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Old 09-14-2013, 12:11 PM   #2356
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They're trying. But that's not stoping some people from inserting paper cups into the mugs and switching them out quickly so the flow doesn't stop.
I wonder if the thing only dispenses a certain amount?
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Old 09-14-2013, 12:28 PM   #2357
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So this morning I linked all our passes onto the MDE and then was able to get all our fasspasses...yea!!!
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Old 09-14-2013, 12:29 PM   #2358
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It appears to only dispense the number of ounces that the mug will hold. (We transferred from Coronado to Beach Club this morning and have been using the mugs there.)
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:19 PM   #2359
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It appears to only dispense the number of ounces that the mug will hold. (We transferred from Coronado to Beach Club this morning and have been using the mugs there.)
From a trip report on a different board (he stayed at POR):

People are still cheating with the cups. I saw one person put paper cups on top of his RFID cup. He was fast and kept swapping in more and more paper cups (so it kept flowing without making him wait between refills). He must have filled about 5 of them. Where there is a will, there is a way.

Me again. Maybe CSR's machines only fill a certain amount? Maybe the poster was referring to a purchased beverage, not a refillable mug?
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:34 PM   #2360
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My GF and I are checking in on Sept 29th and are showing no features at all.
no fastpass+ and no MBs stinks..

wondering if we should have chosen another resort after reading a bunch here and on other guidebooks.

Clarify something else for us as well. The cups are only usable while at the hotel??
seems like kinda a goofy thing.. who spends that much time at the hotel? All of our time minus sleeping will be at the parks.
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:58 PM   #2361
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My GF and I are checking in on Sept 29th and are showing no features at all.
no fastpass+ and no MBs stinks..

wondering if we should have chosen another resort after reading a bunch here and on other guidebooks.

Clarify something else for us as well. The cups are only usable while at the hotel??
seems like kinda a goofy thing.. who spends that much time at the hotel? All of our time minus sleeping will be at the parks.
The mugs have never been good at the parks - only at the resorts.
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Old 09-14-2013, 06:12 PM   #2362
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The mugs have never been good at the parks - only at the resorts.
why bother at all then? seems worthless at the hotel I'll have bottled waters and Gatorade from the store anyway in the fridge.

Beginning to wonder after reading all this if we should not have just stayed offsite. would have been a lot cheaper.
guidebook says you need a car anyway if you want to dine anywhere other than the resort or at the park you are visiting for the day or visit other resorts.

This will be our first Disney trip since we were children and our first vacation as a couple ever. seems with all the little gotchas that staying onsite really is not worth it.

Wish I had read the site and the book before we impulsively booked with less than 3 weeks from book to departure.
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Old 09-14-2013, 06:26 PM   #2363
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We didn't have a car and easily ate at several other resorts (kona, Sanaa, contempo). We found it easy to take bus to HS and transfer there.

It was nice having the mugs for coffee in the morning before we headed into the park. And drinks by the pool.

Using the bus seemed to be much faster than driving, parking, taking tram and then the monorail. We never waited more than 10 minutes for a bus at CSR.
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Old 09-14-2013, 06:30 PM   #2364
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why bother at all then? seems worthless at the hotel I'll have bottled waters and Gatorade from the store anyway in the fridge.

Beginning to wonder after reading all this if we should not have just stayed offsite. would have been a lot cheaper.
guidebook says you need a car anyway if you want to dine anywhere other than the resort or at the park you are visiting for the day or visit other resorts.

This will be our first Disney trip since we were children and our first vacation as a couple ever. seems with all the little gotchas that staying onsite really is not worth it.

Wish I had read the site and the book before we impulsively booked with less than 3 weeks from book to departure.
I totally disagree I've stayed on and off property and there are PROS and CONS to both. If your concerned rent a car, they are fairly cheap and come in handy if you do want to travel offsite. I usually rent a car and use it when and if I need to, otherwise we park it and take disney transportation.

CSR is a beautiful resort, I think you will have a great time there and at the park in general. PS Disney can be as expensive or as cheap as you want it to be. That's the great thing its up to you.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:05 PM   #2365
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Sucks, doesn't it?

It's not too late to change without penalty as long as your new package has a total greater than your current one. Sounds like you've convinced yourself you're going to have a rotten time; better to change now than wait until you're on vacation and miserable.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:11 PM   #2366
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When we stayed at ASMovies I hadn't passed my driving test, so we had to rely heavily on Disney transportation (the main reason we stayed on site). But we travelled to other resorts on the bus and dined in their restaurants. We got a cab to Universal/Seaworld, and didn't need to shop anywhere like Target or Walmart because we could get what we needed in the resort shops. If you do rent a car then you won't need to pay to park at the parks (a bonus).

We both bought mugs then, and when we stayed at AKL, and feel we got our money's worth as we used them for drinks at breakfast, and whenever we got back from the parks. My favourite was filling mine with hot chocolate and taking it back to my room at bedtime :-)

I wasn't planning on getting them for our trip to CSR next year as it's only 4 nights, but I thought I read somewhere that the price is now in relation to the length of your stay...?
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I wasn't planning on getting them for our trip to CSR next year as it's only 4 nights, but I thought I read somewhere that the price is now in relation to the length of your stay...?
Yes, I saw a sign like that at Rix cafe today...good idea although I don't think the price difference was all that much between the lengths.

We've also been here for a week without a car and have had no problems at all with Disney transportation.
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why bother at all then? seems worthless at the hotel I'll have bottled waters and Gatorade from the store anyway in the fridge.

Beginning to wonder after reading all this if we should not have just stayed offsite. would have been a lot cheaper.
guidebook says you need a car anyway if you want to dine anywhere other than the resort or at the park you are visiting for the day or visit other resorts.

This will be our first Disney trip since we were children and our first vacation as a couple ever. seems with all the little gotchas that staying onsite really is not worth it.

Wish I had read the site and the book before we impulsively booked with less than 3 weeks from book to departure.
Many of us don't purchase the mugs. I used to, years ago when they were resort specific. Each had a unique design. I have lots of great souvenirs from those days!

Here's the thing about a Disney World vacation: it takes A LOT of research to do it right. Staying on-property is definitely the easiest way to do WDW, but the tradeoff is, yes - it costs more. To me, totally worth it!

You can easily get around the property using Disney transportation - but it does take time to learn the best way to go resort-to-resort. The best information you will get is from Cast Members in the parks & resorts -- also the bus drivers (some don't want to be bothered, but most are wonderful and will give you great information!)

Don't over-plan. You won't be able to do everything so decide what's on your "must do" list, but save time for those spontaneous, magical moments you will have that no guide book can prepare you for!

Take time to enjoy the resort. CSR is especially beautiful. Walk the paths. Look at the way the buildings are reflected in the lake. So peaceful and serene.

Please go with the attitude that you will have an amazing time and I bet you will!
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:01 AM   #2369
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Can someone fill me in on what the deal is with the elevators on 4th floor casitas? From what I understand, they're not easy to find or get to? We requested a high floor in Casitas, so now I am re-thinking that! Thanks!
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Old 09-15-2013, 01:12 PM   #2370
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I know the fridges just changed, but can anyone tell me anything about them? At POFQ last year we called when we noticed it wasn't getting cold. We we told it was actually an electric cooler, not a fridge, even though it looked like a fridge. We kept bags of ice in it to make sure certain things like medications stayed cold enough. Are the new ones "electric coolers" as well or actual fridges? Thanks!
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