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    • Polypop

      Registered: June 2012
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Sun June 17, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Great castmembers
      Cons: Bus stop

      Stayed 6/10 thru 6/17, it was me and my sister. Did online check in so I was able to bypass the long line for regular check in. Got a room in the 50's building even though we had selected a standard room. We were close to both the main building and the parking lot. A couple of times we crossed the bridge to the Art of Animation resort which was sooo cool. Had the tandoori chicken (not my favorite but wasn't bad), and had the build your own burger twice. They let you put a fried green tomato on the burger which was very yummy. The food court at pop got very busy and noisy at peak times. The selection gets old after a few days, but my favorite was the mom's turkey dinner. Mousekeeping was great. Now to the buses. The bus service was actually pretty good. The longest we waited was maybe 20 minutes. The only negative is at every park the bus stop for Pop was always the very last one. That being said I would definitely stay at Pop again. It's just too good a value. Granted the rooms are a bit small but all we really needed was a place to rest in between parks.
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      Registered: June 2012
      Location: Los Angeles, CA
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Thu June 7, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Great Values at Everything POP!, Great Front Desk Resources
      Cons: Distance of Bus Stops from Park Entrances

      This was my first ever trip to WDW...so part of my first impression of WDW would be partially based on my first hotel of choice. As a first resort stay, things are definitely off to a great start.

      I arrived at Pop Century via Magical Express. It was a pretty quick trip and the only other stop was Caribbean Beach. The first approach to the resort was exciting and anticipation was building with the little signs saying things like "Are we there yet?" on the main driveway. When I got my first glimpse of the Bowling Pin staircases of the 50s sections from the bus, I knew I made a great selection for a resort. Pulling up to the lobby just gave me goosebumps.

      I opted not to do the online check-in for the sake of having an opportunity to chat up with whoever was at the front desk. I also wanted to attempt to get as close to my room location preferences as possible(1- 60s buildings, 2- Upper Floor, 3- Lake View . The cast member was very friendly, a lovely woman from England, and she told me that all my requests had been met! I took the short walk to Building 4 and up the elevator to my room (#4459). It was literally the second to the last room in the hallway...as close to the lake as you could get.

      The room was very clean and I found the beds comfortable. So much so, that I spent most of the last two full days of my stay just napping in there. The room was so quiet being out of the way of most of the resort's foot traffic. Not that it matters now, but I didn't hear any Art of Animation construction noise during my stay. Perhaps it's because I'm a heavy sleeper.

      Mousekeeping was very good about replenishing towels and toiletries, they replaced the soaps and shampoos everyday to the point that I got to do the (family tradition) of bringing some home...without asking. :P One day I had left the "Do Not Disturb" card on the door. They left a bag with all the toiletries and more than enough towels hanging on the door, waiting for me until I arrived later that night. I was however, disappointed at the lack of towel animals, but I guess my belongings looked too much like "a single adult" was in the room.

      I went during the "Free Dining" promo. I was entitled to the Quick Service Dining plan, but decided to go all out and upgrade to a Regular Dining Plan. Coming late from the parks, it was nice to use the refillable mug. There wasn't much effort needed to just walk out of my building and refill on my beverage of choice. I was amazed at the selections at Everything POP. It seemed like there was something for everyone. The shrimp chow mein was a great deal for the number of shrimp in the dish. I myself would have been more than willing to pay out of pocket for the value. (The local Chinese restaurant here in Los Angeles goes out of their way to count each shrimp up to 6...no more, no less.) I tried the epic Tie-Dye cheesecake, but my stomach didn't totally agree with all the coloring.

      I enabled charges made to my Key to the World card. It was very easy to just walk up to the front desk to check out the current balance on my card, trying to avoid the original $500 limit. It really helped with budgeting the funds. There was no hesitation from the cast members and they were more than willing to print it out. I also used the front desk to get show information and pick up me Hoop-Dee-Doo-Musical review tickets. The cast members were very good at providing the information I needed from park show times to restaurant reservations.

      The bus service was great to the parks. I never really needed to wait more than 10 minutes to head to the parks. I was disappointed at how far the bus stops at the parks were from each entrance...it was a hike at Epcot. In most cases, transportation went pretty well back to Pop Century, except one night leaving Disney's Hollywood Studios. The line clearly looked like it would take a minimum of 5 buses to come through before I would be able to get back "home." For that one instance, I went out of my way to ask for advice and one cast member suggested that I transfer to Saratoga Springs, then stop at Downtown Disney and then arrive at Pop Century. It didn't take long at all.

