Welcome to the ALL NEW Pop Century GROOVY FAQ thread! Please take the time to read this first post -- It has the answers to many of your questions! What is Pop Century? Classic Hall will be the main building. Although the outside of the building is brightly colored, the insides of Pop Century are very subdued. Lots of browns, blues, grays, and mustard. It works well. It houses the front desk area, the arcade, and the merchandise/food court area, named "Everything POP." You walk into this area, and it starts off as the Merchandise Shop. Walk further, and it becomes the Food Court. The food court itself is HUGE. Tons of tables, lots of soda fountains, and it looks like there will be a very eclectic selection of food. The Front Desk area is called "Memory Lane" because on the walls are covered with shadow boxes containing all sorts of pop icons from the past 50 years. As you walk down Memory Lane, you can regale the memories of yesteryear with your family. Behind the front desk are enlarged photos from the past 50 years. Very nicely done. The front desk will have thirty stations, which include Guest Services, and Check In/Out. There is also a separate kids room in the lobby, with couches, toys, and a cartoon themed big screen TV. Just outside the main area are the 60's buildings, and the Hippy Dippy Pool. There are two other pools, one shaped like a bowling pin, and another as a computer monitor. Everything is VERY close to the main building. The furthest building might be a 5 minute walk to the front, if that. The rooms themselves are similar to the All-Stars - but modified. They looked at the All-Stars, and made them better. A few changes include: Lowered night stand - so that you won't hit your head on it when sleeping Data port near the table for your laptop BAR SOAP with separate shampoo Redesigned sink area In-room safe that can hold a laptop Fitted bed sheets Modernized climate control panel Beds are mounted on pedestals, so that you can't loose things under them. Curtains overlap, so that NO light will get in. ROOMS Q: How big are the rooms? How do they compare to the All-Stars? The rooms are the same size and basic layout as the All-Stars - 260sq ft with either a King bed, or two Doubles. The dresser has been redesigned, is slightly bigger, and looks much nicer. Also, rooms come with a 25 TV, versus the 19 found in the All-Stars. The night stand has been lowered, so that one will not hit their head on it while sleeping. A data port has been installed by the table and chairs for easy access. Room colors are very subdued. Browns, blues, grays and a few mustards are the prominent colors. All rooms are identical in decoration, with the exception of a framed artwork and a wallpaper border depicting whatever decade the room is located in. Q: Whats a Preferred Location Room? Preferred Locations refer to the location of the room, and nothing more. They do not refer to views or amenities. Preferred Location rooms will be within a 500 foot radios (as the crow flies) of Classic Hall. Guests may upgrade from a standard room for only $10 per night (plus applicable tax). Q: Will Pop Century have ADA accessible rooms? Pop Century will have a plethora of different options for those guests traveling with wheelchairs, or guests with hearing impairments. There are a few different bathroom options for those guests using wheelchairs. For those guests with hearing impairments, we offer TTY phones, visual signals for fire alarms, phones, wake up alarms, and door knocks. There is also a bed shaker accessory. These items are available for use at no cost. Q: What is the room mix? King Bed Accessible 63 King Bed Typical 81 Dbl/Dbl Bed Accessible 115 Dbl/Dbl Bed Typical 2621 Q: What amenities will be available upon request? Non-smoking rooms Rooms accessible to guests with disabilities Hearing-impaired TDD telephones Visual smoke alarms Bed boards and bed rails Refrigerators (additional charge, unless for Medical Reasons only) Cribs Hair dryers (Standard in all rooms) Iron and ironing board (Standard in all rooms) Q: What are the big icons going to be of? 50s: Stairwells will be Brunswick Bowling Pins Pool The 10th bowling pin Building 1 Lady Building 2 Jukebox Building 3 Tramp 60s: Stairwells will be Duncan Yo-Yos Pool Hippy Dippy pool, and kiddie pool Building 4 Play-Doh Building 5 Mowgli & Baloo 70s: Stairwells will be 8-Tracks Pool Goofys Pop-Jet pool area Courtyard will feature giant Foosball players Building 6 Mickey Mouse Phone Building 10 Big Wheel cart. 80s: Stairwells will be Rubiks Cubes Building 7 Roger Rabit perched upon some Dip Building 9 Sony Walkman 90s: Stairwells will be Cell Phones 80s/90s pool will be a giant computer monitor Building 8 Giant Laptop Computer Q: What will the buildings look like? How many floors will they have? The buildings will be similar to the All-Stars. They will be the