Full Review: La Cava del Tequila in the World Showcase at Epcot

This is really more of a snack/drink post, as that is what La Cava del Tequila sells.  Located in the Mexico Pavilion in the World Showcase at Epcot, La Cava del Tequila is a must try.

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Pyramid in the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot – There are entrances to the left and right.

Depending on your Epcot strategy, you can walk from the front gate of Epcot to the gigantic lake, and take either a right or left into the World Showcase.  If you take a left, you walk into the Mexico Pavilion.  If you take a right, you’ll hit the Canada Pavilion first.  While the Canada Pavilion does have a kiosk serving one of the best rated beers in the world according to Beer Advocate, La Fin du Monde by Unibroue, I recommend going left to Mexico and ending at Canada.  This is partially because the Canada Pavilion is otherwise boring, with the exception of the 360 video featuring Canada’s own Martin Short. If you’re into Martin Short, thats fun…?

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Martin Short is everywhere – O Canada!

Anyway.

Once you take the recommended left hand turn into the World Showcase, you’re greeted with the gigantic mesoamerican pyramid that is the main focus of the area.  The Mexico Pavilion actually has a huge amount of food and drink choices.  Outside the pyramid there is La Cantina de San Angel, a quick-service spot right on the water with tacos, nachos, etc.  We’ve gotten nachos from here before and while they are definitely gigantic, I didn’t think they were anything to write home about.  They were the type with liquid cheese, canned jalapeños, etc.  There is also a sit-down restaurant outside the pyramid, La Hacienda de San Angel, which we have always wanted to try but never have because we always end up at La Cava del Tequila.  Inside the pyramid, there is another sit-down restaurant, The San Angel Inn, that overlooks the Gran Fiesta Tour (or the Mexico boat ride as most people call it).  If you’re there during the Food and Wine Festival, that means you get to sit and eat your lunch or dinner while watching drunken adults get really overly excited on the boat ride.  They will probably wave.  Excitedly.

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Sign for La Cava del Tequila

The final food/drink option is La Cava del Tequila, located inside the pyramid on your right as you come in.  You’ll know you found it due to the giant line of people standing outside.  These people are waiting for drinks to go.  Skip all of them and walk up to the host or hostess and ask for a table.  If there are two of you, you’ll probably get in and sit faster than all those people waiting in line.  I’ve seen parties of 8 get seated in 20 minutes during the Food and Wine Festival when there was a line of at least 50 people reaching outside the pyramid.

 

La Cava del Tequila sells, obviously, a lot of different tequilas.  They also have margaritas. What most people don’t know is that they also serve some food options to go with your tequila-based beverage of choice.

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Behind the bar at Cava del Tequila

We have sampled two margaritas.  The Passion Fruit (tequila, ginger liqueur, passion fruit, mango nectar, fresh lime juice, topped with mango foam, served on the rocks with a Tajín chili powder rim) and the Hibiscus (tequila, hibiscus juice, fresh lemon juice, agave nectar, elderflower liquor and pomegranate liquor served on the rocks with a hibiscus salt rim).

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Hibiscus margarita at La Cava del Tequila – $14.75

I’m going to be honest.  I hate tequila.  I had a very bad and also incredibly stereotypical experience in college with a bottle of Jose Cuervo where two friends of mine and I drunkenly yelled “YOU’RE AWESOME” “NO, YOU’RE AWESOME-ER” for 20 minutes before all simultaneously puking from said tequila.  Regardless of this ridiculous memory,  I love the Hibiscus Margarita.  Mainly, because you cant taste the tequila, and the flavors work really well together between the bitterness of the tequila and the sweetness/tartness of the hibiscus and pomegranate.  The only thing that I prefer about the Passion Fruit Margarita is the chili powder rim.

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Queso blanco from La Cava del Tequila.  Comes with chips, queso, and 2 cups of salsa.  $9.00

You should also definitely get the queso blanco (warm white nacho cheese with pico de gallo sauce and tortilla chips).  You’re going to be super tempted to get the trio (tortilla chips served with salsa, queso, and guacamole).  But, know that the queso blanco actually comes with salsa as well.  The only thing you’re going to miss is the guacamole, and you probably wont miss it that much.  This is seriously a GIANT AMOUNT of chips, salsa, and queso.  Guys, this is the perfect compliment to that margarita you’re drinking. Its amazing.  Just trust me.

