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    • mishawnam

      Registered: September 2010
      Location: Dansville, NY
      Posts: 21
      Review Date: Sun February 14, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Theme, food court,
      Cons: Bed

      Our group of 3 stayed here 1/24-29. Our check in was quick. Love the play area for the kiddos in the lobby. Our room was in the 50's section. The only con for us was one bed in our room was horrible. The springs were shot. Literally every time you moved it sounded like it was going to fall apart and it was soooooo uncomfortable. Other than that no complaints.

      We ate at the food court several times for dinner. My daughter loved the pizza. Once I had the sesame chicken, it was just okay. We love being able to get ice cream cones there. We came back one afternoon for a treat and we had the place to ourselves. Nice treat.

      We thought that the buses were great. One morning the line to Magic Kingdom was all the way to the lobby. We were on the fifth bus and we only waited about 20 minutes. Other than that we didn't ever wait more than 10 minutes to or from POP.

      Make sure to check out the store. I love shopping here. I always check out the store before heading to the parks. A lot of times you can find the same merchandise right there at the resort. Big time saver.

      If you had any free time take a walk over to the art of animation. It is worth it.

      All in all we love the POP resort. This was our third time staying here and it is still our favorite. Great for those on a budget or looking to save some money.
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      Registered: December 2006
      Location: Gainesville, FL
      Posts: 25
      Review Date: Sat February 6, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 0 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Costs
      Cons: Over-capacity buses

      We just spent a couple of days in early February 2016 at POP. While we usually stay at Moderate WDW resorts, we opted for POP because of our short stay and an incredibly low price per a FL Resident Special Rate. We knew the Value resorts tend to be busier because we've stayed at others in the past. However, we had no idea it would be as busy as it was during this typically slow time at the World.

      POP was hopping, the buses were packed going to-and-from the parks and the food court looked to be jamming (although we didn't eat there.)

      The room was pretty small but comfortable, and relatively close to the bus/parking lot. The only negative aspect was how packed the buses were going anywhere (well, except to Epcot) as we saw buses from other resorts hardly near capacity. We were able to take a double-length bus to MK which was interesting. If you do ride one and end up standing within the hinge between the two sections, note there is a small disk that will rotate when the bus makes its turn. The lady standing on it during our ride was a bit unnerved when she found herself moving from side to side. like she was on a Lazy Susan.

      Overall, it was about what you'd expect from a Value resort. We were just surprised it occurred during what is usually a slow time at Disney.
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      Registered: January 2006
      Posts: 86
      Review Date: Thu February 4, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Price, Bus stop , Food court
      Cons: very youth themed and used by big groups

      we stayed 4 nights at Pop from 1-26 thru 1-30. Loved it. We got 2 rooms as fitting 4 would be tough with one bathroom especially when travelling with 2 teen age girls. The food court offered many good options at decent price (for disney) . It has its own bus stop so you dont have to share with other hotels. Though the bus stops at the parks were usually the last ones which makes it a bit of a walk after a long day at the parks. I was shocked by the number of groups staying there. The parks were filled with groups too, mostly from over seas. Made wait times rediculous at the parks. I would definately stay here again. Can be loud at times due to the groups and young kids but still not much of a bother.
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      Registered: January 2016
      Posts: 7
      Review Date: Thu January 7, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Clean Comfortable Affordable
      Cons: No Hot Water until 7:30 AM and bus always at max capacity

      We choose the preferred rooms and we were placed in the 70's, Very convenient to the bus stop, which is nice when your traveling with small children.

      Food court is adequate with a limited selection. Open late which is really nice for a late night snack. Oh and they have energy drinks (my personal addiction)

      We were there in Dec. and pool was cool not warm, but it was tolerable.

      Bus rides were long and uncomfortable because of the crowds. Unfortunately able bodied men who could stand did not. I witnessed many women holding their small child having to stand on the bus. Sad...

      The Arcade has two massage chairs that are wonderful. I highly recommend them.

      The laundry machines were very efficient and worked great.

      Hot Water! Apparently in an effort to conserve electricity the hot water is turned of nightly and not turned back on until around 7:30 AM. I like to get up early some days to beat the crowds to the Parks and cold showers feel awful.

      Beds are small, full sized at best. So if your planning on two people per bed, well....good luck with that.

      Overall it's a nice place and I'd recommend it to anyone who would like to save some money.
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      Registered: January 2016
      Posts: 3
      Review Date: Fri January 1, 2016 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 2 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Close to Art, Mousekeeping
      Cons: LOUD inside the rooms, no bed choice

      I was recommended this resort by Passholders who love it. We hated it! I couldn't request a king bed. This absolutely baffled me as it's the main thing you reserve at any other property. I was able to request a "lake view" and we were placed in the 50s, with two double beds. The lake room was quieter until everyone was ready for bed. We could hear everything! I knew what show the neighbors were watching and that the other side were arguing about what park to visit! The beds were iffy, but the pillows were so bad we both had neckaches the whole trip. The toilet became an ongoing joke because it flushes so hard, it moves the air nearby. Of course this means you can hear every toilet nearby and the showers too. Even my white noise app couldn't drown it out. The positives: Mousekeeping was excellent (much better than the moderate resorts!) and being near Art of Animation meant we always had another choice for meals (which were surprisingly tasty) and transportation. Will NOT stay again, would rather travel less often, but actually get some sleep!
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      Registered: November 2006
      Posts: 14
      Review Date: Sun November 15, 2015 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 5 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Bus service to parks; food court;Magic Express service
      Cons: Bus service from parks-pickups almost always farthest from gate; shower head was awful; rooms are showing wear, especially bathroom; drawer broken; chair squeaked.

