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AButrcup1
04-05-2007, 03:01 PM
I am thinking about booking Pop in late Sept,early Oct.I have a fear I will hate Pop!I have stayed at POFQ,and loved it,but my kids want to stay at Pop(they heard about the frozen cokes!)Please tell me Pop isn't bad!This is a surprise trip,:cool1: we thought that we would have to wait til 2008!Thanks!

Me..princess: DB..:firefight Dd..princess: 13,Ds...pirate:6

spiceycat
04-05-2007, 03:03 PM
hey I love Pop - it even has a lake!!!

here the pictures from me and other disers.
http://www.wdwinfo.com/photopost/showgallery.php/cat/537

ampooh
04-05-2007, 03:26 PM
Pop was fine for us. We normally stay at the BC but made a 4 day trip in Oct and needed cheap (pd 49...yay). It was fine. DS's both loved the frozen cokes BTW.

The pool was fine. There is no water slide fro DS#1 but he was perfectly happy.

They had pool games and activites there that we had not seen at our previous stays at CSR and CBR as moderates.

Believe me we went from a deluxe to a value with no disappointments.

nbodyhome
04-05-2007, 03:29 PM
I used to be a Poly "snob", but I love the Pop Century.

AButrcup1
04-05-2007, 03:32 PM
Thanks..I feel better,I got a AAA rate,so I will be saving some $$$$.I guess I just wanted other opinions on the resort.(I was hoping for free dining and WL,but work,and my wallet, won't allow me to go).
Thanks Disers!!!!:grouphug:
Andrea

Cnrtygirl
04-05-2007, 03:32 PM
I am thinking about booking Pop in late Sept,early Oct.I have a fear I will hate Pop!I have stayed at POFQ,and loved it,but my kids want to stay at Pop(they heard about the frozen cokes!)Please tell me Pop isn't bad!This is a surprise trip,:cool1: we thought that we would have to wait til 2008!Thanks!

Me..princess: DB..:firefight Dd..princess: 13,Ds...pirate:6


we love POP and are going again this year. My dd 11 wanted to stay here when we went in 05 and insisted that we stay here again. She loves the frozen cokes

debsays
04-05-2007, 04:14 PM
We usually stay at a moderate or the Dolphin Resort. When we want to return as an extra trip we stay at Pop and enjoy it VERY much. I would not hesitate in staying at Pop. If the children enjoy it, you will too. Enjoy your trip.

odhrty
04-05-2007, 04:34 PM
I have the same problem. I always wanted to stay at Poly. I have it booked but think i'll switch because it will save $1000 and my kids (9 and 10) think the POP looks great. I worry about the small rooms and the transportation. I'll be 40 this yar and wanted to splurge but $1000 buys alot of extra excursions. I hope Pop is as nice as everyone says it is. Good Luck

ChrisnKim913
04-05-2007, 04:37 PM
We really enjoyed POP! Heck, its the hotel we got engaged at =)

MelanieC
04-05-2007, 05:01 PM
We love POP! It's the only resort my kids (15, 9) like to stay at.

bubba73
04-05-2007, 06:44 PM
I have stayed at POP twice and have loved both trips. I think it is really cool to be able to go around with your kids and talk about all the different icons you see and the signs that you read about what happen in a certain year or decade.

Magalex
04-05-2007, 06:47 PM
Pop is wonderful:thumbsup2 Go have FUN

2manypets
04-05-2007, 07:01 PM
:thumbsup2 Pop is great...our room in 05 was quiet and the grounds are very clean. The resort is not as big as some say, IMHO. You'll be fine! The food court is convenient and a lot of good food choices, busses quick and the queue for the busses should be adapted at all the resorts. The mousekeepers were the best of any of our stays.

Have fun!

J

CourtneyandRyan
04-05-2007, 07:04 PM
We love POP too! It's been great! We are really only there to swim, sleep, or shower, so it's perfect!

