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Old 07-11-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
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Shades of Green or POP?

Hi everyone.

My Husband and I are looking to get away in September for 4-5 nights for a "babymoon" (I hate that word) before we go from a family of 2 to a family of 3. Right now I'm planning to rent DVC points, but if that falls through --- the two resort options that are within our budget are:

POP
Shades of Green

We've stayed at POP before and actually liked it for what it is. We've never been to SOG but have seen pictures and it looks nice. The plan is to spend the morning/evening in the parks with most of the daytime at the hotel pool enjoying some sun, swimming and napping.

We've stayed at POP before for a long weekend and it was nice, for what we paid. But for the same price, would SOG be a better choice? I know it's more "deluxe" but without the Disney feel. Plus we like that's it's close to the monorail and TTC, but I'm not sure how much extra walking I'll be interested in by the time we get there anyway.

So --- what do you think we should do? If we can't do DVC after all, if the price was equal, POP or SOG?

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Old 07-11-2013, 12:30 PM   #2
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Shades of green is designated for military personnel and I'm glad Disney designed it for that purpose which they deserve. I stayed there when it was the Disney Inn and it was a wonderful resort. It is a quiet resort and it is beautiful. You can't compare pop to this resort S.O.G. is far better than pop. If you can stay there do it. You will not regret it have fun.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:44 PM   #3
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Hi everyone.

My Husband and I are looking to get away in September for 4-5 nights for a "babymoon" (I hate that word) before we go from a family of 2 to a family of 3. Right now I'm planning to rent DVC points, but if that falls through --- the two resort options that are within our budget are:

POP
Shades of Green

We've stayed at POP before and actually liked it for what it is. We've never been to SOG but have seen pictures and it looks nice. The plan is to spend the morning/evening in the parks with most of the daytime at the hotel pool enjoying some sun, swimming and napping.


We've stayed at POP before for a long weekend and it was nice, for what we paid. But for the same price, would SOG be a better choice? I know it's more "deluxe" but without the Disney feel. Plus we like that's it's close to the monorail and TTC, but I'm not sure how much extra walking I'll be interested in by the time we get there anyway.

So --- what do you think we should do? If we can't do DVC after all, if the price was equal, POP or SOG?

Ann
I think it depends on what is most important to you. For location, Shades of Green is great. Close to the Poly so you can get on the monorail. Pop has more fun theming. If you're a military family (which I assume so since you're asking about SOG), you can likely book Pop for considerably less than SOG with the current military discount.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:00 PM   #4
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The most miserable part of POP for me is the awful double beds. We stayed 1 night the beginning of this month. Wanted something cheap before checking into our main resort. Comfortable sleep becomes challenging during pregnancy and I just can't imagine POP working well. My DD is now 18 mths but if I was pregnant I truly would've been miserable.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:13 PM   #5
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It can be a tough call.

Pop has more Disney atmosphere, DME, free dining for certain dates.

SOG has larger bathroom areas, a larger room, a larger table, a larger fridge, and larger beds.

We have been staying at Pop recently because of all the great discounts.

If the prices were pretty close we would choose SOG.

You really can't go wrong either way, it just depends on your personal preferences.
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:17 PM   #6
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Shades of green is designated for military personnel and I'm glad Disney designed it for that purpose which they deserve. I stayed there when it was the Disney Inn and it was a wonderful resort. It is a quiet resort and it is beautiful. You can't compare pop to this resort S.O.G. is far better than pop. If you can stay there do it. You will not regret it have fun.
Thanks for the input. I was more concerned with going and not feeling like I was at Disney. We've always stayed at a Disney hotel and even though I'm sure the hotel itself is much much nicer than POP, I just wondered if we would feel like we're at Disney at all (since we plan to spend so much time there).

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I think it depends on what is most important to you. For location, Shades of Green is great. Close to the Poly so you can get on the monorail. Pop has more fun theming. If you're a military family (which I assume so since you're asking about SOG), you can likely book Pop for considerably less than SOG with the current military discount.
How close of a walk do you think Poly is? I know I'd be up for it at least one way, but my concern was walking in September sun and heat for an extra XXX number of miles/minutes on the way back from the park and whether I'd find it intolerable. If it's an easy or shaded walk though, I can only imagine it'd be a plus.

