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Old 01-26-2013, 01:24 PM   #1351
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I don't know if this had been posted previously, but I just arrived at Pop for a fun solo weekend and there are RFID card readers on the room doors now!
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:14 PM   #1352
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Who else is staying at POP on or around May 15-22? There's a couple others over on the SWW thread. Looking to see if anyone wants to do a meetup at all?
My family will be at SWW most of the days, but as mentioned above, we'll either drive from home or stay off site.

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Not sure about other brands but those ones are reallu easy to "recharge" or make cold again, run under water or we'd pour some water on it and they seemed to work for a bit. Good luck!!! I know it can be so hard!
We've spent so much on cooling items, I guess one more won't hurt, especially if it will work!

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I don't know if this had been posted previously, but I just arrived at Pop for a fun solo weekend and there are RFID card readers on the room doors now!
How does it work?
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:36 PM   #1353
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They cool down again almost instantly when water is put on them. We got ours from bed bath and beyond, they were between 12 & 18, i think...and they always have coupons. We were really surprised at them. I hope you have a great trip!
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:42 PM   #1354
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How does it work?
With the RFID door locks, you can tap your room key card (or Key To The World card) to open the door.

The previous locks you inserted your key card so it could read the magnetic stripe. So they new locks promise to be a little easier to use.
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:55 PM   #1355
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I kept holding up the back of the room card thinking it would read the magnetic strip....duh! You hold up thebar code on the front.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:10 PM   #1356
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Hi, everyone just arrived home from my Disney trip. Wanted to share my experience at POP. First, it is a really cute, fun resort. CM's very friendly. Nice food court. Lot's of activities for kids. But IMO the rooms are ridiculously tiny, it was just me and my 10 yr old dd. I don't know how a family of 3, or 4 could be comfortable. Also the room had a very grimy, overly used feel to it. If you ask me they need a refurb again. Here is where I have to admit me and my dd only lasted 1 night I arrived last Sat. the 19, and I asked to be moved the next day. I just couldn't take the dirty feeling of the room. I am NOT trying to put down POP. It just wasn't for me. They were very gracious, and understanding when I asked to be moved. They ended up moving us to Art of Animation, in a Little Mermaid room, at no extra cost. Once again this is just my opinion.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:23 PM   #1357
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Hi, everyone just arrived home from my Disney trip. Wanted to share my experience at POP. First, it is a really cute, fun resort. CM's very friendly. Nice food court. Lot's of activities for kids. But IMO the rooms are ridiculously tiny, it was just me and my 10 yr old dd. I don't know how a family of 3, or 4 could be comfortable. Also the room had a very grimy, overly used feel to it. If you ask me they need a refurb again. Here is where I have to admit me and my dd only lasted 1 night I arrived last Sat. the 19, and I asked to be moved the next day. I just couldn't take the dirty feeling of the room. I am NOT trying to put down POP. It just wasn't for me. They were very gracious, and understanding when I asked to be moved. They ended up moving us to Art of Animation, in a Little Mermaid room, at no extra cost. Once again this is just my opinion.
Sorry you were so disappointed with POP. But as far as the room size the Little Mermaid rooms at AoA are the EXACT Same Size as POP's rooms! LoL
I guess you will probably feel the same way about the LM rooms in a year because they almost NEVER sit empty!! So they will probably feel grimy and overused very quickly too. That's such a shame as my POP room that I just left 3 days ago was impeccably clean when I got it! And my mousekeeper, was incredible!! She would see me outside and ask if I needed anything, was everything okay?? She was phenomenally attentive! I would love to have her come clean my home!!! Wish you would have had a better experience, but I suspect when you return to AoA in a year or so, your opinion is going to be the same of it as it is of POP. They are highly utilized hotels.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:01 PM   #1358
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Is there a more detailed map than this one...
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...oriesFINAL.jpg

That shows actual room #'s??

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Old 01-27-2013, 02:10 PM   #1359
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I just want to share my experience at Pop!

I stayed there Jan. 17-20. We were in 50's building, non-preferred. Our room # was 2222! It was a king bed room.

The room was very clean and I liked the decor. I appreciated the neutral decor of the room. I did not find the room to be too small. I think that 2 parents with 2 kids could fit fine, but if the kids are teenage or older, it would probably feel pretty cramped. The jury is out on the comfortableness of the room...I thought the bed was too hard, but DH liked it. The bathroom area lighting was great and there was enough counter space for us.

The food court was very good and efficient despite the amount of people using it. I didn't swim, but the pools looked like a lot of fun! The bowling pin pool looked a little small, but I suppose that's because the hippy dippy pool is so big.

We only took the bus to DTD and the service was fine. We drove to the parks and were able to park pretty close to our room. The layout was a little confusing to me because all of the buildings looked the same. I couldn't ever tell exactly where I was. I just took some stairs up to the 2nd floor and found my room that way. It may just be me though...I am known for being bad with directions!!

Overall, I'm not sure I would book this resort if I were going to spend significant time there as I didn't find it to have a relaxing feel. However, this was a quick long weekend trip on a budget and for the price, we couldn't beat it. We really just needed a place to sleep. With only 2.5 park days, we spent most of the time we were there in the parks. Pop completely met our needs and I wouldn't hesitate to return if we ever do another short trip.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:41 PM   #1360
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Is there a more detailed map than this one...
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...oriesFINAL.jpg

That shows actual room #'s??
Yes, this map (always linked to in post#2 of this thread) has the room numbering scheme used in all buildings:

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Old 01-28-2013, 01:52 AM   #1361
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So many questions answered!

Thanks so much! This answered so many of my questions! Love it!
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:21 AM   #1362
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So, in Nov 2011, my family and I stayed at POP and paid for a preferred room.
We were in room 4552. Looking at the map it looks like that is not a preferred room. I was very happy with our room location, but did I pay for a preferred room and not get it? None of this would matter except that I am planning our next stay at POP for Sept this year. I am thinking I will request lakeview building 4 or 5 and save the money so we can go to MNSSHP! What do you think?
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:33 AM   #1363
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So, in Nov 2011, my family and I stayed at POP and paid for a preferred room.
We were in room 4552. Looking at the map it looks like that is not a preferred room. I was very happy with our room location, but did I pay for a preferred room and not get it? None of this would matter except that I am planning our next stay at POP for Sept this year. I am thinking I will request lakeview building 4 or 5 and save the money so we can go to MNSSHP! What do you think?
I think you're right, 4552 is not Preferred.
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Thanks EpcotBill. I wish I would have been on The Dis back then, I would have asked to have the money refunded for that. We wouldn't have wanted a different room though! Nice and quiet, and close to the main building.
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I am thinking I will request lakeview building 4 or 5 and save the money so we can go to MNSSHP! What do you think?
I agree with this idea. I always recommend reserving standard at Pop. You can still get a good room location without paying extra for it.
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