Planning a Disney trip and looking for an affordable option for lodging? You should definitely check out the Pop Century Resort, a Disney value property.
Designed with fads from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, this property has lots of fun visuals for the family to enjoy. Rooms are pretty basic and don’t have a lot of extra space. If you have more than four people in your family, I would absolutely recommend getting an additional room. But if you are only staying at Disney for a few days, it’s a great place to stay at just a little over $100 per night (costs will vary depending on time of year.)
Pop Century has a super fun main pool – the Hippy Dippy Pool – and two smaller pools. It also has a renovated baby pool area, which was closed while we were there.
Added bonus? If you get back from the parks early and the kids aren’t ready for bed, head down to the Hippy Dippy Pool for their nightly Disney film under the stars.
As for dining, there aren’t any formal restaurants on-site, but does feature a pretty elaborate dining hall where families can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s pretty loud, but easy, peasy for a quick breakfast before hitting up the parks. We had waffles, french toast and eggs one morning and everyone in our family was happy. (Side note: the coffee was not that great. I recommend holding out until you get to a park if you can.)
Getting to the parks
If you drove to the resort, your parking at each park is free. Or you can take Disney Transportation Bus line to each park. The buses are very quick and efficient. We never had to wait more than ten minutes for a bus to or from the parks.
Online check-in is offered here (as with all Disney properties). It is a HUGE plus to be greeted by a cast member upon arrival and taken care of without waiting in a long line. The resort offers free wi-fi, which is always a great, and of course, the Magical Express Bus to the airport both picks up and drops off at Pop Century.
Easy Walk to Art of Animation
If your kids are into Cars or The Little Mermaid, be sure to walk over the bridge to the Art of Animation hotel. My kids got a big kick out of the full size characters.
We had a great experience at Pop Century for the two nights we were there. For a longer trip, I would personally choose to stay somewhere else, but for a quick trip, it’s a fabulous option.
Our stay at Pop Century was paid for entirely by us. We extended our trip as part of the Disney Social Media Moms Conference.