Which Moderate and Why For My Novemember Trip??

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  1. mintywinty127

    mintywinty127 Earning My Ears

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    I'm not going to tell you what I am like or my preferences because I want to know which moderate you like, not which moderate you think I will like.

    So go ahead, say anything you want.
    I have never been to disney world by the way.
     
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  3. mickeynut1

    mickeynut1 DIS Veteran

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    :welcome: to the DIS. We have only stayed at one moderate and that was CBR in July 2002; and although it was 6 years ago, we loved our stay there :cutie:. We thought the resort was beautiful and had a great pool ::yes:: (although I hear the pool is being refurbed and is supposed to be even better than it was :woohoo:). But I'm sure there will be others coming along with more recent experience at CBR as well as some of the other mods ;). Have fun here on the DIS.....you will get a wealth of information :disrocks:. Have a great trip and happy planning :dance3:.
     
  4. Aurora63

    Aurora63 <font color=0066CC>I do look ravishing, don't I?<b

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    I love Riverside. It is big, but feels very quiet and relaxing. There is a boat to DTD. We are staying there again in July.
     
  5. bluwater

    bluwater Mouseketeer

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    Hi Minty.

    I can only tell you about the mod we have stayed at - and we hae only stayed at one - CSR.

    I chose it (and loved it) for the following reasons:

    1. It has more amenities than the other mods. I love to get more for less - so this one fit the bill.

    2. The pool is awesome - the water slide was so entertaining for my daughter. I loved the fact that I could sit by the pool and have cocktails from the cantina while she enjoyed the water.

    3. We found the resort to be very tranquil. It is large, but is also very spread out and quiet.

    4. It is more sophisticated - not screaming with babies, toddlers, mickeys, strollers, diapers, running kids, etc. My daughter is older and we are past that. She gets to be in Disney World and I get a little vacation time and some oeace at the resort (cus you don't get it at the parks!:scared1: ).

    5. The Pepper Market is my all-time favorite restaurant of the mods. IMO, it is FAR above the other mod dining options. I can get what I want and my daughter can get what she wants. There's mexican, chinese, italian, pizza, american, salads, sandwiches.....everything....! And,well, yes, cocktails and beer :)

    6. I found that the busses were so easy to reach and were never crowded. I think I read that CSR has it's own busses. It seemed so. This is a huge plus when it's midnight and MK is closing and eveyone is packing the busses and the kids are cranky and melting down. It is nice to get on without waiting for 3 busses to load up ahead of you.

    7. There is bell service at CSR. You can be driven by large golf cart to the lobby or to your room - with or without your luggage. We used this feature.

    We stayed at CSR last April, over Easter Break. We went back to WDW for free dining in August and stayed at AsM....but we ate plenty of meals at CSR - and felt pangs for missing it - but my daughter loved AsM. We are going back in July and statying Deluxe - but will still make our way to the Pepper Market to dine!
     
  6. DrDeb

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    love Riverside or French Quarter...both a little piece of heaven so you can hit the parks and have a beautiful setting to come 'home' to....:lovestruc
     
  7. CMASmom

    CMASmom Earning My Ears

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    We recently went to CSR. I chose it because of the rave reviews from this board and I was not disappointed. It was a beautiful resort-my kids loved the pool and the amenities were terrific. I highly recommend it. It is a big place but I enjoy walking and didn't find it too much. We hardly had to wait for a bus (10 minutes tops). I highly recommend it. I have not been to any of the other mods so cannot compare.
     
  8. skipperkim

    skipperkim DIS Veteran

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    Count me in as a POFQ lover. It has its own bus stop at MK in the evening, a boat to DTD, a secluded hot tub, Elliot Dyson at Scat Cats Wed-Sun evening, beignets in the food court, and lovely landscaping. While it does share buses with POR, you are picked up and dropped off first so you'll have a seat going to the park. If you have to stand coming back it won't be long.
     
  9. irishjules

    irishjules Earning My Ears

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    POFQ - I stayed there for my bachelorette party and then again with my 2 kids a few years ago. I love it and although I am a resort hopper POFQ is by far my favorite for the "intimate feel"! The pool is great and it is an easy walk to the pool at Riverside too!
     
  10. SHbeaches

    SHbeaches Earning My Ears

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    I've only been to disney once and that was back in 1997 when CSR was just built. That's were we stayed. We loved it! Everything about it. I agree with another poster about The Pepper Market, delish! I loved the smell of it in the morning. The only thing I didn't like was the walk from here to there, it was a real pain in the you know what. Well anyway were taking our 8 year old son this year in November and it was very hard to part with CSR but I decided to give CBR a chance. You never know right? I hoping we'll love it, they're putting in a new pool so that should be nice. Good luck and welcome.
     
  11. kat3668

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    CSR is my fave moderate resort.....

