Just back from CSR...

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by amarberry, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. amarberry

    amarberry DIS Veteran

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    Hi there...we just returned very late on Tuesday night from a split stay at CSR and AKL. We were at CSR 2/24-3/3 before moving over to AKL from 3/3-3/6. The travelers were me (33), DH (36), and DD (2.5).

    Overall, we were impressed with CSR. DH and I stayed at POR on our first trip to WDW together in 2002 and were not impressed, so we haven't been in a hurry to return to a moderate. However, after four happy stays at Pop, we were ready for a change (me more so than DH) so we decided to give CSR a try.

    The resort is quite beautiful. It reminds me of resorts in Mexico or the Caribbean. We requested and received a room in Cabana 9B. We were at the far end of 9B very close to the elevator which was convenient with the stroller. We mostly used bus stop #1, although we jumped out at bus stop #4 on a couple of occassions. It was a bit of a hike to the main pool with a 2.5 year old who was a bit of a wimp on this trip about walking.

    Our room was fine. Not super clean, but good. It seemed quite spacious compared to Pop and AKL. We never heard our neighbors. The beds were pretty comfy.

    We ate at Pepper Market twice. Once for lunch and once for dinner (we were on the dining plan). We (DH especially) thought that it was quite good, although I might be frustrated with the prices if I weren't on the dining plan. I really liked the atmosphere of PM. I didn't feel like I was eating in a food court. My only complaint is that they seemed a little cavalier about food allergy issues. It seems like all of the other restaurants at WDW bend over backwards to help you with food allergies, but when I asked about the ingredients in one item the response was annoyance rather than being helpful. The bar area looked really cute, but we never hit that since we had the 2.5 yo and because I'm pregnant.

    The biggest plus about CSR for us was the bus service. All I can say is WOW! We never waited more than a couple of minutes for a bus and on several occassions we were the only family on the bus. We closed MK and MGM and were shocked that there were seats available on the bus. We have become so used to the crammed Pop buses so it was amazing to see this. I really felt centrally located as well. It generally took between 5-10 minutes to get to AK, Epcot, and MGM and 10-15 minutes to get to MK. From the time our bus left MGM one night to the time we were back in our room was about 10 minutes (this bus stopped at bus stop #1 first).

    I guess my last observation about CSR was how quiet and peaceful it was. There were very few little kids that we ran across. My thoughts regarding this is a little weird. It was almost too quiet for us. If this was just a trip with DH and myself, I think this would have been the perfect resort. However, I almost felt a little out of place with a 2.5 yo. The resort was absolutely wonderful, but I sort of think that it was not the right fit for our family. It felt like a classic "it's not you, it's me" relationship. :)

    All in all, I would highly recommend CSR, especially for the bus service, but I'm not sure if we'll be staying there again in the near future.
     
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  3. musicmom3

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    Thanks for your review! We spent President's Week at CSR (our first moderate in a long time) and experienced the same sense of quiet that you describe even though it was a crazy busy week at the parks. It was my DH and myself, and although we did see kids at the PM and on the busses and here and there on the walkways, it was always so peaceful. I agree about that CSR bus service. It IS wonderful, isn't it? We enjoyed ourselves and I'm glad you had a good time, too.
     
  4. disnut1149

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    Hi
    Thanks for your review. My DH and I are staying there for four nights in December. I've been staying at Pop and will be there again in August with my DD and DGD and 3 DNieces. CSR looks so beautiful, so I'm really excited to try something new. After taking 4 kids to Disney in August, I'll be ready for a quiet resort in December.:goodvibes (Thanks Buzz for all your info)
     
  5. Buzz2001

    Buzz2001 CSR MAN!!

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    Great review, thanks for posting!
     
  6. arkansas mom

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    I can't wait! I'm looking forward to the change from Pop!
     
  7. bluerendezvous

    bluerendezvous DIS Veteran

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    Thanks for the great review! I can't wait to go too!
     
  8. Briseis82

    Briseis82 X-files Geek

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    My husband and I spent our Honeymoon at the CSR. We loved it. It is totally perfect for Honemooners. Beautiful, quiet, and comfortable.

    In August we are staying at the All-Stars Music. The only concern I have it the kids. I like to get my sleep.
     
  9. amarberry

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    I've never stayed at the All-Stars, but here's what I have learned from staying at Pop. Request an upper floor. At Pop, I ask for a lake side room so I'm not facing the courtyard (not sure what the configuration is at the All Stars for the buildings). Also, invest in a white noise machine. I found one at Radio Shack for $8-9 and it has really helped.

    If you have a room facing the quiet side at a value, I would say that the "traffic" noise is pretty similar to CSR. If people are walking by your room and being loud, you will hear it at either resort because of the outside corridors.
     
  10. Buzz2001

    Buzz2001 CSR MAN!!

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    Agreed, you'll hear loud people at any resort walking by the door.
     
  11. minijeanie

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    thanks for the reviews!!!

    so getting anxious about our trip now

    can't wait...

    looking forward to staying at CSR

    heard so many great reviews on these boards.

    I am not a fan of moderates but I think I am going to like this place

    leaving in 19 days!!!

    omg

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. Buzz'sBetterHalf

    Buzz'sBetterHalf DIS Veteran

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    Thanks for sharing!!
     
  13. Mickey23

    Mickey23 Mouseketeer

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    Thanks for the review!
     
  14. Lilolvr

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    Thanks for the great review! :thumbsup2
     
  15. Dawn77

    Dawn77 Mouseketeer

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    Glad you liked it. i was there about three years ago and loved it!:thumbsup2 this year i'm planning my return to CSR and i'm sure it will love just as much as i did the first time:love:
     
  16. tranquil14

    tranquil14 Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for sharing your review! DH and I are planning an anniversary trip for November, and are still trying to decide on a resort. CSR is one of the resorts we've narrowed down to.
     
  17. Buzz2001

    Buzz2001 CSR MAN!!

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    It's really is a great resort!
     

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