is a murphy bed. A Jr suite is two rooms together, the VIP is 3 regular rooms together, and the executive is 5 rooms together.

* The resort has 31 junior suites, which are basically two connecting standard rooms. The bedroom includes either one king bed or two queen beds and the second room is set up as a living room with a sleeper sofa. There are two bathrooms. Junior suites have an occupancy of 4 or 6 people and cost more than 2 standard rooms.

* There are also 10 "VIP" one-bedroom suites. These are equivalent in space to 3 standard rooms knocked together. There is a standard bedroom with one king bed or two queen beds, plus a full bath. The living room is equivalent in size to two standard rooms and includes two seating areas, a wet bar with small refrigerator, a full bathroom and a dining table for four people. It has either a sleeper sofa or a Murphy (Sico) bed, bringing the occupancy to 4 or 6 people. The VIP suites are set up primarily for entertaining and are generally used by senior managers staying at the resort for conventions. VIP suites are priced at more than 4 times the cost of a standard room.

* Finally, there are 5 "Executive" two-bedroom suites. These are equivalent in space to 5 standard rooms knocked together. The first bedroom has a king bed plus a full bath with whirlpool tub. The second bedroom has two double beds plus a full bath. The large living room offers two seating areas, a half-bath, a free-standing wet bar with small refrigerator and a dining table for six people. The living room includes either a sleeper sofa or a Murphy (Sico) bed, bringing the occupancy to 6 people.The Executive suites are set up primarily for entertaining and are generally used by executives staying at the resort for conventions. Executive suites are priced at more than 6 times the cost of a standard room.

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SUITE PHOTOS COURTESEY OF tinkerbelle_325

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The rooms are located in three different themed areas of the Coronado. You can request a specific area when booking but there is no guarantee you'll get your request. Also, as of January 1, 2011, you will be able to pay for a "preferred room" at the Coronado. However, as of this update, we are not sure which buildings/sections will be considered "preferred."

The Spanish-style Casitas at Coronado Springs are very peaceful, with courtyards featuring tiled fountains. Casitas Buildings 1, 3 and 2 (in that order) are the closest to the restaurants and services. Casitas Building 4 contains the salon and health club, if those are important to you. Casitas Building 5 is closest to the Ranchos and the Dig Site.


The Cabanas at Coronado Springs have a relaxed beach feeling. Cabanas Building 8A & 8B are very close to the feature pool, which may be a blessing (convenience) or a curse (noise, light). Cabanas Building 9B is closest to the marina and relatively convenient to the restaurants and services. Cabanas Building 9A is closest to the quiet pool.

The Ranchos at Coronado Springs feel quiet and secluded -- some would say isolated -- and feature desert landscaping and pueblo-style architecture. They look closest to the main pool on a map, but in actuality they are separated from the rest of the property by a swamp, so it can be a fairly long walk from these buildings to the pool, and a very long walk to the restaurants.

There is laundry service in each section. Washers are $2.00 as are the dryers (the dryers go for 30 minutes).

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Casitas Quiet Pool:



Kathy's (oops...I mean the Hammock near Casitas 5):



Thank you to cafeen (Allan) for most of the Casitas pictures.


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Ranchos Quiet Pool:

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***Please note once again that CSR will be offering preferred rooms so some of these choices might not be good ones for you if you did not pay for preferred (as soon as I hear anything definitive, I will post).

Cabanas 9B is now “Club Service” for convention guests. When there is no convention being held at the CSR, the rooms in Cabanas 9B are available to regular resort guests (however, they do not have use of the Club Level services).

For conventioneers the Casitas 1 or 3 are good locations. However, they are a longer walk to the Dig Site Pool.

For adult couples, especially honeymooners or those celebrating anniversaries Casitas 4 or 5 with a water view is a perfect location. Casita 4 has the quiet pool, fitness center, spa, salon, and both are near to bus stop #2.

