Disney's Pop Century Resort
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I've stayed in a lot of WDW properties. Pop Century is a very good "value" resort that is on property. Our room was on the 3rd floor of the 60's building. Our room faced the lake and was is a great location (short walk to Food Court, Swimming pool, busses & Art of Animation). We had a perfect view of the Studios fireworks (9pm nightly during our stay). Our room at Pop is the same size as the rooms I've stayed in at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boardwalk, Port Orleans (basically all the WDW resorts I've stayed in excluding Suites at Art of Animation). The room was clean (I would recommend leaving a small tip daily for "mousekeeping" if you want extra soap & maybe a towel animal) and the property was well kept. If you plan on spending most your time at the parks, you want to stay on WDW property and you want to save a little money, I would recommend POP over the ALL Star resorts.
I should note that this review has more to do with the time of year we visited, and what we expect from trips to WDC. We are a family of four, two adults, and two little ones under 10. While we have always come to WDC during spring break season, this was our first attempt at value resort. Past visits have been to the Polynesian, and the Contemporary. After some prodding by family and friends about how much of a waste the deluxe resorts were, we gave the value resorts a try as we don't do much aside from sleeping in our room.We quickly found that the little things the deluxe resorts offered added up to a lot this time of year. While we tend to leave our room around 7 am, and return around 10 pm (sometimes returning for a midday break), the peace we received during the 2-3 hours we spent at the hotel proved to be priceless. Checking into the Pop Century in late March for a 6-night stay, we found the grounds overrun by parentless teenagers. It seemed to be a mix of baseball teams, cheerleaders, and other sports teams. Like a swarm of bees, they made the buses, food court, pools, and grounds anything but family friendly with their loud and unruly behavior. Two nights in and we were begging to have the remainder of our stay moved to the Contemporary, and there, we were able to find the peace we expected.That said, if you have younger children, like peace walking the grounds, riding the transportation, and don't mind paying a bit more...avoid this resort like the plague. The few hundred dollars you'd save staying here is not worth the aggravation.
My husband and I chose Pop as our resort for our first Disney World trip. Well, my first, his third since we went as a kiddo.This place was absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! We only had ONE small problem, which I'll get into in a sec...Transportation from the airport was seamless. We didn't really know what to do once the Magical Express dropped us off at 10am-ish. Again, we were complete newbies. So we went up to the front desk, asked what we're supposed to do (ha) and the check-in woman was very nice. She said our baggage would be delivered from the airport and talked to us about the parks and where to get to the bus stop along with handing us a map of the property. I got a birthday button as well, not knowing what it really was for. She said we'd get a text when our room was ready, so off we went to Magic Kingdom!We got the text that the room was ready about 2pm. So we took a bus back, went to the room and come to find out we were on the first floor. One of the requests I had made was for a top floor room since I'm a crazy light sleeper. I said oh well whatever, then we hunkered down for a quick nap...And suddenly banging above us. The exact reason I didn't want a first floor room. I think they were dancing or something so after trying to sleep for 20 mins, I got fed up and went to the front desk to see if we could be switched to a top floor room. I mentioned that we had requested it at online check in and while I can understand those aren't always accommodated, I hoped we could be switched. We were told no straight off the bat. Without the girl even looking anything up...I asked if they were booked full and she dodged the question and didn't really say yes/no. I asked to speak to the manager. The manager comes over, I explain our predicament with stomping above us/distaste for 1st floor rooms and so she said they had a top floor, end of the row room available, but it was 'preferred' at $8/extra a night. Which wasn't much, so we made the switch and SO GLAD WE DID! The preferred room was right down the way from Baloo/Mowgli. Super close to the lobby and pool. We didn't even hear much from the people at the pool during our afternoon naps.We walked across the bridge a couple of nights and checked out Art of Animation. A few times we even used their bus on the way back if Pop's bus stop was packed and the AoA bus was already there. That was very convenient. Though, if you try to use AoA's pools, be forewarned the gates are locked and you need an AoA to get in them.At nights the grounds were very quiet. The store houses a bunch of things that people may forget - us? Razers! They had floss, toothbrushes, asprin,razers and shaving creams, etc. That was super nice.Pro tip (can I be called a Pro now??) Buy a refillable mug your first day! We waited until day 3 and wish we hadn't.My list of pros and cons about the resort;PROS- Uhm, everything? - Clean rooms- Beautiful property- Fun main pool. Also swam in the bowling pin pool, though it's more basic.- Awesome bus transportation. Doesn't share like all the All Star Resorts do!- Quick walk to Art of Animation- Can use Art of Animation's bus if you want to walk just a bit further, but get a bus quicker- Loved the store and the cafeteria- Magical express is so great. We got a letter on our door that detailed when we'd need to be in the lobby to get to the airport for our return flight.- Night time movies! They showed Aladdin one night and we watched it poolside- Comfy beds- EXCELLENT VALUE! We got a Spring special at $92/night.CONS- Slight hiccup with a 1st floor room and indifference from check-in agent- That's it!
