Friday, January 27, 2012

Why You Should Stay at Disney's Pop Century Resort

Disney's Value Resorts are some of the most popular resorts on property. Of course, part of the reason is because of the price, but I also think that another reason people decide to stay at these resorts is because of the theme. As far as Disney says, these hotels are big on everything! (except price).  That is especially true, given the fact that the Disney Value Resorts feature larger than life icons and bright, colorful facades.

I have now stayed at 3 of the 4 Value Hotels on property and by far, my favorite is Disney's Pop Century.
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The theme that surrounds Pop Century is the celebration of the 1950s through the 1990s and all the pop culture fads that came along with those decades.  This hotel focuses on the greatness of things like bowling, flower power, Rubix Cubes and yes, even the introduction of the computer into our lives.  

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There are quite a few reasons for this. First off...I really do love the theme. The feel of the resort is one of fun and that's exactly what makes it a prime candidate for me. I love the larger than life statues that sit out in the courtyards. To many, they are cheesy, to me, they are whimsical.  They help to get across the fun and care-free atmosphere that surrounds the hotel.  Which is exactly what I'm looking for in a vacation.  The decor really helps to set the mood of my Disney vacation.

The next thing I love about Pop Century is their bus service. At Pop (at least as of right now) they have their own dedicated bus service to their guests. This is extremely convenient as you don't have to spend time stopping at the other resorts, putting off the time you could be spending at the theme parks. You also don't have to spend time at the end of the night when you're tired, waiting just to get back to your room, for a bus to drop guests off at the other hotels. You just hop on a bus and go and get delivered "home" a few minutes later.  No muss, no fuss.  

Another thing that's great about this resort is the food court. Everything Pop is one of the best at all the values for sure...maybe even resort wide.  They offer so many things on the menu, not just chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and burgers.  (Which, of course, can still be found here, as well.)  Other unique offerings include Chicken Penne Alfredo, Pan Seared Fish, Shrimp Lo Mein, and home cooked meals like Meatloaf and Fried Chicken.  There really is something for all tastes.  In addition, in their bakery section, they offer their famous Tye Dyed Cheesecake.  This delicious treat consists of a red velvet cake crust and and multi colored, swirled cheesecake.  Just make sure to drink a glass of milk with it or you'll have dyed teeth after eating it!

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In addition, I love the Everything Pop gift shop.  There's just something about browsing in this shop after a long day in the parks and seeing what neat trinkets they have to offer.  I can seriously spend a half hour at least after spending all day in a park here.  To me,  it's just an extension of the theme park day experience.  My trip doesn't feel complete unless I make a stop here. 

While the pools here don't feature slides, they are still exciting because they are shaped in whimsical designs.  My favorite pool is the Bowling Pin Pool.  It's not every day you can swim in a pool designed like a bowling pin!  I love after a long day at he park, just sticking my feet in the cooling water.  It's the best way to unwind after a long day.

Of course, the last reason I love to stay here are the rooms.  They are just the right size for me, because usually I travel either solo or with my hubby.  We don't spend a lot of time in the rooms and just being the two of us, we don't need a whole lot of space.  The values are perfect in that regard.  They have either a king bed (which trust me, there aren't a lot of those available at the property) or two double beds available for guests.  They are outfitted in blues and greens and feature pop culture icons for the decade that you are staying in.  For example, when staying in the 50s rooms, they have a picture collage up which features things like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Alice in Wonderland.

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This hotel really just speaks to me and I think that's the biggest aspect that needs to go into consideration when you choose your hotel.  The theme really needs to fit your sensibility.

What are your thoughts?  Do you like Pop Century?  Why or why not?  Which hotel fits your family's sensibility?  Make sure to let me know in the comments section.

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Christy said...

Love POP century! We stayed there for our last trip and will definitely be staying there again.

Anonymous said...

The Pop rocks. Their meatball sub & salad are memorable, and the gift shop is a must, as you said. I just miss the slurpee machine they once had. : (