CBR Preferred

bnoble

he's right
I liked CBR more than I thought I would
It's been a while, but I was pleasantly surprised by the Moderates too. If I were on an all-cash stay, I'd find a Mod pretty tempting.
 

DopeyRunr

the jeweled acrobats only perform amazing stunts f
It's been a while, but I was pleasantly surprised by the Moderates too. If I were on an all-cash stay, I'd find a Mod pretty tempting.

We LOVE Coronado, but with rates routinely $280-$350, I'd much rather rent points and stay DVC somewhere for less (assuming I was paying cash).
 

George

wishes he had a pink frolicing llama under his tag
We LOVE Coronado, but with rates routinely $280-$350, I'd much rather rent points and stay DVC somewhere for less (assuming I was paying cash).

We had a really nice stay at Coronado, pre-Gran Destino days. Easy parking, good MK bus service (which is generally the only time we use the bus), more "mature" room, etc.

I also, through circumstances not exciting enough to share here, ended up at POFQ for an evening, which was very pleasant. Its small size, lovely theming, and central location were its strong points.
 

DopeyRunr

the jeweled acrobats only perform amazing stunts f
Is that pre-discount, or post-? (It's been a while since I've looked at prices...)

Those are from my notes, 2019 so pre-COVID, using whatever room-only discounts were available back then. Looking now, the rack rates in November at CSR and CBR are in that same ballpark, so maybe a little lower if there's a promotion available.
 

DopeyRunr

the jeweled acrobats only perform amazing stunts f
We had a really nice stay at Coronado, pre-Gran Destino days. Easy parking, good MK bus service (which is generally the only time we use the bus), more "mature" room, etc.

I also, through circumstances not exciting enough to share here, ended up at POFQ for an evening, which was very pleasant. Its small size, lovely theming, and central location were its strong points.
Yes we had a great stay at POFQ (we LOVE New Orleans) but that resort is so small and so desirable it seems to always be excluded from discounts.
 

Micah008

Moderator
Staff member
One day we got to the CBR skyliner station at 7:40 am (9 am DHS opening), and we arrived at DHS before the line to the right-side temperature check had opened (i.e., we could have stalled a bit and been at the front of the right-side temperature check line).
It is strange how they are doing this now at RD before the temp checks open, filling in the left-side first and then some later groups to arrive just get "lucky" and end up right at the front on the right-side. Stalling until you see the right-side open is probably a good strategy unless you are towards the very front of the left.
(Even on the left-side there is a little strategy of which line you get in, since one line is for 2 temp check stations, where the others are just for 1, so one of the lines moves twice as quick)

By the way, anyone staying at Riviera can follow this same advice about walking over to the CBR Skyliner station early, which is better than waiting in line for the actual Riviera station to open and then having to transfer (forced to get into the now longer CBR line).
 

hizouse

Active member
We paid an average of $260 per night, all-in including taxes, for a 5-person non-preferred CBR room during a spring break week last month. That was with a 25% discount.

We stayed at POFQ in October 2016 and loved it. We were a 4-person family then.

(Even on the left-side there is a little strategy of which line you get in, since one line is for 2 temp check stations, where the others are just for 1, so one of the lines moves twice as quick)

If only we had known! It was the far left line, which we weren't in, that had the 2 stations. It still went pretty quick. The new security scanners make the entrance process much smoother also.

By the way, anyone staying at Riviera can follow this same advice about walking over to the CBR Skyliner station early, which is better than waiting in line for the actual Riviera station to open and then having to transfer (forced to get into the now longer CBR line).

Good tip; that could easily save 15+ minutes in busy times when the line at CBR winds down and up one ramp and then down the other and around the corner. If staying at Aruba at CBR, when going to DHS, take the longer walk to the CBR skyliner station instead of the Riviera station, too, but go to Riviera to get to Epcot more quickly. A related tip is that when staying at CBR, you can take a bus back to Riviera and either walk or take the Skyliner to CBR, at least if you're in Aruba or Jamaica.
 

projectx

Member
Great info hizouse, thank you. Sounds like it wasn't a huge issue for you, even during spring break. What time does the Skyliner open? We like to be front of the pack at RD.

Checking availability... sheesh. There is nothing left and rates are insane. Before tax our current options are:
Art of Animation: $571
Coronado Springs: $2382
Contemporary: $870
Grand Floridian: $864
Saratoga Springs: $1317

That's it. I realize Disney will likely open more availability in the coming months but my word. I'm going to book at an off-site partner hotel for now. Gotta have the on-site benefits!
 

hizouse

Active member
Skyliner officially opens 1 hour before park open. Or at least that week they posted operating hours signs that consistently said the DHS skyliner line opened at 8 am when DHS itself opened at 9 am (which caused a brief panic our first day when we read it at first as DHS opening at 8 and not just the skyliner!). They started boarding 10 to 15 minutes before official opening.

Of course, it could all be much different by November. And yikes, those are steep rates! It will be interesting to see how much pent-up demand affects the discounts Disney offers. You might try checking with Magical Vacations Travel, which reserves rooms in advance and sometimes has better rates than Disney, see here. I am not in any way affiliated with them; I have used them once in the past and was satisfied. I did not use them on our recent trip.
 

Micah008

Moderator
Staff member
Skyliner officially opens 1 hour before park open. Or at least that week they posted operating hours signs that consistently said the DHS skyliner line opened at 8 am when DHS itself opened at 9 am (which caused a brief panic our first day when we read it at first as DHS opening at 8 and not just the skyliner!). They started boarding 10 to 15 minutes before official opening.
Typically it is 1 hour, but we experienced a few times the Skyliner even opened 1.5 hours before park open (and started boarding 10 min before that). I don't know if it was just expected to be a busy day, or if they were just testing a different procedure, but it threw us off when the timing was different from one Epcot day to another.
 

projectx

Member
You might try checking with Magical Vacations Travel, which reserves rooms in advance and sometimes has better rates than Disney, see here.

Thanks for the reminder! I used them in 2017 and was extremely satisfied! I guess I forgot about them since our last trip we booked last minute and stayed off site. I'll reach out to them today!
 

projectx

Member
Now that you mention it, I'm not entirely sure what those are anymore...
LOL, I hear that! I'm hoping by November there will be some return to normalcy. FPs, 30 minute early entry.

Anyway, I like to be at the rope 1 hour before park open , so the skyliner may not work for us.
 

Micah008

Moderator
Staff member
I like to be at the rope 1 hour before park open , so the skyliner may not work for us.
Currently the Skyliner is actually one of the better modes of transportation for getting to RD early (other than walking which is best), since they are holding everyone else up like bus and car ... but you still need to be at the Skyliner station early (a good 30-45 minutes before it is scheduled to start).

But by November.... who knows if that will still be the case.
 
LOL, I hear that! I'm hoping by November there will be some return to normalcy. FPs, 30 minute early entry.

Anyway, I like to be at the rope 1 hour before park open , so the skyliner may not work for us.
When we went in early December 2020, we used the Skyliner to get to DH and, other than the other people getting off the skyliner, there wasn't anyone else at the entrance to the park yet. I think they must not have been letting cars in yet. So for us, it worked really well for rope drop.
 

josh

Administrator
Staff member
The first people off the Skyliner from Caribbean Beach should beat just about everyone assuming it starts on time. Less so if you are in the back of the line and much less so if you're coming from Pop/Art of Animation.
 
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