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 celebrating pop culture is fun and offers lots of great family amenities, so it’s a great option if you are visiting Walt Disney World on a budget. Here’s our review of Disney’s Pop Century Resort.
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A Review of Disney’s Pop Century Resort
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 resort hotels, you’ll need to take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, 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 to whatever your destination is.
It’s such a fun, lively resort, and one that kids will love. Pop Century is definitely my favorite of the standard value resorts.
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. There are also giant Play Doh, Rubik Cube, and other sculptures reminiscent of the decades. The resort rooms have exterior entry doors, with walkways and elevators on the upper floors. These rooms don’t include balconies.
Rooms at Disney’s Pop Century 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 guest 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. I usually do, because my hair is a tangled mess without my own conditioner.
When you book your room at Disney’s Pop Century, you’ll have several different options. There are standard rooms, standard pool view rooms, preferred rooms, and preferred pool view rooms. The preferred rooms are generally in more central locations including Classic Hall.
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 the computer pool, located in the 90s section. If you’d like to save some money on your vacation, you may consider spending one day at the resort pools, rather than using a park ticket for that day.
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 in the Classic Hall offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a gift shop. All of this is right by the front desk.
Food Options at Disney’s Pop Century
Food options at Disney’s Pop Century include the Everything Pop food court, where you can get a variety of different foods, including burgers, chicken, and pizza. It’s a lively area, with lots of activity. There’s also the Petals pool bar where you can get a a beverage at the Hippy Dippy Pool. If you want to stay in your room, pizza delivery is available right to your hotel room.
Disney’s Art of Animation is located right over the bridge, so if you’d like to try a different food court, you could also walk over there during your vacation. It’s an easy walk, especially when the weather is nice.
Guests at Disney’s Pop Century have the same benefits as other Disney resort hotel guests. These benefits including the complimentary Magical Express from Orlando International Airport, complimentary MagicBands, the ability to schedule your FastPass reservations 60 days in advance, access to Extra Magic Hours, among other benefits.
Check here for more reviews of Disney’s Pop Century. Note that as of 1/2017, the resort is undergoing renovations, including the temporary closure of the main pool. The Hippy Dippy pool will be closing again in the winter of 2020 for refurbishment. Check the Disney site for more details prior to booking.