The theme at Walt Disney World’s Pop Century Resort is the fads of the 1950s through the 1990s!
Each individual building has its own theme which is from a different decade: 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Large 25-40 foot tall icons (statues) decorate the exterior of each building. You’ll see giant yo-yos, Play-Doh, Rubik’s Cube, and rollerblades to name a few.
Note: there was originally going to be a second section of Pop Century featuring the 00s through the 40s, but the downturn in the travel industry after 9/11 caused its construction, which had just started, to cease for many years. Pop Century’s opening was delayed for years even though this first half had been finished. Construction on the second half was later restarted as the new Art of Animation Resort.
All Star rooms offer 2 double beds, which sleep four. A crib may be requested for children under 3 years old. All the All-Stars have now completed a multi-year remodel, which had its good and bad points. A small number of single King rooms are also available.
The good is the addition of a Queen Murphy bed/table combo and a platform queen bed. These take the place of 2 traditional queens. This make for a roomier room, with luggage and other stuff stored under the queen and the Murphy up there is more floor space thank in the past and a coffee maker finally became an All-Star feature.
The bad is the removal of any individuality in the different All-Star Resort’s room theming. A room on Sports looks identical to one in Movies with only small framed artwork changes between the two. The rooms at Pop Century are also nearly identical.
Features include a table and two chairs, dresser, TV, coffee maker and small fridge, ironing board and dryer, small safe, and hair dryer. Ample plugs and USB charging ports are available.
The bathroom proper is off of the single sink vanity area and separated by a door. The vanity area has a sliding barn type door to keep light from the vanity area beaming those still trying to sleep.
Rooms sleep up to 4 people, with 2024 non-discounted room prices starting at $183 including tax.
- Standard Room: $183 to $392- 2 double beds or 1 king bed
- Standard Pool View: $191 – $406 – 2 double beds or 1 king bed
- Preferred Room: $202 to $418 – 2 double beds or 1 king bed
- Preferred Room Pool View: $215 – $429 – 2 double beds or 1 king bed
Listed nightly prices are for 2022 and include sales tax and are rounded to the nearest dollar. They do not factor in any military discount as these are based on availability. Prices listed subject to change by Disney.
Guest rooms offer a separate shower with tub and vanity area, small refrigerator, small safe, coffee maker, iron and ironing board.
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The only dining location at Pop Century is the Everything Pop Food Court – BLD $ – Quick Service – Features American cuisine at various stations: Soup/Salad, pPasta, Flatbreads, Entrees, and Bakery. You then pay at a central location.
Menus change for all three meals. Breakfast items are standard (eggs, meats, Mickey waffles), lunch features sandwiches and burgers, while for dinner you can have items like pot roast, nachos, rotisserie chicken, or shrimp and cheesy grits. Mobile Ordering Available.
Everything Pop also has a co-located gift shop for your souvenir and sundry needs.
Petals Pool Bar is located right by the pool so you can grab a cold refreshing drink.
Pop Art Pizza Delivery – Have pizza and salads delivered to your room.
Rooms at Pop Century were recently updated with a new modern look. The fold down Murphy bed is genius and makes the small room that much more roomy when folded.
The lobby is loud in both decibels and decoration.
The food court is very busy every morning as guests grab breakfast before heading to the theme parks.
Three Pools – Hippy Dippy, Computer, and Bowling
Hippy Dippy Pool – Is a pool with Water Jets. Immerse yourself in the spirit of the 1960’s at the sprawling Hippy Dippy Pool, which features flower-shaped water jets.
Two more pools, the smaller 1950’s Bowling Pool and the 1990’s Computer Pool, are also on hand for Guests looking to take the pop-culture plunge.
Kiddy Pool – For the little ones, a Kiddy pool is located behind Classic Hall, just behind the Hippy Dippy Pool.
Movies Under the Stars – Disney movies are screened on select nights at the Hippy Dippy Pool.
Arcade – At the Fast Forward Arcade play video games old and new, in the Classic Hall building, adjacent to the food court.
Playground – Children can climb, slide and play at the fun play area located in the ’60s section.
Guest Laundry – 24-hour self-service laundry rooms are available near Bowling Pool, Computer Pool and Hippy Dippy Pool.
Jogging Trail – 1 mile long around the resort.
An ESPN Wide World of Sports Area Resort
Bus transportation is available to all Disney World guest areas. Those heading to the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs and the Water Parks will use the bus system. Buses to Epcot and Hollywood Studios can be limited or do not run during Skyliner operating hours.
Pop Century is one of the resorts that has the Disney Skyliner gondola system for transportation to Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios. The Skyliner Station sits on the bridge over Hourglass Lake. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort sits on the other side of the lake. The Skyliner will whisk you to Disney’s Hollywood Studios or EPCOT.
The Pop Century/Art of Animation Skyliner Station is an end of line station. From here you can only ride to the Caribbean Beach Station, where you must get off.
When heading to the theme parks during the morning rush, you will have to wait in 2 lines. First at your Pop/AoA Station and then when you arrive at the Caribbean you will go to the back of the line waiting there!
The Caribbean Beach is the main Skyliner hub. From there you can board either of the other 2 lines which go to:
- Disney Hollywood Studios
- The Riviera Resort and Epcot
Overnight Parking is free at the Disney World Values.
Note – The Pop Century Resort is located right next door to the Art of Animation Resort, take the short walk to see the neat exterior decorations at AoA or try the Landscape of Flavors Food Court, which has different options than Pop’s food court.
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Pop Century is our favorite Value. This was true even before the Skyliner station opened up. We like that it’s newer than the All-Stars, the food court food seems somewhat better, plus Art of Animation is a short walk away and the food there is definitely better.
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