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    Re: A of A



    I walked the grounds there today with the kid. They are obviously still doing work on Little Mermaid...construction dumpsters are still on property, and even though the building decorations are up, they haven't painted the little mermaid mural on the film strip facing the lake.

    The pool is indeed gated off, and requires an AoA room key for entrance (picture attached) No pool hopping for Pop guests! Also, their pools are far superior to Pops in terms of water features. Also, the hotel buildings and rooms are all indoors (no balconies or exterior doors/stairs/elevators like at Pop.

    Otherwise, if you are even vaguely familiar with the look and layout of Pop, you will immedietly see the similarities between the resorts.

    The food court looks amazing, and has a lot of different offerings then over at Pop. There are 4 "restaurants":

    Soup, Salad and Sandwich Shop
    Create your own salad (not really a salad bar, rather they assemble it for you as you instruct them what to put on)
    Caprese Sandwich
    Buffalo Style Turkey Sandwich
    Pulled Pork Sandwich

    World of Flavors
    Tandoori Boneless Chicken Thigh
    Tandoori Shell-on Shrimp
    Tandoori Portuguese Sausage
    Mongolian Grill Beef Stir Fry
    Mongolian Grill Fish

    Pizza and Pasta Shop
    Create-Your-Own Pasta (similar to the Create your own salad concept)
    Individal Cheese Pizza
    Meatball Sandwich on Ciabatta
    Individual Pepperoni Pizza

    Burger Shop
    Create-Your-Own Burger (Similar to the other "Create-Your-Own")
    House-made Vegetable Burger
    Chicken Burger
    Surf & Surf Burger (fish sandwich with fried shrimp)
    Pastrami Cheeseburger

    They all look interesting, and I'm going to be doing them a lot for hotel dining. They stay upen until midnight, just like Pop does. Pop's food court carries a lot of the same items that Carribean does, so this variety is welcome to me. I also like the fact that Disney decided to do this since both hotels are easily within walking distance of each other over the bridge, and therefore it offers more choices to guests of both resorts.

    I also attached some other pictures from my walk-through.

    Enjoy!


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    I wonder if they have any rooms left? I have called several times and they didn't for the time I'm going sept 15-22.



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    Re: A of A

    Quote Originally Posted by englanddg View Post
    World of Flavors
    Tandoori Boneless Chicken Thigh
    Tandoori Shell-on Shrimp
    Tandoori Portuguese Sausage
    Mongolian Grill Beef Stir Fry
    Mongolian Grill Fish
    LOL - so not really a "World" of flavors then - more "Two flavors".


    Quote Originally Posted by englanddg View Post
    Pizza and Pasta Shop
    Individal Cheese Pizza
    Individual Pepperoni Pizza
    This annoys me at WDW. Do they not realise that pizzas come with different toppings? Everywhere in WDW is the same old boring pizza!


    Still, the resort does sound fun. Thanks for checking it out englanddg!

    Great pics too!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Winkster View Post
    LOL - so not really a "World" of flavors then - more "Two flavors". Everywhere in WDW is the same old boring pizza!
    You are so right! I didn't want to say it, I was trying to be informational. But I'm glad you did!


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    Re: A of A

    Quote Originally Posted by Winkster View Post
    LOL - so not really a "World" of flavors then - more "Two flavors".

    LOL!

    I like tandoori, but I don't like chicken thighs, sausage, or shrimp with the shell on. (I don't understand why anyone would want the hassle of shell-on shrimp.) Very disappointing selection from a potentially very interesting restaurant station. I like Mongolian beef, though.

    Thanks for posting the info and photos, englanddg. We'll have to take a walk over there in October. And we're staying there in December.

    Report back on the food you eat there, too. Sounds like an interesting selection for the most part (at least more interesting than the Pop).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Curious Alice
    (I don't understand why anyone would want the hassle of shell-on shrimp)
    Flavor! All the flavor is in the shell and the head so they need to be cooked shell-on.

    Better if someone removes the shells for you after cooking though!

    Back on topic though (sorry!) the food court sounds a bit too Disney-ish for me. Promises much but delivers little (or at least seems to).


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    Re: A of A



    My family stayed in the AoA Finding Nemo suites in June, just a week after they opened. We LOVED it. My husband and I had our own room AND BATHROOM!!! That was a huge deal for us. We had a small kitchenette, the kids had more than enough room for all their stuff, and service was great.

    We have a lot of food allergies to deal with, so we were VERY happy with the food court. The Chef would come talk to us in the morning and by the end of the time we were there, he was calling us all by name.

    We would stay there again, in a heartbeat!!! We were there for 3 nights/4 days. THe pool was AWESOME! IT's salt water filtered and has an underwater sound system. It got my kiddo, who is afraid of water, to actually put his face IN the water. Amazing!!

    As much as we loved Nemo, we are looking forward to staying in Cars next time!!! =)


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