Located on-site at the Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort is one of Disney’s “Value” category resort hotels, providing an array of amenities at a fairly affordable price. The resort originally opened in December 2003 and features 2,880 rooms.
The resort is grouped into five individual sections and themed with “Pop Culture” from different decades which include: 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s and the 1990’s.
Disney’s Pop Century Resort is located near the southeastern part of Walt Disney World directly across Hourglass Lake from Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. It is a short distance to all four Walt Disney World theme parks, the water parks and Disney Springs. The Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando are both less than 30 minutes away.
Hotel amenities at this hotel are adequate for a property of this price point (“Value” Resort) and include a three resort style pools, organized recreational activities / entertainment, a children’s playground area and the Fast Forward Arcade.
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Frequently Asked Questions – Disney’s Pop Century Resort
What are the hotel rates at Disney’s Pop Century Resort?
Since the Pop Century Resort is one of Disney’s “Value Resorts”, prices are fairly affordable and typically range from less than $200 per night to more than $300.00 per night depending on the time of year and the room type. See our price chart below for rates during specific nights.
Does Disney’s Pop Century Resort provide transportation to the Walt Disney World theme parks?
Disney’s Pop Century Resort offers complimentary bus transportation throughout Walt Disney World including the theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs and the Resort hotels. There is also a Disney Skyliner station adjacent to the resort which provides access to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Is there free transportation from the Orlando International Airport to Disney’s Pop Century Resort?
Complimentary transportation from Disney’s Magical Express is no longer offered. However, Mears Connect shuttle service provides transportation from the Walt Disney World Resort to the Orlando International Airport at a cost of around $30.00 per person.
Is there a Resort Fee or Parking Charge at Disney’s Pop Century Resort?
There are no resort fees or self parking charges at Disney’s Pop Century Resort.
How many pools are there at Disney’s Pop Century Resort?
There are three pools at Disney’s Pop Century Resort – the main Hippy Dippy Pool is located behind the Classic lobby building, the Bowling Pool by the 1950’s buildings and the Computer Pool by the 1980’s & 1990’s buildings.
What are the food & beverage options at the Disney’s Pop Century Resort?
Disney’s Pop Century Resort features the Everything POP Shopping & Dining food court and the Petals Pool Bar. Both venues are quick-service dining restaurants.
What is the check-in and check-out time at Disney’s Pop Century Resort?
The check in-time at the Disney’s Pop Century Resort is 3:00 pm and check out time is at 11:00 am.
What is the pet policy at the Disney’s Pop Century Resort?
With the exception of service animals, pets are not allowed at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. However, Disney’s has an ongoing pilot program that allows pets at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort.
About Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort originally opened in December 2003 and was fully renovated in 2017 / 2018 . The 2,880 resort originally underwent a number of delays and changes to it’s initial design & plans but today it is one of the most popular resorts at Walt Disney World.
There are five distinct sections at the Pop Century Resort, themed after pop culture in each individual decade. These five sections include:
In addition to the themed buildings, there is a large lobby building called Classic Hall which features the gift shop, food court and check-in areas. Transportation services pick up and drop off just outside of Cinema Hall.
This resort hotel is located on-site within the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida near the southern end of the property along West Buena Vista Drive. Access to the area is provided by the Osceola Parkway which connects to Interstate 4 just a few miles to the east.
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
1901 W. Buena Vista Drive
Kissimmee, Florida 34747
It will take about 30 minutes to get to Disney’s Pop Century Resort from the Orlando International Airport. Guests can either take SR-528 (Beach Line Expressway) to Interstate 4, west to Osceola Parkway or SR-417 west to the Osceola Parkway. Both routes are similar in mileage and fairly easy to navigate for out-of-area travelers.
From Disney’s Pop Century Resort, the time / distance to the visitor toll plazas at the Disney theme parks are as follows (per Google Maps):
- Magic Kingdom Park: Approximately 10 minutes
- Epcot: Approximately 10 minutes
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Approximately 7 minutes
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Approximately 5 minutes
- Disney Springs (Orange Parking Garage): Approximately 13 minutes
The time / distance to other popular Orlando area attractions is as follows:
- SeaWorld Orlando: Approximately 15 minutes
- Universal Orlando Resort: Approximately 19 minutes.
