View Full Version : Anyone Disappointed With POP?

02-15-2008, 02:20 PM
Last year DD15 and I stayed at POFQ. We really liked it but even liked the theming of POR better. This year we are thinking about POP. Anyone not like it?

02-15-2008, 02:25 PM
Well thats a misleading title!

The theming of a value really can't compete with the theming of POR. So basically it comes down to how important the theming of your resort is to you. The amendments (besides room size) are basically the same.

02-15-2008, 02:29 PM
WE did not like POP at all. We had to walk a long way to our room, the food court was way too overcrowded, and it was very loud. It completely turned us off the the value resorts. If you're just looking for theming, there was definitely a lot to look at. However, it wasn't enough for us to go back

02-15-2008, 02:31 PM
WE did not like POP at all. We had to walk a long way to our room, the food court was way too overcrowded, and it was very loud. It completely turned us off the the value resorts. If you're just looking for theming, there was definitely a lot to look at. However, it wasn't enough for us to go back

The long walk can happen at just about any resort.

02-15-2008, 02:36 PM
My family loves POP! We've always had a short walk to the food court & buses (once in a preferred room, once not), we love the selection at the food court and have never had a trouble with crowds there. Buses are crowded but they come often and the line-ups make it easier, IMHO, opposed to the mad rushes you get at the mods.

I think POP has a wonderful energy about it that "feels" like a fun vacation. That may not be what you are looking for if you are looking to relax.

We also love the frozen cokes!

02-15-2008, 02:50 PM
We stayed at the sports last year & are thinking about changing the POP. I have heard great things about the POP :)

Cant wait to see the responses.

02-15-2008, 02:51 PM
I have never stayed at this resort before, but I have a lot of friends who have stayed there and they all liked it and have returned there.

02-15-2008, 02:52 PM
Our last stay at Pop (3/07), we were in the 90s building and about as far away from the food and transportation as you could get. I still LOVE Pop, especially with kids. The theme, transportation, food court and pools cannot be beat, IMHO.

We stayed at POR in 5/04 and it is a beautiful resort but our walk to the pool and food was horrible. It wasn't just far...the paths wind all around and I got lost every time.

The rooms are smaller at the value resorts but the moderate resorts are only marginally better.

02-15-2008, 03:01 PM
We had read a lot of good things about the resort on these boards and since it was our first Value stay, we figured we'd give it a try...

As soon as we walked it into the main building we were surrounded by noise. Since the lobby, check-in, gift shop, and food court all "flow" into each other, it was constant... no matter where you were.

We were given a room in building 2, ground floor, a good 5min walk from the main building. We didn't mind the walk at all but were not impressed with the grounds and exterior decor. It was just too tacky and over the top for us. Walkways were always busy!

The room was in great condition and plenty for our needs, but the decor was way too motelish for us. We didn't even feel like we were at a Disney resort. It was just very stale in our opinion.

The pool areas were great and we were always able to find a seat. The kiddie pool and popjet fountain was great for small kids. We did find the pools to be crowded at times and noisy at all times of the day/night... but once our door was shut, we couldn't hear a thing!

We love having a food court at the resort, but weren't impressed with what Pop's had to offer. We knew it would be loud and busy though and we were always able to find a seat/booth. Since the food court is connected to the gift shop, the shop had LOTS of food traffic (great idea by Disney lol) and constant noise.

We had great bus service and overall liked what the value resorts had to offer (especially for that price!) but didn't "get" Pop. I felt like it was Disney's version of the Nick Hotel: neon colors, poor rooms, large layout, tacky, etc.

Out next trip, we headed off to All Star Music... we now consider it one of Disney's best kept secrets.

We prefered the main building layout, enjoyed the food court offerings, loved our newly refurbished room, had a blast watching pool side movies and games, and overall felt like we got twice as much for our money compared to Pop. We even experienced better bus service and rarely shared with the other All Stars.

Each family is different, but we have no desire to return to Pop after our experience and the service we recieved at All Star Music.

