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JenC025
10-08-2006, 10:42 AM
Wow what a difference between value and moderate. FIRST - It took forever to check in. We arrived Saturday around 5 pm, took about an hour. I would never stay in the 90's area again. The walk was LONG we bought the mugs but after doing the parks all day (we don't do mid day breaks) no one wanted to do the walk for mug refills. Plus, Coffee was HORRIBLE...(nescafe- didnt know they still made it) The playground is set aside making it a pain if your kids want to play.
Buses were crowded and boy do they pack them in. But there was NO noise in our room.

CSR- bus stops are shaded and have COLD water fountains. Four different stops means less crowds and there are seats while you wait.
Check in was quick and having someone take your bags to your room was nice. The landscaping is beautiful, the pool awesome. We passed by the quiet pool and no one was ever in it. Having a hot tub available GREAT. The jumping beans arcade is a waste of money as most games barely work. the one at the dig site is much better. The dig site is great, having the playground, pool, and arcade right there so if you have kids of different ages you can all be in the same area having fun.

I can't wait to go back. We were strolling around the lake at CSR planning our next vacation. It was just so wonderful.

magicmouse2
10-08-2006, 11:28 AM
I agree about Pop C. Glad you like Coronado, we also noiced the huge difference between value and moderate this trip. We too are thinking of staying at Coronadao next year.

Badllamamama
10-08-2006, 12:12 PM
Thanks for sharing!!

mikkiwikki
10-08-2006, 12:27 PM
I really want to like the values....but the more i hear the more I keep going back to ....You get what you pay for....If Im only going to pay 80 bucks a night for a hotel I can only expect 80 bucks of service. I dont see why people get so horrified if the resort isnt 4 diamond quality. You are paying bargain basement prices.

I cant convince myself to go value, and the more I read and hear horror stories, the less likely I am to go ...We stayed at POR in 2005 and loved it...
It was thanksgiving...and a bunch of us arrived via bus....upon arriving in the lobby - they brought out like 10 CMS to handle the crowd...we were in our room in 10 minutes. Also the quiet pools (one right outside bldg 25) was rarely occupied. One of my fondest memories, is hanging out in the pool with my son - while DH and DD slept in the room...
.....We had the entire pool to ourselves & the peacefulness of that resort isnt something Im sure to find at the ALL Stars or Pop.

zoomouse
10-08-2006, 04:19 PM
Just got back from Pop Century. Pretty happy considering the money paid. Got a room with beds and a shower, nice enough pool to keep the kids happy. Only downer was the 7 hour wait for luggage to arrive - won't make that mistake again - jammies and blankies in the carry-on from now on.

JenC025
10-08-2006, 07:16 PM
Oh I forgot about that! I didnt want to chance problems on board so we didn't pack baby wipes, So we were without luggage for about 7-8 hrs too. They didn't have our luggage until about midnight. I was panicking.

mikkiwikki
10-09-2006, 05:08 AM
Wow what a difference between value and moderate. FIRST - It took forever to check in. We arrived Saturday around 5 pm, took about an hour. I would never stay in the 90's area again. The walk was LONG we bought the mugs but after doing the parks all day (we don't do mid day breaks) no one wanted to do the walk for mug refills. Plus, Coffee was HORRIBLE...(nescafe- didnt know they still made it) The playground is set aside making it a pain if your kids want to play. Buses were crowded and boy do they pack them in. But there was NO noise in our room.

CSR- bus stops are shaded and have COLD water fountains. Four different stops means less crowds and there are seats while you wait.
Check in was quick and having someone take your bags to your room was nice. The landscaping is beautiful, the pool awesome. We passed by the quiet pool and no one was ever in it. Having a hot tub available GREAT. The jumping beans arcade is a waste of money as most games barely work. the one at the dig site is much better. The dig site is great, having the playground, pool, and arcade right there so if you have kids of different ages you can all be in the same area having fun.

I can't wait to go back. We were strolling around the lake at CSR planning our next vacation. It was just so wonderful.

JenCO25 - im really interested in this post - cuz My hubby & I were struggling with the idea of doing a value next trip...so doing lots of research. From your post what I can gather is ....

