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Old 06-28-2013, 05:13 PM   #1396
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Ok, very close to changing my reservation from POP to CSR. We had wanted POR Riverside, for the main reason of the water taxi. However it has never opened up for our dates of FD. We could have booked FQ , but it just doesn't feel like the right place for us. The only mod we have stayed at was CBR. It was a long time ago and we had a vehicle with us. It is just too big for us without having a car. BTW, we really enjoyed our stay there.

We love the theme of CSR. We have had lunch there last year. It is a beautiful resort! The more I read the better I feel about the bus service.

Before we take the plunge, tell me if the negatives. Every resort will have some negatives.

Also, is the Pepper Market still a buffet?

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Pepper Market is no longer a buffet.

The negatives that come up most often probably deal with the size of the resort (which I don't think is a big deal - it's about 10 min from Ranchos to El Centro), and the food at Pepper Market. A lot of people don't like the set-up of PM. You are seated, you order at different stations, get your food, sit and eat and then pay. Because they use "servers" to get your drinks and you use real plates and silverware (not plastic) and cloth napkins, you are requested to tip. A lot of guests don't like that. For us, not a big deal. PM gets hit-and-miss reviews. On my last stay there, I had breakfast that was pretty good, and dinner that was average. Vacationing guests sometimes complain about the presence of convention-goers, they think it makes it feel less "Disney." We've never been affected by conventioneers, although I do understand that large conventions can affect how busy the pool is, how busy the restaurants are, etc. It hasn't been an issue for us. YMMV

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I was wondering if anyone knows if you get free wifi at this resort. I know several others are now offering it, but wanted to know about this one. Thanks.
Yes, CSR has free wi-fi. It's not the fastest you'll ever have, but it's OK.
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I was wondering if anyone knows if you get free wifi at this resort. I know several others are now offering it, but wanted to know about this one. Thanks.
It is available there if you can connect to it. We were just there June 11 thru 17th & couldn't seem to connect. DD called & got the instructions but still wouldn't work for her. Next day after we came back from the park there was a note saying it was now working but she still could not connect. She called again & CM "Sandra" was very rude & told her wifi was complimentary & not guaranteed, lol. They did offer her to use the computer at the convention center for 15 minutes tho, lol. Could have just been our room, laptop or whatever.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:53 AM   #1398
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Question CSR vs. WBC: I can't decide!!

I'm planning a solo trip during the 2nd half of October 2013 & I'm having such a hard time deciding where to stay! First of all, let me say that my dream would be to rent points from a DVC owner & stay in an AKL studio. Unfortunately, my dates aren't flexible & there are no DVC studios available during my length of stay thanks to the F&W Festival. Bummer.

So now I'm trying to decide between Coronado Springs (CSR) & Wyndham Bonnet Creek (WBC). I've never stayed at - or even seen - either resort. Currently, CSR would cost me about $1400, but there will probably discounts offered later this summer. Pros of staying at CSR: Disney theme, hammocks, confident about room quality (furnishings, wear & tear), convenience of using Disney transportation (including Magical Express), access to EMH, ability to pay for everything with room key & send purchases to room from parks. Cons: Very expensive for what you're getting, Disney buses take *forever* to get from Point A to Point B, no sofa in room, may not be able to get a microwave, expensive to purchase breakfast items for room, & room may be far from central area or main pool.

WBC would cost me $600 for a 1 bedroom deluxe. I would rent a car, which would add about $200 for the car itself & $120 for Disney parking fees, so the total would be about $920. Pros of staying there: more space in room, feels more like "home" than a hotel room, balcony (hopefully with a nice view), kitchen & sofa in room, less walking at resort, can prepare inexpensive breakfasts, easy access to pools, can explore other parts of Orlando if I choose, & quick driving time from resort to parks. Cons: Dealing with parking pass/time share sales people, no Disney theme, worried about quality of room (furnishings, wear & tear, etc), not sure if I'll want to drive myself everywhere, need to carry cash/credit cards, & can't send purchases back to room.

What are your thoughts? Am I missing anything on my pros & cons lists? I would love to get some feedback from folks who've stayed at CSR.