You'll have a great time!

jenrose66
04-05-2007, 07:13 PM
I agree about the bus queues. I'm planning on staying at POP for the first time this September and am looking very forward to orderly bus lines. I can't stand feeling like a heard of cows with everyone trying to cram on the busses.

kimmy8796
04-05-2007, 07:34 PM
I've stayed at Pop twice and I can honestly say it is a fun resort! I love the Wilderness Lodge as well, but Pop was also fine for my husband and I. The last time we went down for our anniversary, and they gave us balloons, a card and romantic towel animals almost every day! It was even better service than the Wilderness Lodge. ( where we stayed for our honeymoon in a concierge room) This summer we are returing with our son for his first birthday. The bus service was always great! (much better than all stars in our expierence) You'll have fun, no matter what, YOU ARE IN DISNEY AFTER ALL! :dumbo: :smickey:

LK03
04-05-2007, 09:03 PM
I'll have to be the first person to say DH and I's last trip was half empty because of POP. I should have known better when after waiting over an hour in line for check-in and making it to our room to find dirty walls. Walls covered in smudges, crayon, food and what looked like blood. Clearly I should have brought my Mr. Clean eraser to tidy up the place. It was SO loud with all the kids running around and doors banging. We waited most afternoons about 50 mins in line to take a bus back to the park. There were usually enough people to warrant 3 busses by the time they did show up. The frozen coke machine was never frozen. Our biggest mistake was cancelling our BC reservation because of the cheaper price at POP. I found All Stars much better, but after our last trip we're done with values.

scottie 006
04-06-2007, 05:39 AM
we just came back from pop and loved it .We're in our early 40's and have a 9 year old .Petals pool bar is great.The daughter loved the ippy boppy pool ,mom kind of wished there was a table service restaurant for supper.

I Love Pluto
04-06-2007, 06:30 AM
We love Pop! Why pay more? :goodvibes

labdogs42
04-06-2007, 07:28 AM
I'm considering Pop, too, for a trip in September. Anyone have a picture of the sink area of the bathrooms? Is it like the ones in the All-Stars? I looked on All Ears, but there was no sink picture! Thanks!

Superjoint_Ritual
04-06-2007, 09:34 AM
Was at the POP last year and loved it. If I was'nt going on my honeymoon @ CSR I would've booked the POP again.

The only complaint I have is that there's this sweet smell at everything POP. It kinda made me feel qweezy eveytime I went in there.

ptrbryant
04-06-2007, 09:49 AM
We'll be staying 5 nts. at VWL, then 3 nts. at POP. Last year, we stayed at ASMo for 1 nt. (a last minute add-on) and after reading negative posts about Values, was afraid to even try it! We were so surprised at how cheerful, Disney-like and clean everything was...we never had any noise problem, either. We actually liked it better than POR.
I looked on tripadvisor.com, which has great reviews on hotels everywhere, and saw POP was in their top 5 family resorts in the country--even ahead of WL! We're looking forward to trying it out!

Karla B.

Samsma
04-06-2007, 09:55 AM
We just got back last month from a short (3 day trip). I loved it. We are used to staying at deluxes, but it was just me and the kids this time and it was great. I'm going to try to get my DH to try it for a couple of days next time we go. I figure we can start with POP and end up at a deluxe, just to give him a taste and then still be on the safe side if he doesn't like it. We had no trouble with the room condition, the buses, or food. I loved the food court and gift shop, and the whole theme is so cute! We stayed in the 50's right beside the Lady icon with a pool view. Very good location without paying for preferred. The kids swam in both the bowling pin pool and the hippy dippy pool and liked both. Have fun and don't worry!

singingpixie
04-06-2007, 09:55 AM
My Ex and I loved Pop last year, and I plan to return there w/ my mom (either this august or the following). It's clean, service/transportation are great, food and pools are wonderful- It's a completely adequate and fun place to stay. I don't think I'd go there for a super-romantic indulgence type of trip, but it's perfect if you're just looking to have fun, spend most of your time in the parks, etc. There's so many interesting touches like the displays in the lobby that make it a Disney resort. You'll have a great time!

Treacle44
04-06-2007, 10:06 AM
Pop is great, we loved it there. Clean, great theming, evereything is new and it's cheap!

CathrynRose
04-06-2007, 10:19 AM
I love POP! My kids (11 & 15) love POP! My husband loves POP! Im gonna get POP tattoo'ed across my butt....

Okay - not the last part, but we all love POP!

September will be my 3rd trip in a year, all staying at POP!

I think you've made a wise decision! BTW - I used to always stay at POFQ.