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on La Cava del Tequila in the World Showcase at Epcot?

Go.  Seriously.  Just go.  Sit inside, skip the line of people waiting for margaritas to go.  You’ll have a much better time and its a nice break from the sun and the people.  I will say its usually full of adults and couples, I’m assuming that kids are not a fan of sitting in what is essentially a tequila cave watching their parents drink a margarita.  So, if you are an adult or couple, DEFINITELY go.

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Snackin’ Around Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Backlot Express

Hollywood Studios, as many of you may know, is going through a bit of a transitional period.  Here is a somewhat recent article from the Orlando Sentinel describing some of the changes.  Essentially though, Hollywood Studio’s is becoming more and more Star Wars-ey by the day.  Not that that’s a bad thing.

Backlot Express, the old standby of a quick service restaurant near the Jedi Training Academy and the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, is still around, but recently went through a menu overhaul.  While the food is pretty standard, it has gotten a bit of a Star Wars theme, featuring items such as the Royal Guard Burger (1/3 lb Chargrilled Angus Beef Burger, topped with Barbecued Brisket, Pepper Jack Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato and a Pickle on a Dark Bun served with Carrot Sticks or French Fries – I’m not really sure I get Royal Guard from that, but whatever), and the Dark Side Chicken and Waffles (Darth Vader Waffles topped with Chicken Breast Nuggets served with Maple Syrup, this one makes a little more sense).  You can also get the really cool souvenir steins that are pictured in the menu above.

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Chicken Fingers and Fries with various dipping sauces from Backlot Express.  Sorry about the napkin on the left, I think I ate a chicken nugget before I took the picture and then didn’t want to touch my phone.

Because I have a thing where I absolutely need to get chicken fingers and fries at least once at Disney, we got the Chicken Breast Nuggets – 8 Pieces served with your choice of Carrot Sticks or French Fries ($9.49), and split it.  Honestly, chicken fingers and fries are a pretty standard item that doesn’t change much from park to park.  The serving size is decent, and its a solid choice for picky adults or children.  What I like most about Backlot Express is that there is a larger-than-is standard amount of sauces to dip your fries and/or chicken breast nuggets in (including ketchup, yellow mustard, honey mustard, ranch dressing, and BBQ sauce), and the location/theming.  Also, through a little bit of Disney “pixie dust” we got that cool little light up Millennium Falcon that I was super excited about all day.

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Outdoor seating at Backlot Express

I especially like to sit and be able to watch part of the Jedi Training Academy, or just sit in the shadow of a looming AT-AT while I eat my lunch.  Either way, its a pretty great location.  They have also recently added this cool seating area which is pretty great for people watching.

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AT-AT and Jedi Training Academy Stage near Star Tours and Backlot Express

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on Backlot Express at Hollywood Studios?

I do completely recommend giving Backlot Express a shot if you’re looking for a quick service lunch or dinner at Hollywood Studios.  However, I’m a bit biased because I actually prefer Backlot Express over any of the other quick service food options at Hollywood Studios.  For example, I inexplicably hate ABC Commissary for really no reason, so generally I choose Backlot Express for any quick service dining needs I have.  The Star Wars theming helps with this, because I absolutely love Star Wars.  But overall, the food you’re getting at Backlot Express is pretty standard, there is plenty of seating and the location is great.  So overall, recommended!

On another note, I do also enjoy the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Hollywood Studios and highly recommend it if you’re looking for a sit down restaurant!

Full Review: D-Luxe Burger at Disney Springs

On the final day of our trip we like to head to Disney Springs, go for a walk, do any last minute shopping, and have lunch before we head home.  With all the new shopping and restaurants at Disney Springs to try, its been a great new last day tradition.

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D-Luxe Burger at Disney Springs

We tried D-Luxe Burger on our most recent trip, doesn’t it look quaint?  D-Luxe Burger is quick service, you order at a cashier and they give you a pager and you pick up your food, in a bag, around the corner and take it to your table (there is plenty of seating).

