Pop Music vs CS

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by chefhah, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. chefhah

    chefhah Mouseketeer

    Aug 27, 2002
    Here's the facts... Mom and daughter trip 3/23 - 3/27. Have decided to take a 14yo friend who has never been. Usually stay at a deluxe and have stayed at a moderate (POR). Concerned about transportation -- that's why we are considering CS. Would Pop Music be a better choice b/c of theming or should we go with CS b/c of better transportation?? HELP!!!!
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  3. Buzz2001

    Buzz2001 CSR MAN!!

    May 14, 2000
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  4. JoyMouse

    JoyMouse Mouseketeer

    Jan 2, 2005
    We love Pop!
  5. KatMark

    KatMark DIS Veteran

    Aug 5, 2007
    Have never stayed at Pop, but we love CSR. Transportation is second to none. Although there is no "Disney" themeing (don't know if there is at Pop--we have not even visited), but we love the peacefulness of the resort after a long day at the parks.
  6. JoyMouse

    JoyMouse Mouseketeer

    Jan 2, 2005
    Hi KatMark! I will have to admit, Pop is not exactly relaxing and laid back... That being said, it is not loud at night either. We enjoy it, and yes, there is quite a bit of theming there! I can't wait until Saturday!:hippie:
  7. KatMark

    KatMark DIS Veteran

    Aug 5, 2007

    JoyMouse, I hope you don't think that was a dig at Pop. Since we have never been there, I couldn't tell you if it was quiet or loud, small or large. As we have grown children (age 22 and 19), we have become creatures of habit with the CSR. But since we love it and are comfortable there, we choose to make that our "home away from home."
  8. JoyMouse

    JoyMouse Mouseketeer

    Jan 2, 2005
    Hi again KatMark! No, I didn't take offense! I was just sharing some info. with you. We are also creatures of habit, but are thinking of trying something different next time. We may have to check out CSR, it sounds great. We just love that Disney magic, no matter where we find it! :wizard:
  9. autumnbaby9

    autumnbaby9 DIS Veteran

    Oct 6, 2005
    I'm confused

    Did you mean the Pop Century or the All Star Music resort?

    The values have more of a "In your face" disney theme which might be more fun for the teenagers.
  10. chefhah

    chefhah Mouseketeer

    Aug 27, 2002
    Sorry for the confusion. I meant All Star not Pop. But now I've been reading about the bed bug issue and think I mught need to go with CSR.
  11. minnie61650

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    Jun 7, 2005
    Just an FYI

    The Bedbugswere reported at All Star Movies not All Star Music.


    I have stayed at all levels of Disney Resorts. My favorite Disney owned resort is All Star Music.

    Here are a few of my reasons:

    1. I can book a preferred room location.
    The way All Star Music is laid out it "seems" smaller than most of the other Disney resorts. If I stay in a preferred building i only see the Calypso and Jazz builings on the way to to and from the main pool and the bus stop and food court. Since I stay in preferred room I know I am going to be close to the food court, bus stop, & main pool.

    2. I enjoy the theming at the All Stars. All Star Music is also is the quietest of the values. Generally less people stay there and there are more seniors and couples and less young children because children enjoy the themes of the other values more.

    3. The bus service at the All Star Music is very good. Since I use an EVC good bus transportation is essential.

    4. The entry at the values and Mods are much more Handicap friendly.
    I am able to get in and out of my All Star room unassisted. This way my husband can go and play a round of golf and know I can leave my room to relax by the pool if I choose.

    All Star Music is my favorite resort. It tends to be the quietest of all the values.

    All Star Music just underwent a refurbishment of all of the rooms and was completed in June 2007.

    Here is a website with photos of the newly refurbished rooms at All Star Music.

    Look at the Jazz Inn section with new posted:



    DH and I enjoy the landscaping and peacefulness of All Star Music.
    We enjoy relaxing by the pool (there are plenty of chairs and lounges), and the beautiful lighting at the resort by night.