For “leisure guests with children” here are some great locations; Cabana 8a, Rancho 7b, Cabana 8b, 9a, Rancho 6b, and 6a...in that order. Nearness to El Centro is usually of no importance to many guests. It's much more important to be close to the park bus stops and the “Dig Site”. Leisure guests may come to El Centro once or twice; but they will be at the buses twice a day (at least) and the pool often when they are at the resort.

For adults or large families who wish to be close to a park bus stop and to a “quieter pool” but are not interested in the theme pool, building 7a is great and has close proximity to parking.

Building 2 also is close to parking and usually one of the quietest buildings, especially from the 4th floor. The fourth floor of building actually includes part of the upper floors of building 3 and has easy access to the convention center by way of the elevator courtyard of building 1

Cabana 9b is close to bus stop 1 and the main building with a short walk to the Dig Site (main pool) over the wooden bridge.

Cabana 8a is close to the Dig Site (and playground) and bus stop 4 with a short walk to the main building (closest to the pool).

Cabana 8b and 9a are in between the 2 above (9a has a quiet pool).

Ranchos 7b has a quiet pool, is close to the Dig Site and bus stop 4 with a bit longer walk to the main building. 7b is behind cabana 8a.

Casita 1 is attached to the main building and is very close to the restaurants.

Casita 3 has great courtyard and fountain views.

Casita 5 has some nice fountain and lake views and is close to the Dig Site but farther from the main building. Close to bus stop #2.

SHIPPING TO RESORT:

This is the latest information I have been able to find out on shipping to your resort (I've never done this so I had someone ask for me):

If you send a package down ahead of your arrival via Fed EX or UPS, it will end up at the Business Center and will incur and charge.

If you send it via USPS, it will end up at CSR Operations behind the check in desk.

My guess is that you should check with whoever you are using (Costco, Wal-Mart...whoever) to see which way they ship so you know if you'll have an additional charge at the CSR end.

Buses:



CSR has 4 conveniently located bus stops, one in each of the villages and one at the main building. None of the buildings are far from a bus stop.

The ranchos are the furthest from the main building so getting to the restaurants and lobby are far but there are 3 options. Use the Internal Shuttle System, take a bus to the main building or walk.

WALK:

The distance around the whole lake is just under a mile (.97 miles).

Walking Distances
From El Centro moving clockwise around the lake path to:
Casitas 3 = .16 miles
Casitas 4 = .24 miles
Casitas 5 = .27 miles
Ranchos = .46 miles

From El Centro to the Dig Site, via the bridge near the Cabanas
= .35 miles

From El Centro moving counterclockwise around the lake to:
Cabanas 9B = .16 miles
Cabanas 9A/8B = .22 miles
Cabanas 8A = .31 miles
Rancho 7b = .35 miles


Theme park bus stops go in this order:
The bus stops are:
Bus Stop 2: Casitas
Bus Stop 3: Ranchos
Bus Stop 4: Ranchos and Cabanas
Bus Stop 1: El Centro

DtD and Exit buses
The bus stops are:
Bus Stop 1: El Centro
Bus Stop 2: Casitas
Bus Stop 3: Ranchos
Bus Stop 4: Ranchos and Cabanas

They go in this order to assist guests in getting to the main building and back to their village.



The CSR is situated around a 15 acre lake. At night, it's a beautiful place for a romantic walk around the Lago Dorado over the lighted bridge to relax in a hammock on the white sandy beach of the Cabanas section or among the courtyards in the Casitas section of the resort.



CSR Proximity to Parks:

Hollywood Studios - Bus Stop 6 (1st stop) - 6 min ride once leaving resort
AK - Bus Stop 8 (middle) - 6 min ride once leaving resort
MK - Bus Stop 10 (1st) - 10 min ride once leaving resort
Epcot - Bus Stop 7 (2nd) - 7 min ride once leaving resort
BB - Bus Stop 6 (middle) - 3 min ride once leaving resort

(Now, we always drive, but these times are very close to what it takes when we drive…but we’ve been driving every visit, so we know shortcuts and we know our way).

