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saturdaygirl
08-12-2012, 09:04 PM
which is the best to stay at?

i'm planning on booking a surprise trip for my best friend from oct 21-24 of this year and i REALLY wanted to stay at AOA in the LM rooms but it literally just sold out! i've heard mixed reviews about the other ones and compared to aoa, they all look BLAH. we won't be spending THAT much time in the rooms, but lm is one of my best friend's favorite movies. i'm leaning towards pop century, but again, the mixed reviews. thanks!

bdoyledimou
08-12-2012, 09:18 PM
POP! hands down no arguments -- and since its just across the bridge from AoA -- you can pop in and take a look around!

sillylily
08-12-2012, 09:20 PM
Another vote for Pop, we live it best! :)

letsgoagainsoon
08-12-2012, 09:23 PM
When it was just DH and me, we stayed at AsMu and loved it. We thought the food court was great and we had good bus service. Now that we've stayed at other values, I'd definitely say AsMu was also the least craziest, in terms of crowds and noise. Lol

AsMov is great because of the huge icons. Busses and food court=very busy! But, I'd still stay there again.

However, I LOVE Pop. Busses and food court are usually crazy busy, but I don't mind it enough to not stay there. ;)

HTH!

twinboysmom
08-12-2012, 09:34 PM
I thought music was the quietest. Honestly, each one has it's own fans. We have stayed at all them (except AoA) and find them to be pretty similar. I truly don't understand why some people elevate Pop to another level but to each there own. It actually is a little less favored in our house due to being so big and spread out. I would choose the one which has the theme you like the best.

goofyintoronto
08-12-2012, 09:46 PM
POP! hands down no arguments -- and since its just across the bridge from AoA -- you can pop in and take a look around!

I agree with this! We love Pop! Bonus is that youre right next to AoA.


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FTWILDCMPR00
08-12-2012, 09:50 PM
We personally like POP just for the reason that when we stayed at one of the AllStar resorts the buses were shared and POP has its' own. Other than that they are pretty much the same as far as rooms and service.

spiceycat
08-12-2012, 10:17 PM
Pop Century

it has a lake
you can see Epcot fireworks (higher ones only)
one of the better food courts
the singing and dancing CM
love gift shop
has a nicer arcade
and the best - the CM here really try their best to make it special for you

Mary.Poppins
08-12-2012, 10:21 PM
We love POP!!!

AuroraNJ
08-12-2012, 10:35 PM
Another vote for Pop Century here. One of the reasons being that it's the newest of the value resorts aside from AOA. Also, Pop doesn't share busses with other resorts.

saturdaygirl
08-12-2012, 11:41 PM
i just booked! pop century it is! :cool1:

cecilia
08-13-2012, 12:16 AM
does pop show movies ?

Suelala
08-13-2012, 12:31 AM
Yes!

TinkerbellsMom0923
08-13-2012, 04:29 AM
We have stayed at all the values and Pop is our favorite. My son is Disney security and says the All Stars get noisy esp at night and have a lot of groups there with unsupervised kids. He had to yell at a kid for kicking a soccer ball into door and windows at 3 am.

KELLY
08-13-2012, 05:34 AM
We love POP so that gets my vote.

firstwdw
08-13-2012, 05:56 AM
Just saw this after I started a thread. Is Pop really loud? Specifically in the room? Can you hear neighbors and noise from outside? Pop looks tempting but we are have only ever stayed at WL once and our room was so quiet there. Only heard kids running in the hall once.

mfulk
08-13-2012, 06:38 AM
We had a room in May 2011 on the third floor facing the lake, can't remember what the bldg was but there was a Lady and the Tramp statue in front. It was very quiet. We were never bothered by any noise.

firstwdw
08-13-2012, 06:48 AM
Thanks! We are thinking about a may trip or a fall trip so that is helpful! Anyone else?

cecilia
08-13-2012, 10:58 AM
may try pop one year we stay at the movies or music they show movies near the pool i think its near the pool

letsgoagainsoon
08-13-2012, 11:18 AM
Just saw this after I started a thread. Is Pop really loud? Specifically in the room? Can you hear neighbors and noise from outside? Pop looks tempting but we are have only ever stayed at WL once and our room was so quiet there. Only heard kids running in the hall once.

The only place I think it is really loud is the food court. We have even been in a 1st floor room 60s facing the main pool and I don't think it was bad.

I've never been bothered by people in other rooms either, once in a while you can hear a toilet flush or a shower running, but nothing that is annoying enough to make me mad.

You could request a room that faces the lake. Last year we had a non-preferred room on the 4th floor 70s and it faced just courtyards. It was very very quiet.

HTH!

Hoosier37
08-13-2012, 11:27 AM
We faced the lake at Pop and never heard any outside noise - and this was when a lot of the heavy construction was taking place at AoA. LOVE Pop!

hippieck12
08-13-2012, 11:36 AM
Pop, Pop, Pop, love their Foodcourt! :thumbsup2

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jgraney106
08-13-2012, 11:58 AM
Another vote for Pop Century

ocean134
08-13-2012, 12:22 PM
We had a room in May 2011 on the third floor facing the lake, can't remember what the bldg was but there was a Lady and the Tramp statue in front. It was very quiet. We were never bothered by any noise.

Agreed, we love POP and we have never had a problem with noise. We prefer to stay in Preferred/Pool View (Hippy Dippy Pool) so you can expect some noise from children playing. I sleep with a white noise machine so when that is on, I don't hear a thing. If you are concerned about cheerful noises, choose a room that doesn't face the Hippy Dippy. You should be safe.

