Since our vacation was my 8 year old son’s introduction to WDW, and not simply a Florida vacation or an Orlando vacation, I decided we would stay “on campus,” focus our time on the parks and not splurge on accommodations. I worked through a no-fee travel agent, but could have easily set it up on my own through the Disney website. Among the “Value” class Disney resorts, Pop Century Resort is newer than most and, along with Art of Animation Resort, a bit better situated within WDW and better served by Disney transportation (we had no car, and didn’t need one). In short, the place definitely met expectations. Disney’s “Value” class resorts are not the Ritz, but they’re not Motel 6 or Econolodge, either; and Pop Century was a very typical Disney “Value” class resort. The grounds, while a bit confusing at first, were nicely landscaped and very walkable. I had indicated a preference in my reservation for a top floor room in the ‘50’s building, facing the lake. We initially were offered a room in the ‘80’s building, overlooking the parking lot and far from the main building. After some negotiating, we ended up with a room on the second floor of the ‘50’s building, overlooking the laundry/loading dock area, within a short walk of the main building (which was particularly desirable).
The room was small, but clean, well-maintained and nicely furnished. The bathroom was tiny. But fortunately, the toilet/tub area was separate from the sink. The room had a small fridge, a flat screen TV, and small table and chairs, in addition to the two queen sized beds. The sound-proofing was adequate most of the time, and the room temperature was easily controlled to our liking (and the HVAC unit was quiet). We were looking for a conveniently located, quite room, and that is what we got.
The main building housed the reception/concierge desk, food court, gift shop, arcade and a few other amenities. The staff was friendly and helpful, though some of the food court staff had a difficult time translating the dining plan at times (which is a whole other topic to discuss). The food court meals were actually pretty good (the chocolate croissants at breakfast were excellent), but the checkout/beverage/condiments area was very congested. The intra-WDW transportation system (buses) to and from Pop Century Resort worked fairly smoothly, and I would agree with other reviewers who have opined that the Pop Century access is better than that for the “All Star” “Value” class resorts, with shorter waiting lines and ride times, and less crowded buses, for the most part. The swimming pools were huge and maintained at 84 degrees year-round according to one of the lifeguards; and the arcade had a great variety of high quality electronic games.
Overall, we were very satisfied with our accommodations, and would consider Pop Century Resort again during a future visit to WDW.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the unforgettable fads of the 1950s through the 1990s all over again. From yo-yos and Play-Doh(R) to Rubik's Cube(R) and rollerblades, this Resort hotel salutes the timeless fashions, catch phrases, toys and dances that captivated the world through the decades. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Disney Pop Century Resort
- Disney Pop Century Hotel
- Pop Century Disney
- Disneys Pop Century Resort
- Disneys Pop Century Hotel
- Century Pop