Disney’s Pop Century Resort is one of the five “Value” hotels on Walt Disney World® property and is located in what’s known as the Wide World of Sports® resort area. The hotel opened in 2003 and features a celebration of pop culture from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. Pop is considered one of the best Value hotels at Walt Disney World®, and I’d love to share with you why it’s also one of my family’s favorite places to stay!
Disney’s Pop Century Resort features ten buildings with a total of 2,880 rooms. The resort is broken up into five sections (50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s) and one main building called Classic Hall. There are three pools shaped like items from some of the decades. A computer shaped pool in the 90’s, a bowling pin shaped pool in the 50’s and the main pool “The Hippy Dippy”, shaped like a “groovy” flower in the 60’s. Little ones can enjoy the smaller splash pool in the 60’s. There’s also a bar located at the Hippy Dippy pool called Petals.
The room buildings feature fun theming evoking a “pop art” style. One of my favorite parts of the hotel are the larger-than-life statues located at each building representing favorite Disney characters and iconic items from each decade. If you have an afternoon off from the parks, taking a stroll around the grounds enjoying these statues can be a great way to relax. Rooms sleep up to four people and are currently undergoing a renovation which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018. The new rooms feature one standard queen bed and one pull-down queen bed that also functions as a table when folded up. The renovations also include new refrigerators, flooring, bathroom fixtures and the addition of coffee makers to every room. These new additions update the resort to a more modern look.
When booking a room at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Guests have a choice of Standard, Standard Pool View, Preferred, and Preferred Pool View. The Standard rooms have a view of the Resort Hotel or Parking Areas, the Standard Pool View rooms have a view of the Bowling or Computer Pool, the Preferred rooms have a view of the Courtyard or Landscaping and the Preferred Pool View rooms have a view of the Hippy Dippy Pool. Both Preferred room types are close to Classic Hall, Dining, Shopping, and Transportation. Other than location, the rooms themselves are all the same.
Classic Hall is the first area of the resort you will encounter as you check in. The check-in area is decorated to invoke some of the great events and items from each of the represented decades. The walls are lined with shadow boxes arranged along a timeline. Each box is filled with fun artifacts and articles from the past. Make sure you take a few moments to check these out as I’m sure you’ll see something from your childhood that will have you reminiscing! Classic Hall also contains the Everything Pop shopping and dining area as well as an arcade. Bus stops are located in front of the hall where you can board a bus to the parks or Disney Springs.
Disney’s Pop Century Resort is located along “Hourglass Lake”. Just across the lake is Disney’s Art of Animation resort with a bridge connecting the two. With the two resorts being so close, you can grab one of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort buses when returning from the parks, if one for Pop Century isn’t available.
Everything Pop Shopping and Dining is located right next to the check-in area in Classic Hall. In the shopping area, you can find souvenirs, snacks, and essentials like first aid supplies and toiletries. In the dining area, there are multiple counters each serving different selections.
There is currently work being done to install a station for the upcoming Disney Skyliner transportation system. The Skyliner will take guests from the resort to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Epcot® as well as stops at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the upcoming Disney’s Riviera Resort.
As with all on-site Disney Resorts, new parking rates went into effect for new reservations made March 21, 2018, and thereafter. Standard overnight self-parking is available to registered Guests for a fee of $13 per night (sales tax included). Complimentary standard self-parking is available while you enjoy select dining, shopping, entertainment and recreation experiences at this Resort.
As you can see with all the fun theming and new upcoming additions, Disney’s Pop Century Resort is a great resort for all ages and anyone from first-time visitors to Walt Disney World® veterans.
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