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Disney's Pop Century Resort
Ranked #137 of 338 Hotels in Orlando
1 review
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“Great experience”
Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised with our stay. I figured being a value resort that we would dread spending time at Pop Century, but we liked it so much we spent considerable amount of time during our 6 day trip. If you check in online the line is less than 10 minutes. Arrived at 12pm and we had a room available. HIGHLY recommend to get a room in the 60's building. 2 minute walk to the Hippy Dippy pool (which is BEAUTIFUL with a poolside bar), 2 min walk to pop diner and shop, and 2 minute walk to the buses and lobby. Our room was facing the lake in the back so it was extremely quiet and relaxing. Our room was small, but we don't need a lot of room. Most importantly it was very clean and we did not see not 1 bug during our 6 days. The buses to all theme parks was less than 10 min wait on any day, and the buses were not that crowded (we come from NYC so we don't care). Everything about this trip was magical and we have absolutely no complaints about this resort. Would stay again!

Stayed May 2014
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We stayed at 7 hotels on our last road trip and so we had lots to compare to. The feature set of this hotel was pretty basic, but man o man was it it good condition! The cocking around the tile in the shower, the pure clean of the sink, the dustless air conditioner... All a far cry from regular hotels with basic rooms.

While we were there they were repairing the already vivid exterior. Disney is obviously committed to making every guests' stay as good as possible.

The restaurant on site is very good. It's similar to the restaurant at EPCOT at The Land. It's a cafeteria with several offerings.
The pools have life guards.
There are busses to all the parks.
And you can't beat the decorations. My babies loved the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads and the Mickey phone.

While one of the cheaper disney properties, it easily schools any regular hotel of the same category.

Room Tip: Rooms in the 60s section or parts of the 70s are closest to the busses. The 90s is maybe 500 yards f...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 May 2014 via mobile

Stayed in this resort during may. One night upon returning to the room, a huge roach flew into the room. This was witnessed by a member of staff that was at our door. This member of staff decided it was best to run away and do nothing. After 5 pointless calls to front desk and an hour later waiting, no action was taken nor did the fabled manager I asked for in the 3rd call arrive. After having to threaten with a complaint (to which no member of staff was kind enough to explain where we could lodge said complaint), Ica, the shift or duty manager decided to leisurely stroll along. This man was rude, I will not go into details, but this type of service anywhere else gets you fired. How you manage a resort is beyond me. Lack of action by the staff and after an hour waiting, Ica, decided all would be made better by giving us a fastpass. Wow thanks mister, can I use the fastpass to get you to act on issues with your guests sooner. Please avoid this place at all costs. Oh and thanks for ruining the magical disney experience Ica, hope you have a magical day.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

The room was quiet clean and very confortable. The hotel restaurant and shop was AMAIZING. The cast was great. Definetly Pop Century is a remember when experience. The bus service and the theme parks was perfect. Disney do it better again!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2014

First off, if people don't do research before arriving, then they are asking for trouble. I DID my research, and was pleasantly surprised.

The pools were wonderful, so clean and without the awful chlorine smell at most hotels. The food court was fine, nothing fancy.

Check-in was less than 15 minutes, and we got the room location we requested. We had a perfect view of the lake, and fireworks. Everything was clean, including the public areas.
Could the rooms be bigger? Absolutely. Could the buses be less full. For certain! Are the Pop Century buses better than ANY other WDW resort? Yes. Google it if you don't believe me.

The reviewer that said the a/c has motion sensors is completely incorrect. Our room was always cool (72) when we arrived back at night. And stayed cool all through the night.

Room Tip: Call a week ahead, ask for a room either close to the main hall for convenience or lake view if you...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

We checked in on 4/28 at about 10:30am. From the moment we walked in, it was a disaster. Check-in line was crazy. Took about 1 1/2 hours to check-in. Our room was not ready & we were told we would get a text message when it was ready. Because it took so long we lost our 1st fast pass reservation. We went to Magic Kingdom & received a text at about 2pm that we have been assigned a room. We didn't get back to the hotel until about 11pm. At that point I go to the front desk Concierge to ask where I should go for room assignment. Woman named Shelva (or close to it) wasn't very nice, told me she was busy & couldn't help me. Back to the check-in line I go to wait with 2 tired kids. Finally, received my room assignment. Get to my room & I can't get in. We had to go back to the lobby at now 11:30-ish, wait in line again to be told that our magic bands didn't sync up with the room. I had to wait again to get this done. Get back to the room with all our luggage at 12:30am & the room was incredibly small. Not enough room for our luggage. Two double beds, one sink, a small table w/2 chairs, small refrigerator & small bathroom. Room was clean as always with Disney. The resort didn't feel like a resort. It was very crowded, very noisy & the staff were not friendly. No restaurant only quick service meals. The bus service was ridiculous. Overcrowded. They squish you all into a bus which made the ride very uncomfortable. The next day we asked for an upgrade to a moderate & we would pay the difference. I was told by numerous people at the front desk that all the hotels were sold out. I then spoke to the manager Adam. He was very helpful & was able to get us a room at Port Orleans Riverside. Huge difference!
we checked out & checked in that same day. This resort wasn't terrible, just not for us. The parks are busy enough. We prefer to come back to our room where we can rest well. That wasn't possible for us here.

Stayed April 2014
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Pensacola, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2014

I always stay value at Disney because I only ever need a place to shower and sleep. This last stay at Pop Century was great! The room was clean and kept clean by housekeeping. We never had any issues. We were in building 9 (80s), and it is a far walk to the lobby (especially when needing morning coffee!). There's a shortcut to the bus stops through the parking lot which was great for tired feet at the end of the day. The food in the food court really isn't that bad, and the lines move efficiently even though it's very busy at peak times. The cast member who checked us in could have been friendlier, but overall, I love Pop and would stay again and again.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Disney's Pop Century Resort
Address: 1050 Century Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8433
Region: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#27 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#106 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#108 Family Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Disney's Pop Century Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 2880
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the unforgettable fads of the 1950s through the 1990s all over again. From yo-yos and Play-Doh(R) to Rubik's Cube(R) and rollerblades, this Resort hotel salutes the timeless fashions, catch phrases, toys and dances that captivated the world through the decades. ... more   less 
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