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perla75
06-10-2008, 11:07 PM
We don't mind walking to the main building & we don't mind not having a pool or lake view (**as long as we are not facing the parking lot).

Is that the only reason why people get preferred rooms? I am wondering if it's not worth the extra money for us.

We do want a king bed, but I've been told you can't reserve them for an extra charge at the Values. we definately do not want to face the parking lot though (unless thats our only choice, we've never seen Pop, so I don't know the set up...

Any suggestions on if we need a preferred view?

Thanks!

Amy&Dan
06-11-2008, 12:12 AM
Really its about just being close to the main pool, gift shop and food court as well as pretty close to the bus stop. If you like to refill your mug often its nice. I also like the theming of the preferred buildings at Pop (the icons outside that is, inside they are the same). You won't necessarly be looking at a parking lot in a non preferred room. Preferred at Pop is about location only. Nothing to do with views or room interior designs/amenities/size.

I have to say, at Pop with its circular design, nothing is all that far from the main area. The value where I really think paying for preferred pays off is Music. Its a straight design, so if you are in Country Fair you are a hike from the main area with only one way in and out to the main area.

I believe any area of Pop has King rooms and you can request that whether you are preferred or not. If you are a couple. If you have kids, even one under three they won't put you in a King. Something about firecodes.

perla75
06-11-2008, 12:51 AM
Really its about just being close to the main pool, gift shop and food court as well as pretty close to the bus stop. If you like to refill your mug often its nice. I also like the theming of the preferred buildings at Pop (the icons outside that is, inside they are the same). You won't necessarly be looking at a parking lot in a non preferred room. Preferred at Pop is about location only. Nothing to do with views or room interior designs/amenities/size.

I have to say, at Pop with its circular design, nothing is all that far from the main area. The value where I really think paying for preferred pays off is Music. Its a straight design, so if you are in Country Fair you are a hike from the main area with only one way in and out to the main area.

I believe any area of Pop has King rooms and you can request that whether you are preferred or not. If you are a couple. If you have kids, even one under three they won't put you in a King. Something about firecodes.

Thank you!! Could you also tell me which Pop buildings are the preferred ones?

Amy&Dan
06-11-2008, 01:05 AM
Thank you!! Could you also tell me which Pop buildings are the preferred ones?


You're very welcome! The 50's, 60's and 70's all have some preferred rooms. I think there is a map on allearsnet that will show you the layout of the resort and which sections of those buildings are preferred. Bascially the rooms nearest the pools would be preferred.


Here is a link for the resort map. Bascially if you look at those T shaped buildings in those three sections, I am pretty sure the preferred rooms are the ones that are facing the pool areas.

http://www.wdwinfo.com/maps/PopCenturyMap.pdf

stemikger
06-11-2008, 01:52 AM
To us it is definitely worth it. I love the 60s section because it is the hub of the resort, however, last year I got stuck just as far away as if I would have paid standard.

For my upcoming trip this August, I made sure I told them as close to Classic Hall as possible.

It is worth it because we like going back and forth to Classic Hall to refill the mugs and like to hang out at the pool at night and not have to walk far to go to our room.

However, some people don't like being close to the pool (like we do) because it does get noisy and the pool is open very late. The noise doesen't bother us, in fact, I like to hear all the fun going on. So it really depends. If you are a lite sleeper, stay away from the 60s (pool view) section.

There are other parts of Pop Century that are very quiet. Also, if you don't mind walking, then definitely don't pay for preferred. You can get the (non-parking lot view) without paying extra.

stemikger
06-11-2008, 01:54 AM
Originally posted by AMY&DAN
I have to say, at Pop with its circular design, nothing is all that far from the main area.

::yes::

letthewookiewin
06-11-2008, 02:05 AM
I'm sorry for going OT, but stemikger I just love the quote in your siggy. :worship: It is so true!!

kaytieeldr
06-11-2008, 02:07 AM
To us it is definitely worth it. I love the 60s section because it is the hub of the resort, however, last year I got stuck just as far away as if I would have paid standard.
Well, yeah. Even with rooms designated "preferred", some HAVE to be the furthest away from everything. It happens.

I have to say, at Pop with its circular design, nothing is all that far from the main area. No room at Pop Century is more than 750 feet from the center of Classic Hall (allowing, of course, for the vagaries of different floors, and getting to and from the elevator). That means many rooms in the 70s, 80s and 90s are closer to the buses and Everything Pop - the store part, anyway - than some preferred rooms.

