The truly important stuff: Laundry!

My wife is working through packing, and which outfits on which days, and how many outfits we’ll need considering we’re no longer staying in a house with laundry. Instead, we’ll be at Pop Century (and Endless Summer Surfside Inn).

We’d love it if we can manage to not have to do Laundry at all, although considering we’ll probably be collectively sweating enough to fill the Typhoon Lagoon Wave Pool, there is a good chance we’ll have to.

My question is about the Laundry facilities at Pop. How long do the machines typically take? Would we be able to claim two machines at the same time so that we can wash our clothes and the clothes of our kids separately (since we’re staying in separate rooms)? I believe I remember reading that it is set up so that when a machine is done, you receive some kind of notification? Is that correct? Any tips? Best times?

Our options really our EPCOT day (doing laundry in the morning, since park doesn’t open until 11) or AK day (doing laundry in the evening, since park closes early).

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30 min wash, 30 min dry if I recall correctly. EASIER than doing laundry at home so I don’t mind one bit.

https://www.laundryview.com/selectProperty?property=7463
This link will show washers/dryers available. I just set my iPhone Alarm but there are notification settings.

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Interesting! Thanks for the link.

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My vacation go to - even when we have a house, is to descend on a Laundromat and getting it all done in an hour. ALL OF IT. Most have very early and very late hours. And I travel with a team of helpers. :wink:

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Wow. Really?

In a house, we basically just do a load of laundry every day or so. Put clothes in the washer while we’re at the parks, and throw them in the dryer when we get back, that kind of thing.

But, alas, that isn’t really an option this time around.

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I did laundry at the POP facility near the main pool and had no issues with taking multiple machines and dryers during evening hours in February. While laundry was going I had a couple drinks at the Petals bar poolside and chatted with some really fascinating people who were all long-time Disney fans. Only two other people came in to do laundry the entire time I was sitting there (around 75 min).

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Am I weird if I say I enjoy doing laundry at Disney? Especially when we had the room right next to the quit pool and laundry facility at POR, it was seriously 10 steps from my room.

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Yes.

Or, wait. Was that meant to be rhetorical?

:wink:

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I don’t mind Disney laundry when I plan it just right. In fact, the last 2 trips I have come home with more than 1/2 of our clothes clean. All I had to do was put them away! Nothing better than coming home from vacation and not having ALL of that dirty laundry to do!! :slight_smile:

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ETA: in here is a link to a whole blog post I did about laundry at WDW

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Awesome! Thanks, @OBNurseNH.

In that post, you mention about a hour later the dryer being done. So does this mean the wash takes about 30 minutes, and the dryer takes about an hour?

ETA: Oh. I see you had the info at the end of the post. 36 minutes. Sorry I missed that on first glance!

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IIRC that would be correct.

It’s a perfect amount of time for me. Put in the laundry, go get coffee (and maybe breakfast), change things over to the dryer, do a resort walk around, collect laundry

I tend to return a little before drying is over and fold as I pull things out to minimize wrinkling.

It’s the craziest thing I know, but I love my laundry mornings!

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It depends on the dynamic of the trip. But very often I would prefer the entire wardrobe be completely reset, especially if we are re-wearing specialty clothes, etc. We usually have a rest day mid vacation. Those massive washers at the laundromats do it all in an hour.

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We’ve done laundry on trips, many times especially during warmer weather. We love (weird) sitting by the pool and going back and forth to the laundry mat. We usually do it at the end of a day and never had a problem accessing machines and even more than one machine. SO much nicer than commercial ones. We too bring a collapsible hamper for our rooms, but buy the detg. from their vending machine. If I remember correctly all the run times are posted inside the building. We tried unsuccessfully to use the phone notifications. In the past… the ALL STAR resorts are overrun by BIG young tour groups and the L.Mats are always busy, but with current travel restrictions and limited access to parks I’m sure that wont’ be an issue.

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I cannot tell you the number of people who have thought I was the greatest person on earth for passing along this laundry website. People think I’m a Disney super genius. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Probably one of the top things I’ve ever learned being part of TP.

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My take on this is to avoid midday breaks unless you want to do laundry or pack double outfits for every day. I can deal with being sweaty, but I absolutely will not put my stinky, sweaty clothes back on after a swim break.

That said, if Pop is anything like AoA, the laundry is by the main pool. So you can start a load or 2, swim for an hour, switch your laundry and then swim some more. If you’re nice like me you’ll let your wife take a nap while you do the laundry, swim and have a drink by the pool.

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I will also say this: I did have a tangentially bad experience at the laundry at AoA.

I was in there early and doing my laundry (I stayed in there). A washing machine stopped. Within 5 seconds a woman opened it, through the clothes on the counter and put her load in. I saw her do this with a dryer as well. No time at all was given for whomever loads of laundry those were to move them on their own. And the washing machine person (who was in within 10 minutes of the machine stopping) was really mad.

This was also before the laundry website. So hopefully this doesn’t happen too much anymore.

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Some people are just jerks. If one hadn’t stopped, she probably would have just stopped one and pulled out the wet, dirty clothes.

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This was us at POR also, mere steps away. Altho the laundry is not far from the main pool at WL. I’m trying to recall other laundries but it must be too early.

Laundry time is pool time. I’ve had empty machines at mid afternoon, mid week. Just chilling by the pool while the machines work, works for me.

I’ve never had a wonderful dryer at Disney. Pretty much won’t allow kids to bring denim. Adults risk having no dry pants to wear if they insist on bringing jeans. I’m not hanging by the pool for more than one dryer time. Waiting on a dryer doesn’t work. :grin:

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Yeah, dryers are not good. although this seems to be the case for most hotels and such. Gotta get you to pay for the additional dry cycle! :grin: