So, you’ve finally decided to visit Walt Disney World. Yay! If you’ve decided to stay on property and are trying to figure out how to stay on property while staying on a Disney Budget, then we think Pop Century Resort at Walt Disney World might just be the answer you’ve been looking for. From Disney-themed grounds to newly renovated rooms and access to the Disney Skyliner, here’s everything to know about Pop Century Resort.
Is Pop Century Resort a Disney Value Resort?
Yes, Disney’s Pop Century Resort is in the Value Resort Category and therefore generally cheaper than most resorts on property. But, Walt Disney World’s Value Resort category has options, but, dare we say, none as attractive as Pop Century Resort. There’s Art of Animation, which is a “Value-Plus” Resort and is more expensive. Art of Animation resort also consists of only a few benefits like family suites and The Little Mermaid rooms. Plus, they’re not typically included in promotions.
Then there are the All-Stars Resorts at Walt Disney World. All-Stars Resorts include All-Star Music, All-Star Sports, and All-Star Movies. These are all right next to each other and all offer the same amenities. They’re all also generally very loud and chaotic due to the high volume of school groups, athletic clubs, competition teams, and more that flock to the cheapest resorts on Disney property. And there is Pop Century Resort, which is one of our favorites, with a little bit of everything you want on a Disney Vacation.
Pop Century Resort Grounds and Buildings
Pop Century has a theme for each building based on a specific decade. Like the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. These buildings and the whole theme of the resort were designed with Pop Culture (and of course Disney) elements from each decade. It’s a mixture of nostalgia, cute and cheesy. We love it.
The resort consists of several areas to know before you go. The Classic Hall Lobby and Food Court are central to the entire resort and can be easily accessed by all area paths.
50’s Area at Pop Century Resort
Starting on one side of the resort is the 50’s area. The 50’s area consists of Lady and the Tramp and Bowling Pins. This area also includes a transistor radio, 45 RPM records, and the Bowling Pin Pool.
60’s Area at Pop Century Resort
The 60’s area at the Pop Century Resort flanks the main pathway from the Classic Hall Lobby and Food Court and is closest to the Disney Skyliner station. Home to the Hippy Dippy Pool, this section includes peace signs, flowers, The Jungle Book characters Baloo and Mowgli, Playdough and one of our favorite photo ops, Surfer Goofy.
70’s Area at Pop Century Resort
Foosball, 8-track tape staircases, disco balls, the Mickey Phone, Big Wheel and two twister play areas are part of the 70’s section of Pop Century Resort. This area has great photo ops throughout and is to the left of the Classic Hall and Food Court when exiting from the back.
80’s Area at Pop Century Resort
Welcome to the 1980s! In the 80’s section of Pop Century Resort, you can find the Roger Rabbit building, Rubik’s Cube, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, and the Computer Pool.
90’s Area at Pop Century Resort
The ’90’s area of Pop Century includes a larger-than-life cell phone staircase, a giant laptop, and rollerblades. You can also find the Hip Hop Dance building here, and the 90’s section shares the Computer Pool with the ’80’s section.
Pop Century Resort Rooms
Newly renovated, the resort rooms at Pop Century Resort include the fold-down sleeper bed, and separated bathroom and vanity areas, making it easy to get ready with multiple family members sharing a room. We also love the built-in toiletries, multiple usb ports and nice coffee and fridge setup.
The beds are raised with plenty of underneath storage and overall it’s a very clean, streamlined look. The Pop Century rooms have only one permanent bed fixture, with the other bed able to be pulled down out of the wall. When it’s not a wall bed, it’s a wall with a table.
Pop Century Decor
A lovely upgrade from the wallpaper Disney borders of the old days. The new decor is simple but cute, focused on print pieces, rather than actual wallpaper. And made as part of the wall bed, that is lit from within so that each bed gets its own lighting.
Pop Century Bathrooms
The bathrooms at Pop Century finally got the upgrade with the toilet and bath behind a closed door. We love having access to the vanity without having to compete for bathroom time. However, the vanity is a bit small. And with no second mirror in the room, this proved a challenge. While we applaud Disney’s view on mirrors, as three girls traveling together, we had to be very strategic about getting ready in the morning. We also are huge fans of the new built-in toiletries that are popping up in the resorts so we were happy to see these were part of the new rooms at Pop Century!
Pop Century Amenities
The biggest thing we loved about the new rooms at Pop Century is that they have so many outlets and USB ports now that we never found ourselves without somewhere to charge our phones, laptops, or cameras.
Pop Century Resort Food Court
Located at the center of the resort in the Classic Hall the Everything Pop and Shop Dining Restaurant offers a variety of foods and mobile order options too. With multiple drink stations, the food court seems larger and a lot less crowded than the All-Star Resorts, where it felt like we were always waiting to get our drinks. Always. That said, Pop Century’s food court is separated out into a variety of sections, to help disperse crowds and noise.
Pop Century Pools and Trails
Pop Century resort is set up similar to the other Disney Value resorts. with a large pool at the front and then smaller pools throughout. They also have a New Balance running trail throughout the resort which follows parts of Hourglass Lake and connects to the running trail within Art of Animation which you can access right across the bridge.
Pop Century and Art of Animation
Pop Century is actually located right by Art of Animation, which is pretty cool because you can walk across Hourglass Lake, and there you are. We love resort hopping, so for us, even just seeing another resort is exciting. And since it’s so close, guests at Pop Century can easily access Art of Animation’s Landscape of Flavors food court, gift shops, trails, and browse around the resort. Check out our Art of Animation Review.
Pop Century Resort Transportation
Primarily offering complimentary Disney bus transportation to and from the parks, and Disney Springs, Pop Century Resort also has access to the Disney Skyliner Gondola system. You can grab the gondola at the gondola station on the bridge over hourglass lake. This gondola will bring you to Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios.
Pop Century Resort Activities
This resort offers Movies by the pool, a pool bar, food court, arcade, laundry facilities, and surrey bikes! You have to head over to Art of Animation but it’s still a cool perk to have access to if you’re looking for some downtime away from the parks.
We loved the theming throughout the resort and to make one thing clear- this is not the resort to come to if you’re trying to relax or be fancy. This is the resort you come to if you want to be surrounded by Disney and fun. It’s kitschy, kind of cheesy, and just plain silly fun. One of our favorite parts about Pop Century was that while it was not as relaxing as Caribbean Beach or as fancy as the Grand Floridian it was quieter than the All-Star Resorts. Which was nice!
If you’re looking to stay at Walt Disney World on a budget, Pop Century might just be our new favorite Value resort. We hope this review has helped you in making a decision about your Walt Disney World Resort selection whether you choose to stay here or not! Have you stayed at Pop Century before? Did you love it, or not so much? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!