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Old 05-21-2013, 05:01 AM   #2851
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We just returned from 10 days at Pop in room 9120. I am sad to say that we had a cockroach sighting as well as several dead bugs in the bathroom that were there when we checked in. I called to report, they said they would send someone to check on the roach situation in the morning. It was late, I had just unpacked. I said fine. Well they sent someone at around midnight. So good for them for sending someone faster, but annoying at the same time because we were getting in bed when he knocked on the door. They also said they would have housekeeping do a thorough cleaning. I cleaned up the dead bugs in the bathtub myself, but left the bathroom floor to be swept/mopped or whatever they would do to clean it. Went to a park the next morning and came home to the same dead bugs on the floor. Ended up doing the cleaning myself, since obviously it was not going to be done by the resort staff as promised!

We have stayed at Pop before and really enjoyed it, but this stay was just not the same. The dirtiness of the room was one issue, and dealing with a very rude CM at Everything POP! was another. We did have good times, however. Enjoyed doing the twist in the morning with the food service CM's and the cashiers/sales floor cm's in the gift shop were always very pleasant and my dd loved pin trading with them.

Computer pool was quiet, cool and refreshing. Hippy Dippy pool was busy but fun. Breakfasts at Everything Pop were good (I mean..hello, Mickey Waffles, it's hard to go wrong!). Bus situation varied from decent to downright unacceptable, but that seems to be the same almost across the board, so it's not a Pop issue, but a transportation issue. Walk over to AoA was a quick one, and we actually took an AoA bus home one time because it seemed like a better idea than waiting for a Pop bus. AoA had a great menu and it's a nice option "for a change" if you are hanging out at your own resort and not quite sure where to head for a CS meal, but the dining areas were LOUD and there were lots of kids running around in swim suits or less (saw kids in diapers), so if that is off putting then I wouldn't recommend going during prime lunch or dinner times. I actually liked the standard french fries that Pop serves over the house seasoned fries at AoA. The seasoning was nice, but very overpowering after a few bites. I commented that they were dieter friendly fries because you won't want more than a handful

I might consider staying at Pop again, but next year we will give another resort a try.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:42 AM   #2852
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Thanks for posting! I can't help but wonder, where did you find those mini Naked bottles??
They sell them at Costco. You get 12 bottles for about $15. They are perfect for my two 2-year olds to split!

Glad a few of you are finding the fridge picture helpful, we actually traveled with a big cooler because the board here said the fridge was too small and we were traveling with a gallon of milk. Could have just traveled with a small cooler (to keep the milk cold on the way) because once we checked in we didn't need the cooler anymore.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:52 AM   #2853
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3 more days for my wife and I!! We were supposed to leave Fri when she gets out of work, but I convinced her to take a personal day so we can leave in the morning! I get off work Fri morning after my shift in an ER so I'll be spent, but I'll take a nap en route. 2 hr drive is enough nap time for me!
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3 more days for my wife and I!! We were supposed to leave Fri when she gets out of work, but I convinced her to take a personal day so we can leave in the morning! I get off work Fri morning after my shift in an ER so I'll be spent, but I'll take a nap en route. 2 hr drive is enough nap time for me!
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:59 AM   #2855
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We just returned from 10 days at Pop in room 9120. I am sad to say that we had a cockroach sighting as well as several dead bugs in the bathroom that were there when we checked in. I called to report, they said they would send someone to check on the roach situation in the morning. It was late, I had just unpacked. I said fine. Well they sent someone at around midnight. So good for them for sending someone faster, but annoying at the same time because we were getting in bed when he knocked on the door. They also said they would have housekeeping do a thorough cleaning. I cleaned up the dead bugs in the bathtub myself, but left the bathroom floor to be swept/mopped or whatever they would do to clean it. Went to a park the next morning and came home to the same dead bugs on the floor. Ended up doing the cleaning myself, since obviously it was not going to be done by the resort staff as promised!

We have stayed at Pop before and really enjoyed it, but this stay was just not the same. The dirtiness of the room was one issue, and dealing with a very rude CM at Everything POP! was another. We did have good times, however. Enjoyed doing the twist in the morning with the food service CM's and the cashiers/sales floor cm's in the gift shop were always very pleasant and my dd loved pin trading with them.

Computer pool was quiet, cool and refreshing. Hippy Dippy pool was busy but fun. Breakfasts at Everything Pop were good (I mean..hello, Mickey Waffles, it's hard to go wrong!). Bus situation varied from decent to downright unacceptable, but that seems to be the same almost across the board, so it's not a Pop issue, but a transportation issue. Walk over to AoA was a quick one, and we actually took an AoA bus home one time because it seemed like a better idea than waiting for a Pop bus. AoA had a great menu and it's a nice option "for a change" if you are hanging out at your own resort and not quite sure where to head for a CS meal, but the dining areas were LOUD and there were lots of kids running around in swim suits or less (saw kids in diapers), so if that is off putting then I wouldn't recommend going during prime lunch or dinner times. I actually liked the standard french fries that Pop serves over the house seasoned fries at AoA. The seasoning was nice, but very overpowering after a few bites. I commented that they were dieter friendly fries because you won't want more than a handful

I might consider staying at Pop again, but next year we will give another resort a try.
I am sorry you had a less than stellar start to your vaca. It is sad all these buggy reports from Pop :/ Did you ask to move rooms?? I think if I would have come back to an uncleaned room I would have made some noise. That is totally unacceptable. I am glad you enjoyed AOA food court and had a great vacation overall!!
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:35 AM   #2856
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I'm so glad I read the Dis! We love our ceiling fan, so this is good to know. Our kids even sleep with white noise!
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That's awesome! We sleep with a fan too but I really didn't feel like packing one. How do you go about getting one for your room?
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Can I request one at check in or do I have to make arrangements prior to our arrival for a fan?
We have always just called Housekeeping when we get in our room, to get the fan. We have never been told no (at any hotel, really..). And the last time the guy that brought it said they had a good stash of them but rarely are they asked for. So...

