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Our Official Review of Disney’s Pop Century Resort

With so many different places to stay at Walt Disney World, it is important to get a realistic view from someone who has stayed there many times before. Our family loves Disney’s Pop Century. It is an affordable value resort, but in my opinion, on the “upper end” of the value spectrum. Value resorts at Walt Disney World also include the All-Star Movies, All-Star Sports, All-Star Music, Art of Animation, and Pop Century.

Disney’s Pop Century is the Best Value Resort that Disney has to Offer!

Disney’s POP Century Bowling Pin Staircase

Of all these resorts, we feel that Disney’s Pop Century Resort is the best choice for price, size, and amenities. Pop Century is themed based on different eras of Pop Culture through the last century – specifically the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80, and 90s. Each decade has a set of rooms and highlights an important theme from that era with over the top, three-story tall figures. For example, in the 70s area, there are large flowers and disco-themed décor everywhere and the pool is called the “Hippy Dippy” pool. The 50s section’s stairwells are wrapped in three-story tall bowling pins. Each section is painted with bright colors and put together very well. This is one of those hotels where all the room access is from outside of the building. There are both stairs and elevators. The best thing about Disney’s Pop Century Resort is that they have recently renovated all of the rooms. We’ve already stayed in one of these rooms and it is such an improvement.

The Rooms at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

The first thing that you will notice is that the carpet has been replaced with faux wood floors, giving a sleek and clean appearance to the room, in addition to being more hygienic.  The room comes with either a king bed with a table and chairs or two queen beds.  One of the two queen beds is a murphy bed that when put up, it turns into a table with two chairs.  With the two queen beds, you can comfortably sleep four adults. There would still be room (even thought it would be tight) to put a pack n play on the other side of the murphy bed, next to the window. In addition to the bedding, there is a large shelve/storage area with a mini-fridge, a coffee maker with all of the coffee essentials, and an ice bucket with a few cups. There is a long dresser that has shelving and a safe inside that sits under the nice sized TV mounted on the wall above it. There are tons of outlets in the room (including 8 USB outlets), so don’t skimp on bringing the electronics – you’ll have plenty of room to charge them. Another great thing about the room is that the beds sit up higher, allowing you to slide your suitcases underneath them.

Please excuse the mess! And yes, the TV was crooked the whole time we were there!

The Bathroom in Your Pop Century Resort Room

The bathroom is light and bright with great lighting and white cabinets. There are lots of shelves in the sink area, as well as adjacent to this area with a few shoe or clothes racks and hangers. The restroom has a separate room for the toilet and the shower/bath combo. The shower area has three pre-installed bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Some people love this, so they don’t have to wait on refills, while others prefer little take-home keepsakes from Disney. Pop Century still uses the awesome H20 products.

What Disney’s Pop Century has to Offer

Disney’s Pop Century offers a large dining hall that has pretty good food at Quick Service prices. ($14.99 or less per adult).  They have three kitchen areas in this dining hall (think of it like a food court) called Mom’s Kitchen, The Grill Shop, and the Pizza shop. Here you can get items like burgers, fries, pizzas, pasta, etc. You won’t find chef caliber food here, but it is good food, served fresh, and available right there for your convenience. With the Disney Dining Plan, you will be able to get your entrée and a drink included in this plan. There are also refillable stations of tea, coffee, water, and soft drinks for regular purchase or to re-fill your Disney refillable mug (included on the Disney Dining plans). There is also a pool side bar called Petals Pool Bar where you can get alcoholic beverages and some sweet treats like strawberry smoothies and refreshing lemonade.  In-room pizza delivery is also available up until midnight for a somewhat hefty fee.

Welcome to Disney’s Pop Century Resort!

Pools and Activities at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Pop Century has three very large pools for everyone to enjoy. There are different activities hosted around the pool all day long, such as limbo, trivia, etc. The kids have tons of fun in the water when taking a break from the parks. There are also other activities at the resort, such as movies in the evening, a walking/jogging trail, a playground, and an arcade next to the main dining hall.

Transportation at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Transportation to the parks from Pop Century right now is by your own car or Disney’s bus system. Coming sometime in 2019, Disney’s new Skyliner (Gondola style system) will open and stop at Pop Century on the bridge that goes across Hourglass Lake between Pop Century and Art of Animation. The Magical Express bus system will drop you off from the airport (if that is how you traveled) and take care of getting your luggage there as well. There is a large storage area outside of the hotel, where the Magical Express drops off/picks up, to hold luggage until your room is ready.