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I'm planning a solo trip during the 2nd half of October 2013 & I'm having such a hard time deciding where to stay! First of all, let me say that my dream would be to rent points from a DVC owner & stay in an AKL studio. Unfortunately, my dates aren't flexible & there are no DVC studios available during my length of stay thanks to the F&W Festival. Bummer.

So now I'm trying to decide between Coronado Springs (CSR) & Wyndham Bonnet Creek (WBC). I've never stayed at - or even seen - either resort. Currently, CSR would cost me about $1400, but there will probably discounts offered later this summer. Pros of staying at CSR: Disney theme, hammocks, confident about room quality (furnishings, wear & tear), convenience of using Disney transportation (including Magical Express), access to EMH, ability to pay for everything with room key & send purchases to room from parks. Cons: Very expensive for what you're getting, Disney buses take *forever* to get from Point A to Point B, no sofa in room, may not be able to get a microwave, expensive to purchase breakfast items for room, & room may be far from central area or main pool.

WBC would cost me $600 for a 1 bedroom deluxe. I would rent a car, which would add about $200 for the car itself & $120 for Disney parking fees, so the total would be about $920. Pros of staying there: more space in room, feels more like "home" than a hotel room, balcony (hopefully with a nice view), kitchen & sofa in room, less walking at resort, can prepare inexpensive breakfasts, easy access to pools, can explore other parts of Orlando if I choose, & quick driving time from resort to parks. Cons: Dealing with parking pass/time share sales people, no Disney theme, worried about quality of room (furnishings, wear & tear, etc), not sure if I'll want to drive myself everywhere, need to carry cash/credit cards, & can't send purchases back to room.

What are your thoughts? Am I missing anything on my pros & cons lists? I would love to get some feedback from folks who've stayed at CSR.

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If you are looking for that 'touch of home' with a kitchen, etc.,and room to spread out, then CSR is definitely not what you are looking for. We usually stay over at SOG where the rooms, and bathrooms are huge, and you have a good sized balcony (pool construction going on, so we decided on CSR where we've stayed before). Anyway, we found the room, and bathroom at CSR very small in comparison, and of course no balcony. However, you said it was a 'solo' trip so space should not be an issue for you. The resort property is gorgeous, and CSR has a peaceful, laid back feel compared to the other Disney resorts, which is why we are returning. The property is spread out, so if you do not enjoy walking around, you may not like CSR. I have not stayed at WBC, but we have stayed at one of the newer Hilton resorts, Parc Soleil. We loved the room which was upscale and beautiful, in fact I could have moved in there forever, but we did not enjoy the drive to Disney. Even though it is just a couple of miles from the Disney gates, the drive became a chore because of traffic, and this was in October. We are also fans of returning to the room mid day to enjoy the resort, and that was out of the question at the Hilton. We decided, we would not stay off Disney property again unless we had a minimum of 14 days to spend in the Orlando area. As far as inexpensive dinning options, you cannot beat the prices off property. I know that WBC has many fans, and it is very close to Disney property, so it may work well for you. I suppose it is all about weighing the compromises that you will need to make.
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I'm planning a solo trip during the 2nd half of October 2013 & I'm having such a hard time deciding where to stay! First of all, let me say that my dream would be to rent points from a DVC owner & stay in an AKL studio. Unfortunately, my dates aren't flexible & there are no DVC studios available during my length of stay thanks to the F&W Festival. Bummer.

So now I'm trying to decide between Coronado Springs (CSR) & Wyndham Bonnet Creek (WBC). I've never stayed at - or even seen - either resort. Currently, CSR would cost me about $1400, but there will probably discounts offered later this summer. Pros of staying at CSR: Disney theme, hammocks, confident about room quality (furnishings, wear & tear), convenience of using Disney transportation (including Magical Express), access to EMH, ability to pay for everything with room key & send purchases to room from parks. Cons: Very expensive for what you're getting, Disney buses take *forever* to get from Point A to Point B, no sofa in room, may not be able to get a microwave, expensive to purchase breakfast items for room, & room may be far from central area or main pool.