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As you walk in to D-Luxe Burger

D-Luxe Burger sells, obviously, burgers and fries, and they do it really well considering its their namesake.  I have to say, we were pleasantly surprised by both the quality and quantity of food we got.  It was a bit pricey for burgers and fries, but the food was really great overall.

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Barbecue Classic Burger at D-Luxe Burger

We got 2 burgers and a large order of fries.  Pictured above is the Barbecue Classic Burger (Signature Blend topped with a Fried Onion Ring, Smoked Gouda, Bacon, Barbecue Sauce, and Lettuce, $11.99), and below is the Cluck Burger (Ground Chicken Patty, Garlic Herb Sauce, Avocado, Lettuce, and Tomato, $10.99).

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Cluck Burger at D-Luxe Burger
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Close-up of Cluck Burger at D-Luxe Burger

One of my favorite parts about D-Luxe Burger are the dipping sauces you can try.  Yes, you can get them all, or just a couple, whatever you’d like!  It was fun to try them all and dip the fries into them.  Sauce options include three mustard and honey, garlic ranch, curry ketchup, chipotle mayo, horseradish, and buffalo blue cheese.  There is also your standard mustard and ketchup available.

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From the top left:  three mustard and honey, garlic ranch, horseradish, chipotle mayo, regular ketchup, yellow mustard.
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Large order of fries at D-Luxe Burger

The fries (above) really stood out.  They’re hand cut, hot and salty and perfect.  The only thing that bothered me is that the large is… pretty small.  While we definitely had enough food the cost/size ratio was a bit off.

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Beverage station at D-Luxe Burger

D-Luxe Burger has a really great looking selection of Gelato Shakes and Floats. We did not partake as there was already way too much food, and we got fountain drinks instead, but I’d really love to try one of them at some point. Some of them sound really interesting, like the Smoked Bourbon Gelato Shake, or the Vanilla Porter Gelato Shake, or the Godiva Chocolate and Strawberry Malt Gelato Shake.

I have to say, I also really love the decor of D-Luxe Burger.  Its designed to look like an “old Florida” farmhouse, and its just really cute.  There is ample seating, even outdoor seating, and its really quite nice and comfortable.  They also give you plenty of napkins to go with your gigantic, messy, burger, as you can see above.

The only thing you might need to watch out for is that D-Luxe Burger does not have its own bathroom.  You have to leave the restaurant to go outside to the public Disney Springs bathrooms.  Its not a big deal, but I did wander around for a few minutes before I figured it out.

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on D-Luxe Burger at Disney Springs?

I really recommend it if you’re looking for burgers and fries.  You might want to split a burger, large fry, and gelato shake with someone (if you can possibly agree what to get) as we did get a ton of food.  Definitely, DEFINITELY get the dipping sauces.  Experiment with adding them to your burger, fries, and different combinations.  Its great!

Disney Full Review: Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party

Before I even start this review, I’m going to say that I highly and fully recommend the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  As long as you like Star Wars.  And I guess if you’re indifferent but you really like dessert.

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Star Wars!!

The dessert party costs $69.00 per adult and $39.00 per child (tax and gratuity are included in the cost) and comes with unlimited dessert and savory snacks, unlimited alcohol/non-alcoholic beverages, a souvenir Chewbacca Stein, and reserved viewing for the Star Wars fireworks show.

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Star Wars A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party:  Lanyard with map of included events.  You can access all of these areas throughout the day without paying to enter the dessert party, but some of these areas will be closed off during the dessert party.

The location of the dessert party portion of the evening is inside the Star Wars Launch Bay.  The tables are all standing cocktail tables.  You can wander around the Launch Bay during the party, and there are costumes and props from the movies throughout the area, as well as a few costume characters.  Stormtroopers walked around randomly (we thought they could be a bit more interactive), and there were Jawas that were a bit more interactive in one of the rooms.  There are a few rooms to choose from in regards to tables, the “funnest” room is probably the one where the Jawas hang out, which is partially patterned to look like the Mos Eisley Cantina, but if you want a place to sit try to get there a little early and find a table near one of the benches along the wall.  There are also storm troopers that walk around the area during the party, though we wished they had a little more interaction.  The highlight of character interaction during the dessert party was definitely the Jawas, so make sure you seek them out.

