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Disney World's Value Resort Pop Century - A Review

by FrogBlog on May 7, 2013 2

By guest blogger Cheryl Leung of Kids On A Plane

Pop Century is one of Walt Disney World’s Value resorts – the most affordable category of hotels owned by Disney. This was my family's first time staying at a Value level resort, and here's what we thought about it.

Guest Rooms

Each guest room is 260 square feet, and with two adults and two young kids in our room, we found it clean and comfortable.

It would have been a little tight had it been all adults in the room but still doable if you're the type of family to only go back to the room to sleep.

Dining at Pop Century

Pop Century

Everything Pop is Pop Century Resort's food court and is open everyday from 7:30 a.m. until midnight.

With 3,000 guest rooms, the eating area is very large to accommodate the masses. For families traveling with young children, there is a kids area with toddler-size tables and chairs along with TVs set to the Disney Channel.

Everything Pop's menu offers a wide variety of dishes, including American classic comfort food, pizza, and sushi. What really stood out food-wise was the desserts.
Pop Century
We couldn't pass up the opportunity to try their famous tie-dye cheesecake and the King Bacon cupcake.

We may have had one each day we were there. Thank goodness our stay was only three nights long!

Pop Century is also located right next to Walt Disney World’s newest resort, Art of Animation. It was great having another food court option available for meal time.

Activities & Amenities

Pop CenturyPop Century is a bustling resort, and there are activities going on several times of the day. Games, dance parties, and arts and crafts time take place at the main pool - Hippy Dippy.

Pool-side movies are shown on a blow-up screen here at night too.

There's an arcade in Classic Hall (main building) and a small store attached to Everything Pop.

Pop Century has several pools on property - the main pool (Hippy Dippy), two smaller pools (a bowling pin-shaped pool in the 50s section and the computer monitor-shaped pool in the 90s section, which are usually quieter than Hippy Dippy), and a zero-entry toddler pool.

If you're looking for some quiet time poolside, I would recommend skipping Hippy Dippy and heading to the smaller pools.

Complimentary life jackets are available at each should you need them.

Transportation to and from Pop Century is via bus at the front of Classic Hall.

I know in my last post, I said we stay on site just so we don't have to rent a car, but we probably could have benefited from having one on our previous visit.

Pop Century is a large resort and can get very crowded if traveling during peak season. Wait times for a bus back to Pop Century from Magic Kingdom was approximately 45 minutes.

Final Thoughts

Pop Century is good choice for families on a budget. It's themed well and offers lots to see and do should you decide to take a break from the parks.

Looking for more vacation planning tips and advice? Head over to our Where to Stay in Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Timeline!

Kids On A PlaneCheryl, her husband and their 2 kids live in Toronto, Ontario Canada and just returned from a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort in March. Never one to pay full price, Cheryl spends her free time scouring the internet for discount codes or promotions for family friendly vacation packages or family entertainment deals. Yes, she probably needs to find another hobby. Her family can be found on a plane at least once a year and 90% of the time you can bet that their plane is headed to Orlando, Florida. Check out Cheryl’s blog Kids On A Plane (no, she’s never seen the movie Snakes On A Plane so there’s no need to ask her what her favorite part was) or chat with her on Facebook or Twitter.


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Apr 1, 2016 at 3:05 a.m. ling Says...

Hi there,

I'm visiting WDW in June 2016 and will be staying at Pop Century. Can you advise how long should I expect to wait for the bus to Magical Kingdom in the morning? I'm hoping to reach MK by 8am as there is magic hour the day I am visiting. Any advice would be very much appreciated! Thank you :)

Apr 4, 2016 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ling,

I would expect the most you should have to wait is 20-25 minutes.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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