And, honestly, a couple of years ago my room in the 80s faced a parking lot - and it was amazingly quiet. I was on the third floor; if you're on the first, landscaping does a pretty good job of blocking the view. Last year, I was in building 6, sort of facing the lake... but right over where Pop keeps - and uses - some equipment. The parking lot view was quieter!

stemikger
06-11-2008, 02:35 AM
Originally quoted by kaytieeldr
Well, yeah. Even with rooms designated "preferred", some HAVE to be the furthest away from everything. It happens.

My point was and is, then for us being that far away, it would not be worth it to pay the extra money and I would just pay standard if they put us that far away again.

By the way, that was an unecessary flame. Dont' you think.

stemikger
06-11-2008, 02:38 AM
Originally posted by letthewookiewin
I'm sorry for going OT, but stemikger I just love the quote in your siggy. It is so true!!

Thanks, but I can't take the credit for this one. I took it off the famous John Lennon quote but tweaked it.

His quote is: Life is what your doing while your busy making plans.

I just did my own Disney version of it. I agree though, it totally applies to me and I think a lot of people on the Dis. We talk about our Disney vacations all year and then when we get back get busy planning our next.

kaytieeldr
06-11-2008, 02:52 AM
My point was and is, then for us being that far away, it would not be worth it to pay the extra money and I would just pay standard if they put us that far away again.

By the way, that was an unecessary flame. Dont' you think.
No, as a matter of fact it wasn't a flame, period - necessary, unnecessary, or otherwise. It was a common-sense observation.

stemikger
06-11-2008, 03:05 AM
Originally posted by Kaytieeldr
No, as a matter of fact it wasn't a flame, period - necessary, unnecessary, or otherwise. It was a common-sense observation.

Thanks, so I guess that implies I don't have any.

Why do some people go out of there way to be nasty, when it doesen't cost anything to be nice and it actually can make the other person feel good.

kaytieeldr
06-11-2008, 03:20 AM
Sigh... there are eleven posts in this thread, but 73 views so far. Do YOU know how many of those, or future, viewers never considered the possibililty that there is at least one room in a designated 'preferred' building that has to be the furthest away from everything? I don't, but I would expect there to be at least one - who has or will now take that into consideration before spending an additional $10+ per night for such a room. But then, what do I know?

And conversely I would like to ask - why do some people go out of their way to be overly-sensitive and, in this case, consider a reasonable* statement of fact to be a personally-directed flame?

*replaces originally-use term

stemikger
06-11-2008, 03:33 AM
Originally posted by kaytieeldr
And conversely I would like to ask - why do some people go out of their way to be overly-sensitive

Sigh also.

I didn't go out of my way, it is just how I preceived it. Why do people call other people overly-sensitive because they disagree with their actions or take what they said as an insult.

It might be your opinion that I am overly sensitive, but having never met me, that is a judgment based only because I questioned your replies or disagreed with the way you responded to me.

I don't want to overtake this thread with this silliness, so I see your point and will agree to disagree.

kaytieeldr
06-11-2008, 03:44 AM
Fair enough.

Now, if just ONE person who reads this thread but hasn't posted yet, and never considered the possibility that at least one room designated 'preferred' has to be the furthest away from everything (that it's intended/expected to be near), and would say so - thus proving my reasoning valid :umbrella:, would post...

stemikger
06-11-2008, 03:50 AM
Originally posted by Kaytieeldr
Fair enough.

Now, if just ONE person who reads this thread but hasn't posted yet, and never considered the possibility that at least one room designated 'preferred' has to be the furthest away from everything (that it's intended/expected to be near), and would say so - thus proving my reasoning valid , would post...

:thumbsup2 ::yes:: :hippie:

eeyoreiscool
06-11-2008, 06:07 AM
We had the preferred rooms once and didn't find them any better than the standard. We don't think the walk is too bad so we just opt for the standard rooms now and save a little bit.

disneychick0412
06-11-2008, 06:43 AM
We stayed at POP and paid preferred because every night when we get back to the hotel we go to the room and grab out refillable cups and go back to the food court to fill them up. So I want the closest room I can get.
Our room was probably one of the closest rooms to the food court that you can get in the 50's section. Very much worth it.