- Downtown Orlando: Approximately 30 minutes
- Orange County Convention Center: Approximately 15 minutes
- The Mall at Millenia: Approximately 25 minutes
Amenities at Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort is a value based hotel so while it may not have all the features of a full service resort, it does not lack on amenities.
Resort Pool Areas
There are three separate pool areas at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, all of which have full-time life guards. The main pool is the Hippy Dippy Pool which consists of 235,613 gallons of themed water fan and is located behind Classic Hall. Immediately adjacent to the pool is a children’s splash play area.
The 144,352 gallon Bowling Pool is shaped like a bowling pin and is located near the 1950’s buildings while the Computer Pool includes a giant floppy disk and keyboard.
During our most recent stay the pool hours were from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM and complimentary towels were provided at the pools.
- Entertainment and Recreation
- The Fast Forward Arcade
- Children’s Playground
- Jogging Trail
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- On-site Laundry Facilitates
There is also complimentary transportation provided throughout the entire Walt Disney World Resort. The hotel features shuttle bus service outside of Classic Hall to the theme parks as well as Disney Springs and a station for the Disney Skyliner is located at the rear of the property. Guests can use the Skyliner to travel to Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Boardwalk area.
Dining Options at Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Dining options at the Pop Century Resort are adequate for the hotel and since it is a “Value” resort, all three options are quick-service dining.
- Everything POP Shopping & Dining (Food Court): Serving American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Petals Pool Bar: Serving beer, wine, specialty cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks.
The Rooms at Disney’s Pop Century Resort
There two types of rooms at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, the Standard Room or the Preferred Room. All rooms feature free wireless internet service, a coffee maker, mini-refrigerator, iron / ironing board, in-room safe, telephone with voicemail, hairdryer and bathroom products.
Standard rooms at Disney’s Pop Century Resort sleep up to four adults and feature one King-Size bed or one Queen-Size table and and one Queen-Size bed. Select rooms feature pool views.
Preferred rooms at Disney’s Pop Century Resort have the same features as the standard rooms but are closer in proximity to the Classic Hall lobby building and the Hippy Dippy Pool. Room include one Queen-Size bed and 1 Queen-Size pull down bed or one King bed. Select rooms feature pool views.
Hotel Rates for Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Like most hotels in the greater Orlando area, rates at Disney’s Pop Century Resort are highly seasonal and we have found that rates and availability do vary quite considerably throughout the year. The rates shown below are the best available rate for two adults and two children in both room types offered at this hotel.
The following rates were obtained from the hotel web site at the time of publication. Please note that nightly rates can change at any time.
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Taxes: There is a 6% resort tax on top of a 6.5% sales tax. There are no resort fees or self-parking charges.
Disney is constantly running special offers and there are always discounts for annual passholders and Florida Residents.
What We Liked about Disney’s Pop Century Resort
There are a number of things to like about Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Following are some of the highlights:
- Fairly good value for the money
- Great theming and decorations
- Complimentary Disney resort wide transportation include the Disney Skyliner
- Adequate amenities for the hotel price point
What We Did Not Like about Disney’s Pop Century Resort
There are a few things about the Disney’s Pop Century Resort we do not like which include:
- Limited on-site dining options
- Very crowded check-in, transportation service, dining and pool areas during peak times
What We Think Disney’s Pop Century Resort is Perfect For
We were very happy with our stay at Disney’s Pop Century Resort and find that it is perfect for:
- Short and intermediate-term Disney vacations
- Budget conscious travelers
- Sports team events at the nearby Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex
Disney’s Pop Century Resort is a great budget-friendly options if you choose to stay on site and take advantage of the Disney benefits including the free transportation service. The resort has excellent theming, quality amenities and plenty to do if you need a break from the theme parks. There is also the benefit of Disney Skyliner service to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios
However, it is quite a large hotel that can get very crowded during peak travel days including the dining area and the pool.
We would highly recommended this hotel at a nightly rate of $225.00 per night or less. Otherwise, we feel that there are better off-site options as you get above the $200 per night rate level.
However, without a vehicle guests are not fully able to explore the Orlando area outside of Disney (this of course is by design). Outside transportation service costs can add up if you are looking to visit non-Disney theme parks or off-property restaurants so keep that in mind for your next visit.