standard T shape, with 4 floors. Each floor will have 72 rooms. Each building will have 2 elevators in the center by the giant icon. Q: How can I send my preferences to the Room Assigner? You may call Central Reservations at 407-WDISNEY. Q: Will we be able to move the beds closer to the wall for more space? No. Beds are on a pedestal, and are not moveable. Q: Will there be a safe in the room? Each room will feature an in-wall safe big enough to hold a standard sized laptop computer. Q: Will 5 people fit in a room at Pop Century? No. Pop Century rooms are limited to 4 persons, plus one infant in a crib. However, we do offer connecting rooms. This is a great option for larger families, as it allows for two bathrooms. Q: What color are the room carpets at Pop Century? They have a blue/gray base color, with a small mauve pattern. Q: The 80s/90s look so far away from Classic Hall on the map. Are they really? No! They are actually closer than they look. No room is more than 5 minutes from Classic Hall. DINING Q: What is Everything POP ? Instead of having a separate food court, and gift shop, it's now combined into one. Sort of at least. When you walk into Everything POP, you're in the gift shop. Walk further, past the Gift shop registers, and you'll be in the seating area of the Food Court. Walk through the seats, and you'll be in the food area. It's an all in one area, but they are somewhat separate. (They will have separate registers) The food court will have 10 dedicated registers. Q: Will they have a character breakfast at the resort? No. Just like the All-Stars, there will only be a food court. No sit down restaurant. However, transportation will be provided to other resort and theme park character breakfasts. Q: Will Pop Century have Refillable Mugs? How much do they cost and with what and where will we be able to refill them? Mugs will be available in both the large and cup holder size. Prices are currently around $12 per mug per stay. Q: What kind of food will be offered at Everything POP? All kinds! Breakfast items will feature the standard fare, as well as Pop Waffles, and marshmallow fluff stuffed french toast. Lunch will feature sandwiches from the bakery, pizza, burgers, as well as selections from the Ethnic area. Dinner will feature comfort food from Moms kitchen. Entrees include meatloaf, fried chicken, pot roast, and other treats. Desserts include Twinkie Tirimisu, Tie Dyed Cheesecake, and moon pies. Q: Do they have cappuccino in the food court? Yes! Real cappuccino and expresso will be sold. Also, hot chocolate and coffee will be at the beverage stations. RECREATION Q: Will there be any watercraft rentals? Because Pop Century is a Value resort, there will not be a marina. Q: How many pools will Pop Century have? 3 full sized pools, 1 kiddie pool, and 1 pop-jet pool. Q: Will Pop Century feature an Arcade? Yes! The Fast Forward Arcade is located in Classic Hall, across from Everything POP. Q: Will there be towels available to use at the pools or do we need to bring our own? You may bring the towels from your room. Should you need more towels, simply touch the Housekeeping button on your telephone to request more. Q: What is Goofy's Pop Jet Area? This is one of those water jet areas that kids seem to love. It's large, and has that padded foam ground. It can be found in the 70s area. It is a big hit with the kids. There is also a kiddie pool area, but I'm sure some kids will prefer the pop jets. TRANSPORTATION Q: What about transportation? Transportation from Pop Century should be very good. Because of the anticipated demand, buses will be running more frequently than some other resorts. During peak times, buses could potentially run every 5-8 minutes. Pop Century will be a Magic On Demand resort. (MOD will be based out of Zone 5) Q: Where are the bus stops located? In front of Classic Hall. A very short walk from ANY building! Q: How many bus stops are there? Currently, only one. However, once the Legendary Years opens up, both the Classic and Legendary Years will each have their own bus stop. Q: How far is it from the parks? There will be only one stop, so all buses will be direct. Pop Century is in a great central location so travel times will be great. Estimated Times (may vary by driver) MK - 12 minutes EC - 8 minutes ST - 5 minutes AK 6-12 minutes BB - 6 minutes DTD - 10-15 minutes TL - 6 minutes or 16 minutes, depending on routing. Q: Do the buses make any other stops at other resorts? Currently, no. Once the Legendary Years open up, it is conceivable that during non-peak times, the routes might be shared. However, judging by occupancy, this will not be happening during peak morning times. MISCELANEOUS Q: Will Pop Century have Valet services? No. As a Value resort, this amenity will not be provided. Q: Will Pop Century have Bell Services? Upon arrival, Pop Century will offer