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Ronald Duck
11-13-2004, 06:44 PM
Hey Pop lovers.

Our old FAQ thread has run its course (157 pages to be exact), so it's time to start a new one...

Here's the link to the original thread:

http://disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=475933

Welcome to the Pop Century FAR OUT FAQ thread! Please take the time to read this first post -- It has the answers to many of your questions!

What is Pop Century?

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Disney's Pop Century Resort is a celebration of 20th century pop culture. The resort's larger-than-life time capsules, preserve the toys, fads, dance crazes, and catch phrases of the world's pop century. How we lived. How we played. How we celebrated. How we communicated. These stories and many others are all here for future generations to discover and celebrate. Guests have the opportunity to live and play inside these unique time capsules - to experience the pop culture of our century like never before.
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Classic Hall is the main building. Although the outside of the building is brightly colored, the insides of Pop Century are very subdued. Lots of browns, blues, grays, and mustard. It works well. It houses the front desk area, the arcade, and the merchandise/food court area, named "Everything POP." You walk into this area, and it starts off as the Merchandise Shop. Walk further, and it becomes the Food Court. The food court itself is HUGE. Tons of tables, lots of soda fountains, and there is a very eclectic selection of food.

The Front Desk area is called "Memory Lane" because on the walls are covered with shadow boxes containing all sorts of pop icons from the past 50 years. As you walk down Memory Lane, you can regale the memories of yesteryear with your family. Behind the front desk are enlarged photos from the past 50 years. Very nicely done.

The front desk has thirty stations, which include Guest Services, and Check In/Out. There is also a separate kids room in the lobby, with couches, toys, and a cartoon themed big screen TV.

Just outside the main area are the 60's buildings, and the Hippy Dippy Pool. There are two other pools, one shaped like a bowling pin, and another as a computer monitor.

Everything is VERY close to the main building. The furthest building might be a 5 minute walk to the front, if that.

The rooms themselves are similar to the All-Stars - but modified. They looked at the All-Stars, and made them better. A few changes include:

Lowered night stand - so that you won't hit your head on it when sleeping

Data port near the table for your laptop

BAR SOAP with separate shampoo

Redesigned sink area

In-room safe that can hold a laptop

Fitted bed sheets

Modernized climate control panel

Beds are mounted on pedestals, so that you can't lose things under them.

Curtains overlap, so that NO light can get in.

Cast member costumes are very plain. Either gray and white, or dark blue with mustard top. They look very nice.


ROOMS

Q: How big are the rooms? How do they compare to the All-Stars?
The rooms are the same size and basic layout as the All-Stars - 260sq ft with either a King bed, or two Doubles. The dresser has been redesigned, is slightly bigger, and looks much nicer. Also, rooms come with a 25” TV, versus the 19” found in the All-Stars. The night stand has been lowered, so that one will not hit their head on it while sleeping. A data port has been installed by the table and chairs for easy access. Room colors are very subdued. Browns, blues, grays and a few mustards are the prominent colors. All rooms are identical in decoration, with the exception of a framed artwork and a wallpaper border depicting whatever decade the room is located in.

Q: What’s a Preferred building?
The 60s buildings are considered Preferred buildings because of their close proximity to the Hippie Dippie Pool, Everything POP, the front desk, and the bus stops. Guests may upgrade from a standard room for $10 per night (plus applicable tax).

Q: Does Pop Century have ADA accessible rooms?
Pop Century has a plethora of different options for those guests traveling with wheelchairs, or guests with hearing impairments. There are a few different bathroom options for those guests using wheelchairs. For those guests with hearing impairments, we offer TTY phones, visual signals for fire alarms, phones, wake up alarms, and door knocks. There is also a bed shaker accessory. These items are available for use at no cost.

Q: What is the room mix?
King Bed Accessible 63
King Bed Typical 81
Dbl/Dbl Bed Accessible 115
Dbl/Dbl Bed Typical 2621

Q: What amenities are available upon request?
Non-smoking rooms
Rooms accessible to guests with disabilities
Hearing-impaired TDD telephones
Visual smoke alarms
Bed boards and bed rails
Refrigerators (additional charge, unless for Medical Reasons only)
Cribs
Hair dryers
Iron and ironing board

Q: What are the big icons of?

