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Old 05-16-2013, 09:16 AM   #16
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I just got back from AoA and loved it. However, I would not pass up free dining UNLESS you can make up the difference in some other way (e.g., booking through a third party site like Orbitz with a coupon code).
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:27 AM   #17
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we had the same decision to make this time last year. we went with AoA and were happy with the decision. our daughter LOVED the ariel theme and the extra expense was worth it to us. good luck with your decision.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:29 AM   #18
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While AoA is newer and looks very pretty, I would not pass up free dining for the same price at Pop. I would pay the same amount of more for an upgrade in resort, but a value resort is a value resort. Some are just newer than others.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:30 AM   #19
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The resort itself is okay. The themed rooms are great but I didn't feel the bed was very comfortable and the wait times for the buses are too long. I definitely prefer the deluxe resorts but you also pay a lot more.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:32 AM   #20
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Aren't AoA prices, especially the LM rooms, basically the same price as a moderate? I'd go up and stay at POFQ or POR.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:04 PM   #21
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Aren't AoA prices, especially the LM rooms, basically the same price as a moderate? I'd go up and stay at POFQ or POR.
No, AoA LM rooms are just a few dollars more than POP.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:06 PM   #22
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Aren't AoA prices, especially the LM rooms, basically the same price as a moderate? I'd go up and stay at POFQ or POR.


A moderate resort package with free regular dining plan costs less than an AoA Little Mermaid package with a paid regular dining plan since there is no free dining for LM rooms.

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Old 05-18-2013, 06:30 PM   #23
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POFQ is part of free dining.

Totally agree free food is worth it.
Is it really? I didn't see it on the list. I will look again. Still not sure we would go there since we're more of quick service people and less sit downs (though honestly free is free so even if we used a table service for a quick service, its not like we're losing money) but we could probably find a few places to make dinner reservations for. We're going September 24th-October 1st. We changed out dates due to crazy airline prices and ended up SAVING by adding a night to Disney World. Crazy!
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:36 PM   #24
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Is it really? I didn't see it on the list. I will look again. Still not sure we would go there since we're more of quick service people and less sit downs (though honestly free is free so even if we used a table service for a quick service, its not like we're losing money) but we could probably find a few places to make dinner reservations for. We're going September 24th-October 1st. We changed out dates due to crazy airline prices and ended up SAVING by adding a night to Disney World. Crazy!
I know there is limited availability for FD at the POFQ, so it may no longer be available for your dates, but it was included.

Love adding Disney time plus saving money! It's like magic
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:42 PM   #25
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I have stayed at both Pop Century and Art of Animation (Little Mermaid) and I prefer Pop and given the choice I'd return there.
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I have stayed at both Pop Century and Art of Animation (Little Mermaid) and I prefer Pop and given the choice I'd return there.
May I ask why? I'm doing a split stay in September staying at both so I'm curious to hear your thoughts. Never been to either. Will be my first time at a Value.
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:59 PM   #27
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Not sure if mentioned, but if staying at a value isn't the free dining offer only the quick service plan, not the normal DDP?
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:20 PM   #28
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May I ask why? I'm doing a split stay in September staying at both so I'm curious to hear your thoughts. Never been to either. Will be my first time at a Value.
This was my first time at a value as well! I liked Pop Century better because my room was very clean. Having stayed at resorts of all types I really think this was the cleanest room I've stayed at. It felt like Pop was less busy. I'm sure a lot of people visit Art of Animation to look around. It may just be my imagination but it seemed like AOA didn't have many benches along the pathways. We enjoy sitting and just relaxing at night.
Also, we had absolutely no cell phone service in our room. I know that won't bother everyone but it did us because my mom was keeping our pets and I liked checking in on them. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask!
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:42 PM   #29
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This past February we stayed at AoA little Mermaid. It would have cost less to stay at a moderate with the 30% off code but DD had her heart set on AoA. AoA is by far the nicest of the values. The landscaping and statues are nicer. The pools are fenced in and landscaped as well. The walk from little mermaid to Animaters Hall and the buses was long. There was not a short cut to the buses like there is at POP.

If the price was close I would stay at AoA however since free dining is not included for little mermaid Dh and I are staying at All Star Movies for our getaway weekend.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:25 PM   #30
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Have you considered a split stay? I'm going for 10 days in September and had LM booked. When FD came out, I decided to split with POP, 5 days there with FD (actually upgraded to DDP) then 5 days LM with OOP food. I figure I can easily stretch the 5 night DDP to cover the 6 eligible days (valid until midnight on check out day), which leaves me with only 4 days of food to pay for, and by then I'll be done with table service

Good luck and enjoy!
We did a split stay in Dec 2012 because we wanted to stay in GF for Christmas decor but couldn't swing it for whole trip. So we did 5 nights at GF w/ MYW tickets and FD plus 2 nights at AOA LM room only. Funny thing of it all was DD loved LM room better We spent a day at the resort & loved exploring the artwork, food court, & pools.
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