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Old 05-02-2013, 08:41 PM   #2491
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36 hours and we'll be landing in Orlando. Thunderstorms go away! How have the crowds been for the others there now? Is POP full?
It was quiet the past 2 nights, but today a whole bunch of people/kids checked in today and it seems packed now.
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I got home to Pop from MK tonight around midnight, and it seemed nice and quiet - hopefully that means the kids who checked in earlier aren't the loud rowdy type!
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:27 AM   #2493
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I got home to Pop from MK tonight around midnight, and it seemed nice and quiet - hopefully that means the kids who checked in earlier aren't the loud rowdy type!
Yes!! Hopefully that is the case! Either that or they are gone by Monday when I check in! LOL!
I'd be curious to know the occupancy ratio. DD normally works at SSR but has been deployed to AKL kidani because SSR occupancy is only in the 30% range and OKW is in the 20% range!! They are normally never that low!!?? She didn't know what Kidani's rate was...
When I was at POP in March (17-22) the rate was only 48%. That is super low for POP!! Will report back if I can find out what it is next week...
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You sound exactly like me! I requested the buildings close to the front and if I don't get them I'm hoping they can move me when I check it. But I refuse to pay for Preferred lol!
Glad I'm in good company! YAY for getting an awesome room!

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Well, I would call and change your request at least on your reservation. I don't know that they can do much about your online check in but I wouldn't lose all hope. If you are willing to take ANY floor, 1/3 of the sixties bldgs are standard rooms. that leaves you with a pretty good chance of getting a standard room even if you have to ask to be moved to one when you check in. the point is you just might have to be flexible about not being on ground floor if you really want to be in the sixties. But 1/3 of the section is quite a bit of rooms to choose from esp if you only need ONE room! KWIM?? I think you have a really good chance! Hope you enjoy! I'll be arriving (for my 4th stay at POP this year!) with youner DD shortly after you check out!
Thanks for the encouragement! I will give them a call. At what point should I do that? I'm 25 days out right now. I usually request the 4th floor, but we use a sleep machine when we sleep so I'm not so worried about the floor placement b/c of noise. Like I said I wish I wouldn't have chosen the ground floor now! I was thinking it would be a few minutes quicker getting in and out of our rooms by not having to use the elevator.
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They completely changed the menu at POP today and got rid of the Moms nite out entrees
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:25 PM   #2496
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They completely changed the menu at POP today and got rid of the Moms nite out entrees
Oh no! What have thy added to replace them?
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:28 PM   #2497
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They now have 2 different specials every night. They have rotisserie chicken tonight and I'm not sure of the other special. They also changed the kids nuggets to be real chicken, those are good
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Not sure if this had been posted already, but here is the movie schedule for May:


Sunday - Wall-E
Monday - Gnomeo and Juliet
Tuesday - Oliver and Company
Wednesday - Enchanted
Thursday - Cinderella
Friday - Bolt
Saturday - The Rescuers Down Under

Just checked in this afternoon - over in Building 1 on the 4th floor - pretty quiet over here! Just wish things weren't so waterlogged - the weather was better back home! :-P
Awesome!! Thank you Hielostar!! Like dansdad, have been checking for the new movie schedule.

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Been here 2 days and its been pouring, I'm not complaining just a bit sad. But I love POP!!!! Best place to stay ever!!!! Send some pixie dust for the showers to subside a bit, please
Here's some to make the rain go away!

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2nd day here too and the rain is definitely crazy! It didn't bother me too much yesterday at MK but I'm at Epcot now and it's a bit rough because it's hard to sample the foods from the Festival booths when they come on little plates and it's pouring! I'm currently sheltering from the rain and hoping they go ahead with Illuminations
Hope Illuminations is shown tonight ... as I'm posting I see it getting close to show time.

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We came back to dry off but are hoping to go back for Illuminations. We were able to hit the pool for 15mins in between drops.
kad517, do like your attitute... get those 15 minutes dips when you can.

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36 hours and we'll be landing in Orlando. Thunderstorms go away! How have the crowds been for the others there now? Is POP full?
Have a wonderful time!

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What??