50s:
Stairwells are Brunswick Bowling Pins
Pool – The 10th bowling pin
Building 1 – Lady
Building 2 – Jukebox
Building 3 – Tramp

60s:
Stairwells are Duncan Yo-Yos
Pool – Hippy Dippy pool, and kiddie pool
Building 4 – Play-Doh
Building 5 – Mowgli & Baloo

70s:
Stairwells are 8-Tracks
Pool – Goofy’s Pop-Jet pool area
Courtyard will feature giant Foosball players
Building 6 – Mickey Mouse Phone
Building 10 – Big Wheel cart.

80s:
Stairwells are Rubik’s Cubes
Building 7 – Roger Rabbit
Building 9 – Sony Walkman

90s:
Stairwells are Cell Phones
80s/90s pool will be a giant computer monitor
Building 8 – Giant Laptop Computer

Q: What do the buildings look like? How many floors do they have?
The buildings are similar to the All-Stars. They are the standard T shape, with 4 floors. Each floor has 72 rooms. Each building has 2 elevators in the center by the giant icon.

Q: How can I send my preferences to the Room Assignor?
You may call Central Reservations or Pop Century at 407-938-4000.

Q: Will we be able to move the beds closer to the wall for more space?
No. Beds are on a pedestal, and are not moveable.

Q: Is there a safe in the room?
Each room will feature an in-wall safe big enough to hold a laptop computer.

Q: Will 5 people fit in a room at Pop Century?
No. Pop Century rooms are limited to 4 persons, plus one infant in a crib. However, we do offer connecting rooms. This is a great option for larger families, as it allows for two bathrooms.

Q: What color are the room carpets at Pop Century?
They have a blue/gray base color, with a small mauve pattern.

Q: The 80s/90s look so far away from Classic Hall on the map. Are they really?
No! They are actually closer than they look. No room is more than 5 minutes (at a slow walk) from Classic Hall.


DINING

Q: What is “Everything POP” ?
Instead of having a separate food court, and gift shop, it's now combined into one. Sort of at least. When you walk into Everything POP, you're in the gift shop. Walk further, past the Gift shop registers, and you'll be in the seating area of the Food Court. Walk through the seats, and you'll be in the food area. It's an all in one area, but they are somewhat separate. (They will have separate registers) The food court will have 10 dedicated registers.

Q: Do they have a character breakfast at the resort?
No. Just like the All-Stars, there is only a food court. No sit down restaurant. However, bus transportation is provided to other resort and theme park character breakfasts.

Q: Does Pop Century have Refillable Mugs? How much do they cost and with what and where will we be able to refill them?
Mugs are available in both the large and cup holder size. Prices and policies are the same as the other value resorts (about $12).

Q: What kind of food is offered at Everything POP?
All kinds! Breakfast items feature the standard fare, as well as Pop Waffles, and marshmallow fluff stuffed french toast. Lunch features sandwiches from our bakery (such as the tie dyed PB & flufff), pizza, burgers, as well as selections from our Ethnic area. Dinner will feature comfort food from Mom’s kitchen. Entrees include meatloaf, fried chicken, pot roast, and other treats. Desserts include Twinkie Tirimisu, Tie Dyed Cheesecake, and moon pies.

Q: Do they have cappuccino in the food court?
Yes! Real cappuccino and expresso is sold. Also, hot chocolate and coffee will be at the beverage stations.

RECREATION

Q: Are there any watercraft rentals?
Because Pop Century is a Value resort, there is no marina.

Q: How many pools does Pop Century have?
3 full sized pools, 1 kiddie pool, and 1 pop-jet pool.

Q: Does Pop Century feature an Arcade?
Yes! The Fast Forward Arcade is located in Classic Hall, across from Everything POP.

Q: Are there towels available to use at the pools or do we need to bring our own?
You may bring the towels from your room. Should you need more towels, simply touch the Housekeeping button on your telephone to request more.

