Moderate opinions needed!

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by loreyb, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. loreyb

    loreyb Mouseketeer

    May 3, 2001
    We are going to DW in October 13-19. We have stayed at most all of the values as well as the Dolpjin and Ft Wilderness. We have never stayed at a moderate. I am undecided and think I have it narrowed down to 2, CBR and POFQ. It is
    Me- mom

    I am even considering a split stay between the 2.

    Please share you opinions on these resorts as well as the split stay idea.pixiedust:
  2. minnie mum

    minnie mum Unapologetic Disney Fan(atic)

    Mar 8, 2011
    You couldn't have picked 2 more different mod resorts. And they are my 2 favourites.

    1. CBR: One of the most beautiful resorts IMO. I absolutely love the tranquil, colourful, tropic feel of the place. Because it is large and spread out it never feels crowded, even when it has high occupancy. I think the main pool area is the best of all the mods, and each "village" has its own quiet pool. But it still only has double beds. No word yet when it will get bed upgrades.

    2. POFQ: The smallest of all the mods, and the only one without a TS restaurant (but the one at POR is just a walk away). It received a room refurb a couple of years ago and has queen beds now. Very easy to get around if you have someone who has difficulty walking any distance. Only one pool, and IMO is more suited to younger children as far as its slide goes. But you are allowed to use the main pool over at POR, too.

    I don't think you'd be unhappy with either one.
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  4. hillc95

    hillc95 Earning My Ears

    Feb 26, 2013
    I really enjoyed POFQ when we went last summer. It is smaller then CBR and a little more secluded. The food at Boatwrights was excellent and the overall feel of the resort was relaxing. I personally don't get into split stays, I feel that you never get to 'settle' in. Plus, it just gives us an excuse to have to come back and try the other resort we wanted.
  5. NicoleLarson

    NicoleLarson DIS Veteran

    Aug 21, 2010
    I have stayed at both of these and I say POFQ hands down. I personally did not like how huge CBR was. I also liked the decor at POFQ better, it just seemed a bit nicer to me. The food court was nice and hot beignets in morning....yummy!
  6. Missytara

    Missytara I'm all ears!

    Apr 3, 2009
    Another hands down vote for POFQ; take advantage of the sister resort POR as well.

    Also, the other advantage is you can end your evening in a resort, take the bus back to DTD, walk around a bit and take the water taxi back to POFQ.

    It is a wonderful way to end the evening, without having to wait for a bus back from the park.
  7. kelleigh1

    kelleigh1 <font color=purple>Disney Baby<br><font color=gree

    Mar 15, 2005
    Those are the 2 mods that we have stayed at.

    Now I will preface by saying that it is just hubby and I, no kids. We absolutely loved POFQ. It was quaint and romantic and just felt magical to us. We did not enjoy CBR. We just didn't feel the magic there.

    We loved the boat to DTD from POFQ. I think we only used the pool once as we wanted to spend more time at the parks than at the pool. At CBR, we only used the quiet pool near us as the main pool was actually undergoing a major refurb at the time.
  8. loreyb

    loreyb Mouseketeer

    May 3, 2001
    Thank you all so much for your feedback!
  9. Disfamguy

    Disfamguy Just a little Goofy

    Feb 2, 2009
    We have been twice and both times stayed at CBR. My family simply loves the place. We got a preferred room each time in the Martinique area.
  10. ColoradoMickeyFan

