What Moderate to stay at?

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What Moderate to stay at?
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Mon, 05-07-2007 - 1:57pm

My family and I have stayed at several on-site hotels including the POPS, Music, Poly, and WL. We are expecting a new addition to the family soon and still hope to take a vacation in December or sometime shortly after to give our 6 year old and 3 year some great fun time. I am interested in staying at a moderdate this time and am not sure which to choose.
(1) How is the transport, pools, room size, food court?
(2) Are fridges provided at these rooms?

Any info on these would be great. We are thinking the Coronado but I have not seen many comments on it. The Port Orleans seems to have great reviews; however we live close to New Orleans and visit often, so I was not sure if we wanted different scenery.

Thanks for any ideas or comments.

Ashley

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Mon, 05-07-2007 - 3:28pm

The only moderate my family stayed at is Coronado, back in 1999. I thought it was lovely, but very spread out. As in - you definitely want a stroller in the resort!

The theme was great, the rooms were comfy and nice, and the pool area was my favorite at any resort so far. There was a playground my kids LOVED that had a huge sandbox. We were in a room near the pool and playground, but that put us far away from the main building....I remember that very well.

I give it a thumbs up, but I wish it was more fresh in my memory. If you Google "Coronado resort pictures", you are certain to find some good ones of the rooms.

Laurie in OH, mom to

Alex, 12 years old
Julianne and Leah, 10.5 years old
Audrey, 3 years old

WDW visits in 1973, 1986, 1987, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006
Hoping for December 2007!

LAURIE IN OH, Mom to:


Alex, 1

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Mon, 05-07-2007 - 3:53pm

Our favorite moderate is POFQ and have been there several times. Our kids love the themed pool with the water slide, the resort is small and we love to take the boat to DTD. We have stayed at all of the moderates and if you want it to not have a New Orleans feel to it we like CB over Coronado. They are both equal in size, they are both big with 5 or 6 bus stops. CB is tropical and relaxing, there are little court yards and pools everywhere. We also like the food court at CB better. I think Coronado has been themed the convention resort, I know several people in different fields who have stayed here for conventions.

Good luck planning- Ashli

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Mon, 05-07-2007 - 4:04pm

Thanks for the hints. I always hate to have a long walk between the bus stop and the room with small children. Once they are ready to rest, the faster I can get them where we are going the better. I did like the pictures that I have seen of the Caribbean Beach and the food court seemed nice. Thanks for reminding me about the conventions, it is somewhat obvious due to the emphasis I have seen on meeting space.

The Wilderness Lodge food court was smaller and the selections were more limited thatn the POPS. My kids loved the Icee machines and it was nice to be able to get them that with the mugs.

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Mon, 05-07-2007 - 4:57pm

Uh, yea....I guess I could have mentioned my husband had a conference at the resort the year we stayed at Coronado! :) It wasn't like we picked it in particular, but I really did like it. Better than some of the deluxe resorts even.

CB sounds just lovely. I wish there were rooms in some of these places that could easily accommodate a family of 6. Maybe someday, if the suite trend catches on.

Laurie in OH, mom to

Alex, 12 years old
Julianne and Leah, 10.5 years old
Audrey, 3 years old

WDW visits in 1973, 1986, 1987, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006
Hoping for December 2007!

LAURIE IN OH, Mom to:


Alex, 1

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Mon, 05-07-2007 - 6:25pm

We really like CBR; we've stayed there twice. We'd be staying there again later this month, but I can't justify the extra $800 right now.

It's so colorful, and tropical. It is really spread out though, and some buildings are a walk from the food court. There are 7 villages, each has it's own quiet pool and bus stop.

The rooms at CBR are 340 sq feet, just a tiny bit larger than the other moderates, they are 314 sq feet.

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Mon, 05-07-2007 - 6:30pm

I'm glad to hear that you liked the Caribbean Beach Resort! DH and I are going there for 10 nights during Christmas.


My favorite vacation (other than Disney) is going somewhere tropical (like the Caribbean) so this was a no brainer for us. For a little while I was wondering if I made a bad choice as SOOO many other people seem to prefer CSR or POFQ but I found a great thread on CBR on another board and it reaffirmed my choice.


Thanks!


Melissa






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Mon, 05-07-2007 - 7:52pm
We stayed at CB on our first trip a few years ago and loved it.

 

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Tue, 05-08-2007 - 9:04am

Do the villages have different names? I love to be close to the bus stop. I do not mind walking a little to go get a snack or breakfast; however after a long afternoon or day at the park I hate to have another hike after you arrive back at the hotel.

When we stayed at the Wilderness Lodge we were very close to the snack bar and boat launch, but it was quite a walk to get to the buses. I take it AKL has a long walk to the bus stop as well.

Thanks for the hints on the room. Next time we go either in December or February we will be traveling with a new baby, so having the extra room is wonderful. I am concerned the ALL Stars and POP will be just too small for the amount of gear you often take.

Thanks for the input !!

Ashley

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Tue, 05-08-2007 - 9:45am
There is a bus stop at each village so you aren't far from the bus no matter where you stay.

 

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Tue, 05-08-2007 - 5:21pm

We've stayed at all the moderates. We like POFQ the best, with POR a close second, CBR third (but we still really like it!) but I did not like Coronado at all.

With young children I think the food court is just too difficult. There are many different stations, but when we were there all the lines moved very Slow and our kids were too young to leave alone at the table while we went up to get the food. I stood in line forever to get the kids food, then in line to get my food, then DH got in line to get his food, of course we were all done eating by the time he got back and rushed him through the meal. But what I really don't like about the pepper market is that waiters get your drinks for you - and then you are charged a 10% tip on you're entire purchase. So in our case, our waiter brought 6 drinks, and we had to tip him $8.00 - to me that is just ludicrous. I don't know how it works now that the dining plan is so popular, but I don't think tips are included in counter service (actually I don't think there is anywhere else on the property that includes a tip on counter service). We only stayed here three nights, and one of them we were totally off the property visiting friends. If I was scheduled at CS for the week I would have switched resorts. We also found that because it has such a large conference business there was a lot of drinking around the pool during the day. I don't really have a problem with casual drinking on vacation - but these were groups of adults doing some heavy partying.

Sorry - I always seem to ramble on with my opinions of CS...I try to bite my tongue if someone has already booked it, but if someone asks during the planning stage I find I can't keep my opinions to myself!! There are so many fantastic resorts for families in WDW - I just don't think this is one of them!

Mara

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