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Disney's Pop Century Resort Review

By Lex Tingey 07/24/2018
 
If you’re heading to Walt Disney World and looking to stay at one of the on-site value properties, check out our Pop Century review. We’ve included information on the rooms, location, amenities and more. There’s a reason why the Pop Century Resort is so popular – find out here and then test it out there!

Pop Century Resort Review - Entrance of Hotel

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The Walt Disney World Resort is giant, including four theme parks, two water parks, and a growing shopping and dining district. Since the Resort is so large, it makes sense that there are over 25 properties offered on-site. The hotels are broken down into value, moderate, deluxe and deluxe villa categories.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort is in the value category and is probably the most popular value option for families. It not only provides a great price point, it’s a blast from the past with the fun theming of unforgettable fads from some great decades. If you’re considering staying here, you likely want to know more about the property. This is where our Pop Century review comes in! Keep reading to get details on the location, rooms, amenities and more.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort Review

Disney’s Pop Century Resort Review - Rooms:

What can your family expect from your room when you stay at the Pop Century Resort? If you’re staying after August 2018, you can expect a newly renovated room. Even if you’re staying before that, it’s likely you’ll still receive a renovated room as the property is just working on finishing the entire room renovation project right now.

It's important to note in our Pop Century Resort review that the renovated rooms are much different from the old rooms. New rooms feature a bright white color scheme, modern touches and a two-queen bed option. Previously, the rooms had dark blue and tan walls along with a dark patterned carpet, and the option of either two double beds or one king. Now, you’ll find white walls, wood floors and either a king or two queens. One of the queens can even be folded into the wall now, revealing a desk and table area to give your family even more space during the day. While there wasn’t anything wrong with the old rooms, the renovation is welcome and makes the Pop Century an even more desirable choice among the value resorts.

Pop Century Resort Review - Renovated Rooms

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It’s also important to note that the Pop Century only offers standard rooms with either two queens or one king. While it may not offer family suites, it is the only value property to currently offer queen beds instead of doubles. And don’t forget that only the Art of Animation and Pop Century currently offer a king bed option. All three of the All-Star hotels only offer two doubles in their standard rooms. While this may change with future value resort renovations, it’s good information to know if you’re thinking about staying at the Pop Century.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort Review - Amenities and Resort Perks:

You’ll find both usual and unique amenities at the Pop Century. Usual amenities include free WiFi, self-parking for $13 per night, online check-in, optional childcare services and laundry services.

Unique amenities include the standard Walt Disney World Resort Hotel perks like free bus transportation between the parks, free transportation to and from the Orlando airport on Disney’s Magical Express, optional Minnie Van service and optional in-room celebration packages. Additionally, guests staying at the Pop Century Resort are able to send any in-park purchases back to the hotel’s gift shop. That means you won’t have to carry around your souvenirs all day. You’ll just pick them up from the Everything POP Shopping store the next morning or afternoon.

Pop Century Resort Review - Magic Kingdom

And you can’t forget about the benefits of booking a stay at the Pop Century Resort with tickets. When you book a hotel and tickets package, you’ll get a free MagicBand for everyone in your party and have the ability to book your FastPass+ selections up to 60 days in advance. The MagicBand can be used as your room key, credit card, FastPass+, dining reservation and more. While guests not staying at a Resort hotel have the option to purchase MagicBands, you’ll get them for free just for staying at the Pop Century. Plus, being able to book your FastPass+ options 30 days before those staying off-site will give you a huge advantage when it comes to popular attractions like the Flight of Passage, Toy Story Mania and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort Review - Theme and Pools:

On top of a great location and rooms, the Pop Century offers a fun theme unlike any other Walt Disney World Resort hotel. Here, you’ll find mementos of the 1950s through 1990s. Each decade has its own room section, with statues of Foosball players, Mickey phones, Rubik’s cubes and more to commemorate the pop culture of that era. You could spend an entire night just exploring the Pop Century’s grounds!

Pop Century Resort Review - Hippy Dippy Pool

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We can’t forget the pools, either. The Pop Century offers three pools; the large Hippy Dippy Pool with flower-shaped water jets, the smaller bowling-pin shaped Bowling Pool and 90s-themed Computer Pool with its very own floppy disc. You’ll want to make sure you have some time to enjoy the pools with your family, especially on select nights when the Pop Century runs Movies Under the Stars at the Hippy Dippy Pool. What better way to celebrate your first night at the resort than with a Disney movie under the night sky?

That’s not all you’ll find at the Pop Century Resort, though. Kids will love the playground and Fast Forward Arcade, while adults will enjoy the jogging trail and shopping at the Everything POP Shopping store. The Pop Century is definitely a great pick for all ages!

Disney’s Pop Century Resort Review - Dining:

The Pop Century has its own food court on-site, so you won’t have to worry about leaving to get a bite to eat. In fact, the Everything POP Dining food court offers seven quick-service stations. It’s open 6 AM to 12 AM and offers a range of food items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You’ll even find grab n’ go options if you’re looking to head straight to the park. The Disney Dining Plan is accepted here, making it easy to redeem a quick service credit or two when hunger strikes.

Pop Century Resort Review - Everything POP Dining Food Court

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Looking for an adult beverage? The Hippy Dippy Pool houses the Petals Pool Bar, open from 12 PM to 10 PM each day. Along with a selection of cocktails, beer and wine, you can find non-alcoholic smoothies and flavored lemonade here. It’s a great way to cool off as you swim or play ping-pong!

Disney’s Pop Century Resort Review - Location:

Since the Walt Disney World Resort has four different theme parks spread across the resort area, it’s good to know where your hotel is in comparison to the four parks. The Pop Century is closest to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and located just across from the Art of Animation Resort. That means that transportation to these two parks will be the quickest, while the shuttle ride to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom will be a little longer. The hotel is also very close to Disney Springs, making it a quick trip to grab some delicious food or shop the night away.

Pop Century Resort Review - Closest to Epcot & DHS

While being far from Magic Kingdom may be a deal breaker for you, you’ll want to consider the location of the other value Resort hotels. The Pop Century is actually one of, if not the closest value property to Magic Kingdom, since you’ll only find deluxe (and one moderate) options closest to this park. And, while three All-Star value properties have to share shuttles from each park, the Pop Century gets its very own shuttle. That may not seem like a big deal, but you’ll recognize the beauty in it after you’ve spent all day in the parks and are ready to get back to your room. When you get to the shuttle area, you’ll be relieved to see the Pop Century line is much shorter than the All-Star line since it only services the one hotel and not three.

Well, what do you think about the Pop Century Resort? Did our review provide enough information for you? Feel free to leave a comment and let us know if you’ve stayed here before and what you enjoyed about it.

Get Away Today would love to help with your next Disney World vacation! With room rates at the Pop Century starting at $150 per night, we can help you plan an affordable vacation to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Browse our Disney World packages online or give our Disney experts a call at 855-GET-AWAY.

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