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CONVENTION SCHEDULE

2011

December 31 - January 2, New Year's Invitational -- USA Gymnastics
January 12 - 15, Children's Pastors' Conference
Jan 27 - 29, MACS Convention and Trade Show
Jan 31 - Feb 5, USPS National Meeting

February 1 - 6, USPS National Meeting
February 6 - 7, BFR Conference
February 8 - 11, VMware Partner Exchange
February 12 - 17, SPIE Medical Imagining
Feb 18 - 21, National Association of Travel Plazas & Truckstops (NATSO)
Feb 21 – 24, IECA Annual Meeting
Februrary 28 - March 3, Enterprise Connect 2011

March 15 - 17, U.S. Bank FSC Payments Conference
March 27 - 30, Spring World 2011

April 7 - 9, Commissioner's Academic Challenge
April 18 - 21, International Transport Packaging Forum
April 28 - May 1, NAOC 2011

May 2 - 4, Supermarket Executive Leadership Program
May 3 - 6, Blue Community Conference
May 4 - 7, Animal Care Expo, 2011
May 15 - 18, NCRA Annual Meeting
May 18 - 20, 2011 Summit for Emerging Executives
May 19 - 22, 2011 NAWMBA Leadership Retreat
May 22 - 25, Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators 2011 Symposium
May 23 - 26, U.S. Southeast Regional Users Group Meeting
May 24 - 25 11th Annual Participating Insurers Workshop
May 26 - 28, Florida State Elks Association

June 2 - 5, 2011 USA Gymnastics Open Championships
June 3 - 5, The Family Cafe
June 9 - 12, 15th National PTA Annual Conference
June 13 - 16, GEAR UP CPE Conference
June 15 - 18, NAHJ 2011 Multimedia Convention & Career Expo
June 21 - 24, A&WMA's 104th Annual Conference and Exhibition
June 23 - 26, 2011 Annual SMA Conference
June 24 - 25, SCBWI
June 28 - 29, NBR Besearch Symposium & Advisory Council Meetings
June 28 - July 1, 2011 National Leadership Conference

July 1 - 2, 2011 US Karate Open
July 1 - 4, Cathe Road Trip
Jul 5 - 10, Friends for Life Annual International Conference 2011
July 10 - 16, Disney Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament
July 13 - 16, Blume National WMU Teen Girl Event
July 20 - 22, 2011 Champion All-American Lacrosse Showcase
July 29 - 31, FYSA Annual General Meeting and Workshop

September 6 - 9, Experince Conference
September 22 - 24, Young Living 2011 Convention
September 23 - 25, Food Industry Truck Driving Championship
September 26 - 29, 2011 ARFF Convention

October 6 - 8, MENAAC 2011 Awards Show and Career Conference

November 6 - 9, Learning 2011
November 15 - 17, 2011 Partners in Community Forestry National Conference
November 16 - 17, Marketing and Advancement Institute for Independent Schools
November 20 -- 22, National Council of Teachers of English

December 13 - 17, GEAR UP CPE Conference


2012

Jan 30 - Feb 4, USPS National Meeting

Feb 1 - 3, International Marina & Boatyard Conference
Feb 5 – 9, APEC Conference and Exposition
February 14 - 16, 2012 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition
February 22 - 25, NADE Conference

March 22 - 24, AFPPA (Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants)

May 3 - 5, 2012 COSUGI Conference

June 3 - 7, 2012 SUGA Educational Conference

September 30 - October 3, ICIP 2012

2013

Jan 28 - Feb 2, USPS National Meeting

Dec 13 - 15, National Scholastic K-12 Chess Championship

2014

Sept 19 - 22, ASBO 100th Annual Meeting

This is not a "FULL" list. This lists consists from research on the web and information passed on from fellow CSR lovers.
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Dining Options:

MAYA GRILL: A table service restaurant with a wine menu, dinner offerings which include steaks, seafood and chicken with choices of signature desserts. Maya Grill also offers a daily breakfast buffet. Hours of operation are: Breakfast -- 7-11 a.m. and Dinner -- 5-11 p.m..

