Disney's POP CENTURY RESORT Information & Questions

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  1. WEDWDW

    WEDWDW DIS Veteran

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    I'm glad the Movies are back on the Hippy Dippy Pool Deck-for a long time they had moved them to the "lawn" between Building 5 and Classic Hall.:)

    Hopefully POP and AoA will go back to Movies EVERY night at some point.
     
  2. mikegood2

    mikegood2 DIS Veteran

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    How is the wi-fi at the POP? Are their any restrictions or limits with it? I don't plan on doing much, if any streaming on it, but I wouldn't mind downloading a podcast or two each day and maybe email/message a few photos to family. I guess I could also do the same using phones data plan, but I don't want to go over my limit.

    Also, in general, how is the wi-fi in the parks? Our last visit was in 2013 and I don't even remember if it was available at that time. Is it worth using, or are we better off using cellular? We're Verizon customers.
     
  3. Elsaalltheway

    Elsaalltheway DIS Veteran

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    Last I remembered the Wifi was pretty slow in the rooms. I think it was better in the commisary areas. The parks are pretty decent except when you get into some of the rides.
     
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  5. bmldisney

    bmldisney Earning My Ears

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    We are planning a trip to Legoland during our stay. Anyone have recommendations for car rental from Pop? Looks like there are some closer options than the Car Care Center so not sure what is easiest.
     
  6. 10MoreMinutes

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    I streamed Netflix from the room when we stayed at Pop last January, but I had to set it on the lowest setting to stop it from buffering every few minutes.

    The wi-fi in the parks is fine. Occasionally it would be so slow I would just turn it off and use the data on my phone, but for the most part, it worked well enough to check MDE, Touring Plans, and the weather.
     
  7. happymommy

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    It may be worthwhile to look at using Uber.

    I think that they will pick you up and bring you to the car care center, but with the time involved, if you're just going for a day, maybe Uber is a viable alternative.
     
  8. disneykelly

    disneykelly Everquest/Disney addict

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    I found it fine in the rooms. The oddity that I noticed is that at ANY bench I sat at, the wifi was downright horrible. I kind of wondered if that was done on purpose to keep people camped on a bench for long periods of time on the internet.

    At the park, there are good spots and not so good spots.
    I've found that if you try to stream during popular events, the number of interruptions increases. I think the bandwidth overall is pretty poor.
     
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  9. FeralCatRogue

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    The wifi has gotten slower and slower everytime I go. I used to be able to run World of Warcraft with it, but now it does not stream as well.
     
  10. Cinderella's slipper

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    Thank You CJK
     
  11. Disneymoon2013

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    Your experiences are all so awful at Pop!! I'm so sad to hear it. My mom & I stayed there for 5 nights in September 2015, and we didn't have any issues. We were in the 60s section, on the fourth floor I think. I rebooked Pop for our trip in January 2018, for the first few days (and then we're switching to Wilderness Lodge). Seeing these reports makes me a little anxious! The only event I know of around then is the DisneyRun marathon, which is ending when we arrive.

    Out of curiosity, I just looked up the school schedule in Argentina. Their break is in our Winter: "The academic year in state schools generally starts at the beginning of March and ends mid-December. The summer holidays occur during this break. Dates can vary slightly depending on the province."

    I'm so sad to hear how unresponsive WDW was in all of your situations... As a worst case scenario, I wonder if you could file a complaint with VISA. For any purchase over $50, if you are unsatisfied with the item and the company refuses to accept a return/reimbursement, you can file a claim with VISA and they will remove the charge. I've only had to use the feature once in my life. I don't know if it applies to hotels/experiences, but I'd be curious to find out. I would fight tooth and nail with WDW... IDK if I would even go back to WDW if I had the kind of experiences you all are describing. Just.. wow.

    #Legit

    My concern with the photos of the new set-up is the table.. it vanishes when both beds are in use. The area of the room that currently has a table isn't shown, so IDK if there's a second table still... Seems like poor design in terms of functionality. We were hoping to bring a jigsaw puzzle. I might abandon that idea anyway since we plan on switching resorts.

    I'm keeping an eye on discounts moving forward; my mom is an AP holder and FL resident, and if we can get a 25%+ discount on Wilderness Lodge, we'll just do all 6 nights there this time. Gotta say these stories about Pop have me a bit freaked out!
     
  12. Elle23

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    We were at Pop from 1/30-2/4.

    We saw plenty of the BTGs but they never caused any problems for us. Our 50's lake view room was downright peaceful and quiet. Maybe it depends on where you stay.

    The only "craziness" I experienced was the food court being packed at the end of the days when then parks closed. But I never saw anyone misbehaving...just tons of people crammed in.
     
  13. HopperFan

    HopperFan "It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess."

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    Brazil has off until beginning of February and Argentina has off closer to March. You will find them at WDW in mid summer, Jan through February. US Teams will start showing up closer to October on (mostly winter/spring) because September is just too early in the school year.

    They usually put them in the 80's and 90's so that they are set apart somewhat and their tour buses can pull right up to buildings. Unfortunately my two trips they put us there in the middle of them. I was also at POP last week of January this year in 50's right by the main building, I did not experience them this year. I notice much much fewer than previous years and attribute that somewhat to the decline in their countries economy. Most of the tour groups we saw in parks were adults and families.

    True you can't see that whole wall but a part of a chair which I assume is the second chair to use at the table. I'm going to guess the one part we can't see would be a dresser and the tv.
     
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  14. inkedupmomma

    inkedupmomma If you live to be a 100, I hope to live to be 100

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    Can anyone tell me when reforms start and which sections will be affected?
     
  15. WEDWDW

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    Most recent thinking seems to point to March-time will tell.

    No info on the refurb schedule.
     
  16. zebrastreyepz

    zebrastreyepz Earning My Ears

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    I got a notification that the resort is under refurbishment during my dates, March 11-18.
     
  17. zebrastreyepz

    zebrastreyepz Earning My Ears

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    Fastest way from Pop to Wilderness Lodge for dinner? I'm guessing Uber? We'll be headed to MK after dinner.
     
  18. amberdc1987

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    Definitely Uber. Otherwise you'd have to take a bus to MK, then either walk or take the monorail to Contemporary then the boat to Wilderness Lodge.
     
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  19. zebrastreyepz

    zebrastreyepz Earning My Ears

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    Thank you!
     
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  20. Disneymoon2013

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    Very helpful to know! Thanks! I have heard that Disney attendance in general was not as high as anticipated last summer, and I have heard that the poor economies in other countries is not helping.

    I didn't even consider Uber at WDW. I am so out of the times! I'm guessing it's really easy & convenient.
     
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  21. elizabethswan

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    doesn't the boat to wilderness lodge depart from mk? it used to.
     

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