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Disney’s Value Resorts – Pop Century!
I told you that I would be back. Today’s topic will be the start of the series for value resorts. I know that a lot of people look at value resorts as a step down but I’m going to change your way of thinking. My husband & I have been staying at the value resorts since 2011. Here’s why: You receive the same perks as staying at the deluxe resorts. You receive the same Disney transportation (in the forms of buses to parks & Disney Springs), you receive the same Magical Express buses that everyone else does. The pools are wonderful, the rooms are clean and you get the same wonderful cast members that you would at any of the deluxe resorts.
I have stayed at Disney’s Pop Century 3 times and every time has been wonderful. So, let’s start there!
This beautiful resort is set around the hourglass lake which overlooks the newest value resort, Art of Animation. Pop Century will send you back in time to your childhood as you walk around the resort and come across all the fads of that time period. The resort has 10 buildings each uniquely themed for the decades of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s & 90’s.
In each section, you will find larger than life statues of a Big Wheel, Rodger Rabbit, a Jukebox and so much more! Make sure you watch your step so you don’t walk into the large foosball players in a middle of a game! You will find Twister games in the 80’s and even a playground for the kids to enjoy.
With 2,880 rooms, each room is able to accommodate up to 4 guests and either will have 2 double beds or 1 king size bed. All rooms are now equipped with a mini fridge but NO coffee maker. You will find a flat screen TV, large dresser, table & 2 chairs and a night stand with clock. The bathroom is average size with a door between shower/toilet and the sink. You will also find a privacy curtain to separate the closet/sink area from the main living area. Pop Century rooms also provide a small wall safe for your valuables. You are able to store a iPad, keys, wallet with no problems. Don’t forget to take the key with you! J
Everything Pop can be found in the Classic Hall (main building). You will find breakfast, lunch & dinner available to you as a quick service meal. I love eating here! The food is great, the lines are manageable and cashing out never takes too long. Don’t forget to grab a Tie-Dye Cheesecake while you are there!!! It’s their signature dessert! (It’s fantastic!!) If you are tired, feel free to have a pizza delivered to the room. You can see the pizza delivery carts zooming around the resort. If you are at the pools, stop by Petals for a drink! You can find it at the Hippy Dippy Pool.
Pop Century has 3 large pools. You will be able to enjoy a dip in the main pool, Hippy Dippy Pool. This is located right behind the Classic Hall. All the main activities are found around this pool. You can always take a swim in the Bowling Pin Pool which is located near the 50’s buildings. As you walk towards the pools, you will find bowling alley’s stamped on the concrete around the pool. Finally, if you are down by the 80’s & 90’s you will find the Computer Pool. I know what you are thinking, it’s a big square but if you look from above, you will see a very large keyboard just south of the pool, which makes it look like a large laptop. FYI, construction is going on as Disney makes these pools safer and installing gates around them. You will need your magic band to be granted access.
If fitness is your thing, feel free to walk around the resort using the New Balance Running Trail. It’s beautiful at night with all the lights glimmering off the lake.
Pop Century has a huge gift shop just inside Everything Pop (Classic Hall). They also provide free Wi-Fi, Free Parking, Online Check-in, Resort Airline Check-in, ATM, Laundry/Dry Cleaning, Locker Rentals & Mail Services.
Pop Century is one of my favorite resorts. My husband & I always have so much fun while we stay there. We have a tradition of walking around the resort at night and walking over to Art of Animation and seeing their décor. We never have any issues with transportation, Disney provides several buses first thing in the morning to get you to the parks and in the evening, the buses are there to bring you back. My biggest complaint is at every park and Disney Springs, Pop Century is always the farthest bus stop from the gates so after a long day at the Magic Kingdom, your feet will need to get you down the paths and all the way to the end!
As always, feel free to email me with any questions about Pop Century or just share your stories! I would love to hear from you.
Next blog will cover Disney’s Art of Animation, the newest value resort at Disney World. Share this blog with your family & friends!
Thanks for reading & Have a magical day!
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