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Old 06-26-2014, 08:15 PM   #1
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Smile What about the CBR???????Help?

This is my first post to DIS boards. My husband and I are avid Disney fans. We are both seniors and have been to WDW at least 8 times, alone and with the family. We always stay at POR, and love that resort! However, in order to get the fdp this November, we have to stay atCBR, which we have never been to before. So, as the planner of all things Disney, I checked out online reviews of CBR, and some of them were not encouraging at all! The biggest complaint is the size of the resort. There were other issues that I don't pay attention to, cause I think "It's Disney, folks, be happy" It's not the Taj Mahal!!! There are many people who won't ever have the chance to visit WDW, so I'm pretty much happy when I get there and love all of it!!! Sorry to get on my band wagon, but when I get to wDW I smile all the time. There are still wonderful things we haven't seen or done, even after 8 times at WDW! Well, I need your help if you have stayed at CBR, please. Some guidance, inside tips on how to navigate such a huge place, the food court, etc???? anything will be appreciated. We have stayed at CSR and did not like it as it was too large and was mainly a convention resort, so am afraid this one will be like that???? Huge thanks
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:37 PM   #2
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You have made a great choice in CBR! We were huge POR/POFQ fans until our first stay at CBR and now we can't go back. I am so glad we didn't listen to the bad reviews we read before our first CBR stay 5 years ago. Please come check out the CBR FAQ thread, our little home away from home. CBR is our favorite moderate by far!

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Old 06-26-2014, 09:40 PM   #3
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We are POR folks too if staying moderate. We chose CBR for free dining and I couldn't be more excited. Definitely do check out the dedicated CBR thread. I feel the same way as you, it's Disney, the resort looks beautiful and I am excited to try something new!
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Old 06-28-2014, 12:45 PM   #4
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If you can, book a preferred room. That will put you closer to the food court and gift shop. Otherwise, you can have a bit of a walk. However they do have a shuttle that just loops around the resort, so if you don't feel like walking, head to your bus stop and wait for the shuttle.
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Old 06-28-2014, 01:23 PM   #5
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If you can, book a preferred room. That will put you closer to the food court and gift shop. Otherwise, you can have a bit of a walk. However they do have a shuttle that just loops around the resort, so if you don't feel like walking, head to your bus stop and wait for the shuttle.
This. However, the resort is about the same size as both POR and CSR. Since you do like POR it sounds like you have had close rooms, so preferred would be a good choice. I will say that the path along the water with beach areas makes it feel shorter at CBR too. And bonus, they are currently renovating the rooms to appear more islandy (some even say poly like).
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Old 06-29-2014, 07:32 AM   #6
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In my opinion, the sizing of the resort is not a big deal, especially since you are used to POR. It's the same kind of thing.

Put in room requests for buildings that are closer, but not too close that everyone is putting in those room requests and then you have no chance of getting them, like the popular 2 across the bridge at Jamaica and Aruba.

We've stayed at the farthest Aruba building and also in Barbados at a farther building. I believe the Preferred are in Martinique. There are some rooms in Jamaica that could be pretty far out there.
But then again, this is all relative to some of the farther rooms at POR.

Or, you could just request not to be in the very farthest section (I think it's maybe South Trinidad?). But those may be mostly Pirate rooms anyhow.


Or, maybe just make a general request of "closer to food court" and then on check in if it looks like they really stuck you out there, ask if there's anything closer.

It's a beautiful resort, but I'm on the other side of things. We've been here twice, but now having found POR, we love it there!
But, it's nice to try new places, right?
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Old 06-29-2014, 01:10 PM   #7
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We stayed at CBR last summer and was placed in the farthest building from Old Port Royale (food court & main pool area) in the Martinique section of the resort. Our walk to OPR or the feature pool took less than 5 minutes (that was with a 3yr old and a 7 yr old). The cool part was just how beautiful the grounds were... beaches were pristine... quiet pools were virtually void of other people... and how clean & well-themed everything was. I thought we were either very lucky all week or transportation was excellent there (longest wait was less than 10 minutes all week). OPR food court had good variety and tasty food (but, we didn't try the TS restaurant "Shutters" due to time constraints).

In short, CBR is a very nice resort and you will most likely enjoy it as much as other folks and my family did.
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Old 06-29-2014, 03:09 PM   #8
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thanks everyone!

A huge thanks to all who took the time to write about their experiences at CBR! I'm not so apprehensive now after reading your remarks. I will try to get close to the OPR if I can. We do have mobility issues, but can walk, but it really gets difficult when you are hurting and wore out. BUT, forget that!, I still will go to WDW til I can't walk anymore It sounds like CBR is really nice and I shouldn't listen to those negative reports so much. I will write and let you all know how we fared in November at CBR before Thanksgiving! Again, thanks for your remarks and help
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:19 PM   #9
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You have made a great choice in CBR! We were huge POR/POFQ fans until our first stay at CBR and now we can't go back. I am so glad we didn't listen to the bad reviews we read before our first CBR stay 5 years ago. Please come check out the CBR FAQ thread, our little home away from home. CBR is our favorite moderate by far!

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3285736
Thanks Dansdad, for that helpful review. I feel much better now hearing from a devoted POR fan. Can't wait for November now! Huge thanks!
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:11 AM   #10
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disneyseniors, I have lots of pictures of the resort and some tips in my current trip report. If you'd like to look around, simply click on the link below. I'd like to add that my mother has traveled with us to Disney and we stayed at the CBR. At the time of the trips, she was 76, 77 and 79. Even though she has arthritis in her feet, she was able to walk around the resort easily from our non-preferred rooms in Jamaica and Martinique.
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:40 AM   #11
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Hey mickeystoontown...I wanted to see what you have added to your trip report and followed the link in your signature. FYI...It only takes us to the first post and cannot see the whole thread. I have it saved and can get it the other way but I wanted to let you know!
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Hey mickeystoontown...I wanted to see what you have added to your trip report and followed the link in your signature. FYI...It only takes us to the first post and cannot see the whole thread. I have it saved and can get it the other way but I wanted to let you know!
Hum? Wonder what's up with that? Let me see if I can fix it. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:04 PM   #13
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Does anyone know if they've upgraded the Pirate beds to queen sized yet?
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Does anyone know if they've upgraded the Pirate beds to queen sized yet?
When the permits for the refurb were filed, the village of Trinidad South was not included. So, we're pretty sure that they aren't changing out to queen beds.
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When the permits for the refurb were filed, the village of Trinidad South was not included. So, we're pretty sure that they aren't changing out to queen beds.
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