I also love the food court, the lines for the buses are so organized, the gift shop is great and the cast members rock! :thumbsup2

Singinglizzie
08-13-2012, 12:30 PM
You are gonna find a lot of POP lovers on the Dis boards! So much that based on Dis board opinions, we chose Pop for one of our stays, but didn't wind up staying there. POP is very colorful and spreadout. It definately felt like a large motel with lots of concrete. Personally, I didn't like it as much as Allstars Music or Movies. I found those resorts to have more greenery, and somehow felt more intimate. My vote goes to ASMU or ASMO!

firstwdw
08-13-2012, 12:43 PM
Singinglizzie,
So did you arrive and ask to be switched? Where did you move to? My concern with all stars is the shared bus and large groups of teens. I have never stayed at any of the values. Are the all stars just as busy, crazy, crowded as Pop? Any issues with noise at all stars?

charliebrown
08-13-2012, 01:47 PM
Pop is the nicest, but for value, go for All Star Sports.

I've found them to be a bit cheaper, and the buses always pic up All Star Sports first, and drop them off first as well.

TinkerbellsMom0923
08-13-2012, 05:25 PM
[QUOTE=firstwdw;45804843]Just saw this after I started a thread. Is Pop really loud? Specifically in the room? Can you hear neighbors and noise from outside? Pop looks tempting but we are have only ever stayed at WL once and our room was so quiet there. Only heard kids running in the hall once.[/Q

We were there in June and had a corner room on the backside of the 60's building, never heard anyone. It was peacful and near the lake which was quiet too. I suppose the rooms on the Hippy Dippy pool could get loud but even when we have had pool view rooms they have been quiet.

*Fantasia*
08-13-2012, 06:13 PM
I like them all! My favorite value resort is the Movies because of the theme! I like POP because it takes me back to my childhood years! This place is fun, it has more things going on. It's nice that you have AoA across the bridge so you can see their grounds and you can eat at their food court. It's nice that it only has one bus stop, no sharing with any resorts. I would go either with POP or Movies. :)

marykatmp
08-13-2012, 06:28 PM
I vote for Pop it is a great resort!

ocean134
08-14-2012, 12:53 PM
I have stayed as ASMovies and it was just so-so for me. That was even before I stayed at Pop. I think the only time I could say I feel that Pop is crowded is at 8am in the food court, but, hey, what do you expect? Everyone needs to eat before their full days at the Park.

I don't feel that the grounds are crowded at all. I can understand what a previous posted said about concrete, there is alot of pathways and there are lesser trees but they are there. Some of the rooms facing the lake will give you a cozy and away from it all feel.

And yes, it's great that Pop is just across the bridge from AoA. We were there in June and walked over to check out AoA and ate in their food court twice. The whole resort wasn't open yet so there weren't any crowds. We had breakfast there to avoid the crowds at Pop. Might not be the same now that all the wings are opening/opened.

204charity
09-23-2012, 04:42 PM
And yes, it's great that Pop is just across the bridge from AoA. We were there in June and walked over to check out AoA and ate in their food court twice. The whole resort wasn't open yet so there weren't any crowds. We had breakfast there to avoid the crowds at Pop. Might not be the same now that all the wings are opening/opened.

When we stayed at the Poly, we ate at all 3 monorail resorts, we loved the variety! Our upcoming trip, we will be paying, and unfortunately do not have the unlimited budget my parents had, and we are looking at a value this time around - the option to just walk to AoA really appeals to me. That way, there is more options!! Plus I think our kids would love the decor at AoA (without paying the rates to stay there)

Nohal
09-23-2012, 05:38 PM
We have stayed at all of the value resorts and like ASMo the best. It is smaller and there is less walking to and from the food court/bus stop. As far as sharing buses we just returned from our trip and only a few times did we share buses with the other All Stars. Yes Pop buses only pick up Pop guests but the resort is so big the buses are always crowded and sometimes we had to wait for a second bus. With ASMo you can walk over to Music and Sports and check them out. I think all the hotels now have movies at the pool at night and things going on at the pool all day for the kids.

tkd27
09-23-2012, 08:20 PM
Pop Century

it has a lake
you can see Epcot fireworks (higher ones only)
one of the better food courts
the singing and dancing CM
love gift shop
has a nicer arcade
and the best - the CM here really try their best to make it special for you

I've never stayed at Pop, so I can't say if you're right or wrong, but to your last point... I don't think that's specific to Pop. We stayed at All Star Movies last year and couldn't have been happier with the service from the CMs we met.

Southern Bell
09-24-2012, 02:31 PM
I stayed at Pop last summer 2011 and loved it! I can't think of anything to complain about except the room I agreed to take(to be next to family) at the pool was for a handicaped person. I said well I waited all this time to come to disney and I don't even have a bathtub and my beds on the floor! LOL! But...it was my own choice. LOL! The food was good. We were by the pool but not on ground level and noise didn't bother us. But I am used to children. We loved being near the food court! It made it so easy to get our refills! This fall we are staying at All Sports and I hope I don't regret it. Pop wasn't available when I made reservations but now it is for only about $35 dollars more. I just hate to fool with my reservations this close to going and not sure they would change them. I stayed at All sports years ago and it wasn't finished. We could order from the food court but there wasn't any where to sit. LOL! So it will be interesting to see it now! I guess!