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Unread 16 Jul 19, 12:24 PM  
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Originally Posted by Rossmasa View Post
Sad to see OP so disappointed with there stay.

We are going in a few weeks time and really looking forward to it after originally having to change to POR we have managed to change it back to CSR , have been a number of times over the past few years and have always enjoyed CSR more than any other Disney resort.

I quite liked that it was a bit different to other resorts and didn't feel like overly Disney as it was also a convention center as the Disney bubble at the parks etc can drive you mad at times.

We have been quite fortunate with conventions not really affecting us too much as managed to time the food court well and also buses either got on at Casitas or Rancho's , not looking forward to that this year as we are in the Gran Destino so last stop on the Bus route round the resort.
A summary of your stay would be most welcome. Good, bad and ugly.

Have a good time

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Unread 16 Jul 19, 12:36 PM  
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Yes, indeed. And I think Disney has been reasonably upfront about that fact. It's aimed more at conventioners, whereas most of the other 20+ resorts are aimed more at families looking for Disney magic. They recently added the Gran Destino tower to encourage even more conventioners.

Of the 5 resorts listed on Disney's Meetings & Events website that Disney identifies as being "Ideal for Conventions & Other Large Events", CSR is the cheapest resort listed:

disneymeetingsandevents... world/resorts/

And, yes, Disney does have a website dedicated to corporate meetings and events at their parks where you can go to organise a convention at their resorts.
Yes because all families booking a summer holiday check the Disney meetings and events website.
I never suggested that Disney themselves werent upfront about it being a convention centre however in the UK, both on the Disney website and travel agents, virgin, Thomas Cook, Tui, etc it is definitely marketed and advertised towards families.
There would be nothing wrong with it being a convention centre if they had enough facilities to match the number of guests which my point is, at the moment they dont seem to.
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Unread 16 Jul 19, 12:46 PM  
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Originally Posted by Rossmasa View Post
Sad to see OP so disappointed with there stay.

We are going in a few weeks time and really looking forward to it after originally having to change to POR we have managed to change it back to CSR , have been a number of times over the past few years and have always enjoyed CSR more than any other Disney resort.

I quite liked that it was a bit different to other resorts and didn't feel like overly Disney as it was also a convention center as the Disney bubble at the parks etc can drive you mad at times.

We have been quite fortunate with conventions not really affecting us too much as managed to time the food court well and also buses either got on at Casitas or Rancho's , not looking forward to that this year as we are in the Gran Destino so last stop on the Bus route round the resort.
Im sure you will have a great time and like I said the hotel and in particular the new tower are stunning. Really beautifully decorated on the inside with amazing views. I had an amazing two weeks, I just preferred the atmosphere in hotels like animal kingdom lodge where Id stayed previously.

In regards to the buses we were stop 2 so picked up first but then had to drive around the other 3 stops before heading to the park. For Epcot and Hollywood studios journeys we spent longer driving around the resort to the other bus stops than the actual journey to the park took. However we were dropped off first when coming back. Youll be the other way around so advantaged to both. In the first week the buses were busy but always came quickly and usually within 20 minutes. The second week the tower has opened and its mid July so naturally busier but the wait time for buses jumped up and on a couple of occasions, particularly early morning the bus didnt even go to stops 3 and 1 because it was already full. Hopefully just teething problems and they start to run more buses.
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Unread 16 Jul 19, 12:53 PM  
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A summary of your stay would be most welcome. Good, bad and ugly.

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Yes I will definitely post a review , being a previous guest before the Tower and during its construction years i think i am qualified to compare how its changed.
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Yes because all families booking a summer holiday check the Disney meetings and events website.
I never suggested that Disney themselves werent upfront about it being a convention centre however in the UK, both on the Disney website and travel agents, virgin, Thomas Cook, Tui, etc it is definitely marketed and advertised towards families.
There would be nothing wrong with it being a convention centre if they had enough facilities to match the number of guests which my point is, at the moment they dont seem to.
I think you make a reasonable and valid point.

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We stayed there in February and felt similar. We wont go back unless its significantly cheaper than the other moderates (which it was in February). No issues with the rooms, food, buses but during the week it was majority convention goers and the atmosphere and vibe was not only not Disney, it wasnt even holiday. Im not sure what the convention was but the attendees were 99% middle aged men and they hung around the bars, the pool area and the food court all day dressed in suits so like you I didnt feel comfortable going to the bar or into the food court in a swimsuit with cover up. I actually got hit on as the Americans say when I went down for some pastries one morning and a fella on the bus to Disney Spring asked me to dinner (husband was standing a bit down the bus). If it had been a convention of a kids team it would have been a different vibe. It didnt really bother us overall and we were happy to have had a nice room onsite for a good price but it will never be our top choice.
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We stayed there in February and felt similar. We wont go back unless its significantly cheaper than the other moderates (which it was in February). No issues with the rooms, food, buses but during the week it was majority convention goers and the atmosphere and vibe was not only not Disney, it wasnt even holiday. Im not sure what the convention was but the attendees were 99% middle aged men and they hung around the bars, the pool area and the food court all day dressed in suits so like you I didnt feel comfortable going to the bar or into the food court in a swimsuit with cover up. I actually got hit on as the Americans say when I went down for some pastries one morning and a fella on the bus to Disney Spring asked me to dinner (husband was standing a bit down the bus). If it had been a convention of a kids team it would have been a different vibe. It didnt really bother us overall and we were happy to have had a nice room onsite for a good price but it will never be our top choice.
Wow! Thats horrible to be hit on with your husband there.

Thats exactly my point. The hotel is lovely, facilities great and we still had a good time, it was just a different vibe and since there are so many other options, Id rather go elsewhere. Even if I was looking for a couples/ adult hotel I think I would be looking at the new Riviera hotel to avoid the convention guests.

With the kids competition, I can only describe it as being back at pop century with the Brazilian tour groups. Was chaos. Which is exactly why I stayed value once and will never do so again.

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Unread 16 Jul 19, 01:42 PM  
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Consider the sesire to be sepate from conventioneers may be a cultural thing. I am American and have stayed at both the CSR and CR, both convention hotels, several time, with and without conventions present. It has never bothered me to have people in business attire in the same hotel as I. I usually dress in buniess attire, even on the weekends and hope it doesn't make people uncomfortable if I stop by the outlet mall in my suit during the workday.

As far as marketing, I think the issue should be raised with the travel agent with whom you booked and use another company or DIY next time.

I also think the first week or month of anything new will have kinks and they have to be expected.
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