02-15-2008, 03:04 PM
We'[ve stayed at POP, 4 years in a row...& we love it! Yes it is a value, no the pools aren't really themed very much...yes the rooms are just "rooms" ...but we love the oversize icons, the food court is loud and FUN! My girls are now 8 & 13 & they STILL ask to stay there.

Depends on what your family likes/needs really

The only catch....we'd like to stay at ALK just once...but for the money, you can't beat POP- of course that's just my opinion

02-15-2008, 03:06 PM
I stayed at Pop for the first time this past November and I loved it :love: I can't imagine staying at any other resort now! I thought everything about the hotel was great and I don't have a single complaint:)

Stitch's Greatest Fa
02-15-2008, 03:08 PM
We loved Pop, only thing I didn't like about it was that it did not have a table service restaurant and breakfast got pretty crowded in the food court after around 8am!

02-15-2008, 03:08 PM
We have stayed at the POP for the last three years, a total of 5 stays.
Simply love it. Come on you are going to get noise anywhere. This is a great resort and the food was better then most value resorts. The grounds were well kept and the maid service was excellent for all of our stays.

02-15-2008, 03:16 PM
Took DD10 for her birthday here last year! We loved it....fun, great pool area, great counter service! Had no issues at all with transportation to parks....would stay here again!

Cdn Friends of Pooh
02-15-2008, 03:20 PM
We find that people either hate POP or love POP.

We are among those that actually love how POP is themed and find that you are never a far walk from Classic Hall no matter where your room is. Yes the food court can get crowded and noisy, but so can any restaurant at Disney depending on when you go. Transportation is no busier than any other resort, and one good thing about POP is you don't share busses with other resorts.

We've stayed off site and onsite at both values and mods, and actually prefer POP. Yes it is tacky, but that's the charm of POP.

Take a look at some of the pictures posted on the Pop Century Picture thread (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1424996) and decide for yourself.

02-15-2008, 03:34 PM
We Loved the Pop, it was perfect for our lively 3 Year old. Yes it was loud but it was lively and fun!

02-15-2008, 03:44 PM
I couldn't say enough good things about this resort. This was such a wonderful suprise to come to this value resort and find out that any hotel out there (in the real world) that you would spend around a hundred a night or less would NEVER have as much to offer as this resort did!:banana:

Coming into the lobby I was impressed right off the bat! Even the flooring was beatiful! Not something you would see in a run of the mill Motel/hotel for the money you spend here. The lobby had so many things to look at covering the last several decades, it was fun to see if you remembered some of the trivia and to see some of the things in the cases on the wall for each decade to represent that decade was a blast! :rotfl:

Then we find out where are room is, which I kinda already knew but was so happy to have picked a perferred room location, I did ask the CM (while planning the trip) when I spoke with them about getting a room that had never been smoked in because of an allergy my dd8 has if we could get a room near the hippy dippy pool but not pool side, and she gave us just that! The location was excellent!I couldn't have been more thrilled! She was really nice and very helpful, which I know isn't always the case when you speak with some of the CM's from all over the World (WDW that is), but that's just like life, no matter where you go you will run into someone having a bad day or someone who shouldn't be working a service job. But I would have to say over all I was impressed with the way I was treated by just about everyone at WDW or over the phone making the arrangements.

The pool was really fun, and colorful! I loved all that there was for the eye to see around the pool, I have to say I didn't really tour the resort beyond the front building with the giftshop/lobby/cafeteria, around the pool and our room, so I couldn't tell you anything else about it, but my son and hubby did and said it was fun looking around and seeing the different decorations the had up for the different decades:hippie:

