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Old 07-31-2013, 11:51 AM   #271
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One question, do they play music within each of the different areas? i.e. 50's area has music from that era, etc etc?
No, I don't think the resorts have BGM (background music) playing in the room areas.

EDIT: Subsequent posters are saying there is period-specific background music in the sections. You can tell I don't recall.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:21 PM   #272
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Any thoughts on Pop v. Music?

We were set to book Sports until I found out about the dining issues. So it will either be Music or Pop for us.

Pop will cost only $65 more, which is fine, but I feel like it's $65 for nothing. The food is supposedly marginally better at Pop? The rooms are identical (theming doesn't matter to us). Is it really worth $65 for dedicated bus service and slightly better food options?

My only concern with Music is, it will be a mad house since the guests that usually stay at Sports will now stay at Movies or Music (end of October).
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:32 PM   #273
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I did laundry when I was there 1.5 weeks ago. It was $2.00 per load in each washing machine and dryer. Signs in the laundry room say that each cycle is 30 minutes long. I felt like the dyer was a little bit longer than that but I was also hanging out at the pool so I don't real know when I put the clothes in. I did laundry by the computer pool in 80s/90s and it was dead at 830 am.
The machines take coins, dollars, or cc? Thanks!

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No, the resorts don't have BGM (background music) playing in the room areas.

There is some around Classic Hall and the Hippy Dippy Pool. I can't remember about the other 2 pools.
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Any thoughts on Pop v. Music?

We were set to book Sports until I found out about the dining issues. So it will either be Music or Pop for us.

Pop will cost only $65 more, which is fine, but I feel like it's $65 for nothing. The food is supposedly marginally better at Pop? The rooms are identical (theming doesn't matter to us). Is it really worth $65 for dedicated bus service and slightly better food options?

My only concern with Music is, it will be a mad house since the guests that usually stay at Sports will now stay at Movies or Music (end of October).
I'm still a Pop fan, but unfortunately money talks to me as it appears to be doing to you, and I can't help but say I'd take the $65 and stay at All-Star Music.

I stayed at All-Star Movies this month and used the pools and food courts at both Movies and Music. Both resorts were reportedly full, and at least to me it didn't seem like a madhouse.
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I'm still a Pop fan, but unfortunately money talks to me as it appears to be doing to you, and I can't help but say I'd take the $65 and stay at All-Star Music.

I stayed at All-Star Movies this month and used the pools and food courts at both Movies and Music. Both resorts were reportedly full, and at least to me it didn't seem like a madhouse.
Excellent advice, thanks.

I mean, if Pop CLEARLY has some advantages then I'd have no problem with spending the extra money. But as far as I can tell, the differences between All-Stars and Pop are very minor.
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Excellent advice, thanks.

I mean, if Pop CLEARLY has some advantages then I'd have no problem with spending the extra money. But as far as I can tell, the differences between All-Stars and Pop are very minor.
I think to me it's the buses and the layout. The bus situation to us at the All Stars was horrible. When we were at ASMovies a lot of times by the time the buses for the parks got to our resort from the other two, they were full or you had to squeeze on and stand. I'd pay for Pop any day just for that.

IMO, the layout of the All Stars are not as good as Pop. We booked standard at ASMovies, so it was at the end of the day what seemed like a very long walk back to our room. Or even to the food court and back to the room with our mugs. I'd do ASMovies or ASMusic if I have to because Pop's not available but only a preferred room. ASsports I'd do standard if I could hopefully get Touch Down area.

Hope that helps. Oh and we always book standard at Pop, everything is just closer and seems to be laid out better.
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Yes, depending on where you are in the 80s section, it may be quicker to cut across the parking lot to the buses.

Be sure to check out the map to plan your route once you have your room assignment. It can be incredibly hard to determine the shortest path when you're actually at POP walking around. The overhead view provides a much better perspective when looking for the most efficient way to go. I don't really mind the walking, but minimizing the amount of time and energy expenditure on a trip you take every day (sometimes multiple times a day) can help.

One more thing to keep in mind: There's at least one tiny connecting path* that's not drawn on the official POP map, so just because you see grass on the map doesn't necessarily mean there isn't a little connecting path there.

*(the path that I'm speaking of is one that connects the 50s building 1 with a walkway to Classic Hall. That little path can actually be the quickest path to the buses from certain points in the 50s section. There may be other such little shortcuts that aren't on the map, so explore a little to potentially save yourself some time and energy on your trips to the buses and Classic Hall).
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Any thoughts on Pop v. Music?

We were set to book Sports until I found out about the dining issues. So it will either be Music or Pop for us.

Pop will cost only $65 more, which is fine, but I feel like it's $65 for nothing. The food is supposedly marginally better at Pop? The rooms are identical (theming doesn't matter to us). Is it really worth $65 for dedicated bus service and slightly better food options?

