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Ashmanarion
04-06-2007, 11:25 AM
I've been looking for the same information. I'm hoping you kind knowledgeable folks can give some advice. I'm planning a trip to WDW for December(16-21). It will be my girlfriend(24) and I(25). It will be her first trip to WDW and I've hyped it up alot. I've been about 4 times. 3 times as a kid, and then Oct 2005.

I'd really like to stay on Disney property to get the magical experience enhanced. We will be driving and my budget is very limited, I'm a double-major in college. I've been looking at All Star Movies in general or somewhere off-site. I'd rather stay on Disney property and ride the shuttles to the parks.

I'll try to stop rambling. Here's my question: Would you folks recommend any of the All-Star or Pop Century Resorts for us as a young couple with no children? If not, could you kindly recommend some other options? Thanks so much in advance to anyone that helps.

dizkids
04-06-2007, 11:32 AM
What a nice guy! I am married with 3 kids and would love to remember the time my husband planned our vacation : )

I always stay on property but have never stayed at the value resorts, but my brother loves the Pop Century...he says its newest and really nice.

I would definitely recommend staying ON property at either of the resorts you mentioned. The time you are going is pretty low crowds and I think the rates are reasonable. Riding the disney transportation is enjoyable and relaxing.

Have fun! ;)

girt25
04-06-2007, 12:03 PM
My now DW and I were in the same situation was you a few years ago (2004?), and we stayed at Pop century. It was very good value, good themeing etc.. Pop is newer, and we found it to be less noisy then the all stars. We always rented a car, so I don't know much about the bus service, but the free parking at the parks was great for staying on-site.

tink_n_pooh
04-06-2007, 12:07 PM
Staying on-site is the only way to go. It's so much easier and more relaxing. We stayed at POP once (my fiance is 28 and I'm 26) and although I didn't care for it that much (DVC snob here :headache: ) I would recommend it for a budget minded couple anyday.

If you can swing it, POR is very nice and not that much more than a value. If your budget won't allow for a mod than I would go for Pop. Off site isn't nearly as magical and then you have to deal with all the driving and stuff.

I couldn't imagine driving, we like to have a little too much fun :drinking1

disneycake
04-06-2007, 12:13 PM
So sweet! While I haven't stayed at Pop personally I think staying at that or an All-Star will be wonderful as I'm sure you two will just be happy to be there. Try to see if there are any codes out or if either of you have an AAA discount that could help you save some $$.

TJA
04-06-2007, 12:15 PM
First I'd recommend you stay on-site as it will be much more relaxing for you to not worry about transportation to and from the parks. Let Disney take care of that for you. The buses, boats, monorail are all free.

The first resort that comes to my mind for a young couple w/o kids is Port Orleans. There is Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter, one is smaller and more romantic I believe. You can take a boat to Downtown Disney/Pleasure Island which is a nice option for you. Well, I should say this used to be an option years ago and maybe somebody who has stayed there recently can confirm this. We stayed at Port Orleans (used to be Dixie Landings) before we had children and loved it there and felt it was very romantic. It is a moderate resort and if you have AAA you can get a discount on the room. Also if you can plan your trip during value season, the rates will be even lower.

Dad_Z
04-06-2007, 12:30 PM
We (DW and I) went to PO Riverside (used to be called Dixie Landings) last fall and loved it. I think it is slightly more geared to couples. I have heard that PO French Quarter is somewhat smaller. Each has its strengths.

This time we are bringing our 3.5 year old son and trying to save money (he would more appreciate a 3-story big wheel than a beautiful mansion and gardens). I have heard many good things about Pop, and if $$$ is a major factor I would definitely stay at a value resort. The bottom line is you end up spending relatively little time at the hotels. I think Pop has a couple advantages over the other value resorts, but I'm sure they would all fit the bill.

Oh, and you can still take a boat to DTD from both Port Orleans resorts.

5dreamindisney
04-06-2007, 12:46 PM
Also, it depends on lenght of stay....if you are buying MYW passes check out the price of one annual pass may save you money on the hotel. Last year we spent an extra $100 on the pass and saved $600 on the hotel. We did stay in WL but you should compare prices:wizard:

Ashmanarion
04-06-2007, 01:36 PM
Thanks so much for the replies! I think I'm settling with looking at Pop Century for price reasons. It will allow me to buy more stuff at the parks and around Christmas.

I've read about if you stay at a resort, you can go to other resorts and look around and such. Is that the case at all of them, or just ones connected by a short walk?

girt25
04-06-2007, 02:20 PM
You can go look around at any resort. Buses from parks or DTD will take you any of the on-site resorts, or if you're driving, you can get a short term parking pass.