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They now have 2 different specials every night. They have rotisserie chicken tonight and I'm not sure of the other special. They also changed the kids nuggets to be real chicken, those are good
Thanks for the info. While I'm sad about the mom's dinners going, perhaps the new specials will be just as good. Change is a good thing, right?

for real nuggets! I'm with you on that.
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Yes!! Hopefully that is the case! Either that or they are gone by Monday when I check in! LOL!
I'd be curious to know the occupancy ratio. DD normally works at SSR but has been deployed to AKL kidani because SSR occupancy is only in the 30% range and OKW is in the 20% range!! They are normally never that low!!?? She didn't know what Kidani's rate was...
When I was at POP in March (17-22) the rate was only 48%. That is super low for POP!! Will report back if I can find out what it is next week...
stitchlovestink!! I've miss ya....and our seasoned POPer is set to pop back again.... oh what a great life!!
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I would be awfully suprprised if they did not have Illuminations. I have been there in a soaking rain and it was still up going. Of course, I got a great spot for it that night! I am excited to be staying at Pop in June! I think it is one of the best resorts on property.
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36 hours and we'll be landing in Orlando. Thunderstorms go away! How have the crowds been for the others there now? Is POP full?
It hasn't been crazy crowded - except for the breakfast and dinner times at the food court, which are a bit ridiculous. I think a decent portion of that extra crowd is due to all the cheerleaders and their families that are here for the Summit Championship this weekend. I think they should be out of here by Monday.

Anyone there right now finding that the food at POP is a bit so-so these days? I'm just trying to figure out if the food is just not the right fit for my group or if standards have been sliding a bit lately. I gave it the honest try over the past couple of days (and tried a bunch of different things over breakfast/lunch/dinner) and found it to be very 'meh'.
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Surprise Last Minute Trip to POP!!! Checking in on May 6 to see DD!! How could I not go when rooms are 60% off??!! DD is gonna have to look at getting a perrmanent job with Disney when her CP is over so we can keep these discounts! This is my third trip to WDW this year and I'm loving it!
Scrolling back to see what I've missed...and I read this...good luck to your DD, hope she is offered a permanent job with Disney!

My DD is only 14... guess I have a while to wait on any possible CM discounts..

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Awesome! We will be at POP that week too. The 2nd to the 8th. Couldn't resist DH's CM discount either.
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Then I come back with younger DD less than a month later to celebrate her graduation from high school! We are staying 11 nights for that trip! Good thing we have APs! LOL!! (That will put me at 33 nights at POP so far just this year!!)
now this is just too much POP is indeed your "home away from home"

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I can't believe it is only 30 days til our vacation! I really can't wait to check in to Pop! We loved it the last time we stayed there and the kids were super excited we are staying there again!
Agree, POP is awesome, and so kid friendly!

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I checked in this morning at 10am, and although I booked Standard instead of Preferred, I got a king bed room at the front of the 60's building next to the Hippie Dippy pool - loving it! It's so nice to walk out the main building and have your room right there. So happy to finally be here!
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This time next Wed. we will be checking into POP. I am soo excited. It will be a quick trip of only 4nights. Seems impossible to do everything we want in that short amount of time. We usually go for at least 9 days. But this time it is just DH and I. We will have a blast!!
I have requested 60's building near the bridge. When we were there in Dec. they basically let us choose where we wanted to stay. Castmember handed us the map and said 'you pick'..anywhere you want and we will see what we have available! It was perfect. Ground floor, last room, right by the bridge! We absolutely loved it there. Hopefully I get some pixie dust this time!
Wow, nice!! Hope you get that same pixie dust!

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We will be going again in Aug. and I really want to try CSR but I am afraid I will miss POP. POP has that 'just right' feeling for us that we can't shake. lol But want to try something different.
The price difference will be $585 to upgrade to CSR business class compared to POP. I think it is worth the price, DH is not quite sure. We have even thought about a split stay since we feel the need to keep up our POPathon. lol
GO for the split!! Have not read any reviews on BC at CSR, but it sounds good and you get a great pool in the mix. You can get your POPathon and have your [free] drinks too...
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I would be awfully suprprised if they did not have Illuminations. I have been there in a soaking rain and it was still up going. Of course, I got a great spot for it that night! I am excited to be staying at Pop in June! I think it is one of the best resorts on property.
but shhh... we don't want everyone coming and not being able to get a ressie now, do we??

We too have seen Illuminations in the rain... not as nice as no rain, but hey I'm in Disney!! I'll take it!!
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It hasn't been crazy crowded - except for the breakfast and dinner times at the food court, which are a bit ridiculous. I think a decent portion of that extra crowd is due to all the cheerleaders and their families that are here for the Summit Championship this weekend. I think they should be out of here by Monday.

Anyone there right now finding that the food at POP is a bit so-so these days? I'm just trying to figure out if the food is just not the right fit for my group or if standards have been sliding a bit lately. I gave it the honest try over the past couple of days (and tried a bunch of different things over breakfast/lunch/dinner) and found it to be very 'meh'.
Hielostar, sorry that the food has just been so-so (can't wait to get to POP and try it out myself ) We tradionally do not eat a lot of meals at POP... breakfasts mostly (and we love the chocolate croissants!), and snacks in the evening (we are more park people and eat our CS out). Will be interesting to read what other POPers think...(and we do have several POPers heading out this month and next).
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Love this thread!! Can't wait for October for our first stay here!!
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