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  • On Jul 1, 2015
    Rebecca from OH Asked

    We always avoid summer months but in 2016 we need to visit in Aug. Will stay for 11 nights. Debating between Pop Century or Caribbean Beach. Will have 2 adults, kids aged 11, 7, 4mos. How can we get the best out of this trip when crowds and temps are high?

    Hello, Rebecca. I definitely understand wanting to minimize exposure to the heat and crowds during the Florida summer. One of my favorite ways to cool off is to take a break from the parks mid-day and enjoy the resort pool. Since you are debating between Disney's Pop Century Resort and Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, I'd say that if you are planning to spend some time at the pool, Disney's Caribbean Beach has the more imaginative one. There are slides, water cannons, hot tubs, and a shipwreck splash area for smaller children. The pools at Disney's Pop Century are pretty standard. The most exciting it gets is the Hippy Dippy Pool which has flower petal water fixtures that spray into the pool. If you are wanting to stay in the parks, I suggest the Casey Jr. Splash 'N Soak Station. Last August when I noticed my 5-year-old was on the verge of melting, we found a nearby bathroom and changed into swim trunks to cool off in the splash area. I was able to sit and relax my feet while he had fun running around in the water. Don't forget to pack a towel and swim clothes in your bag!

    Here are some other tips to beat the heat:

    *Do indoor attractions and shows during the hottest part of the day.
    *Go back to your Resort for lunch and a nap.
    *Cool down with a sweet treat. Mmm, Dole Whips and Mickey Bars!
    *Keep an eye on attraction wait times with the My Disney Experience App and take advantage of Disney's FastPass+ service.

    Overall I think that Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort has better amenities, more sophisticated grounds, and a nicer atmosphere. Disney's Pop Century Resort is great if you are on a budget and aren't planning to spend too much time at the resort. It all depends on which experience you want. I suggest looking at pictures of each resort and going over your plans and budget.

    If you need anything else, please let us know and we'd be happy to help. Have a magical Walt Disney World vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Sarah, Indiana

I am a recent graduate from Ball State University and mother to my 5-year-old son. We love all things Disney and when we aren’t watching Disney films or planning our next vacation, we love to go to touring Disney shows. I also love to cook, listen to music, read books, and paint. With my experience planning vacations and navigating the parks from a single parent’s perspective, I hope to be able to add a little “pixie dust” to your vacation! Learn More About Sarah

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