WBC would cost me $600 for a 1 bedroom deluxe. I would rent a car, which would add about $200 for the car itself & $120 for Disney parking fees, so the total would be about $920. Pros of staying there: more space in room, feels more like "home" than a hotel room, balcony (hopefully with a nice view), kitchen & sofa in room, less walking at resort, can prepare inexpensive breakfasts, easy access to pools, can explore other parts of Orlando if I choose, & quick driving time from resort to parks. Cons: Dealing with parking pass/time share sales people, no Disney theme, worried about quality of room (furnishings, wear & tear, etc), not sure if I'll want to drive myself everywhere, need to carry cash/credit cards, & can't send purchases back to room.

What are your thoughts? Am I missing anything on my pros & cons lists? I would love to get some feedback from folks who've stayed at CSR.

Thank you,
Shelli
I've stayed at WBC and I can say there were absolutely no issues with sales people or quality of furnishings. It was awesome. If you are looking for a "disney" experience, you won't get it here, but it is really nice and I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. The past 2 visits, we decided to stay on property because we had a really good deal and the costs wasn't that much different once we added everything up.

No experience with WBC buses but I trust disneys buses more. We now have a 10 month old and getting back to the room for a nap easily is a must.
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Just booked a surprise trip for Sept 7-14. First time staying at CSR. What is the fastest way to get to the PR from CSR using Disney transportation? We have ADR's for Spirit of Aloha at 5:15. We have only used transportation one time and typically just drive ourselves. Thanks!
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Thank you, capegirl & nedac!
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Just booked a surprise trip for Sept 7-14. First time staying at CSR. What is the fastest way to get to the PR from CSR using Disney transportation? We have ADR's for Spirit of Aloha at 5:15. We have only used transportation one time and typically just drive ourselves. Thanks!
Take the bus to MK, then either the monorail or boat from MK to the Poly.
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I don't have anything booked right now, which makes me nervous. I think I'm going to make a room-only reservation (hopefully with at least a AAA discount) at CSR. Then I can safely wait until later this summer to make a final decision when public discounts come out. If CSR ends up being within $200 of WBC, I will definitely go with Disney. But I want to know the exact price difference before I book something that can't be cancelled!

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I'm planning a solo trip during the 2nd half of October 2013 & I'm having such a hard time deciding where to stay! First of all, let me say that my dream would be to rent points from a DVC owner & stay in an AKL studio. Unfortunately, my dates aren't flexible & there are no DVC studios available during my length of stay thanks to the F&W Festival. Bummer.

So now I'm trying to decide between Coronado Springs (CSR) & Wyndham Bonnet Creek (WBC). I've never stayed at - or even seen - either resort. Currently, CSR would cost me about $1400, but there will probably discounts offered later this summer. Pros of staying at CSR: Disney theme, hammocks, confident about room quality (furnishings, wear & tear), convenience of using Disney transportation (including Magical Express), access to EMH, ability to pay for everything with room key & send purchases to room from parks. Cons: Very expensive for what you're getting, Disney buses take *forever* to get from Point A to Point B, no sofa in room, may not be able to get a microwave, expensive to purchase breakfast items for room, & room may be far from central area or main pool.

WBC would cost me $600 for a 1 bedroom deluxe. I would rent a car, which would add about $200 for the car itself & $120 for Disney parking fees, so the total would be about $920. Pros of staying there: more space in room, feels more like "home" than a hotel room, balcony (hopefully with a nice view), kitchen & sofa in room, less walking at resort, can prepare inexpensive breakfasts, easy access to pools, can explore other parts of Orlando if I choose, & quick driving time from resort to parks. Cons: Dealing with parking pass/time share sales people, no Disney theme, worried about quality of room (furnishings, wear & tear, etc), not sure if I'll want to drive myself everywhere, need to carry cash/credit cards, & can't send purchases back to room.

What are your thoughts? Am I missing anything on my pros & cons lists? I would love to get some feedback from folks who've stayed at CSR.

Thank you,
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Just a heads up....