PEPPER MARKET: A color-filled food market. There are 420-seats in the Pepper Market Food Court. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. You choose your meals by choosing from one of the many stations and ordering your food with the chef.
You will be seated by a CM who will take your drink order and bring you a “ticket” for stamping when you go to the station where you wish to order your food. Your ticket will be stamped for each item you get (each guest receives their own card). At the end of the meal, you present your ticket(s) to a CM and pay as you leave. 10% gratuity is automatically charged to your bill at the Pepper Market. If you would like to avoid the 10% gratuity, ask for a “to go” ticket and take your food to your room or one of the great tables surrounding the Lake. The Pepper Market’s hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.





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CAFÉ RIX: Cafe Rix is the CSR’s new “Grab and Go” area. They have everything from sandwiches, paninis, salads, pizza slices, cereal, danishes, pastries, etc. You can refill your “Refillable Mug” here. Cafe Rix also offers wonderful gelato. Café Rix is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.









CSR Room Service: The CSR is the only moderate to offer a full dining menu for room service. Breakfast is served from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and all day dining is available from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
For menus for all of the above, check the menu page here on the DIS

***Please note I am trying to get updated menus to post.

LOUNGES:

The CSR has three bars to choose from:

CSR’s newest addition to adult relaxation, The Rix Lounge, is an upscale lounge offering specialty drinks, appetizers and a DJ on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 9:00 p.m. The Rix is open Tuesdays- Saturdays, from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. After 9:00 p.m., no children are allowed. No sneakers or tank tops are allowed. Here is a link to the Rix for up to date information: http://rix-lounge.com/

Next is Siesta’s. The pool bar is located at the Dig Site and offers standard fast food, including hot dogs, burgers, salads, nachos, etc. Siesta’s orders an array of tropical drinks and beer. You can also refill your refillable mugs here. Hours of operation are: the Bar – 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the food section is open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Be sure to say hi to Francisco – he is the BEST!










Last is the Laguna Bar. The Laguna Bar is lakeside at the CSR with tropical drinks, beer, etc. You can also order food at The Laguna Bar.



The menu for the Laguna Bar (Served from 11:00am to 10:00pm):

Smoked Turkey and Cheddar Cheese Panini $9.95

Capicola Ham and Cheese Panini $9.95

Cheese Pizza $9.75

Pepperoni Pizza $9.95

Vegetable Pizza $9.75

Ham and Cheese Sandwich $8.95

Turkey and Provolone Sandwich $8.95

Fried Coconut Shrimp and Tropical Chutney $9.95

Chips and Salsa $3.95

Kids Pick
Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich - Served with cookie and jucie box or milk $4.29
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POOL:

The CSR has one of the best pools of all of Disney resorts. The entire complex is known as The Dig Site and the pool itself is the “Lost City of Cibola” with a 123-foot Jaguar slide and a Mayan Temple, the pool is a crowd pleaser. Near the Dig Site is an arcade, a sand volleyball court and a large playground.











Kids participate in the pool opening water ceremony each morning at the pool. They chant to bring the water gods to life. It’s a cute little activity they do with the kids along with other water games that they play during the day. Guests are only allowed to climb as high as the first set of large vines crossing the pyramid.

Opening Ceremony







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Kiddie Pool




CSR Hot Tub




Arcade




Playground









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Fitness Activities

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Massage Rooms







Tanning Bed



CSR Marina

The marina at CSR will only be open on a seasonal basis. We are assuming this is due to lack of use and saving costs.

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Some miscellaneous shots of the CSR from CSR guests and friends:




































And some new pictures, courtesy of dwsandy who just returned from a great visit to the CSR:













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Doesn't look like other have found the new thread yet so I'll start off.