I don't believe you have to stay on site to look around the resorts either.

rgf207
04-06-2007, 02:24 PM
Thanks so much for the replies! I think I'm settling with looking at Pop Century for price reasons. It will allow me to buy more stuff at the parks and around Christmas.

I've read about if you stay at a resort, you can go to other resorts and look around and such. Is that the case at all of them, or just ones connected by a short walk?
If you are a member of AAA, you can ask for a room only discount which can save you some money too. We really Liked Pop Century. Its a fun resort. You will have a great time no matter where you stay on Property. The magic is there at every resort.

You can visit any resort you want. Sometimes we like to take the monorail around to the Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian to look around. That is a great way to spend an evening and it's Free too :) The resorts are beautiful. Walk around and just enjoy.

disnut8
04-06-2007, 03:11 PM
I'd recommend Pop Century. My husband and I are in our 40s but I think the reasons we like Pop Century will also fit for you. It brings out conversation between the two of you. You can't help it. When you walk along the lake and see the signs for a "noteable" event that happened during that year, it could get a comment made like you were four years old at that time and but really remember that. Or, look at your birthyear and see what happened that year (I'm ashamed to say mine is when the first Wal Mart opened). Really explore the grounds and all the icons. You guys are too young to remember 8 track tapes but there's a giant one there. The Pac Man symbols. I honestly can't ever stay at Pop Century without constantly saying "whac-a-whacca" for most of the day.

Take time to see the shadowboxes in the lobby. You'll recognize some of the things that your grandmother or mother used. I think there's a Barry Manilow album in there that I constantly remind my husband we own its twin.

Pop Century is a great, great place to have silly fun. All Star Sports is as well with the football field. But I'd give a big edge to Pop Century.

Mortlives
04-06-2007, 03:36 PM
If you really want to save money, you could borrow a tent and camp at Fort Wilderness. With AAA, it's really cheap. But, other than that, keep an eye out for codes, and do start with AAA. Don't worry about any resort not being couple friendly. Lots of people on here stay at the Values without kids. Movies and Music are both on my list of future resorts, and we definitely won't get to them until DS is in university.

Alicnwondrln
04-06-2007, 03:37 PM
We like POP. Do you have AAA they have a decent discount.

minnie61650
04-06-2007, 03:40 PM
if you looking for a fun high energy value where there are tons of young children go to Pop.
Movies has tons of little ones also.



If you are looking for a quieter value with fewer children than I would suggest All Star Music.

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All Star Music is undergoing a refurbishment of all of the rooms and is slated to be completed by June 2007.
The Calypso and Jazz buildings (1,2,9, and 10) are slated to be completed by January 1st 2007.
DH and I stayed in a refubished room last September.
I loved the new look.
The refurbished rooms even have privacy curtains by the vanity/closet area like the mods have.

Here is a photo I took: ---just click on the links.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a175/minnie61650/9-24-2006-18.jpg

There are more photos of the newly refurbished Jazz Inn room on Allearsnet.

Here the link to the photos:

http://allearsnet.com/acc/g_asmu.htm



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All Star Music is my favorite resort. It tends to be the quietest of all the values.

Here is a map of sports and music:

http://www.wdwinfo.com/resortmaps/allstarmap.htm
Scroll down. All Star Music is at the bottom of the page.

Here is the map of Movies:
http://www.wdwinfo.com/resortmaps/allstarmovie.JPG

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DH and I enjoy the landscaping and peacefulness of All Star Music.
We enjoy relaxing by the pool (there are plenty of chairs and lounges), and the beautiful lighting at the resort by night.

I have never had the unfortunate experience of running into the any of the large
groups of teens who sometimes stay at the values on school trips.
As long as you can avoid those large groups I do not think Noise will be an issue.

*HINT if you close your bathroom door at night you might not even hear the turbo toilets.
I close my bathroom door and I don't hear them.
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I love The All Star Resorts.

I am 56 years old and travel several times a year for pleasure. I often stay at 4 star hotels and motels.
So the deluxe and mod resorts are just another hotel/motel to me.
All Star is like being in the heart of the Magic and that is where I want to be.

All Star Music is my favorite. It is quieter because more couples stay there. I love staying at the Calypso building. It is closer to the pool, food court and bus stop.

Here is a site with a map of All Star Sports and All Star Music.
http://www.wdwinfo.com/resortmaps/allstarmap.htm
Scroll down. All Star Music is at the bottom of the page.
The Calypso buildings at All Star Music are #1 and #10 are nearest to the food court and bus stop.

The Calypso pool at ASMu has Donald Duck.

The buses are wonderful.