I'm not sure how many of you are staying here the week of Thanksgiving, but UCA and UDA are having their cheerleaders and dancers stay here from Monday- Friday that week. They will not be the competition style groups that you normally think of when you hear cheerleaders, they are just here for the Thanksgiving day parade. They will be practicing inside the big building there. My daughter will be one of them, but we have decided to stay at Riverside.

For those who have teenage sons, they will love it!!
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Hi, CSR experts We have always stayed at the one of the deluxes or Shades of Green with our little ones because, among other reasons, the room layout works for us as we like to put the pack & play in the bathroom sink area (I know, I know, who makes their small child sleep in the bathroom?!?!?). We like having the wall to separate us so that our littlest won't be distracted by our older daughter when we're trying to get him to sleep. We still have plenty of room to access one of the sinks, and the tub/shower and toilet are in a separate room, so it is not as bad as it sounds. We booked a bounce back for BC for 10/20-10/24, but the dates prior to that are blacked out. Disney is really pushing the limit for me on how much I'm willing to pay for a deluxe, so we booked CSR for 10/16-10/20. The resort looks really nice, but I'm wondering if there will be space in the sink area to put the pack & play in a way that we can still access the sink.
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Just booked a surprise trip for Sept 7-14. First time staying at CSR. What is the fastest way to get to the PR from CSR using Disney transportation? We have ADR's for Spirit of Aloha at 5:15. We have only used transportation one time and typically just drive ourselves. Thanks!
I don't have an answer to your question but just wanted to say we'll be at CSR Sept 8-15 Night bump into you
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Hi, CSR experts We have always stayed at the one of the deluxes or Shades of Green with our little ones because, among other reasons, the room layout works for us as we like to put the pack & play in the bathroom sink area (I know, I know, who makes their small child sleep in the bathroom?!?!?). We like having the wall to separate us so that our littlest won't be distracted by our older daughter when we're trying to get him to sleep. We still have plenty of room to access one of the sinks, and the tub/shower and toilet are in a separate room, so it is not as bad as it sounds. We booked a bounce back for BC for 10/20-10/24, but the dates prior to that are blacked out. Disney is really pushing the limit for me on how much I'm willing to pay for a deluxe, so we booked CSR for 10/16-10/20. The resort looks really nice, but I'm wondering if there will be space in the sink area to put the pack & play in a way that we can still access the sink.
Yes, when our kids were in PNP, we could put it in the vanity area length-wise under the clothes rod, between the wall and the counter. We still had room to access the sink and get in/out of the bathroom. When we did this, our toddler would stand up and play with the curtain, but now with the sliding doors, I would think it would be nice and dark for a baby to fall asleep.
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Just booked our second family trip, two girls who will be 9 and 8. Trying Coronado Springs this time, please tell us what you like and/or dislike about this resort1
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Just booked our second family trip, two girls who will be 9 and 8. Trying Coronado Springs this time, please tell us what you like and/or dislike about this resort1
We tried CSR for the first time on our last trip (January 2012). We had our 6 year old with us. He loved it. They had a nice playground. He won a macarena contest at the pool. My husband said the pool was warmer than the one at Wilderness Lodge.

We were in Casitas 5 and enjoyed Casitas very much. We are going to get a preferred room for next time so we can be in Casitas again. We mostly used the bus stop #2 at Casitas. But sometimes after breakfast at Pepper Market, we would just hit the restroom outside the restaurant and then go to bus stop #1. We didn't have any trouble with the buses being full, but our trip was in January so off-peak.

There are some pictures of our CSR trip below. It's only 2 pages of pictures. There's a couple pics of CSR on page 1 and I think the rest of them are on page 2. I know I took some photos of the playground area. We had a rollaway in our room for our son to use.

We are going again. I'm sad that Pepper Market's no longer a buffet. That was such a great deal. I thought the breakfast offerings were every bit as good as Crystal Palace, but it is a counter service credit instead of a table service credit. Can't wait to have a Mickey Waffle again.

I visited the laundry room and it was clean and nice inside, but it took me 2 hours to do laundry while my husband and son played in the main pool. I probably won't do that again. I missed all the fun.

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