Pop Century Resort
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Pop Century Resort Highlights:
- Buildings themed after the different decades, ranging from the ’50s to ’90s
- Located on the Skyliner line of transportation
Announced in December 1999, the Pop Century Resort is a Disney value accommodation resort. It is located near Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Osceola Parkway and Century Way and encompasses 177 acres. Originally the resort was to have two completely different areas, the Classic Years and the Legendary Years. The Legendary Years section was never completed, however, and was “reimagined” as Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.
What is the Theming?
The Pop Century Resort spans 20th Century Pop cultures, the way people lived, played and communicated. It is similar to the All Star Resorts with oversized icons scattered around the grounds. Silhouettes illustrating dances of the decade adorn the front of each building and the roofs are lined with catch-phrases of the time.
Disney Imagineers worked with some of the original manufacturers to recreate the resort’s icons. Original toys and objects were obtained and then digitized. A machine then created a full-size foam replica based on the exact measurements of the icon. Fiberglass covers the foam, which was then replaced with a steel armature. The final covering completed the creation of the icon.
What are the room prices?
Like the All-Star resorts, Pop Century is considered a “Value” resort, and prices are among the least expensive offered at Disney resorts. These are regular rate prices and do not include the Florida Sales Tax nor the county resort tax. Standard rooms have a maximum four-person occupancy per room. No charge for children under 17 years old when in the same room as the adults. If you have more than two adults in the room, there will be a $10 per night charge for each extra adult. Maximum of four per regular room, six per suite, plus a child under 3 in a crib.
Walt Disney World Resort rates vary by season (there are nine seasons now), and also by day of the week. The holiday season is the most expensive time of the year. It runs from mid-December to early January as well as during Easter Week.
The rates for a:
— Standard Room range from $112 – $196 (Holidays up to $212)
— Preferred Room range from $124 – $211 (Holidays up to $229)
— Standard Pool View Room range from $117 – $206 (Holidays up to $222)
— Preferred Pool View Room range from $133 – $216 (Holidays up to $234)
Keep in mind that the rooms do not have private balconies or patios, or interior entrances. The windows overlook a public, outdoor walkway. So if you aren’t planning to open your windows much or will be spending the majority of your time in the parks, it may not be a good value to pay for a water view room. Connecting doors between adjacent rooms allow friends and large families to easily visit each other. Be sure to ask for this option when making your reservation.
Is there a fee to park at Pop Century?
For reservations booked after March 21, 2018, there is a fee for overnight self-parking at Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Click HERE for current pricing and other parking-related information.
What are the themes?
The 1950s area features giant sock-hoppers dancing on the sides of the buildings, possibly be-bopping to rock-and-roll tunes from the 40-foot-tall tabletop jukebox that anchors the courtyard. A bowling pin-shaped pool provides a cool dip. The canine character stars from Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” animated feature film (released to theater audiences in 1955) gaze at each other across the courtyard.
The 1960s — Tie-dyed hues and psychedelic colors are the focus of the 1960s buildings. Play-Doh Pete, the artful child that adorned Play-Doh labels in the 1960s, is featured on a giant can of the popular modeling compound. Peeking out the top of the can are several Play-Doh animal creations, including a blue elephant and a yellow giraffe. See if you can spot the “thumbprints” on the elephant’s ears, seemingly created by the child who modeled the Play-Doh pachyderm. Baloo and Mowgli from Disney’s “The Jungle Book” (released in 1967) are hand-in-hand across the courtyard. Giant Duncan Imperial-model yo-yos, with “strings” that measure more than one-foot in diameter, bookend each 1960s building. The centerpiece of the area is the Hippy Dippy Pool, a flower-shaped pool complete with squirting petals on the periphery.
In the 1970s courtyard, the colorful Big Wheel riding toy gets ready to roll, while a classic Mickey Mouse rotary-dial telephone calls from across the courtyard. Between the two towering icons, table soccer players stand at the ready for guests to wander amidst their imaginary game. Eight-track tapes, the popular musical medium of the decade, corner each building.
In the 1980s area of Disney’s Pop Century Resort, the most “puzzling” toy of the decade, the Rubik’s Cube, towers more than 40 feet tall on each building. (Walt Disney Imagineers designed the different cubes to represent different stages of the solution process.) Across the courtyard, one of the original Sony Walkman models, and accompanying headphone set, anchors the building. In the middle of the courtyard is a computer-shaped pool, complete with a spongy keyboard that offers guests an alphabet-filled pool deck area.
Closing out the century, the 1990s area pays tribute to two personal technology marvels — the cellular telephone and the computer. A giant laptop computer is the centerpiece, while early-model cellular telephones stand at each corner.
What other buildings and services are there?
Classic Hall features a check-in lobby, Everything POP food court with different venues offering dine-in and take-out and merchandise location. There is also an arcade (Fast Forward), and an exterior waiting area for bus service to and from the attractions.
There are three pools and one playground. Bowling Pin Pool is near the 1950s buildings, the Hippy Dippy Pool near the 1960s buildings and a Computer pool near the 1980s buildings.
What else can you tell us about the Pop Century Resort?
The resort is built around Hourglass Lake and features a bridge, originally called Generation Gap Bridge, that connects Pop Century with the Art of Animation Resort.
I hear that there are no more room key cards at Disney resort hotels. How do I get into my room?
Walt Disney World has converted their room keys and admission tickets from plastic cards to MagicBands, flexible plastic wristbands, resembling a watch or bracelet, that use Radio Frequency (RF) technology. Your MagicBand is linked to your My Disney Experience (MDE) account and acts as your Disney resort room key. Simply touch the Mickey symbol on your MagicBand to the RFID reader near your room door to gain entry. Read about using MagicBands for park admission, FastPass+ and more here.
