1050 Century Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000
Out of the five value resorts, Pop Century definitely has the most unique theme of all! The theme of the resort covers the 1950s, the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, with each resort section representing a different era — you’ll see iconic statues and items from each decade, from a Big Wheel to bowling pins to a foosball table to cell phones. Ten buildings at the resort, four floors each with elevators, and the main building in front, called “Classic Hall”. You’ll find the front desk here, the gift shop, the Everything’s Pop food court, the arcade and out front, the bus stops.
Pop Century opened in December 16, 2003, and was actually scheduled to be two parts — the Legendary Years and the Classic Years. The latter was build, but before the Legendary Years came to be — sections covering the 1900s, 10s, 20s, 30s, and 40s, but after 9/11, the recession hit, and those plans were scrapped — even with a building already done. Later, that building became the Little Mermaid rooms in the Art of Animation, as that resort was built in the former planned location of the OTHER part of Pop.
You can actually walk between the two, and in the space between, you’ll find the Skyway Station that can take you to Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Caribbean Beach Resort or Riviera Resort.
The rooms were completely refurbished as recently as a few years ago, taking out the older decor and installing a much sleeker, brighter look. Each guestroom has 2 queen beds, one of which is a Murphy Bed, or a pull down bed. When in the wall, you have a table with four chairs, while when down, you get a very comfortable queen bed. The room is also filled with outlets and USB ports, which is a great change from older style rooms, and now features hard surface floors. You’ll also get a coffee maker, as well as a mini-fridge (which is really sort of a mini-cooler).
One of my personal favorite food courts is located in Classic Hall, called “Everything Pop”, featuring several stations all offering different specialties like flatbreads, burgers, pasta, chicken, sandwiches and more. You can also grab-n-go sandwiches and snacks, and enjoy a full service bar, Classic Concoctions. Just outside, Petals Pool Bar is just off the main pool area.
POOLS & RECREATION
There are three pools, all heated at a comfortable 82 degrees, with the Hippy Dippy Pool being the largest, coming in at around 235,000 gallons full. The pool is shaped like a big flower (which you can really only see from the upper floors of the nearby 60s building. It’s a zero entry pool with fountains in the middle. There is a kiddie pool area that is padded.
The Computer pool is a “quiet pool” area near the 90s building, and shaped like a computer monitor with a large soft floor deck. The service buildings nearby are even shaped like floppy disks.
The Bowling pool is also considered a quiet pool and is located near the 1950s buildings. The pool is in the shape of a bowling pin and the pool deck acts as the bowling lane, including the arrow guides in the concrete. The service building here is designed to look like a bowling shoe locker bin.
While you won’t find any slides or hot tubs at Pop Century, or at any value resort pool, a guest of Pop can use any of these three pools at the resort. The pools range in depth from 3 feet to just under 5 feet, and there are showers, lockers, restrooms and a laundromat area at the pools. The hours are from 8a to midnight with lifeguards on duty from 10a to 10p (quiet hours are from 10p to midnight). Diaper aged children must wear plastic pants or swim diapers, and these can be purchased at most gift shops.
There are no slides or hot tubs at any of the value resort pools, but there are spraying water features in the Hippy Dippy Pool. All pools at Pop Century range in depth from 3ft to 4 ft 9in. Guests may use any of these 3 swimming pools during their vacation. There are showers, lockers, restrooms, and a laundromat at each pool area. Pool hours are from 8am – midnight with lifeguards on duty from 10am-10pm (quiet hours are from 10pm-midnight). All diaper age children are required to wear plastic pants or swim diapers for the safety of other guests. These can be purchased at any of the gift shops on property.
Guests must bring the towels from their rooms for use at the pool and call housekeeping for additional towels for your room to replenish your supply. Life jackets are provided free of charge and can be picked up at the pool area. Check out the back of the lifeguard stands for park hours and weather information.
Disney’s Pop Century Resort has its own bus transportation that is not shared with other resorts. Guests will get a Transportation Guide/Map upon checking in with instructions on how to get just about anywhere on property, but here are some of the more popular destinations.