Sandi
04-06-2007, 10:19 AM
We just booked POP for an August trip. We stayed at POP for a week in February and really liked it -- POP is a great value. We had always stayed at Moderate and Deluxes for the last 12 years and DD12 wanted to give POP a try. I'm so glad we did. We found the transportation to be the best of any resort we've stayed at. Never waited more than 15 minutes -- and that was only once, at Epcot, after Illuminations. Oftentimes at MK's close, while the line for the bus was really long, they'd load two busses at a time. Our check-in was quick (although we were checking in at midnight and the lines looked a lot worse at other times of the day).

Anyway, we had such a good experience in February that we are returning in August. Can put the money saved toward other things.

spiceycat
04-06-2007, 10:27 AM
I'll have to be the first person to say DH and I's last trip was half empty because of POP. I should have known better when after waiting over an hour in line for check-in and making it to our room to find dirty walls. Walls covered in smudges, crayon, food and what looked like blood. Clearly I should have brought my Mr. Clean eraser to tidy up the place. It was SO loud with all the kids running around and doors banging. We waited most afternoons about 50 mins in line to take a bus back to the park. There were usually enough people to warrant 3 busses by the time they did show up. The frozen coke machine was never frozen. Our biggest mistake was cancelling our BC reservation because of the cheaper price at POP. I found All Stars much better, but after our last trip we're done with values.

do you remember what section you were in - was it the 60's or maybe 80's???

ksoehrlein
04-06-2007, 11:04 AM
DD(6yo) -- who has stayed in all the locations listed to the left with the exception of ASMu, POFQ and YC -- claims that POP is her favorite Disney Resort. (Wish we'd have known that before we purchased DVC! :lmao: )

We stayed there on a Mommy-and-Me trip for her 5th birthday. The CMs were great and gave her extra birthday attention (one sang to her, another made sure she got a phone call from Goofy, and the resort gave her balloons and a card autographed by Cinderella). She loved the pools (despite their lack of water slides) and had a blast in the pop jet fountains. Room size was perfect for the 2 of us.

We must have gone to the parks at less popular hours; there were never more than 20 people on a bus except for the one time we left Epcot after IlluniNations -- we'll never do THAT again!

As an adult, I did miss having a hot tub at the Resort, but I soaked my feet in the bathtub at night -- all the while mentally calculating the money we'd saved by staying there. A great end to the day!

That said, I don't think we'll ever manage to take a family trip to POP. DH is 6'6" and I kept thinking how glad I was that he and DS hadn't joined us -- DH alone would have made the room seem really cramped!

Tnkrbelle565
04-06-2007, 11:10 AM
We've stayed at POP 3 times...never had a complaint about it nor did we experience any of the negative things I've read on here. Always stayed in the 60s.

CanadianGuy
04-06-2007, 11:30 AM
Name a resort and you can get posters to say they love it .. and posters to say they didn't love it.

Not every resort meets everyone's needs. That's why Disney offers a variety of accommodations.

The problems with a room being not presentable etc.. Can be found at any resort.. even the deluxes.

I've stayed at Pop on several occasions and we always found it to be very much to our liking.

Knox

spiceycat
04-06-2007, 12:37 PM
DD(6yo) -- who has stayed in all the locations listed to the left with the exception of ASMu, POFQ and YC -- claims that POP is her favorite Disney Resort. (Wish we'd have known that before we purchased DVC! :lmao: )

That said, I don't think we'll ever manage to take a family trip to POP. DH is 6'6" and I kept thinking how glad I was that he and DS hadn't joined us -- DH alone would have made the room seem really cramped!

my brother is not that big - but all he did was complaint about how small the rooms were.....:rotfl:

yea! Pop is becoming a favorite - but I did purchase DVC in 1993 - long before Pop.

Cory's Gal
04-06-2007, 02:43 PM
We stayed at POP in January and it was great!! We had a great room, the food court was nice, and mousekeeping was wonderful, towel animals almost everyday! DH and I stayed at POR the year before and enjoyed it fine but money wise POP was just as great and it was cheaper! The bus transportation was great too, and I am another FROZEN COKE lover too!

