I am often asked about the value resorts at Walt Disney World. They can be a great deal for families, because they offer the same on property benefits as other Walt Disney World resorts, but are less expensive. A few weeks ago, I stayed at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, one of the value resorts on property. This resort is fun and offers lots of great family amenities, so it’s a great option. Here’s our review of Disney’s Pop Century Resort.
A Review of Disney’s Pop Century Resort
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The Location of Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s Pop Century is located across a small bridge from Disney’s Art of Animation. Like the other Disney value resorts, you’ll need to take a bus to all of the theme parks and Disney Springs. There is one bus stop for the whole resort, and the buses typically only stop at Pop Century, making it a fairly easy bus ride.
The Rooms at Disney’s Pop Century Resort
The rooms at Disney’s Pop Century Resort are located in buildings themed after specific decades. So for instance, you’ll find gigantic yo-yos at the edges of one of the 60s buildings. The resort rooms have exterior entry doors, with walkways and elevators on the upper floors.
Rooms offer double beds, a small table with two chairs, flat-screen tvs, mini refrigerators, irons/ironing boards, and a hairdryer. There’s no coffee maker in the room, so you’d need to go to the food court to purchase freshly-brewed coffee. The rooms are small, but comfortable, and most families don’t spend too much time in the room. You’ll get soap and combination shampoo/conditioner, so if you want separate conditioner and/or moisturizer, it’s best to bring it from home.
The Amenities at Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Although you’ll likely spend much of your time at the parks, there are lots of things to do right at the resort. There are three pools on property. The main pool, the Hippy Dippy Pool, is in the center of the resort, and offers a small pool bar along with numerous pool activities throughout the day (on select days – see the schedule in the resort lobby). A small kiddie pool is located right behind the Hippy Dippy Pool.
There are also two smaller pools – the Bowling pool is bowling pin shaped and is located in the 50s area. There’s also a computer-shaped pool, located in the 90s section.
In addition to the pools, Pop Century offers other amenities and activities, including a running trail, an arcade, surrey bike rentals, and Movies Under the Stars (movies screened at the pool area). There’s one large food court offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a gift shop right in the main building.
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