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Arielssister
02-22-2010, 10:35 AM
We are planning a trip for next year and we have stayed at every All Stars and we are considering Pop Century because value saves so much money. We love the All Stars but would like to try something different. We will probably stay there when we go and I was wondering what everyone thought and what are the differences between Pop Century and the All Stars??? Any feedback or help would be appreciated. :)

Christine9125
02-22-2010, 10:57 AM
POP does not share buses with other resorts, Food Court (for us) seemed to have better assortment of food, 3 pools, rooms are being refurbed now. We love POP!

kittythepoohbear
02-22-2010, 10:57 AM
POP is a great value resort! They are essentially the same as the All Stars; same room size and layout, big icons, motel-style outside corridors. I find POP to have nicer landscaping (Hourglass Lake is lovely, especially at sunrise or twilight) and enjoy their food court better. I also like that POP doesn't share buses so while the lines might be long at times you know that you are going directly to a park or back to your resort instead of stopping at other resorts.

Enjoy your trip!

DisneyBamaFan
02-22-2010, 11:07 AM
The biggest negative to POP is the food court. During periods when the value resorts are full, the POP food court is a whole lot more difficult to manage than the All Stars. Since it is a single food court for about the same number of guests as all three All Star resorts combined, it gets packed. Yes, it is bigger, but it isn't 3 times as large. But if you eat there during off hours, that isn't a problem.

We like all of the Values...

CanadianGuy
02-22-2010, 11:29 AM
The biggest negative to POP is the food court. During periods when the value resorts are full, the POP food court is a whole lot more difficult to manage than the All Stars. Since it is a single food court for about the same number of guests as all three All Star resorts combined, it gets packed. Yes, it is bigger, but it isn't 3 times as large. But if you eat there during off hours, that isn't a problem.

We like all of the Values...

For clarity.. Pop has 2880 rooms.

Each of the All Stars has 1920 rooms (give or take) for a total around 5700 for all three All Stars combined.

So the difference between Pop C and any individual All Stars resort is about 900 rooms ..

That is a difference.. but not as noted above. :)

DisneyNut4Life
02-22-2010, 11:43 AM
We love the POP! We always stay there! :hippie:

Arielssister
02-22-2010, 11:49 AM
Thank you all for your input! :) I really appreciate it.

That is SOO great that the buses don't stop at 2 other resorts. I didn't like that at the All Stars. Thinking that once we are on the bus, we are on our way is fantastic! :cool1:

3 POOLS is great! I love the themed pools SO much! :)

I liked the All Star food court a lot and thought they had a great variety - chicken quesedillas, MTO salads, mac and cheese, chicken fingers, etc all in 1place really impressed me! :lmao: I :love: variety. Hopefully we will only go to the food court at off times so it's not crowded. We only eat around 2 meals at the food court so we should be okay. So how is it better? How much variety?

Nadjalu
02-22-2010, 11:58 AM
Definitely check out POP's menu, there is a ton of variety and if you want dessert and are on the DDP, they have a sundae stand that you can have your receipt marked and go back within 90 mins to get it as your dessert instead of taking right then. That is so cool!

If I remember right there is 4 different stands all offering different dishes and then the sundae stand.
And on different nights of the week they do a "mom's dinner" which is old TV dinner style meals that are pretty good. I think there is a meatloaf, Turkey, and a fried chicken.

Some of the things you can find are:
Meatball sub (this thing is one of the best anywhere)
chicken penna alfredo which is also very good.
There are flatbreads and salads and I do believe some type of asian dishes.
Chili cheese fries mmmm those are really good!
And for breakfast all 4 stations have different items. It is very nice.

We love POP, have always wanted to try ASMu but POP lures me back because I love it so.

Ninnygunk
02-22-2010, 12:54 PM
Can't wait to go again! Has such a fun atmosphere. Good music playing throughout & good vibes. Pools were awesome - especially the little kids splash pool. The food court was nice - good selections but in the busy times EXTREMELY caotic. The gift shoppe was nice too. We stayed at the CBR the time before but now prefer the POP!

