Since we are The Affordable Mouse, I thought this would be the perfect way to open up Mouse Resort Friday – a quick run through my favorite value property, Disney’s Pop Century. It’s a fun place to stay, and won’t crunch your pocket book.
Pop opened in 2003, and has 2,880 colorfully decorated guest rooms sectioned into different decades. The 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s are all represented by giant pop culture icons, as well as by dances crazes, toys and games. Also adding to the theme are three heated pools, the 60s Hippy Dippy Pool (shaped like a flower), the 50s Bowling Pool (shaped like a bowling pin), and the 90s Computer Pool (shaped like….well, okay, you get the message). Located adjacent to the lobby are the Fast Forward Arcade and the Everything Pop shop and food court. The food court offers many tasty options, including a Special of the Day.
We normally stay in a moderate resort, but since we visited rather close to Christmas, we chose to scale back a bit on cost, and this was the best option for us. We were NOT disappointed. The rooms were clean, housekeeping was prompt and courteous, and the grounds were immaculate. We wanted for nothing while we visited, and had no complaints.
Disney’s Pop Century Resort is located near Epcot Center, and if you play your cards right (or book your room in the right location), you’ll be able to stand on your balcony and view Epcot’s fireworks from Illuminations at night. The room I requested also overlooked Hourglass Lake, and featured a walking/running track alongside the water….very nice.
If you’re trying to get the best bang for your buck, this is your resort. It’s newer than the other properties, and has its own bus service; the other values share a bus. Not a big deal, you say? Well, it is at park closing when you’re tired, your children are unhappy, and your feet – even more unhappy. Pop really gives you everything you need, while being on grounds, taking advantage of extra magic hours, free Disney transportation, and a myriad of other mouse perks that can only be experienced at a Disney property.
Ears to ya, DeAnna
DeAnna, along with her husband and teen-age son, lives in Wiggins, Mississippi, and has a passion for all things Disney. She is always eager to share the knowledge she has gained from her many trips to Walt Disney World, and has helped numerous people in their vacation planning to realize it’s not an unattainable dream. Her must-dos on every trip are Pirates of the Caribbean, Rockin’ Roller Coaster & a stolen moment of quiet with her “Boyz” (as she affectionately calls them) having a pastry from Boulangerie in Epcot World Showcase’s France. Disney is so much a part of her life, that she & her husband were married in front of Cinderella’s Castle, and she says it doesn’t get any more magical than that……