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You can see bits of Wishes, too!!

I took this video a couple of years ago - it shows Illuminations on the right, and Wishes off to the left!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUw7t9N50dE

In person you can also hear the Illuminations music!

We actually had a room in a different area, but walked over to the top floor of the 50's building to see the show!

While we were there, quite a few people wandered over to catch the show! So if you request a room there, keep in mind that you may have a lot of foot traffic around fireworks time!
That was awesome! Love that you can see both!

Only 79 days WOO HOO!
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We have always just called Housekeeping when we get in our room, to get the fan. We have never been told no (at any hotel, really..). And the last time the guy that brought it said they had a good stash of them but rarely are they asked for. So...

That was awesome! Love that you can see both!

Only 79 days WOO HOO!
Thank you for answering my question!! Ill make a note to ask for a fan than when we check into our room. We're not going until October but we sleep with a fan all year round...in PA lol
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:16 AM   #2858
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Two weeks until my first visit to Pop Century. We're traveling with a group and so this is my first time staying value so I'm a little nervous, but hopefully its Disney and I'll love it just the same. This is also fiance's first trip to Disney EVER! We're super excited to get a chance to do as much as we can in just four days! Any hidden gems about Pop Century that we wouldn't otherwise know? I know about catching Illuminations, but just random bits of advice about the resort would be helpful.
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Old 05-21-2013, 02:23 PM   #2859
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Two weeks until my first visit to Pop Century. We're traveling with a group and so this is my first time staying value so I'm a little nervous, but hopefully its Disney and I'll love it just the same. This is also fiance's first trip to Disney EVER! We're super excited to get a chance to do as much as we can in just four days! Any hidden gems about Pop Century that we wouldn't otherwise know? I know about catching Illuminations, but just random bits of advice about the resort would be helpful.
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I like getting my picture taken with my birth year along the path near the lake. There is a sign with the year and a little tidbit about what happened during that year.
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I like getting my picture taken with my birth year along the path near the lake. There is a sign with the year and a little tidbit about what happened during that year.
I just wanted to point out that the signs along memory lane do not cover every year. For example, there is a sign for 1952 that talks about Lucille Ball and a sign for 1992 about NAFTA. So, unless you were born in one of the years identified, you might need to settle for the decade.
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Just wanted to update with a pic of the fridge now that we're home
Very excited to know that I'll be able to fit a gallon of milk in there & than some!! Thank you for sharing!!
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:51 AM   #2863
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heading to POP next Tuesday! I paid for a preferred pool room but not I am worried with reports of construction on the kiddie pool... will my preferred pool room be facing the kiddie pool or does it guarantee me to be closer to the dining hall away from the kiddie pool? Is the construction site loud or does it badly damage the view of the resort? thought the construction would be done on it by now. is it still being worked on? do they offer any more kiddie pools as an option while that one is being worked on? I don't remember another kiddie pool at the resort. I am guessing that the AoA kiddie pool is not an option while the POP is under construction.
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heading to POP next Tuesday! I paid for a preferred pool room but not I am worried with reports of construction on the kiddie pool... will my preferred pool room be facing the kiddie pool or does it guarantee me to be closer to the dining hall away from the kiddie pool? Is the construction site loud or does it badly damage the view of the resort? thought the construction would be done on it by now. is it still being worked on? do they offer any more kiddie pools as an option while that one is being worked on? I don't remember another kiddie pool at the resort. I am guessing that the AoA kiddie pool is not an option while the POP is under construction.
I was wondering that same?? Anyone know if there is another option while Pop kiddie pool is closed? Also, does anyone know when it is supposed to be done and what they are doing to it? I really hope the pop up jet things in the kiddie pool are still there (Not the goofy jets but the pop up water in the kiddie pool). Thanks all
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heading to POP next Tuesday! I paid for a preferred pool room but not I am worried with reports of construction on the kiddie pool... will my preferred pool room be facing the kiddie pool or does it guarantee me to be closer to the dining hall away from the kiddie pool? Is the construction site loud or does it badly damage the view of the resort? thought the construction would be done on it by now. is it still being worked on? do they offer any more kiddie pools as an option while that one is being worked on? I don't remember another kiddie pool at the resort. I am guessing that the AoA kiddie pool is not an option while the POP is under construction.
A preferred pool room will be closer to the Classic Hall end and won't directly face the Kiddie Pool.

There's only one splash / toddler pool at Pop. I have not read any reports that you would be allowed to use the AoA splash pool, but why not ask about it if the Kiddie Pool is indeed still being worked? See below for more...

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I was wondering that same?? Anyone know if there is another option while Pop kiddie pool is closed? Also, does anyone know when it is supposed to be done and what they are doing to it? I really hope the pop up jet things in the kiddie pool are still there (Not the goofy jets but the pop up water in the kiddie pool). Thanks all
The previous refurb info was "Hippy Dippy Kiddie Pool deck surface replacement will occur" and it was supposed to be done by April 26. You'd hope that if it's still underway (reports were it is or was) that it would be finished sooner rather than later, as we're approaching a month later. The current refurb info doesn't reference this work at all.
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