      One final service I used was the luggage service. Checkout was at 11, but my flight didn't leave until 6, so my Magical Express bus wouldn't pick me up until 3. The night before I asked a front desk cast member what someone like me should do with this situation and no place to put my bags. She offered me late check out of 1:00PM free of charge. If I had decided to check out at 3, I would have been charged an additional $25. I did leave my room before 1 and left my bags with luggage services at around 10-ish and hit up Animal Kingdom until my Magical Express came to Pop. When I arrived back at Pop, it was refreshing to have the Cast Member who took in my bags greet with my last name and promptly got my bags. He even offered to weigh it to make sure I made my Virgin America baggage allowances. I made a quick stop at Everything Pop to grab last minute goodies for family and friends, and before I knew it, I was back on my way home.

      Overall, I enjoyed my stay at Pop Century. I can't see how people could compare it to a Motel 6 when it has so many friendly people and rooms cleaner than some of the best ones in Vegas. I would definitely refer this resort to friends and family and of course come back here. Throughout my stay, I wandered through other resorts which included Moderates and Deluxes. The charm of Pop Century seemed unmatched in overall atmosphere to even the Deluxe resorts in my eyes. People actually spent their day at the pool or walking the grounds at Pop, it's a destination in itself.
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      Registered: January 2011
      Location: Huntsville, Alabama
      Posts: 3
      Review Date: Wed May 30, 2012 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 3 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): large food court
      Cons: noise, small rooms, difficult to find laundry

      We stayed at POP from May 4th-May 11th. This was our first time at a value resort, so I may be a bit biased. My husband did not like the theme, and felt it was too "cartoon-ey". The rooms are much smaller than we are used to, and the bathrooms needed a good scrubbing. Also, we had a first floor room and could hear the kids running around above us on the balcony. The leaf blowers started around 8:30am, and for those of us who stay out late and don't get up early, this was a definite problem. The food court had really good food options with HUGE portions. The laundry area is not clearly marked, and NONE of the lifeguards knew where it was, so I had to ask another guest staying there since I coudln't find any other cast members. Once we found it however, we did like that it was located next to the pool so we could enjoy a swim/nap while the laundry was going. Overall not a bad experience, but for us we will not come back again.
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      Registered: January 2009
      Location: Chesapeake, Virginia
      Posts: 36
      Review Date: Tue May 29, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Don't Share Bus Stops
      Cons: AC in Rooms and Mattress

      Let me preface this by saying we have stayed at the POP 2 times in the past year and we really like it.

      However each time we have stayed there the AC does not run cold enough for us. My husband and I need a cold room... like Polar Bear cold. That is not going to happen here.

      Also the mattresses are hard core springs that are not very forgiving. We are used to sleeping on a Select comfort bed and the only thing that comes close to that are the beds in the deluxe resorts and on the new cruise ships.

      We love POP it is very fun and when your on a budget its the best out of all the Values but I think we are going to have to save our pennies to make sure we get to do at least the FQ or Wilderness Lodge.
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      Registered: November 2008
      Posts: 7
      Review Date: Fri May 25, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Location, help in food court,
      Cons: Non

      We stayed at Pop May 16th-21. There were four adults and we had two rooms. 2452 and 2453. We liked the location, there was only one night that we were woken up to kids screaming coming back from the pool. We drove from CT and with the drive being 22 plus hours due to traffic and rain, we were very tired when we got there around 8am. I did the online check in a few days before but the lobby was empty. I was shocked to see that our rooms were ready. I had put 8 am for the check in time on the online check in. We were using the Deluxe dining plan for the first time. The gentlemen checking us in said it might be too much food. But he had not seen how much our two friends could eat. It was the best idea that we had. I had booked a buffet most mornings and then a nice dinner later that night and we did quick service during the day. One thing that I was worried about was the quick service with our one friend. He is allergic to Whey and I was not sure how well it would work out. The first day we were there we went to the room and dropped off our stuff then went to the food court. I found a manager right away and she called over a chief. In no time at all my friend was told what he could eat and then the chief went and fixed it for him. It was like this at every quick service place we went to. And the table service was the same. My friend has not been able to eat like that in a long time. He was spoiled. We only had snack credits the last day and were still able to have breakfast. You can get a snack size of eggs bacon and a danish and a juice. It was a good size meal and only four credits. We had four each left over too. We brought in our own water to the parks in a brita water bottles and had to buy the R2D2 buckets for a few friends so we snacked that way. This was my second time at Pop and we stay there again with no problem.
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      Registered: February 2006
      Posts: 2
      Review Date: Mon May 21, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): value, convenience
      Cons: Bus service

      We stayed at Pop May 6-10 2012. We had a great time and would highly recommend Pop Century to anyone looking for a Disney Experience on a budget. We used online checkin and Magical Express and both were fantastic! Very little waiting. We were in room 9109 which was ground floor facing the computer pool. Great location, go out the back of the building, cross the parking lot and you are at the bus stop. Very quiet, did not hear alot of noise from pool area or walkways and I am a light sleeper. Rooms are small but well laid out, sink is outside the shower/toilet room. Flat screen TV, a mini-fridge, dresser and table / 2 chairs and 2 double beds. Carpet was a little dingy but it really wasn't an issue.

