Disney's Pop Century Resort in Walt Disney Word Resort

Disney Pop Century Resort Review

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Trying to do Disney on a budget? A surefire way to save some cash while on vacation is by opting to stay in more basic accommodations. One of our favorite places to stay for cheap at Walt Disney World Resort is Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Opened in December 2003, this Disney value resort is a hit thanks to its comfy rooms, playful pop culture icons, and wallet-friendly room rates. 

With its oversized odes to the fads of yesteryear and cozy, updated rooms with all the necessary comforts, this Walt Disney World hotel is great for small families with children, adults looking to reminisce about the good old days, and those trying to save a few bucks.

So, how does Disney’s Pop Century Resort stack up to other value resorts at Disney World? Is it a good fit for your next trip to Disney World? Read on for everything you need to know about the lively Pop Century Resort at Walt Disney World. (Updated July 27, 2023)

Resort hotel signage at dusk

Staying at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

While paid add-ons like Disney Genie+ and increasing annual pass costs make traveling to Walt Disney World increasingly expensive, opting to stay at a value resort instead of a moderate or deluxe hotel can help make your trip more manageable. The Walt Disney World value resorts offer clean, comfy rooms, basic amenities and recreational offerings, and a sprinkling of pixie dust all, at a price that’s easy on the wallet. 

Disney’s Pop Century Resort is the Goldilocks of Disney value resorts. Not as old or cheap as the All-Star Resorts and not as new or surprisingly pricey as Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, it is just right. Not far from the Wide World of Sports Complex in the Hollywood Studios and Epcot Resort Area in Lake Buena Vista, Pop Century Resort is just a short drive, bus, or Skyliner ride from both of the nearby theme parks, as well as the Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks and Disney Springs. Its covetable location along the Disney Skyliner also connects it to a myriad of nearby Disney resorts. 

The exterior theming at Disney’s Pop Century Resort is inspired by some of the most vibrant decades of the 20th century: the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Similar to the other value resorts, supersized icons are displayed throughout the different sections of the resort, each representing the fashions, fads, toys, and other cultural crazes that defined that decade. You’ll also want to take some time to explore the theming in the lobby across from the front desk area, which features shadow boxes filled with memorabilia from years past that are sure to bring up fond memories. 

Even though you won’t find a ton of character references from the sprawling repertoire of Walt Disney Company films, its larger-than-life design with oodles of nostalgia helps to make this family-friendly Disney resort a fun place to stay for little ones and adults alike. Keep an eye out for everything from Play-Doh and a Big Wheel to foosball, a bowling pin and yo-yos. Talk about a trip down Memory Lane! As a value hotel, the resort property is massive, so be sure to grab a map from the front desk during check-in to help you find your way around. 

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Disney Pop Century Rooms

Disney’s Pop Century Resort has earned a respectable 4.0 on TripAdvisor. Like most of the other value resorts, Pop Century hotel rooms are on the smaller side – a petite 260 square feet – so we wouldn’t recommend them for large families or groups. And while you won’t find too many room types (sorry, no family suites here – try All-Star Music or Art of Animation), you are able to choose a closer, preferred room or one with a view of one of the pools. 

While the outsides of the hotel buildings take their inspiration from the 1950s to 1990s, Disney Pop Century Resort rooms feature modern, clean-lined furniture with a hint of mid-century modern, bright primary colors, and Disney takes on pop art. Best of all, Pop Century bathrooms are divided with a pocket door separating the vanity area from the toilet and shower, making it easy to avoid early-morning traffic jams when getting ready for the theme parks.

In general, you’ll find the following Pop Century room amenities in both preferred and standard rooms: a hairdryer, iron, ironing board, mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, in-room safe, telephone with voicemail, air-conditioning, and free wireless internet access. 

Hotel room with one bed and TV

Pop Century Standard Room

  • Comes with 1 king bed or 1 queen bed & 1 queen-sized table bed
  • Sleeps between 2 and 4 adults 
  • Views of parking areas or resort buildings

Pop Century Standard Pool View Room

  • Comes with 1 king bed or 1 queen bed & 1 queen-sized table bed
  • Sleeps between 2 and 4 adults 
  • Views of the Bowling Pool or Computer Pool

Pop Century Preferred Room

  • Comes with 1 king bed or 1 queen bed & 1 queen-sized table bed
  • Sleeps between 2 and 4 adults 
  • Views of courtyards or landscaping
  • Near Dining, Transportation, and Shopping at Classic Hall

Pop Century Preferred Pool View Room

  • Comes with 1 king bed or 1 queen bed & 1 queen-sized table bed
  • Sleeps between 2 and 4 adults 
  • Views of the flower-shaped Hippy Dippy Pool
  • Near the Everything POP gift shop and food court and bus stop at Classic Hall

Lifesize Foosball table at hotel

Disney Pop Century Hotel Rates

Without a doubt, one of the perks of staying at one of the value resorts at Disney World is the budget-friendly room rates, and Disney’s pop culture resort is no exception. Averaging around $178 a night for a standard room, Pop Century is one of the cheapest Disney World hotels. 

