Arriving in Walt Disney World always seems a bit stressful for me. Not sure why, Magical Express couldn’t make it any easier, but today our flight was delayed a half hour. Which doesn’t seem like a lot- but when you are traveling as part of an organization taking 130 twirlers to TwirlMania, I was a smidge more tense than usual.
Everything inside Orlando International went smoothly, we boarded our bus, made the stop at Art of Animation Resort before arriving at Pop Century Resort. Then there was the very first of many long lines we would encounter on this trip. Luckily, we had friends arrive the night prior who ensured our rooms connected for us (our family of 5 will not fit in 1 Pop Century room. Plus we had an additional twirler traveling with us without her family, we had 6 people across 2 rooms), so there wasn’t a hassle there at all- which was a relief. The line did keep moving and we weren’t waiting long.
Once we had everything squared away at the front desk, we headed to the food court to grab some lunch.
The girls had salads and pizza, Mikey and I had chicken nuggets and fries, while Mike had a cheese burger. We were all pleasantly surprised how good the food was! As we were finishing up lunch, we were texted our rooms were ready- so we cleaned up and headed over to the 50’s sections, building #5 which would be our home for the next 4 nights.
We settled in, took a vote and decided to take the next hour or two to relax after traveling and get to know our surroundings vs heading off to Hollywood Studios (we really didn’t have that much time). Once that decision was made, our bags had arrived from Bell Services (we checked them in as we ate, not knowing how long it would take for our rooms to be ready) and Magical Express.
First impressions concerned us a bit, the beds looked small- they are full sized beds- but we were happy to be fairly close to the main building and the pools (the 50’s actually has it’s own pool and we were close to the main pool as well). We weren’t going to be at the resort much to use most of what it had to offer other than food and sleeping accommodations, so we were optimistic. We called down for extra pillows (each bed only comes with 2) and towels and shampoo/conditioner- we were trying to be sure we had all of our bases covered before heading out to Epcot for the night!
Helpful hint: Pop Century provides your room with bar hand and bath soap plus bottles of combined shampoo and conditioner. For curly haired ladies, who might need conditioner to tame those curls, you might want to pack your own.