If you plan to spend most of your time in the theme parks, on the Boardwalk, or at Disney Springs then why spend a lot of money to stay at the fanciest resorts? You can get the transportation benefits, the extra magic hours, and the meal plans by staying at one of the lower prices resorts like this one. This was our first time here. We stayed for five nights and six days (we flew out late that final day to make the most of it).The Pop! Century resort has a Central Building where you can check in, get concierge services, find the food court, a gift shop, the luggage holding area for both flights and simply to stow luggage before your room is ready, as well as the bus stops for lines going to all of the theme parks. The rest of the resort is made up of groups of hotel room buildings arranged by decade -- 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The 1960s buildings are nearest to the Central Building but you can't request a specific building when you make reservations our travel agent told us. We were able to make dinner reservations and print out airline tickets at the Concierge. Everyone on the staff was friendly and professional but we had one complaint about them -- we never got a text message or phone call when our room was ready so we had to call to find out about it late at night when we got tired our first day there.We stayed in the 1950s building so the rest of my review is focused on that area. It has a pool shaped like a bowling pin and three accommodation buildings around the pool. It has has one of the three laundry facilities that you can use with a credit card. The two main characters in this area are Lady and the Tramp statues that are huge. The room itself felt a bit dated and not just from the theme but the decor seemed a bit older. The sink was small, that is our biggest complaint about the room. There was a curtain that could be pulled across the sink/closet area that was helpful in cutting down on the light when one of us was using the facilities and the other was trying to sleep. We used the shampoo/conditioner and soap that was supplied and it worked fine.We had a room with two queen beds so that my hubby could stay up a bit later than me if he wanted. The bed mattresses were decent as were the pillows. Most of the TV channels are from Disney with an odd Japan channel tossed in. The room had a small refrigerator and lots of drawers along with an open closet near the sink. It also had a small table with two chairs right in front of the air conditioner. The one window we kept the curtain drawn closed. There was an odd unused area between the cabinet with drawers and refrigerator and a wall with four hook... I think another rack for luggage would have been useful there. We never heard a sound from the outside or the other rooms once we were inside.
Was fearful of staying here after reading the reviews but this was the lowest price we could find for a Disney property and we like having complimentary transportation to and from the airport along with the magic bands for the resort and parks. Our family of 4, kids ages 11 & 8, made due with the two double beds in the room. We stayed the week of March 5-10, 2017 for 5 nights. We had a 3 day park admission without hopper attached to our room. We spent one day at Universal Studios and the other days at Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios.The resort itself is fairly nice. Very nice decor and kept fairly clean. The rooms are also fairly clean, but we had issues getting the right number of towels for our party of 4 the first few nights. After a long hard day of fighting the crowds at the parks, the nicest thing about the room was taking a nice hot shower and getting into bed. Our room (#5233) was located on the 2nd floor of the 60s building facing the lake and was fairly quiet, away from foot traffic, etc. Our building was convenient to the main lobby and restaurant cafeteria and bus transportation. Food was decent and it was nice having the magic bands to pay for everything without having to dig for a credit card on each purchase. Nice variety of food for each family member and the cafeteria would stay open until midnight each day.The worst thing about our stay was waiting on the buses to and from the parks. The lines were long and the wait times varied but were at least 20-30 minutes to get on packed buses. It seemed like each day we were sweating bullets trying to get to our first FastPass ride before the time expired. One morning we had to take a bus to Animal Kingdom and then switch to a bus to Epcot because the Epcot line from the resort was so long. And then every night coming back to the resort you were faced with the same long lines and a frustrating wait with the other 100s of people. And Disney in their infinite wisdom does this peculiar thing of having a shift change of bus drivers shortly after the parks close. On March 7th, Epcot had extended hours for resort guests until 11p. There was a huge line for Pop Century and the buses were infrequent. When a bus finally arrived, THEY SWITCHED OUT DRIVERS! This one particular driver was very slow and deliberate in doing his walk around of the bus and finally getting his seat adjusted and mirrors set and his GPS computer set. Everyone in line was looking at him because he was taking so long. Even the bus coordinator directing bus traffic was getting frustrated at the slow driver because there was another bus waiting behind him to and the coordinator finally had to tell the waiting bus to go around because he was blocking traffic. IT WAS RIDICULOUS! Of course this new driver was going slow on purpose because he saw how exasperated we all were standing in that long line and seemed to take pleasure in our frustration just to show us who was boss. When he finally pulled away from the stop, everyone in line started loudly applauding and yelling sarcastic remarks.So, the upshot is you can pay for these budget Disney properties and "save" a few dollars but so is everyone else. Be prepared to wait in long frustrating lines to and from the resort.
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- 2880 Rooms
- Food Court
- Pool Bar
- Pizza delivery: 4pm to midnight (plus other limited menu options)
- 3 Pools, including 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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