Disney value resorts

Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:07 PM
kingdakacor's avatar

Just looking for a few insights I'm booked at all star music for next month. I knew their food court is being refurbished. What I just found out is the resort will offer an inter resort buses to take guest to the food courts at movies and sports.

I'm thinking this may make busing to the parks possibly longer??? Thinking about switching to pop century. Art of animation is booked for my dates of travel. Any personal experiences good or bad at either of these ?

Last edited by kingdakacor, Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:11 PM

Sky's the limit.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:14 PM
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I've stayed at Pop Century a number of times. It's functional and clean, and still gets you all of the benefits of being on-property. From a food perspective, their food court is enormous, and even better, you can cross the lake easily to go to the one at Art of Animation, which has some slightly more upscale (but still counter service) options.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014 2:09 PM
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Between the 3 "All Star" Resorts, All Star Music had a better feel to it I thought. The food court was great for quick service in the morning. but seeing as it's being refurbished, I suggest Pop Century's food court. Plus, I'm a avid Musician and there's nothing cooler than seeing 50+ foot tall Stratocasters and Les Pauls. Art of Animation is probably the best for larger families with the available themed Family suites. The one I stayed in was in the Lion King section which included, 2 bath, 1 bedroom, 3 beds (the table in the living area pulls down into a bed, and the couch is pull out.) If you care about Wi-Fi, I could barely pull a decent connection at all in the room but hopefully they adjusted their signals, I stayed about a month after the LK suites opened. I've stayed at Pop Century before but, it's been quite a while and I can't remember everything, I was very young. The pools are about all I can remember and the Food Court was enormous. May I ask when you are going? Seeing as how Art of Animation is booked during your trip, I'm about to finalize and book a room for December, but I'm beginning to think I need to find another resort to look in to!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014 2:17 PM
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Did you stay at all three or just look at the brochure?


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Thursday, July 17, 2014 2:17 PM
kingdakacor's avatar

Aug 6-13th. Just lucky I had a gracious travel agent make the switch to pop today. I've always stayed at Caribbean beach and back in 2008, port Orleans bc I always went with someone. First time going solo to disney for me. So I figured I would try a value resort.

Last edited by kingdakacor, Thursday, July 17, 2014 2:22 PM

Sky's the limit.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014 2:33 PM
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Pop Century once, Art of Animation once, All Star Movies once, All Star Sports once times, All Star Music Twice.

Yeah, Port Orleans Riverside is where I've stayed the most of my trips, my room was always at least a good 15 minute walk from the Lobby area, I was planning on staying there but since they're not offering the free dining plan with Riverside, I thought I would stay at AoA, but it seems to be booked up. I might just grab a room or two at Coronado Springs.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014 6:22 PM

Have stayed at Pop Century twice, and loved it both times. Pop has its own bus service throughout the whole day (the all stars share buses during non-peak time). And as others have said the food court is great for counter-service options, and lets not forget about tye-dye cheesecake.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014 6:26 PM
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Art of Animation food court was kind of let down for me. I have severe food allergies, Cystic Fibrosis, and OCD, and the combination make's it hard to actually enjoy a meal without worrying of cross contamination. However, All Star Music had easy choices for me:

Ham & Cheese omelet with hash-browns for breakfast If i wanted it, and a nice Chili Cheese Dog and fries for dinner If i still had a left over QS meal.

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Friday, July 18, 2014 5:49 AM

We've stayed at the Pop Century and the All Star Music resorts our last 2 visits. The Pop's food court was adequate. We only ate breakfast there. We had the dining plan and it was a way to grab a quick breakfast before hitting the parks.

The All Star Music we didn't visit the food court at all. We didn't have the dining plan and opted to eat at other outside restaurants. The rooms and pool areas were just about the same. You should enjoy it.

We are planning a trip for the fall and are thinking about staying at the Port Orleans resort, or Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Friday, July 18, 2014 12:50 PM
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Coasterfantom2 said:

We are planning a trip for the fall and are thinking about staying at the Port Orleans resort, or Animal Kingdom Lodge.

You'll like it. However some of the rooms there can be quite a distance from the lobby/food court/gift shop area. Riverside offers some amazing scenery and a bunch of cool amenities to enjoy whilst at the resort. The food court has some different options to choose from, but since I'm deathly allergic to Pine Nuts (Main ingredient in Pesto) I couldn't eat any of the actual food made in house. They have Pizza, in which you can add your own toppings, and can even have it delivered to your room. When I went with my parents a few years back, their favorite part of the food court was the build your own pasta and salad quick service, which is where the Pesto comes into play. Oh well. The pools are kind of hard to find if you don't have a map, can't read signs, or not sure where to look. One of the first times i stayed, I blew right passed it. Twice haha. I haven't stayed at Animal Kingdom lodge, but I've eaten at Boma and surprisingly Boma has some really, really, great food. They had to prepare it separately, away from everything else, but it was worth it. Great view, great atmosphere, and great time. I'm hoping next year to stay at least one night in AK Lodge Savannah View. No clue what the rooms look like, other than what Disney shows on their website. Hope you have fun though.

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Friday, July 18, 2014 1:22 PM
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Rickrollercoaster said:
I'm hoping next year to stay at least one night in AK Lodge Savannah View next year. No clue what the rooms look like, other than what Disney shows on their website.

The showers look like this:


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Friday, July 18, 2014 4:14 PM

Oooooh, I love Gonch's shower shots.

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