This is long I know but you asked about the POP so I'm giving you a lot to chew on. When I researched before our trip I found a lot of reviews that told me that this was THE PLACE I would be most happy with for my money, it's newer than any place else for the value, it's clean, your able to eat there on site close, (by the way the food was a total suprise on how good it was for cafeteria good, especially the chicken alfredo! And I'm so not a cream sauce fan) you don't have to walk a mile to get to it if you have perferred rooms (which in all honesty is worth the extra 90 some dollars you spend). Speaking of reviews (AllEearsNet.COM)I do want to warn you that IMHO you have to take the negative reviews with a serious grain of salt, when you usually find more good than bad reviews then you know that you need to eat the meat and spit out the bones. If this is your first time going to WDW then your probably not going to want to spend a lot of time at the resort, so you really just need a room to sleep and shower at. That being, then this is THE PLACE to stay! :love:

If your looking for something that is going to please all the senses and you want to be pampered then I would seriously look into the the other high end resorts. I would however try and talk you out of doing the moderate to start it just doesn't seem worth the money, I've seen a lot of not so good reviews of the same things over and over again, i.e. bad beds, not very clean, but then that needs to be researched by you so your satisfied with your decision. I'm a researcher and I did about two to three months of researching before I realized that I was going to be really happy with the POP before I even got there, and I was not let down in any way. Hope you find it to be the same for you!:flower3:

Twitterpated Dad
02-15-2008, 03:47 PM
Lot's of people love POP. I wouldn't stay there. Please check out this 2 page thread for both sides.


02-15-2008, 03:57 PM
I hated it the first time we stayed there. We had trouble checking out due to a computer error, we waited for over 2 hours at the bus stop at the DTD PI stop and we had numerous problems with the food court. One of the times we went to the food court we waited 10 minutes for a double burger when there were single burgers already there in front of us. Why they couldn't put two together I don't know. They wound up giving us a warm burger but cold fries. Anyway, we spoke to the manager to voice our concerns and they gave us part of our money back. I was impressed with that and tried again. Now we stay there whenever we can. It kind of grew on us.

Disney Anna
02-15-2008, 04:53 PM
I took a solo trip last year and stayed at POP and loved it! Great value that can't be beat.

My room was nice and very convenient. I was in 70s section. It was a short walk to pools and main areas with food court, shop, check-in etc.

I never take busses, so I can't comment on that. IMHO the busses from all the resorts are just not convenient and I've stayed at all levels of resorts at WDW. It was very convenient to get to my rental car, again, a short walk.

The theming was great. Very fun and cute. And, the lake area is quite pretty.

Only ate at the food court once for breakfast. It was just okay, but it was no worse than food court at POR. Again, I'm just not a food court person.

I too adored the frozen cokes/slurpees/slushees. Yum.

It's my pick out of all the values.

02-15-2008, 06:04 PM
I've been to POP four times now....50's twice (bldgs 1 and 2), 80's way to the back and the last time, last month, in 60's, bldg 4, on the back by the lake. THe walk from the 50's section was about 7 mins...but I was on the third floor, as far to the back as humanly possible in bldg 2. Bldg 1 I was ground level, towards the parking lot area, about a 3 min walk to the main bldg. The 60's room was about 4 mins, and the 80's room was close to 8 mins, but it was a nice walk.
Noisy? Yes, I guess so. But, I found the food court to be the same at POR...just as noisy. I liked the offerings at the POP food court. But, I tend to eat at off hours..breakfast before 7:15, lunch after 1ish..that sort of thing.

The rooms are about the same size as the moderate rooms. I do miss the double sinks though. I own DVC at BWV, but when I'm not there, I'm at POP. It's fun, bright and well-kept. The CMs are fun, and very helpful. Some of the best housekeepers I've had in WDW have been in POP. The housekeeper I had in room 4441 from Jan 12-14 was incredible.

02-16-2008, 01:27 AM
We stayed at POP last trip (Nov. 07) and will be back this Nov. We love POP! Stayed in the 70's building last time. Not a long walk. Food court is busy but so is everywhere else. We still managed to eat and find a seat every time. Pool is awesome especially for my DS6 - it was warm and pleasant to swim in at night - even in November. I couldnt' get him out of it. :) I just think that every resort is busy - we stayed at AKL one trip and the line at check in was longer than the line at POP checkin. Plus, after about two days of the savannah view the animals just became sort of ho-hum. (when you've seen one zebra - you've seen them all.....)