DisneyBelle27
02-22-2010, 01:11 PM
I've stayed at Pop and the All Stars and I would definitely choose Pop again! It is the newest, has a great food court, and its own dedicated bus. The dedicated bus alone, to me, is worth it! Here's a link to the menu at the food court:

http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/dining/diningdetail.cfm?restaurant.ID=361

I remember enjoying the lo mein and my husband was thrilled with the ice cream stand!

clkelley
02-22-2010, 02:02 PM
The single bus stop and the 900 extra rooms is a major negative in our opinion.

With All-Stars having the ability to split off into three stops at busy closing times, they ALWAYS clear out their lines much faster than Pop can.

Granted we were there during free dining 2007 when it was at capacity, but every night when we would close down late night EMH, (about an hour later), we would walk out to the POP bus stop and find a HUGE line, and we would look over at the All-Stars lines, and they were down to nothing.

WVParkfan
02-22-2010, 02:31 PM
We've stayed at all 4 values, and love the ASMusic and ASMovies. We would not stay at Pop again. WAY too loud. I can't tell you how loud that hotel is, and how thin the walls are. VERY different from the All Stars.

We could hear every toilet flush from the room above us. We could hear every word of conversation from the room beside us. We could hear other people's TV's, kids crying, and of course the constant noise from people outside of the rooms. We hardly got any sleep at all.

We've never experienced noise problems during any of our All Star stays. We would not stay at Pop again.

KimberlyE
02-22-2010, 03:38 PM
Stayed at Pop in September and had no issues with noise or buses. I did notice that you could hear toilet flushing from other rooms but when you shut your bathroom door you don't hear it anymore. If outside noises bother you, ask to be away from the pools. We did notice that it could be loud near the pools but our room (50's section near main building) was quiet.

As for the food court, it was crowded at times but all the lines were always staffed and it seemed to move quickly. We never ate there though - we just took items back to our room or to the pool area. You can also get pizza delivered to your room. We enjoyed the different options with kiddie pools, playgrounds and so much space to run around, go for a walk and wildlife (ducks, rabbits etc. to see). We drove to the parks each day (with AAA parking we were in front two rows so it was easier and faster to just drive) but we did take the bus to MK and ferry to FW for the HDDR and had no problems.

Arielssister
02-22-2010, 04:22 PM
Okay, now we have some mixed reviews and I appreciate that SO much! I want to hear good and evil. :)

I do have to say with buses, when we were there this past September staying at the All Star Movies, there was such a loooonnnnng line at the end of the day. :confused: The parks weren't crowded but when we would leave the parks for the day, even if we left a little early, the lines for ALL of the All Star Resorts were ridiculous! I thought "This is Disney. There has to be a better way!" We watched bus after bus come for other resorts that had 4-5 people waiting in line while we had easily 200 + and we thought "why don't they just change the electric marquis to the All Stars since the lines are so long and there are 4-5 people at the other resort stops?" My DH said maybe because they can only have a certain number of buses for each resort. No, that's silly. Oh well. Hopefully next time they will have organized that better.

Thank you Nadjalu and Disneybelle27 for the specifics on the food court. Sounds great and yummy. popcorn:: :)

Thank you all for your feedback. I am very thankful. I will probably read all this wonderful info to my DH and we will decide. I would love to try a new place but I don't think we can do moderate so that leaves Pop Century. I'm sure we will have a blast no matter what but little things like not waiting in bus lines long, a variety of food and low noise while you're sleeping are super good bonuses. :flower3:

clkelley
02-22-2010, 05:47 PM
I do have to say with buses, when we were there this past September staying at the All Star Movies, there was such a loooonnnnng line at the end of the day. :confused: The parks weren't crowded but when we would leave the parks for the day, even if we left a little early, the lines for ALL of the All Star Resorts were ridiculous! I thought "This is Disney. There has to be a better way!" We watched bus after bus come for other resorts that had 4-5 people waiting in line while we had easily 200 + and we thought "why don't they just change the electric marquis to the All Stars since the lines are so long and there are 4-5 people at the other resort stops?" My DH said maybe because they can only have a certain number of buses for each resort. No, that's silly. Oh well. Hopefully next time they will have organized that better.