That being said, your actual room rate depends on a variety of factors including your travel dates, how close you want to be to hotel amenities, and what sort of view you’d like. Pop Century resort prices are subject to increase over holidays like Christmas and spring break as well as for guestrooms close to the main lobby and/or with views of the hotel pools. In contrast, visiting during the slow season or opting for a farther room or one with a view of the parking lot will net you lower rates. 

Basic standard rooms are the cheapest option at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, with rates starting in the upper $100s to low $200s in the low season and climbing up to the mid-$300s over the high season. Pop Century preferred rooms with pool views are the most expensive rooms available at the Disney pop culture resort and are typically available for around $200 during the slow months or as much as $400 over the busy winter holidays.

Below are rough price ranges for what you can expect to pay per night at the Disney’s Pop Century Resort:

  • Standard Room: $174 to $367
  • Standard Pool View Room: $182 to $381
  • Preferred Room: $194 to $393
  • Preferred Pool View Room: $205 to $403

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Pop Century Resort Amenities

Of course, there is a tradeoff when it comes to those wallet-friendly room rates, and that’s a more stripped-down slate of amenities. So, if you’re hoping for a hotel with a handful of restaurants, a state-of-the-art fitness center with a full spa, or enough activities to keep you and your family busy even when you’re not in the Disney Parks, you’re better off booking a stay somewhere like Animal Kingdom Lodge or Port Orleans

Having said that, Disney’s Pop Century Resort still has all the essentials to keep your clan happy including a quick-service restaurant, three pools, a gift shop for picking up souvenirs and sundries, and a covetable location along Disney’s Skyliner. 

Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

You may not find any dinner shows or signature restaurants at Pop Century, or even multiple dining options, but what you will find, however, are a convenient food court and a pool bar perfect for a nightcap or a refreshing midday cocktail. Best of all, if you’re ever in the mood for something else, you’re just a Skyliner ride away from the restaurants at Disney’s Riviera and Caribbean Beach resorts or an easy drive or bus ride away from the plentiful dining options at Disney Springs. 

Mowgli and Baloo in The Jungle Book area at Disney's Pop Century Resort in Walt Disney Word Resort

Everything POP Food Court

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Everything POP is a quick and easy spot for a bite to eat from morning to night. The menu here is all about approachable American flavors, with options for even the pickiest of eaters. 

In the AM, fuel up on breakfast favorites like omelets, Mickey waffles, and breakfast sandwiches. For lunch and dinner, choose from a selection of stations serving up palate-pleasing dishes like burgers, chicken, pizza, pasta, plant-based items, and even dinner specialties like roasted salmon or turkey platters.

Have a sweet tooth? Be sure to save room for the Tie-dye Cheesecake, a creamy, technicolored confection made for colorful social media snaps. For the complete list of offerings, pull up the menu on the My Disney Experience app.

Petals Pool Bar

The only thing more relaxing than a dip in the pool is soaking up some Vitamin D with a drink in hand. Located next to the sprawling Hippy Dippy Pool, the open-air Petals Pool Bar is the place to go when you’ve got a hankering for a cocktail or a bottle of suds.

Although there aren’t any food items on the menu, you will find a sizeable selection of alcoholic beverages as well as booze-free drinks like smoothies and lemonade. Plus, with ping pong tables available, the Petals poolside bar is well worth a visit even if you aren’t going for a swim. Groovy, baby! 

Peace Out Pop Century building and pool at night

Disney Pop Century Hotel Pools

Walt Disney chose to build in Central Florida because of its warm weather all year long. So, it’s no surprise that each Walt Disney World hotel has at least a couple of pools for guests to enjoy. Disney’s Pop Century Resort has three refreshing pools to choose from, each themed after a different decade celebrated at this Disney resort. Best of all, complimentary towels are provided at each pool, so you’ll never need to worry about schlepping yours from your hotel room. 

Located behind Classic Hall, the flower-shaped Hippy Dippy Pool is the Pop Century hotel’s feature pool. Inspired by the laidback vibes of the 1960s, this colorful pool puts the “power” in flower power with water jets shaped like daisies. A kiddie pool is also available for little ones to splash around in. 

Shaped like a bowling pin, the Bowling Pool is one of the resort’s leisure pools and an ode to the 1950s. The 1990s-inspired Computer Pool brings things a little bit closer to the present, while oversized versions of a floppy disc and clunky keyboard keep things feeling nostalgic. 

