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Old 04-09-2009, 12:04 PM   #1456
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We will be here soon. I have never stayed in this hotel before, I'm a little bit worried about it's size but really looking forward to staying here and being in Disney again

Kathe - We get there the day after you!
Staying at CSR was our first time staying IN Disney. We loved the resort! We were in Cabanas 8B. We never felt that CSR was too big. We took a few walks around the lake and when walking to El Centro it is nice to see the resort. We were on the go everyday that I wish we had a day or 2 more just to relax at CSR! You will enjoy yourself. Have a great trip!

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Oh, Thank You!! I am going to check that out!
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There are reports that package handling at CSR has been outsourced (due to the volume of shipments for conventions) and even being labelled to deliver to guest, some packages are still being routed to the business center, which has an additional fee.
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They are delivered to the package center as they always have been.
If you send via UPS, FEDEX, DHL, and sometimes even USPS(depending on the size), they are going to go to the package center. It does not matter if it is being delivered to a guest or not, those companies are required to make their delivers there.
You will have to wait until the business center is open to get your package as we at the desk no longer have axcess to it.
What is the additional fee? Trying to figure out if it's worth having a case of water shipped to me....
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:35 PM   #1462
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Hello,

we stayed at CSR for the 1st time for the week of 3-26 thru 4-2

My overall impression (out of 4)

Our arrival: went smooth, I was unable to pre-check in online before we arrived but had a shared ressie w/ my mother and she did. So the CM had her stuff all pre-prepared in an envelope easy breezy...and I was able to check-in w/ her and it only took a few minutes for the whole process.

All our requests were met from my inital ressie (at the time I was unaware of the remoldled rooms so didn't ask and never changed it, thought I'd ask down there when we arrived if neccesary) we requested connecting rooms, ground floor (no preferred view) and near the restaurant.

Rooms:

We had rooms 1167 and 8 in Casitas 1 (non-remodled) so I was bummed (but wouldn't have known any better if I didn't know before)

our proximity to the Pepper Market and Cafe Rix and El Centro bus stop 1 was great.

I found the rooms a bit dated and a little dingy, but everything was neat, in working order and clean. What more can you ask. After staying at the POLY though last summer it did feel like a step down in regard only to the room.

Our rooms were ready at check-in so I didn't ask to be moved. We arrived at CSR about 2 pm if not a little earlier. that was greatly unexpectated and welcomed surprise

One negative note though regarding the rooms is the carpet must have been freshly shampooed and was still wet. I also noticed we did not have a no-smoking sign by our door...I never noticed any after smell....but reminds to double check that for furture ressies....I thought maybe.. wrong but that all disney rooms were non-smoking

room temp was a bit funny, but I think mainly for my DH & I we were cold when we first went to bed then hot in the middle of night....


lastly a few times the outside noise and room to room noise was a bit noticible, but it has been 4 years since we stayed in an exterier room (in comparrison to POLY internal room/hallways)

Food service:

we ate at the Pepper Market once for sit down breakfast, and 5 times for a combo of lunch & dinner. Our first visit was lunch on the first day and it was basically empty. We were a bit confused at the ordering process at first...but had it down by the last day. I found the kid choices ok as you can get...but it pleased my 3 older kids. and 1 night the manger allowed my DD (9) to get a house salad as her kid meal choice which was nice.

We had some great and some blah servers but everyone was nice and for the most part quick return on your orders. We brought our mugs w/ just about everytime and we had them labled w/ our names most servers filled them up for us in the right cups we were impressed.

The prices are high so I don't think I'd dine there regualrly if not on the QSDDP.

My parents ate at Maya Grill once and thought the place was very nice, they really like their server and the food was good.

We also got pizza a few times from Cafe Rix, my parents got coffee many mornings in their mugs. the downside here was so few snack credits. We got muffins twice.

Panchitos:

I thought the store was great lots to choose from we bought quite a few things. Package retrival was always quick and easy. we also bought milk here for our room which was only a large milk CHUG not an actuall quart but it ended up being enough the milk cost us 2.44 w/ tax so that is steep! we also on the 2nd to last day picked up a bunch of the small Chip & Dale snack co snacks as snack credits for snacks the next day at the airport.

