Disney's Pop Century Resort
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We went to Disney World for a sporting event. It was a package deal that included HP Field House, Pop Century, and three day passes to parks. The sporting event was for over 600 athletes. Our team attended this event and booked 20+ rooms. We did not have the option to stay at any other hotel. We had to stay at Pop Century. After the first night, 10 of our rooms complained of having roaches. We complained to Disney and was told that the situation would be taken care of. This didn't happen. More roaches. Disney was able to finally move one of our families to another room. After much complaining, Disney finally offered to give each of the 10 rooms a $50.00 credit. Not much for all of the problems our rooms had. Very disappointed in Disney. Parents refuse to go back if they are forced to stay at Pop Century. This was far from a magical Disney experience.
We were honestly shocked at the quality given the low price of around 100 per night during peak season. We found it to be just as nice as riverside at French quarter for a lot less. We usually stay in the higher end resorts so we're not sure how enjoyable this resort would be but exceeded expectations. The rooms are decent size but bare min. The pools are very nice the resort is clean food court has lots of options and location is great
We stayed at Pop Century for 1 week. The rooms are ok, but bed was uncomfortable. Refrigerator didn't work properly. Found the walls to be very thin. So sleeping in was never a option. Pools had no fun slides and very basic. Cafeteria food had a extremely unhealthy selection of cooked meals, not to mention most nights took 45 minutes just to get food and another 15 minutes to check out with it.
This was our second visit to Pop Century as a family of four with 2 tween boys. Disney is magical, and they never disappoint! The hotel is clean, and the staff exceptional. We chose the 70's section, fourth floor in a preferred room. It was quiet and close to the main hall, dining, and Hippy Dippy Pool. We took a peek at the new rooms, and they are beautiful. If it weren't for the distance, we would have chosen one. Check in was a breeze, and the room was clean and fresh when we arrived. We spent all of our days at the parks, but did eat at the hotel twice. The restaurant staff are friendly and helpful, and the store staff are as well. The food was pretty good, and the cheesecake is must!! All in all, I cannot stress how important it is to stay at a Disney resort, and so well worth the expense. They note this is a "value" hotel, and I assume if you are a hotel critic you would criticize it. The key here is that you are not visiting Disney to sit in your hotel room, you are there to enjoy all of the magic its parks have to offer. So to those who stress the "amenities" it is missing, you probably missed the whole point of visiting Disney. Pop Century serves its purpose, and Disney does it right!
People spend a lot of money to go to WDW so I am going to make this one of my longer reviews I have done on TripAdvisor. Pop Century is one of Disneyâ€™s value resorts. The 3 biggest differences of a Value resort versus moderate is: Exterior Hallways, smaller room usually two double beds (now two queens, more on that later), and no full service restaurant. First the resort is huge. 5,000 rooms broken up into 5 different sections. Each section is themed by a decade 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s. We stayed in a new refurbished room in the 90â€™s building. With the resort being so big you need to do a little homework to try to get an idea ahead of time of where in the resort you want to stay. We have stayed in the 90â€™s building before the refurbish because we found the location to have the right balance between distance to: parking, bus stop, food court, and pool. We booked our hotel as part of a Disney Vacation. This allowed us to check-in ahead of time. We got an email alerting us for when our room was ready. Then we just walked up to our room waved our magicband and the room was open and ready.The 90â€™s building has in my opinion the easiest parking lot to access on the resort. The lot is 3rd driveway after you enter the resort. We were in room 8264 which was two rooms down from cell phone staircase. We were able to park during July 4th week at the bottom of that staircase everyday. Our car was easily accessible all week. Now if we wanted to take the bus or go the food court here is a little secretâ€¦we just walked across the parking lot! The signs direct you through winding walkways between the buildings which took twice as long. Our room was standard due to the distance from Classic Hall but we had some of the closest access when we just walked across the parking lot. The laptop pool was adjacent to the 90â€™s building and included the laundry building. We also prefer this pool because it is much more quiet than the other two pools. A nice touch was the basketball hoop they installed in the pool. The resort also provided pool basket balls. The two 12 year olds we brought loved it. Pop Century is also connected to Art of Animation Resort by a footbridge over the lake. Well worth the walk to check out that resort and theming they did there. Especially if you have little ones. The Cars section is amazing. Like I mentioned we got a refurbished room which is a huge upgrade from the previous room. Refurbished rooms have a queen size bed raised high enough off the floor to fit a suitcase and other items under it. There is a queen murphy bed when in the wall creates a table, and when down the table folds itself