Wednesday, July 6, 2011
I love All Star Music, and everyone else loves Pop. It has made me want to try Pop, so I tried to book Pop way back when there was a room only discount that had just come out. Pop wasn't available, so we booked All Star Music. Maybe that was a sign not to stay at Pop. Anyway, fast forward a few weeks, and annual pass discounts are available for our August trip. I am now reconsidering switching to Pop, if we do get annual passes.
Before you tell me which resort you think James and I should stay at, here's a list of things that worry me about Pop:
1. Buses. Please don't tell me that the All Stars share buses. We were on a shared bus maybe 10% of the time. I'm concerned about the bus service at Pop because the resort is much bigger than All Star Music. Which means more people. Which means more crowded buses and longer lines. The line for Pop always seems longer than the line for All Star Music.
2. Sound proofing. Pop supposedly has the worst sound proofing of all the resorts. All Star Music is very well soundproofed. I'm nervous about being woken up by noisy kids in the middle of the night.
3. Unofficial Guide ratings. The fact that I take every word written in the Unofficial Guide as un-debatable fact is one of the reasons I signed up to be a TouringPlans.com affiliate (see banner in sidebar). That said, 100% of All Star Music visitors said they would return to that resort, but only 93% of the Pop Century visitors said the same. If you don't think 7% seems like a lot, multiply that by the total number of people that stay at Pop every year. (Also note that 80% of All Star Music visitors would recommend the resort to a friend, but only 70% of Pop Century visitors said the same.)
4. Fellow All Star Music lovers. Pop lovers swear that I will like it, but many fellow All Star lovers say that they didn't like Pop as much as Music. Some even said they couldn't wait to get back to Music. Some cite the things I listed above, plus things like the scenery: Pop is all plastic, while the All Stars have a lot of trees and landscaping.
So that's that. On one hand, I want to try something new. On the other hand, All Star Music signifies Disney for me, and I kind of want to go there forever (until I can afford a deluxe). So what's your opinion on the great debate? Should I stay at All Star Music or Pop Century? Let me know your thoughts in a comment, on Twitter (@amandaenchanted), or on Facebook!