All of the Values are ridiculous right at closing or right after fireworks, but we always hang in the park for an hour or more after closing. All-Stars has always been cleared out by then, Pop was still ridiculous!!

Loritlc3
02-23-2010, 10:15 PM
I am so happy you posted this. We stayed at All Star Movies last trip. We were there in July and on several trips we had to stand in the bus(kids included) because we were the last pick up from the All-stars. It did seem like we always had a wait and watched bus after bus pass us by for other resorts.
All in all though we loved our stay here. The kids loved the pools and decorations.
I have not experienced Pop yet but I plan on staying there for our next trip. I think it is worth it to me to try something different and for the most part it appears that Pop has quite a following.

Let me know what you decide. Hope to talk to you soon!

PrincessGrandma
02-23-2010, 11:05 PM
We were at POP in 2007. I had heard how noisy it was, but we must have been in a quiet section (70's 3rd floor). We didn't hear a thing. In all fairness, we were always so tired, I don't know if anything could have woke us up. We had a great time. My DGD loves it and can't wait to go back this Sept. We considered staying in CSR this time so we'd have queen beds, but we love the POP food court and really appreciate those dedicated buses. After a long day, I'm glad the first (and only) stop is always POP!

Oz-kateer
02-24-2010, 06:50 AM
I stayed at Pop last October and we must have had a special room or something because we heard practically no sound at all, unlike the other poster who said they could hear every word the neighbours said. Granted, we were on the top floor, and we had a room at the back of the building facing away from the pool, so this could have made a difference. But apart from the odd distant muffled toilet flush, which you could only hear at night when you were lying in the dark waiting to go to sleep, it was really quiet anyway, we had no noise issues at all.

Apart from my DS snoring.

But lets face it, if you're a die hard Disneyfanatic, by the time you hit the sheets at night you're usually so exhausted you could sleep next to the freeway.

CanadianGuy
02-24-2010, 07:02 AM
Honestly, if the AC is running and the TV is on.. I typically have both running non-stop ... I can't hear a thing outside the room beyond the turbo-toilet flushes in adjacent rooms..

I just close the bathroom door to reduce that noise significantly.

weswife
02-24-2010, 07:19 AM
We are looking forward to staying at the POP!! We are staying for the last 2 nights of our trip! My DS has wanted to stay there for the last few years but we wanted to try other resorts. We are staying at the WL for 7 nights then 2 at the POP! We changed our trip to 10 days!
Glad you started this thread, you received great replies!:thumbsup2

sparty7798
02-24-2010, 12:35 PM
We stayed at the Pop last March with a 2 year old and it was great! We stayed in the 50's section on the 3rd floor. I loved it, loved it, loved it! The food court was very nice and we enjoyed the pools. He of course loved all the characters and the bright colors.

We did not have any problems with noise and it was very crowded when we were there or any long wait for the buses!

I highly recommend it!

Arielssister
02-24-2010, 01:38 PM
Definitely check out POP's menu, there is a ton of variety and if you want dessert and are on the DDP, they have a sundae stand that you can have your receipt marked and go back within 90 mins to get it as your dessert instead of taking right then. That is so cool!

If I remember right there is 4 different stands all offering different dishes and then the sundae stand.
And on different nights of the week they do a "mom's dinner" which is old TV dinner style meals that are pretty good. I think there is a meatloaf, Turkey, and a fried chicken.


We love POP, have always wanted to try ASMu but POP lures me back because I love it so.

Nadjalu-That sundae bar sounds like so much fun! :cool1: And the receipt marking? I love that. That is SO Disney!