What is check-in and check-out time?
Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out is 11 a.m.
Online Check-in is available 10 days prior to your stay. Look for the special Online Check-in line at the resort’s front desk.
Resort Airline Check-In Service at your Disney resort is only available if you are flying domestically (includes Puerto Rico) on specific airlines It is a complimentary (free) service and allows you to check your luggage.
Describe the accommodations.
Rooms are 260 square feet, with two double beds or one king bed, a table and two chairs, vanity area and sink with separate bathroom (with shower/tub and toliet), 32-inch flat screen color television, in-room wall safe, iron/ironing board, mini-refrigerators, telephones with voice mail. Available on request: rooms accessible to guests with disabilities, hearing-impaired TDD telephones, visual smoke alarms, bed boards and bed rails, and cribs. Room furnishings include custom-designed and themed bed coverings and wall art. Note that there is minimal storage in the room.
Are there smoking and nonsmoking rooms?
All Disney resorts and guest rooms are smoke-free. There are designated outdoor smoking areas. Check the resort map or with a Cast Member for locations.
Is there Internet Access available in the rooms?
Walt Disney World Resort made complimentary Wi-Fi service available in all of its hotels as of March 2012. See our High Speed Internet Access page for details.
What are my food and beverage options?
Everything Pop, the Food Court, has five stations: Bakery & Cafe, Market, Grill, East meets West, and Pizza and Pasta plus a self-serve quick food area.
What are Rapid Fill Mugs?
The Rapid Fill beverage program allows Disney Resort guests to buy (or receive as part of the Disney Dining Plan) a resort mug that can be refilled for a certain period of time as designated at time of purchase. These mugs are enhanced by an RFID bar code that enables the mug to deactivate when the designated time is complete.
Can I shop here?
A 5,000-square-foot retail center in Classic Hall offers a very small variety of resort-specific merchandise and mostly generic Walt Disney World souvenirs. It is also the location where you can pick up your Disney purchases that you sent to your resort.
How about recreation?
Three feature pools — the Bowling Pin Pool, the Hippy Dippy Pool and the Computer Pool; a kiddie pool; playground; and the Fast Forward arcade. Goofy stands watch over Pop Jet Playground, a playland of popping water located near the 1970s lodge buildings.
There is a 1.3 mile walking/running trail around Hourglass Lake (Look for signage)
Tell me about the special displays in the lobby.
From mood rings to 8-track tapes, surfboards to pet rocks, Superman to saddle shoes, so much nostalgia pours from Disney’s Pop Century Resort that a lobby hobby for guests could be “Walkin’ the Wall.”
The Wall, in this case, is a memory lane of wall-mounted “shadow boxes” brimming with the fads, fashions, music, toys and trinkets from the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. It’s across from the check-in desk.
For more details on the lobby display, Read Here!
Where is the Pop Century Resort?
Pop Century is located adjacent to the Art of Animation Resort and near the Wide World of Sports Complex. It is also close to the Caribbean Beach Resort.
1050 Century Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
For directions on getting to Pop Century from the Orlando airports, visit our Driving Directions page HERE.
The bowling pin icons tower more than 65 feet high. A regulation bowling pin is 15 inches tall.
If you count the giant bowling pin icons, there are nine standing around the resort. Where’s the tenth? It’s actually the bowling pin pool in the courtyard!
Take a closer look at the pool deck around the bowling pin pool and you’ll spot the triangular lane markings that are seen on bowling alleys everywhere.
The Rubik’s Cube icons reach a peak of 41 feet off the ground. By comparison, a Rubik’s Cube puzzle toy stands nearly four inches at its tallest point.
The resort’s 8-track tapes are more than 35 feet tall, with “tape” that is more than one-foot in width. A real 8-track tape is a mere five-and-one-quarter inches tall, with a tape that is only one-quarter inch wide.
The table soccer players are more than 12 feet tall, and the “toy” ball is more than two-and-one-half feet in diameter.
Nearly 125,000 gallons of paint were used to create the bright colors and tie-dyed hues on the buildings’ interior and exterior walls.
In the 1960s area, giant “thumbprints” can be spotted on the ears of the elephant peeking out of the giant Play-Doh canister. And can you name the child depicted on the Play-Doh can? That’s Play-Doh Pete!
The giant Big Wheel icon could “accommodate” a child rider that weighs up to 877 pounds (or so says the sticker on the towering riding toy). That matches the stickers that were affixed to the original Big Wheel toys of the 1970s that designated a “recommended child weight.”
Service and equipment buildings are cleverly disguised all over the resort. At the 1950s bowling pin pool, the laundry looks like a bowling shoe storage bin. In the 1990s, an equipment building appears to be a larger-than-life stack of computer floppy disks.
The 1970s courtyard pays tribute to the age of disco, with a motion-based disco light mounted in the middle of the courtyard. This color-changing light sends streams of light across the ’70s-inspired outdoor “dance floor.”
“Peace of Pizza” delivery trucks resemble old Volkswagen vans complete with roof-mounted surfboards.
When did the hotel open?
Phase I, originally known as the Classic Years, opened on December 14, 2003. Reservations were accepted beginning April 22, 2003.
Phase II was to be the Legendary Years, representing the 1900s to the 1940s. It was also to have 2,880 rooms. But the plans were changed in 2011 when Disney announced the construction of the Art Of Animation Resort which opened May 2012.
The original projected opening dates (as of August 2001) were:
1950s – March 8, 2002
1960s – March 8, 2002
1970s – May 5, 2002
1980s – August 18, 2002
1990s – August 18, 2002
1940s – November 29, 2002
1930s – February 14, 2003
1920s – April 21, 2003
1910s – August 2, 2003
1900s – August 2, 2003