Luggage Assistance for our guests. Not to be confused with "Bell Services" found at Deluxe resorts, Luggage Assistance will take your luggage, and store it while you enter the lobby and check in. Your luggage will then be automatically delivered to your room within an hour of it becoming available. You do not need to be in the room for luggage to be delivered, so you can go off and play in the parks. When you get back, your luggage will already be there. They will have refrigerators for food and medical usage. (All food *MUST* be factory sealed) They will also have a locked area for valuables such as laptops, cameras, and other electronics. When checking out, they can come and pick up your luggage, and store it until you are ready to depart. We do ask that you give us a call the night before, to arrange a pick up time. If you call day of, we may not have any availability left. We require a minimum of one hours notice. Those of you who opt for Express Checkout will receive a voice mail reminding you of this option, as well as other Express Checkout info. By the way, the voice of Express Checkout is the same voice that does the Monorail Spiel. You do not need to be in your room for drop off or pick up. Should you wish to handle your own luggage, they offer the use of our hand carts. (Not the "bird cages," but push carts) Usage of the carts is free, however, they will require a credit card on file, should you decide to take one home as a souvenir. They also do ask that guests limit cart usage to 30 minutes, so that other guests may use them as well. Q: Do you know when the Legendary section will open? Will it have it's own check in area, food court ...? No one really knows when the Legendary Years will be finished, or open up. However, when it does, it will be a separate resort, with its own front desk, food court, and bus stop. Q: I had heard a rumor you could walk to MGM from Pop Century. Is that true? No. Pop Century is not within walking distance of anything, including Caribbean Beach. (Unless you use the Cast Only tunnel) Q: Where exactly is this resort located? Pop Century is located next to Caribbean Beach, and near the Disney-MGM Studios. There will be a lake called Hourglass Lake separating the Legendary and the Classic sections. Q: Is the Generation Gap bridge across Hourglass Lake open? The bridge is open, but does not go anywhere Q: Can I fish at Pop Century? Yes, but only from the shorelines. Fishing is not permitted from the Generation Gap Bridge. Shorelines are very steep, please use caution. Q: Can you see any fireworks from Pop Century? You might be able to see some of the high level fireworks from Illuminations from Buildings 2, 3, and 4. Q: Will Pop Century be getting those large groups? (Cheerleaders, Pop Warner, etc) All large groups will be booked at the All-Stars. The All-Star Resorts have a special large group check in and luggage area designed specifically for this purpose. However, there is the chance that Pop might be getting any overflow that will not fit at the All-Stars, or any groups that specifically request Pop Century. Q: Will there be Pressed Penny machines at Pop Century? Yes! They will be located in the Fast Forward Arcade, as well as Everything Pop Q: Will there be laundry facilities? Yes. At each pool area, there will be a laundry room with washers and dryers. Q: What are some local internet dialup numbers that I could use? UPDATE: It has been brought to our attention by another poster that some of these numbers may no longer be local. Please double check with the front desk upon check in for local access numbers. Once you've tried out the number, give the front desk a call to find out if it really was local or not. AT&T Phone # 407-563-0080 407-563-9610 AOL Phone # 407-641-4265 407-641-4266 407-587-0072 MSN Phone # 407-648-1464 407-641-4676 407-541-0601 Bellsouth Phone # 407-896-7275 407-896-1919 Remember, there is a modem port under the desk! Q: Does Pop Century have high speed or wireless internet? All rooms will have wired ethernet ports under the table for high speed internet. The cost is $10 per 24hr period. A credit card must be on file at the front desk, along with charging privledges. Q: Are there any charges for phone use? There is no charge for local numbers. Please refer to the phone information card for Long Distance rates. Q: What is the address and phone number for Pop Century? 1050 Century Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 Phone: 407-938-4000 Q: Can I hook up my video device to the TV? Probably! There are RCA inputs for stereo audio and video on the front of the TV. There is no s-video input available. Q: Will Pop Century be decorated for Christmas? Yes. Pop Century will be decorated for Christmas. We have a few Christmas trees, and some garland around Classic Hall. Christmas music will also be playing around Classic Hall.