      Room was no better than a Motel 6 or Days Inn. I will admit we are somewhat spoiled from staying at the Moderates or Deluxe hotels the last few trips so maybe I am expecting too much from a Value hotel.

      It has been several trips since we last stayed at Pop. It is doubtful we will ever book there again.

      Bus service is exceptional from the hotel to the parks though.
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      Registered: April 2008
      Location: Toms River New Jersey
      Posts: 25
      Review Date: Thu November 12, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Clean comfortable rooms Quiet
      Cons: the distance from main gate to bus stop at MK,HS Epcot

      I stayed one night here before moving to SSR then Vero Beach PC provides an value for the money. The food at the food court was good. A special thank you to Anthony at the food court for calling Vero Beach resort and finding out If I could continue to use our rapid fill mugs there. BTW the answer was yes.
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      Registered: January 2006
      Location: Vinton, VA
      Posts: 20
      Review Date: Tue October 27, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Buses, Location, Pools
      Cons: Pillows

      We stayed at Pop Century Resort from 10/16 through 10/24. We had adjoining rooms for our party of 6. We have stayed at Pop and are very pleased with the upkeep and cleanliness of the property. We stayed in the 50's building on the first floor and it was very quiet there. We enjoyed the food court (especially the tie dyed cheesecake), the pools, and our rooms. We also loved the dedicated buses to our resort so that only one stop has to be made after a long day in the parks. The only con was that the pillows were incredibly flat. By the third night we took extra bath towels and stacked them under our pillows for extra support.
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      Registered: October 2012
      Posts: 2
      Review Date: Wed August 12, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): much better than I thought
      Cons: Need to cover where people wait for the bus

      We were there from June 24th - June 28th...sorry for the last posting.
      This was my very first time at a 'value' resort and I will tell you I was very surprised. I thought I would hate it but I didn't. There were some things I missed like the 'welcome' home when you come back from the parks; the elevator must have been 200 degrees; and they really need to cover where the people are waiting for the buses. They do have coverage where the benches are but if you wait there you will never get on the bus.

      Again I was pleasantly surprised. However, I am a moderate girl as I like the little perks that a moderate gives you.
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      Registered: March 2013
      Location: Washington Court House, Ohio
      Posts: 2
      Review Date: Thu July 23, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Own bus route between parks and resort
      Cons: Can be a bit noisy at night

      We stayed 1 night this time at Pop Century on 7/14, and as usual we were quite happy! We got to the resort at about 7:45a that morning so that we can park there at the resort and just hop on the bus up to the Magic Kingdom, so I went to check in to get the parking pass for my car, and the CM at the front desk told me my room was already ready, and we can take our stuff up to the room, and we did exactly that! We were in the 60's section (went with the preferred room), and we were on the 4th floor facing the pool. That night after we got back from the Magic Kingdom, it was nice with the quick walk to our room, but well past 10p it was still fairly noisy outside around the pool, which I didn't like a lot. The next morning it was quiet, and we checked out, but still kept the car there and got on the bus to Downtown Disney/Disney Springs to do some shopping before we left. We'll be staying there again, just not with the pool view.
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      Registered: July 2015
      Posts: 4
      Review Date: Tue July 21, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Price, dedicated bus, & theme
      Cons: Food court this trip

      We had stayed at Pop century when the kids were 5 & 7 and loved it so we knew we should stay here again. Kids are now 12 & 15. We stayed 7/7-7/14. We like the theme it seems like you are in disney. We visited the Plonesian and yes it was nice but didn't seem like you are at Disney. We reserved a preferred room and were in room 437 in the 70s section. At first I thought it was not close to the busses but you could go around by the parking lot and the busses were right there. We could even see DHS fireworks on the walkway outside of our room. The room had a mini fridge (able to fit 2 half gallons of milk, 8 waters, grapes and a box of breakfast sandwiches). It also had a full size hair dryer with high/low setting, An ironing board and iron, flat screen tv with remote & alarm clock.there is a small table with 2 chairs. There is not enough drawer space for 4 people but we made due. The sink/mirror is outside of the bathroom which was nice. Also a curtain separated the sink area from the bed area. You don't even go to the front desk to check in. If you completed the online info before, they just text you when your room is ready with your room number and you use your magic bands to get in. Same with check out-no need to go to the desk. The kids can get in with their magic bands too which is nice.

      They gave 3 pools, no slides but good size. We used the 90's area computer pool since it was close to our room and less busy. I did use washer & dryers one day while we were at the pool. It's right near the pool area.$2.50 each for wash & dry. You need your magic band to get in.

