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Pop Century room Refurbishment update

by Stephen
(Dracut, MA)

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“Carl, can you give me an update on the refurbishments of the Pop Century? What decade’s buildings have been completed so far? Thanks.”

The outside of the 70's section at the Pop Century

Their working on the 70’s section now – Photo by Judd Helms

Okay Stephen here we go. I started to just say I have no idea. I haven’t been able to find any information. Yesterday or, yeah yesterday when I was looking, I was doing research. I checked blogs. I checked groups and nobody had any information. One Disney group said, “I was there last week. Just the 90s, just one 90s building was done.” I knew that wasn’t true. Didn’t want to say that.

Dad’s Pop Century page

So but last night I’m sitting in my easy chair and scrolling through Facebook and there’s a post from Touring Plans. Just came out yesterday. Post from Touring Plans about the Pop Century refurbishments. They do a nice review of the rooms, but right at the bottom they say, “The 80s buildings and the 90s buildings are all done and now they’re working on the 70s building.”

Dad’s Touringplans page

They are making good progress. They’re done with the 90s. They’re done with the 80s. They’re moving from south to north and they’re going backwards in time. 90s, 80s, 70s, probably do the 60s and the 50s. That’s probably how they’ll progress because that’s the way the buildings are laid out at the Pop Century.

So they’re starting at one end and moving towards the other and so if they’re working on when they get the 70s building done, they’ll be more than half through.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

So 90s, 80s are done,, 70s are being worked on so they’re making good progress. They’re supposed to be done in May of next year so they’ve got some time to go, but they are making good progress. Coming right along.


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Comments for

Jan 09, 2019 Standard vs preferred?
by: Anonymous

We are planning August trip with stag at pop century. I heard about refurbished rooms. Are ALL of them refurbished or just certain rooms. What is difference between standard and preferred rooms? Do we request a refurbished room? Does anyone have pictures of the changes and pros and cons?

Dad Answers

All the rooms at the Pop Century have been refurbished. The difference between a standard and preferred room is the distance to the Classic Hall (main building).

Jul 06, 2018 50s Buildings – Refurbishment status.
by: Anonymous

What is the status on the refurbishment of the 50s buildings? Will it be done by mid-August.

Jun 21, 2018 Which building is it
by: Paul

We stayed st pop in 2016 but I cannot remember what building it was,I have a picture of the room and on the building above our room it says you’re grounded. Would like to request that building again but not sure which one, can you help?

Dad Answers

I believe that’s Building 1.

May 25, 2018 Pop Century refurbishment
by: Anonymous

We just stayed in a preferred poolside room, building 5, 60’s section at Pop Century. It was refurbished. -So nice to have 2 queen beds! The room was beautiful.

May 12, 2018 Fireworks from POP
by: Anonymous

Going in August and heard you can see the EPCOT fireworks from some rooms at POP. Do you know which building has the best view ?

May 09, 2018 Staying at Pop Mid July
by: Drew

We check-in on July 12th and currently have a preferred room. On the My Disney Experience, I went ahead and completed the online check-in but the 90’s and 80’s were not available, leaving me just the 70’s and 60’s. Assuming they are working in order of the years, my first preference went to the 70’s and 60’s as my second preference. I would assume this is the best strategy to get a renovated room. When I call Disney they informed me that I would need to call 10 days out from my arrival and request again at that time.

Anything more I can do? I can only guess that since I am in a preferred room, my chances of getting an updated room, should be pretty promising.

Dad Answers

Your chances of getting a refurbished room in July are just about 100%. All of the buildings except the 50’s buildings have been refurbished. They will probably have most of the 50’s done by July if their not finished.

Apr 26, 2018 Requests
by: Anonymous

I requested a refurb room by phone and also went into my disney app and requested 80s or 90s. I was only able to book a standard room. Am i likely to get a refurb?

Dad Answers

A Standard room only refers to the location and view. Most of the Standard rooms have been refurbished. It would be unlikely to get a non-refurbished room at this point.