Other Recreation at the Disney’s Pop Century Resort

While Walt Disney World moderate and deluxe resorts offer a slew of activities to keep you busy even when you’re not in a theme park, along with a more wallet-friendly price tag, value resorts like Disney’s Pop Century Resort also have a streamlined menu of recreational offerings to choose from. 

One of our favorite free things to do at Walt Disney World is to go watch Movies Under the Stars at the Disney resorts. Pop Century’s moonlit movie screenings take place near the Hippy Dippy Pool deck and are wholesome family-friendly fun for kids and adults alike.

Young guests staying at Disney’s Pop Century Resort will also love monkeying around on the hotel’s playground in the 1970s area or trying their luck in the Fast Forward Arcade. Or, for adults looking for a way to stay fit while at Disney World, there is also a mile-long jogging path that loops around the resort. 

Skyliner Hub surrounded by water

Pop Century Resort Disney Merchandise Locations

Everything POP Shopping & Dining isn’t just Pop Century’s quick-service restaurant, it’s also home to the Disney resort’s merchandise location. Whether you’re on the hunt for a special souvenir or searching for a replacement for something you left at home, this one-stop gift shop has it all. Located in Classic Hall next to the Disney bus stop, it’s a convenient pit stop whether you’re on your way to a theme park or returning at the end of the day. 

Complimentary Transportation to and from Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Guests staying at Pop Century and other Walt Disney World resort hotels are able to use a variety of complimentary Disney transportation offerings. Buses to the Disney Parks, water parks and Disney Springs pick up outside of Classic Hall. 

However, with its soaring aerial views and spacious gondolas, our favorite way to get around when staying at Disney’s Pop Century Resort is the Disney Skyliner. Pop Century shares a Skyliner station on Generation Gap Bridge with another value resort, Disney’s Art of Animation. Once onboard at the Pop Century Skyliner station, you’ll be whisked away to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, with the choice to continue to either Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Epcot, as well as the Riviera Resort. Sadly, the Disney Skyliner doesn’t connect to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom or Disney Springs, so be prepared to take the bus when heading to either of these farther theme parks or the popular shopping district. 

As for transportation to and from the airport, resorts unfortunately no longer offer their former complimentary airport shuttle, Disney’s Magical Express. Instead, guests in need of an airport shuttle will need to reserve one independently, either through Mears or Sunshine Flyer. To learn more, check out our airport transportation guide.

Hotel bedroom with made-up bed and cabinents

Disney Pop Century Resort FAQs

Want to know more about Disney’s Pop Century Resort? Read on for answers to some commonly asked questions. 

Is Disney’s Pop Century Resort refurbished? 

Yes! Disney’s Pop Century Hotel is completely refurbished. Renovations were carried out during 2017 and 2018, with rooms receiving bigger beds, updated finishes, and plenty of character-inspired touches. 

Can you walk from Pop Century to Hollywood Studios? How about Magic Kingdom?

Unfortunately not. In fact, none of the Walt Disney World theme parks are walkable from Pop Century. However, this Disney resort does offer a variety of transportation options including the Skyliner and Disney buses, making it easy to get wherever you need to go. 

Roger Rabbit statue at Pop Century Resort

Can you see Walt Disney World fireworks from Disney’s Pop Century Resort?

Actually yes! Depending on where you are, you will be able to catch some of the higher Epcot fireworks, as well as those at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. However, keep in mind that you’ll only be able to spot the tip-top of the fireworks as the trees block most of the view. 

Your best bet to see the Epcot fireworks is from the buildings in the 50s and 60s sections, particularly those close to Hourglass Lake. The Hollywood Studios fireworks can be seen from upper-level rooms looking out over the lake in all the decades. For the best view, head over to the Generation Gap Bridge connecting Pop Century to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Does Disney’s Pop Century Resort have free breakfast?

Not a complimentary one. There’s no such thing as a free meal at Walt Disney World, no matter if you’re at a theme park, Disney Springs or a Disney resort hotel. So, while you will find an assortment of breakfast options on offer at the Everything POP Shopping & Dining in the morning, you will have to pay for anything you’d like to eat. 

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Well, budget travelers, that concludes our whirlwind tour of Disney’s Pop Century Resort. With its larger-than-life theming, cozy rooms with all the necessities, and downright affordable room rates, Pop Century is a dream for small families, pop culture fiends, and those trying to do Walt Disney World Resort on a shoestring.  

While you’re there, make the most of your time with our 1-day plans for Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. Then, save even more cash by booking our discounted Walt Disney World tickets

Have you ever stayed at Disney’s Pop Century Resort? Which decade do you like staying in? What other dishes at Everything POP can’t be missed? Let us know in the comments!