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Pop Century Resort

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Pros
  • Affordable, fun theming
  • Dedicated buses (no sharing with other resorts)
  • Skyliner station
  • Walking distance to Art of Animation for extra food and transportation options
Cons
  • Spotty cell and wifi service
  • Large, spread out resort
  • Can be noisy
Summary
People looking for fun and affordable will find Pop Century Resort to be the best bang for the buck in all of Walt Disney World. Having its own dedicated buses has always been a huge plus, but now the Skyliner means an easy way to get to Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Caribbean Beach Resort, and Riviera Resort (including dining at Topolino's which has a character meal).
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Overview

Disney’s Pop Century Resort is one of five value resorts on the Walt Disney World Resort property. If you’re planning a Disney World vacation and can’t decide where to say, here’s everything you need to know about the fun, colorful, and perfectly-themed resort.

Pop Century is located in the Wide World of Sports Resort Area and next to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Pop Century’s theming and decor can’t be missed.

The resort celebrates the fads of the 1950s through the 1990s and honors catch phrases, toys, dances, and timeless fashion.

Each building honors a specific decade and is accompanied with over-the-top statues and decorations, including Roger Rabbit, Big Wheels, and beloved childhood toys, like Play-Doh and the Rubik’s Cube.

View Pop Century Resort Maps

Rooms And Bathrooms

Overall, the rooms and bathrooms at Pop Century are pretty standard, but offer lots of storage and space, which is always a great thing when traveling. They have also recently been remodeled, which is a nice perk.

You can fit suitcases underneath the bed and there’s also a dresser with drawers and other storage. Plus, a closet with hangars can be found in the bathroom.

Standard room at Disney's Pop Century Resort

The rooms feature standard amenities, including a hairdryer, in-room safe, telephone, free WiFi, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and mini-refrigerator. And there’s no carpeting, but a wood-style laminate floor that makes for easy cleaning.

The bathrooms have both a tub/shower combo with a toilet that is separate from the sink and vanity area. There’s also a sliding door that you can shut if you want privacy between the bedroom and the sink/vanity area.

This is always a positive, especially if you have multiple people getting ready at once. 

Standard room at Disney's Pop Century Resort

There are four types of rooms to choose from during your stay (there are room layouts posted below):

  • Standard
  • Standard Pool View
  • Preferred View
  • Preferred Pool View

There are also both wheelchair and hearing accessible rooms available in each category that include a roll-in shower and visual alarms.

Note: Preferred rooms are priced higher and give guests closer access to the lobby, dining, transportation, and shopping.

Each room will have 1 King bed or 1 Queen bed and 1 Queen-size table/pull-down bed, aka a Murphy bed. As you can see in the photo below, there is a pull-down bed where the table and chairs are.

It’s pretty simple, but something to keep in mind, especially if you don’t want to pull down a bed at night and then put it back up during your stay. One pro is a Murphy bed gives you more space.

Standard room at Disney's Pop Century Resort

There are also plenty of outlets and USB plugs in the rooms: a set on either side of the bed and on the dresser directly underneath the TV.

The size of the bathroom and rooms are standard — nothing huge, but just your average hotel room. Each room can fit up to a total of four people.

Checking In And Out

When it comes to checking in and out, you have a few options: at the front desk, online through the official Walt Disney World website, or via the My Disney Experience app.

Even though the front desk in Classic Hall, the lobby/main building, is there to assist guests, especially with checking in and checking out, all Disney World Resort guests are encouraged to check-in online or by using MDE.

Pop Century Resort lobby
  • Checking-In: After you check-in online or using the app, you’ll receive a room-ready notification via next. You can then use your MagicBand or MDE’s digital key feature to unlock your room door.
  • Checking-Out: Currently, guests will automatically be checked out of their rooms. But, if you have unresolved charges to your hotel folio, you’ll need to visit the front desk.

Note: Guests also have the option of to chat virtually with resort Cast Members via MDE for any assistance. 

Classic Hall doesn’t just house the lobby, but is also where you can find the gift ship and food court, Everything POP Shopping & Dining, and the Fast Forward Arcade.

The pickup and dropoff location for Mears Connect (which is the replacement for Magical Express) and bus transportation are also right outside the main lobby, along with luggage storage for those who have checked out or are waiting to check in.

Note: Resort Airline Check-In and Magical Express are no longer available.

Parking

Parking is available at Pop Century and, no, it’s not free, even for resort guests.

There is a standard $15 overnight self-parking fee (including tax) that is applied to guests’ hotel folio upon check-out.

Complimentary standard self-parking is available for non-resort guests exploring dining, shopping, entertainment, and other experiences during the day.

We have a complete Walt Disney World parking guide you can check out as well.

Pros and Cons

Pop Century Resort

Resort category: Value

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Pros: Affordable, fun theming especially for younger kids, dedicated buses (meaning the buses aren’t shared with other resorts), can walk to Art of Animation to take advantage of their fantastic food court, access to the Disney Skyliner gondola system

Cons: Spotty cell phone service and wifi connection, spread out, can be noisy

Pop Century Resort room options

Room typeBed sizeMax people per roomFloor Plan
Standard RoomQueen4
Standard Pool ViewQueen4
Preferred RoomQueen4
Preferred Pool ViewQueen4

Resort Map

Pop Century Resort

Scheduled refurbishments

None scheduled right now.

