I’m sure all Disney World fans could name their favorite resort. Maybe you love the atmosphere
at the Polynesian or you just love the southern charm of the Port Orleans resorts. While the Boardwalk Inn is my all time favorite, the majority of my stays at Disney World are spent at the Pop Century Resort so it feels like a second home to me. While it is not as elaborate as many of the other resort offerings, I’ve always been very comfortable here.
One of the reasons I keep returning to this resort is the price tag. It is categorized as a value resort which makes it among the most affordable accommodations on property. Since I make multiple trips to WDW each year, keeping my budget in check is a must. While I love when I have the opportunity to stay at one of the deluxe resorts, staying at a value allows me to keep coming back to my favorite place without breaking the bank. Standard room rates vary from $82 a night in the value season to $164 per night during the busy holiday season. However, annual pass holders can often get a discount, and keep an eye out for savings for the general public as well.
The price may have been what attracted me to Pop Century, but the fun theme keeps me coming back for more. The theme of the resort is a larger than life representation of pop culture icons from the 50s through the 90s. When guests arrive, they will immediately notice the bright colors and nostalgic items used to decorate the resort. Inside the huge lobby displays line the wall with memorabilia from each decade and fun photos are hung
behind the desk. Outside, the strong theming continues with each group of buildings representing a decade. Giant icons like Lady and the Tramp in the 1950s and jute boxes are used to mark each area. The exterior of each building features phrases and pop culture references appropriate to its given decade.
The theme even continues with the resorts three swimming pools. The main pool is called the Hippy Dippy pool which is just behind the main building called Classic Hall. It is shaped like a flower and offers plenty of lounge chairs and room for kids of all ages to have a blast splashing around. There is an additional quiet pool which sits among the 50s buildings so it is in the shape of a bowling pin. The nearby decor drives home the bowling alley idea with prop bowling balls and a huge rack of bowling shoes. The third pool is between the 80s and 90s buildings and has been dubbed the Computer Pool with its stack of floppy disks .
The food court even gets into the act at this resort! Everything Pop offers a wide array of menu choices from 6 a.m. until 12 a.m. each day. I think this is one of the better resort counter service restaurants in all of Walt Disney World with its vast offerings and fun atmosphere. I don’t know of any other resort where the cast members encourage guests to do the hustle or the twist! Additionally, each night the “Mom’s night out” dinner special is presented in a TV dinner tray. How cute is that?
Looking for a place to grab a drink during your stay? No problem! Petals pool bar is located between the Hippy Dippy Pool and Classic Hall. Here, guests can have a night cap or order a drink to enjoy while they lounge by the pool. It is a fun place to hang out on a nice night and the bartenders couldn’t be more friendly.
Now that we’ve discussed the common areas around Pop Century, let’s talk about the rooms. They are approximately 260 square feet which is fairly small, but is comparable to the other value resorts. The vibrant and cheery colors used outside are also used in the rooms to further the bygone days theme. There are two full beds as well as a flat screen tv, a table and chairs, as well as a dresser and nightstand. The bathroom has been split into two sections with the toilet and shower being in one area, and the vanity sink being in the other. The rooms are nothing lavish, but they have been clean during every one of my stays.
Since the rooms are pretty similar at all of the value resorts I though I’d point out an advantage to Pop Century over the others is the bus system here. The buses which transport guests to and from the parks are shared among the All Star hotels, but Pop has its own buses. This is a great time saving feature since your bus will not stop at two other resorts along the way. You’ll also be more likely to get a seat on your bus since there will be less people waiting at your stop. While the buses aren’t so bad at Pop Century, you may want to consider renting a car when you stay here. I find it much easier to have my own transportation than to rely on the bus system where ever I stay at WDW.
I just returned from another stay at Pop Century. As usual, my room was exactly what I expected and cast members were friendly and helpful. I enjoyed spending time by the pool when I needed a break from the usual craziness of my Disney vacation. I only used the bus once on this trip since we rented a car, but it was efficient and I had no complaints. I view Pop as a cheap place to sleep at night when I know I will spend most of my time in the parks and having fun with friends. The rooms aren’t huge or fancy, but they are clean and comfortable. The pools are not as flashy as those found at the deluxe and moderate resorts, but I barely use it. If you are on a budget and looking for a place to crash after a day of commando touring, this is the resort for you.
It seems many Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World readers have mixed feelings on this resort I love so much, giving it a C+ rating; however, 93% of our readers would stay there again. How about you? Have you stayed at Pop Century recently? Let me know all about your experience in the comments!