We have also stayed at CBR and talk about a lot of walking- phew! It seemed like miles to the bus stop. :scared:

We are going to stick with POP I think - best bang for the buck and we only needed the room for sleep and a shower anyway. The only complaint I have is the small, small, small double beds. Have you ever slept with a wiggling, moving six year old in a too small bed? Can you say bruises? ;)

02-16-2008, 07:28 AM
I have neved stayed at the POP, but we stayed at the All Stars Movie and then the next year decided lets stay a Moderate and chose Carribean Beach. We had a longer walk at the CB then at the ASM. Also, at the CB there were no elevators and we actually had to change our room, because we were traveling with 3 children and I was not carrying them up 3 flights of stairs at night!!! So not only did we have a long walk to get to our room, we had to take all of our luggage go back to the lobby and them move it all again.

I do agree the dining areas were more busy in the ASM, and the busses seem to busier, but I really so no perks to spending more money at the Moderate vs the Value resorts.

02-16-2008, 07:49 AM
We stayed at Pop last March and now are thinking of going back this March or April. Great place! Our DD was 2 last year and still talks about the trip. I would recommend it to anyone. I don't need fancy hotels though. I like them, but I don't need them and our trips to Disney are mostly spent at the parks. We did the pool one day and it was fun, but we aren't spending alot of down time since our trips tend to be shorter.

02-16-2008, 08:43 AM
:cool1: We stayed at the POP 2 years ago and LOVED it. We stayed in the 70's building and it was close to the bus and food court. We would have stayed there this May but DH really wants to stay at AKL so who I'm I to fight him. I would be just as happy in the Pop. We are going to Disney I just happy about that.

02-16-2008, 09:38 AM
We stayed at POP 2years ago and loved it had no problems at all but we like to try the different resorts out and see what they are like so this time I booked WL.

02-16-2008, 09:44 AM
we were really looking forward to staying at POP last september. WE were completely disappointed. Mind you we were there during Free Dining. The parking lots were always full when we got back to the parks, so we had to drive around and around. The walk to our room was long. The food court was utter chaos and loud. The themeing was cool, but after fighting the food court or a long day at the parks the last thing we cared about was the big yo/yo.

We have a DD3 (she was 2.5 when we were there), but she didn't seem to care what it looked like, just so we had a pool to swim in and a TV to watch.

We are either going to try ASMusic (we heard its not so chaotic) or return to CSR (which we love for its quietness!!, we even ask for the way far out buildings there, if we are that desparate to go to the food court there we jump in our car)

We won't go back to POP anytime soon and less we are desperate...:sad2:

02-16-2008, 09:52 AM
Long walks from room? I can deal with that.
Room decor and layout? It's fine with me.
What I did not like about POP was that the food court is so crowded. There were some mornings we would actually be standing around waiting to jump on the next available table. Way too crowded. Not the way I wanted to start my mornings.
The other issue we had was that the bus stop actually had a weaving lane to get on the bus in the morning. We often had to wait for 3 or 4 buses to come before we could get on one.
We're trying ASMFS in a few weeks. I hope it's a better experience than what we had at POP.

02-16-2008, 10:08 AM
:thumbsup2 We have only stayed at POP so I have no comparisons. We have stayed in the 50's and the 60's. And at peak times and never was it EXTREMELY noisy. 50's as I understand it are quieter. We like Bld. C 50's at the back facing "Hourglass lake" very pretty and the quietest rooms we have ever had. We also stayed in a "Preferred" room Bld. A 60's not facing the pool but just sround the corner from it. Also not too noisy

What we did not like was staying on the top floor( asked to be moved next day) it seems the heat of the day makes it hard to cool the room down.
None of Rooms seemed THAT far away from the food court. Lots of people complain about CSR. You can always ask for 50's or 60's. Cast members are very accomodating.:wizard:

It is just a Small hotel Room. Unless you are plannng to spend a LOT of time in the room, Give it a try. How much space do you really need for sleeping ??

