Lysa’s Holiday Trip to Disney World Part 1 – Episode 21

In this week’s episode, for February 12, 2017, Jon and Lysa will be discussing Lysa’s recent trip to Disney World during the holiday season as well as taking your listener questions on Disney travel.

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Jon’s Summer Disney World Trip – Episode 15

cropped-NEW-Icon-Edit-A.jpgIn this week’s episode, for November 20, 2016, we will be discussing Jon’s most recent summer trip to Disney World.

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Review of Disney’s Pop Century Resort

When staying at Disney World you are always faced with the choice of what level of hotel that you are going to spend your vacation in. Sometimes a deluxe resort is calling your name and sometimes a value is calling your name. Well, the value may be calling your pocket book more than your name, but regardless I’m here to give you a review of one of those value resorts and try and convince you it is still a place where you can have a great Disney vacation. We have stayed at Pop Century a few times now and every time we have left with a positive view of the resort in our minds.

Our experience at this resort has always be fantastic at check in. The cast members have always been extremely helpful and this time was no different. We had a very helpful cast member welcome us, but we were able to go straight to our room as I had already received the text giving us our room number. This process worked flawlessly and we were given a room in the exact location that we had requested. We had a nice view of the lake, had a pretty quick walk to the main area, but were on the back side of the building so the pool noise was kept to a minimum.

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Another thing we always love about Pop Century is the nice icons around the resort. It is always a fun resort to take the kids to walk around and get pictures with the larger than life figures.

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The rooms and beds are small, but again, this is a value resort. We have found the room to be enough space for us, at least at this point with small kids, and the rooms have always been clean and comfortable.

Another area of the resort we really enjoy is Everything Pop, the food court and shopping area. Though this food court is often overshadowed by the nearby Art of Animation food court we really enjoy this one as well. The menu has enough variety to be enjoyed by everyone, but they execute all of the dishes fairly well. They also always have plenty of seating and the drink area is large enough that you do not usually have to wait in line to get refills.

Another of our favorite areas are the pool at Pop Century. It is always such a fun and festive atmosphere in the afternoons when the pool party is going on. Another great positive here with the main Hippy Dippy pool is its close proximity to the food court, which makes it very easy to grab a refill in your mug or get a quick snack. The pool is also a great area to sit in the mornings and watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee!

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The final area we really have always had good luck on at Pop Century is the bus service. I have heard other people were not so lucky, but in our several stays here up to this point we have always had a pretty good experience. The busses to the parks have always been fairly frequent and this year we ever got to ride on the new double length busses a couple of times to and from Magic Kingdom. Those double length busses seem to have been a big difference maker in transportation to the values and moderates as they can hold so many people.

Overall, Pop Century is a great option for two types of trips. First, if you are traveling with small children the size of the rooms should not be a big issue for you and Pop Century will serve you well. Second, if you are using this resort for a short trip or for a trip where you plan on spending almost all of your time in the parks this could be a nice fit even if your kids are older. Either way Pop Century has a great atmosphere, has a great staff, and certainly provides a distinctly “Disney” experience.

Magic Kingdom Evening Touring

Trip Review SaturdayIn this weeks edition of the Saturday Review I’m going to discuss an evening visit to the Magic Kingdom. Just like always we are a family with a toddler and were visiting on an evening in the middle of the summer. We began our evening touring at 6:30 PM after our dinner inside the park and had the goal of being out by around 9:00 PM.

This plan is a look at what you can do if you are able to go into the evening time with at least two Fastpass+ reservations still available to you. We had a Fastpass set up at Peter Pan that we used as we started touring. Peter Pan is always a good use of a Fastpass in the afternoon or evening and this time was no exception as we passed a 60 minute standby line and were on the ride in about 5 minutes.

After Peter Pan we headed into one of the most nostalgic rides for our family, Mickey’s Philharmagic. The ride was charming as usual and is still one of our favorite evening attractions at the Magic Kingdom. We stopped and got in a ride for the three year old on the carousel before heading over to use our other Fastpass+ reservation at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Many of you might want to know if we took the toddler on the ride and the answer is yes. We gave him the choice, let him watch the ride, and told him it goes pretty fast and he still said he wanted to go, or in his words “I want to ride high ho.” He loved the ride and couldn’t understand why we couldn’t get right back on. I tried to explain that the line was about 80 minutes, but he didn’t like that answer very well!

After Seven Dwarfs we decided to do another ride the toddler would enjoy and headed back to Storybook Circus and took a ride on Dumbo. What a great ride at night! The lights and the water just make a great little experience and of course you get great views of the park once you get up high. It was about 8:00 at this point so we started heading back towards the front of the park. We stopped so I could take a ride on Space Mountain as I had picked up a child swap pass when my wife had ridden that morning. It was a great ride as always and then we of course had to take a spin on the Peoplemover on the way out of the park.

By the time was had finished the Peoplemover it was about 8:30 and we began our walk to the exit. They did have the back path open behind Main Street and we took it since we didn’t have any shopping to complete that day. We were out of the park by 8:45. So overall, we did seven attractions in about two hours and 15 minutes with the aid of a couple of Fastpass+ reservations. I’d say that’s a pretty production evening at the Magic Kingdom. Happy Trip Planning!