Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar
  • On May 23, 2010
    Michaela Asked

    Hey Moms, great panel! We have a daughter,17 and son,11. We're trying to decide between CSR and POR for hotels. We would like it to be age appropriate and preferrably feel fairly open. Also, would you say the park hopper option is a must? Thanks! :)

    Michaela:

    There is a distinct difference in the resort "feel" between Coronado Springs and Port Orleans. CSR reminds me of an upscale Southwestern resort in Arizona while Port Orleans evokes a relaxed feel of the Deep South.  At Port Orleans, I lean toward the French Quarter section over the spanish moss of Riverside. You'll get more of a "fairly open feel" that you're looking for at CSR as the French Quarter buildings are closer together in keeping with its theme while the thick foliage at Riverside tends to make that area more green, lush, and cozy.  The exception is Magnolia Bend's mansions.

    Your daughter would probably prefer CSR's Mayan Temple pool area to the childish slides at Port Orleans. Additionally, the food court at CSR is far superior to Port Orleans (not even the beignets can make up for that). Although the layouts are the same and provide the same square footage, the rooms at CSR aren't as worn as those at Port Orleans, in my opnion, which also makes it attractive.

    With all this said, what makes me keep from recommending CSR whole-heartedly is the ferry to Downtown Disney from Port Orleans. Whether your daughter enjoys shopping or not, the trip is relaxing for adults and adventurous to youngsters like your son.  I truly think you'd enjoy either resort, you'd simply have a different experience.

    As for park hoppers, I don't think they are a must. There's so much to do at a park, and if you do it well, you can pocket that $52 plus tax per person to spend on a fireworks cruise or a dinner show and make much better memories for the money.  And for those who argue that their family will get bored, I think a better expenditure is to opt for the Water Parks & More Option which gives you equal visits to the water parks & DisneyQuest to your park days on your basic ticket.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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