POP Century ~ Unofficially the Grooviest FAQ Thread #6 ~April 2012
Latest News / Updates / What's Been POPing Up?
Welcome newcomers, regulars, and lurkers to the Pop Century FAQ Thread – it is undeniably the grooviest & hippest thread around! And that ain’t no jive!
Got questions?? Pitch ‘em out here, and we’ll do our best to give you the real scoop.
A Century Overview in Half The Time
To those of you not aware of what the Disney’s Pop Century Resort is all about – the resort is a celebration of the second half of the 20th century's American pop culture. The resort's larger-than-life figures preserve the toys, fads, dance crazes, and catch phrases from the 1950’s through the 1990’s and remind us how we lived, played, and communicated. It is a trip down memory lane – figuratively and literally – as one can take a stroll on Pop’s Memory Lane – and read about highlights about fads and significant events that took place during these decades.
The Pop Century Resort was originally planned to be two separate resort areas, featuring the Legendary Years (1910s-1940s) and the Classic Years (1950s-1990s), connected via the Generation Gap Bridge, over Hourglass Lake. However, in May 2010, it was decided that the future Legendary Years resort would become a new value resort named Disney's Art of Animation, opening in June 2012, with family suites themed after the Lion King, Cars & Finding Nemo and standard rooms themed after The Little Mermaid. :thumbsup2 (Gotta plug ‘em, just being neighborly!)
So, are you diggin’ it yet?? Do you feel the vibe ??? We've come a looong way baby! Dive right in…. It's totally awesome dudes (and dudettes!!)
POP ROCKS! :cool1:
Some Right-On POP Facts
Resort: Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Address: 1050 Century Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 32830
Official Website: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/res...entury-resort/
Opening Date: December 14, 2003
Rooms: 2,880; 260 square feet
Check-in Time: 3:00 pm
Check-out Time: 11:00 am
Classic Hall is the name of the main building and houses the front desk area, the Fast Forward arcade, and "Everything POP”, which combines the dining and shopping areas.
The food court features a bakery/ice cream station, grill, pizza and pasta sections and a Grab-N-Go Market. There are three drink stations, plenty of tables and TVs to entertain the kids while dining.
The shopping (merchandising area) contains clothing, hats, stuffed toys, jewelry, etc. If you forgot or have a need for personal care and sundry items like Advil, Pepto Bismol, diapers, sunscreen, band-aids, deodorant, detergent, etc., Everything Pop has a selection available for purchase.
To make room reservations: 407.934.7639 (407-WDISNEY), TTY Reservations at 407.939.7670, online at www.disneyworld.com or with your travel agent.
For any general room request (view, room location, connecting rooms, etc.) please add this when making your reservation. Remember to limit your room requests to 3, with the most important request listed first. (Disney no longer encourages room requests via fax.) However, there has been a fluctuation on this issue throughout the resorts. If you would like to send a fax, please keep in mind to do so no sooner than 10 days prior to arrival or later than 4 days prior to arrival.
Medical/Special Needs: If someone in your party has a medical or special need, please mention this to the cast member when making your reservation. For those guests with hearing impairments, Pop offers TTY phones, visual signals for fire alarms, phones, wake up alarms, and door knocks. There is also a bed shaker accessory. These items are available for use at no cost.
Classic Hall / Lobby
Check-in time is officially 3:00 pm; however, you can check in at any time to receive your packet and park tickets. If your room is not available, you can request a call to inform you when your room is ready.
ROOMS – CLASSIC YEARS 1950s TO 1990s
Rooms were refurbished in 2010, with the same décor with the exception of the artwork which depicts the decade of the room.
General Room Description: Rooms contain either a king bed (2 nightstands) or two double beds (1 nightstand); table & two chairs, entertainment dresser/center, refrigerator, flat screen TV, privacy curtain between the sink area/bedroom, one sink (outside the bathroom), luggage rack, iron, ironing board and hair dryer (which reportedly does not work well).
Entertianment Dresser/TV Stand (Note:The unit includes a mini refrigerator not shown here)
As reported in March 2012: Small refrigerators were installed in all guest rooms. :cool2: The entertainment unit was modifed slightly (removal of a shelf) to accomodate the refrigerator. Shown below are recent photos from guests.
The Buildings: 10 T-shaped themed lodges; 4 floors each
1950’s: Buildings #1 (Lady), #2 (Jukebox), #3 (Tramp); Bowling Pin stairs
1960’s: Buildings #4 (Play-Doh), #5 (Mowgli & Baloo); Duncan Yo-Yo stairs
1970’s: Buildings #6 (Mickey Phone), #10 (Big Wheel); 8-track tape stairs
1980’s: Buildings #7 (Roger Rabbit), #9 (Sony Walkman); Rubik's Cube stairs
1990’s: Building #8 (Lap Top Computer); cell phone stairs
And grooving into the 1960's ...
King Bed Rooms accommodate up to 2 people, plus one portable crib for an infant (defined as a child under 3). This category has a total of 144 rooms; of which 63 are Handicap Accessible. All floors have regular and handicap accessible King rooms; however the 4th floor King rooms are only HC.