Q: What is Goofy's Pop Jet Area?
This is one of those water jet areas that kids seem to love. It's large, and has that padded foam ground. It can be found in the 70s area. It's a hit with the kids. There is also a kiddie pool area, but many kids prefer the pop jets.


TRANSPORTATION
Q: What about transportation?
Transportation from Pop Century is very good. Because of the demand, buses run more frequently than at some other resorts. During peak times, buses potentially run every 5-8 minutes. Pop Century is a “Magic On Demand” resort.

Q: Where are the bus stops located?
In front of Classic Hall. A very short walk from ANY building!

Q: How many bus stops are there?
Currently, only one. However, once the Legendary Years opens up, both the Classic and Legendary Years will each have their own bus stop.

Q: How far is it from the parks?
There is only one stop, so all buses will be direct. Pop Century is in a great central location so travel times are great.

Estimated Times (may vary by driver)
MK - 12 minutes
EC - 8 minutes
ST - 5 minutes
AK – 6-12 minutes
DTD - 10 minutes
BB - 6 minutes

The one open variable is Blizzard Beach. As it stands right now, Blizzard Beach is with the Animal Kingdom bus, just like it is with most resorts.

Q: Do the buses make any other stops at other resorts?
Currently, no. Once the Legendary Years open up, it is conceivable that during non-peak times, the routes might be shared. However, judging by occupancy, this will not be happening during peak morning times.


MISCELLANEOUS

Q:Does Pop Century have Valet services?
No. As a Value resort, this amenity is not provided.

Q: Does Pop Century have Bell Services?
Upon arrival, Pop Century offers Luggage Assistance for our guests. Not to be confused with "Bell Services" found at Deluxe resorts, Luggage Assistance will take your luggage, and store it while you enter the lobby and check in. Your luggage will then be automatically delivered to your room within an hour of it becoming available. You do not need to be in the room for luggage to be delivered, so you can go off and play in the parks. When you get back, your luggage will already be there. We will have refrigerators for food and medical usage. (All food *MUST* be factory sealed) We will also have a locked area for valuables such as laptops, cameras, and other electronics.

When checking out, we can come and pick up your luggage, and store it until you are ready to depart. We do ask that you give us a call the night before, to arrange a pick up time. If you call day of, we may not have any availability left. We require a minimum of one hours notice. Those of you who opt for Express Checkout will receive a voice mail reminding you of this option, as well as other Express Checkout info. By the way, the voice of Express Checkout is the same voice that does the Monorail Spiel.

You do not need to be in your room for drop off or pick up.

Should you wish to handle your own luggage, we offer the use of our hand carts. (Not the "bird cages," but push carts) Usage of the carts is free, however, we will require a credit card on file, should you decide to take one home as a souvenir. We also do ask that guests limit cart usage to 30 minutes, so that other guests may use them as well.

Q: Will we be able to pick up MVMCP tickets & wrist bands and Candle Light Processional Dinner package badges & coupons (that have already been pre-paid) at the PC guest services?
Yes!

Q: Do you know when the Legendary section will open? Will it have it's own check in area, food court ...?
No one really knows when the Legendary Years will be finished, or open up. However, when it does, it will be a separate resort, with its own front desk, food court, and bus stop.

Q: I had heard a rumor you could walk to MGM from Pop Century. Is that true?
No. Pop Century is not within walking distance of anything, including Caribbean Beach. (Unless you use the Cast Only tunnel)

Q: Where exactly is this resort located?
Pop Century is located next to Caribbean Beach, and near the Disney-MGM Studios. There will be a lake called Hourglass Lake separating the Legendary and the Classic sections.

Q: Will Pop Century have surrey bike rentals at all?
Yes! We currently have two and four seater Surrey Bikes. Rental is located near Petal's Pool Bar.

Q: Is the bridge across Hourglass Lake open?
It is only partially opened.

Q: Can you see any fireworks from Pop Century?
You can see some of the high level fireworks from Illuminations from Buildings 2, 3, and 4.