The Pools:

we used the main pool (Dig Site) twice and the Casitas quiet pool once. Our
1st visit to the DS was good except that we walked the wrong way around the lake (opposite of El Centro) and it was long the 2nd time we walked the other way and it was better even my 28 mo old could handle the walk.

we enjoyed the pool, the older kids loved the slide and my youngest liked the kiddie pool too. Several in my group sat in the hot tub a few times too. and we did use the swim vest for my youngest which was good.

We checked out the playground but didn't really use it and we went to the arcade once.

Buses: was actually great

we waited at El Centro for all our pick-ups and only a few times waited more than 15 minutes as we just missed the previous bus....for the most part we always left for our destination straight from there.

Coming back the stops [ at the parks] were generally the 1st ones at the park which was nice and we barely waited, most times a bus was there or just arriving. I think only twice we waited more than 10 minutes to go back to CSR and it was directly back. sometimes we got dropped at El Centro first and others at Stop 2 when that happend twice we rode around and twice we got off and walked just a little further to our room

The only exceptions [longer travel and extra stops] were traveling to DTD and I think one other time have to check my notes.

Would we stay again or would I reccommend it?

Stay again? proabably not and it isn't because we didn't like it, but we've outgrown the base disney rooms as a family of 6 so we decided to buy into DVC and BLT.

Recommend? yes if you are thinking moderate why not stay here it's practically a deluxe especially the remodled rooms and it will be all done soon and if you are going to eat here alot be on the DDP though.

well that's my review. Thanks for all the tips ahead of time we had a great stay at CSR and WDW!
Thank you for the detailed review, I really appreciate the info.
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We are planning our family vacation next year to WDW (yea! it will have been 4 years by then!!) and staying first time at CSR. Wondering when do you think I should make the room ressie, going the week AFTER Pres. Day week and needing 2 rooms. Since for room only I have to pay for first night each room at time of ressie hoping to put it off just a bit longer but don't want to get left out in the cold either. Thoughts?

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Red face Coolers at Dig Site

Are we able to bring our own cooler of drinks to the dig site (beer, water, pop)? Trying to save as much money as possible!
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:50 PM   #1465
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They are delivered to the package center as they always have been.
If you send via UPS, FEDEX, DHL, and sometimes even USPS(depending on the size), they are going to go to the package center. It does not matter if it is being delivered to a guest or not, those companies are required to make their delivers there.
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What is the additional fee? Trying to figure out if it's worth having a case of water shipped to me....
I know that I read it on here somewhere.....I just cannot find the page to quote it...
the person who replied said that it was $10 per package charged by the outsourced company. It is still less expensive than $2.50 a bottle at the park...but that is quite the charge per case of water
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Old 04-09-2009, 03:18 PM   #1466
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We are doing the countdown chain too. Really helps DD 5 to grasp the concept of time. We've been telling her we had plans for the weekend, movie shopping etc. and she would just smile and say 'then are we going to Disney?'
Also staying at CSR for the first time, looking forward to it!
The look on their faces when you get to the end of the chain is priceless also if you haven't already head over to the families board and sign up for the fairy godmailer - when your kids think Mickey has sent them a card you cannot get a better feeling.

My DD4 loved the CSR and would have spent all day either in the pools or playing in the sand over by the cabanas.

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Old 04-09-2009, 07:13 PM   #1467
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Returned 2 weeks ago from our 8th stay at CSR!

We wanted a Cabana room, but when we arrived nothing was available & nothing was going to be in that section. They did locate us in a new room in Casitas 2, but we were really not happy with that location. Fourth floor, I think, facing the parking lot. In fact, it was a corner room and the window mostly faced an outdoor wall. Very remote. Called the front desk & they did bend over backwards to find us a room in Ranchos 7B, overlooking the quiet pool. Not a king or new refurbished--but we were much happier in this location. The queen bed was very comfy. Actually, very happy to spend one last trip with the old room decor we've loved so much!

Used the Dig Site & our quiet pool a lot, and spent some quality time in some hammocks in the Cabana section. Since we had some arcade minutes with our package, we even played some games in there this trip. Bus service was great as always.

