Sean & Pamela's
Very Merry & Not So Scary
Food & Wine Trip
06 October 2007, we arrive from MCO to
Disney's Pop Century Resort.
seanyoda outside the "Pop Century" main building
We have 2 weeks of fun ahead of us, so the first thing we do after
checking in, is checking out our building, the foodcourt of course
(getting our mugs) and then having a wonderful & unexpected dinner.
Here we were expecting chicken fingers but Saturday proved otherwise..
We're getting ahead of ourselves here..
CHECK-IN: super nice cast member from Oklahoma. Said she'd not been to
the food & wine booth for her homestate, but we had heard so many
nice things about it. Promised we'd check it out for her and
never got back with her.. but yeah, Oklahoma at the 12 th Annual Food
& Wine Fest at EPCOT was "whoo!" good! Thank you Oklahoma, I got
the "whoo!!" stuck in my head..
First, the building.. Building 10 to be exact. Right next to the
elevator and the housekeeping room.. Between the rolling carts,
the elevators, the noise, the little girls on "wheelies" and the
general hub-bub, it made for many early morning wake-ups of
flushing toilets and "ding ding ding!!* and rolling carts from
the housekeeping carts, the luggage carts, the pizza delivery truck,
the grass getting mowed in the afternoon, and the constant foot
traffic. The evenings had more of the same especially with the foot
traffic and "wheelies" and kids not having anything better to do but
play in the walkway..
But hey, that was few & far between as we were either away from the
room, or sleeping most of the time. That's what's good about Value
Resorts. Save money on the room, and you can spend more time & $$
at food & wine events, or better yet, other resorts eating really
nice meals. ; )
This was our 3rd time staying at Disney's Pop Century (I think) and I
would definitely stay here again, just not, you know.. so close to the
blinking (or should I say *dinging!!!* elevator) SeanYoda didn't
notice it so much but between that and the flushing I had an easy time
getting awakened in the early hours.. (not to mentioned the muttered
swearing of other guests attempting to flush the infamous Value Resort
Tip for folks who've never stayed there: HOLD THE HANDLE DOWN!!!
..and yes, it's supposed to go "FFFFWWWWWWOOOOSHHHH!!!" loud enough to
wake the dead. =) That' s normal. Also if you swear at the toilet
after trying 3 times and wonder if anyone heard you. Yes, we
did. It's a concrete block of hotel rooms, everyone can
Otherwise, clean room, fun iconic stuff , lots of places to walk and
get lost.. and lots of kid friendly pools and a HUGE store & food
court. Regarding the foodcourt, yes the floors always seem
to be sticky.. and yes the counters are constantly being wiped up by
CMs and other considerate folks cause the kids and folks that come
through there make a mess with the soda fountains, and the rinsing
sink. The frozen cokes don't always work, and regardless of whatever
resort we've stayed at, the hot cocoa machine always is weak and not
working half the time.. If it is working, be greatful. It might take 1
try or 3 tries but if it works for you don't complain. There are
some days the thing just doensn't do it's thing. Oh, and make a
CM's day by cleaning up your mess. (I just put that in to be nice
cause it seems they are always cleaning up after people).
OK.. enough where's the pix?? Here they are.. beginning with our room,
and working our way out, it's the 70s:
photos of and around our building
10, including another guests' decorations..
We opted for dinner at Everything
Pop food court. They made my order (the Greek
salad) right in front of me. SeanYoda had to wait a little longer for
them to prepare and bake his Chicken Mediterranean
flatbread pizza. These were both
winners, and we were very pleasantly surprised. With our meal we
purchased new "Year of a Million Dreams" refillable mugs (which are now
used at all of the resorts at WDW.) On our way back to the
room much later that night, I took a shot of the 60s building with the
fun yo yo stairwell icons. ; P
So... we're here... we've had dinner... what should we do?? We're not
quite ready for EPCOT
yet, so why not a couple rounds of golf.. at least that's what it ended
up by the end of the night.. Meeko continued her streak of losing..
which is good because you wouldn't want the polar icecaps and the end
of days occuring before we got to attend food & wine fest just once
right?? (that's a joke!!).
Here's our WinterSummerland photos:
after the game:
(EPCOT 25th Anniversary Gallery & more)
but first.. always remember:
this means your average WDW
guest too, one would hope! =)
page created: 25 October 2007 psr