Thrifty Thursday: Free Fun at Pop Century Resort

One of the great things about the Disney resorts are all of the wonderful themes: there is literally something for everyone….and lots of free fun at all of them too. A favorite resort for many, Pop Century is a big, fun tribute to American pop culture. And even though it is part of the value resort category, there are plenty of fun, free amenities for you to take advantage of during your vacation.

 Say Cheese
With huge icons scattered between the buildings, Pop Century Resort is the perfect place to pose for a photo. I especially love Roger Rabbit in the 90s section, the Play Doh statue in the 60s and the Big Wheel in the 70s, but the big winner is Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head in the 80s. As if the icons weren’t enough, there’s also a classic 50s-style limo near Bell Services that provides a perfect photo op for tiny folks. In fact, there are photo ops at every turn, so make sure to carry your camera with you at all times!

Tour History
Pop Century is surprisingly educational. In the lobby, the back wall is lined with shadowboxes, depicting icons from American culture throughout the past 50+ years. Then, as you walk through the resort to your room, you’re walking down “Memory Lane.” There are placards lining the walkways, which create a timeline through American history. It’s an easy, often fascinating way to inject a little bit of history into your trip.

King of Ping
Nothing says vacation (to me, at least) like playing games! At Pop Century, you can play Ping Pong near the Hippy Dippy Pool, but perhaps the most fun game on site is Twister! Both the dots and the spinner are built right into the landscaping, and it is a crazy cool way to enjoy a drink and pass the time at the resort. 

Do A Dancey Dance
Do you like to dance? Pop Century is the place for you! Throughout the day, the Cast Members in Everything Pop pause to dance in the center of the food court. I have witnessed it several times, and I have to admit—it’s really hard to keep from dancing with them. Even if you don’t catch the floor show with your meal, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the resort to get your dance on—the resort’s soundtrack is loaded with classic hits.

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Melissa Sue works in higher education communications in upstate New York, where she lives with her husband Robert, a secondary school teacher, and her cavapoo George (as in King George). Melissa began visiting Disney World when she was six and today owns a piece of the magic at Bay Lake Tower. She blogs at Mouse on the Mind and tweets @msorrellsgalley. She’ll be contributing money-saving tips to The Affordable Mouse.

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