Q: Does Pop Century get those large groups? (Cheerleaders, Pop Warner, etc)
All large groups are booked at the All-Stars. The All-Star Resorts have a special large group check in and luggage area designed specifically for this purpose. We do not have those things at Pop Century, and as such, we will not be getting the large groups. However, there is the chance that we might get any overflow that will not fit at the All-Stars.

Q: Are there Pressed Penny machines at Pop Century?
Yes! They are located in the Fast Forward Arcade.

Q: Are there laundry facilities?
Yes. At each pool area, there is a laundry room with washers and dryers.

Q: What’s up with that funky golf cart?
One very cool thing about Pop Century is that wehave use of a ’57 Chevy styled golf cart. Cast Members are able to create magical moments with our guests by giving 3 guests a ride on it. Due to crowds, and staffing limitations, rides might not always be possible. We also have a “hippie” inspired minivan for pizza delivery. Adorned with peace signs, and the phrase “Peace of Pizza,” this minivan will turn some heads as well.

Q: What are some local internet dialup numbers that I could use? (Please note, although these numbers are local, you will incur a 75 cent per call access charge on your room)
AT&T Phone #
407-563-0080
407-563-9610

AOL Phone #
407-641-4265
407-641-4266
407-587-0072

MSN Phone #
407-648-1464
407-641-4676
407-541-0601

Bellsouth Phone #
407-896-7275
407-896-1919

Remember, there is a modem port under the desk!

Q: Are there any charges for phone use?
If you are calling inside of Walt Disney World, there is no charge. If you make a local call, calling card call, or toll free (800, 877) call, there will be a $0.75 surcharge. (This includes dialing your laptop modem) If you know you're going to be making long distance calls, I would recommend a pre-paid phone card, or other calling card types. Direct long distance rates will be billed at the full AT&T operator assist daytime rate + a 55% surchage.

Q: What is the address and phone number for Pop Century?
1050 Century Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: 407-938-4000

Q: Can I hook up my video device to the TV?
Yes! There are RCA inputs for stereo audio and video on the front of the TV. There is no s-video input available.

Q: Will Pop Century be decorated for Christmas?
Yes. Pop Century will be decorated for Christmas. We have a few Christmas trees, and some garland around Classic Hall. Christmas music will also be playing around Classic Hall.
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Link to Pop Century Resort Map:

http://www.wdwinfo.com/resortmaps/pop.htm

Link to ChairborneRanger's GREAT Pop Century Room Layout Map:

http://www.haysllc.com/Disneyworld/PopCenturyRoomLayoutLarge.jpg

Last edited by Chip 'n Dale Express on 04-01-2004 at 05:18 PM
Last edited by Ronald Duck on 11-21-2004

safetymom
11-13-2004, 07:08 PM
There was a Part 2 for POP thread yesterday with all the information copied from the first thread. Trying to find the link.

Minnie&Nana
11-14-2004, 10:06 AM
Nice to have a place to post continued questions and observations etc. :)

Thanks!

Ronald Duck
11-14-2004, 11:02 AM
No evidence of another active POP FAQ thread, so I've informed SueEllen to list this thread as PART 2.

Ronald Duck
11-14-2004, 11:04 AM
Thanks a lot for taking all the great info on POP from the first thread and transporting it over to this one :bounce: :Pinkbounc :bounce:

Minnie&Nana
11-14-2004, 11:12 AM
Does anyone know if a coffee maker can be requested at POP? If so, do we supply the mugs?

Thanks much!
:wave:

safetymom
11-14-2004, 11:31 AM
You should be able to do a copy and paste from the front page of the first POP thread.

Ronald Duck
11-14-2004, 03:07 PM
BaciBecky-

I'm pretty sure that Pop (and the other Value Resorts) don't offer individual coffee makers.

Does anybody know if they've replaced the Nescafe coffee syrup machine with a 100% Colombian Coffee machine yet? When we stayed at WL in August, they were just making the changeover.

Minnie&Nana
11-14-2004, 03:18 PM
Thanks, Ronald Duck!