Arriving at CSR on Halloween, it will be our first time at this hotel. On other trips my wife has thought this place looked great from the street so when the chance came up to book it we did.
Received our DME tags the other day. We have never used the bus before and she's a little apprehensive about whether or not our bags will show up. I've gotten good feedback from a thread I opened in the Transportation section so we will give it a try. Just got the coupon book but don't feel we will really use it but I'll bring it along just in case.
We have a standard view room and that's OK with me since the room is just for sleeping. But I am curious what regulars think is the best building, or rather, which is the quietest?
The Pepper Market looks like a good place for breakfast provided everything isn't themed to Mexican food
Any advice is appeciated. I'll check in later
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Hi Kathy!
Looking forward to seeing your CSR pics from your trip here on the new thread.
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I LOVE what you've done with the place!
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CSR is great even for families with little ones

My family and I just returned from our first stay at CSR and are dissapointed that it will probally be our last since our youngest is almost 3 and that would make us a party of 5. After months of debate and wondering if I picked the right place, I can tell you that it was perfect. My main worry was that it seemed to be more for adults than children. Boy was I wrong.

My boys ages 2,4,8 had the time of their lives and would have been happy to stay at the resort all day. The pool was wonderful and the lifeguards were great. Life jackets are provided and even fit my small two yr old, and they are the nice jackets with the buckles in the front and a crotch strap. With the life jacket he was even able to go down the slide, I made sure that I went first and then my husband or 8 yr old sent him after me. For kids that were a little older the lifeguards had a time when they played poolside games and the kids were able to earn prizes.

We had the Dlx DDP but found that the meals were a hassle with three little ones so we ate at Pepper Market and Siestas alot. Pepper Market had lots of selection and all was good( and not just mexican). The large Pizza is available on the dinning plan and was enough to split between myself and the boys. We also had pasta, fajitas, sandwiches, a mango chicken dish with veggies was the special one night and the dessert selections was the best of all the places we ate at. Most of the time we ordered on a to go ticket and ate outside by the water. Siestas was also always wonderful, our favorite was the Siesta Nachoes.

Transportation was wonderful, only once did we have to wait and that was because we missed the previous bus by a few minutes. We did however take a taxi a couple of times to stop and buy a case of water and adult beverages. Taxi was $15 from both Epcot and Wilderness lodge, included a stop at the Hess station. A case of water was $4 and 18 pk of adult beverage was $12.

My little one still drinks quite a bit of milk, so for those of you that also have little ones in need of milk, a half gallon was $3.46 at Panchetos. I made the mistake of buying 4 individual cartons the first day and paid $9.

Ok, so just a few more things, housekeeping was fine, what I expected from them, although even on vacation I do not expect others to clean up after me. I know someone is going to mention the bugs so let me just say that they are everwhere down there not just at CSR. They are called Lovebugs and are expected to stay around for another month, just cover your drinks and food if eating outside. My husband who is a workaholic referigeration guy and of course or fridge didn't work, wanted me to pass on that if you have problems with your fridge to turn it off over night the first night and then stock the next day, leaving the cabinet door open and it should work fine.
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Oh, I hadn't realized the new thread had started up yet. Great job Kathy!

We'll be checking into CBR in just four days. I'm looking forward to it, but know we're going to miss CSR. I did call a few weeks ago and tried to switch to CSR, but there were no AP rooms available for our whole stay, so decided to stay at CBR. Oh well, I'll be back at CSR in Dec and am already looking forward to it.
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Has anyone been able to get more information about which buildings the "Preferred" kings rooms will be located in? We are going in Feb. and booked a preferred king room, but all they could tell me when we booked is that it is close to the main building. (which is the reason that we chose preferred)

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Sorry guys...I've been swamped at work since returning and hope to get back to getting this up and running tonight.

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Doesn't look like other have found the new thread yet so I'll start off.

Arriving at CSR on Halloween, it will be our first time at this hotel. On other trips my wife has thought this place looked great from the street so when the chance came up to book it we did.
Received our DME tags the other day. We have never used the bus before and she's a little apprehensive about whether or not our bags will show up. I've gotten good feedback from a thread I opened in the Transportation section so we will give it a try. Just got the coupon book but don't feel we will really use it but I'll bring it along just in case.
We have a standard view room and that's OK with me since the room is just for sleeping. But I am curious what regulars think is the best building, or rather, which is the quietest?
The Pepper Market looks like a good place for breakfast provided everything isn't themed to Mexican food
Any advice is appeciated. I'll check in later
The "quietest" would probably be the Ranchos as they are the furthest from the main building. However, we have been in almost every Casitas building and Cabanas 9A and 8A and have never had an issue with any kind of noise. I think it comes down to which "theme" you like best.