We really like the food at Siesta's, especially the loaded nachos & the chicken caesar wrap. We had a delicious, fresh-made pizza at the Pepper Market. Biggest disappointment of our trip was the change in french fries at both locations. They used to have the best at WDW--large, thick steak fries. Now they are cut thin, with maybe 1/10th the flavor of the old ones. Also, the PM no longer had baked potatoes or some of our other favorites. If this is the direction they are heading, I withdraw my objection to the rumored buffet going in there.

All in all, another great stay. The CM's, housekeeping, transportation, beautiful landscaping & lighting, great pools, & Siesta's will keep us coming back to CSR--even w/o those great fries!!!
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First, congratulations on your upcoming wedding. And I'm so glad you are spending your honeymoon at the CSR (my DH and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at CSR this past September--it is our favorite Disney resort). We have a particular fondness for the Casitas section. We like the courtyards and the fountains in the courtyards. We find it very romantic when the sun has gone down and the lights are reflecting off the fountains--it is breathtaking (you can see some of the pictures in the CSR photo thread). We prefer Casitas 4 or 5 as they are both close to the fitness center/spa and the quiet pool. We were upgraded to a suite in Casitas 3 in September for our anniversary and we had a lovely view of the lake.


Thanks KatMark!

We're really psyched to be staying at CSR. We've always usually stayed at ASM or POP so we're really excited for our first moderate hotel!

How close are the casitas to the main building/ food court area? Not that we mind walking, just curious.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed on the upgrade factor. I had our travel agent note on our ressie that it was our honeymoon and I will definitely drop that clue when we check in Here's hoping!
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Returned 2 weeks ago from our 8th stay at CSR!

We wanted a Cabana room, but when we arrived nothing was available & nothing was going to be in that section. They did locate us in a new room in Casitas 2, but we were really not happy with that location. Fourth floor, I think, facing the parking lot. In fact, it was a corner room and the window mostly faced an outdoor wall. Very remote. Called the front desk & they did bend over backwards to find us a room in Ranchos 7B, overlooking the quiet pool. Not a king or new refurbished--but we were much happier in this location. The queen bed was very comfy. Actually, very happy to spend one last trip with the old room decor we've loved so much!

Used the Dig Site & our quiet pool a lot, and spent some quality time in some hammocks in the Cabana section. Since we had some arcade minutes with our package, we even played some games in there this trip. Bus service was great as always.

We really like the food at Siesta's, especially the loaded nachos & the chicken caesar wrap. We had a delicious, fresh-made pizza at the Pepper Market. Biggest disappointment of our trip was the change in french fries at both locations. They used to have the best at WDW--large, thick steak fries. Now they are cut thin, with maybe 1/10th the flavor of the old ones. Also, the PM no longer had baked potatoes or some of our other favorites. If this is the direction they are heading, I withdraw my objection to the rumored buffet going in there.

All in all, another great stay. The CM's, housekeeping, transportation, beautiful landscaping & lighting, great pools, & Siesta's will keep us coming back to CSR--even w/o those great fries!!!
Welcome back. So glad you had another great stay at CSR. I'm hearing more and more unhappy people with things that the Pepper Market has dropped. I think when we go we'll stick to the food at the Cafe Rix (we usally only eat two meals at the resort anyway). Time to book your next trip!

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Thanks KatMark!

We're really psyched to be staying at CSR. We've always usually stayed at ASM or POP so we're really excited for our first moderate hotel!

How close are the casitas to the main building/ food court area? Not that we mind walking, just curious.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed on the upgrade factor. I had our travel agent note on our ressie that it was our honeymoon and I will definitely drop that clue when we check in Here's hoping!
It depends on which Casitas you are in. 1, 2 and 3 are very close to the main building/food court area. Where we stay, usually Casitas 4 or 5, it takes me five minutes to walk to the main building. If you have young kids with little legs it might take a couple of minutes longer.
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the person who replied said that it was $10 per package charged by the outsourced company. It is still less expensive than $2.50 a bottle at the park...but that is quite the charge per case of water
Thanks very much for the info! You're right, it's still less expensive.
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