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Our Big Disney Year: Chapter 4

We started our next visit with a bang – or more like a pop. Disney’s Pop Century Resort is one of Disney’s 5 Value Resorts. Each section of this sprawling space is themed to match a particular decade in American pop culture from the 1950s to the 1990s.

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Disney’s Pop Century Resort

While the spaces are decorated to reflect a particular space in time, the overall theme of this resort is F-U-N! And like all of Disney’s Value Resorts, this one is big, so a few tips and tricks will help you navigate the grounds and hopefully find the perfect room for you.

Image courtesy disneyworld.com

Room Location

Room location has one of the largest impacts on your overall vacation. Get a good one, and it’s smooth sailing. Get a less far off location or one with (shall we say) less than desirable neighbors, and your carefully planned vacation can be on rocky ground.

Luckily we had a lovely location and peaceful neighbors for our entire stay. We booked the least expensive room available with the current Passholder discount at the time. This placed us in a Standard Room, which was a gamble. A gamble that paid off.

If you are considering a stay at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and you don’t want to pay for a Preferred Room location, I highly recommend a room in the 1950s section. For us, this area of the hotel was nothing shy of perfect!

We lucked into a “sort of” water view. We could see some of Hourglass Lake from our room, and the 1950s quiet pool – which is shaped like a bowling pin – was our little slice of heaven on earth. We are at a point in our parenting lives where we don’t need exciting pools with slides and activities. I simply need a quiet shady spot to read or catch up on a few emails and a nice pool to float in for a while. My key word is RELAXING.

Add to it the charming and bright (but not too bright) 1950s decor throughout the exterior walls of the building, and this section of the resort had a fun and uplifting, yet relaxing vibe.

1950s Quiet Pool


You are kind of limited to quick service dining or in-room pizza delivery here. The quick service options were actually pretty good, but after 3 days, we had cycled through what was most appetizing. If you are around for 4 nights or longer, I suggest walking across the lake and eating at Landscapes of Flavor, the foodcourt over at Art of Animation. It is also quite good, and it will add a bit of variety to your meals.

Pro Tip: You can utilize Disney’s complimentary transportation to or from Art of Animation, and then walk across the lake to return to Pop Century.


Guests can get to all of Disney’s theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs using Disney’s bus service. However, now Disney’s Skyliner can take you to Hollywood Studios or Epcot.

Yes, I have seen and heard about the breakdowns of the Skyliner gondolas, but they seem fewer and further between these days which leads me to believe that Disney is working out the bugs.

So, pre-pee, grab a water bottle and choose your gondola-mates wisely, but enjoy the ride.

(David Roark, Photographer)  wdwnews.com

Would I stay there again?

Sure. We usually find the over-the-top theming of the value resorts to be a bit too much for our tastes. But I will say this, the recent room refurbs, which replaced the interior decor, was amazing. The clean style and the new laminate flooring were big wins for Disney’s design team. Lots of USB ports, simple yet fun decor, and a room in what I think is the best section of the resort made for a wonderful stay for our family.

What about the other sections of the resort?

The rooms are the rooms. You’ll find similar theming and decor on the inside. I liked the theming of the 1950s and 1960s and would stay in those sections again in a heartbeat. I was not as big of a fan of the exterior theming of the 1970s, 1980s or 1990s, but that is simply a matter of personal taste, so you are probably reading this thinking I am an idiot. That’s fine. I think all of the areas are fun, especially for kids and those who love pop culture nostalgia. So there is definitely something for everyone.

Where to next?

Our next adventure takes us to the elegance of New Orleans at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort French Quarter. Lots of twists and turns on that one… but I always say to be open to adventure. You never know where it will take you.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort French Quarter

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