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    Hi, I am taking my family to disney dec 8-15th (wife and two kids 11 and 7). We are leaning towards the caribbean resort and getting the dining plan. Any feedback appreciated. I also see that we can choose from a pool view and perferred room, which would be better? Finally I have been waiting to book, to see if Disney might offer a discount or deal, is it worth waiting or should I just book it.

    Also is it worth going through a travel agent or should I just book it myself.........thanks guys John

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    A quick note just on the preferred/water view... not worth it. I just got back from Port Orleans Riverside, where I upgraded to water view b/c I thought it would be a river view... Water view can mean a river, pool or even fountain or pond. Plus, we were rarely in the room long enough to appreciate what the view was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vtcookieman View Post
    Hi, I am taking my family to disney dec 8-15th (wife and two kids 11 and 7). We are leaning towards the caribbean resort and getting the dining plan. Any feedback appreciated. I also see that we can choose from a pool view and perferred room, which would be better? Finally I have been waiting to book, to see if Disney might offer a discount or deal, is it worth waiting or should I just book it.

    Also is it worth going through a travel agent or should I just book it myself.........thanks guys John
    You can book now, and if Disney comes out with an offer, just call and usually they will apply it if you qualify. Or if you go through a Disney specialist, a travel agent will do that for you.

    Caribbean Beach is beautiful, but large. Preferred rooms are generally closer to the main building (Old Port Royale) where the food court and main pool are. Water/Pool view is not really worth it - the resort has all outdoor corridors, so it's not like you would be sitting on your private balcony to look at the view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vtcookieman View Post
    Hi, I am taking my family to disney dec 8-15th (wife and two kids 11 and 7). We are leaning towards the caribbean resort and getting the dining plan. Any feedback appreciated. I also see that we can choose from a pool view and perferred room, which would be better? Finally I have been waiting to book, to see if Disney might offer a discount or deal, is it worth waiting or should I just book it.

    Also is it worth going through a travel agent or should I just book it myself.........thanks guys John
    If you book a preferred lcaotion room or a water view room, it will cost an extra $15-$26 per night (depending on season).

    Preferred location is a very specific designation, with a very specific definition. There is no "maybe" to what it "could" mean. It's 100% identified, very specifically. It means being in one of the 6 buildings closest to Old Port Royale, the hub that has the food court, restaurant, shops, arcade, outdoor bar, water sports rentals, etc. Closer to OPR means less walking to get to and from OPR. SInce CBR is so HUGE, this is important to many people, important enough to pay for it. These buildings, by the way, are Martinique 24-25-26 and Trinidad North 31-32-33. Note that Martinique has 3 other buildings (21-22-23) that are farther from OPR and are NOT preferred location buildings. ALso note that Trinidad North is the only village with only 3 buildings.

    Every village has a "quiet" pool, a bus stop, and a beach on the lake (Barefoot Bay). So preferred locaiton will not bring you closer to any of those things.

    I also don't like the idea of paying extra for a water view room at any of Disney's 4 Moderate resorts. As disneydame said, your window and door open onto an exterior corridor, the walkway that other people use to get from one place to another. So that walkway and those people are between you and whatever it is you want to view. SO if you have your curtains wide open to enjoy the view, then everyone walking by has a great view of ... YOU!

    If you pay for a water view room, there is no way to ensure it's a view of the lake. At CBR, it could also be a view of your village's quiet pool. There's no way to guarantee one or the other. You are simply guaranteed a view of water.

    There's absolutely no advantage to waiting to book. If there are any discounts, already having a reservation gives you no advantage OR disadvantage. DIscounts or promotions are NEVER made across-the-board. They are limited in quantity. Discounts are offered because DIsney wants to sell more rooms. If a particular class of room at a particular resort for any particular day is already plenty full for DIsney's liking, then that discount simply won't be offered for that type of room for those days, period. So already having a reservation does nothing to change that, and nor does not already having a reservation. In other words, let's say their threshold for offering a discount on CBR's preferred location rooms is 80% occupancy (I have no idea what the real numbers are). If Disney announces a special discount for December, if CBR's preferred location rooms are already at 85% occupancy for December 8 through 15, then nobody can get that special discount on those rooms. Even if you already have a reservation for one of those rooms, if you call and ask to apply that discount on your existing reservation they won't be able, since that discount is simply not offered for those rooms due to a high-enough occupancy rate. It would be exactly the same result if you called to make a new reservation that day -- the discount wouldn't be offered on that type of room for those dates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by satijp View Post
    A quick note just on the preferred/water view... not worth it. I just got back from Port Orleans Riverside, where I upgraded to water view b/c I thought it would be a river view... Water view can mean a river, pool or even fountain or pond. Plus, we were rarely in the room long enough to appreciate what the view was.
    Just a quick note on one of the differences between POR and CBR. POR doesn't offer preferred location rooms, meaning you can't resrve and pay for a room that is closer to the food court, etc. The only upgrades available at POR are water view and king size bed.

    CBR, as noted above, DOES offer preferred location rooms, which is not the same as water view. There ARE water view rooms in the preferred location buildings, but strangely enough you can't pay for any guarantee those. At the Moderates, Disney lets you pay for and reserve only one upgrade. SO no way to guarantee a water view room in a preferred location, no way to guarantee a king-size bed in a water view room, etc. You'd have to reserve/pay for one, and cross your fingers and request the other.
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    From WDW site for Caribbean Beach:

    "Guest room views and locations include:
    Preferred Location
    Take advantage of the close proximity to Old Port Royale. Located in the villages of Martinique and Trinidad North.
    Water View
    Enjoy views of Barefoot Bay or a pool.
    Standard View
    Take in views of Resort grounds from your Guest room."

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    I really like CBR and have stayed at that resort a lot. I have never paid for a preferred room but I suppose if you have small children you might want to do that. I always request Jamaica and Aruba as both are on either side of the bridge to Old Port Royale and, therefore, equally convenient. They are also nice in that they are a bit more quiet being away from the activity of Old Port Royale while still having easy access to Old Port Royale with a lovely walk across the bridge. All villages have very nice quiet pools and I've never had issues with CBR bus transportations in all the times I've stayed there.

    I've stayed at CBR in December and it is nicely decorated in the Customs House (registration, Guest Services, etc.) and gift shops/food court.
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