All of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s have been done. The only non-refurbished rooms are in the 50’s.

Apr 16, 2018 Preferred room mid July
by: Anonymous

Hi there,

From Australia and having some trouble requesting a renovated room for our visit in July 2018.
We have paid the extra for a preferred room, do you know if we will automatically get a refurbished room if we are staying in a preferred room?, or should we persevere in trying to request it? Is there any other way to request a refurbed room other then calling Disney? It’s a challenge calling them from Australia. Thanks.

Dad Answers

The VAST majority of the preferred rooms are done. Buy July they’ll probably all be done.

Apr 15, 2018 First time stay
by: Anonymous

Hi Dad,

We have reservations in mid May and it’s our first time staying at Pop. We are celebrating my birthday and through our booking with my AAA travel agent we requested a refurbished room. Our reservations say Standard Room and I’m very anxious about staying there for the first time and not getting a refurbished room. Is it possible to still get with a standard room classification and I was planning on calling ahead of time to remind them of the requested refurbished room. Would you know how far ahead I should call to ask and remind them? Again I’m very anxious about staying here because I’ve always stayed at Port Orleans Riverside. Thank you

Dad Answers

You are much more likely to be assigned a refurbished room than a non-refurbished rooms. There are 10 buildings at the Pop Century and 7 of them have been refurbished. Number 8 will be in the process while you are there. So there’s about a 20% chance you would get a non-refurbished room.

As to when to send them a reminder, I would go to (/touringplans.html) and use their room finder tool. It will send a notification to Disney at just the right time.

Apr 05, 2018 June
by: Anonymous

Preferred room for mid-late June? Refurbished? Not sure where that will be, first time staying at Pop.

Dad Answers

Yes, you will be able to get a refurbished preferred room. Most of the preferred rooms are done now.

Apr 05, 2018 June trip
by: Anonymous

Will all the rooms be done by June? How are the rooms in the 80’s section? My husband and I went to high school in the 80’s, so I know he would prefer that. lol I wanted 50’s south side to get a better view of the lake, but it looks like those will be the last refurbed. TIA

Dad Answers

I doubt it. I think the final date is September. One of the buildings might be done by June, but I don’t think all 3 will.

Apr 04, 2018 50’s been refurbished
by: Kim

Do you know if the 50’s have been refurbished? I’m doing my online check in and it ask what you prefer and only gives me the 50’s and 80’s..I think I would like the 50’s the best but want a refurbished room.

Dad Answers

Kim, no as of today, (April 4, 2018) the 50’s aren’t started. It will be the last section to be refurbished. The 60’s is almost complete so the 50’s will probably start later this month or in May.

Apr 01, 2018 Room 4172 Building 4
by: Brandi

We stayed in room 4172 in building 4 (preferred pool view) this weekend. It appeared we may have been the first ones as the shampoo, conditioner, and body wash pumps were brand new(took a few pumps to get going). The rooms in building 4 closest to Everything Pop were still under renovation but looked very close to being complete also.

Mar 27, 2018 Pop Century
by: Anonymous

We have a preferred room, but don’t won’t be stuck in an old room. Do you know if the 60’s building is done? We are arriving on April 6th and very worried we won’t get the refurb room, my daughter had an asthma attack in the old 60’s room before the moved us to the 90’s room last July.

Dad Answers

You should be able to request a a refurbished room. They are working on building 4 which is one of the 60’s buildings, but building 5 the other 60’s building is done. Building 4 and 5 are where a lot of the preferred rooms are.

Mar 22, 2018
by: Carl

By November, the whole resort SHOULD be done, but there are no guarantees when it comes to construction!

Mar 21, 2018 Staying in a preferred room
by: Anonymous

In November will all be done?

Mar 15, 2018 60s section building 5 & 4
by: Anonymous

Hello! I’m staying april 28-may 4th.. any chance the buildings in the 60s might be ready by then? Thanks in advance!