What are Your Thoughts on Disney’s Pop Century Resort?

Have you stayed at Pop Century before? What are your thoughts? Good or bad, we’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below.  Don’t forget to like and share our review with all of your Disney Fanatic friends!

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Disney’s Moderate Resorts Ranked Best to Worst

So, you have narrowed it down.  You don’t want to spend too much on your Disney resort, but you don’t want to stay in a value resort either.  Maybe you like the thought of a slightly larger room, or maybe you want to be in a resort that offers its guests a Table-Service Restaurant.  Whatever your reasoning may be, you have decided that you want to stay in a Moderate Resort on your next Disney vacation.  The good news is that all of them are great in their own way, but how should you decide which one will be best for you and your family?  Here are our thoughts on the five Disney Moderate resorts, and how we would rank them.

#5 – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs pool

While Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort has a lot of things working to make it a better place to stay, as of today, it is at the bottom of our list of Moderate Resorts.  Yes, the rooms have been recently updated and the remodeled rooms look great!  Yes, they are building a beautiful new tower.  Yes, they have re-worked most of the common areas and dining areas.  But, yes, it also is the resort with a convention center, and because of this, will always cater more to the business convention crowd as opposed to the everyday Disney fanatic.  Another thing to note, there is still some construction going on, and they are still improving ever day, so give it some time and it may climb up the list a little.

#4 – Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is a beautiful hotel, but when it comes to this one or the French Quarter, we like the French Quarter much more.  First, there is absolutely nothing “wrong” with Riverside, it just doesn’t live up to the other three above it.  Next, the resort is huge.  You can plan on doing quite a bit of walking on your stay.  On the positive side, there is a lot to see, they do offer a Table Service restaurant in Boatwright’s Dining Hall, and they do offer Royal Guest Rooms, which your little prince and princesses are sure to love.

#3 – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has been under construction/remodel for like 15 years now, and for the most part, the construction is coming to an end.  Like the Coronado, the rooms at the Caribbean Beach resort have been remodeled and updated.  While they are not any larger than before, the layout and design look really good.  I believe that all rooms have a ceiling fan, but don’t quote me on that.  Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort also has a Table-Service restaurant called Sebastian’s Bistro, which is themed around Sebastian from the Little Mermaid.  This resort also offers Pirate Themed rooms which my daughter loved as she was really big into Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  But, the cool-to-look-at Pirate Ship beds are only double beds, and we are not fans of this.

#2 – The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Cabin Living!

What can I say about the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort to let you know how much I really wanted to put this as the number one Moderate Resort?  When we stayed here, we were in a recently remodeled cabin that was truly awesome.  Once you pull through the gates, you will truly feel as is you have been taken out into a park in the wilderness!  When you pull up to your cabin, you will see a great patio with a grill and a picnic table.  Upon entering the cabin, you walk into the kitchen/dining room.  To the right, you will see the living area with a couch, a couple of chairs, and a large screen TV mounted on the front wall.  There is a hallway that leads to the back where you pass the nice-sized restroom and head into the bedroom.  The bedroom comes equipped with a queen size bed as well as a bunk bed with 2-twin beds. 

With all that, how is it not number 1 on the list?

Cabin Bedroom

Unfortunately, there is a lot of time needed to get anywhere as you either drive, or you utilize the in-resort bus system to take you where you need to go (and this place is big).  You need a bus to get to the busses to get to the parks, and you need the bussed to get to the back of the resort to get to the boat to get to the Magic Kingdom.  They do host the Hoop De Do Musical Review here which is awesome.  Also, you can rent a golf cart to get around, but it is going to cost you!

#1 – Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

We love Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.  Maybe it is because our very first trip to Disney World brought us here.  Maybe it is because they sell Mickey Beignets.  Maybe it is because of the sheer beauty and calm that you feel as you stroll around the resort.  The French Quarter is a much smaller resort, and you feel it (in a good way).  The dining hall was never packed, we never had to crowd on to a bus, and you can walk around and not really see anyone.  It was always so peaceful after sunset which was nice to come home to after a long day in the parks.

Mickey towel are at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

How would you rank Disney’s moderate resorts?  Do you disagree?  Do you think that Riverside is better than French Quarter?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.  Also, please like and share with all of your Disney Fanatic Friends!

Oh yeah, did we mention that we have an amazing community of Disney World Fanatics in our Facebook Group – Disney World Questions and Answers?  If you want to hang out with us and thousands of other Disney World Fanatics that are there to get all of your Disney World vacation questions answered, click here to join our FREE private Facebook Group!