Other info

  • Pop Century photo tour
  • DISboards.com thread with lots of pics and info
  • Pop Century Resort Maps
  • Amenities and Shops

    There are several amenities offered to guests at Pop Century, including an entire arcade, a gift shop, on-site laundry services, and even the chance to watch movies outside on a big screen! 

    Important note: Some of the following amenities might not be available at all times.

    Everything POP Shop & Dining at Pop Century Resort
    • Laundry Services: There are 24-hour self-service laundry facilities available near the Bowling Pool, Computer Pool, and Hippy Dippy Pool.
    • Dry Cleaning Services: For dry cleaning and valet laundry service, select “Housekeeping” on your room phone.
    • Fast Forward Arcade: Play old video games here; located in the Classic Hall building near the food court
    • Everything POP Shopping & Dining: The food court and gift shop located in Classic Hall.
    • Movies Under the Stars: Watch complimentary Disney movies on select nights near the Hippy Dippy Pool.
    • Childcare Services: In-room babysitting for children 6 months to 12 years old.

    Pools and Recreation

    There are three pools at Pop Century with fun theming and activities perfect for guests. Disney Resort pools also make a great way to relax on non-park days.

    Important note: Some of the pools and recreation options might not be available at all times.

    The pools available and their locations:

    • Hippy Dippy Pool: A ’60s-themed pool located in the 1960s section. It’s shaped like a flower and even features over 235,613 gallons of water. There’s also a kiddie pool behind Classic Hall, right behind the Hippy Dippy Pool.
    • Bowling Pool: By the 1950s section, guests can swim in this pool shaped like a bowling pin that also holds 144,352 gallons of water.
    • Computer Pool: The final pool is the computer-shaped pool in the 1990s area. The pool also features touches like a giant floppy disc and keypad.

    A for playgrounds, there is one play area on property for kids to climb and slide. You can find the playground in the ’70s section.

    How to get from Pop Century Resort to anywhere at Disney World

    There are two main forms of transportation available: Walt Disney World buses and the Disney Skyliner. Regarding the latter, Pop Century and Art of Animation share a Skyliner station that travels to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. You can browse all of the different ways to get from Pop Century to anywhere at Disney World below.

    wdt_ID Starting Point Ending Point How to get there
    1 All-Star Movies All-Star Music Follow these steps:
    • Walk (takes about 5-7 minutes)
    • Arrive at your destination
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    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    2 All-Star Movies All-Star Sports Follow these steps:
    • Walk (takes about 15 minutes)
    • Arrive at your destination
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    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    3 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Follow these steps:
    • Bus to Animal Kingdom
    • Arrive at your destination
    Headed to an early morning breakfast reservation at Animal Kingdom? Buses to Animal Kingdom from Disney resorts usually start running around 7-7:15 a.m. daily.
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    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    4 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House (main bldg) Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    5 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village
    Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    6 All-Star Movies Art of Animation Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, and Art of Animation is closest to Hollywood Studios, so those buses will likely be your best choices)
    • Skyliner (from Hollywood Studios) or    Bus to Art of Animation
    • Arrive at your destination
    7 All-Star Movies Bay Lake Tower Follow these steps:
    • Bus to Magic Kingdom
    • Walk (takes about 10 minutes) or    monorail to Bay Lake Tower
    • Arrive at your destination
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    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    8 All-Star Movies Beach Club Villas Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Beach Club
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    9 All-Star Movies Beach Club Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Beach Club
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    10 All-Star Movies Blizzard Beach Follow these steps:
    • Bus to Blizzard Beach
    • Arrive at your destination
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    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    Starting Point Ending Point

    Dining options at Pop Century Resort

    There is only one main dining location on property: the Everything POP Shopping & Dining food court. Guests can get breakfast, lunch, and dinner here. Mobile Ordering is available at the food court. There’s also the Petals Pool Bar by the Hippy Dippy Pool. Below are all of the dining options in more detail.



    Breakfast

    Everything Pop Food Court (breakfast)

    Quick Service

    Pop Century Resort - Everything Pop Food Court (breakfast)

    Location: Pop Century Resort

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Lots of food options and seating, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

    Cons: Can get very busy during peak times


    Lunch

    Everything Pop Food Court (lunch)

    Quick Service

    Pop Century Resort - Everything Pop Food Court (lunch)

    Location: Pop Century Resort

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Lots of food options and seating (try the tie-dyed cheesecake!), mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

    Cons: Can get very busy during peak times


    Dinner

    Everything Pop Food Court (dinner)

    Quick Service

    Pop Century Resort - Everything Pop Food Court (dinner)

    Location: Pop Century Resort

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Lots of food options and seating (try the tie-dyed cheesecake!), mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

    Cons: Can get very busy during peak times


    Everything Else

    Petals Pool Bar

    Quick Service

    Pop Century Resort - Petals Pool Bar

    Location: Pop Century Resort

    On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: A few specialty drinks available, TVs to watch

    Cons: Only a few seats at the bar (most people take drinks to the pool)


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