HELLO - Can you DIG IT....Welcome to the most Heavy... Far Out Fantastic Gag me with a spoon trip report you can get your hands on. Where: POP Century ....(and Contemp to end) This is a SPLIT stay for us... The Players? Myself - Loving Mom to two dahhhh - rrrrling children folk & a very Dedicated Disser. Its true! (You should see my lime green baggalini - then you would know Im not making this stuff up) Hubby - Mr. GrumpyPants. He basically is along for the ride, but is very resourceful, as youll see Aidan - 8 yo and our child who fills us with questions every day, and just as much joy an admiration. LOVES all things furturistic Sandy - 6yo - Deeply ingrained in the child pop psychology phase - (aptly named) "IfnyousayYESIllsayNO-ism...and vicey versa". Loves all things princess, and fairies. Tink being her all time fave...although Sleeping beauty is currently edging her out of the fave spot We arrived 11/25 at POP century and transferred to the Contemporary on the morning of 11/29 We will be there until December 7th. Yes that is right 12 glorious days at disney APPENDIX OF FOOD REVIEWS...(as I post Ill activate links) California Grill (D) Sunshine Seasons (L) Flying Fish (D) Brown Derby (L) Crystal Palace (B) Pop Food Court (D) PizzaSafari (L) Citricos (D) Kona Cafe (B) Contempo Cafe (B) Chef's D'France (L) CHEF MICKEY (D) Narcosees (D) Liberty Tree Tavern (L) __________________ Our family has been traveling to WDW on Thanksgiving for the past 3 years. 2008 makes it the fourth (and last) year in a row - Not because we did not have a blast - because we DID - Simply, because my Husband's work schedule is going to change which will no longer permit the Turkey day trek to Disney - boo hoo! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Anyways - Onwards and Forwards... Day ONE - Arrival Day! 11/25/08 We left a COLD wintery NewEngland to arrive at MCO...fairly overcast....enroute to >>> Pop Century !!!! <<< First after our uneventful NONStop - JetBlue plane ride - Intent daughter sporting the kewl JetBlue headphones We jump on our Magical Express Bus a few pics - Note my sons exceptionally artistic Pop shirt.... I made it myself...He's checking out the pixie dust on the ME seats. Sparkly!! Looking at video Magical Express Whisks us to Pop with such ease - (as they have delivered us to various disney resorts ....on the three trips past) ....that I recall finding myself wondering *why* anyone would pay to travel from MCO...but I digress. We as a family have NEVER stayed at a value resort before and this is our first attempt AND WE ARE VERY NERVOUS. Let me just say that this resort eliminated any worry of us ever NOT choosing this category of hotels again. We LOVED POP. We are happily greeted by the famous sign... When we get to front desk checkin, I recall looking around the lobby and being very impressed with how very cheery and bright everything is...The kids were having a blast in the TV/cartoon room, and check in goes very smoothly. I had asked for QUIET as a top priority - I didnt have any preference to being close to main food court, I just wanted quiet..and facing the lake. Well I got BOTH requests. Room 6241 The view was perfect! And we had no neighbors for the first 3 days. It was SOOO QUIET. We didn't have a single sound...(for the first three days -more on that later.) When I had mentioned we will be transferring to the Contemporary on the 30th...the front desk clerk mentioned..."The contemporary may have more amenities than PopCentury, but I bet you that your kids will have more FUN here!!!" I wasn't sure if she was just overly certain of her resort's ability to entertain. However I must say - looking back - she was totally correct! I can't believe how much we liked this resort, because I was really prepared to be disappointed. We had only stayed at moderates in the past. The kids really loved it at POP and are already asking when we will be back to POP. (not much of a mention of contemp - much to my pocket books relief!) After walking through the lobby and turning around outside I took this pic sign seen on the way to room We were assigned to the 70s building....second floor lake facing. As we make our way to our room - we turn around in the stair case and see this. My daughter yellls - it's MICKEYS BUTT!! We find our room - note the enthralled look on hubby's face. He was pleasantly surprised - as he always swore we would never stay in a value. The room was much better than we anticipated - I think we were blowing it up in our minds that it would be a closet...and the beds were VERY comfortable. I would venture to say we had beds more comfortable than our stays at both POR and CBR! I was surprised (althought I know they have recently performed a remodel) The kids saw the pop jets on the way back to the room and immediately want to change so they can check them out - here is a pic. Of course we need to check out the pool briefly...but no swimming today. Everything is very clean bright and cheery. Nothing like some of the stories I read on the DIS that had me terribly nervous before my travels. For Dinner - We have a reservation at CALIFORNIA GRILL - and it does not disappoint! Up Next!