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Old 08-01-2013, 08:50 PM   #1711
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Just a few more days until we go. We are staying at CSR for just the first night 8/6. Then we are joining family at AOA. I feel sad that we will only be there for one night and we won't arrive until 9 pm. We're thinking of doing some late night swimming or at least walking around the resort. My other thought is to come back in the afternoon to eat and swim and then go over to AOA to check in.

I will let you all know about the fridges. I did not ask for one at CSR since we are there for one night but it will be interesting to see if they are in the rooms!
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Just a few more days until we go. We are staying at CSR for just the first night 8/6. Then we are joining family at AOA. I feel sad that we will only be there for one night and we won't arrive until 9 pm. We're thinking of doing some late night swimming or at least walking around the resort. My other thought is to come back in the afternoon to eat and swim and then go over to AOA to check in.

I will let you all know about the fridges. I did not ask for one at CSR since we are there for one night but it will be interesting to see if they are in the rooms!
IMO the beauty of CSR is shown off even more at night. I highly recommend an evening walk around the resort when you get there. The Pyramid at the pool looks awesome at night as well and can be seen from all over the resort. You could enjoy the largest hot tub at WDW which is nice to do at night as well. Enjoy!
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:13 PM   #1713
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Other than the Business Class rooms (Cabanas 9B), nothing is super close to both areas. Casitas 5 and Cabanas 9A our probably the best middle ground being about 5 mins in opposite directions to the main building and Dig Site. Cabanas 8A, 8B, or Ranchos 7B will get you really close to the pool, but a couple minutes farther to the main building. Casitas 4 will have you 3-4 mins to the conference center, but about 8 mins to the pool. Times could vary based on your walking speed.

I'll add that Casitas 4 has the largest and most adult of the quiet pools as well as the Fitness Center, Spa, and Salon. It is also right by the best bus stop #2. Casitas 4 and Cabanas 9B are the two best locations IMO for slightly different reasons.
saskdw-- Thanks so much for the advice! Since 9B is business class, it sounds like I should try for Casitas 4. For me, being close to a good bus stop probably outweighs close proximity to the main pool; and since we won't have the kids with us this time, I may be content to just stay by a quiet pool anyway.

Is there a certain section of Casitas 4 that would be better or worse, in your opinion?
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:38 PM   #1714
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saskdw-- Thanks so much for the advice! Since 9B is business class, it sounds like I should try for Casitas 4. For me, being close to a good bus stop probably outweighs close proximity to the main pool; and since we won't have the kids with us this time, I may be content to just stay by a quiet pool anyway.

Is there a certain section of Casitas 4 that would be better or worse, in your opinion?
The entire Casitas 4 building is great as far as location. Only difference would be the view out the window. If you're not paying for waterview you will probably have a parking lot view, but the bus stop will be right outside your door. A pool side room or facing the main lagoon are great if you luck out or pay for it. If you don't mind using the elevator or stairs everytime you go out the 4th floor rooms have awesome views. We spent 14 nights in Casitas 4 last trip. I loved it. I ended most nights sitting either right by the quiet pool or the tables between Casitas 3 and 4. I'd be suprised if you didn't think it was the perfect location.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:48 PM   #1715
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We spent 14 nights in Casitas 4 last trip. I loved it. I ended most nights sitting either right by the quiet pool or the tables between Casitas 3 and 4. I'd be suprised if you didn't think it was the perfect location.
Ahhh, that sounds wonderful. Really looking forward to staying at CSR. Thanks again for your advice!
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:48 PM   #1716
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Is there a map anywhere that has all the different rooms marked on it? I've seen it for some of the other resorts, but never for CSR.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:39 PM   #1717
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We are CSR bound in October it wasn't our first choice but with FD saved us $800. We are a family of 4 with 2 kids 4 and 6. What buildings are best for the pool or playground, buses and grabbing breakfast or coffee?
The playground is very near the pool and the Ranchos section is closest to the main pool. However, it is the farthest away from the main building and restaurants. As mentioned a few posts earlier, Casitas 4 and 5 are kind of mid-way between the two and near bus-stop #2 (which is first to pick up going to the parks). Cabanas 9A and 8B are probably similar, maybe a little further to the main building, but close to bus-stop #4 (3rd to pick up). Even from Ranchos, though, we've found the walk to the main building is only about 10 minutes (that was with our then-5-yr-old walking). YMMV.

Our kids love CSR - especially the pool and slide and playground. I'm sure your kids will love it!
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:50 PM   #1718
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we are thinking of changing our dates a little bit like oct 1-12,2014 CSR business class..........with 8 park days and MNSSHP on one of our days off.
so arrival day no park and departure day no park, 1 full day off and 1 day only MNSSHP so that will be 12 days instead of 11 yippie and earlier too
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:12 PM   #1719
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we are thinking of changing our dates a little bit like oct 1-12,2014 CSR business class..........with 8 park days and MNSSHP on one of our days off.
so arrival day no park and departure day no park, 1 full day off and 1 day only MNSSHP so that will be 12 days instead of 11 yippie and earlier too
Wow that's a lot of park days! I don't think I could handle that many! Good luck!!
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:15 PM   #1720
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we are doing so many days because we plan on taking breaks every afternoon. So we need to go several days to see as much as we can. I think it will be our only time going to WDW so going to do what we can.
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:39 AM   #1721
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do you have to wait until check-in to put your room location request in, or can you call in advance? we have a king water view and I'd prefer the casitas or cabanas and want to avoid the ranchos.
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we are doing so many days because we plan on taking breaks every afternoon. So we need to go several days to see as much as we can. I think it will be our only time going to WDW so going to do what we can.
That's the way we like it too. Lots of park days, but only a few hours at a time with lots of downtime.
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do you have to wait until check-in to put your room location request in, or can you call in advance? we have a king water view and I'd prefer the casitas or cabanas and want to avoid the ranchos.
You can call in advance and then ask again at checkin if they don't honor the request initially.
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:27 AM   #1724
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On the subject of room requests...does anyone have suggestions on online check in vs. regular check in (in person)? Is either one more likely (or less likely) to be beneficial in having your requests met? I've only really ever made requests in person and never used online check in. Any thoughts?
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:08 AM   #1725
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Don't care at all about the pool, we hardly ever actually have a 'resort day', and we're going in December anyway.

Got a bad ACL injury and can't walk too well, but I still like to hold off on a wheelchair if at all possible, so which building is best for someone who cares about dining and buses and that's absolutely it, and doesn't have a preferred room.

And is there a bus stop that is easier to get a seat on than the others?
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