02-16-2008, 10:22 AM
We have not stayed at Pop, but have visited twice to check out Christmas decs and try out the food court. We prefer the general feel of the All Stars. I have a feeling at the All Stars that everything is just a bit smaller and more managable with my two kids. We also did not like the feel of the check in area / food court / gift shop. We'll stick with the All Stars (when we can't afford an upgrade!):wizard:

02-16-2008, 10:56 AM
Let's just say I didn't LOVE it. I liked it, it was OK, but I just didn't get the Disney feeling there. Something about the place seemed disconnected to the rest of WDW. I've stayed at ASMu and ASMo and loved both of them, but POP just didn't float my boat that much. We were in the 50's Building #1 - very short walk to the main building from there.

However, that being said, I would absolutely stay at POP over anywhere offsite again. It's clean, the CM's are friendly, the transportation was good, food court was good, pool was really cool. Definitely beats offsite.:thumbsup2

02-16-2008, 11:19 AM
My kids are a little dissapointed we are staying at POR this time. They say they are going to miss POP. They think POR is not disney themed enough. I hope they will enjoy it once they get there.

02-16-2008, 11:20 AM
We love POP but with my youngest older now we have to rent two rooms. I rented points this year at OKW and my hubby and kids were disappointed we were not staying at POP..We loved loved the food court.

02-16-2008, 11:32 AM
I'm always surprised when people complain about the food court being too crowded, because we ate there about every other day (in JUNE!) and never had a problem.

It must be the times--we eat breakfast in the room and just fill up our refillable mugs, and we often have lunch there after coming back from the parks for a break. We must not hit the busy times.

Just thought I'd clarify that...

02-16-2008, 01:32 PM
We have only stayed at Pop and ASMo. We preferred ASMo. Basically for the reasons stated previously. The food court was terribly crowded all of the time. So much so that your food would get cold waiting to pay. You had to wait in line to get drinks. I did not mind the noise and the recreation areas were great. The bus service was another story. We stayed for 9 nights and probably got to sit on the busses 4x. I thought the bus service was much worse than the AS resorts.

02-16-2008, 01:38 PM
I love Pop Century! :love:
I stayed there 3 trips in a row and loved each time. IMO it's definitely the best value resort. If I couldn't stay at Pop then I'd have to upgrade to Moderate or Deluxe. I can't handle the All Stars. I love the theming at Pop and I've never had a problem with walking to the food court or having to wait a long time for buses. No complaints, except mabye the sizes of the rooms. I stayed at the Poly last time and got spoiled on how much bigger the rooms are compared to POP's. Room size aside, I love Pop Century.

Eeyore's My Favorite
02-16-2008, 02:24 PM
Up until last September I was definitely on board to stay at POP for all our trips. However, this last trip to POP was so "unmagical" we decided that was it - on to another value resort. Yes we loved the shopping, the food court (and it was unbelievably busy every single time we were there & we had to be table "vultures" to get a seat) and bus transportation was "ok". But it was the guests and some other situations that totally turned us off of POP. Rude, unsupervised kids running up & down the halls after 10pm at night (where are the parents??????????), neighbors who are too lazy to use their key card so they flip the lock out and allow the door to slam back on that lock for over an hour after 10pm at night, and on & on...................... Also, we paid for a preferred room & the room we were given was about as far away from being in a preferred location as we've ever had. The room was also very run-down looking, too. Sent an email to Disney over the many issues we had & got a great informative phone call from Disney CRO with reparations over the incidents and oversights which was greatly appreciated.

All that being said we stayed in January at ASMu and that is now our favorite value resort. It's been refurbished, the food court was great. No issues with bus transportation (we only shared 1 time). Our room (standard) was in a perfect location - very short walking distance to everything. Since we're AP holders we like to scoot over for the 3 day week-ends and this resort was so nice and quiet that it was a great Magical vacation! Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one to anyone wanting to stay at a value because I definitely wouldn't recommend POP! JMHO!! :goodvibes