1 December 2005 Heading out to
WDW.. SeanYoda & cranky Meeko headed out rather late to LAX
(meeko misunderstood SeanYoda's timetable when he was saying "430am"
was the time we'd be heading out, rather than what she understood him
to say the time we were to wakeup.. When the alarm went off at 3am,
Meeko was still up and packing & planning!).
We managed somehow, and the
flight went off safely, with Meeko getting very little sleep on the
direct flight thru Houston to MCO (orlando). We landed about
330pm Orlando time; Sean's rental from Enterprise, a silver Saturn Vue
was interesting and fun, despite its large size. Very handy for driving
and picking up stuff and people. While not something we'd drive back
home, it made for a handy vacation car. It gets about 20mpg. It
came without satelite radio, but we managed to have fun listening to
the local 107.7fm holiday music. =) Although we brought
some cds, we kept forgetting to bring them to the car to play on some
of the few driving excursions we took later on our trip.
We were given a room facing a
small courtyard in the 80s building, rm# 9453. We were confused
in thinking that rather than the 70s which we had requested, we were
given a room in the 90s decade building. Close but no cigar.. The
9400s are actually in the 80s decade, which have the Rubik's Cube
for stairwells and the big yellow walkman facing the pool.
Fortunately, we were not facing the pool and the shortcut through the
parking lot was very handy to get to the bus shelter and
foodcourt/lobby area. (Please note there is ONLY one bus
pickup/dropoff location which is centrally located at the Classic Years
foodcourt/lobby). Although it's a shorter walk than many of the
WDW resorts, getting to the bus shelter is only part of the issue.
Catching a bus is something else. =)
Images are in &
around the Pop Century Resort over the length of our stay.
Value resorts are
pretty small with about 250sq feet, 2 double beds (which are smaller
than we recall) your basic room amenities (tv w/local channels, CNN,
toon disney, abc family & some 20+ wdw resort tv channels; as
well wall safe, hair dryer & optional fridge to rent for $10day)
Decor includes the snazzy 80s themed poster with FIgment & Black
Cauldron featured ventures of the 80s. =) Epcot of course
is the icon of the 1980s WDW, having opened in 1982.
Internet is dial-up, but with
plans to upgrade the resorts at large, expect to see high speed
internet at Pop Century by mid-summer 2006. Internet isn't always an
issue, however if you need to keep connected (like we were) consider
upgrading your vacation to a moderate or better..
For more info on WDW plans for
high speed/wi-fi internet access, please check out Deb Wills "ALL
EARS.NET" article posted May
Pop Century at night:
cel phone stairway of the 90s buildings lit up at night.. very
Rubik's Cube 80s stairwells look lovely at night (that's our
SeanYoda & Meeko are checking out the 'computer' pool
area with Roger Rabbit & giant Sony Walkman© style icon.
While room decor is very basic,
you will sometimes still see stuffed animals and holiday displays in
the windows. We saw many rooms with towel animals in them, but
occassionally one might see a cute tableau of animals or toys, with the
occasional holiday decoration or light in the window of an individual
room or two.
a couple displays:
more night photos:
70s building 8-track tape icon and walkways from Hourglass
Lake bridge at night with 50s building (bowling pins & duncan©
yo-yo) reflecting off the lake.
Currently Hourglass lake has a
bridge to nowhere.. a hedge is strategically placed to block walkers
from crossing over to what might one day be the earlier decades
buildings (1900s-1940s which are currently not being constructed but
for a few shells of a building or two and the lobby which is also just
a shell of itself). There are plenty of ducks and fish in
the lake, but no duck feeders. Someone must be feeding them, however we
decided, as the ducks seemed to all scamper over when looked over the
side to see them swimming in the frigid waters.
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