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Old 09-24-2013, 07:57 PM   #2491
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We got home Sunday evening and I just wanted to give a little plug for CSR Business Class. If any of you are trying to decide if it's worth it to upgrade from standard or preferred at CSR, it definitely is!! Business Class rooms are all in Cabanas 9B, so the location alone is worth it. Saturday I had dh drop me off at the check in area on our way back from AK. He drove on around to the parking lot for 9B. I went in, got our boarding passes printed and walked back to the room. He was just sitting down on the bed to watch tv when I walked in the room. He kept say, "I can't believe you're back this fast!"

Our room was very quiet. We didn't hear our neighbors at all. We were at Pop two years ago and that was DH's biggest complaint. He could hear everything our neighbors said. It was loud and lots of kids running up and down the in front of our room. We were at Pop Sept. 29-Oct. 2, so basically the same time of year, so no real difference in crowds.

The food in the lounge was great for breakfast---yogurt, granola, cereal, bagels, muffins, danish, fresh fruit with the biggest blackberries I've seen, juice, milk, coffee, espresso, tea, hot chocolate, and cans of coke, tea, etc. but you had to ask for them. In the evenings they had chips, salsa, hummus, several types of cheese, crackers, kettle chips, various fruits, and veggies with dips. The same can drinks were out and there was also beer, sangria, and some wines. We don't drink, so I'm not really sure what all types of alcohol was available, but I remember the ones I mentioned. We got drinks to take back to the room each morning and each evening, so we didn't have to buy any drinks in the parks. We just put them in our bags when we left for the park. I don't think you could make a meal off the evening offerings, but the morning offerings could definitely be used for breakfast and this is what we did. We had a working fridge in our room. I know several people have asked about the fridge situation.

This was just a long weekend trip to celebrate my birthday, so we didn't go to the pool or hot tub. We did go to the grab and go place and dh got gelato, but we really didn't use any of the resort food places. We also had a car and didn't use the buses so I can't comment on them either.

This was my second stay at CSR. Last time we were in Casitas (3 or 4, can't remember which) and I enjoyed it even more than last time!
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:06 PM   #2492
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We just got home last night after staying in Casitas 5. It was 1/2 way between the dug site and El Centro. We used the quiet pool by #4 twice and the dig site pool twice. We didn't get a chance to eat at the restaurants but did use the Cafe a few times. The set up in there is not the most organized... But that's my only complaint!

We used bused stop #4 all week and never waited more than 5-10 mins max. We were the first stop so we always had a seat and didn't mind riding around the resort on the way to the parks. That being said, we were always the first ones off so that was nice as well!

We even met up with Shannon (above) and she was kind enough to drive us back one night after Illuminations!!
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:02 PM   #2493
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To the person who asked about the fridge, ours was working well in our room and even kept the water ice cold. You can make hot water in your coffee pot but it is not boiling. the coffee is Jeffrey's pods and I liked it, my DD did not. They were working on a walkway along the side of the Quiet Pool in the Cassitas and construction walls were up, so I do not think this was landscaping. Please pardon our dust, please use alternate walkway signs were up.
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:04 AM   #2494
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Are the magic bands available at check in as well or only in advance? We are checking in to CSR Oct. 18 but made a ressie thru a non disney site. The confirmation number we have won't work on MDE. So we haven't been able to do advance bands. Thanks.
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Are all the rooms refurbished? Just curious which area we should request. 27 days and we received our magic bands yesterday!!
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We got home Sunday evening and I just wanted to give a little plug for CSR Business Class. If any of you are trying to decide if it's worth it to upgrade from standard or preferred at CSR, it definitely is!! Business Class rooms are all in Cabanas 9B, so the location alone is worth it. Saturday I had dh drop me off at the check in area on our way back from AK. He drove on around to the parking lot for 9B. I went in, got our boarding passes printed and walked back to the room. He was just sitting down on the bed to watch tv when I walked in the room. He kept say, "I can't believe you're back this fast!"

Our room was very quiet. We didn't hear our neighbors at all. We were at Pop two years ago and that was DH's biggest complaint. He could hear everything our neighbors said. It was loud and lots of kids running up and down the in front of our room. We were at Pop Sept. 29-Oct. 2, so basically the same time of year, so no real difference in crowds.

