The Walt Disney World Resort is considered one of the top vacation destinations in the world. With that distinction, it is often expected that to enjoy the Disney experience a heavy cost is associated. Walt Disney World however looks to create ways in which families of a wide variety of income levels can enjoy their experience. The Pop Century resort, opened in 2003, is an on site Disney resort hotel under the "value" category of Walt Disney resorts. Although lacking in luxury and upgraded amenities, The Pop Century offers a fun, affordable option that also includes Disney World resort perks such as Disney's Magical Express, on-site transportation, and extra magic hours just to name a few.
The resort is laid out similarly to other on-site value resorts, with a front and center building for check in/out and other services surronded by several buildings themed individually with a myriad of guest rooms. The central building contains standard front desk services as well as a quick service food court, souvenier shop, and arcade/game room. Because this area of the resort houses the aforementioned services and amenities for the entire resort, it may tend to get congested. The food court offers a variety of selections of both hot and cold foods at a price that is comparable to a standard hotel food court. The area is fairly sizeable but seems dwarfed when considering the amount of hotel guests that may be present in the area at a given time. Behind the central building is the resort's main pool (one of three pool areas within the resort) which can also tend to get on the congested side at times.
The guesthouses or buildings are cleverly laid out throughout the grounds and are connected via finely landscaped walkways and corridors. This will entail some walking for those that may be housed in a building towards the rear of the property. The walking is not overwhelming and can also be a good way to explore the resort. Each of the buildings are seperated into distinctly themed areas based on the given decade for that section. Disney cleverly constructed large scale structures modeling a popular object or icon of the respective time period. This feature makes it easier to navigate around the resort as well as bring a "Disney" fun feel to the property. Guestrooms are pretty standard in nature with two double beds, bathroom/vanity, and small seating area. Amenities are fairly limited and simple in the room with iron/ironing board, hairdryer, flat panel television, and in-room etc. The rooms are definitely on the smaller side and again are very basic in nature.
Intangibly, Disney does an excellent job of bringing quality service and presentation to it's guests. The property was finely groomed and landscaped. Guestrooms were very clean and "cast members" were incredibly polite and accessible. This is where Disney's "value" resorts seperate themselves from off-site motels and comparably priced chains.
Overall, the Pop Century is a great way to enjoy Disney for those on a strict budget. Many of the Disney benefits are evident through the quality service and creative theming. While you may have to sacrifice a little in terms of room size and heavier congestion, you will no doubt be able to imerse yourself in the Disney experience. Excellent job once again Walt Disney World.
- 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