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Disney's Pop Century Resort
Ranked #140 of 335 Hotels in Orlando
Tampa, FL
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11 reviews
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“A Fun, Affordable, Option for Walt Disney World Resort”
Reviewed January 31, 2011

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.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Hopkinsville, Kentucky
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Reviewed January 30, 2011

We stayed in the 50's themed building, and we loved every second we were there. Our room was clean and we loved that there was a safe in the room. The pool was bowling themed and was wonderful. The food was great and gift shops were amazing. Will go back!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Dahlonega, Georgia
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Reviewed January 29, 2011

We chose Pop because it's a value resort and it has direct transportation to and from the parks. The other value resorts share bus routes. The hotel is HUGE, bigger than any hotel I've ever seen. The decor is fun and it's definitely a family-friendly place.

Pros:
- Very clean rooms
- Most everything is conveniently located
- nice staff
- mostly comfortable bed - nothing special
- cheaper than than other non-value resorts (but that doesn't mean it''s cheap)
- Food court

Cons:
- Very small rooms - not for large families
- Some rooms not convenient to transportation or food court
- washer/dryers don't always work
- food is expensive
- biggest complaint - soundproofing between rooms is not good. You'll hear every shower/bath/toilet flush.

Overall, it was a fine place to stay. We only slept there and spent a little time at the pool in the middle of the day.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed January 28, 2011

We all enjoyed the beautiful outdoor pool and giant outdoor display from 50 to 90, took lots of photos! One main option to pick this hotel not only the price is more affordable but also close to the food court and bus stop, that save you lots of time to start a long day before go to the theme park.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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West New York
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Reviewed January 27, 2011

I have been to Walt Disney World Resorts many times and am appalled at the bad shape some of the Resorts !! My Daughter noticed bug bites on her arms and blood on the sheets!! Thankfully we only stayed two nights before leaving for another location. Later in the day she noticed 20 or more bites appearing on her arms each! We went straight to the doctor, washed and steamed our laundry and tossed the suitcases. We were given a room that the clerk had trouble checking (first clue) than when we got to the room I couldnt stop sneezing (they must of sprayed for a pryor complaint) next red flag. Because of the christmas rush we didn't spend alot of time in the room and still suffered because the room was infested. I have complained to no satisfaction and denial from all of the hotel contacts. I hope this will alert others to the problems within the WDW Resorts. Believe me this was a horrible eye opener and we will try avoid a repeat of this experience. 90's Building

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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London, Kentucky
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Reviewed January 27, 2011

Me, my fiancée, and my two children stayed at the Pop Century Resot, back in July. We didn't spend much time in the room, but while we were there it was nice. The lighting was a little dim, but nothing to complain about. My children loved the towel animals that the maids would bring when they came to clean, and the pools were very fun. The food was nice, and we didn't mind the walk there. The animals seemed to not care about people, and would stroll around as they pleased, it was a very nice thing. The resort had many places that were picture worthy, and we jumped at the opportunity. I would not mind to go back. This is year we plan to, but this time with our eldest daughter. We will be staying in the All-Star Music Resort, since they are the only value resort hotel that have suites. All in all, we loved the place! Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Ocean Grove, Australia
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Reviewed January 27, 2011

Service starts at the airport, with free transfers and they correct your luggage for you and deliver it to your room at the resort. Check in was very quick and you can be off to the parks in no time on the free park buses which run every 20 mins to the 4 parks and downtown Disney.

Pop Century is a value resort the rooms are very clean, comfortable and a reasonable size. Tip get a "preferred room" that way after a long day walking around the parks you don't have far to walk long distances between the buses/ rooms and dining area.

I received a free quick service dining plan for the dates that I booked so I used the food hall and there was plenty of choices. * If you are on a plan and aren't a big breakfast person you can use your credits for lunch and dinner instead you also get more value that way. I ate dinner at the resort a couple of nights and you get an entree, dessert and drink in the plan so I got my meal and used my dessert and drink as "breakfast" by taking a muffin etc and OJ back to my room since you already get a drink with your refillable mug. I then use the ice bucket to keep the OJ cold for the morning.

Another bonus of staying a Disney resort is the Magic hours at the park you can go on the rides etc before opening or after closing hours on certain days by showing your resort card.

When you trip must come to an end the staff happily check you in for your flight and take your luggage again. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Disney's Pop Century Resort
Address: 1050 Century Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8433
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#29 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#106 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#108 Family Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Disney's Pop Century Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 2880
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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