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Old 03-27-2012, 11:23 PM   #1456
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We have 2 rooms booked for mid-Sept. for preferred rooms. I read that Casitas 2 if really not that great of a bldg. I would really like Casitas 1. Should I put a request in and say "no casitas 2" or ask specifically for Casitas 1 or 3. I was just wondering if I request Casitas 1 if it is just narrowing it down too much?
I personally wouldn't have a problem staying in Casitas 2. Some of the rooms have nice views of the courtyard and fountains. If you get a room at the very far end of Casitas 2 it's far enough that one people would feel they wasted money paying for a preferred room, however those rooms are right beside he Casitas 4 quiet pool and Spa/fitness center. Also right beside busstop 2, which is the best busstop. I would request the building you want and ask to be changed at check-in if you don't get it.
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:36 AM   #1457
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Is Casitas 5 a good request to make? It looks like it is close enough to both the bus stop (cutting through the parking lot) and a small walk to the dig site. We have a Standard room. My first thought was to request Cabanas 9b, but then we would be the last stop, plus seeing the pictures on this thread, the Casitas are so beautiful! Does Casitas 5 have an elevator? My mom has trouble with stairs since she had a double knee replacement.

We have an 8 year old so being close(ish) to the dig site would be great. We don't have to be super close, just close enough.

We are arriving super late, 11 pm so we will do online check in.

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Old 03-28-2012, 08:30 AM   #1458
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Is Casitas 5 a good request to make? It looks like it is close enough to both the bus stop (cutting through the parking lot) and a small walk to the dig site. We have a Standard room. My first thought was to request Cabanas 9b, but then we would be the last stop, plus seeing the pictures on this thread, the Casitas are so beautiful! Does Casitas 5 have an elevator? My mom has trouble with stairs since she had a double knee replacement.

We have an 8 year old so being close(ish) to the dig site would be great. We don't have to be super close, just close enough.

We are arriving super late, 11 pm so we will do online check in.

Thank you!

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Casitas 4 and 5 are standard buildings and are popular requests. Casita 5 is a bit closer to the Dig Site, while casita 4 is closer to the quiet pool and bus stop.

Our kids are 9 and 12, and we prefer the cabanas due to proximity to the Dig Site. But I think the casitas are the prettiest, and the casitas bus stop is the first stop picked up on the way to the parks.

All of the buildings have elevators. Elevator access to the fourth floor of casita 2 is kind of confusing, but that is a preferred building.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:01 AM   #1459
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I am thinking about trying out CSR this May but there are two conventions listed for the time we would be there. In your experience, how much do conventions affect the bus travel to the parks? How about the crowds at the pools? I can't decide if going when you know that there are conventions is a good idea or if I should just pick another moderate. I don't want the pool to be so crazy crowded that we can't enjoy our time there. Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:04 AM   #1460
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We have 2 rooms booked for mid-Sept. for preferred rooms. I read that Casitas 2 if really not that great of a bldg. I would really like Casitas 1. Should I put a request in and say "no casitas 2" or ask specifically for Casitas 1 or 3. I was just wondering if I request Casitas 1 if it is just narrowing it down too much?
I agree with saskdw. I also would not have a problem staying in Casitas 2 as a preferred location. There are some very pretty views of the fountain courtyards in this building. I do not see where it would be a long walk to El Centro as there are so many cut-thru walkways--just a matter of being observant. The only negative of Casitas 2 would be the high floor that has the weird access issue. Can't remember the specifics but it is bizarre.

If you want to make a request, I would simply state "Casitas 3 or 1 plz". My theory is to never say "no (fill in the blank)" because someone skimming room requests may not see the "no" and actually give you the one thing you don't want. I figure it is also more positive to say what you want than to say what you don't.....KWIM??

