Posted: 18/05/2015 at 23:47
We did some time in a Holiday Inn type hotel first and then moved into Pop Century just for the days of the Expo and Dopey. To be honest the Holiday Inn type ( think it was actually Best Western, airport Suites, Orlando) was $60 a night and Pop was a heck of a lot more.
We had a car so being without the Disney buses while we were doing holiday sort of things didn't worry us at all. however it was really good to be in a resort hotel for the race days. We just drove to the Parks and so on. Having a car was a huge gain. We went and picked up food at Walmart, ate in non tourist restaurants and so on.
Pop was on ok hotel, but the room is small and had two double beds. Best Western was a far bigger room with a huge king size bed and a gym with treadmill. We didn't have kids with us and that would change it a lot. Pop did have more kid stuff, pools etc. Food there was pretty grim, very cafeteria. Again, we didn't have kids. We just used to drive down the road a bit and get something more grown up! Disney buses run to Downtown Disney too at night.
On race day it was really good being at Pop. They have a constant stream of buses for runners and non runners to and from the race. The shuttle buses run very frequently anyway, wherever you want to go. I didn't do a bus from the airport, we had a hire car.
Disney hotels give you a wristband that does everything. It's your room key, pay with it at Parks, restaurants, shops etc. was very handy.