Bus rides are quite short from the ALL Stars according to PassPorter.com

All Star Buses-CBR buses---POPbuses--PO buses--- Contemporary
MK 20 min---- 20 min-----25 min------10 min---20 min(mono)
Epcot 10 min-- 15 min-----20 min------10 min---15 min
MGM 10 min----12 min-----15 min------15 min---20min
AK 10 min------20min-------15 min----15 min---20 min
DTD 15 min----20 min------20 min-----15 min---35 min

It only takes 10 minutes to get to Epcot, MGM and AK from All Stars.
MK is 20 min away. That's the same amount of time it takes on the monorail from the Contemporary.

A WORD ABOUT BUS SHARING

To me Bus Sharing at the All Stars is really a non issue.

In the mornings during Park opening hours each All Star usually has a dedicated bus.
During mid day it is usually just our stop and maybe one more on the way to the parks. On the way back sometimes it is all 3 but often Sports and Music share and Movies has it's own bus back. Each of the All Stars usually has it's own dedicated bus back from the MK.
That is a big plus. It seems like the Music bus stop usually has the shortest of the three All Star bus lines.

I guess some people who stay at POP see all 3 All Star names on the return sign of our bus stop when they head to the POP bus stop and think All Stars also has 3 stops on the way to the park.
(Even when we stop at another AS resort to load up it has not taken more than 5 minutes and we are on our way!)

The pools at The All Stars are very kid friendly.

When staying at the All Stars you can use any of the All Star pools.That means 3 main pools ,3 quiet pools and 3 kiddie pools to chose from.

The All Star Movie Fantasia pool has Mickey.

The Calypso pool at ASMU has Donald Duck.

And the Surfs up pool at All Star Sports has giant surf boards.

Here are a few pool photos.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a175/minnie61650/astar3.jpg

All Star Sports pool.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a175/minnie61650/allstar-music2_lg.jpg
All Star Music Donald pool.

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a175/minnie61650/asmv20.jpg

All Star Movies Mickey Pool.

I have visited WDW more than a dozen times with the 1st time in Oct. 1971. It was brand new. I've stayed at FW, Disney Inn, a few the of Hotels on hotel Blvd., CBR and the towers at the Contemporary. I got to see the MK from my balcony at the Contemporary and I'm happy I got to experience it once. I just prefer the All Star Resorts.
The theming is pure Disney.
My last 6 visits have been at The All Stars and during the fall of 2005 when we took dd,dsil, and our grandson age 3 (at the time) for 8 nights we stayed at the All Stars Music. I thought about AKL and even though we can well afford AKL I just wanted Alex to experience the Disney Magic :wizard: at the All Stars on his first visit.
Where else can one find Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse at the pool?

Have a great time at Disney wherever you choose to stay!:wizard:

imatoad
04-06-2007, 07:06 PM
If you do have AAA and book with them for the discount, you might want to consider making a reservation well in advance as each resort designates a certain number of rooms at the AAA rate. Once they're all booked, no more discount. Just a thought.

disneycake
04-06-2007, 08:37 PM
I LOVE resort hopping and see how each one is different. Also, during that time I have heard (one of these days I'm getting there) the resorts are amazingly decorated so you'll definitely want to check them out. Something else I enjoyed that was very inexpensive (I always end up getting ice cream) is to walk along the Boardwalk area as it's very relaxing, romantic, and fun.

jenrose66
04-06-2007, 10:06 PM
I took my DH on his first Disney trip at 25 :) We stayed at POFQ which is great for couples...I've never stayed anywhere else so I don't have anything to compare it too...however, I think a value resort would be fine. I'm excited to stay at POP for the first time this September. Please...don't stay offsite, especially not for your GF's first trip.

kileybeth
04-07-2007, 12:50 AM
aahhh, so sweet. . .no advice on a room location but definitely hop on the monarail and the buses and see all the resorts, free. and lots of nice window shopping too and nice places to eat or just get a great cup of coffee or walk and see animals. . .oh boy, remembering when my DH planned my first trip to Disney. . .20+ years ago. . .

epd0407
04-07-2007, 07:57 AM
I and my new wife took our trip there last Decemeber and stayed at POP. You wont regret staying on the park especially if you guys decide to go to Downtown Dis to pick up some of the clubs. Only one word of warning, save up some $$ if you plan on going, 20 bux a head just to walk in the door.


I've been looking for the same information. I'm hoping you kind knowledgeable folks can give some advice. I'm planning a trip to WDW for December(16-21). It will be my girlfriend(24) and I(25). It will be her first trip to WDW and I've hyped it up alot. I've been about 4 times. 3 times as a kid, and then Oct 2005.

I'd really like to stay on Disney property to get the magical experience enhanced. We will be driving and my budget is very limited, I'm a double-major in college. I've been looking at All Star Movies in general or somewhere off-site. I'd rather stay on Disney property and ride the shuttles to the parks.