POP is actually coming out to be almost the exact same price as SOG, with SOG being cheaper. Right now SOG is $285 for 4 nights during our trip dates and POP is $295 with the 30% off discount. Must be a special they're running.

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The most miserable part of POP for me is the awful double beds. We stayed 1 night the beginning of this month. Wanted something cheap before checking into our main resort. Comfortable sleep becomes challenging during pregnancy and I just can't imagine POP working well. My DD is now 18 mths but if I was pregnant I truly would've been miserable.
Thanks for the pregnant feedback. Since this is my first I have no idea what to expect as far as how I'll look and feel in almost 2 months. I'll only be 27ish weeks, so hopefully not too massive and exhausted by then. We have a queen bed at home, I figured if we each slept in a double that would be fine? But yes, it was definitely a thought of mine when even considering POP.
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:36 PM   #7
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How close of a walk do you think Poly is? I know I'd be up for it at least one way, but my concern was walking in September sun and heat for an extra XXX number of miles/minutes on the way back from the park and whether I'd find it intolerable. If it's an easy or shaded walk though, I can only imagine it'd be a plus.
First, it depends on where at SOG your room is located. If it's near the back of SOG, that will add several minutes of walking when you go to the Poly. From the SOG lobby, it's between a 5 and 8 minute walk. Note that SOG frequently runs a golf cart shuttle that will take you between the SOG lobby and the end of the property where you cross the street to the Poly, but you can't always count on the shuttle running when you're making the trek between the two resorts.

Personally, I think SOG is a nicer resort than any of the Disney values. The rooms are much larger and you get queen beds.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:36 PM   #8
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I think I'm the only one on the planet that didn't enjoy SOG. The lobby is pretty but the rooms remind me too much of the temp. lodging on our military posts ( to include the same furniture ) which are drab and old. I found that it wasn't well kept up either in the area we stayed in,. Elevator was broken, there was flooding on the carpet in the hallway that nothing was done about other than a sign, slider door wouldn't shut properly (and it was a tropical storm outside so shutting tightly was important. Oh and the Italian restaurant was horrid! I've stayed at a bunch of Disney resorts of all levels and I've found things wrong but never that many in a small amount of time.

I'd choose POP but again you will have a great time no matter where you stay in the end, its Disney!
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:37 AM   #9
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You never know if you will like it or not until you try it. I would recommend trying SOG now before kids. Then you will know your feelings for when yo return with kids. We have stayed at SOG at least 4 times when my kids were little. With 4 kids, it was one of the few hotels in our price range that slept 5. We loved it when I was a JNCO, however, as a SNCO I get better rates off site.
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Old 09-01-2013, 08:19 PM   #10
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Hi everyone.

My Husband and I are looking to get away in September for 4-5 nights for a "babymoon" (I hate that word) before we go from a family of 2 to a family of 3. Right now I'm planning to rent DVC points, but if that falls through --- the two resort options that are within our budget are:

POP
Shades of Green

We've stayed at POP before and actually liked it for what it is. We've never been to SOG but have seen pictures and it looks nice. The plan is to spend the morning/evening in the parks with most of the daytime at the hotel pool enjoying some sun, swimming and napping.

We've stayed at POP before for a long weekend and it was nice, for what we paid. But for the same price, would SOG be a better choice? I know it's more "deluxe" but without the Disney feel. Plus we like that's it's close to the monorail and TTC, but I'm not sure how much extra walking I'll be interested in by the time we get there anyway.

So --- what do you think we should do? If we can't do DVC after all, if the price was equal, POP or SOG?

Ann
I have stayed at SOG numerous times usually 7-10 days at a time and it is an unbelievable deal. You are not completely surround by Disney theme like at the other hotels and thought I would miss that, but it turns out no matter how much I love Disney sometimes good to getaway from the Disney overload.
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