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Old 01-21-2013, 02:21 PM   #1291
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Anyone there recently or there now? How much of a headache is the refurb situation?
I stayed at POP for 3 nights this past weekend (Thurs.-yesterday). I'm actually not sure what refurb you're talking about...

We had a very pleasant stay in the 50's section, non-preferred room (did this long weekend as cheaply as possible!). I was a little nervous having never stayed in a value before and was pleasantly surprised. Even being in a non-preferred room, I didn't find the walk to the main building to be extensive. We had a rental car, so were able to park close to our room.

The walls seem a little thin, but noise doesn't really bother me so that wasn't a problem. All in all, I'm pleased with being able to stay on property for less than $90 per day.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:27 PM   #1292
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I stayed at POP for 3 nights this past weekend (Thurs.-yesterday). I'm actually not sure what refurb you're talking about...

We had a very pleasant stay in the 50's section, non-preferred room (did this long weekend as cheaply as possible!). I was a little nervous having never stayed in a value before and was pleasantly surprised. Even being in a non-preferred room, I didn't find the walk to the main building to be extensive. We had a rental car, so were able to park close to our room.

The walls seem a little thin, but noise doesn't really bother me so that wasn't a problem. All in all, I'm pleased with being able to stay on property for less than $90 per day.
I'm guessing it's in reference to the kiddie pool rehab. That's the only rehab I've heard about. The rooms were just done a couple of years ago.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:10 PM   #1293
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I'm guessing it's in reference to the kiddie pool rehab. That's the only rehab I've heard about. The rooms were just done a couple of years ago.
Perhaps the poster is refering to the RFID roll out...

I also read that the ICONs will undergo refurbishment starting in January thru Sept.

The kiddie pool area rehab is not due to begin until Feb 19th.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:13 PM   #1294
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We had a very pleasant stay in the 50's section, non-preferred room (did this long weekend as cheaply as possible!). I was a little nervous having never stayed in a value before and was pleasantly surprised. Even being in a non-preferred room, I didn't find the walk to the main building to be extensive. We had a rental car, so were able to park close to our room.

The walls seem a little thin, but noise doesn't really bother me so that wasn't a problem. All in all, I'm pleased with being able to stay on property for less than $90 per day.
KrazeeK120, so glad you enjoyed your first stay at POP. We always book standard and do not feel that POP is overly large or spread out to walk around. And the price tag is pretty good too.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:35 PM   #1295
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Rookie question re: early check-in & why?

We're booked for our 1st trip to WDW @ POP (preferred pool view) at the end of February, and I've seen mentions of doing online check-in now up to 60 days out, so we'd be in that window. What I haven't seen is anything that tells me *why* I'd want to do it? Can someone explain the benefits (and possible consequences, if any)? If something comes up and we can't go, would having checked in already impact our ability to cancel and/or utilize our trip insurance?

Also, I'm now seeing the info about pool closures during our trip. I know the main pool won't be closed, and our DD is 5 (so doesn't really *need* a splash pool), but do we think this will translate into the ability to use JUST the splash pool at AOA, or would it get us into ANY of them? I'm sure we'll go over to look, and it certainly wouldn't suck if we were legitimately able to use the awesome-looking pools there!


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We're booked for our 1st trip to WDW @ POP (preferred pool view) at the end of February, and I've seen mentions of doing online check-in now up to 60 days out, so we'd be in that window. What I haven't seen is anything that tells me *why* I'd want to do it? Can someone explain the benefits (and possible consequences, if any)?
In theory if you do online check-in you should spend less time at the window. When you do online check-in, you fill out the information that you normally would do when checking in normally, only you are doing it before you arrive. You enter your credit card info for being able to charge things back to your room.

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If something comes up and we can't go, would having checked in already impact our ability to cancel and/or utilize our trip insurance?
Checking in online has no bearing on you being able to cancel or change your plans.

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Also, I'm now seeing the info about pool closures during our trip. I know the main pool won't be closed, and our DD is 5 (so doesn't really *need* a splash pool), but do we think this will translate into the ability to use JUST the splash pool at AOA, or would it get us into ANY of them?
I highly doubt it.

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I'm sure we'll go over to look, and it certainly wouldn't suck if we were legitimately able to use the awesome-looking pools there!
The pools at AoA are for AoA guests only.
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Does anyone know how much a cab ride would be from POP to the nearest Walmart?
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:58 PM   #1298
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We walked over to AoA to check out the grounds. All the pools are gated and require a room key to enter. If you are staying at Pop I do not believe you will be able to use the AoA pools.
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When does the Feb outdoor movie schedule usually come out? Or is there a link to it somewhere already?
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When does the Feb outdoor movie schedule usually come out? Or is there a link to it somewhere already?
If/when Janet B obtains the movie schedule, she has been posting it in the thread plus updating post #6 in the thread.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:52 AM   #1301
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When does the Feb outdoor movie schedule usually come out? Or is there a link to it somewhere already?
It's given out on February 1st, so we won't know until then.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:30 PM   #1303
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Does anyone know how much a cab ride would be from POP to the nearest Walmart?
Not sure, believe the nearest one is about 6 miles away (Vineland Road/ SR 535). Maybe $15 each way?
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It's given out on February 1st, so we won't know until then.
Thanks jcarwash and PhoenixStrength!

VeronicaBride, Hopefully will have the info posted on the thread around the first of the month.
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:26 PM   #1305
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Hey everyone! I just started my trip report from our first stay at Pop! If anyone wants to check it out and see our experience! I know I enjoyed reading the reports from others before we stayed for the first time!
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