Thank you for all the food info. I really appreciate it. I just get tired of going places and there being chicken fingers, fries, mac and cheese, pizza, sandwiches and burgers. Those few extra choices make me really happy. :flower3:

PlutoLuvr
02-24-2010, 01:44 PM
We've stayed at two of the All Stars and just returned from our first time staying at Pop.

We thought the bus experience was much better at Pop. Sometimes at All Stars, a bus would come and only allow a few people on it. I know at one point during an All Star stay, we watched three buses come and go, board several people each time and we were still in line! Thank goodness we had our own car. I guess it's okay if you stay at the hotel that gets the first bus stop?

I also thought the distance you had to walk from the bus stops to your rooms at Pop is much better than the All Stars. We'd walk FOREVER from the buses to our rooms at All Stars. Pop seems much more compact and quicker to get where you need.

The food court at Pop is crazy, tho. Yeah, I guess the food is okay (like a food court at a mall I suppose?), but good luck finding a seat. It seemed cleaner and had more selection than the All Stars, but we went during value season when the parks were empty and had trouble finding a table in the food court every day of our stay for breakfast. Next trip, I would avoid the food court altogether and plan something else. But I witnessed really disgusting things at the food courts at All Stars, so I'd make alternative plans there, too.

Can't say much about the pools either way. We live in Florida and have our own pool, so Disney vacations are about the parks and not about pools. We also sleep with the tv on, so we didn't really notice noise at any of the onsite hotels.

I'd go Pop before I'd go back to an All Stars, but I'd avoid the food courts at all the values.

Arielssister
02-24-2010, 01:58 PM
I am so happy you posted this. We stayed at All Star Movies last trip. We were there in July and on several trips we had to stand in the bus(kids included) because we were the last pick up from the All-stars. It did seem like we always had a wait and watched bus after bus pass us by for other resorts.

I have not experienced Pop yet but I plan on staying there for our next trip. I think it is worth it to me to try something different and for the most part it appears that Pop has quite a following.

Let me know what you decide. Hope to talk to you soon!

Yeah, we were a little miffed. :) But like you said, that was the only "bad" thing that happened really the whole trip so it was fantastic!

We probably won't decide until it gets closer. My vote is definitely POP Century. :)

poblano57
02-24-2010, 02:00 PM
Soundproofing between rooms was dreadful to us. Tiny rooms. Other than those two things, given its mission as a value hotel, we got our money's worth. YMMV, of course.

Arielssister
02-24-2010, 02:10 PM
PrincessGrandma "We were at POP in 2007. I had heard how noisy it was, but we must have been in a quiet section (70's 3rd floor). We didn't hear a thing. In all fairness, we were always so tired, I don't know if anything could have woke us up. We had a great time. My DGD loves it and can't wait to go back this Sept. We considered staying in CSR this time so we'd have queen beds, but we love the POP food court and really appreciate those dedicated buses. After a long day, I'm glad the first (and only) stop is always POP!"

Oz-kateer "I stayed at Pop last October and we must have had a special room or something because we heard practically no sound at all, unlike the other poster who said they could hear every word the neighbours said. Granted, we were on the top floor, and we had a room at the back of the building facing away from the pool, so this could have made a difference. But apart from the odd distant muffled toilet flush, which you could only hear at night when you were lying in the dark waiting to go to sleep, it was really quiet anyway, we had no noise issues at all.

Apart from my DS snoring.

