Resort Wednesday – Pop Century

Roger Rabbit is one of the many icons on offer at Disney’s Pop Century

Happy Wednesday everyone. Much like my post about Whispering Canyon Cafe, I know that there are plenty of hotel reviews available; I want to share why I think each resort I review is special. I am starting with the Disney hotel I stayed at most recently; Disney’s Pop Century. For the “official” Disney description, go to Disney’s Pop Century resort page. Disney’s Pop Century is a value resort which means less fancy rooms and no sit down restaurants but it is still a Disney hotel with access to Disney resort guest perks (such as transportation and extra magic hours.)

The theme of this hotel is the decades of the 20th century; technically the hotel is only half open. The decades of the current buildings are the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. There has always been a plan in place to open the “classic” years as well but currently there doesn’t seem to be any progress on that portion of the hotel.

Here’s the Mickey Mouse phone and Foosball table

What I really like about this hotel is that the many icons represented reminded me of cherished childhood memories. You can find  larger than life Walkman with Pac Man and the “ghosts” on the hotel railings. There is a Mickey Mouse phone and foosball table pieces. I especially loved the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head as well.

Life-sized Mr, and Mrs. Potato Head

Here’s the Walkman and you can see one of the Pac Man “ghosts”

Of course, Disney carries the themes throughout the hotel. The pools are the Hippy Dippy pool (which is the main pool for this hotel) as well as a pool shaped like a bowling pin and a pool shaped like a computer. There is also a kids area at the Hippy Dippy pool and showers.

The Hippy Dippy pool

There is a food court in the main lobby as well as the check in/check out area. This is also where you will find the arcade as well as an airline check in desk (which will help you skip the lines at the airport). Of course, it’s outside this building that you will find Disney’s internal transportation (buses to the theme parks).

My opinion is that if you are looking at staying in a value resort, I would consider Pop Century. It’s my first choice in value hotels at Disney World. Have you stayed at Pop Century? What did you think?

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Focused on the Magic

Coronado Springs — Our First Disney Resort

Coronado Springs Resort

In August of 2007, Cindy and I decided to take Walt Disney up on it’s offer, and stay at the parks for a longer period of time than just a day or two.  We had been the previous year with Meemaw, and the year before with Leigh Ann and Riley (and family), and seeing how much fun it was with them just fueled our need for more Disney Magic!

So Cindy and I decided to take the plunge and book a resort to stay at.  We had always assumed (somewhat incorrectly, I might add) that staying on property was 1) for those with more money than sense, and 2) really, really expensive, so when we looked into the idea, I know that I was thinking we weren’t going to be able to swing it.

Boy, was I ever wrong!  Have you ever stayed at Disney World on property before?  If you haven’t, I really suggest that you take a look at it.  Not only are there all sorts of different themed hotels for you to choose from, there are also several different levels that you can stay at depending on your budget! If you need help with your trip planning, send me an email to or submit a quote request.

For those with large parties, or smaller budgets, there are the Walt Disney World Value Resorts to choose from.  They include the following resorts:

  1. Disney’s All Star Movies Resort
  2. Disney’s All Star Music Resort
  3. Disney’s All Star Sports Resort
  4. Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  5. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

These resorts are all classified as value resorts, which means that they are the least expensive of the Disney resorts.  In many cases, though, they can be worth it if you have large parties because some of these resorts offer rooms that can sleep more than 5 people.

Cindy and I felt that, after researching all the properties, and also speaking with some of our friends, that the value resorts were more like “hotels” and less like “resorts”, so we decided not to do any of the value resorts.  After that, we looked at the Moderate Resorts.  They include:

  1. The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort
  2. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  3. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  4. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  5. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

We looked at a lot of them, but in this instance choose Coronado Springs Resort.  We liked the Aztec influence in the decor, we thought that the big pool looked really neat from Google Earth and the website, and the color scheme chosen for the buildings was really quite nice.  We enjoyed it a great deal!  For this first year, we booked our trip directly from the Disney World website.  The special that year was the free dining plan.  Book a stay at a Disney resort, stay a certain number of days, and you will get the Disney Dining Plan for free.  That means that one snack, one quick service meal, and one table service meal per person per day is already paid for!  Doing the dining plan for us meant that we were able to go to a lot of restaurants that we wouldn’t normally go to, which meant that we could choose character places so Sophie could get a ton of autographs, and we wouldn’t have to pay for a lot of food while we were at the parks!

Having the dining plan is one of the biggest benefits for us staying at a Disney resort!  I have a ton of pictures from that first extended trip to Walt Disney World, but rather than upload them all, take a look at the embedded slideshow!  Enjoy, and feel free to comment!