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Scrappy Tink
02-16-2008, 02:49 PM
Hi I have heard and read from past threads that pop century is the worst out of the all stars now alot of the threads are from past years so I am not sure what to believe our AAA agent said no body has ever complained to him and he sends everyone there b/c it is the newest of the all stars. So just wondering . DS might want to stay at ASmusic since he plays piano and loves music. Just wondering if anyone has any recent comments on POP cent.
Thanks

Ilovestitch
02-16-2008, 02:51 PM
Pop Century is the newest and doesn't share buses. I'd say it's the best of the value resorts.

Charleston Princess
02-16-2008, 02:52 PM
We loved our stay at Pop, and we were going to stay there this summer until I decided to change our ressie to Animal Kingdom Lodge. I have read more positives about Pop than negatives. Head over to the resorts board to find more information on Pop!

mouseman41
02-16-2008, 03:01 PM
We loved the Pop! We stayed there for thr first time last year, and we will be staying there again in 27 days. You do not share busses with the other resorts, so it's a quick trip to the parks and back. It is the newest of the value resorts. We do not spend a lot of time in our room so it works out perfect for us. Great food court! Great gift shop! Nice heated pools! Great staff!! It's not the Grand Floridian but it's worth the price!!!

pooksma
02-16-2008, 03:09 PM
Have stayed twice and loved it.

danny1649
02-16-2008, 03:19 PM
I think you will get some solid information on Pop here on resorts Board.:goodvibes :goodvibes :goodvibes Danny

Jubilee
02-16-2008, 03:22 PM
We stayed 12/06 and had a great time

timandlesley
02-16-2008, 03:22 PM
We stayed at POP and loved it our first year there, we thought the theming was outstanding, the kids loved it. The transportation was great too. We loved the food court as well. It is the best of the value resorts. It is spread out though so I would request the 50's or 70's section, if you were in 80's or especially 90's it would be quite a hike.
Lesley

Melissa_E
02-16-2008, 03:27 PM
We just got back on the 12th of February and had a fantastic time at Pop Century. We were in building 1, bottom floor. The room was clean, safe, and just fine for us. It was small, but I think they are the same size as all the other value resorts. There were only a few lines for the buses, but if you tried to go during peak times, like a half hour before park opening or right at closing, you WILL meet lines. No matter what resort you are staying at.

macfinn
02-16-2008, 03:37 PM
pop is great for the value. been there 3 x in the last year and a half. best building 50's lake view...can see epcot fireworks from there. also food court is good alot of variety. pools are great...has a kiddie wading pool for the young ones..... has all own busses dosent share with other values.


oct 07
sept 06
april 06

TiggerFamily
02-16-2008, 03:46 PM
We stayed there 2 years ago and we LOVED it. I would go back there in a minute.

winniethepoohsmom
02-16-2008, 03:48 PM
We loved the Pop! Great Pools, we loved the theme it was very clean. Pop is actually the most popular of the values from what I read on the disboards, but it depends on the type of theming you are more interested in. Linda :)

DIStacey
02-16-2008, 04:05 PM
We stayed at both the Pop Century and All Star Sports in 2005. The pop century was my favorite of the two. It was cleaner, the food court seemed to provide more options and again ( seemed cleaner). The theme at Pop Century was more fun in my opinion ( the giant statues of Mr. Potatoe Head, Playdoh, Lady, Jungle book etc. )

Rooms were clean, pool was nice.......

I'd strongly recommend Pop century as the best value resort.

NeverlandPixie
02-16-2008, 04:11 PM
I love Pop, it's my favourite value resort.

Just remember to take reviews with a grain of salt: most (not all) people will gladly submit a review of their negative experiences, rather than their positive ones. It's like the saying that as [parents, teachers, bosses, etc], we often criticize but rarely praise.

CanadianGuy
02-16-2008, 04:12 PM
You name a resort, restaurant, attraction, show, activity or presentation at WDW ... and you can find posts from people that hated it .. or loved it.. or just thought it was 'ok'.

True story!

For me.. I like Pop.. it's my favorite of the values edging out All Star Movies if for no other reason because of the bus sharing during non-peak periods in the day.

I also just enjoy the theming of Pop better.

That's me. Others might disagree.

Knox

Jalva22
02-16-2008, 04:13 PM
We've stayed at Sports and Pop. Honestly, the only difference I could tell was in the theming and the fact that Pop was newer (Sports was a little banged up looking when we were there (elevators, etc), but it has since been refurbished). Take a glance at the maps and you can tell that they were designed almost exactly the same way as each other. Among the values, my advice would be to pick the resort whose theming appeals most to you, or the one in the best location for you, and go with it.

