Monday, July 04, 2005

Pop Century Resort

Since we didn’t want to spend a ton of money, we elected to stay at one of the value resorts. There are four value resorts at Walt Disney World; the All-Star Movie Resort, the All-Star Music Resort, the All-Star Sports Resort, and the Pop Century Resort. The Pop Century is the newest, having opening in December 2003. It’s a whimsical time capsule of 20th century pop culture. The resorts 2,880 rooms are set in colorful, decade-themed buildings depicting American life in the 1950’s – 1990’s. A second phase of the resort is under construction and will feature the 1900’s – 1940’s.

Each building represents a different decade and is decorated with massive icons from that era. For example, in the 90’s building, huge cell phones and computers decorate the grounds. There are also three pools, a food court, a shopping area, and an arcade.

The rooms themselves have either two doubles or one king bed and are decorated with accents portraying the decade of the building. Room amenities include an iron and ironing board, in-room safe, 25” TV, toiletries (with Mickey Mouse soaps), and dual line phones with voicemail and data port. Hairdryers and cribs are available upon request and refrigerators are available for a fee. You can also request a wake-up call from Mickey and his friends.

There are two different room types available, standard and preferred. Preferred rooms are located in the 60’s building which is the closest to the main building with the lobby, food court and bus stops. At the time we made our reservation, only preferred location rooms were available so that is what we chose. I’m really happy that it worked out that way. The resort itself is huge and anything I can do to reduce the amount of walking is great by me.

The shuttle buses run quite regularly from the resort to the different theme parks. From what I’ve read, the three All-Star value resorts all share a bus system, while the Pop Century has its own dedicated bus system. This means a reduced number of people trying to board the buses and fewer stops.

All in all, I think we made a good choice. From the pictures I’ve seen, this looks like a fun hotel to stay in and as long as there is ample air conditioning, we’ll be just fine.


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