underneath the bed. The hotel provides about 8 pillows so each person has 2. There is a coffee maker with a drawer stocked with sugar and creamers. A small frig with a little modification of shelves can fit about 10-12 drinks. The dresser is a little short on drawers. Only 3 drawers. But the 50 inch HD SamsungTV really makes up for it. Probably the nicest TV I have seen in any hotel room. The home channel flashes all of the hours of the parks for the day plus weather and other useful info. There are hooks to hang up hats, backpacks, towels, etc. Now this is where it gets interesting as you enter the bathroom. There are at least 8 cubby holes in the bathroom to put toiletries, towels, shoes, just about anything you want to keep your room organized. The bathroom is set up a little unusual than your standard room, but again it is designed to manage space and keep everyone moving. The sink/vanity is open to the rest of the hotel room, but you can use the sliding door to create privacy for changing. The toilet and shower also has its own door. So in theory, you can have 3 sections of the hotel room closed for privacy. You can have one person taking a shower, another brushing their teeth and the other changing in the main hotel room. Very efficient for families. The dĂ©cor is subdued Mickey Mouse meets tiny home. The floor is wood laminate which makes the room feel so much cleaner. The shower has a duel head and also uses a glass door. Disney did a fantastic job of taking a small room and make it functional and not feel cramped.The resort itself is more of hotel campus than a resort. So donâ€™t expect resort amenities. Pizza is the form of room service. The food court is exactly what you expect when I say food court. There are 4 stations offering different types of food, plus a self-serve refrigerator section. Kids meals are around $5. Adults can go up to $15. There was plenty of seating in the food court this trip. Currently the 80â€™s building is closed for refurbishment so that might have affected the crowds in the food court and pools. There is a pool bar and the main pool with fruity drinks. Typical vacation prices there. There is an arcade and gift shop. They also posted a schedule of activities but we did not participate in any of them so I canâ€™t comment on them. I do know they offer movies under the stars nightly, tie-dye shirt making. Water balloon toss. We were there over the Fourth of July and the resort had a window decorating contest. For transportation options we drove to WDW so we had a car. But we split time 50/50 between our car and the buses. If you plan to use the buses especially in the evening expect to stand and to be crowded. Especially when returning from the park you might have to wait for a couple of buses to pick up before your turn. If you do drive parking is free at all the parks because you are staying on property. Also Pop Century has its own bus. Depending on crowd levels the other Value Resorts might share buses extending the time it takes to get around. This was our first time in many years we used the bus and it wasnâ€™t bad. But again we had 12 year olds. When my son was 3 it wasnâ€™t even a discussion we rented a car and skipped the bus. But if you are looking to cut costs buses are the way to go. WDW will also pick you up for free from the airport not matter which Disney resort you are staying at. You will run into foreign youth groups and you sports teams at Pop Century. And yes they can get rowdy. This past trip we saw them but did not hear them. I have been on other Disney trips where I had to get my room moved. This year there was a big international baseball tournament so I know the coaches had their players on a curfew. They were up as early as us in uniform getting breakfast. They were all business lol. We have traveled during cheerleader competitions and they would practice their routines in the pool until all hours. It just depends on the groups you get. Donâ€™t let it spoil your vacation. Just pack some earplugs just in case.I did not interact with many cast members because we did check-in and checkout remotely. The cast members doing the housekeeping were very friendly and did a great job of keeping our room clean.In summary keep in mind you are staying at a Disney value resort. There will be lots of people, lots of lines, lots of noise. But the access this resort will give you to the theme parks cannot be matched with what you can find in Kissimmee or International Drive. I have done both and it is not the same experience. Especially when you consider the time it takes to get from your hotel to the parks. In the summer you might want to take that afternoon break from the heat and crowds. We looked into staying off property to have a bigger room, but once we weighed in the cost to park, resort fees (Disney doesnâ€™t have a resort fee) time, and the layout of the resort it was an easy choice.
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- 2880 Rooms
- Food Court
- Pool Bar
- Pizza delivery: 4pm to midnight (plus other limited menu options)
- 3 Pools,Â includingÂ 1970's theme
- Children's pool
- 2 double beds
- Full bathroom
- TV with Disney Channels
- Internet (fee)
- Mini-fridge (on request) (fee)
- In-room safe
- Maximum occupancy 4 persons
For the Kids - Child pool, Pop jet water fountain play area, Arcade and Children's playground.
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Disney's Pop Century ResortOrlando,United States
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1050 Century Drive Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8433
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