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Dessert buffet table and standing cocktail tables before the dessert party started.  In the back (behind the employees) is the bar/drink area.  In the very right hand corner of the picture is the frozen nutella serving area.  Its easy to miss but make sure you make your way over to it!
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Jawa at the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party

Lets talk about the drinks.  Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available.  Of the alcoholic drink options, all were honestly very meh.  I tried all of them, and my favorite thing to do was mix the overly-acidic watermelon lemonade drink with the non-alcoholic but very much overly sweet “Jettison Juice”.  The line for drinks can get LONG, there is only 1 bar and bartender, but they try and mitigate a rush for the bar upon entry by handing out drinks as soon as you walk in.  On another note, we tipped the bartender and he gave us one of the strongest drinks I have ever had.  You will also want to get a drink before you head outside for the fireworks (they’ll give you a warning) as there are no drinks available outside.  Plus you can stick the cup in your Chewbacca stein for some added outdoor fun.

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Non-alcoholic drinks.  There was also coffee, tea, and soda available.  The menu is hard to read (it was dark in there), but it says “Jettison Juice:  Passion Orange Guava Juice with mango syrup.  Lunar Lemonade:  Watermelon Lemonade.  Soft Drinks.  Water.”
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Alcoholic drink menu:  I liked the Cosmic Citrus Twist the best, but it was better once I added “Jettison Juice” to it.  Swamp Milk was definitely interesting, but I got the impression it wasn’t very well liked because the bartender gave me a small sample to try before I committed.

And onto the food!  We had actually done a similar dessert party during Star Wars Weekends a few years ago, and my main complaint was that there was TOO MUCH dessert (I know, I know, weird complaint, but it seriously ended up making me sick from all the sugar).  There is, of course, a gigantic variety of desserts to try. But there are also some savory snack options like hummus, “lightsaber” olive and cheese sabers, fruit, etc.  I managed to make a meal out of it and skip anything substantial for dinner.  My top recommendation for dessert is the blue milk panna cotta (seriously I dream about it, I must have had 4, at least). If you read other reviews they will most definitely also touch on the bread pudding, which was good but a little too sweet with the addition of candy to it, and the frozen nutella.  The bread pudding is self serve and has toppings available like cookie or brownie crumbles, fresh berries, whipped cream, vanilla sauce, and chocolate sauce.   But guys.  Get the frozen nutella.  Its amazing.  I’m not sure what I was expecting, but its basically whipped nutella (so not that heavy) that is flash frozen with liquid nitrogen, and you can top it with raspberry or chocolate sauce.  Seriously.  Get it.  Seriously.  It also looks disgusting in the picture I took so I’m skipping that one.

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Buffet table at the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party

When you book the dessert party you will get a reservation time of 6:30 or 6:45pm (probably, I didn’t check every date), depending on the timing of the fireworks show, which will start around 7:45 or 8:00pm.  The fireworks show is 14 minutes long, and about 15 minutes before hand you will be led (by stormtroopers!) outside to a reserved viewing area where you will be given your (empty) souvenir Chewbacca stein.  There is no seating in the reserved viewing area.  We were close to the end of the line of people and still had a great view of the fireworks/show, even though I’m only about 5’1 on a good day.  The fireworks show is one of the coolest things I have ever seen at Disney, and makes use of projection effects, lasers, music, and fireworks.  Its seriously awesome.

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Movie props in the Launch Bay

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on “A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

If you’re a fan of Star Wars, you should consider this experience.  Even if you’re not a giant fan of Star Wars, its definitely a cool experience.  I guess if you HATE Star Wars I wouldn’t recommend it.  Overall, the food is great, especially considering the addition of savory items and fruit, the drinks are not that great but free, and the fireworks are amazing.  Overall, I’m really glad we did it, and we would certainly consider booking another reservation on an upcoming trip.

I’ll also add this slightly related tip:  If you or someone in your party has the Disney Chase Visa card there is a Star Wars character meet and greet in the Launch Bay daily from 11:00am to 4:00pm.  We happened upon it by chance and met Kylo Ren with absolutely no line, which was really cool.  You also get free photo downloads.  Keep an eye out while you’re there.