      You could also walk over to the Art of animation across the bridge. We used their bus one night coming back after fireworks since it was a shorter line and came quicker than ours. It was a short walk.
      I stil loved it but this time the food court was horrible. It was slow, food was cold, small portions and expensive. I wasn't expecting a gourmet meal. It wasn't that bad the first time we stayed there but this time we did not want to eat there. I hope they try to make it better.
      I would love to stay here again; price, bus service, theming are all great but they need to fix the food court.
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      Registered: May 2011
      Location: Seattle WA
      Posts: 13
      Review Date: Fri May 29, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location, Bus Service, Price

      Just returned from my 05.16 - 23 trip and 5th stay at POP. Had requested upper level lake view (my favorite) and this is the first time that request wasn't fulfilled... they didn't even get close as the assigned room was on the ground floor/pool view. As a single traveler ground floor is not desirable, so I asked if they could at least change this and they did give me an upper level/pool view. This is the first time I've done advance on-line check-in, and I don't know if that made a difference or not: I take a red eye from the west coast and always arrive early. If I check in at the front desk they do try to see if they can assign at room at that time but trip I got lumped in to the mass room assignments at 3pm, and I don't think they even saw the special request. Pool view is definately louder - the happy voices are enjoyable but the cleaning and maintenance noises in early morning not so much. I was also in the 70's building for the first time, somehow in the past I have always been in 50's or 60's. Cutting thru the parking lot makes the walk to the bus stop pretty quick, but I would much rather walk thru the resort... just a personal preference.

      Only got a few things at the food court... can't say I loved any of the food items but the Brownie Sundae was devine - and huge. Food court cast members seemed friendlier and more up beat than in the past.

      Room was fine, in good shape and clean. The bus service was great, even though the POP buses are always at the very last bus stop - at every park Smile.

      For the price this is a great option due to location and dedicated bus service - and only one bus stop for the resort.
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      Registered: August 2011
      Posts: 25
      Review Date: Sun May 24, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Cost, Dedicated bus, Theming
      Cons: Limited food selection, Motel feel

      A family with small kids, adults only, or those folks on a budget should give the POP serious consideration. It is a Value resort so expectations should not be high. However, if you want a clean, relatively comfy bed, and pools then this is for you. Keep in mind it only has twin (not queen) size beds so a family of four with older kids may want to upgrade to a Moderate or check out the suites at AoA.

      I have stayed at the POP before and it is consistently good. The cast members are helpful and during this stay some of the cast members danced to "Do the Hustle" which immediately told us we were on vacation! The dedicated bus service is a big plus, but if you opt to visit Downtown Disney in the morning know that the bus service is probably a 20-30 min wait. The food is typical food court offerings - not bad, but not great either. Depending on which building you have been assigned it can be a "long" walk to the lobby, bus, food court. By long I mean a few minutes, but in the Orlando heat it can make a difference. In addition, during this stay it was just my wife and me. If you have little ones, disabled folks, or elderly folks the walking distance can be prohibitive.

      Bottom line, if you view a resort as a place to sleep and you spend most of your time elsewhere, then the POP is the resort of choice.
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      Registered: September 2014
      Posts: 28
      Review Date: Fri January 30, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): price, amentities
      Cons: Pool is a bit boring

      For the money, I think this is the best of the Value hotels. You have easy access to the Art of Animation to go look around/eat at if you want to be a little adventurous, nice grounds, and a decent food court. The pools are a bit of a bore, but no more so than the other Values (need to go moderate if you are planning on spending days at the hotel swimming). Overall if your main goal is strictly parks/downtown with just very little time looking for things to do around the hotel, this a great hotel for you.
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      Registered: June 2010
      Posts: 74
      Review Date: Tue January 20, 2015 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 4 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Afforable
      Cons: A few

      What a difference one year can make! First, we had to book our rooms through a travel provider due to staying for a sports event at ESPN WWS. Disney would not let us book directly. The travel provider messed up who was in each room, which screwed up some of the magic bands. One family in our party spent 45 min at check-in fixing the problem. Second, we wanted the 70's building, but we were forced into the 50's since we were there on a group reservation for a sporting event.

      The bus service was the one bright spot on this stay. The bus to and from the MK and Downtown Disney were quick with a very small wait time.

      The main pool in the 60's building did not have heat. It was ice cold! That is unacceptable in January. Everyone crammed into the other pool areas at the 50's and 90's buildings. Only a handful of people were at the main pool (resort was packed) and they were still doing the pool activities there instead of moving to where all the kids were. If you wanted a drink from the pool bar you had to walk from one of the other pools.

      The food court was crazy busy in the morning, but I expected that and warned the rest of our party. Some chose to find out for themselves on Day 2 and were almost late for the sports event at the WWS.

      I remembered the beds in the 70's building were very comfortable last year. All the beds in our group section in the 50's building were sagging in the middle and you could feel the springs. One television did not work either.

      My rating for Pop Century went down from a 7 to a 4 this time.
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