Caribean resort newbie??

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  1. tony609

    tony609 "I've Gotta Show To Do"

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    I just upgraded our fall trip to this resort from a value with free dining. I have been to Wdw many times but never stayed anywhere but a value. We love POP C!! Anyway were staying in a standard room and a friend who stayed before said it was horrible there.....,its to big, rooms to far from main building, you can't take yr own luggage etc etc. the bus system is complicated and crowded, the rooms aren't any bigger or nicer than a value... Blah Blah blah she went on. Can you help ease my new worries? I thought we would enjoy an upgrade for a change. Please tell me about this resort and help me think I made an awesome choice!
     
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  3. Julie711

    Julie711 DIS Veteran

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    We love this resort, been 4x. We love the Caribbean music, landscaping, beaches w/ hammocks. The resort is large but that's what appeals to us b/c your not on top of the other guests. The main pool area is great with 2 water slides & hot tubs, good food court & nice gift shop. Each village has its own private pool if you didn't want to walk to main area & each village also has its own laundry services. Bus system has always been fine, never waited long for a bus ( except park closing, but any resort is going to have some wait). We've stayed in different villages, even the one thats the futherest from the main area and still walked it in 6-8 min.
    Have a good trip!
     
  4. kirrrby

    kirrrby We're all mad here....

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    People are going to have different ideas about different resorts. Most of the Moderates (besides POFQ) have the multiple bus stops.


    1. They are indeed bigger than the values rooms sizes. Pop Century is 260 sq ft, CBR is 340 sq ft.

    2. The grounds are beautiful.

    3. You can take your own bags to your room. I don't know where your friend got that information.

    4. Each area has its own bus stop and it's own pool. The only reason why you would need to go to the main building is for the food court or the gift shop. The place you check in (customs house) is near the Barbados section.
     
  5. tony609

    tony609 "I've Gotta Show To Do"

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    thank you all for the replies. Sounding better and better. Anymore?
     
  6. kirrrby

    kirrrby We're all mad here....

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    When you do your reservation you can request a certain building in a certain group. Depending on the time you go, your request might be granted. If your desire is to be near Old Port Royale (the shops, food court, main pool) you can always pay for a Preferred room.
     
  7. WDWNerd

    WDWNerd Earning My Ears

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    We stayed here in May & I was also nervous a/b this resort. I agree w/ all these replies. This resort seems to get a really bad rap from people, why is that? So, I was pleasantly surprised! I would stay there again for sure.
    In my opinion, it feels so much more laid back than the other resorts. People really do have the "island feel" at this resort. You don't see people rushing around like crazies like they do at the Contemporary!!
    Yes, it is big & spread out, but no worse than a value. Taking luggage was not an issue at all for us. The bus does stop at a few stops, but you've been to Disney, most bus routes have more than one stop!
    You'll have 2 sinks, which for some reason, is a huge deal for our family of 4 on vacation!
    Do consider it an upgrade if you've stayed at a value resort & enjoy your vacation!! :)
     
  8. tony609

    tony609 "I've Gotta Show To Do"

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    Feeling much better about my choices. I think my friend exaggerated a bit the things she didn't like. She also loves POP C!!

    Anyone have any tips? What is the food court like?
     
  9. kirrrby

    kirrrby We're all mad here....

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    I think it is because it is the last moderate resort to be refurbished, minus the addition of the Pirate rooms. All the other ones have Queen sized beds.
     
  10. WDWNerd

    WDWNerd Earning My Ears

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    I really liked the food court. It is the typical Disney food court food: Italian station, burger station, sandwiches to go, etc.

    It felt smaller than the value resorts. Not in a negative way. It just felt more manageable. When I walk into a value resort food court w/ my kids, I feel extremely overwhelmed, but I didn't get that here. Again, it just felt less manic to me.

    :)
     
  11. mickeystoontown

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    We returned from our 10th stay at the CBR less than two weeks ago. Obviously, we love the resort. I, honestly, think that the walking/size of the resort is not as bad as some make it out to be. I've used this scenario/example before and will again since it puts the size of the resort into perspective. There is a promenade that goes all the way around the resort. Each village is connected by the promenade. The walk around the entire promenade is 1.3 (or is it 1.4?) miles all the way around. Old Port Royale (the main pool, food court, concierge desk, arcade, store, etc.) is situated approximately in the middle of the promenade. So, even if you are in one of the furthest buildings (with the exception of the pirate rooms), your walk to Old Port Royale will not be more than, approximately, half of that 1.3 miles.

    We have been in one of the furthest buildings in Barbados and our walk to OPR was about 7 minutes. From the other standard locations, the walks varied and were about 5 minutes at a leisurely pace.

    As far as the rooms being the same as a value, nope, they are definitely larger just as the other poster said. The double beds aren't a make-it-or-break it for us. By the end of the day, any size bed would feel nice.

    In the rooms, you'll find a fridge, bench with storage drawer, coffee maker, a a coat hook type shelf. In the bathroom/dressing area, there are two sinks which is convenient when you're getting ready to hit the parks and everybody is getting ready at once.

    I really can't see how the bus system can be confusing. Each village has their own bus stop. Simply walk to it and wait for the bus you are wanting. Yes, the buses do stop in each resort village but it doesn't take long to make the loop around the resort and you're off!

    The food court options are plentiful. There are various stations (just like at Pop) and they all offer something different. Our favorites are the baked ziti, the reuben sandwich, the soups, everything in the grab n go sections most especially the monkey cupcakes.

    I am currently writing a trip report and will be posting pictures of the CBR soon. You're more than welcome to join in! Just click on the link in my signature.