Anyhoo.....we loved our location in Casitas 3 last Oct. It was not exactly what we asked for but we loved it better than what I had wanted I requested "high floor, Casitas 3 or 1" and we got ground floor, Casitas 3, water view, corner room next to a cut-thru walk way. LOVED it. Room 3147 to be exact
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:10 AM   #1461
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Hello- Currently booked for BC Oct 27- Nov 4, but seriously considering changing our res. to a CSR preferred room instead. It looks like it might be up our alley, and is much more affordable.

Anyone ever stay here for FD? We are keeping our fingers crossed for FD for this trip. Is the availability of rooms during FD impacted by conventions- currently it doesn't look as if much is going on at CSR during our stay- but we are more than 180 days out still. Things can change in the blink of an eye.

My only hang-up at the moment is transportation. I read somewhere the MK is a 20 min trip on the busses. Is this correct? I do like that CSR has dedicated busses to the resort and doesn't share with other resorts.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:12 AM   #1462
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I am thinking about trying out CSR this May but there are two conventions listed for the time we would be there. In your experience, how much do conventions affect the bus travel to the parks? How about the crowds at the pools? I can't decide if going when you know that there are conventions is a good idea or if I should just pick another moderate. I don't want the pool to be so crazy crowded that we can't enjoy our time there. Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks.
I personally would not worry about the conventions. The only complaints I see here on the boards regarding conventions interrupting their pool/bus enjoyment is Grainger. I would NEVER go during this convention as it seems they take over the whole resort and honestly CSR should not book keisure guests during this time IMO. I believe that convention was last quarter?? There were conventions going on when we were there last Oct but the only inconvenience for us was trying to get breakfast items at Cafe Rix in the morning. Made for long lines in that tiny shop. Other than that we never saw them at the pools or on the buses. Poor souls are in meetings most of the day which means no competition for the pool and buses with leisure guests
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:21 AM   #1463
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Hello- Currently booked for BC Oct 27- Nov 4, but seriously considering changing our res. to a CSR preferred room instead. It looks like it might be up our alley, and is much more affordable.

Anyone ever stay here for FD? We are keeping our fingers crossed for FD for this trip. Is the availability of rooms during FD impacted by conventions- currently it doesn't look as if much is going on at CSR during our stay- but we are more than 180 days out still. Things can change in the blink of an eye.

My only hang-up at the moment is transportation. I read somewhere the MK is a 20 min trip on the busses. Is this correct? I do like that CSR has dedicated busses to the resort and doesn't share with other resorts.
We stayed at CSR for FD end of last Oct. I had prebooked a room only preferred. When the FD came out I called that morning and had no problem rebooking as a FD package preferred room. If need be, you could always change your room type at CSR to standard, preferred, or waterview to increase the options. If you are deadset on only one room type then yes--it could increase the chances of that category being sold out for the FD offer. There were conventions going on during our stay but they did not affect us at all except during the morning rush at Cafe Rix for bfst items.

CSR buses were very good IMO--and we are not really "bus lovers." Our longest wait was 20 minutes one morning. Otherwise it was usually a 5-7 minute wait. The bus stops are very nice with some built in benches, ceiling fans, vending machines, and a roof for shade.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:03 PM   #1464
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I am thinking about trying out CSR this May but there are two conventions listed for the time we would be there. In your experience, how much do conventions affect the bus travel to the parks? How about the crowds at the pools? I can't decide if going when you know that there are conventions is a good idea or if I should just pick another moderate. I don't want the pool to be so crazy crowded that we can't enjoy our time there. Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks.
I can honestly say I have never even noticed a convention at our two stays at CSR. Like mentioned above as long as it isn't a massive event like Grainger I wouldn't worry about it. Do a little Internet research and see what you can find about the scope of the two on your dates.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:37 PM   #1465
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I agree with saskdw.