Snackin’ Around Disney’s Epcot: Germany Pavilion

The Germany Pavilion in the World Showcase at Epcot is one my favorite places to take a break, sit, and people watch.  I love to sit by the fountain with a beer and a bratwurst.

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The Germany Pavilion at Epcot.  Photo Courtesy: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/08/a-world-showcase-of-unforgettable-shopping-at-epcot-germany-pavilion/ 

While the Germany Pavilion is known for the buffet style Biergarten Restaurant (which is also awesome), there is a great quick service food option in the back of the Pavilion on the right hand side, called Sommerfest.  The menu isn’t large, but the food you get is plentiful.  We usually get an Oktoberfest, a Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen, and a Bratwurst that we split.  The bratwurst is served on a freshly baked Roll with Sauerkraut and House-made Paprika Chips, and is about $10.00.  We skip the sauerkraut because neither of us are fans.

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Bratwurst from Sommerfest sans sauerkraut with 2 pink grapefruit hefeweizens.

Highly recommended is the Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen, while that might not sound appetizing to some of you, I promise this 50/50 blend of Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen and carbonated juice is refreshing and light, and a perfect beer to sip along with the bratwurst that you totally need to get.

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Okay, sometimes we get 2.  Its a lot of food.

So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on Sommerfest at the Germany Pavilion in Epcot?

We try to go to Sommerfest and sit and people watch at least once per trip, if not twice. We have a tendency to try to do everything during a trip, which means we get tired pretty easily. We make it a point to have this downtime at Epcot to sit and take everything in. Even if you dont decide to stick around in the Germany Pavilion, do yourself a favor and get a Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen for your walk around the World Showcase!

Try This!: Moscow Mules at Walt Disney World

You might think this is an odd topic for a post.   I disagree (obviously, because I’m writing it), because I drink so many Moscow Mules I consider myself a “connoisseur” of them.   Seriously.

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Moscow Mule on the WDW Drink Menu

The first time I had a Moscow Mule I was browsing the standard drink menu at Disney, lamenting the loss of my most beloved drink, the Citrus Infusion (you can find the recipe here, but its never the same when I make it at home).  I wasn’t seeing anything that jumped out at me.  The best bartender in all of Walt Disney World, Walter, who works at Tambu Lounge, suggested the mule.  I thought, “well this one has a cool cup” and ordered it.

That was the beginning of my love affair with the Moscow Mule.

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Moscow Mule from Tambu Lounge at the Polynesian

For those of you who have never had one, its a pretty standard drink.  Vodka (I prefer Tito’s, sometimes then called an “American Mule”, but you may have another favorite), ginger beer (I prefer Goslings, but also like Fever Tree), and lime.  Its light, refreshing, and it comes in a copper cup which makes it seem fancy.

I’ve had Moscow Mules all across Disney property, and my favorite pour is at Tambu Lounge at the Polynesian.  Its really just proportions of vodka/lime/ginger beer, but they get them perfect.

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Moscow Mule from the Boathouse at Disney Springs

You might think that its an easy drink to make.  But, despite having one of the better Moscow Mules I’ve had at Tambu Lounge, there is one Disney restaurant that made the worst Moscow Mule I have ever had.  And I don’t say that lightly.  I’ve ordered them everywhere in the US from Florida to Seattle, and I’ve had good ones and bad ones, and this one was objectively the worst.

So, what Disney restaurant is the culprit?  The Boathouse at Disney Springs.  For somewhere so expensive and classy that boasts the drink on their menu, it was SO. BAD.  Way too much lime, an inexplicably large amount of ice, and flat ginger beer.  They use Stoli, and I generally do like Stoli, but it didn’t work with the flavor of the ginger beer.

So, Drinking Ever After, what is the moral of the story?

If you’re looking for a light and refreshing drink, go with the Moscow Mule.  Just, don’t get it from the Boathouse.  Especially if its your first one, it will just tarnish the experience for you.

And, just for good measure because its my favorite drink, I’ve had some kick ass versions of the drink that you should try if you’re ever in any of these locations:

Wood Pizza New Orleans made the best standard Moscow Mule I’ve ever had (on their menu as an American Mule).

