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Disney’s Pop Century – confessions of a Polynesian snob

Can a Polynesian Snob stay at Disney’s Pop Century Resort?

That’s a good question.

Dad, Mrs. Mom, The Princess and the Man-Child are Polynesian Snobs. We love the Polynesian. It’s the best hotel in the world. How can you beat it. It’s on the monorail. It’s beautiful. It has the best restaurant at Disney World (no, not Captain Cooks, the best restaurant at Disney World is ‘Ohana.)

There is only one problem with the Polynesian…


Yes, I said it. The Polynesian Resort is too expensive.

So we decided to stay in 2 rooms at the Pop Century. (Yes, 2 rooms at the Pop Century are cheaper than the Polynesian Resort. A lot cheaper.) Good ole’ travel agent Dad got the rooms booked, requested connecting rooms, and off we went.

We arrived at the Pop Century right on schedule (make sure you pronounce that with a British accent). Check-in was very quick (should have been it was 2 o’clock in the morning). And off to our rooms we went.

We were assigned rooms in the Bowling Pin. It’s a bit of a hike to the main building, and to the parking lot, but the room overlooked the pool. The rooms were connecting, so we settled down. We had a boys room, for me and the Man-Child, and a girls room, Mrs. Mom and The Princess. Each of us had our own bed.


We had…


That’s important when you have a teenage daughter and son.

All in all, these Polynesian snobs didn’t loose the Polynesian snobbery. We still love and prefer the Polynesian, but we enjoyed the Pop. Especially the omelets in the morning.

Comments 5

  1. We are thinking of doing this at our Thanksgiving 2010 trip. This will be our fourth trip in the last five years. We skipped 09. Our kids will 15 and 12. We stayed in 2008 at All-Star Sports. The room was fine but it was cramped. We have looked at family suite at All-Star Music, Cabins at Ft. Wilderness. It’s cheaper to do two rooms. We are staying five days. With our pin code, we can add another room for four nights and only spend $400. It just makes sense.

  2. We’re going on the 21st this month and staying at the Pop Century. One thing I read that I really liked is that it has it’s own dedicated bus. That means no stopping at any of the other hotels picking up/dropping off other guests before you get to your destination.

    It’s our 6th trip BUT the first trip with our now 6 yr old daughter. We can’t wait!

  3. We went to Disney in Dec ’10 and loved it! Pop Century was our home away from home in the 1950’s building and really have no complaints. I’ve heard people say the rooms are small and yes that may be true but we found for our family of three, it was perfect. Really we didn’t spend a lot of time in the room anyway – up early in the morning and gone until the fireworks were over. Loved the fact the hotel had its own dedicated bus line as a previous reader mentioned. Never had to wait long for a bus (longest was for downtown Disney but that was probably a timing thing on our end). Loved the Dining Hall. Was always busy but we were always able to find a table. Going to miss the free dining plan though. Loved the larger than life decor, the pools although never got to swim in them because it was a little too chilly. Yep great experience. Will stay there again for sure.

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