I'll try to stop rambling. Here's my question: Would you folks recommend any of the All-Star or Pop Century Resorts for us as a young couple with no children? If not, could you kindly recommend some other options? Thanks so much in advance to anyone that helps.

Ashmanarion
04-07-2007, 08:29 AM
Thanks so much for all the advice! Still a couple questions about the resort hopping though. I am actually getting just as excited about visiting the other resorts as I am going to the parks.

If we went to say, the Grand Floridian(possible correct?), would we be able to shop in their gift shop or eat at any of their restaurants? Same questions for any resort, GF is just an example.

Also, would it be possible to watch any of the nighttime fireworks shows from any of the resorts?

Thanks so much! Every one of your replies gets me more excited about my trip.

minnie61650
04-07-2007, 08:37 AM
Thanks so much for all the advice! Still a couple questions about the resort hopping though. I am actually getting just as excited about visiting the other resorts as I am going to the parks.

If we went to say, the Grand Floridian(possible correct?), would we be able to shop in their gift shop or eat at any of their restaurants? Same questions for any resort, GF is just an example.

Also, would it be possible to watch any of the nighttime fireworks shows from any of the resorts?

Thanks so much! Every one of your replies gets me more excited about my trip.

Yes,I think Disney's value and mod resorts are a total bargain. You get so many perks (Disney themeing, Disney transportation, and EMH)
Any of Disney's resort guests (even those staying at a value or mod) are allowed to shop, dine,rent a surry bike,rent a boat, use the transportation or book an appointment at the spa facilities at any of the Disney Resorts. (Of course pool hopping is not allowed.)

Have fun at Disney!:wizard:

disnut8
04-07-2007, 10:28 AM
Thanks so much for all the advice! Still a couple questions about the resort hopping though. I am actually getting just as excited about visiting the other resorts as I am going to the parks.

If we went to say, the Grand Floridian(possible correct?), would we be able to shop in their gift shop or eat at any of their restaurants? Same questions for any resort, GF is just an example.

Also, would it be possible to watch any of the nighttime fireworks shows from any of the resorts?

Thanks so much! Every one of your replies gets me more excited about my trip.

Yes and yes. Except for walking through a turnstyle with an admission ticket, Disney World is open to everyone. Even offsite people. Here's an example of what I did with my in-laws on a quick overnight stop in Kissimmee.

Checked into the Holiday Inn. We had a dinner reservation at Kona Kafe at the Polynesian for 7:00. We went over there, parked, explored the grounds a bit, then had dinner. After dinner, we rode the monorail around for a complete trip, getting off at the Grand Floridian and the Contemporary to explore them. We also got off at the Magic Kingdom entrance because our walk around the world brick is located there. I also activated my Annual Pass at Guest Services. We never entered Magic Kingdom itself. We came back to the Polynesian and watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach.

Ashmanarion
04-07-2007, 01:48 PM
I really want to catch at least one nighttime show on our trip. I assume that trying to take a bus to the TTC to catch a monorail or other bus to another resort to watch a show, and then coming back that same way would not work due to the timing of catching buses. We'll be driving so we could possibly drive to another resort(any charge here to park?) and then do that. What are some suggestions for resorts to watch shows from, if not in park, and how to accomplish that?

Thanks so much to everyone.

disneycake
04-07-2007, 02:37 PM
I'm assuming you mean fireworks shows? If so, you can go to the Boardwalk area and watch Illuminations from the bridge. You can also hit up CBR and sit on the beach and watch Illuminations from there. I've heard you can see the MK ones from the Poly beach (someone please correct me if I'm wrong). I'm sure there are lots of other places...

slimplaw
04-07-2007, 04:23 PM
I've stayed at Pop, AsMovie and AsMusic. My favorite of the 3 is AsMusic. I have heard that parking at Pop is somewhat limited. When we stayed there, people were having to park next to the curbs in the fire lanes. I'm sure they were ticketed. You are not charged to park at other resorts unless you use their valet. You will also not have to pay parking if you drive your car to the parks. At the time of year you are going, I would suggest driving your car to the parks. It is ok riding the bus in the morning, but in the evening if you stay until closing, you could stand in line for an hour or more to get on a bus. The value resorts have a lot of rooms and many people all try to return at once and every bus returning is packed.

Ashmanarion
04-08-2007, 11:00 AM
My girlfriend is a state employee and I've read about governmental discounts. Do they apply for resort rates? And if so, is it possible to use that discount plus a AAA discount? Thanks for everything.

skipperkim
04-08-2007, 11:34 AM
You could schedule some romance at POR. They have carriage rides for $35. If you time it right, Illuminations goes off at 9pm and you'd be able to see the fireworks from your carriage. Here's a link for that:



http://allearsnet.com/btp/carriage.htm