Dad Answers

It’s possible. That’s the area they are working on right now.

Mar 11, 2018 Building 5 and 4
by: Ely

I’m staying at Pop Century on early June. You know if builgins 5 and 4 are done?

Mar 09, 2018 Remodeled Rooms
by: Anonymous

Have you heard if the building 5 is done yet. Staying in a couple of weeks and requested a preferred room in that area. Thanks

Feb 18, 2018 room
by: Anonymous

Will most rooms have bathtubs and shower? I saw video some only had shower.

Dad Answers

Rooms at the Pop Century have a bathtub/shower combination. The “accessible” rooms typically have a shower, but most rooms have the tub combo.

Feb 12, 2018 Pop 60
by: Anonymous

Going to be at POP April 12th … Do you know if the 60’s
Building will be done?
Thank you😀

Dad Answers

Probably. Some of the 60’s buildings are done, they’re finishing up the 60’s right now.

Feb 11, 2018 Staying last of May 2018
by: Kimberly

Wondering if the 70’s are finished being refurbished?

Dad Answers

Yes they are.

Feb 06, 2018 October
by: Anonymous

Im planning a trip for late October…do you think all the rooms will be done by then? And which buildings are the preferred rooms in?

Dad Answers

Yes, all the rooms should be through by October. The original completion date was May, but they added a couple of months. I think the current date is September.

As to preferred rooms, buildings 1,3,4,5,6 and 10 have preferred rooms. (Not all rooms in those buildings are preferred.)

Jan 27, 2018 60s by march
by: Anonymous

Do you think building 5 or 4 will be finished by march? Staying 2nd week of March!

Dad Answers

i think it will be. I hear building 6 is done now.

Jan 23, 2018 50’s rooms complete?
by: Anonymous

Checking on status of 50’s room refurbishment. Any word?

Dad Answers

The 50’s section will probably be the last section to be complete the way they are doing it.

Jan 22, 2018 Pop
by: Alicia

Currently here at Pop, staying in building 6. All looks to be complete here at this building. Currently I can see that they are working on building 5

Jan 22, 2018 Pop
by: Alicia

Currently here at Pop, staying in building 6. All looks to be complete here at this building. Currently I can see that they are working on building 5

Jan 09, 2018 Spring Break
by: Anonymous

I am traveling with my family in early April and staying in a preferred pool view (which are typically in the 60s buildings). Any sense of if those will be done by early April?

Dad Answers

My guess is at least some of them should be done by then. If they are going to finish this any time in 2018 they need to get things moving.

Jan 07, 2018 pop rooms
by: Anonymous

They have extended the construction until late summer. They will not be done by may.

Jan 07, 2018 Refurbished room
by: CMC

When I was at pop last year we met a couple that was in a refurbished room.

They said that they did like the new layout but the table in the room is part of the new Murphy bed. So when the bed is lowered you lose the table. Is that true? If so that is a problem for my family. We have a LOT of junk that gets placed on the table all week. Where will it all go at night when there is no longer a table? We also eat at it while others are still asleep. Can anyone confirm.

Dad Answers

The table does go away, but there is a lot more cabinet space.

Jan 06, 2018 January 6
by: Anonymous

My reservations are for May 11-16, looking at everyones info online makes it look like we should be in a refurb room, correct?

Dad’s Answer

Yes, the refurb ends in May so all rooms not under construction will be done by then.

Jan 04, 2018 refurb question
by: Anonymous

Are ALL of the rooms being refurbished (by May) or just some of them, and is it true that they will be queen size beds? Thanks so much!

Dad Answers

Yes, all of the rooms will be refurbished by May. The new rooms have a queen bed and a pull down “Innova” bed.

Jan 01, 2018 70’s refurb
by: Anonymous

When was this written? Any clue if they are done with the 70’s?

Dad Answers

As of mid-November about half of the 70’s buildings were complete. My guess is they didn’t get much more done with all the Thanksgiving and Christmas traffic.

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