 

Giving points for creativity and their own ginger syrup and charged water, Bar Tonique, also in New Orleans, is an all around amazing bar that serves a great drink.

Another with points for creativity is Copper 29 Bar in Coral Gables, FL.

Try one the next time you go out!  Hopefully, you wont be disappointed.

 

Disney Full Review: Pop Century

Oh value resorts at Walt Disney World, and the love/hate relationship we have.  We have stayed at Disney’s Pop Century a multitude of times, the price per night is usually around $100 (sometimes less, sometimes more), so if we’re going for a weekend trip we usually stay there due to its relative cheapness.  Pop Century is one of the newer value hotels (with Art of Animation being the newest), and is patterned after “decades” of entertainment from the 1950’s through the 1990’s.

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From the parking lot at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

All of the value resorts are, very decidedly, Disney.  In a somewhat in-your-face, sometimes creepy, way.

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Giant “Lady and the Tramp” statue at Disney’s Pop Century.  Looming over you.

Pop Century has everything you need in a bare-bones sort of way compared to the moderate resorts.  It has a gift shop, quick service cafeteria, a few pools (no water slides), an outdoor pool bar (no inside bars), an arcade, and a running trail.  So, if you’re looking for a trip and do not want/need any of the “frills” you get at a moderate, you cant go wrong with one of the values.

The rooms are your standard hotel rooms.  They have beds, a sink, a shower, a toilet, a refrigerator, a phone, a TV…  You’ll be comfortable while you’re sleeping and be able to shower.  Still no digital clock though, which annoys me.

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Disney’s Pop Century Room
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Disney’s Pop Century Bathroom

I reviewed a moderate resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, here.  There are a few things you might want to know about Pop Century before you book.

The resort boasts a pretty big gift shop and a really big cafeteria with a lot of seating.  The gift shop has everything you need, including toiletries/etc.  The cafeteria serves your standard fare.  There is no sit-down restaurant option at Pop Century, but if you’re just going to your room to sleep that shouldn’t bother you.   Since there is only one cafeteria option there is no way to defer some of the guests anywhere else, so the cafeteria is particularly busy, especially so in the mornings with everyone trying to grab breakfast before they head to the parks.  You can see part of the gift shop, some of the cafeteria seating, and the cafeteria in the pictures above.  These were taken at an off-time, so everything was pretty empty.

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I believe this is the “Hippy Dippy” Pool at Pop Century.  Very themed.

The pools are pools.  You wont find the water slides or water parks that you might find at one of the moderates or deluxe hotels.  But, if you’re looking to swim or for a mid-day break they’re large and have life guards.

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Pop Century bus waiting area.

The busses are just as prompt as any hotel, but if you’re waiting in line there is no shade or seating without giving up your spot.  If the people around you are nice and willing to hold your place you might be able to talk them into letting you sit in the shade.  There are monitors that tell you the arrival time of busses, and we found them very accurate.

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Walkway from Pop Century to Art of Animation in the morning.

My favorite area of Pop Century is the walkway over to Art of Animation, which crosses over a river.  There are two seating areas over to either side right before the bridge, and I like to grab coffee in the morning and sit over there, away from the business of the cafeteria.  Its very quiet and peaceful.  I think they’re smoking areas but they did not seem very well traveled.

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The very quiet seating area near the walkway to Art of Animation.

So, Drinking Ever After, do you recommend Pop Century?

Yes, depending on the type of vacation you’re looking for.  Overall, the value of a value resort is great.  If you’re looking to go to the parks and use the room to sleep and shower you’re not going to be disappointed in what you’re getting.  If you like to hang around the hotel at all, I recommend a moderate resort.

I will say that there are a few cons to Pop Century (and I’m assuming any value resort).  Due to its relative friendliness in price per night, school groups usually stay at value resorts.  This adds to the business and nosiness of the resort.  The value resorts are gigantic, so at park close with everyone leaving at the same time, you’ll be waiting in line for a bus for a long, long time.  Be ready to stand if you’re able.  The lines were definitely longer than any of the moderates I’ve stayed at and I’m assuming its because the values are both busier due to the prevalence of school groups and their overall size.  It can be difficult to find a quiet, adult, place to relax after you’re back from the parks, because there is only one pool bar.