Not a regular at the POP, so this is good to know.

:wave:

RachelTori
11-14-2004, 05:23 PM
Originally posted by Ronald Duck
BaciBecky-

I'm pretty sure that Pop (and the other Value Resorts) don't offer individual coffee makers.

Does anybody know if they've replaced the Nescafe coffee syrup machine with a 100% Colombian Coffee machine yet? When we stayed at WL in August, they were just making the changeover.

I was just at POP last week - no individual coffee makers and the coffee @ Everything Pop was still Nescafe. :crazy:

Minnie&Nana
11-14-2004, 06:07 PM
Thanks for the info about the coffee makers!

hannahr
11-15-2004, 06:53 PM
Just staying at pop at the moment and really enjoying it. I'm not sure if this has been posted already, but there is now apple juice available with the refillable mugs. No change in the coffee yet though.

Hannah

pumba
11-17-2004, 07:40 AM
always like to hear about other resorts that I haven't gone to visit yet......thanks

Magalex
11-17-2004, 09:14 AM
Thanks HannaHR

I am so happy now that apple juice has been added to the refill mugs. Our first trip with our 4 yr old DS will be April 2005 and he loves apple juice. He does not drink cola so the juice will be a big benefit.
Thanks for tip.


:tongue: :tongue: :bounce: :bounce:
Magalex

brtls5
11-17-2004, 10:40 AM
request a coffeemaker?

Can you request a coffeemaker for your room? What about iron and a hairdryer? THANKS

TNT21
11-17-2004, 01:06 PM
brtls5-
We just got back from Pop on Sunday.There was an iron and board already in the room, and you can call housekeeping to request a hairdryer. I'm pretty sure they don't offer coffee makers, though.

I hope you have as great a time as we did!
:wave2:

Kitty-chan
11-17-2004, 01:07 PM
Originally posted by hannahr
Just staying at pop at the moment and really enjoying it. I'm not sure if this has been posted already, but there is now apple juice available with the refillable mugs. No change in the coffee yet though.

Hannah

Yay! This is very good news indeed.

Poohbear123
11-17-2004, 04:36 PM
:bounce: :Pinkbounc Love the fact this is Part 2 already!:hyper:

jackskellingtonsgirl
11-17-2004, 10:47 PM
So how bad IS that Nescafe coffee? I have been known to travel with the pre-packaged Starbucks pods so I can brew my own, but even I am not silly enough to bring a coffee maker on the plane. So is the coffee truly nasty? Do they have dairy creamer to go in it or just powder? DH & I are huge coffee drinkers and I have decided not to tell him this little fact about not having "real" coffee and not having the option of brewing it in our room! Any chance that by January 12 there will be real coffee? :drinking1

Poohbear123
11-19-2004, 06:50 PM
It doesn't even TASTE like coffee!:eek: It taste like old stale coffee that has been sitting in a pot thats been turned off, reheated, for about a week.:crazy2: :crazy2:

Ronald Duck
11-19-2004, 08:24 PM
I have to agree that the syrup-based Nescafe is truly bad...from my view it's ridiculously weak (and I'm not a fan of super-strong coffee).

Maybe if you mix in a touch of Espresso (which I know they have at the food court) it would make it more palatable.

At least they do have real half-and-half.

Rumor was that Disney was moving back to 100% Colombian Coffee (they used to have a contract with them before Nescafe came in). They did have a real 100% Colombian Coffee brewer at WL in August, but maybe it was just an experiment.

jackskellingtonsgirl
11-19-2004, 08:52 PM
Eww! That doesn't sound good. I will definitely not share this info with DH. I will just act like I didn't know anything about it. My friend said Folgers is making some sort of instant latte that you just mix with hot water. Maybe I will grab some during our grocery stop! She said it's pretty good. I will be sad without my yummy morning coffee, but I'm sure the Disney atmosphere will help me overcome it!:) Perhaps Disney ought to look into a partnership with my friends at Starbucks. What a pair that would be!