The food in the lounge was great for breakfast---yogurt, granola, cereal, bagels, muffins, danish, fresh fruit with the biggest blackberries I've seen, juice, milk, coffee, espresso, tea, hot chocolate, and cans of coke, tea, etc. but you had to ask for them. In the evenings they had chips, salsa, hummus, several types of cheese, crackers, kettle chips, various fruits, and veggies with dips. The same can drinks were out and there was also beer, sangria, and some wines. We don't drink, so I'm not really sure what all types of alcohol was available, but I remember the ones I mentioned. We got drinks to take back to the room each morning and each evening, so we didn't have to buy any drinks in the parks. We just put them in our bags when we left for the park. I don't think you could make a meal off the evening offerings, but the morning offerings could definitely be used for breakfast and this is what we did. We had a working fridge in our room. I know several people have asked about the fridge situation.

This was just a long weekend trip to celebrate my birthday, so we didn't go to the pool or hot tub. We did go to the grab and go place and dh got gelato, but we really didn't use any of the resort food places. We also had a car and didn't use the buses so I can't comment on them either.

This was my second stay at CSR. Last time we were in Casitas (3 or 4, can't remember which) and I enjoyed it even more than last time!
I don;t drink soda. Do you remember if there was bottled water.Mornings? Evenings? TIA
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Do the laundry rooms at CSR have credit card-enabled (or KTTW-enabled) machines? Or do I need to carry a buttload of quarters with me?
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:31 PM   #2498
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Do the laundry rooms at CSR have credit card-enabled (or KTTW-enabled) machines? Or do I need to carry a buttload of quarters with me?

Please - someone - if it has changed since last spring, please let me know.

But when I was there April 2012, the laundry room used quarters. $2 wash, $2 dry. But I didn't "carry" them around, there's a change machine inside the laundry. There's a soap machine and vending machines also. Very nice laundry room!!


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Juice in carafes, little school milks and little bottles of perrier water were available in the morning. They were on ice.

In the evening coke, diet coke and sprite sodas were on ice. Beer and wine were served by the CM.
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Juice in carafes, little school milks and little bottles of perrier water were available in the morning. They were on ice.

In the evening coke, diet coke and sprite sodas were on ice. Beer and wine were served by the CM.
Ok so I just checked out Buzz' site and he says bottled water available in the evenings. ..not in the mornings and the pictures show regular size bottles, not the small ones..has this changed? I know I sound nit picky but having bottled water is a must...
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You can get water if it not out. Just ask the CM. They will happily get it for you. They don't put milk out at night but you can ask for it.
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Was finally able to do online check-in tonight for our trip Oct 11-15th! No Magic Band invite but DF and I have two each from last month's testing at POP and YC so we're going to try and see if they'll reactivate them for us!
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Please - someone - if it has changed since last spring, please let me know.

But when I was there April 2012, the laundry room used quarters. $2 wash, $2 dry. But I didn't "carry" them around, there's a change machine inside the laundry. There's a soap machine and vending machines also. Very nice laundry room!!


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Hasn't changed, just did laundry a few hours ago. Coins only but there are change machines.
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Do the laundry rooms at CSR have credit card-enabled (or KTTW-enabled) machines? Or do I need to carry a buttload of quarters with me?
just returned home today from CSR, did laundry a few days ago. The machines are $2 to wash, $2 to dry and only take quarters. There is a change machine in the laundry room.

My dollar bills were wrinkled from the rain and it wouldn't take them though. I had my DH go get change from the main building so we did end up carrying around a buttload of quarters. Also it took 2 cycles to dry my clothes completely.
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Was finally able to do online check-in tonight for our trip Oct 11-15th! No Magic Band invite but DF and I have two each from last month's testing at POP and YC so we're going to try and see if they'll reactivate them for us!
I'll be at CSR on Friday. I changed my reservation from POR, so I have MBs from that reservation. CSR said as long as I already have the Bands, they can activate them on Friday. They're just not giving any out until the test officially starts on 10/14.
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