Cons for POP
1)Long checkin time
2)bad coffee,
3) poor landscaping?
4) packed buses
5) were bus stops unshaded?
6) pool?
7) playground for kids out of way....

Pros for CSR
1) checkin quick
2) coffee??? good/bad? :)
3) beautiful landscaping
4) Less crowded buses
5) shaded bus stops with fountains
6) secluded quiet pools
7) playground (dig site) very convenient

For our 2007 trip - Ive booked Contemporary for 5 days, and was toying with offsetting the cost with another 5 days at a value...but....I cant convince myself to go that route.

Pixiedust34
10-09-2006, 05:21 AM
For our 2007 trip - Ive booked Contemporary for 5 days, and was toying with offsetting the cost with another 5 days at a value...but....I cant convince myself to go that route.

If you do this, make sure you stay at the value resort first, and then move up to the CR. That way, you'll have the CR to look forward to and you'll really enjoy the extra space and monorail when you are there. If you downgrade during your trip (CR first, then value), the smaller room and less amenities will hit you harder.

I think it would be fun to split a stay, and if you do stay at a value for 5 nights instead of 5 extra nights at the CR, you'll have a lot more money to spend on other things at WDW.

Buzz2001
10-09-2006, 05:49 AM
Welcome back and thanks for sharing!! :thumbsup2

Schucraig
10-09-2006, 07:27 AM
Thanks for your reviews! :thumbsup2

Leanne1977
10-09-2006, 07:42 AM
I'm going to have to stick up for Pop here. We returned from our first stay on-site on 4th Oct.

We loved Pop. It was great fun. The rooms were bigger than i had imagined and clean and tidy. The maids were good and the staff were friendly.

We stayed in the 70s section which was lovely and peaceful. No noise from others around us. The pools were great as were the goofy jet fountains and the kids arcades.

We loved everything about it. The only thing we feel could be improved was the food court. It needs to be bigger as it was crowded for the most part. But it didnt really affect us as we didnt eat there often.

We have now booked to go back to Pop next September. If you have kids i don't think there is a more perfect place for them to be. :love:

Buzz'sBetterHalf
10-09-2006, 07:59 AM
Thanks for sharing!! :Pinkbounc

JenC025
10-09-2006, 10:03 AM
Pop is a good value. For the first five days if was all about the parks- so all we needed was a place to crash.
Pros:
Price
If you plan on doing laundry, its right by the pool. (I don't know if there is more than one Ours was small and crowded unless you were there really early)
So my cons are:
1) Lost luggage for hours
2)LONG check in and if you have a question and need to wait in line at check in that is a pain. People were complaining of their key cards not working (SEVERAL times) and needing them replaced constantly meant waiting in the check in line
3)Coffee was AWFUL, food court is kind of small
4)Bus stops- one for each destination is not really shaded. And buses get packed
5)Not much landscaping to look at all Just the big items to look at. I thought my 2 1/2 yr old would love them, but she wasn't interested. It was kind of cool that to get to our room we had to go under the big laptop
6)Playground is out of the way, but is shaded
Housekeeping and all staff VERY friendly
But we didn't find anyone in any park, restaurant, or either hotel that wasn't friendly
Coronado
cons
Almost double the price of the pop

pros:

The landscaping here is so wonderful
The hammocks in the sand overlooking the lake great
My son loved renting a boat and going out to the lake
The pepper market's food is better than the pop
The pool has the arcade, playground and hot tub so everyone can be near each other. (Plus there IS a hot tub)
There is a fitness center (if you do that sort of thing on vacation lol)
Multiple bus stops, that were shaded and had water fountains.

Martindis2006
10-09-2006, 10:13 AM
Thank you for the information about CSR. We are headed there for Thanksgiving and you just made it look better than it already did!

NurseW2Kiddies
10-09-2006, 11:40 AM
Really stupid question about the arcades at CSR since you mentioned them!!! Do they have a lot of games where you win tickets??? My son loves these and we will be there in Dec. If I gave him all the $$$ we spent on his season pass and told him he could spend it in the arcade instead of going to the park, he would be all for it. EEEKKK!!!