DisneyCDE
02-16-2008, 04:13 PM
WE stayed there, 3/06 and loved it. Theming is great and has a variety can that can appeal to all ages

lovesdumbo
02-16-2008, 05:16 PM
I'm another Pop fan here. Pop is in a different county than the All Stars so the resort tax is 12.5% instead of 13% at the All Stars. Pop also has Frozen Coke as part of the refillable mug.

I liked ASMovies when I stayed there and am staying at ASMusic this August. I think most of the negatives you hear about Pop are negatives about the values in general.

ASMusic was recently remodeled so that would be a good choice too.

helenk
02-16-2008, 05:24 PM
Hi I have heard and read from past threads that pop century is the worst out of the all stars now alot of the threads are from past years so I am not sure what to believe our AAA agent said no body has ever complained to him and he sends everyone there b/c it is the newest of the all stars. So just wondering . DS might want to stay at ASmusic since he plays piano and loves music. Just wondering if anyone has any recent comments on POP cent.
Thanks

I just want to be sure that you understand that the POP is not part of the Allstar Resorts, since you say "pop century is the worst out of the allstars)
There are 3 Allstar Resorts, Sports, Music, and Movies. The Allstar Music was refurbished last year, the Allstar Sports is being refurbished now. The POP Century is its own resort.
I actually liked the Allstar Music over the POP Century. I just liked the themeing better. The Foodcourt at the POP was a bit better though, it seemed as though there were more choices.

Eeyore's My Favorite
02-16-2008, 05:39 PM
Pop Century is the newest and doesn't share buses. I'd say it's the best of the value resorts.

OK-I'm gonna be a "NO" vote here for Pop Century. Prior to September, 2007, I would have been the first one to go there, but our vacation there was very "unmagical" - so much so that we won't be back. Yes, Pop is the newest of the values, but since the AllStar resorts have been refurbished they are fantastic looking & really alot better than POP which is beginning to show it's wear and tear.

Our trip in September was during free dining so the resort was absolutely packed to the rafters, but that shouldn't excuse the guests that were vacationing there from acting the way alot of them did. There were tons of unruley, unsupervised kids running up & down the halls of our building - after 10pm for over an hour (we were in the 60's), also guests who were too lazy to use their key card so they flipped their lock out so that the door continued to slam on that lock for over an hour late at night while we were trying to go to sleep - we paid for a preferred room, but our room was so far away from everything in the 60's building that it was a hike. Also, we had a view of absolutely nothing on the back side of the building. Not exactly what I paid the $$ for. The food court was mobbed everytime we went in there & you actually had to be a table "vulture" to get a seat to eat. We brought our food back to the room to eat. The bus situation was always quite a wait because of the size of the resort and the number of guests staying there. An email to Disney following our vacation brought a great phone call from a WDW CSR with reparation for the many incidents there.

That being said we decided to opt in January for a much quieter, nicer resort & stayed at ASMu. What a relief - what a fantastic resort!!! We only shared a bus 1x - they were certainly alot quicker to come for us than POP's busses were. The food court was great - no waiting & the shop had exactly what we needed. Check-in was a breeze & our "standard" room was 100% closer to the food court & pool than our preferred room had been @ POP. The constant activities for the kids staying there were amazing. Our room was one of the refurbished ones with the curtain between the sink area & the rest of the room and that made such a nice difference during our stay.

So now we're choosing ASMu over POP for a much more "magical" and quieter time! JMHO.......................:goodvibes

teambraunlovesdisney
02-16-2008, 05:50 PM
We just returned from our second stay at Pop! We love it. It was a great stay. The giant big wheel is reason enough to stay there especially if you are a product from the 70's and 80's.:rotfl:

RLccweems
02-16-2008, 05:54 PM
Pop Century is the newest and doesn't share buses. I'd say it's the best of the value resorts.

I think it one of the best of all the All-stars....

jdvm
02-16-2008, 06:01 PM
We hear lots of good comments about Pop Century from our Members and we deliver Lockers there FAR more than we deliver to the All Star resorts. We hear the bus service is better, the location is better.

It's funny, while at Pop the other day, I asked one of the front desk managers why Pop seemed to be more popular. She suggested that there were more groups that book at the All Star resorts.

I also think it's prettier at Christmas for what that's worth.

John

MickeyNicki
02-16-2008, 06:03 PM
We really enjoyed our stay there but that was back when we used it just for a bed and shower. We did not use the pool but the lobby is awesome, great gift shop and the food court was very good.

