Podcast Episode 82: In Depth: Pop Century Resort

We continue our in depth resort series with Dole Whipped favorite, Pop Century!  We discuss all the amenities, conveniences, and excellent themeing this resort has to offer.  We think you’ll like it as much as we do!

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Conveniences of Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort

 

We have debated the difference of offsite vs onsite, but here are a few conveniences big and small of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel!

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  • Magical Express- No need to rent a car to get from the airport to your hotel or the reverse with the added bonus of not needing to get to get your own bags upon arrival
  • Transportation- You will not need a rental or need to drive yourself, let Disney take care of getting you where you need to go
  • Free Parking- if you do take a car you can park for free at any of the parks
  • Magic Bands- These are included in your stay and they are so fun
  • Early Dining Reservations- You can make all of your dining reservations starting at 180 days prior to arrival plus 10 days
  • Early FastPass Reservations-These can be made 60 days in advance vs 30 days
  • Extra Magic Hours- The extra hours that are open only to resort guests mean fewer people in the park
  • Package Pick Up- If you purchase something in the parks you can have it delivered to your resort to be picked up the next morning so you can buy that big or delicate souvenir without worry.
  • Resort Airline Check In- You can check your bags for your flight right at your resort, no need to haul it to the airport to check it in there.
  • Free Wi-Fi- In this day connecting to wi-fi is important to us all, there is free wi-fi throughout the parks and resort hotels

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There is so much to recommend about the Disney Resorts but these are some of the best perks! If you have a favorite share it with us!

Value Resorts vs Moderate Resorts

If you’re not overly familiar with the Walt Disney World Resort, you may not know the difference between the classification of on-property accommodations.  Knowing which resort is right for you and your family is essential to making the most of your Disney stay.  In this post, we’ll compare Value level resorts with Moderate level resorts.

Location, location, location

Value resorts are usually located farthest from the parks while Moderates tend to be closer.

Advantage: Moderate

Transportation Situation

Value resorts like All Star Music, All Star Sports, and All Star Movies share buses.  This can mean full buses and longer wait times.  Moderates typically have their own fleet of buses, though busier seasons can still mean full buses.  The Port Orleans resorts also have water taxi service to Downtown Disney.

Advantage: Moderate

What’s For Dinner?

Value do not have have table service restaurants on site.  Some of the Moderates do.

Advantage: Moderate

What’s This Going To Cost Me?

Value resorts tend to be less expensive than Moderates, so if budget is an issue a Value might be your best option.  However, I think it’s important to take into account getting the most bang for your buck.  With a Value, you’re farther away and possibly waiting longer for transportation, wasting valuable park time.  If your vacation is longer, then that probably won’t be a problem, but if you’re trying to make the most of a short trip, Moderate is the way to go.

Advantage: Draw, but possibly Moderate for shorter vacations

If you would like more help deciding which resort is right for you, please contact one of the Dole Whipped team!  We’d love to help you plan the perfect magical vacation for your family!