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Old 01-05-2013, 03:40 PM   #16
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I would vote longer stay. We love the deluxe resorts, but also love some of the moderates, and are very happy in POR too. We like a longer more relaxing trip and I wouldn't cut my time to stay deluxe.
CBR is a pretty resort. And pretty centrally located. And they have a great pirate pool!
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:45 PM   #17
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Deluxe, especially with very young children. I think the moderate will be too much of a hassle, and you certainly don't want that.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:46 PM   #18
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Yes, in a heartbeat I would do that. In fact, our first trip we were going to do just that in order to stay on the monorail. In the end, we decided to just splurge and stay the extra day and stay at the GF. (it was our first family trip and our DD was 4 1/2 so nap time was essential. I'll tell you, staying on the monorail is WONDERFUL. but it's not just that....if the monorail is busy, you can take a relaxing boat ride. There was something just so magical about staying on the monorail.

don't get me wrong, I LOVED POR and stayed many times.... however, you get a little spoiled on the monorail and it's super convenient to both Epcot and MK. We put our trip this time off until this June so we could save a bit longer to be able to go back to the GF. It was just worth it. For me, I'd choose the Contemporary. You could also price out staying at the Contemporary in the garden wing rooms.... you might find that you can still do the extra day!
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:51 PM   #19
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Would you cut a day to upgrade to a Deluxe?
Absolutely!
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:55 PM   #20
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We are doing a lot of number crunching about our upcoming trip. This will be our 2 boys' first visit to Disney World, and we want it to be really magical. If we stay 7 nights, we can afford a moderate. We were thinking doing the pirate room at Caribbean Beach. However, if we cut 1 day, then we can move up to the Contemporary. It doesn't have that kid like "theme", but having it connected with the monorail is a definite plus considering we have 2 young ones and my older parents will be coming with us. I do believe that the kids would love the pirate room, but when I think of the convenience of that monorail, I keep thinking about doing the Contemporary. Plus, cutting a day does save a little on other expenses, but cuts our vacation too. Does anyone have any insight for me?
I would drop a day and upgrade to the Contemporary. We have never stayed more than 6 nights and have always been able to get everything done that we wanted to do. Being able to walk into MK is worth it. We loved being able to walk into Epcot from the Bc, so I imagine it would be just as great for going from the CR to MK. And then you have the Seven Seas lagoon. There are boats all over the place! You can ride the boat to WL and Fort Wilderness. You can rent a sea racer. And you can see the fireworks from CR, too. There are lots of things to do there. I don't think you'd regret dropping a day to stay at CR.
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:05 PM   #21
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I would not cut a day. CBR has the best pool on property for kids the age of yours. I would however switch from a pirate to a preferred room.

The monorail is nice and being able to walk to MK is great. But I like,more days, more resort theming and really love CBR.

But the pirate rooms are a hike, preferred is convenient for kids, grandparents and therefore you!

You can take midday breaks quite easily when staying at a mod. We take midday breaks every day, every.trip and the travel time on busses to a mod is fine. CBR is very centrally located. From MK the CR is great, but there are other parks at WDW, and two of them will have you bussing back and forth if you stay at the CR.

The pirate rooms are cute, but the Nemo theme in the other rooms is cute and brighter and being close to the food court and the main pool is very nice.

Either way, you will have a great trip.
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:19 PM   #22
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For us, the length of stay is priority one. We pick how long we want our trip to be and then work it into the budget we have. Sometimes we luck out with a discount and can do deluxe for the length of time we want, or other times we stay mod or value.

I wouldn't cut the trip short just to stay at a deluxe.
I kind of work the opposite way! Many times I've adjusted the length of our trip based on what type of deals I can find.

OP, I would probably take the deal, with one caveat.

Are you talking about Contemporary tower rooms or Contemporay Garden Wing rooms. The Garden wing is still in the contemporary, but it is not in the main building. They are close to the pool and landry room, but not all that close to the monorail platform. the tower rooms are the ones located in the main building. they are super convenient to get around.