Goofy22
02-16-2008, 06:36 PM
Well we have stayed at both All Star Music Resort and Pop Century! I really liked both of them but the themeing of Pop seemed to catch my eye more than Asmu but Asmu was a little quiter not that Pop was loud and it was over Spring Break/Easter! So it was really busy everywhere all though Pop was a lil less crowded then asmu! Everything was comparable at both except like I said the theme of Pop won overall we are returning this July to POP! The bus issue at Pop was much nicer since it was not shared!

DisneyGirlie
02-16-2008, 06:56 PM
Pop Century is the newest and doesn't share buses. I'd say it's the best of the value resorts.

ITA if only for those two reasons!
But honestly in addition to those wonderful reasons, the theming is pretty amazing. I love Pop!

steelfish535
02-16-2008, 07:08 PM
We loved Pop. We stayed there this past September. The theming is fantastic. We didn't take transportation, we rented a car, so i can't speak for the bus system. The food court was great, and the pools were clean and not overcrowded. Mousekeeping was wonderful, we needed extra pillows and towels, and they were there within ten minutes and remembered to leave extra towels for the rest of our stay. The rooms were clean.
We liked it so much, we booked a bounce back program trip for this coming september!
Now, this is coming from someone who is spoiled and gets to spend every other trip staying on my parent's DVC points at one of the bigger, two bedroom hotels. Granted, they are wonderful, but I wouldn't pay the money to stay there.

ms*mountaineer
02-16-2008, 08:22 PM
I'll give another YAY for POP as well. I've read some posts that said people thought it was noisy - I didn't have that experience AT ALL. The pools were great, the rooms were nice, although nothing fancy. They were just what we needed and nothing more. The gift shop and food court were great.
I thought the staff was also very attentive - we had a small thing in our room that needed fixed (we were in no big hurry about it), but they jumped right on it and took care of it.

plgrn
02-16-2008, 08:42 PM
I've stayed at music and sports, but pop is my favorite. I like it almost as much as the poly, cs, better than cb. the theming is great.

MsStinkerBelle
02-16-2008, 08:57 PM
We love POP and usually split our stays between it and the Poly. Had a great stay there! Clean rooms, great theming, lovely room in the 70's building facing the lake, sister got balloons and a card signed by Lilo and Stitch for her birthday...incredible stay!

The only bad value stay that I had was at All Star Movies. No plans to return to that resort ever!

Disney753
02-16-2008, 09:15 PM
Before Pop Opened We Stayed At Music Around 20 Times. When Pop Opened We Stayed There Because It Was New And We Fell In Love With The Place.then Last Year We Noticed That The Resort Was Starting To Loose Some Of It Appeal. They Had Taken Awway The Surreys, Cast Members Were Not As Pleasant And The Resort And Busses Seemed To Be Much More Packed Even At Slow Times And The Bus Stops At The Parks Seem To Be The Furthest Always. Not To Mention The Depressing Site Of The Never Finished Legendary Years.
The All Stars Has Since Gone Under Renovation And In A Few Short Weeks We Will Be Going Home. We Have Been To Disney 50 Plus Times And Have Stayed At Every Disney Hotel. Like Many State The Room For Us Is Just To Sleep And Shower But Who Doesnt Like Less Busy. I Read That Pop Even Only Half Completed Holds About 2500 People And I Think All Stars Is Less Or Seems To Me To Be Not As Busy. Pop Does Have The Best Arcade On Property Besides Disney Quest. My Very Favorite Resort Was Dixie Landings.again These Are Just My Thoughts.

Knavey
02-16-2008, 09:38 PM
Here is my trip report from my 1 day stay at POP. I prefer AKL but there is a difference in $$$.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1718646

sarahsmom73
02-17-2008, 06:55 AM
We have stayed twice and LOVED it! I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again!

maggs
02-17-2008, 07:03 AM
I am not a fan of Pop, but no, it isnt bad. For me it was just far too big and busy and we had some issues with service, buses and the thin walls. We much prefer the All Stars and would only return to the AS if we were doing 'value' again.

Maggs

JohnsonsRUs
02-17-2008, 07:15 AM
We have stayed twice at WL and once at POP, but are leaving tomorrow for another stay at POP. To quote DD10 "This is the best hotel I've ever been to!"

We loved staying there. The lines for the buses seemed bad, but they moved very fast and many times there were multiple buses to the parks and back to the hotel. The food court is great too.

IMO-For as much time as you actually spend at the hotel, it was perfect for us. I can imagine that if you were on a long trip, you might want a different hotel because you might be spending more time there. We had an awesome experience and are looking forward to our next trip.

floridawannabe
02-17-2008, 07:36 AM
We have stayed at each of the All Stars and once at Pop Century (albeit for just a few nights). The main negative is that the buses can be very crowded and the bus stops are far away at the parks. BUT, we had issues with the buses at the Wilderness Lodge, so go figure.

