Disney's Pop Century Resort
is a highly themed Walt Disney World Resort Hotel
at a Value Resort
price! This means that budget conscious travelers can still experience the benefits of staying on property during their Disney World Vacation. Disney's Pop Century Resort
With 2,880 guest rooms Disney's Pop Century Resort qualifies as one of America's Largest Hotels. The resort is divided into 5 sections that are each themed to correspond with a particular decade of the latter half of the 20th Century: the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, & 90's. There are also 3 large themed pool areas and a main building referred to as the Classic Hall.
A Standard Room will cost as low as $82 + tax Rack Rate (during Value Season) and can be discounted as low as $56 + tax. This provides a real "value" for a stay in a nice, clean room at a fun Disney World Resort Hotel. The Lobby
As soon as you enter the Main Lobby in the Classic Hall, you get a nostalgic look at the decades referred to as "The Classic Years." The long Lobby provides ample counters to handle large crowds of people check-in during the busiest times.
Behind the check-in counters are a series of pictures that take you through the 50's to the 90's with images that bring those eras to mind.
Across the Lobby on the opposite wall you will find collections of items that reflect the years that they represent. Here you find pop culture items that represented popular fads, TV shows, and Movies from those times. You may find yourself lingering after you have checked-in in order to check out all of the items from your personal favorite decade.
The Rooms At Pop Century Resort
The rooms are always important, no matter where you stay. Even at a Value Resort you expect to find a clean, comfortable room. The rooms at Pop Century were a pleasant surprise. The 260 square foot standard rooms will have either 2 double beds (like the ones pictured below) or 1 king sized bed.
You will also find a small table with 2 chairs, and a dresser with an LCD Flat Screen TV. There really wasn't anything extra or fancy in the room, but it certainly met the requirements of being clean and comfortable. The LCD TV was a definite plus and I think it makes the room seem larger. The bedspreads had a Disney theme and you could find Hidden Mickeys in the carpet and bathroom wallpaper.
The Food Court
Every Resort needs a place to each and the Everything Pop Food Court
is just the place at Pop Century Resort
. Here you can eat during breakfast, lunch, and dinner from a wide variety of choices. You can also redeem Quick Service Dining Credits
on the Disney Dining Plan
Within the Food Court itself there are 4 different food stations offering selections during each meal and a market area with prepared foods, drinks, and deserts to choose from.
Typically the foods you get here will be a slightly better value than what you will purchase in the parks. They still are not cheap, but you can have a wide variety of selections at reasonable (by Disney standards) prices.
Pop Century Resort Grounds
The Resort grounds is where the Pop Century Resort shines. Having stayed at both the Disney All-Star Resorts and now Pop Century, I can say that the resort theming and grounds are better at the Pop Century.
The next 6 pictures take you on a quick tour of the resort. The colors are bright and family friendly. The inclusion of numerous trees within the resort grounds gave it a much richer feeling. The trees also made the resort feel more "homey" as it broke up the view of the numerous cement buildings.
I think Disney did a great job with the Layout of the Resort and I give it high marks for the appearance. The Foosball courtyard is just awesome!
Great Value Resort!
Disney's Pop Century Resort is a family friendly hotel done right. It provides an excellent value for the price point. This is a great choice for people who want to stay on property, but plan to be spending most of their days in the parks.
I would definitely choose Pop Century over the Disney All-Star Resorts when choosing a Disney Value Resort Hotel in the future. I think the better theming and the fact that Pop Century is newer drives that decision.
It's also great to know that even though this is a Value Resort you are still entitled to Free Parking (at the Resort and at the Theme Parks), Free Disney World Transportation, and Free Magical Express shuttle service to and from the Orlando International Airport (MCO). These are the same amenities that all Disney World Resort Guests are entitled to no matter the resort class. These perks can actually make it cheaper to stay on Disney Property instead of off-site with a rental car and paying to park.