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Old 07-31-2014, 06:11 PM   #1
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Pop Century wasn't magical

I have to preface this by saying that I am in love with Pop Century. We stayed there for our Honeymoon when it was a week old- and our other 6 visits after that. We have always loved everything about Pop.

This past trip (we got back on July 25th) I got deathly ill- I seriously think it was something in the room and should have asked to move because my family was all stopped up as well. Hotel rooms are weird though. I understand that. This room seemed not so magically clean though - like the other times I was there.

Also, the workers in the Food Court area and check out were the most un-magical thing about this trip. I've NEVER felt like Pop Century had "workers". They all used to be so chipper and happy to be there and helpful. I had several workers that had eyes half-open, couldn't explain policy and looked at me like I asked them to build a rocket when making meal modifications. Speaking of food...the food was awful!!! I don't remember the food being so cafeteria-like in all our other stays!! It was so weird.

Anyway...We never said anything. It's summer, it's hot, there are tons of people, and not ALL of them were like this, just the majority. I was so disappointed in the property and the cast members. Has anyone else noticed this?

Also, has anyone had a problem with getting sick in these rooms? Ended up coming home with a major sinus infection and I'm still not 100%. Never had this happen before!

Who am I kidding, it was still so freaking magical!!
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:17 PM   #2
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My youngest throws up at least once every trip. I don't think it's anything in the rooms, especially if it hasn't happened to you before.

I Lysol within an inch of my life and she still picks up something.
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:31 PM   #3
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My husband and I have been to Pop Century many, many times. We've never come home with any illness, never experienced any illness at Disney World while staying there.

I agree with the food court, though. I'll eat in the parks before I'll eat there. I'll go hungry before I eat there.
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:39 PM   #4
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Was at POP two weeks ago, our room was very clean as was the resort in general, we ate at the food court at least once every day, it was always clean, we always found seating and I thought the food court cm.s were very nice.

As for the food, it was much better then I expected. It was always hot and many times I had special orders. They were always very accomadating!!

It was my second time at POP, and I would recommend the hotel to anyone, I think you get a lot of bang for your buck at POP!!!!
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:43 PM   #5
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You have to remember that regardless of where you stay, you always run the risk with becoming ill. It isn't something particular to Pop Century. I mean for all we know you could of picked it up on the airplane too.
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:44 PM   #6
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It was my second time at POP, and I would recommend the hotel to anyone, I think you get a lot of bang for your buck at POP!!!!


--I have to agree with you there! I'm still loving it, I just think we were there during an "off" week or something. It wasn't our usual lovable "home"!!
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:45 PM   #7
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My youngest throws up at least once every trip. I don't think it's anything in the rooms, especially if it hasn't happened to you before.

I Lysol within an inch of my life and she still picks up something.

--Yeah, I think it was just the perfect storm or something.

I brought Clorox wipes for the first time in all my trips (since this was our first time traveling with our kiddos) and I used them ALL the time!!
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Old 07-31-2014, 07:10 PM   #8
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We stayed there for two week once and one week another time, the staff seemed miserable, not once was I told to have a magical day. Our second time we found mold in the room and there was a musty smell, we asked to switch asap.
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Did you fly on your vacation. Seems that every time I get on an airplane I get sick. Figure its just a big tube of everyone's germs floating around.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:06 PM   #10
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DD always seems to get sick on vacation no matter when or where we go. After spending so much time on these boards I am going to stick lysol and clorox wipes in her suitcase when she goes this fall.
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:46 AM   #11
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--Yeah, I think it was just the perfect storm or something.

I brought Clorox wipes for the first time in all my trips (since this was our first time traveling with our kiddos) and I used them ALL the time!!
If you were that diligent about using the wipes and you still got sick then I highly doubt that it was the fault of the room. If you flew, that was much more likely the cause.

And might it be possible that your illness colored your view of the food at the food court? I know that when I am sick I rarely find food (even my favorites) appealing.
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Old 08-01-2014, 05:18 AM   #12
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If you were THAT sick, it definitely colored your whole trip.

I got ridiculously sick in January (with that thing everyone else had, the lung thing that just stayed forever, and for some of us lucky people morphed into an awesome double ear infection!), it started at Pop, I was utterly miserable. Food was awful, people were rotten, etc etc. Messed with my enjoyment the whole time.

I thought I got it while there. DH, who didn't travel until 2 weeks into our 4 week long FL trip, was there to remind me that 2 days before the trip I was saying that I thought I was getting sick. You know how you sometimes get that feeling in the throat, or the back of the nose, that just tells you you're going to catch something. I had that before I even got on the plane, apparently. Sigh.
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Old 08-01-2014, 04:44 PM   #13
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I'm sorry that your trip was not magical. Everyone looks for the silver lining things while on vacation.

We also stayed at Pop. Never got sick while there.

The cafeteria food is wonderful at Pop. No issues. The fish & chips are awesome!

Our room was perfectly clean.

The buses were fantastic. This was July 4th week.

I see Pop as our resort to return to & be comfortable in. It was great! .
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:04 PM   #14
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I had a non-magical experience in Pop as well this past week. It was my first trip to WDW, and the experience was terrible. My sister became extremely ill during the trip, (we think food poisoning) and the staff at Pop Century were so unfriendly and not helpful whatsoever. The food court was honestly embarrassing. Definitely sticking to The Disneyland Resort from now on.
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:59 AM   #15
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My husband and I have been to Pop Century many, many times. We've never come home with any illness, never experienced any illness at Disney World while staying there.

I agree with the food court, though. I'll eat in the parks before I'll eat there. I'll go hungry before I eat there.
Us too. Stayed many times, and always had great experiences all around, even with the staff. I love that resort. I will admit thou, the food court use to be A LOT better. It sucks now. Such a shame.

I wanted to add that, without fail, whenever a poster complains about a 'horrible' experience at a resort (bad service etc), it always has to do with their kid or a family member getting sick. This isnt a jab at anyone, rather just a curiousity....im just curious, what type of service does one expect when a child or family member is sick? What did the staff NOT do that was so horribly wrong? Maybe my expectations are different than most? But if my kid gets sick, I take care of him. If I need the bed sheets changed, i'll call housekeeping and wait until someone comes. I realise that it might be a bit of a wait as im not the only one at the resort and im sure the staff get this sort of thing all the time. I wouldnt expect the staff to wait on us hand and foot, or bring a doctor to my room. I just dont understand....and its a constant complaint on these boards "my kid was sick and the CM's were horrible!" I dont understand? Help me understand...
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