Anyhoo.....we loved our location in Casitas 3 last Oct. It was not exactly what we asked for but we loved it better than what I had wanted I requested "high floor, Casitas 3 or 1" and we got ground floor, Casitas 3, water view, corner room next to a cut-thru walk way. LOVED it. Room 3147 to be exact
Our first stay at CSR we requested Cabanas 9A or 9B and we paid for a waterview. We were literally horrified when we got there and we're assigned Ranchos 7B. The day we arrived they were doing a Disney wide computer software update and were unable to make any changes until the next day. Tired from a long day of traveling we begrudgingly headed to our room thinking this is really going to suck. To make a long story short, we ended up in a room overlooking the quiet pool in 7B that had a beautiful view. We were 2 mins from the dig site and 2 mins from busstop 4. We realized the walk to El Centro was really only 5-7 mins (greatly exaggerated by alot of people). We ended up staying in the room for the whole 9 nights, loved it, and had a great time!

Last trip we stayed in Casitas 4 and that is probably the perfect location for our family as we use the Fitness club. I would prefer not to stay in Ranchos 6 or 7A, but other than that I would stay in any other buildings at CSR and have a great time.
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:43 PM   #1466
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Hello- Currently booked for BC Oct 27- Nov 4, but seriously considering changing our res. to a CSR preferred room instead. It looks like it might be up our alley, and is much more affordable.

Anyone ever stay here for FD? We are keeping our fingers crossed for FD for this trip. Is the availability of rooms during FD impacted by conventions- currently it doesn't look as if much is going on at CSR during our stay- but we are more than 180 days out still. Things can change in the blink of an eye.

My only hang-up at the moment is transportation. I read somewhere the MK is a 20 min trip on the busses. Is this correct? I do like that CSR has dedicated busses to the resort and doesn't share with other resorts.
Maybe if you get on the bus at the Casitas and have to wait at the other 3 stops, then MAYBE it's 20 minutes. We had an early-morning ADR for Crystal Palace last May, got on the bus at 7:00 AM at the Cabanas stop and were walking up to the front of MK by 7:15. We were among the very first in line.

MK is the longest bus ride of any of the parks - it's only about 7 minutes to Epcot and DHS and probably 5 to AK. CSR is really in a very central location, being on the main drag through property. It really doesn't take long to get there - no worries!
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:16 PM   #1467
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Seasideteacher - re: taxis and car seats: From what I've read you will have to request a taxi that has a car seat in it. You can do this by either calling the taxi company yourself and requesting it or have bell services call for you.
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Hi! Can someone please explain to me how the Pepper Market works? I read the sticky and the menu and am still a bit confused!

How does this work with the quick service dining plan? And can I get Mickey waffles for my daughter (only 2, so she isn't on the dining plan with us) like I could at Pop for about $5-ish?

I'm confused how they consider this "buffet style" if your still being charged for exactly whatever you grab.

Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:14 PM   #1469
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Hi! Can someone please explain to me how the Pepper Market works? I read the sticky and the menu and am still a bit confused!

How does this work with the quick service dining plan? And can I get Mickey waffles for my daughter (only 2, so she isn't on the dining plan with us) like I could at Pop for about $5-ish?

I'm confused how they consider this "buffet style" if your still being charged for exactly whatever you grab.

Any help is greatly appreciated!
Pepper Market is a quick service location. For breakfast and lunch, it is a buffet - you can eat whatever and as much as you want for one QS credit (or for one price if you are not on the dining plan). They do have Mickey waffles as part of the buffet. Since your daughter is 2, you can get her whatever she wants at no charge during breakfast and lunch.

Dinner at PM is a la carte. The QS credit allows you one entree, a non-alcoholic drink and a dessert. Your daughter could share your food at dinner, or you could order something for her (but would have to pay for it at dinner).
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:58 PM   #1470
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So now that we are about 6 weeks out from our trip to WDW and CSR, I am getting conflicting opinions of the place. Our IT guy at my office said it was horrible / the assistant at my doctor's office said it's great...

I knew I would have more questions for our stay at CSR. Here goes...

1. Do I have to bring my own hangers or are they supplied?

2. Can you request a toaster for your room?

3. What staples can you buy at Panchitos? For instance, if I bring cereal or bagels from home, can I buy milk, butter, etc. at the resort? I am debating whether to bring some stuff from home or buy through Garden Grocer...
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