    I have never had the unfortunate experience of running into the any of the large
    groups of teens who sometimes stay at the values on school trips.
    As long as you can avoid those large groups I do not think Noise will be an issue.

    *HINT if you close your bathroom door at night you might not even hear the turbo toilets.
    I close my bathroom door and I don't hear them.

    I love The All Star Resorts.

    I am 56 years old and travel several times a yearfor pleasure. I often stay at 3and 4 star and sometimes a 5 star hotels and motels.
    So the deluxe and mod resorts are just another hotel/motel to me.
    Staying at an All Star is like being in the heart of the Magic and that is where I want to be.

    All Star Music is my favorite. It is quieter because more couples stay there. I love staying at the Calypso building. It is closer to the pool, food court and bus stop.

    Here is a site with a map of All Star Sports and All Star Music.
    Scroll down. All Star Music is at the bottom of the page.
    The Calypso buildings at All Star Music are #1 and #10 are nearest to the food court and bus stop.

    The Calypso pool at ASMu has Donald Duck.

    The buses are wonderful.

    Bus rides are quite short from the ALL Stars according to PassPorter.com

    All Star Buses-CBR buses---POPbuses--PO buses--- Contemporary
    MK 20 min---- 20 min-----25 min------10 min---20 min(mono)
    Epcot 10 min-- 15 min-----20 min------10 min---15 min
    MGM 10 min----12 min-----15 min------15 min---20min
    AK 10 min------20min-------15 min----15 min---20 min
    DTD 15 min----20 min------20 min-----15 min---35 min

    It only takes 10 minutes to get to Epcot, MGM and AK from All Stars.
    MK is 20 min away. That's the same amount of time it takes on the monorail from the Contemporary.


    To me Bus Sharing at the All Stars is really a non issue.

    In the mornings during Park opening hours each All Star usually has a dedicated bus.
    During mid day it is usually just our stop and maybe one more on the way to the parks. On the way back sometimes it is all 3 but often Sports and Movies share and Music has it's own bus back. Each of the All Stars usually has it's own dedicated bus back from the MK.
    That is a big plus. It seems like the Music bus stop usually has the shortest of the three All Star bus lines.

    I guess some people who stay at POP see all 3 All Star names on the return sign of our bus stop when they head to the POP bus stop and think All Stars also has 3 stops on the way to the park.
    (Even when we stop at another AS resort to load up it has not taken more than 5 minutes and we are on our way!)

    The pools at The All Stars are very kid friendly.

    When staying at the All Stars you can use any of the All Star pools.That means 3 main pools ,3 quiet pools and 3 kiddie pools to chose from.

    The All Star Movie Fantasia pool has Mickey.

    The Calypso pool at ASMU has Donald Duck.

    And the Surfs up pool at All Star Sports has giant surf boards.

    Here are a few pool photos.


    All Star Sports pool.

    All Star Music Donald pool.


    All Star Movies Mickey Pool.

    I have visited WDW more than a dozen times with the 1st time in Oct. 1971. It was brand new. I've stayed at FW, Disney Inn, a few the of Hotels on hotel Blvd., CBR and the towers at the Contemporary. I got to see the MK from my balcony at the Contemporary and I'm happy I got to experience it once. I just prefer the All Star Resorts.
    The theming is pure Disney.

    My last 6 visits have been at The All Stars and during the fall of 2005 when we took dd,dsil, and our grandson age 3(at the time) for 8 nights we stayed at the All Stars Music. I thought about AKL and even though we can well afford AKL I just wanted Alex to experience the Disney Magic :wizard: at the All Stars on his first visit.
    Where else can one find Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse at the pool?

    Have fun at Disney wherever you choose to stay! :wizard:
  12. Lilolvr

    Lilolvr DIS Veteran

    May 13, 2004
    Definitely CSR!! Great pool/slide, transportation and food options.

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