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Disney's Pop Century Resort

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At a Glance

    Pros

  • great room rates
  • hotel provides a trip down memory lane
  • proximity to Epcot, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and Disney's Hollywood Studios

    Cons

  • having more than 2,000 rooms means big crowds at the front desk and in the food court
  • small rooms
  • lots of small kids around

Fodorite Reviews

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Disney's Pop Century Resort Review

Giant jukeboxes, 65-foot-tall bowling pins, an oversized Big Wheel and Rubik's Cube, and other pop-culture memorabilia are scattered throughout the grounds of this value resort, across the lake from the Art of Animation Resort. Items from mood rings to eight-track tapes are incorporated into the architecture; wall-mounted shadow boxes display toys, fashions, and fads from each decade since the 1950s. A big food court serves reasonably priced fare.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1050 Century Dr., Epcot Resort Area, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 | Map It
  • Phone: 407/938–4000; 407/934–4639
  • Location: Epcot

    Hotel Details

  • 2,880 rooms.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 03-07-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    Loved!

    The rooms are small but hey they are inexpensive. Loved the hotel...pool was great and food choices were awesome! Being at Disney, there is no need for an expensive room so Pop Century made the best choice for us. It is newer than most of the other value hotels and that helped. The only complaint I have is I wish they would do away with the cheap shower curtain. Every Disney value resort has them and they seems to smell like mildew. Otherwise the place was great and the environment was magical!

    by jh19202, 9/10/12
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    Disney's Pop Century Resort Review

    We love Pop Century for great atmosphere in the rooms and around the resort. This was the first Disney resort I ever stayed in and it wowed me so much I was hooked. Now I can't even think of staying off property! Love it.

    by leahanne33, 1/12/12
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    Disney's Pop Century Resort Review

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Pop Century! We have stayed at Pop Century 5 times and we are looking forward to our 6th stay next month.

    I love the rooms - always clean and comfortable. I agree with the previous poster that it is worth the price to stay in a preferred room - close to the pool, food court and bus stop.

    Staff is always friendly and helpful!

    I love all of the pop culture icons all over the resort. Where else can you see Baloo from Jungle Book and a giant Big Wheel LOL?

    I love Everything Pop! Great food at the food court and cute gift shop for buying souvenirs.

    One of my favorite things is that Pop Century does not share a bus with other resorts!

    Pop Century rocks!!

    by APB513, 7/28/11
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    Pop Century Resort Review

    Oh my goodness! I don't know WHAT Pop Century the previous reviewer stayed in, but it certainly wasn't the one my family has stayed in about 10 times over the past seven years.

    Our rooms have ALWAYS been immaculately clean, and aside from an occasional pesky "Love Bug" flying into the room when the door was opened in the season, we have NEVER seen insects crawling on the floors; nor have we ever had "bed bugs" at any Disney resort, including Pop Century.

    Housekeeping has always been courteous, and we have never had an experience with our belongings being rifled or disturbed.

    As for atmosphere, there is plenty. The decor is entertaining, and the lobby is full of cool memorabilia from the 1950s-1990s.

    The staff has been universally friendly and helpful.

    The resort common areas (food court, lobby, pools) do often remain noisy, but that's the kind of place it is: always bustling and lots of youngsters.

    We have our choice in Disney reports, and we travel there often. Pop Century is our choice because it is reasonably priced and convenient.

    Tip: The other "value resorts" (All Star Sports, All Star Music, and All Star Movies) often share common buses to/from the parks. That makes getting there and home a bit longer of an experience than Pop Century, which has its own bus. Likewise, if you fly into Orlando International Airport and take "Disney's Magical express," Pop Century is often the first stop. That can save 20-minutes or so.

    I do agree that for the extra money, a "Preferred Room" is worth the convenience of being closer to the main building.

    by k5xs, 6/13/10
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    Tiny room. Bed bugs. Nasty. Not worth it.

    I’m amazed by the number of positive comments on here about Pop Century. I’ve done a lot of domestic & international travel and have stayed at all types of hotels – good, bad & ugly. STAY AWAY from this one. We had problems with everything from bed bugs to housekeeping throwing personal items away. My fiancé & I stayed at Pop for 1 week and I can assure you that we will never return to this hotel even if they were giving the rooms away. The lobby was fine. Nothing spectacular, but it was clean and the front desk personnel were friendly. The outside décor is interesting and looks cool from afar, but “good from far, far from good.” We stayed in a “Preferred” room which costs a little more, but it’s closer to the lobby, pool, and restaurant. This is a large resort, so if you choose not to heed my warning, at least pay the “Preferred” rate. Upon entering the room, I was surprised at how very small it was and the stains on the carpet. The bathroom was even smaller with only the tub and toilet; the sink is outside in the main living area with little counter space and no water pressure. The bathtub grout has darkened over time as a result of mildew buildup and small pieces of grout were missing altogether. There were tiny black bugs on the bathtub floor to welcome us every morning. The corners of the floor and at the base of the wall were filthy & clearly not cleaned in years. There is no refrigerator or microwave and if you want to access the internet, it’s $9.95/day. The walls are paper thin and you can hear everything. The plumbing is worse. You will know every time a neighbor flushes the toilet or takes a shower. Bring ear plugs. As for transportation to the parks, expect to wait in long lines for the crowded bus rides. We endured and, yes, although you spend a lot of time outside of the room, you eventually have to return and it would be nice to come back to a clean room without the fear of bed bugs. After being there for a couple of days, we found ourselves very itchy and developed red bumps on our arms and legs – bed bugs. Mosquito bites? Definitely not. My brother and his family were staying at the Ramada Celebration hotel and we met them everyday in the parks. They were perfectly fine. No itching or scratching or red bumps the entire time AND their room was only $28/night (and they had free Wi-Fi)! The kicker came the last night we were there. We returned to our room late at night to find it in disarray. The beds were made and the towels were refreshed, but our toiletries, which I always left neatly arranged in the shower and on the vanity, were all over the place sitting on the toilet tank or knocked over on the vanity and a cup that I had been saving on the vanity was missing as well as our guides and ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign. I walked down to the front desk & spoke with the manager who was very nice about the situation and had the head of Housekeeping call me to apologize. Interestingly enough, I later heard the woman in the next room outside talking to housekeeping about how all of her items had been put on the bathroom floor, on top of her suitcase and in disarray throughout the room. That, to me, is scary because you wonder what else the housekeeper was doing in your room when no one was watching. I would say to you to lock up your valuables in the in-room safe, but it’s a wall safe that is bout 2 inches deep – not fitting much in there. I recommend locking everything up in your suitcase before leaving the room. Considering my brother only spent $28/night for his room (through HotWire) and had a better experience than me, price isn’t always a determining factor in service. Pop Century is considered a budget Walt Disney World hotel and does attract a certain class of people. I couldn’t believe the number of parents sitting by the pool every day with several beer bottles on the table and ash trays all over the place. There are big planters filled with sand throughout the pool area for cigarette butts. Not a pretty site. There are kids everywhere, so if you don’t have kids, don’t smoke, don’t like being eaten alive at night, and prefer a higher level of service, class and cleanliness, DO NOT stay at Pop Century or, from what I understand, any of the All-Star Resorts. NEVER, EVER AGAIN.

    by vlmtravels, 4/15/09
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    A great fun hotel for Kids

    Disney's Pop Century is very awesome. Our family did stay in the Pop Century Last year it is so awesome and cool. Everything Pop is cool next to the dining! and the themes of the Decades. I hope our family stay in the 80's theme because the year of Epcot's Opening Day! Great hotel for kids.

    by JEANYLASER36, 5/15/08

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