At the values, I don't like the rooms that overlook the pool because it can get very noisy. We had pool view room at Pop Century and there were kids in the pool after one in the morning. Granted there wasn't a lot of them, but everything else was so quiet that the noise echoed.

The food courts can get old after a while, but they offer a decent selection of options at prices that are reasonable for Disney. The rooms are clean and functional, though small.

If you get a standard view room and anticipate and handle some waiting for buses, you'll be fine.

Charleyann
02-17-2008, 07:37 AM
We had a bad experience at Pop this past Jan. It wasn't the resort itself but a people issue. If not for that issue, POP would have became a favorite. We loved the theming and brightness and cheery staff....

Charleyann

etur0596
02-17-2008, 08:11 AM
Just returned yesterday (02/16) after a week's stay at the Pop Century. The resort is decent. I was surprised that it is crowded even at this time of the year. I was in the 60's building which is quite close to the cafeteria/parking/transportation.

The transportation to/from the resort is decent. Even though they advertise that the bus frequency is every 20 mins, I don't recall waiting for 20 mins between buses.

Also very easy to hail a taxi if you want to go to SeaWorld ($22) or Universal Studios ($29).

I did not rent a car but if you are planning to do it, please do well in advance online. Last minute rentals are quite expensive. Honestly I did not feel the need for a rental.

Hope you have a magical stay:)

lilpnutmama
02-17-2008, 08:13 AM
We stayed at Pop two years ago and are going back.. in a week.. yeah! We liked it quite a lot. the room is small and stuff but it was perfect for us as we spent barely any time there. We had a toddler with us and she adored the theming and kiddy pool.

Goofy22
02-17-2008, 08:25 AM
We loved Pop. We stayed there this past September. The theming is fantastic. We didn't take transportation, we rented a car, so i can't speak for the bus system. The food court was great, and the pools were clean and not overcrowded. Mousekeeping was wonderful, we needed extra pillows and towels, and they were there within ten minutes and remembered to leave extra towels for the rest of our stay. The rooms were clean.
We liked it so much, we booked a bounce back program trip for this coming september!
Now, this is coming from someone who is spoiled and gets to spend every other trip staying on my parent's DVC points at one of the bigger, two bedroom hotels. Granted, they are wonderful, but I wouldn't pay the money to stay there.

Steel fish I am spoiled by the same thing! Every other trip I stay on my parents DVC points you are correct they cant compare but for the price POP is awesome themeing I even much enjoyed ASMU! I would return to either of these 2 anytime! Even though I am spoiled by OKW, SSR and BCV! Like you said I wouldnt pay the price to stay at these without DVC!Walking through POP waiting for the bus they play music and it brung back memories they were playing Boy George "Karma Camelion" ! I use to love boy george when I was younger and my family teased the he** out of me so I quick called my mother and said listen! It was great all she could do was laugh! We are returning in July from the 23rd thru the 29th to POP! Also we stayed in the 90's section right by the computer pool our last stay
and I didn't feel it was a long walk at all and we had a baby with us also! I guess it depends on your definition of long it took maybe 4 min to get from our room in the 90's section to the main building/food court and buses!

HopperFan
02-17-2008, 11:11 AM
Hi I have heard and read from past threads that pop century is the worst out of the all stars now alot of the threads are from past years so I am not sure what to believe our AAA agent said no body has ever complained to him and he sends everyone there b/c it is the newest of the all stars. So just wondering . DS might want to stay at ASmusic since he plays piano and loves music. Just wondering if anyone has any recent comments on POP cent.
Thanks

POP is not an Allstar resort. Allstar resorts are Sports, Music and Movies and they are all together.

POP is a resort on it's own. It is, however, a Value resort like the Allstars.

We have stayed at them all, and POP is by far our favorite for many reasons.

We were just at ASMusic for a week in a renovated room last month, which was nice, and their new activities there are great.........but I am very glad we are booked for POP next trip.

Last fall we had a choice of POP, POR & AKL for our dates......have stayed at each, like them all and can afford each.......but we chose POP. ;)

jonkatony
02-17-2008, 11:16 AM
Pop century is great value for money, I prefered Pofq and AKL but would be happy to stay at pop again

tiggerbabe32
02-17-2008, 12:52 PM
Will be staying there for 1st time ever on Disney property 2/28-3/3. Will I be able to visit other resorts via the buses at Pop Cent or do I have to transfer.......please help me out. Thank you in advance.

Jalva22
02-17-2008, 01:55 PM
Will be staying there for 1st time ever on Disney property 2/28-3/3. Will I be able to visit other resorts via the buses at Pop Cent or do I have to transfer.......please help me out. Thank you in advance.

You'll have to transfer at a park, DTD, or the TTC.