    Why

    Awesome buses:cool1:

    Great food - pepper market is a counter service if you are on the dining plan:thumbsup2

    More adult feel not Disney in your face 24/7 :worship:

    Great pool/ waterslide:)

    Beautiful grounds:lovestruc

    health club/ spa :banana:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE CSR!!!! :yay: :dance3:
     
  12. mintywinty127

    mintywinty127 Earning My Ears

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    Unless somebody convinces me otherwise, I'm pretty sure its between coronado or one of the port orleans.

    But which?:faint:
     
  13. kaffinito

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    POR, of course! :goodvibes

    POR has it all, a TS restaurant, a very good CS restaurant, and room service (check out the reviews on allears.net)

    Boats and bikes to rent as well as the Ferry to DTD!

    Carriage rides along the Sassagoula river to POFQ

    A very well laid out main pool with a great pool bar and several smaller quiet pools

    A lounge with good entertainment

    Two different types of hotel, the AB section which is rustic and the Mansion section which is more old-world-south sophisticated

    ....and you can also use the amenities of its sister resort POFQ which is a short stroll upriver. :hyper:
     
  14. KatMark

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    CSR!!!!!
    We love the CSR. We have stayed six times and will soon stay for number seven (and hubby offered me deluxe because it is our 25th anniversary and I still chose CSR without hestitation). Why? Here are my answers (in no particular order)

    1. The beauty of the resort
    2. The quietness of the resort
    3. DH and I love sitting in the hammocks at night and looking out over the lake when the sun has gone down and the lights are reflecting off the lake or walking around the Casitas with the fountains all lit up
    4. The Main Pool and the quiet pools (our boys do not travel with us anymore as they are 22 and 20 and in college; but CSR was always their favorite resort for the pool, slide, playground, arcade, hot tub and volleyball court)
    5. The Spa/Fitness Center (I use the spa and DH sometimes uses the Fitness Center--although on vacation he doesn't like to as he gets enough walking in)
    6. The Pepper Market--best counter service on the dining plan
    7. The Gift Shop--one of the biggest I have seen at a resort
    8. The friendliness of the CM's and we have always had terrific mousekeeping

    I can't comment on the buses because we always have a rental car. But I have talked to other guests during our numerous stays and they have told me it is the best service they have ever experienced at Disney. There are bike rentals, boat rentals and fishing as well.

    Overall, it has a lot of the things you can get at a deluxe for a lot less money. And it truly is a beautiful resort.
     
  15. mintywinty127

    mintywinty127 Earning My Ears

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    The two posts above this one made my decision even harder :rotfl2:
     
  16. aubriee

    aubriee <font color=brown><marquee>Chocolate always makes

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    I've stayed at POFQ, CSR, and CBR and will be trying PORS in Sept.

    In order of preference:

    1. POFQ- pros: smallest resort on property so nothing is very far away, first stop going to and from the parks, boat to DTD, beignets at food court, Scat Club, friendlest CMs, hot tub is secluded, can use pools at PORS (because they are sister resorts). cons: none

    2. CSR-pros: best bus service of all the moderates because conventioneers are in meetings all day, biggest hot tub on property, spa and health club, Casitas and Cabana sections are beautiful, best food court on property if you are on the DDP. cons: resort is TOO big, lots of walking, may get stuck way out in the ugly Ranchos, CMs not friendly, CMs racing around on those little carts will run you off the sidewalk, conventioneers everywhere (we had a run in with a bunch of drunks at a quiet pool)

    3. CBR-pros: pretty, rooms are a little larger than the other moderates. cons: TOO big (they have a dedicated internal bus just for getting around inside the resort), even a preferred room may be a good distance from the food court, issues with housekeeping (came back one night to find my door had been left propped open all day), awakend early two mornings by housekeeping wanting to get an early start, buses take forever just to get out of CBR complex, bad food court, rude CMs
     
  17. Buzz2001

    Buzz2001 CSR MAN!!

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    CSR!! Great main pool area, terrific transportation and awesome food options. Check out my CSR website below for pics and info.

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  18. Mickey23

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    CSR is my pick! I love the landscaping, atmosphere and tropical feel of the resort. I feel like its a vacation within a vacation.
     
  19. ols386

    ols386 I want to live at Disney World!!

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    My vote would be for Port Orleans Riverside (POR). We've also stayed at Caribbean Beach Resort and Coronado Springs. All three resorts are pretty large. I think the grounds of POR are the prettiest. The boat transportation to Downtown Disney is nice. We really liked the food court at POR also. We didn't like the Pepper Market at Coronado Springs, just a personal opinion, I guess. Any of the three are nice, but again, our preference is POR. Have fun!!
     
  20. SHbeaches

    SHbeaches Earning My Ears

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    I hate all this negative talk about CBR! I'm already booked there for november and now I'm wishing I stuck with good ol CSR! Okay I'm officially upset! So much for trying new things!
     
  21. fall08CP

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    Sometimes your preferences are different than those on this board- I learned that the hard way. I read stellar reviews of POR and stayed there for a day and hated it:worried:
    My two cents?
    :cool1: C:banana: S:yay: R!!!::cool1:
     

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