    If you have more CBR questions, feel free to post them. If one of us doesn't know an answer, the other surely will.
     
  12. mickeystoontown

    mickeystoontown DIS Veteran

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    I agree. The whole resort feels "less manic" and has a very relaxed feel to it.
     
  13. P00H1010

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    CBR tends to get bad reviews.....honestly I don't know why. We have stayed there 3 times (in both pirate rooms and a preffered king room) and we just adore the resort. The resort is beautiful and lush and has a laid back feeling (which is nice after a long day in the parks). Is it big...yes....is it so large it is unmanagable...no. The resort rooms are split into villages and each village has its own pool and bus stop. Old Port Royale is where the food court, shops and main pool are located. There is internal bus shuttle that circles the resort stopping at each bus stop so you have the option of walking or taking the bus to where you want to go. The parks buses circle the resort once stopping at each village bus stop before heading out to the park. Some people claim that it takes too long for the bus to go around the resort before heading out. Personally I thought it took less time than when we stayed at BLT and had to stop at another resort or two before going to a park. I love CBR and hope myself and other DISers have helped you hehe....have a wonderful trip!
     
  14. boundfordisney

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    I agree with pp s We love cbr and even when we have stayed at the poly, okw and yacht club we miss the cbr. Beautiful , peaceful, relaxing, the hammocks on the beach. great pool areas 2 hot tubs quiet pools never had any issues with housekeeping or buses, food court is very good. love the spagetti and meatballs! I like to try different resorts but I have a real hard time Not booking cbr. It beat out the poly and okw for me ,other then yacht club its my favorite place to stay. Any time I bring friends or family that have never been to disney this is the resort I book as I know they will love it just as much as we do and dont want to take a chance on booking a resort I havent been to , dont fix what aint broke as they say! cbr is great!:thumbsup2
     
  15. goofygal71

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    We decided on a last minute trip for Free Dining...usually stay at Port Orleans Riverside...but no rooms available....so we decided to give Caribbean Beach a try. I've heard and read negative things...but I usually still give it a chance. After reading everyone's posts...it sounds like a resort me and my kids are going to love! The size thing isn't an issue for us...I have a preferred room. I'm used to the multiple bus stops after several times at POR. It is going to be a great trip! :beach:
     
  16. phayes93

    phayes93 Earning My Ears

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    CBR is our favorite moderate. Since it was the fursr WDW moderate resort, the rooms are larger than at other moderates. Also, ask for a corner room - they're even (slightly) larger. There are POC-themed rooms as well (Arrrr!).
     
  17. MKFan-PR

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    We've been there 3 times and we love it. We haven't gone back to it because of budget, but would stay again in a heartbeat! It is huge, yes, but I've found the walk to be manageable, with the exception of maybe Trinidad North (the Pirate rooms). If you're worried about the distance, you can go preferred and stay very close to Old Port Royale. I stayed at Barbados, and I was in OPR in around 5 minutes. But is a very enjoyable walk because of the great themeing and landscaping.

    It does feel like a resort, and is less "busy" than the Values. And you WILL notice the extra space in the room, believe me. In terms of transportation, each "island" section has its own bus stop, and although the bus will loop around to all the stops, you'll find it doesn't take that long.

    You'll have a great time!:thumbsup2
     
  18. Linda T.

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    We love CBR. We love the white, sandy beaches with lounging hammocks and friendly ducks. We love the beautiful, bright colors and gorgeous foliage throughout the resort. The rooms are larger with two double sinks and a lot of storage. We have always had good bus service during our numerous stays. An occasional glitch but nothing to traumatic to ruin our trip. We usually request the village Jamaica and it is a short walk across the bridge to the pirate pool and the food court/gift shop.

    We are going again this July to CBR. We are counting down the days. Hope you have a great trip!
     
  19. IslandAdventure4

    IslandAdventure4 Salt Life Livin

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    We really liked the laid back feeling of CBR, It is a similar set up to POR. but with the Island feel mon... Our last trip we stayed in Jamaica. It was a nice stroll over Caribbean Cay, great views. We would head to OPR in the morning for coffee and breakfast, and grab the bus from there. Sometimes we would grab the bus from our Village which was a 2 minute walk. At the end of the day we would sometimes get dropped off at OPR for some adult refreshment at the Banana Cabana, or maybe grab some adult beverages to take back at the room. I know there are a lot of complaints about it being to big. But I think that is what is great about it. everyone is spread out. I always felt at ASM, ***, everything was packed into a tight area making if feel that it was always jam packed. Plus you are not going to want to go back to value when you see the room size difference. I could go on and on about the Pro's. You will be pleasantly surprised in your choice. Please report back and let us know how it was. Relax and get excited I think you gonna love CBR!!!! :thumbsup2:cool1::yay:
     
  20. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    If it is in your budget, upgrade to a preferred room. Otherwise you will probably have a bit of a walk to the food court, and it if you get a refillable mug, it will be a pain to fill it. CBR is very beautiful, but it is a very big resort. I would only stay there again in a preferred room.
     
  21. Yellowstonetim

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    It is beautiful! All the buildings are 2 stories and spread out around a beautiful lake. to me it really has the feel of a Caribbean resort. You may walk a bit to the main building, but none are far from your car or a bus stop. You can always put in a request for a closer room, but preferred rooms (the closest) cost more. We did a preferred room that was the farthest away preferred and still liked it. We found the bus service very good. It is close to Epcot.


    There are two hot tubs near the pool. An awesome place to soak the tired muscles after a long day in the park while the kids swim. The pool is large and there are movies at night.


    You will have fun!!
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