The rooms are basic hotel rooms that have everything you need.
The shower had ample hot water and the pressure was good.
Our room was clean. I still find it endlessly magical to return to a room with a made bed.
Speaking of beds, having a queen sized bed at home, we always consider it a treat when we stay at a hotel or other accommodation that has a king sized bed. If an accommodation has a queen sized bed it’s fine. When you start getting down to just a full sized bed, well this could create potential night time battles for space. (Pop Century only has full sized beds, so this something to keep in mind when staying there.) This ended up not being an issue because there were two full sized beds and only two of us, so we ended up each getting our own bed for the week, which was its own treat. I could starfish to my heart’s content.
The rooms are accessed from the outside, which I prefer over wandering around long gloomy hallways. There is one large window for each room. A lot of hotel guests decorated their windows. It was fun walking around in the evening admiring guests’ window creativity. If you do want to decorate your window during your visit, make sure to look up what the rules are concerning materials that can and cannot be used. You don’t want to be charged extra for the cleaning staff having to remove tape residue from the window
The resort is split up into decades. We were in the 60’s.
I really enjoyed that our rooms looked out over a lake. It was nice in the morning to step outside, look out over the calm, and take a few breaths of fresh before plunging into a hectic day. There’s always something magnificent about starting a brand new day at Disney.
Just walking around and seeing all of the theming in the different centuries is an activity all its own.
The grounds are vibrate and happy.
Since we were there at Christmastime, there were retro decorations themed just for the resort.
Some of the decorations brought me back to my childhood trees.
In the afternoons, during the holiday season, the lights on the tree mysterious go out. Apparently the lights will only turn back on through the wish of a child, so the staff find a child, hand them a wand, tell them to say the magic words and bibbity-boobity-boo- the lights magically turn on. I’m glad we got to see the event unfold, it was super cute.
We didn’t end up using the pool while we there, but it looked really fun. It was bright, cheerful, and there were plenty of chairs around to chill out in.
One thing to note is that there are no hot tubs at Pop Century Resort.
The Pop Century food court was expansive.
We only ate one meal, breakfast, there, but it appeared there was a great selection for all meals.
It was also a convenient place to use up all of those extra snack credits before we left.
The transportation ran efficiently.
Being one of the more popular, crowded resorts, it seemed that there were more people queued up for the buses. With that however, it felt like the resort did a good job keeping the buses coming. It wasn’t uncommon to be at a park and have three Pop Century buses come for every one bus from one of the less busy resorts.
I’ve seen a lot of people complain that Pop Century is a loud, noisy, resort, fraught with screaming children. Though the level of energy might be higher than some of the fancier resorts, I didn’t find it to be all that cacophonous.
If you are someone who spends all day at the parks and prefers to come back to some peace and quiet, then something like Port Orleans- French Quarter might be more suited to you, but if you spend the day at the parks and then like to continue the same level of fun, excited energy, then Pop Century is a great choice.
It’s an excellent value resort that does indeed give you all of the pop you need for a magical stay.