Recently, my spouse and I took a trip to Walt Disney World and we stayed at Pop Century which is a value resort that resides on hourglass lake across from Art of Animation. We have stayed here numerous times before! This resort is awesome for those who feel a sense of nostalgia with the past! It is broken into 5 different decades; 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Each one is covered in the different past times of that decade that some of us miss. The food court even has themed food like the Tie Dye Cheesecake! The lobby is totally decked out in pictures, posters, toys, and games from each decade (both Disney and non-Disney) and you never see the same thing twice. They are always playing music that takes you back to the past, and it always smells like a fair to me.
We come back to Pop for a few reasons. One of those reasons is the proximity of the buildings to the Classic Hall is closer than other resorts. The last thing anyone wants to do after a long fun day at the parks is to walk a long distance to their room then back to the food court to use their refillable mugs. Pop Century makes this walk not as long! Plus, the themed déecor on your way makes it easy. From large bowling pins as your staircases, to beloved characters such as Mowgli and Baloo, there is always something fun and entertaining to see! Another reason we choose Pop Century is for the pools! They have three of them, whereas the All Stars only have two. There is the Hippy Dippy pool that is centered in the 60’s section, the bowling pool in the 50’s, and the computer pool in the 90’s. If one pool is full, you can always make your way to another to enjoy. My favorite would have to be the bowling pool, because who doesn’t want to swim in a large bowling pin?! The bus system is great too, they have Tv’s outside to alert you when the next bus is coming for each park and they have a ton of benches in the shade to sit in if the lines aren’t too long. It is very well organized and there is a ton of space to line up to catch the Disney transportation system, it’s never super crowded!
The highlight of this resort stay though is the newly renovated rooms! Since we have stayed in this resort before, we are familiar with the old rooms, but we LOVED the new rooms! First thing I fell in love with were the queen-sized beds. The other value resorts all have full size beds. There is a queen sized (incredibly comfortable) standalone bed, and then there is also a pull-down queen Murphy bed. If you are not utilizing the murphy bed, it has a large table with two chairs that you can sit at to eat, or to plan your next days fun! If you opt for a king room – you will not receive the murphy bed, but you will still receive a sitting area, and a king size bed! Another highlight for us was the storage and the electrical components. There were so many storage compartments, I couldn’t fill them all up even if I tried! And each side of each bed has two outlets and two USB outlets per person right on the elevated night stand. The dresser, the kitchenette, and the bathroom counter all had two outlets with usb’s built in. Plus, all the outlets on the walls... you are never short on outlets to charge anything!
Another feature we loved was the bathroom renovation! There was plenty of privacy with a door you can close once you enter the bathroom area, and also a large sliding door that gives you privacy into the sink area. Our bathroom had a gorgeous walk in shower, but it did not have a tub. They do have tubs, but I found out that it would have to be requested. Each bathroom area is equipped with a hair dryer and a new lighted focal mirror to put on makeup. There is vinyl and tile flooring throughout the entire room now, so no more carpet! There is also a small area that has a coffee pot and a mini fridge along with counter top storage... I’m telling you, the storage in this place is amazing! It wasn’t overly Disney, which we appreciated, but still had that Disney magic.
By far, the renovated rooms get a 10 out of 10 in my book! Pop Century is the perfect resort for anyone who is looking for nostalgia, fun, and a good time! It’s a perfect resort for families and adult couples alike.
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