Friday, July 3, 2015

All Star and Pop Century Resorts in Walt Disney World

By Nick

Through the years, my wife Barbie and I have stayed at several of the Value Resorts in Walt Disney World, starting with Pop Century for the first time in 2007, and several times after that.

Each of the resort's buildings is themed to the centuries, starting in the 1950s, and continuing through the 1990s, and each features large icons appropriate to that time period.

The main building is called Classic Hall, and it's here that you'll find Check In as well as Everything Pop, the gift shop and food court.
The food at Everything Pop is really good, and every time we've stayed there, we've made sure to have at least one dinner there.

Classic Hall has several really great showcases that have really great memorabilia from the various decades represented. You could spend a good amount of time just perusing these.

All of our experiences at Pop have been positive. The rooms are small, but as there is just 2 of us, that really isn't an issue. We've also never had a problem with noise, but we've only stayed during slower times of year.

We stayed one night in at All Star Movies, and that was also a good experience.
The movie theme begins as soon as you enter the lobby with a Hollywood mural behind check in, and "Hall of Fame" displays throughout.

The World Premier Food Court located just off the main lobby.

The food court has a movie marquee theme, with different "theaters" having a variety of food options.

 We chose our lunch selections from the Majestic menu, and, no lie, the food was great!

Barbie had the Hot Italian Sandwich with the cucumber salad, and I had a meatball sub.

The shop, Donald's Double Feature, also located off the main lobby.

We stayed in the The Mighty Ducks section, which is located on the far end of the resort property. The map makes it look much further away than it really is!

The area is decorated with a hockey theme. If you aren't familiar, Mickey Ducks is a 1992 Walt Disney Pictures movie about a hockey team, which actually led to a real-life version of the Mighty Ducks, a National Hockey League expansion franchise!

The Duck Pond Pool is themed to an ice hockey rink.

The room was small, but clean. There isn't much themeing besides the poster.

Like Pop, we had been warned that the resort could be very noisy, and the walls are thin. We didn't experience any issues, but that could have been because we were very near an end room, and again, it was a slower time of year.
Another section is themed around 101 Dalmations.

Don't miss a cute photo op with the TV loving Lucky the pup.

The main pool is located in the Fantasia section, and is appropriately themed with Sorcerer Mickey.

 A photo op with Daisy and Donald is tucked away back in here.

Behind Fantasia, is the Love Bug area.

Last but not least, the Toy Story section.
As you head towards Andy's bedroom door, stop for a photo with RC Car.

Then enter Andy's room!

It's a very cute resort, and it's great for a family on a budget, but we would spend a little extra and choose Pop Century over the All Stars.
Our favorite value, however, is Art of Animation, please stop back for a look at that resort in a future post, and to hear more on Pop and All Stars, please listen to Episode 20 of The Disney Exchange.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Walt Disney World-September/October 2008 - Part 3

By Nick 

Day 3, Monday, September 29th.

An unprecedented occurrence, Barbie was up before me at 8AM.

The previous day was a lot of fun, but on this day I could hardly walk. I've had blisters on my blisters.

Barbie took a swim while I lay on a lounge chair, waiting to die.

After she was done swimming we went to the Belle Vue Lounge for coffee. That made me feel better.
We strolled over to Epcot, and down to Test Track. It was 10:30am, and we walked right on. Afterward, we walked around MouseGear.

At around 11:15, we made our way back to World Showcase.

We gave Pam a call, and met with her and Tom. We tried a few things at various kiosks on our way to Mexico, where we were joined by friends Kathy and her husband Ron.

After that we tried some more food kiosks, and then made our way to Future World and the Food and Wine Welcome Center. The free wine (yes, they used to be free!) event was full, so we headed over to Club Cool for some International Coke products.

Then rode Imagination, and afterward made our way back to WS.
We tried more foods, and had some adult beverages.

We were having such a great time, Pam suggested we join them at Tutto Italia for dinner. So we canceled our ADRs at O'hana at the Polynesian (this was many years before you would get charged for cancelling within 24 hours), and Pam added us all to her reservation.
About 4 we returned to BWV and took a swim.

Barbie and I walked back over to World Showcase at about 6:15. We all met in front of the restaurant and were promptly seated.

I'm glad we decided to cancel our ADR's at O'hana, my meal was fantastic, as was the company. I had the Pasta with Crab, Barbie had the Roasted Chicken. Our server Stefano was great.

And the deserts were amazing. I had the Tiramisu, Barbie the Melt In Your Mouth, Chocolate Hazelnut, If I Die Right Now, I'll Be Happy, Torte.
At least, I think that was the name of it.

After dinner, we walked to the front of WS to get a spot for Illuminations. Excellent location. We sat and talked post show for a while, and then headed over to the BWV, where we sat and talked till midnight.

Please check out Part 1 and Part 2 and stop back next Thursday for Part 4.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Where in Walt Disney World : Outstretched Arm

By Nick

Where in Walt Disney World would you find this image?

Answer below, no peaking!

ʇoɔdǝ uı uoıןıʌɐd puɐן ǝɥʇ uı ǝpıɹ puɐן ǝɥʇ ɥʇıʍ buıʌıן ǝɥʇ ɟo puǝ ǝɥʇ ʇɐ ןɐɹnɯ ǝɥʇ ɟo uoıʇɹod ɐ sı sıɥʇ

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Disney Coloring Books

By Nick

Yes. Coloring books. I just found these in the garage last week. I’m not sure why, when or where I bought these, but it was likely in the early 1990s, when I was buying anything reasonably priced that reminded me of Disney World.

And I love the covers. Especially this one featuring Figment and Dreamfinder. While I don’t know what year this is from for sure, it was likely before 1994, when Epcot Center became Epcot ’94.



Another great cover.

In 1998, the Mile Long Bar closed, and became part of Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe.


I wonder if I have any crayons laying around somewhere…