Babyfatt
11-19-2004, 09:51 PM
Hey Ronald Duck,

Just a suggestion but having the POP layout map and ChairborneRanger's room schematic on the top post would be good addition. Not saying I need it but people new to thread.

I hope this thread is just as popular as the original.

I noticed Tyler hasn't visited yet. I know he's out there somewhere.

Anyway, 2 weeks to go and I get to find out what all the hub bub is about.

TNT21
11-19-2004, 09:52 PM
O.K. I am NOT a coffee drinker- so forgive me if this is common knowledge, but...

Folgers makes these tea bag-type, individual serving packages of coffee that you make with hot water just like you would a cup of tea. As I said though, I don't drink coffee, maybe these taste just as bad? And I suppose if you drink a lot of it, it wouldn't be very convenient....

ibouncetoo
11-20-2004, 09:38 AM
Making my first visit to the POP in January for the marathon. I got a better rate with an AP that we had gotten for our block of rooms at ASMovies. I'll be doing 3 nights at POP, then three at WL (upgrade to the deluxe is a 'reward' for attempting the 1/2 marathon).

Now my question has nothing to do with the resort, but with the treads. I was on the original thread that was linked to the Resort FAQs at the top of the page and noticed it was closed at 150 pages. I thought we no longer had a page restriction since the server upgrades. There are threads on the CB over 400 pages! What's up with that? I think a FAQ thread should go on and, if necessary, restrict 'chatting' threads. Anybody know?

Ronald Duck
11-21-2004, 08:42 AM
Originally posted by Babyfatt
Hey Ronald Duck,

Just a suggestion but having the POP layout map and ChairborneRanger's room schematic on the top post would be good addition.

DONE:p

Almost down to single digits for our first Pop stay (and first Christmas season trip:Pinkbounc )

Ronald Duck
11-21-2004, 08:47 AM
Originally posted by ibouncetoo
I was on the original thread that was linked to the Resort FAQs at the top of the page and noticed it was closed at 150 pages. I thought we no longer had a page restriction since the server upgrades...I think a FAQ thread should go on and, if necessary, restrict 'chatting' threads. Anybody know?

I agree with you. All I know is that Sue Ellen, a Resorts Board Moderator, suddenly closed our first POP thread, so I started up a new one.

Also, I e-mailed her last week about replacing the link in the Resorts FAQ post from Part 1 to this Part 2 thread, but she hasn't done it yet:rolleyes:

j_darl
11-30-2007, 03:38 AM
opps sorry

j_darl
11-30-2007, 03:38 AM
I'm going to POP for our Disneymoon on 21/04. I'm finding these threads really useful so thanks to all those involved. I've never been to POP before so looking forward to it! Thanks again :thumbsup2

Boncho
11-30-2007, 06:33 AM
I find there are three options concerning the coffee at Pop-
1. Take a small travel coffee maker with you so that you can make your own in your room.
2.Maxwell House makes individual coffee bags (they look like tea bags but they are coffee), then you just need hot water.
3.Drink the coffee at Pop, it's not the best but it is drinkable - I've tasted a heck of a lot worse.
Good luck coffee drinkers!!!
:surfweb:

disneygirlinnj
11-30-2007, 10:54 AM
ugh... this coffee thing is going to be torture. Definitely trying the cappucino/espresso! :)

Pirate's Princess
11-30-2007, 12:14 PM
Not that I drink coffee, but are the cappucino/expresso available with the mugs?

Also, does it still offer fluffernutter french toast? I'm very intrigued by this concept!

pfalcioni
11-30-2007, 12:29 PM
I've never really had a problem with the coffee at POP and All Star resorts, but then I don't drink it black - so the 'additives' probably hide the problems!

My DH loves International Delight creamer - we buy the box of singles at Costco, then bring a bunch along in our suitcase.

I just add some creamer, and a bit of the hot cocoa at the drink stand and I like the mix just fine.

I use the Folgers coffee singles when we're camping, and I think those are a good option too - you can use the hot water provided at the drink kiosk and go that way. To me the coffee singles still don't taste 100% like 'real' coffee - but it's close!