JenC025
10-09-2006, 01:49 PM
Really stupid question about the arcades at CSR since you mentioned them!!! Do they have a lot of games where you win tickets??? My son loves these and we will be there in Dec. If I gave him all the $$$ we spent on his season pass and told him he could spend it in the arcade instead of going to the park, he would be all for it. EEEKKK!!!

The games at Pop had an arcade where they gave tickets you could redeem for prizes but not CSR

disneymom2one
10-09-2006, 05:28 PM
I'm going to have to stick up for Pop here. We returned from our first stay on-site on 4th Oct.

We loved Pop. It was great fun. The rooms were bigger than i had imagined and clean and tidy. The maids were good and the staff were friendly.

We stayed in the 70s section which was lovely and peaceful. No noise from others around us. The pools were great as were the goofy jet fountains and the kids arcades.

We loved everything about it. The only thing we feel could be improved was the food court. It needs to be bigger as it was crowded for the most part. But it didnt really affect us as we didnt eat there often.

We have now booked to go back to Pop next September. If you have kids i don't think there is a more perfect place for them to be. :love:

I don't know about that. We have a kid and she'd rather stay home than go spend time at a value resort (and we've done them before). It's just not the same vacation to us. So we stick to mods and DVC resorts with an occasional deluxe resort thrown in (very occasional). For us the resort makes or breaks the vacation so Pop doesn't work out.

Leanne1977
10-09-2006, 06:05 PM
I don't know about that. We have a kid and she'd rather stay home than go spend time at a value resort (and we've done them before). It's just not the same vacation to us. So we stick to mods and DVC resorts with an occasional deluxe resort thrown in (very occasional). For us the resort makes or breaks the vacation so Pop doesn't work out.

I suppose is it all about what suits individual families. I know as far as my boys are concerned (they are 5 and 4 by the way which may make a difference), they loved Pop. It was fun for them and bright and colourful. I don't think the mods or deluxes would have had the same impact on them. If i stay at a Disney hotel i want to know i am at a Disney hotel so the fun element has to be there.
I actually left the choice of hotel down to my children as it was so important to me that it is where they would be happy.
For us there is no way the resort would make or break the holiday as i feel a holiday is what you make it. If we ended up in a hotel we werent particularly happy with we would do our best to put that aside and get down to the main business of enjoying ourselves at the parks and pools.

My children enjoyed Pop because it was fun. They have no concept of what a value hotel is anymore than they know what a deluxe is like in comparison. I cant believe your child would rather stay at home than go to Disneyworld and stay at Pop. That is just bizarre. Have you ever actually asked her that question?

For us it wasnt about the money as we could quite comfortably afford a mod and bear in mind we visit every year from the UK for at least 2 weeks. But Pop was great for us and i appreciate it may not be everyones cup of tea but i still think it is one of the best places for children to have fun. :cheer2:

A hotel is a very personal choice and what works for one family may not work for the next but after reading so many bad things about Pop before we left it kind of took the edge off the excitement for me. I was expecting all the bad things that people talk so frequently about on these boards to happen. But it just wasnt the case. I don't understand how someones experience of a hotel can differ so much from the next person.
I think a lot of people go to the values expecting not to like it and that pre judgement is what spoils their holiday. I went to Pop thinking yippee how lucky am i to afford to go to Disney!!

Just my opinion. :wave2:

dolphin01
10-09-2006, 08:07 PM
Thanks for sharing!! :yay: :cloud9: :sunny:

mikkiwikki
10-10-2006, 05:31 AM
I suppose is it all about what suits individual families. I know as far as my boys are concerned (they are 5 and 4 by the way which may make a difference), they loved Pop. It was fun for them and bright and colourful. I don't think the mods or deluxes would have had the same impact on them. If i stay at a Disney hotel i want to know i am at a Disney hotel so the fun element has to be there.
:wave2:

Leanne - I think you are absolutely right. It's up to the family.
After a day at the parks of high stimulation, POR worked out well for us (mom & dad included) to decompress. I think the big icons are definitely a 'draw' for kids. Im still undecided...maybe we will go a couple of days next year ...not sure...still not sold. :scratchin ...one of the big negatives for me is the food court being :crowded: ...we did use the food court daily, and I dont want to stand in line for a cup of jo. :rolleyes:

Lilolvr
10-10-2006, 06:00 AM
Thanks for sharing! :dance3:

Leanne1977
10-10-2006, 06:51 AM
Leanne - I think you are absolutely right. It's up to the family.
After a day at the parks of high stimulation, POR worked out well for us (mom & dad included) to decompress. I think the big icons are definitely a 'draw' for kids. Im still undecided...maybe we will go a couple of days next year ...not sure...still not sold. :scratchin ...one of the big negatives for me is the food court being :crowded: ...we did use the food court daily, and I dont want to stand in line for a cup of jo. :rolleyes:

100% agree with you about the food court. It was the only negative for me. We used it for a few breakfasts and to fill our mugs which was ok as they have a few different refill machines. But i do prefer to eat elsewhere, somewhere a bit quieter.

We did witness it at quieter times. Around 4pm-5pm it was a lot quieter.
It is the one thing i would change about the hotel. I would move the shop so it was on its own and extend the restaurant.

Other than that it was fab. :thumbsup2

YayDisney!
10-10-2006, 01:38 PM
We just returned from our 10 day visit to Pop Century Resort (our second time staying there). We had an absolute delightful time. We had no troubles checking in...a normal 10 - 15 minute wait for how many people were in line. There were approximately 8 - 10 cast members at the check-in counter at noon on our check-in day all helping the next visitors.

We also had little troubles at the food court. It's all about your timing. If you try to eat breakfast at 8:00 - 10:00 in the morning, you'll run into a crowd. I'd expect the same for the lunch hour, although we were never at our resort at lunch time. We opted to get our breakfast at around 7:00 am and bring to our room while we finished getting ready for our day. There was never a line at that hour. We ate dinner at Pop one time (around 6:30 - 7:00) and there was little to no wait at that time. We did usually fill our mugs right before we left for the parks and after we returned home for the night and there were more people around at that time. But I never considered it a problem to wait for someone ahead of me for pop or a slushy.

As far as buses go, we always rent a car, so I cannot really comment on that. We did ride the buses at least twice just to try them out. We waited up to 15 minutes one day - which felt like forever to us because we're not used to waiting at all for transportation. But it was nice to be dropped right in front of the parks, when of course you have to walk a ways when you park your own car. :) Again, it's all about your timing. If you get there in the morning BEFORE the parks open, you'll walk right onto the next available bus. Same as coming home. Right at park closing, the bus lines (all of them) are packed with tired people trying to get home. Instead of heading right for the bus, shop a little first, let the first couple of buses head out before you try to catch one. You'll be glad at the diminished crowds and shouldn't have trouble getting a seat.

Mousekeeping was great in our room. She arranged our daughter's stuffed animals nightly and we received two towel animals during our visit. We were in the 50's, building 1, room 1237. We asked to be close to the parking lot and we had a great location. It was quiet and convenient for us. Our room was always clean and inviting. We really only sleep there - we're always up at 6:30 or 7:00, go to early mornings and come home after fireworks. We did swim twice while we were there and found the pool refreshing and inviting. We did our swimming once in mid-afternoon and once in the evening after returning home and neither time was the pool too crowded. We had plenty of room to play around. They provided beach balls and noodles for the guests to play with and use. My daughter loved it.

For our family, vacation is not about the accommodations or the extras - we provide a lot of the extra magic that my daughter experiences (letters & gifts from "Mickey", pirate cruises, dinner with Cinderella, etc). We just LOVE being at Disney World as a family and enjoy every moment together and would not hesitate to go back to Pop Century - or any other Value Resort as long as we are able to go! We would like to try CBR, CSR, POR, POFQ and any other resort just to have new experiences and new memories. Any and every Disney vacation is a GREAT vacation to us!! Good luck with yours!

:banana: :dance3:

PiperMickey
10-25-2006, 01:41 PM
Will they guarantee rooms with a connecting door at CSR? Going to be there for 9 days for our anniversary and I am considering getting two rooms, but only if they connect.

Thanks