Disney's Pop Century Resort
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Second stay at Pop Century. As great as before. The Disney team has it all together. Using Magical Express and park buses makes transportation a breeze. Rooms comfortable and functional. You don't get luxury but the room rates are great and you have to have priorities at Disney. The smoke alarm did go off the first morning but it got us up and going earlier. No smoke or fire. The food court is great....Mickey waffles every morning (order child meals and share meals.....they give you a lot......to save $$). I love this resort. Great pool for kids. Everyone friendly. I recommend it!
I stay about 2 weeks at the Pop Century every year. I consider Disney World our second home, and Pop century is a lot of it. The best part of Pop Century is the location. Both Pop Century and Art of Animation are the best location (they are right next to each other), better than the Grand Floridian and definitely better than Animal Kingdom Lodge. The Grand Floridian is, for example, very close to Magic Kingdom, but it is not at all close to Animal Kingdom or Disney Springs or the water parks. I timed our bus rides and it is like this:From Pop Century to (not counting waiting time):Magic Kingdom: 18 minutes.Epcot: 10 minutesHollywood Studios: 10 minutes (most of the time spent in winding around the parking lot)Disney Springs: 12 minutesAnimal Kingdom: 10 minuteswater parks: 16 to 18 minutes (transfer required)Note: Pop Century (or Art of Animation) does not share buses with anyone.Average travelling time for the 4 main parks: 12 minutesAverage travelling time for all 7 places: 13 minutesFrom the Grand Floridian, you are looking at:Magic Kingdom: 3 minutesEpcot: 20 minutes (you have to transfer monorail)Animal Kingdom: 20 minutes (shared bus)Hollywood Studios: 20 minutes (shared bus)Disney Springs: 20 minutes (shared bus)water parks: 25 minutes (transfer required)Grand Floridian shares buses with other hotels. So, doing the math, you get:Average time it takes to go to the 4 parks: 16 minutesAverage time it takes to go to all 7 places: 19 minutesSo you see, if you mostly go to Magic Kingdom, the Grand Floridian is an excellent location. But if you are like us and want to visit other places equally, the Pop Century is far superior: 13 minutes compared to 19 minutes!The second great thing about Pop Century is the grounds. It is scrubbed clean, new, perfectly manicured, and right against Hour Glass lake. The lake is so beautiful, and you can see huge turtles in the water. The third great thing is the food court. The food there has great variety and mostly excellent. Sadly, over the years they have taken some of their best selections away. The tie die cheesecake used to be amazing, but they changed the recipe so that it is now machine injected into a plastic cup and not fit for human consumption. One year they had pork hocks -- there was so much meat! And they used to have mussels with tomato sauce. Now they just have butter mussels. Still amazing, though, we love the mussels there, so much better than the overcooked, unseasoned mess they serve at the Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club Resort!You can walk across the bridge to eat at Art of Animation's food court. We've done it many times, even though we've never found one edible item there. Last time we bought a small fruit tart for $7. My kids love fruit tarts and have never met a fruit tart they didn't like. That is, until they met this one. My son says the crust tasted like cardboard mixed with grease. While the Pop Century food court is always busy, the AA food court never is. Wonder why.I digress. Now let's talk about things that aren't so great. The front desk at Pop Century is usually unpleasant. I ordered a package from Amazon (a tub of formula for my baby) and went to the front desk to get it. I waited 20 minutes in line and when I finally got up there, the woman acted like she was overworked having to go get it for me. Same thing happened when I misplaced my son's shoes and went to ask if they had them at lost and found. The woman could barely hide her irritation as she brought the shoes to me. However, I've also met young trainees who stand in front of the counter asking if they could help, and they were always enthusiastic, pleasant and helpful. So maybe the others have been there too long. I once told one front desk woman that I liked Pop Century more than any other resort, and she said incredulously, "you do?" and looked at me like "how can you possibly like this dump?"The "mousekeeping" is never that great in any Disney hotel that I've stayed at. Now, don't get me wrong. When you first walk into your room, it is always nice and clean. But after you've moved in, they no longer clean it too hard. They make the beds, but I don't think they vacuum or change the sheets. At least that has been my experience. It's like they got you, it's too much work for you to move, so you are just going to have to suck it up. So I don't use housekeeping. I bring my own detergent, scrub pad, garbage bags and toilet brush with me on the airplane. And it works out great because the room is so small that there isn't much to clean anyway! I never have to worry about what the housekeeper did or didn't do. They clean the outside very diligently so that it looks wonderful everywhere, and that's what matters to me.The rooms are small, but they are well designed to get the most out of a small space. If you think of it as luxury camping, then everything is wonderful. You got the beds, the TV, the tub shower sink toilet, table and chairs, mini fridge and electric outlets. Ice machine outside. What more can a man want? There is space to put in a full size air mattress if you move the table and chairs. The rooms are always quiet. Once in a while we hear toilets flushing from other rooms. The toilets flush really good and got the noise to prove it. When my son was young, he used to be scared of flushing the toilet, it was so loud. It seems that in the last couple of years, the Pop Century price has gone up by 30%. It is approaching the price of a moderate resort, though the moderates are also hiking up their prices, not to be outdone. The rooms are all very close to the main building. Even the furthest rooms take only 5 to 7 minutes to walk to the main building. The free wifi is slow and spotty but usable. So is the cell signal.Every time the magic express pulls up to Pop Century after an 8 hour flight, we feel like we have arrived home. It's not perfect, but it almost is, and we love it.
We are a family of 2 adults & 2kids. We stayed for 7 days at the 70s building. It was close to main building and bus transportation and pools. The rooms are very basic, even borderline ( below basic). We are a relatively small family and we had difficulties walking around the room without stepping on each other's toes. The towels and bedding are not average bring your own pillow cases. There are laundry facilities on resort (3$/ washer or dryer). Detergent is 1$. Bring your own detergent The food is ok, but highly recommend take the bus to Disney springs (8 mins) to eat.
We had a split stay between Coronado Springs and Pop Century and loved Pop more. I wish the beds were queen size at Pop, but other than that it was Perfect. All the cast members were friendly and helpful. I didn't meet one that wasn't over the top just as I expected Disney to be. The food court was 100% better than the other resort. We were on the ground floor in the 60s section which was great with the stroller. We will stay at Pop over Coronado every time from now on.
Our stay was pleasant but I think we will pick other hotels in the future. For the price the hotel has a lot to offer. The grounds are very fun for young kids and the Hippy Dippy pool was great for our 3 year old. Food choices were good and the food court was not busy. The rooms are very basic, but Disney is in the process of remodeling so I think those will improve. The room was not vacuumed and had toe nail clippings on the floor when we walked in which was a terrible first impression. However, they sent housekeeping within 10 minutes to take care of it. Our room was cleaned well the remaining days of our trip. The transportation buses were fine, but we had a few long waits. Epcot seemed to have fewer buses for whatever reason. We would spend more in the future to have closer access to Magic Kingdom. This is a good choice for families with young children or travelers who are planning to spend most of their time in the parks and really only need a place to sleep. I think the extra $ for preferred rooms are worth it for noise level and proximity to the lobby/food. If you plan to take long breajs away from the parks for resort time I recommend AofA or a moderate or deluxe resort.
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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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