      Bus service was an issue. Not that we ever had to wait for long except once at Animal Kingdom - it was the time spent loading scooters. If there are that many scooters requiring transport, run more buses!

      Food Court: decent food but always very crowded and disorganized. We only used the food court for snacks after the parks closed. Even with all check out lines open it still took 15 minutes to pay cash for a bottle of pop and there were only 2 people in line. Hard to navigate because of unsupervised children running wild throughout the place- which is typical Disney but it is a very small area.

      Overall, the Pop suited us just fine, we had a great time and will definitely return!
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      Registered: May 2012
      Location: new mexico
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Mon May 21, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Very green, tranquil and relaxing.
      Cons: It was very large and that meant it was alot of walking around and travelling when your tired.

      If you know you're going to be fine at the end of a long park day, then you're OK here. I was really tired at the end of my park days because I have to keep up with 3 kids not to mention I'm one of those fast walkers so I was really tired and the bus station and boats are far from most rooms and this resort feels like its far off the beaten trail. Plus sides - the pool is great, the cast members were friendly and it's so lush and green that it smells and looks awesome. We also spotted a lot of wildlife like snakes, birds, and fish.
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      Mrs Disneynut68

      Registered: May 2010
      Posts: 5
      Review Date: Mon May 21, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Lobby area, Decor.
      Cons: Small rooms, not enough draw space, and Mousekeeping

      My husband and I recently returned from our 9th wedding anniversary trip to WDW. We stated at the Pop Century from May 11-19th. We love the Pop Century, and have stated there 4 times now. The only complaints that we have is Mousekeeping. The room always seemed to be dirty to me. The glass in the room (on the mirrors) were not cleaned once. We also found the room to be very dusty. The rooms at Pop are small, but adequate. My only other complaint is that there is no enough draw space. Overall our experience with Pop was great. Bus system is excellent, food court, Everything Pop, and Decor is great.
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      Registered: May 2012
      Posts: 15
      Review Date: Sat May 19, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Buses to parks
      Cons: needs to be updated again

      I just got back from pop century & I will say we always loved this resort, but this time I was a little disillusioned with it. The carpet was worn & tearing by the door, the air conditioning didn't work that great. My husband & I were both waking up sweating at night even with it turned down to the lowest setting (68). It looked as if someone had been painting outside (purple)& came into the room tan & touched the brush to the walls in two places 7 never bothered to clean it up. On 3 occasions on our 7 day stay the automatic door on one side were broken & the dryers took two cycles to dry the clothes. I have stayed here 3 times & once at port Orleans. I won't be staying at Pop again
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      Registered: May 2012
      Location: Philadelphia, PA
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Sat May 19, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 9 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): affordable, clean, theme, fast bus service

      I stayed at Pop Century April 15 to April 20, 2012. This was my very first time staying at Pop actually staying on Disney property period. I stayed in the 50's building. The only issue that I had during the whole trip was they didn't have my room ready when I came to check in even though I did online check in. I requested a king bed room but one wasn't available which I understood because we checked in around 10am. I didn't stay in the room for an extended period of time but the time that I did it was very clean and the beds were very comfortable. The food court had a nice selection of food and I loved the cheesesteak wrap and cheese fries. Breakfast was also good from what I heard, I never ate breakfast because I brought my own from home but my friend enjoyed the waffles and sausage. The bus service is wonderful. We never really had to wait more than 5 minutes for a bus to the parks or a bus back from the parks. The bus was only crowded once but not so that there were a bunch of people standing. The CM that I passed walking around always greeted me and asked me how I was enjoying my stay. I enjoyed my stay so much that I will be staying at Pop when I take my son in August and then again when I go for Food and Wine Festival in October.
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      Registered: November 2006
      Posts: 12
      Review Date: Thu May 17, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): everything
      Cons: lots of kids

      We love, love, love Pop! We always stay here, and it feels like home to us.
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      Registered: May 2012
      Location: New York
      Posts: 2
      Review Date: Tue May 8, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Good value, fun
      Cons: Housekeeping leaves something to be desired

      We stayed at the Pop Century in the first week in May. Had read great reviews and had high expectations. The POP is interesting and has great displays of things past. The colors are fun and the store carries a good variety of Disney souvenirs.

      The rooms are small but adequate for sleeping and going to the parks. If you plan a lot of down time, the POP was noisy and crowded all of the time. The food court food was not as good as described in the reviews and the food court is always crowded and people are not so polite.