Kdog
04-06-2007, 04:01 PM
POP is fantastic--great transportation, fun atmosphere, friendly staff, and good food court. I used to stay only at the POLY, but now I choose POP. With the money I save, I can really live it up in the parks and restaurants. Plus, I just love the whimsical charm of this resort; it's very "Disney" to me.

maciemouse
04-06-2007, 04:09 PM
Our family loves Pop! I am a picky person and I think Pop is great for the money. We have always paid extra to be on the main pool and lobby. It is so clean and has such a fun atmosphere. We usually go to Disney twice a year. We stay at the Deluxe once and the Value once. My kids 2 and 4 always say they like Pop the best.

loulabee
04-06-2007, 05:49 PM
We Loved the POP , I took my DS for ESPN weekend ...the food court was good , the buses were good, the front desk was good...it was all good!!Go have a good time and enjoy!!

MARY-IN-OH
04-06-2007, 06:22 PM
We loved Pop! We stayed in 50's section. Very close to buses and food court. There are three pools, and the 80's and 50's seem quieter. We used the 50's bowling pin pool a lot and sometimes we were the only people there! The lake is beautiful and scenic - and very quiet (and romantic!) :love: My husband fished off the bank a couple of times while we were there, and there was no one around! I think it has a great mix of hustle bustle and serene areas too! My daugther loved Pop too! (she is 15). And! we had a discount for (I think it was) 49/night!

quietgirll
04-07-2007, 04:14 PM
great post- thanks so much for all the positive reviews! Thinking about staying here, and its good to hear so many people that enjoy it!! as canadian guy said, all resorts are going to have some that like it, and some that don't, but their seems to be a lot of love for pop around here!! also, per the suggestion of someone else on this post, i checked tripadvisor, and the reviews are good! thanks again guys!

M 'n C
04-07-2007, 04:30 PM
BF and I stayed there last September and I was nervous too but I have to say that we LOVED POP! We loved all the old time icons that were around the resort and thinking back to our childhood. We stayed in the 70s next to the big wheel (pretty close to the food court/bus stop relatively speaking) since that was our favorite toy growing up.

Next year when we go we will probably give AS Movies a try just to see something different but we love the theming of the values. I'll probably go back to POP after that. I've stayed at AS Sports and thought it was ok (too sports themey for me) and CBR (too spaced out) as well.

jbmom
04-07-2007, 07:11 PM
I'm so glad to hear such positive things about Pop. We are staying there for the first time in August and had heard some negatives. I just can't justify the extra cost this year, dh isn't going with us so it's just me and my 2 sons, maybe my mil. Having never stayed in a value I was nervous, but you have all calmed my fears. Thanks

AButrcup1
04-08-2007, 07:39 AM
Thank-You for all the great replies,and calming any fears I had.I booked Pop for Sept.26-Oct.5.I hope to see lots of DISers there!!!
Me...princess:DBF...pirate: DD...princess: DS...pirate:

pepe of ohio
04-08-2007, 11:10 AM
We've been to Pop, to ride our hurricanes not for vacation stays. didn't like the values, glad it was not for a prolonged stay. Buses we like a cattle call in the am, no courtsey to others waiting, long lines. As for the rooms, we always stay deluxe and prefer queen beds, not twins, hard for a couple to sleep, when you're tired from all the parks, you want your space and rest, values did not do it for us. Also, our room was very noisy, can hear others running the shower, flushing the toilet, and late at night, peeing in a toilet was very prevalent. If you want a closet to just crash in and pay a few bucks, Pop is the ticket. For an enjoyable, themed, relaxing stay, anyplace other than a value is the place. We do not place our stay on what we pay but what we see, hear and enjoy and upscalling to a deluxe is disney to us. We figure it might be our last stay, we do it all and are will to pay for the ammenities.

fan_of_small_world
04-08-2007, 11:50 AM
I'm a bit of a hotel snob, and we loved POP!

The rooms was very clean and mousekeeping did a great job. We were in a corner room and did not didn't have problems hearing our neighbors next door. Occasionally we heard kids outside in the courtyard area, but no more than I would expect at a place so geared for families, and not at an unreasonable time.

As for the bus lines, when we were heading to the parks the waits weren't bad at all. I don't think we ever needed to wait for another bus to come to fit everyone who was in line. When going back to the resort at park closing, the lines were obviously longer. But I have to say that the busses kept coming and the lines cleared quite quickly. People on the busses were very nice, both in line and on the ride. We had several very nice chats with people!

I think as for noise and busses, it proably depends a lot on what time of year you go. We were there at the end of October last year.