Similarly, the priate themed rooms at CB were created because they are in the building farthest from the main buildings of CB. I would say the walk around CB is further than the walk from the G Wing rooms at CR. At CR, even if the rooms are not in the main building - a plus, imo, of all rooms at CR is that you can fairly easily walk to/from CR and to from the MK bus stop. So you coudl goto dinner at any resort.

It's about a ten-fifteen minute walk, from CR to MK, but it's always a 15 minute walk no longer. If you try to tkae a bus from CB to MK at a peak time, the wait for the bus could well be half an hour or longer.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:18 PM   #23
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I would absolutely drop a day to upgrade. One day is not that bad at all! Staying at a Deluxe is worth cutting down a day in my opinion, but then again I am not the type who just uses the room to sleep, but who really enjoys the grounds, rooms and dining at a resort. You should absolutely switch to CR, having young kids and being on the monorail is worth losing the extra day easily. Enjoy!!
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:22 PM   #24
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I'm in the minority and vote no- we would rather have extra vacation time.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:30 PM   #25
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I would not cut a day, I would do a WL stay or split WL/CR, but then again I always seem to add an extra day
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:44 PM   #26
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Sorry if this has already been mentioned, but keep in mind that the pirate rooms at CBR are at the furthest point of the resort and CBR is a massive resort. One of the biggest, and the biggest moderate resort. With elderly parents and young children, I would book at preferred room at CBR to be near the bus stops and main building. Another concern with CBR is that it still has two double beds in the room as opposed to queen beds which all the other mods have.

Normally I would do what it takes to not cut my vacation short but if your only choices are CBR or CR, I would cut a day to stay at CR.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:49 PM   #27
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One day less at CR is a no brainer for me. Your kids are 5 and 3. You will spend at least 3 days at MK. The monorail is a biggie with going for naps and whatnot. Other than MK only AK really has a ton of stuff for kids that age.

EPCOT and HS are quick days with limited stuff to hold the attention of kids that age (at least from my experiences with DS and DN's).

6 Days is plenty for a 3 and 5 year old IMO.

If your kids were older I'd rather the extra day.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:07 PM   #28
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Interesting dilemma--
the number of days that you will be there matter--there's a lot of difference in cutting from 4 days to 3 versus 7 days to 6.

We've stayed at CR and CBR and WL.

CR--the walk is still rough at the end of a day. Take the monorail--it's the next stop. We've been standing at the castle looking down toward the entrance at closing with a huge mass of people in front of us. We were back in our room at CR in 20 minutes by monorail--we timed it. (Are the monorails still experiencing issues?)
Expensive, but on our first trip with young kids (5,6) and my parents, we chose CR just for your reasoning--we could escape quickly if needed. Seeing the castle all night long, changing colors is really special. The noise of Chef Mickey and the sway from the monorail add to the excitement, to me.
CBR--Beautiful resort; fabulous theming; pools everywhere; good transportation. Jamaica is not "pirate," but it is usually the first dropoff when returning from parks and it is right over a beautiful island and bridge from the food courts--if distance from food courts is an issue. Better food court than CR and WL. Are you doing QS or sit downs? The food courts may become an issue.
WL-absolutely beautiful resort. The boat ride is sooo relaxing especially at dusk--as good as the rides that you'll get inside the park. Good value for a deluxe. Bus dropoff is close; however, the ride to different parks can get long--you'll pick up people at GF and Poly, I think, along the way. The grandparents would probably love this resort--wood floors, big fireplace with rocking chairs, soaring heights in the lobby.

As you can see, any choice is going to be good. If your primary concern is crankiness in the kids (and grandparents), though, take the Contemporary. If everyone is fairly easygoing, take the extra day. A lot of kids (okay, mine)LIKE the adventure of the buses
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:10 PM   #29
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Yes upgrade. Went with the longer stay during a previous trip and this last trip we went with the shorter stay at the contemporary and it was just so much better! Location location location!
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:15 PM   #30
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For a first trip, I'd go for the longer trip. How old are your parents? My mom is 75 and gets around with no problem. A longer stay will be more relaxing. That one day does make a difference.
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