Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by Gorsh, Aug 1, 2006.
We have stayed at CBR in the past and loved it, but chose POR this time. Will we regret it?
We just returned from POR - and our first Disney trip. We are a family of 5. We couldn't say enough about POR. Yes, it is the only Disney resort we've every stayed at, but it certainly suited us well. Everything was great - (except the mattress - it stunk, but show me a hotel with good mattresses!). Our room was always very clean as were the grounds. It was just an awesome experience!!
IMO, POR has more to do, and feels cooler, with all the shade trees around. I like both resorts, the theaming is differnt for both. If you like what you've seen and heard you won't be disappointed. If you've been to CBR then it's worth trying another to see something new.
Well, we're in the opposite boat! We've stayed at POR and love it there - but we're trying to decide for our upcoming trip if we want to mix things up and go to CBR.
POR is very relaxing - the trees, the river, the paddlewheel, the winding pathways, the lounge, the fishing hole, the pool at Ol' Man Island- it is the place to go if you want to slow down and get away from it all. You don't feel stacked on top of one another in Alligator Bayou - in fact, you feel like you're a long way away from a huge theme park resort hotel. There's a lot to be said for resorts that are designed with many small buildings set at odd angles to one another along pathways, as opposed to a large building with 1000 rooms. There's a sense of of privacy in Alligator Bayou, you can take a stroll late at night and bump into very few people, if any.
The Riverside Mill foodcourt is a relaxing environment - for a foodcourt. Most are loud and noisy with lots of bright colors and shiny surfaces to reflect the light and noise. Riverside Mill has lots and lots of wood and HIGH ceilings which absorb and dull the noise and the large windows allow lots of natural light which is very nice in the morning.
The boat service is also an excellent feature - we had a nice ride down to explore the grounds of POFQ and could have gone on to Downtown Disney. I've heard nothing but good things about Boatwright's Dining Hall, however we've always had too many other meals planned to make it in to try it out.
The rooms have always been comfortable in Alligator Bayou. We have not stayed in any of the Mansions. We love it at POR - it's our WDW home away from home.
Now we have to decide for our upcoming trip - POR again? try out CBR? spend a little more and stay at the WL, AKL or the Poly -? It's a hard choice since POR is more than adequate for the amount of time we are actually IN our room. So it's hard to justify the extra expenditure for a schmancy resort when we're only going to be there to sleep, eat breakfast and maybe 1 day of swimming / lounging and relaxing.
We stayed at the POR in March, going to try the CBR in October for the first time. You will definately love the POR and we hope we love the CBR as you did.
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