Disney’s Pop Century Resort Standard Room Review + Video

The Pop Century Resort is a nostalgic hotel on Walt Disney World property. I found this resort while scrolling through the Hotels .com app and decided to check it out for a quick staycation.

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At this Disney Value Resort, you can expect, iconic 20th century popular culture found all over the property like a four-story Rubik’s Cubes and Duncan Yo-Yos, 65-foot-tall bowling pins and 55-foot cellular phones, to name a few.

Disney Skyliner Pop Century Resort
Disney Skyliner will begin carrying guests high above Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Sept. 29, 2019. The state-of-the-art transportation system will feature custom cabins that glide through the air, conveniently transporting guests between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort hotels – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and the new Disney’s Riviera Resort, scheduled to open in December 2019. (Disney) 
Also, each building is dedicated to a specific decade such as:
  • Be-bopping in the 1950s
  • A swirl of color in the 1960s
  • Big Wheel, Big Cheese in the ’70s
  • Popular puzzles, tunes “on-the-go” in the ’80s
  • Technology advances in the ’90s

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Pop Century Resort Review – Standard Room

Pop Century Resort Lobby
Pop Century Resort Lobby

I booked a standard room at Disney’s Pop Century Resort for a single night at $117.44 (tax and fees included in this price). Check-in was smooth and the staff at the front desk were amazing!

Each Cast Member was friendly, upbeat, and helpful. They even walked up to me to greet me and take me over to their particular computer area for check-in.

Such a nice Disney touch!

I was in the 50’s section of the resort and at the time they were not renovated, but the 80’s & 90’s were completely done.

The resort does have a classic motel feel to it, with exterior entrances to the room.

Pop Century Resort Front

Resort Standard Room

Overall, the room was meh…

Not to be harsh as I understand that full resort refurbishment was going on at the time of my stay.

With that being said, the room was still too small, about 260 sq. feet. Both the bathroom and the actual room looked dated.

On the bright side, everything was clean and organized. However, there were no doors in the dressing area near the sink and the beds were springy and hard.

Many of those qualms I have changed and you can see them in this video below.

Disney's Pop Century Resort Room Tour

Pop Century Resort Pool

The pools were nice and I liked the themes surrounding the area with a 1960’s Hippy Dippy Pool that has flower-shaped water jets, a smaller 1950’s Bowling Pool and a 1990’s Computer.

This unique aqua theming made the pool areas my favorite part of the resort!

The pool area is in the center of Pop Century Resort so you can expect to hear many families laughing and screaming throughout the day in the pool area.

So, you may want to get a room that is not facing the pool on your Disney vacation.

Resort Pool Hours

According to Disney, Pop Century Resort pool hours and lifeguard availability vary by pool and are subject to change.

Please note that you do receive complimentary towels which are provided at all pools.

What to Know Before You Go

Pop Century Resort 70s
Pop Century Resort 1970s Memorabilia

Before you make you way out to Disney’s Pop Century Resort, let’s go over a few things to expect while you’re there.

Pop Century Address

  • 1050 Century Drive Century Drive, Orlando, FL 32830

What I liked the most about this resort was the location.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort is located about 5 minutes (driving) from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, 10 minutes (driving) from Epcot/Animal Kingdom, and about 15 minutes (driving) from the Magic Kingdom.

Pop Century Resort Skyliner
New Disney Skyliner Route

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Accommodations

There are 2,880 resort rooms that are 260 square feet. Each standard room contains:

  • two double beds or one king bed
  • a table and two chairs
  • vanity area and sink with separate bathroom
  • 27-inch color television
  • in-room wall safe
  • telephones with voice mail and data port
  • room furnishings with custom-designs and themed bed coverings, wall art and wallpaper borders

Hipster Power Tip: The Pop Century Preferred Resort Room is a bit higher in cost purely based on the location of the room. These rooms are located closer to the dining, shopping, and transportation area of the resort.

Pop Century Resort Everything Pop
Pop Century Resort Everything Pop Dining

Pop Century Food and Beverage Options

You can grab food from the Everything Pop food court area. There’s also the option to have pizza delivered to your resort room.

Pop Century Resort Food Cupcakes
Everything Pop Cupcakes

The option is to grab a bite at the Petals Pool Bar located next to Hippy Dippy Pool.

Pop Century Resort Map

Pop Century Resort Map
Pop Century Resort Map

Shopping Options

You can enjoy shopping in the 5,000-square-foot retail center inside Classic Hall. This store offers resort-specific merchandise and Walt Disney World souvenirs.

Pop Century Resort Lobby

Fun Facts about Pop Century Resort

  • The bowling pin icons tower more than 65 feet high.
  • There are nine bowling pins standing around the resort. The 10th is the bowling pin pool in the courtyard.
  • The pool deck around the bowling pin pool has triangular lane markings that are seen on bowling alleys.
  • Take note of the Rubik’s Cube icon that is 41 feet off the ground.
  • Pop Century Resort’s 8-track tapes are more than 35 feet tall.
  • The table soccer players are more than 12 feet tall.
  • Nearly 125,000 gallons of paint were used to create the bright colors of the resort’s interior and exterior walls.
  • The 1950s bowling pin pool, the laundry looks like a bowling shoe storage bin. While the 1990s, an equipment building appears to be a stack of computer floppy disks.
Pop Century Resort Front
Photo: Disney Co.

Final Thoughts

Before we end this review, let’s go through the Pros and Cons of Disney’s Pop Century Resort.

PROS
  • Affordable price
  • Free parking
  • Great toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Disney transportation with the buses
  • Convenient location
CONS
  • Very small bathroom
  • Uncomfortable beds
  • No coffee maker in the room that have not been refurbished
  • Dated rooms
Pop Century Resort Lobby
Pop Culture Memorabilia

I’m not sure if I would come back and stay here.  I would only visit if I was able to stay in one of the renovated rooms.

I give this resort 3.0 out of 5.0 stars, mainly because of its convenience.

Not too bad of a place to stay on your solo Disney vacation, but if you’re on a budget, this will work out fine for you. I had no real issues besides the size and feel of the hotel room.

Pop Century Resort Art

Hipster Power Tip: Don’t forget to go through the hotel lobby and check out the fun collection of toys from the different decades on the walls!

Let me know if you’ve ever stayed here and what your experience was in the comments section below.

Pop Century Resort Standard Room
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NikkyJ

(Original date February 2018/Updated August 2019)

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