I guess if you don't mind the walk it would not be worth it to pay preferred, but after a very long day of walking in the parks I want to be close!!

goofy4tink
06-11-2008, 07:42 AM
In my previous 4 stays at POP, I have always gotten a standard room. And been very happy with those rooms. And I have to say, some of them were about as far out as you can be and still be on POP property. I'm going again, in Sept, and have paid for a preferred room this time. Why? Well, my ds is bringing his step-daughter and a friend over to WDW for NoJ, and they, (the two girls) will be staying at POP. Now, my ds told me, when he found out I would be staying at POP as well, that he was glad I would be there in case there were any emergencies. He and my ddil will be staying off-site at a Radisson. My step-gd is almost 20, so she's not a child. But, I figured that I didn't want to take the chance of being in the same group of rooms as the girls, so booked a preferred room. I know my ds won't pay the extra for a preferred room.
Now, I'll probably end up with one of the rooms in 60's, in bldg 4, way over to the side, closer to bldg 3 in 50's. It will be one of the furthest out there rooms, and my step-gd will end up in bldg 3, across the grass from me. I just know it.

karemore
06-11-2008, 07:50 AM
We were in the 80's building facing the parking lot, third floor and LOVED it!!!

I don't think we could have been much closer to the bus stop. We just walked across the parking lot (there is a sidewalk too).

We also had a view of fireworks every night.

We would not have been happy in a preferred room.

We never used the main pool because it was often closed and always too loud and crowded. We loved the computer pool, we used it at least 7 times the week we were there.

I wouldn't pay the extra money, just request a non preferred building relatively close to whatever is most important to you.

kadesha
06-11-2008, 08:14 AM
We were in the back side of the 50's building, overlooking the lake with a view of Spaceship Earth. It was a terrible long walk to the buses!!!

goofy4tink
06-11-2008, 08:22 AM
We were in the 80's building facing the parking lot, third floor and LOVED it!!!

I don't think we could have been much closer to the bus stop. We just walked across the parking lot (there is a sidewalk too).

We also had a view of fireworks every night.

We would not have been happy in a preferred room.

We never used the main pool because it was often closed and always too loud and crowded. We loved the computer pool, we used it at least 7 times the week we were there.

I wouldn't pay the extra money, just request a non preferred building relatively close to whatever is most important to you.
If you were facing the parking lot in 80's, you weren't getting a view of IllumiNations. You would be facing the complete opposite direction. Just don't want someone getting upset because they thought they would see the IllumiNations fireworks in that area.


As for the walk from the 50's area, it's really not that bad. I have been in bldg 2, third floor, last room on that floor before going down the bowling pin stairway next to the far parking lot. It was about a 4 min walk to the food court/bus stop. When I was in bldg 1, on the backside, ground level, it took me maybe 2 mins. Off in the 80's, ground level, backside, it was about 4 mins. 60's bldg 4, 4th floor, facing the lake? About 3 mins.
My walk to the bus at BWV has always been much, much longer.

dclick4968
06-11-2008, 10:12 AM
Here's a map of prefered rooms.....

http://www.************/maps/resorts/resort_pop_prefered.jpg

Magic2000
06-11-2008, 10:27 AM
We've stayed at Pop Century several times and have never paid for preferred. We have stayed in the 60s bldg, before it was "preferred" (our room was near the kiddie pool, third floor). The other times, we were in the 50s, 70s, and 80s.

I also don't think Pop is that spread out; so to us, it hasn't been that far of a walk.

Last summer, my brother and his family were at Disney the same time as us. They paid for a preferred room, we did not. We had the very first room next to the big wheel on the first floor (if walking from the food court, we had to walk under the big wheel and there was our room - Rm 0101). Their room was maybe four doors away from us, but on the other side of the big wheel (they were closer to the food court/bus stops than we were).

We're heading back to Pop Century in a few weeks, and my DD would like to have a room by Lady & The Tramp.

F1Julie
06-11-2008, 11:35 AM
The only time I booked a preferred room was when standard wasn't available with AAA rate. It was cheaper to book AAA preferred than rack rate standard. I won't pay extra for a location or a view. I just don't spend enough time in my room to care and a little extra walking doesn't bother me. We walk around the parks all day anyway so I don't see what the big deal is about walking at your resort.

Amy&Dan
06-11-2008, 12:06 PM
The only time I booked a preferred room was when standard wasn't available with AAA rate. It was cheaper to book AAA preferred than rack rate standard. I won't pay extra for a location or a view. I just don't spend enough time in my room to care and a little extra walking doesn't bother me. We walk around the parks all day anyway so I don't see what the big deal is about walking at your resort.

It can be a really big deal if you travel with small children or an elderly family member. I know when we stayed at Sports with my mom in 2005 I paid for preferred no question. My mom was just finishing up chemo so every step counted. If you have small kids its also really nice to know you won't be that far from the bus, especially after a long day at the parks.

Its definitely true that you can get a non preferred room in a great location. But its not a guarantee. You might end up a few minutes further than you want. Which in normal every day life doesn't matter but on a Disney trip really can.


