“Pop” Goes a “Champion”! The Readers have Spoken!

Good Monday, my friends!  I would be negligent if I didn’t start off the day by thanking all of you.

Your comments during yesterday’s poll were phenomenal!  In fact, Facebook “blew up” with thoughtful “editorials”, “spot-on” critiques, and tons of heart-felt emotion.

If there’s one thing, other than attractions, that Disney fans are passionate about, it’s their favorite resorts.  Do you agree?  And, yesterday?  Well, we only scratched the surface!


In your own words, let’s see a small sample of what you think about yesterday’s candidates, the competition, as well as the, now, two-time All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Value Resort – Disney’s Pop Century!

“The only value I’ve stayed at was Art of Animation, and we loved it.”

“I don’t love the value resort theming, but we have stayed at POP twice recently.  [We] have had wonderful trips staying at POP.  It’s better than not going at all!”

“[W]hen I see the value hotels, that’s just what I would expect staying on property at WDW.  I love the theming.”

“We liked [POP’s] food court – for the variety of options – and the bus system.  We never had to wait very long.”

“My family will be staying at POP later this year.  My view on it is as long as it [has] got a bed and shower, then I’m good!”

“[S]taying at POP allows us to go more.  This week, this will be our 6th trip … to POP.  Food court is great.  Busses are great.”

POP is our favorite Value, by far.  Although the Quick Service is busy, the choices are so much better.”

Of course, not all your comments were filled with love and admiration.  Here’s your “counterpoint” …

“I literally would rather not go than stay at a Value resort ever again.”

“I can’t believe POP is winning by so much.  I hated that hotel.  It’s entirely too large.  The rooms are very small.  It was my first value and I swore them off forever because of it.”

“I really dislike POP.  Stayed once, and I know people who stayed and didn’t like it either.”

“It was loud.  They had music blaring from a loudspeaker at the pool until 11 PM.  Small hard beds, people randomly smoking everywhere, small rooms, people everywhere.”

“I don’t think I’d want to stay at a Value because I don’t like the loud colors, themes, or crowds.”

Wow!  Like I said … a lot of passion!  When it comes to resorts, we surely do love where we love, it seems.

Take it from me.  Given the chance, our family would pick Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort 100 times out of 100.  But, then, that’s a Moderate.  We’ll tackle those next weekend!

Until then, Disney’s Pop Century Resort “reigns” supreme!  It is the 2015 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Value Resort!

Value Resorts? We’ve Got YOUR Favorites Right Here! VOTE!

“Affordable comfort and convenience for families on the go.”  Or, so says Walt Disney World’s web site, that is.

In essence, that’s what this class of Disney resorts really delivers … incredible value!  Think about it … how much time do you actually spend in your room?

Not much, you say?  Well, if that’s the case, there’s a very strong argument for avoiding the expense of luxury to take advantage of a value’s savings and simplicity.

Disney's Pop Century Resort

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

It has been almost a year-and-a-half since we, the All in WDW community, have addressed Walt Disney World’s resorts.  I think it’s well past time for us to, once again, select our Favorites.

This week?  We’re going to take on the “Values”.  My friends, you know the drill.  I present a one-day, six-option, poll, below.  Your task is easy.  VOTE for your favorite!

And, before you ask, if you’ve never stayed at a Value, don’t abstain.  VOTE for which ONE of these resorts you would pick for your next trip!

Which will become the 2015 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Value Resort?!  You tell me!

Cheers, folks!  Have a great day!  VOTE!

POP into Trivia! – The Answer

Good morning, my friends!  Did you take a few seconds to “POP into Trivia” yesterday or the day before?

The Pop Century “memory” sign dedicated to 1988 makes the claim that an Internet virus jammed up over 6,000 military computers that year.

That same “billboard” also announces that, way back then, the purchase of a Compaq 286 laptop computer would have cost you a cool $5,399.  Huh?  Over $5k for a computer?  Wow!  I’ll stick with my 2012-vintage iPad, thank you very much!

POP Trivia - 1988

POP into Trivia!

This will be a new feature for some of you, but for those of you who have been around for a while, you’ll remember the “joy” of All in WDW’s “POP into Trivia”!  I hope.

Well, it has been a long time since I’ve run one of these, I guess … but, what better time?  Since seeing we just “crowned” Disney’s Pop Century the “king” of all WDW value resorts, that is.

Who has taken the time to stroll down “Memory Lane”?  If you’ve had the chance to walk or jog along the 1.0+ mile trail at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, you’ve certainly seen these signs …

Pop 1981

Now, who would be crazy enough to take the time to walk that path and take a picture of each and every one?  Two thumbs pointed at this guy!  Who knew, at the time, that I was going to be able to find a way to put them to use?!

So, here’s your question for today …

The 1988 sign advises us that “Faxphones” and Compaq laptop computers were the “rage of the year”.  Faxphones sold for a cool $1,295.  What does the sign report as the going price for a Compaq 286 laptop?

The All in WDW Readers’ Top 5 Value Resorts!

Can I digress for just one moment?  What a game last night!  What a terrible, terrible game!

Really, Denver?  I know that Seattle had the best defense in the league this year, but how in the world does the most epic offensive juggernaut in NFL history lay that big of an egg?

From the first play from scrimmage – a snap over Peyton Manning’s head, if you forgot it already – the Broncos’ offensive line was completely off their game, manhandled, and outplayed.  I don’t care if Manning is one of the best quarterbacks ever, Denver never had a chance.

Enough already.

Short and sweet today, my friends.  I was up too late watching football last night!

To conclude our little trip through Walt Disney World’s value resorts, I present you with the All in WDW Readers’ Top 5 Value Resorts!

  1. Pop Century Resort
  2. Art of Animation Resort
  3. All-Star Sports Resort
  4. All-Star Movies Resort (tie)
  5. All-Star Music Resort (tie)


Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is the “bright and shiny”, brand new, crown jewel of WDW’s assortment of value resort options.  Isn’t it?

Take a look back at yesterday’s post to see why we think it suffered a “Broncos-sized” loss to its older sister – Disney’s Pop Century.  From the feedback I’ve received, many of you agree.

Happy Monday, my friends!  Ugh.  Monday.