      The staff was Disney friendly but not particularly helpful. We added an extra day to our Park Hopper tickets and the person who helped us screwed the tickets up and took away our Park Hopper option and added water parks. Luckily, a great Cast Member at Hollywood Studios fixed the tickets but the fix was to print us new tickets so we had new park tickets and the dining plan credits on our old tickets so we had to keep track of both and keep both with us at all times.

      The room was clean but we also returned to our room two days just after 2pm to find that the room had not been cleaned yet. If we left wet towels to dry on the shower rail (instead of putting wet towels on the floor), those towels were not replaced. After two days, the room was cleaned but the huge pile of wet towels was left on the floor and I had to call Housekeeping to pick them up. This was added stress. Just wanted to return from the parks and relax in a clean, made-up room!

      Overall, the experience was adequate. The Wi-Fi was spotty by the bed but I appreciated free Wi-Fi. You get what you pay for at the POP. It is a good value but we will spend the money next time to get better service and a more relaxing atmosphere.
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      Registered: April 2012
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Mon April 30, 2012 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 2 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): pool

      The hotels appears to be a nice hotel when you first arrive but as time goes on, it begins to unravel. I will start with check in, check in was quick and painless but having 2 small children holding hands and carrying 5 bags with one literally dragging behind me across lobby outside across pool area two stories down two hallways past about 5 employees with no offer of help. But i should take some blame on that for not asking for help.

      Rooms are small, can get there real fast especially with 2 kids. Food is horrible, do not waste your money, its super expensive and tastes like high school cafeteria food. Good luck buying anything from the dessert area, the line is very long and 1 person makes all orders.

      They have 1 ping pong table in our area and 100 people want to use it. The pool is occupied well into the early morning hours with screaming kids or by one of the 30 schools that are there, which one group made cat call and made indecent gestures to my wife while my kids where present. Don't complain to the manager, she literally blew my wife off.

      The place has garbage all over the place and employees walk by it like it suppose to be there, I saw the same pieces of garbage in the same place for 5 days. One women I saw twice washed 10 feet of side walk for 2 hours just making herself look busy but a pile of garbage under a bush not 10 feet from her lay in waiting.

      If you are going to come to Disney, stay at a upgraded hotel, we only had 1 other hotel we visited and it was a different world.
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      Registered: April 2012
      Location: Stewartstown, PA
      Posts: 2
      Review Date: Fri April 27, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): ALMOST EVERYTHING

      My wife and I recently returned from a nine-day stay at Walt Disney World’s Pop Century Resort. If you’ve never been to WDW, you really should try it.

      Disney’s accommodations (even at the least expensive resorts) are delightful, the staff members everywhere within WDW are exceptional, and the Family Dining Plans (there are two different plans) offer an amazing assortment of food choices and more food than anyone should ever eat in any given day. The only reservation we had about our Dining Plans was the overuse of French fries. We really would have preferred a wider range of “side” dishes.

      All-in-all, this was probably our best trip ever to WDW. Somehow, I think the Mouse knew we were coming from cold and snowy weather because he even arranged near perfect weather. With only half a day of sprinkles and temperatures between 74 and 85 degrees, it certainly was “shorts and tee shirt” time for our entire stay!

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      Registered: April 2012
      Location: Chicago, Illinois
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Sun April 22, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): activities for kids, bus service to parks, variety of food in food court
      Cons: constantly running out of things in food court

      We (DH, DS6, DD5) just got back from a four night stay at Pop Century. Overall we were very pleased with our stay. Rooms are small but very clean and definitely good for sleeping after a long day in the parks. We were in the 50s section facing Hourglass Lake. It was a nice surprise since we didn't request a water view. Bowling pin pool was just on the other side of our building and my kids made good use of it! On our Magic Kingdom day my son even wanted to skip the rides to go back to the pool! Tons of activities for kids. The movies at night were a big hit with both my kids. They even gave up Fantasmic in favor of returning to the hotel for the night time movie!

      The food court was great. Plenty of selections. The gentlemen in the bakery even sold me a whole loaf of bread so my kids could take peanut butter and jellies to the parks for lunch. At only $4 for the loaf it saved us a ton of money at lunch! The only negative is that they couldn't seem to keep the soda stations stocked. The soda ran out a ton, many times there were no straws, and ice was nowhere to be found. It wasn't busy at all so I would hesitate to eat at the food court if we ever stayed there at a busier time. Not because of the quality of food but rather the inability of the staff to keep up with the stocking of the self service stations.

      The staff were all very friendly and welcoming. Mousekeeping was fine the whole time we were there although usually did not get to our room until mid afternoon at the earliest.

      Bus service was awesome! Never waited more than 10 minutes for a bus and that was when we walked up as a bus to our destination was pulling out. I loved not having to stop at several stops before leaving the resort for our destination and not having to share with another resort.

      We would definitely stay here again!
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