I have gone both ways on this. I never regret paying for preferred once I get in my room with that nice location. And many times I have opted not to and gotten a perfectly fine location with a non preferred room and been pleased as punch I didn't shell out the extra money for something that wasn't any better than what I got standard. Other times I haven't and then I really regret not spending that extra $10 a night!

bavaria
06-11-2008, 10:33 PM
Now, I'll probably end up with one of the rooms in 60's, in bldg 4, way over to the side, closer to bldg 3 in 50's. It will be one of the furthest out there rooms, and my step-gd will end up in bldg 3, across the grass from me. I just know it.
Or perhaps you will end up in the 'preferred' room furthest from the action, while they end up in the 'standard' room closest to the action, and you will be near to each other :)

kaytieeldr
06-12-2008, 05:50 AM
Or closer! For example, rooms 1 through 12 in Building 6 (70s) are Preferred; rooms 13 through 24, which back up to these rooms - 1/24, 2/23, 3/22,...12/13 - back up on each other. And 12 & 13 are at the end of the building closest to the Goofy Jets.

A poster above stated they could see the fireworks from the 80s, outside a room facing the parking lot. Thinking back... that same end of Building 9 (rooms 12-24) face the parking lot and approximately the same direction as the 50s rooms with the IllumiNations fireworks view. I wouldn't be surprised at all if you can see those from the fourth floor, or from the lower-numbered rooms on that wing on the lower floors.

BamaFan121s
06-12-2008, 07:56 AM
I really don't see the point in a preferred room at Pop. We paid for one once and were not any close to the food court than on previous trips when we stayed non-preferred. (The standard room we had in the 80's building was actually close to the bus stops than the preferred 60's room.) Plus, so many of the preferred rooms were facing the 60's hippy dippy pool--NOT where I'd want to be.

perla75
06-12-2008, 11:53 AM
Hmm...I guess I can see the point of a preferred room for people with very young children or elderly people.

For us, it looks like standard will work out just fine.

Now, I am really interested in these rooms that have views of Spaceship Earth!! I wouldn't mind the walk for this!

Right now, we are planning to request king sized bed on an upper floor. Which buildings/sections allow you to see a view of Spaceship Earth?

BamaFan121s
06-12-2008, 12:55 PM
Which buildings/sections allow you to see a view of Spaceship Earth?

50's building facing the lake.

Minnie&Nana
06-12-2008, 01:23 PM
You can also request an EPCOT view :) First time we checked-in the CM (who happened to be a supervisor) asked if we would like an EPCOT and IllumiNations view - of course we said, "thank you"!!

It is the top of IllumiNations and Spaceship Earth can be seen - definitely a plus at a value! :)

Gillian
06-12-2008, 03:21 PM
The problem with preferred rooms at Pop, as discussed on the first page of the thread, is that while most are preferred for location/closeness to Classic hall, a few are preferred because they're close to the main pool or some other mysterious reason. So if you are getting preferred for the distance, you need to be aware that some preferred rooms are not so close in and also request close to classic hall.

That's what the poster on page one was saying. They paid for preferred but were no closer than some of the standard rooms.

From what I can tell, if you want/need to be close in, you should upgrade and also request the location.

If you don't mind a walk, there are many standard rooms with interesting views or good locations.

Crazy4Disney06
06-12-2008, 05:31 PM
The only time I booked a preferred room was when standard wasn't available with AAA rate. It was cheaper to book AAA preferred than rack rate standard. I won't pay extra for a location or a view. I just don't spend enough time in my room to care and a little extra walking doesn't bother me. We walk around the parks all day anyway so I don't see what the big deal is about walking at your resort.

I agree 100%. I've yet to figure out why some people get so shook up about the walk at the resort. I mean we walk 10 to 13 miles each day any how......what's a little more going to hurt?:confused3

Buckeye Gal
06-12-2008, 05:44 PM
Thank you!! Could you also tell me which Pop buildings are the preferred ones?

You will find the BEST maps of the preferred rooms on the POP FAQ thread (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1629396) in Post #1 under the "Classic Year's Room/Standard vs. Preferred" section.

pumpkinfish
06-12-2008, 06:07 PM
I agree 100%. I've yet to figure out why some people get so shook up about the walk at the resort. I mean we walk 10 to 13 miles each day any how......what's a little more going to hurt?:confused3

Well I know that after walking those 11-13 miles each day, that extra bit to walk to a regular room rather than a preferred that's close to Classic Hall really does hurt. I don't have kids but if I did, I know that might be an extra pain. My dogs really start barking at the end of the day :rotfl2: !