You can get items that are "not" Mexican themed at Pepper Market (they have a pretty darn good waffle!).

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Looking forward to seeing your CSR pics from your trip here on the new thread.
Thanks; I really hope to have this up and runnign in full speed by the end of tomorrow (that means working on it tonight and tomorrow).

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I LOVE what you've done with the place!
Thank you.

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Originally Posted by goldena003 View Post
My family and I just returned from our first stay at CSR and are dissapointed that it will probally be our last since our youngest is almost 3 and that would make us a party of 5. After months of debate and wondering if I picked the right place, I can tell you that it was perfect. My main worry was that it seemed to be more for adults than children. Boy was I wrong.

My boys ages 2,4,8 had the time of their lives and would have been happy to stay at the resort all day. The pool was wonderful and the lifeguards were great. Life jackets are provided and even fit my small two yr old, and they are the nice jackets with the buckles in the front and a crotch strap. With the life jacket he was even able to go down the slide, I made sure that I went first and then my husband or 8 yr old sent him after me. For kids that were a little older the lifeguards had a time when they played poolside games and the kids were able to earn prizes.

We had the Dlx DDP but found that the meals were a hassle with three little ones so we ate at Pepper Market and Siestas alot. Pepper Market had lots of selection and all was good( and not just mexican). The large Pizza is available on the dinning plan and was enough to split between myself and the boys. We also had pasta, fajitas, sandwiches, a mango chicken dish with veggies was the special one night and the dessert selections was the best of all the places we ate at. Most of the time we ordered on a to go ticket and ate outside by the water. Siestas was also always wonderful, our favorite was the Siesta Nachoes.

Transportation was wonderful, only once did we have to wait and that was because we missed the previous bus by a few minutes. We did however take a taxi a couple of times to stop and buy a case of water and adult beverages. Taxi was $15 from both Epcot and Wilderness lodge, included a stop at the Hess station. A case of water was $4 and 18 pk of adult beverage was $12.

My little one still drinks quite a bit of milk, so for those of you that also have little ones in need of milk, a half gallon was $3.46 at Panchetos. I made the mistake of buying 4 individual cartons the first day and paid $9.

Ok, so just a few more things, housekeeping was fine, what I expected from them, although even on vacation I do not expect others to clean up after me. I know someone is going to mention the bugs so let me just say that they are everwhere down there not just at CSR. They are called Lovebugs and are expected to stay around for another month, just cover your drinks and food if eating outside. My husband who is a workaholic referigeration guy and of course or fridge didn't work, wanted me to pass on that if you have problems with your fridge to turn it off over night the first night and then stock the next day, leaving the cabinet door open and it should work fine.
Thank you for our FIRST review here under the "updated" CSR Faq thread. And I am absolutely delighted that you had an awesome time at the CSR. It gave me my for the day.

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Originally Posted by aubriee View Post
Oh, I hadn't realized the new thread had started up yet. Great job Kathy!

We'll be checking into CBR in just four days. I'm looking forward to it, but know we're going to miss CSR. I did call a few weeks ago and tried to switch to CSR, but there were no AP rooms available for our whole stay, so decided to stay at CBR. Oh well, I'll be back at CSR in Dec and am already looking forward to it.
Hi, Vanessa. I'm sure you'll have a great time at CBR. And, like you said, you'll be back at CSR in December (and hopefully not in the Ranchos).

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Has anyone been able to get more information about which buildings the "Preferred" kings rooms will be located in? We are going in Feb. and booked a preferred king room, but all they could tell me when we booked is that it is close to the main building. (which is the reason that we chose preferred)

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I asked while I was there. They still had not made a decision and, if they have, they have not let the concierge or the CM's up front know. The thinking, when I talked to one of the concierge, is that it will be Casitas 1, 2 and 3 and possibly Cabanas 8A and 8B. But I really don't think we'll know until January 1.
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