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Old 04-30-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
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Value Resort versus Deluxe Resort: Pop v. Yacht

The Good, The Bad, and the Hairy - just the facts and photos from one night at Pop Century and one night at Yacht Club Resorts, April 2013.

DSis, 32, and I, 35, had to travel to Central Florida for work and decided that it was too close to WDW not to stay at a WDW resort and use our Florida Annual Passholder discounts. I have always thought that the deals at the Value Resorts sounded like such a great price and have wondered whether the Deluxes are really worth the additional price. I convinced DSis to make reservations at a Value Resort for the two nights we needed to be in the area.

We checked-in to Pop Century around 10pm. This was our first time staying at a Value Resort. The check-in staff were as friendly as anywhere we have stayed at WDW and the process took the same amount of time as we've experienced.

We reserved a standard room and were given a room with a lake view in the 1960s section, under the Jungle Book characters.

Here's a photo of our room:
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:31 PM   #2
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More photos of our room in Pop Century

We found our room to be very clean, and even smelled clean.



It is sparsely decorated but has two chairs and a small table along with a minifridge in the dresser under the tv.



There is a safe and iron board and iron, as well as two spare pillows and privacy curtain to divide the sink area from the bedroom.



The hair dryer is attached to the wall and is next to the sink and in front of the door to the shower (where the full length mirror is as well).



We thought the room was fine, but did worry about the both of us being able to dress in a hurry for our work event the next day.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:33 PM   #3
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Great start...excited to hear about the YC portion of the trip!
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:26 PM   #4
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Great start...excited to hear about the YC portion of the trip!
Thanks! Are you staying there soon? If so, I'm jealous! It was great - but hopefully you get a cleaner room!
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:34 PM   #5
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More details on Pop

In the bathroom we found the toiletries


Here are the towels - to me these seemed thinner than the Deluxe towels


I also noticed this sign which was the first time I remember being told to bring a hotel room towel to a Disney resort pool.



This poster was the only thing I could tell that was themed for the 1960's or Pop century inside our room.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:42 PM   #6
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The view

This Lake View was very nice, but we never enjoyed it because there is no balcony and no place to sit outside your room.





Because the hotel is set up like a motel (only you don't drive up to your room - just like most WDW resorts the parking is pretty far from the rooms) it is very loud with the uncarpeted hallway outside your window and door. We heard wheelie bags and running children/teens all through the night and early morning.
It is also brighter in the rooms with the hotel hall lights outside your window and door.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:50 PM   #7
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Squeak, squeak, squeak, squeaaaaaaaaaaaak

So our little experiment in staying at a Value Resort went well until DSis hit her bed. SQUEAAAAAAAAKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK! squeak. squeak.
squeak.

squeak.
squeak.

This bed - squeak - has seen better - squeak - days - squeak.

A little past midnight I wake up to DSis hunched over the glow of her cell phone as she searches for availability in a Deluxe Resort. She calls the front desk of Pop Century to request another room - no, not another room at Pop Century - another room at another resort.

At 6:00am, DSis calls the front desk again. Here's what I heard of the conversation:
"I need another room."
"No. Not here."
"Anywhere Deluxe."
"Yes, Deluxe."
"One of the ones around Epcot."
"Yes, Deluxe."
"Yes, I'm okay with the price difference."
"Yes for tonight."
"Yes, right now."
"Yes, the price difference is okay."
"No, I don't need another room at Pop Century."
"Yes, that's fine, charge my card."
"Yes, I'm aware of the price difference."
"Yes, I'm ready to check out."
"Sure, no problem. Thank you."
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:55 PM   #8
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wow I love your post ... what a difference form Value to Deluxe. after reading your post I don't think I want to stay at a value.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:57 PM   #9
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Setting sail for Yacht Club!

So the Disney fairies do their magic and get us a room that will be ready at 8am at Yacht Club.



We were the only ones checking in at 7:30am and our cast member, Renee, did a great job finding us a quiet room - we said we didn't sleep at all last night and had a big day today and would love a quiet room to get some rest. The first room we were assigned was on the first floor next to an ice machine and Renee noticed that in the computer and switched the room. Unfortunately the key card wasn't switched so we did have to return to get the room key fixed.



We were in room 3030.
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At least we know where Betty the Yeti stays when she has a day off...
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Great. We'll be staying at YC next month, and now I'll probably spend the whole time looking for hair (and hopefully not finding any ).
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