Okay! Got the image problem sort of worked out!
Now… the hotel!
I wasn’t entirely sure about staying at Pop (after all, POR is my beloved), but I had a good deal, and I needed that deal at a value to make the trip happen.
The line to check in was long on Sunday morning and we had a bit of a wait. We were checked in by a very nice CM who made note of our requests, which turned out to be not quite in the right order but that we got straightened out, and while we didn’t get exactly what we wanted, it was close enough, and the CM made some phone calls to make it all happen. He gave us “Happy Anniversary!” buttons, and wrote “18th!” on them for us. (How am I old enough to have been married eighteen years?)
Then back to our room. Lake view! Can I rave enough about this back-of-the-hotel, 70s Building? So quiet, and the lake with the Radiator Springs section of AoA on the far shore was always so peaceful, and turned out to be even more gorgeous at sunset. We were on the third floor.
The compromise was the double beds when we had hoped for a King, but it was really just not a problem at all.
My regret is that I never took a picture of our view.
I the décor of the rooms. Yes, the room is VERY, VERY small, but we knew that going in. The rooms aren’t the least bit over-the-top tacky, and I liked the style very much. They’ve gone to triple-sheeting instead of bedspreads, but they used the old bedspreads to make a runner that goes across the bottom of the bed. The look is more upscale and very clean.
The picture collage on the wall was my childhood! The Aristocats, the colored Mickey ears with the little brim, Robin Hood, the Main Street Electrical Parade…
The new fridge? Worked well the first few days. Then the freezer stopped working because it needed some serious defrosting, and never did freeze anything else (I considered the blow dryer, but didn’t think it would reach that far!). The fridge itself kept everything very cold.
One concern I had from pictures was the huge tacky things stuck to each of the buildings. And while I still don’t love them, I found them far less objectionable in person than I do in pictures.
Didn’t feel like it was too long of a walk anywhere. Passed this guy every day.
And we passed these guys when we walked to the car.
Overall, Pop Century had a great feel to it. All of the cast members were friendly, and when I asked for extra pens, our Mousekeeper provided. It doesn’t take much to keep me happy, and spending my life writing on post-it notes with pens that read “Disneyland Hotel” and “Walt Disney World Resorts” makes me happy.
Oh, and there was a towel animal left when we got there, and Mousekeeper Madeline made a new one for us the next day, so they both sat in our window with our Christmas lights, along with the “Happy Anniversary!” picture of Mickey and Minnie that appeared in our room the second day. That was so much fun to find in our room. We also got the message from Mickey and Minnie on the phone when we checked in.
Would I stay there again? Absolutely! But if there weren’t rooms available back overlooking the lake when I checked in, I would camp out next to the registration desk to get moved there as soon as possible. :happy: