Welcome to the next stop on Magical Blogorail Orange. Today we are reviewing the value resorts at Walt Disney World.
Over the years, I have stayed at many of the Walt Disney World value resorts numerous time. I love each of their for their unique traits, but Pop Century has become my favorite of the value resorts. While this resort is a fabulous value resort for the entire family, it is one which the adults will especially appreciate. Everything at this resort, from the décor to the music and even some of the dining options brings a bit of nostalgia from decades past to your Walt Disney World vacation.
Upon entering the resort’s lobby, guests are greeted with various memorabilia from the second half of the 20th century. Adults will find toys from their childhood such as View-Masters, old Mickey Mouse dolls, and more. One of the shadow boxes in the lobby contains some ceramic kitchen decorations just like the ones found in my grandmother’s kitchen.
The lobby is just the beginning of the nostalgic décor found at Pop Century. For each of the five decades from the 1950s to the 1990s, guests will find wonderfully themed resort buildings complete with larger than life symbols of the decades including a few Disney characters. The 1950s section is home to a gigantic juke box, larger than life Lady & the Tramp figures, as well as, a very cool bowling pin shaped swimming pool. Moving on to the 1960s section of the resort, guests will find groovy buildings, the enormous Hippie Dippie Pool complete with flower shaped water jets, and even some friends from The Jungle Book. Children of the 1970s will be thrilled to find Twister games permanently laid into the ground, giant 8-track tape stairwells, and even a massive foosball game. One of my favorite icons at Pop Century, a giant Mickey Mouse telephone, is also found in the resort’s 1970s section.
While I love the themeing of the first three sections of Pop Century, I am more familiar with the pop culture of the last two decades. The resort’s 1980s section is home to giant Rubix cube stairwells, which are very cool to walk through. Roger Rabbit and an enormous Walkman can also be found in this section of the resort. The 1980s buildings are decorated with large Pac-Man games on the side. I loved playing this game as a kid; actually I still love playing Pac-Man! As you walk around this section, be sure to look for Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head and get your picture made with them.
In between the 1980s and 1990s section is a computer themed swimming pool complete with floppy discs and a hard drive which doubles as the laundry center. The 1990s section is decorated with many icons of the 90s such as compact discs, roller blades, and even a few huge cell phones.
The nostalgia of Pop Century certainly doesn’t end with the themed sections for each decade. At Everything POP Shopping & Dining, guests will hear music from past decades. While you’re dining, don’t be surprised if the cast members all stop what they are doing to dance to “The Hustle.” This has happened many times while I was at Everything POP and it is quite the sight to see. You may want to have your video camera or phone ready to record this event. In addition to the music and dancing of decades past, Everything POP is also home to a few nostalgic dining options. There are dishes similar to those Mom would have made such as chicken pot pie, meatloaf, and pot roast. And for dessert, you’ll definitely want to try the resort’s famous tie-dyed cheesecake. Though I haven’t tried it yet (I can’t seem to choose anything other than Mickey bars for dessert), I’ve heard this dessert is amazing.
I highly recommend Pop Century for your next Disney vacation! The adults are sure to love seeing the nostalgia at the resort. The kids will love seeing the Disney characters, swimming in the uniquely themed pools, and seeing things Mom and Dad grew up with.
Have you stayed at Pop Century? Share your thoughts on this resort with us in the comments below!