    ColoradoMickeyFan Earning My Ears

    Feb 18, 2013
    CBR would be my recommendation. Your 7 and 9 year old will LOVE the pool area, especially compared to the pool at POFQ. While some say the size of CBR is a negative, we love that it's more spread out. The landscaping is so beautiful and relaxing. It never seems crowded either. You can pay for a preferred room or save the money and request your stay in Aruba or Jamaica. Both of these "islands" are just a short (and beautiful) walk over the bridge to the main pool and dining. I think your DS20 would be fine at either resort but would also enjoy the pool more at CBR. The location can't be beat. You are a very short (5-6 min?) bus ride to both Epcot and the studios. It only takes about 10-12 minutes to both AK and MK. Also, you can see some of the fireworks from Epcot from CBR. This was a real hit with my kids to watch fireworks while swimming at night. Whatever you decide, I'm sure you'll enjoy. Have a great trip!
  11. daannzzz

    daannzzz OMG...Theres my favorite scrambled

    Feb 14, 2001
    I much prefer CBR over POFQ. POFQ is nice but a little bland for me. It is small and easy to navigate and the pool is cute.
    CBR is more fun to me. It is more colorful, has beaches and 7 pools as well as the main pool and water play area. I like the variety of architecture of the different villages as well. I also like the little bit larger rooms.
    I see you have 3 boys. As a boy I would have also preferred CBR over POFQ.
  12. Julie711

    Julie711 DIS Veteran

    Jan 12, 2012
    Have been to CBR 4x and love it!
    We love the Caribbean vibe, music, landscaping, beaches. The main pool area is awesome & each island also has its own private pools & laundry service. We love the fact that it is larger because it doesn't feel do compacted with guests! We have never had issues with bus system, longest we waited was about 10 minutes. MK is the futherest park which is about 15 minutes.
  13. dminnie

    dminnie DIS Veteran

    Jan 3, 2013
    I think your kids would enjoy CBR more.
  14. DizDaD7

    DizDaD7 Truly a ~GOOFY~ Person.

    Jan 8, 2009
    Sorry I'm no help here...Although they are ok. CSR Is by far the best mod. followed closely by POR....So I can't reslly comment on those but If it were bewteen those 2 that you chose, I would pick POFQ, so that you can utilize POR as well.. Good Luck & have fun.
  15. Shelly F - Ohio

    Shelly F - Ohio Disney Extraordinaire

    Feb 22, 2004
    CBR... The beach theme really is relaxing. Love lounging in the hammocks.
  16. keishashadow

    keishashadow Proud Redhead...yes, I have some bananas!

    Dec 30, 2004
    can't wait to try it out in June, now to find the thread for the resort.

    we love the PORFQ but i just cannot justify paying $50 more a day than the CBR for a standard room via the spring code.
  17. mickeynut1

    mickeynut1 DIS Veteran

    Apr 16, 2007
    We've never stayed at POFQ, but we loved CBR. I think your younger DSs would love the pool. Our boys were 7 & 9 during our stay and they loved the pool (and it has been redone since our stay). We also loved the food court and thought the transportation was great. Good luck.
  18. #1hoosierfan

    #1hoosierfan DIS Veteran

    Mar 27, 2010
    I have stayed at both. Like them both for different reasons. I find POFQ very quaint, I love the theming, and how compact it is. Also loved the boat to DTD. I stayed here with a group of girlfriends when I ran the half marathon.

    We stayed at CBR last March. It is huge. They did not have any preferred rooms available when I booked ( we got in on the free dining last year) and while we weren't the farthest building, it was still a hike across the lake for coffee each morning. We LOVED the vibe of the place... Felt like we were really in a tropical place with the lake, beaches, and music. My boys also loved the kids pool. We spent a few afternoons there.

    So, I guess I am not much help. We would stay a both again. I would probably give the edge to POFQ if you plan to spend most of your time at the parks, and CBR if you plan to take advantage of the pools.
  19. ekendall2

    ekendall2 Mouseketeer

    Mar 27, 2011
    My family always stayed at the CBR when we were kids. On my last trip we decided to try it again and then immediately remembered why we loved it and why we always stayed there. It was as if you were in a completely different world. We are from Indiana and staying at "another hotel" doesnt have any appeal for us. Something about the tropical theme, good food court, awesome pool, and always being around palm trees and water, makes the surrounding absolutely wonderful.

    If you like to try different burgers, try the caribbean burger in the food court. I think i had three of them on my last trip.:thumbsup2

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