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Old 05-09-2012, 08:28 PM   #1936
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The Pepper Market is now serving Soft Serve Ice Cream: Gluten Free & Lactose Free. Flavors include Vanilla, Chocolate & Swirl! (For those with food allergies, it's always best to ask first in case they change brands.)
This is good to hear. I am lactose intolerant, not really bad but enough that I watch what I eat when I am out and about, not so much at home. It will be nice to have a bit of ice cream while I am there and not worry about it affecting me later.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:51 PM   #1937
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We will be arriving this Sat. around 8 or 9 am, so excited! How is the breakfast buffet? Thanks!
I'll also be arriving Saturday (flight gets in at 9:50 am). Can you post if you try the PM breakfast buffet? I want to try it but I'm leary... )

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I'll also be arriving Saturday (flight gets in at 9:50 am). Can you post if you try the PM breakfast buffet? I want to try it but I'm leary... )

Enjoy your trip!
The breakfast buffet was our favorite part of staying at CSR. It was a counter service credit. I loved going to the different stations and seeing what was offered. They had a couple different eggs options. You could get an ommlette made, or there was usually two different kinds of scrambled eggs. (plain, and non plain). It seems like my favorite day was when there were some onions and bell peppers mixed in the eggs. There were usually two different kinds of potatoes too, if I remember right. Also there was fruit/yogurt/cereals offered. And Mickey waffles. I believe there were pancakes too. And the bacon was crisp! Also there were muffins/pastries offered in the dessert area. Wish I could remember more about it. My husband thinks they also had oatmeal.

We were there end of January, beginning of February. We also had breakfast at Crystal Palace one morning and I didn't think the food was quite as good as at Pepper Market.

We also enjoyed the lunch buffet.

We are definently returning to CSR.
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We arrive Saturday for a conference at CSR. We booked preferred and requested 2 room adjoining. The conference shows all rooms booked and that they are now booking at AKL. A little nervous we will not get adjoining rooms. 1) would you recommend doing online check-in 2) should I stay with preferred? It is within walking distance to the Dig Site pool?
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Hi all... I just booked our 1st trip to CSR for 9 nights in August.

I have read the 1st ten pages but have to go to bed and have some questions... Which are based on my previous stays at WL

1) Grocery delivery to the resort? and will they deliver it to our room ? (usually stay at WL where they do that)

2) How to get a cab- at EL Centro or call ahead of time? Valet would help at WL... (early AM ADRS)

3) Are there quiet areas in the resort area that are inside or have A/C (like in EL Centro)? I am traveling with DD (18) and I will want some time away to be by myself--- read, relax... I love sitting by a pool but in August--- kinda warm lol ....

4) are there bathrooms/changing rooms at the pools? We will be flying out late on our last day and usually go to park in AM then relax by pool before ME takes us away...

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1. Grocery delivery works the same. We had gardengrocer deliver before our plane landed. Once we arrived , checked in and got to our room, we called bell services and they delivered our groceries and we tipped the bellman

2. They have valets??? or "guys"--LOL--that hail a cab depending on the type you need--they have their little code I guess(reg cab, van, etc) and voila--it appears and they open the door for you. tip again--LOL

3. Quiet areas with A/C....well there are couches, chairs, benches, etc scattered around check-in and El Centro that you could sit and read however I am not sure I would call them quiet as there is always some type of hussle and bustle. You could definitely catch a spot during the daytime inside the Rix lounge as it is open during the day but doesn't get hopping until evening so that would be your best getaway spot.

4. The Dig Site pool area has WONDERFUL facilities including a spacious bathroom, loads of vanity spaces, lockers, and showers....AND the spa bathroom also has a few lockers and shower/changing areas as well. That is over adjacent to the Casitas quiet pool.
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We arrive Saturday for a conference at CSR. We booked preferred and requested 2 room adjoining. The conference shows all rooms booked and that they are now booking at AKL. A little nervous we will not get adjoining rooms. 1) would you recommend doing online check-in 2) should I stay with preferred? It is within walking distance to the Dig Site pool?
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Preferred is Casitas 1, 2, and 3. We were in Casitas 5 by luck. Next time we are doing preferred to make sure we can get 1, 2, or 3. Walking distance is a matter of opinion, but we thought it was just a short distance to the dig site pool. We enjoyed being near the Pepper Market area, bus stop 2, and we also visited the quiet pool and laundry area at Casitas.

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I will let know tinkerbelleinri! From hoosiermoms post it sounds pretty delish. If you are by the pool look for me,I will have a wild little boy and a giant Hawaiian print beach bag that says Joy on it!
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:20 AM   #1943
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(usually stay at WL ...)
Glad to see I"m not the only one who usually does WL going to CSR this August.. are you early or late august? If early.. looking forward to the WL Lover's view of CSR...

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Thank you! Down to hours now! Tomorrow morning can not get here soon enough!!!
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Thank you! Down to hours now! Tomorrow morning can not get here soon enough!!!
Maybe we'll see you at check in! We check in tomorrow too.
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:19 PM   #1946
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Thank you for answering my "burning" questions.. dh would say just wait til you get there...

John- I am going the 5th til 14th of August....

I am excited...a friend of mine who only does deluxe or DVC got happy for me today when I told her where we were staying... she is a disney queen,.... She said CSR is her fav moderate....

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Hi all... I just booked our 1st trip to CSR for 9 nights in August.

I have read the 1st ten pages but have to go to bed and have some questions... Which are based on my previous stays at WL

3) Are there quiet areas in the resort area that are inside or have A/C (like in EL Centro)? I am traveling with DD (18) and I will want some time away to be by myself--- read, relax... I love sitting by a pool but in August--- kinda warm lol ....


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Jill, You can grab a hammock at the Cabanas or Casitas. El Centro is nothing like WL or the WLV quiet areas. When we visited friends staying at WLV there were fire places, checkers, rockers etc. There is nothing like that inside El Centro. There are 2 benches at the fountain area of El Centro. There is seating and tables outside of El Centro near Leguna Bar. There are benches in some of the courtyards at the Casitas and near some of the fountains. The smoking areas have benches. Off the top of my head I can't think of any others.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:59 PM   #1948
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Can you buy cases of water or soda in the Panchitos store? We really don't have to get a lot of stuff (water, soda, Gatorade, milk and cereal) so I don't know if using Garden Grocer is really worth it for us. I don't want to order stuff I don't need just to make the min $40 order plus $14 for delivery $12 + $2 gas surcharge)

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Ok. we have a reservation (well.. two actually because of free dining) with Water View.
I know you might not get a Lake view.. i do want a lake view.
which locations have lake views that are close to food?
we don't care about bus stops as we will have our car, courtesy of the Auto Train, but the pool is an important thing for us too..
is it possible to satisfy both?

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Ok. we have a reservation (well.. two actually because of free dining) with Water View.
I know you might not get a Lake view.. i do want a lake view.
which locations have lake views that are close to food?
we don't care about bus stops as we will have our car, courtesy of the Auto Train, but the pool is an important thing for us too..
is it possible to satisfy both?

John
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Food is located in El Centro, and there is also food at the Dig Site. Preferred rooms are casitas 1, 2 and 3. If you have booked standard water view, casitas 4 and 5 and the cabanas can have nice views of the lake.

Water view can also mean the courtyards in the casitas or any of the quiet pools.

Each section has its own bus stop, so you won't be far from a stop in any section.
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