5 Reasons I Love the Pop Century
Disney’s Pop Century Resort is a pretty unique hotel on WDW property. It’s got a lot of appeal – great food, great location, great music – and as a value resort it’s an affordable option to stay close to all that Disney Magic!
Welcome to the Pop Century - Photo by Judd Helms
I’ve stayed at value, moderate, deluxe resorts (standard rooms and family suites) on Disney properties in Orlando, Anaheim, and Paris – but I keep coming back to the Pop Century. It’s my go-to resort for a reason – I just love it, and here are 5 reasons why:5: Fantastic Location
Disney’s Pop Century Resort is situated in a fairly central location on WDW Property – tucked to the south of Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios and West of Downtown Disney, it has a close proximity to most destinations 8-15 minutes on a bus an you can be anywhere (other than Magic Kingdom, which is about 20 minutes away). Many other resorts are close to one destination but are a long haul to everywhere else.
In addition to the commute times being pretty reasonable, if you take Disney buses, you’ll have a relatively short wait. Since the Pop Century is the largest resort on property, it also has the most bus capacity devoted to it. I’ve had better bus service at this resort than any other.
The buses can get you to the parks in no time - Photo by Judd Helms
And if walking is your thing, you can take a quick stroll over the Generation Gap Bridge at Hourglass Lake – you’ll end up a the Art of Animation Resort where you can enjoy unique shopping, dining, and photo opportunities!4: Themed Food
Most of the WDW Resorts offer a few special menu items coordinated to their themes, and the Pop Century is no exception. Everything Pop is a quick service location that’s open from 6am-midnight, and Pop Art Pizza Delivery delivers from dinnertime onward – there are lots of Pop-themed treats to order!
Get lots of good food at Everything Pop - Photo by Laurie Sapp
In the morning, consider a Pop Waffle (a giant fresh waffle with the Pop logo stamped onto it) or a Pop Tart Breakfast Sandwich (exactly what it sounds like –bacon, egg, and cheese between two strawberry Pop Tarts). As you’re lounging poolside, consider snacking on Poppin’ Nachos Supreme or sip on a drink from Petals Pool Bar, like a Lava Lamp or Hula Hoop cocktail.
And fuel up anytime ay or night with a King’s Cupcake (inspired by Elvis’ favorite sandwich – peanut butter, bacon, banana), Tie Dye Cheesecake (a rainbow swirl of classic creamy cheesecake), or a Popaccino coffee beverage!3: Grown-up Appeal
Okay, if you are going to Walt Disney World, you have to expect that you’re going to see kids – and a lot of them. Of course they’ll be in the parks, but even in areas typically for adults-only in the real world (like fancy restaurants and concierge-level hotel suites), children should be expected at Disney.
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But if you’re travelling without kids, you may want a bit of a reprieve which can be hard to find at any hotel – value, moderate, or deluxe. If you’re looking for a resort on-property to keep that Disney Magic going throughout your whole trip but want a quieter mornings and less splashing in the pools, the Pop may be for you.
Mornings are a great time for adults in the pool - Photo by Laurie Sapp
My husband an I are 30 and travel frequently to WDW without kiddos in tow, so I can attest that the Pop Century draws fewer small children. Couples and families with older kids/teens are found at the Pop (understandably, as the other value resorts hold more “kid appeal” in their themes). It’s been a perfect location for us.2: Value for Money
WDW is a pricey vacation destination, but there are lots of ways to save. Your hotel can be one of the biggest expenses, and choosing a value resort can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars over a moderate or deluxe. A week at the Pop can cost the same (or less!) than a night in a suite at a deluxe resort.
The Pop Century is so affordable the Potato Heads live here - Photo by Mike Billick
I think the Pop is a great value for money – staying there helps my budget so I can stay longer, go more frequently, and spend money on items that matter more to me, like food, souvenirs, and special experience.
Since you’re on Disney property you know that you’ll have a safe, clean, comfortable place to stay – heading off property you may not find that guarantee in the same price range. Plus, you’re entitled to all of the Disney resort benefits like free transportation, Magical Express, and Extra Magic Hours!1: The Nostalgia Factor
Disney’s Pop Century Resort celebrates popular culture from the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. You’ll hear music, see artifacts, and read trivia all inspired by the trends of those times.
The Decades of the Pop Century - Photo by Laurie Sapp
I grew up in the 90’s and love to hear the Backstreet Boys on the speaker at the pool, or take a dip in the Computer Pool (complete with a 90’s style webpage of the day Animal Kingdom opened!).
And the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s all have iconic moments and popular culture that have influenced my life, so there are lots of great memories that get stirred up for me – although I didn’t experience all of those decades, I have lots of nostalgia for them. It’s fantastic to see people do the Hustle or the Electric Slide like they’re kids again!
So next time you’re heading to WDW, consider giving my go-to resort a try and stay at the Pop Century. Give our friends at Destinations to Travel a shout and they can help you work out all the details of your Perfect vacation to WDW.
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