But lets face it, if you're a die hard Disneyfanatic, by the time you hit the sheets at night you're usually so exhausted you could sleep next to the freeway"

Thanks for posting! I'm hoping we get one of the SPECIAL :) rooms you guys got! Oh and it's true, we are SOO tired from the parks, we basically pass out as well! Hee hee. :)
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Arielssister
02-24-2010, 02:18 PM
We are looking forward to staying at the POP!! We are staying for the last 2 nights of our trip! My DS has wanted to stay there for the last few years but we wanted to try other resorts. We are staying at the WL for 7 nights then 2 at the POP! We changed our trip to 10 days!
Glad you started this thread, you received great replies!:thumbsup2

I'm glad you liked this thread. I hope you and your family have a GREAT time and enjoy POP Century! You'll have to let me know about it. :)

Arielssister
02-24-2010, 02:20 PM
Soundproofing between rooms was dreadful to us. Tiny rooms. Other than those two things, given its mission as a value hotel, we got our money's worth. YMMV, of course.


Hmmm, I hope if we stay there we don't get a "noisy room" I'm sorry it was noisy for you. I always think it's interesting how these threads have so many contrasting responses. It makes me wonder if the ones that say it's no noisy are heavy sleepers. :)

You sound like my DH! He always always always tells me you get what you pay for! :)

poblano57
02-24-2010, 02:46 PM
Hmmm, I hope if we stay there we don't get a "noisy room" I'm sorry it was noisy for you. I always think it's interesting how these threads have so many contrasting responses. It makes me wonder if the ones that say it's no noisy are heavy sleepers. :)

You sound like my DH! He always always always tells me you get what you pay for! :)

We could hear the people next door talking. Talking.

Arielssister
02-24-2010, 02:55 PM
We've stayed at two of the All Stars and just returned from our first time staying at Pop.

Thank you SO much for responding. I really wanted to hear from people who have stayed at both the All Stars and the POP. :)

We thought the bus experience was much better at Pop. Sometimes at All Stars, a bus would come and only allow a few people on it. I know at one point during an All Star stay, we watched three buses come and go, board several people each time and we were still in line! Thank goodness we had our own car. I guess it's okay if you stay at the hotel that gets the first bus stop?



I also thought the distance you had to walk from the bus stops to your rooms at Pop is much better than the All Stars. We'd walk FOREVER from the buses to our rooms at All Stars. Pop seems much more compact and quicker to get where you need.

I have heard mostly good stuff about the bus situation except when leaving the parks but I think all the resorts have that problem at the end of the night. And shorter distance from the bus stop is a DEFINITE perk. :woohoo:

The food court at Pop is crazy, tho. Yeah, I guess the food is okay (like a food court at a mall I suppose?), but good luck finding a seat. It seemed cleaner and had more selection than the All Stars, but we went during value season when the parks were empty and had trouble finding a table in the food court every day of our stay for breakfast. Next trip, I would avoid the food court altogether and plan something else. But I witnessed really disgusting things at the food courts at All Stars, so I'd make alternative plans there, too.

We don't spend too much time at the food courts, usually 2 meals the whole time tops. So I'm glad of that. :)

I'd go Pop before I'd go back to an All Stars, but I'd avoid the food courts at all the values.

Thanks for the feedback! :)

Arielssister
02-24-2010, 02:56 PM
We could hear the people next door talking. Talking.


Yeah, I wouldn't like that. Was it during the day or at night?

Arielssister
02-24-2010, 03:05 PM
Honestly, if the AC is running and the TV is on.. I typically have both running non-stop ... I can't hear a thing outside the room beyond the turbo-toilet flushes in adjacent rooms..

I just close the bathroom door to reduce that noise significantly.

We will definitely keep the bathroom door closed. AC will depend on when we go and the temp. TV is always a maybe. Thanks for the input. :)

poblano57
02-24-2010, 03:17 PM
Yeah, I wouldn't like that. Was it during the day or at night?

Night. During the day, they weren't there. :)

Arielssister
02-24-2010, 03:45 PM
Night. During the day, they weren't there. :)

Ewww, I really really really hope I get a special quiet room and not one of the noisy ones! :)

CanadianGuy
02-24-2010, 07:12 PM
We will definitely keep the bathroom door closed. AC will depend on when we go and the temp. TV is always a maybe. Thanks for the input. :)

The AC has a 'fan only' mode that is nice as a noise killer.

Just circulates the air.