My only concern with Music is, it will be a mad house since the guests that usually stay at Sports will now stay at Movies or Music (end of October).
I've stayed at both Movies & Pop so here are a few thoughts:

1. If you are planning to eat a lot of meals at the resort I would definitely not stay at Sports or Music. I think a lot of people will walk from Sports over to Music to eat every day. That food court will probably be more of a mad house than Movies since getting to Movies will be a bus ride or long walk from Sports. I think Movies will see more people in their food court as well, but not as much as Music because off the location. If you're not planning on eating at the resort, then I'd definitely stay at Sports because it won't be as crowded as Movies or Music.

2. The buses. While the All-Stars share buses quite often, Pop Century does not (or on rare occasion they have been known to pick up people at AoA during slow times). If you stay at Pop, you will have the option of taking a bus back to Pop OR AoA as it's a quick walk across the bridge. We were at AoA last month and we took a bus to Pop on a few occasions....whenever that bus came first and/or had fewer people in line. :-)

3. Pop will offer more dining options since you can walk over to AoA. The two resorts have very different menus so there will be more options. The food courts at All Stars all tend to have very similar offerings.

Personally, for $65, I'd stay at Pop because we like it better than All Stars...but that's just us and just a personal preference. If my option was "stay at All Stars or don't go.", you better believe I'd be booking a room at Movies.
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I've stayed at both Movies & Pop so here are a few thoughts:

1. If you are planning to eat a lot of meals at the resort I would definitely not stay at Sports or Music. I think a lot of people will walk from Sports over to Music to eat every day. That food court will probably be more of a mad house than Movies since getting to Movies will be a bus ride or long walk from Sports. I think Movies will see more people in their food court as well, but not as much as Music because off the location. If you're not planning on eating at the resort, then I'd definitely stay at Sports because it won't be as crowded as Movies or Music.

2. The buses. While the All-Stars share buses quite often, Pop Century does not (or on rare occasion they have been known to pick up people at AoA during slow times). If you stay at Pop, you will have the option of taking a bus back to Pop OR AoA as it's a quick walk across the bridge. We were at AoA last month and we took a bus to Pop on a few occasions....whenever that bus came first and/or had fewer people in line. :-)

3. Pop will offer more dining options since you can walk over to AoA. The two resorts have very different menus so there will be more options. The food courts at All Stars all tend to have very similar offerings.

Personally, for $65, I'd stay at Pop because we like it better than All Stars...but that's just us and just a personal preference. If my option was "stay at All Stars or don't go.", you better believe I'd be booking a room at Movies.
Really great advice, thanks.

We will be eating breakfasts at the resort, lunches at the park, and dinners usually at the parks but possibly at the resort if we get tired.

I didn't think about walking over to AoA, that is a great point.

The bus issue is important, as you point out. But I guess I'm thinking of our last stay when Sports had dedicated bus service, so I don't know what it's like to possibly share bus service with the other All-Stars - I imagine it's not fun.
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Really great advice, thanks.

We will be eating breakfasts at the resort, lunches at the park, and dinners usually at the parks but possibly at the resort if we get tired.

I didn't think about walking over to AoA, that is a great point.

The bus issue is important, as you point out. But I guess I'm thinking of our last stay when Sports had dedicated bus service, so I don't know what it's like to possibly share bus service with the other All-Stars - I imagine it's not fun.
Depending on what you eat for breakfast, Sports might be the better choice if the theme is more to your liking. Even when Sports shares their bus during non peak hours, they are the first to be picked up and the first to be dropped off. They will have grab and go items and drinks available in the arcade. I would think that the resort would be pretty slow if you end up going there. That said, I love POP and that is where we have stayed the last 5 straight years. We thought about going back to Sports this year, but we need our POP ice cream sundaes too badly.
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Depending on what you eat for breakfast, Sports might be the better choice if the theme is more to your liking. Even when Sports shares their bus during non peak hours, they are the first to be picked up and the first to be dropped off. They will have grab and go items and drinks available in the arcade. I would think that the resort would be pretty slow if you end up going there. That said, I love POP and that is where we have stayed the last 5 straight years. We thought about going back to Sports this year, but we need our POP ice cream sundaes too badly.
I guess it depends on what they mean by "grab and go" items. If they'll have all the usual baked goods and juice, milk, etc., then we can make it work.
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The bus issue is important, as you point out. But I guess I'm thinking of our last stay when Sports had dedicated bus service, so I don't know what it's like to possibly share bus service with the other All-Stars - I imagine it's not fun.
The sharing experience can vary. We had a private bus to Epcot from ASMu one morning for example. I don't think it's worth worrying about.
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Pop will cost only $65 more, which is fine, but I feel like it's $65 for nothing. The food is supposedly marginally better at Pop? The rooms are identical (theming doesn't matter to us). Is it really worth $65 for dedicated bus service and slightly better food options?
I have stayed at Music twice and loved it. Food court was great and buses were amazing.

But.........have you looked at a map of Music? I will not stay there again unless I get a preferred room. So for me it costs an extra $15 per night to stay at Music.
At Pop, a standard room is just fine.
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Walk from Art of Animation...

Wondering is this possible to do from POP? I remember being able to see some of the construction going on from POP, but not sure if that means it is in walking distance.

We were originally going to stay at AoA, but due to being able to save $500 I chose POP!

But would still like to see some of AoA and maybe even enjoy a Caprese Sandwich from there.
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