It’s been a while since we dropped in with an update from our favorite Value Resort at Walt Disney World, so we decided to do exactly that. In this Disney’s Pop Century photo tour, we’ll share the latest changes at the hotel, including new merchandise, sunset & night photos, and more!
The good news is that, for the most part, there’s not much to report from Pop Century. The room refurbishment that we showcased in our Photos & Video: New Rooms at Pop Century post is entirely finished, and has been for a while. While this has been divisive among some Walt Disney World fans, we love the new style.
Additionally, the gondola station construction that we’ve featured in our most recent Disney Skyliner Gondola Construction Updatehas been fairly uneventful for a while. This station has been in near-finished form since the beginning of 2019, and testing of the gondolas is fairly quiet and unobtrusive. With that said, a few things have changed…
First, there’s now Mobile Ordering at Everything Pop, which is Pop Century’s incredibly popular food court. Given the multiple ordering bays and the lines that can form for the more popular ones, this is a huge win. As always, we highly recommend Mobile Ordering, and it puzzles us that so few Walt Disney World guests use it.
At Pop Century, there’s a dedicated Mobile Order pick-up location outside the main food court area, over by the dessert station. This is a quiet area, with a nice (and underutilized) overflow seating section by it. I would illustrate all of this with a photo, but while we were there, a family on the verge of a meltdown was waiting for their food…and I didn’t want me taking photos in their general direction to be what pushed things over the edge.
Moving on, there’s new resort merchandise at Pop Century.
I had planned on buying that previous coffee mug, but I guess that isn’t happening now.
On the plus side, it’s good to see the Value Resorts (other than Art of Animation, which normally has great merchandise, but currently doesn’t have anything) starting to receive unique designs. Pop Century has a loyal following, so I’d assume there’s an appetite for this stuff.
This magnet is definitely better than the old, boxy design.
Ditto the keychain and ornament.
I also really like the cup, which has a bright and fun tie-dye design.
The tie-dye shirt isn’t too my tastes, but it’s certainly appropriate for the resort, and is on the low key end of the tie-dye spectrum.
I get stir crazy pretty easily, which often leads me to pacing around the exterior walkways when we stay at Pop Century.
Not to be too much of a Skyliner cheerleader (although I totally am), but another thing I’m looking forward to is watching them glide over Hourglass Lake. It’s unfortunate that Pop Century’s rooms don’t have balconies…but if they did, they’d probably be twice the price!
Speaking of wandering around aimlessly, I’ve actually never done this full loop.
Granted, I wander between Art of Animation and Pop Century with regularity, and my meandering route is probably more like 2 miles. Nevertheless, I’d like to do the actual loop at some point. I’ve done almost all of the rest of them at other resorts.
If you look closely, you’ll see IllumiNations in the middle of this photo, directly over the pool’s jukebox.
This spot offered a decent fireworks view, and was better in person than my wide-angle lens demonstrates. If you want to watch IllumiNations from Pop Century, the upper floor of building 1 (on the opposite side) will be your best option, but any of these three buildings (on the upper level) should work.
The waterfront walking path in that area is also an option if you don’t want to go up into one of the buildings. Finally, Generation Gap Bridge will also work once the Skyliner opens and that wall comes down.
I love all the cultural references at Pop Century. Even though it resonates less with kids than Art of Animation, I think it’s a clever concept.
I appreciate the 1998 references on this laptop screen, including the opening day of Animal Kingdom, “Disney-MGM Studios,” and a photo of the infamous Castle Cake from Walt Disney World’s 25th Anniversary.
As far as Walt Disney World pool bars go, Petals is a solid option. It’s located by the Hippy Dippy Pool, which is Pop Century’s flower-shaped feature pool.
Other times of year, we’d bring our food from Everything Pop out here to eat, escaping the loudness and chaos of the food court. Even at night, it’s simply too humid for that in the summer. We’ll take the noise…if it all comes with A/C!
Now for a photo stroll around Pop Century, presented without commentary:
That’s it for our visit to Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Like we said at the beginning, not a whole lot to say as not much is happening or different from our last visit. In this case, that’s a good thing. Pop Century has new rooms and will soon have a new transportation system. At this point, it doesn’t need much else! (Okay, maybe we could get some Coke Freestyle machines for refillable mugs in the ice/vending rooms of each building?!)
Any thoughts on the latest from Pop Century? Are you looking forward to staying here once the Skyliner goes live? Do the new pieces of Pop Century merchandise appeal to you? What about the new rooms? Do you agree or disagree with our advice? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!