Double/Double Bed Rooms feature two double beds and accommodate up to 4 adults/children plus one portable crib for an infant. Note: there is an additional charge for a third and fourth adult (over 17) in the same room. This category has a total of 2,621 rooms; of which 115 are Handicap Accessible.
Fully Handicap Accessible Rooms have roll-in showers in the bathroom (no bathtub).
Although not always guaranteed, connecting rooms are available by request; please mention your needs when making your reservations.
This map shows the locations of connecting, handicap accessible and king bed rooms (thanks to DISer ChairborneRangr)
Best Hourglass Lake views: Buildings #3, #4, #5, #6
Quieter rooms: Generally, lakeside views and 3rd and 4th floors of any building are quieter
Illuminations Views: The very top of the Epcot Illumination fireworks can be seen from the lakeside upper floors, 50’s buildings 2,3, and 60’s building 4.
General Room Information:
ROOM CATEGORIES & RATES
For 2012, there are four room booking categories: Standard, Standard Pool View, Preferred, and Preferred Pool View. The Pool View categories are offered in: 50s, 80s, and 90s areas (Standard Pool View); and 60s (Preferred Pool View). Preferred is available in selected areas in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, and Standard is offered throughout the resort. The updated map shows the preferred; standard and preferred pool view categories based on past knowledge and approximation of the areas in which these categories will apply. Refer to Pop Century 2012 Map.
Standard can refer to a parking lot, lake view, courtyard and are typically a little further from Classic Hall. Preferred refers to the location of the room; they do not refer to views, size, or amenities. These rooms are in buildings closest to Classic Hall.
Using the Standard View rates as a measure, generally:
Rates: Mary from Mousesavers.com does a wonderful job of listing the rates by seasons and categories, click to see rates for 2012 and 2013.
POP FAQ Con't - FOOD, POOLS, & FUN
DIG IN & CHOW DOWN!! GOOD EATS & SWEETS & DRINKS, Too
Pop Food Court: Accepts Disney Dining Plan (Quick Service/Snack)
Provides B/L/D/Snacks; located in Everything POP in Classic Hall
Open 6:00 am – Midnight
Breakfast served 6:00 am – 11:00 am
From 11:00 pm to Midnight, mostly snacks are available
For Menus, see DISboards Dining/Menu and AllEars.Net Breakfast, and AllEars.Net lunch/dinner/snack
Many food items are available for purchase (fruit, veggies, cookies/desserts, snacks, beverages, etc.). Check out these great posts on food choices/pricing from DISer chocovrdmicears, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Thanks chocovrdmicears!
Refillable 16 oz mugs can be purchased for $14.99 (plus tax) at the Food Court for use during your resort stay; they cannot be used anywhere else at WDW. Includes unlimited refills on the following: basic coffee, soda (Coke products: Coca-Cola, Coke Zero, Diet Coke, Fanta Orange, Sprite, Sprite Zero), Fruit Punch Powerade, Minute Maid Light lemonade (there is no lemonade available that doesn't contain artificial sweetener), cold Gold Peak tea (black (aka regular) sweetened, black unsweetened, green sweetened, and white citrus), hot tea, and hot cocoa.
Six inch cakes are decorated with flowers and personalization; Disney decorations are available on larger cakes. Ask for current prices.
Fresh vanilla cake with vanilla frosting (topped with a Mickey picture) is available in the Food Court.
Fresh chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is available but requires pre-planning. Call the Food Court Head Chef in advance of arrival, place an order with a credit card; your cake will be available for pick up at the Pop bakery. TIP: Check with the Pop's Head Chef upon arrival to ensure your order will be ready for you. The POP Cake Hotline is 407-938-3070. Check out the DISboards' Birthday/Anniversary Cake Thread for some other suggestions and details.
Thirsty for something different?? Check out Petals Poolside Bar, located outside in 60’s courtyard near the Hippy Dippy Pool; drink menu
Chill Out At POP's POOLS
Pop Century offers three pools, which are located in the 50s, 60s, and 80s/90s areas. None of the regular pools feature zero entry; however, the edges are shallow, getting gradually deeper towards center, but no deeper than 4’ 9".
The Kids Wading Pool, a splash & play area, offers zero entry and is located by the Hippy Dippy Pool.
The Hippy Dippy Pool, is the featured pool located in the 60’s courtyard and closest to Classic Hall. There are four flower shower spray fountains facing into the pool. This pool has an entrance with gradual steps/railing to assist those with special needs.
The Computer Pool is located in the 80’s and 90’s courtyard and the Bowling Pin Pool is located in the 50’s courtyard.
Life vests are located in a bin near all pools and available for use at no cost. Pool inflatables and noodles are allowed; Everything Pop has a few items for purchase such as goggles, noodles, etc.
A view from Building 7 looking down at the 90s computer pool; note the giant keyboard to the left
(picture thanks to DISer EpcotBill).
A close up view of the 90s pool, note the disks to the left.
SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL (and other fun happenings)
Poolside Activities are held daily at the Hippy Dippy Pool and are subject to change. Ask for an activities sheet upon check-in for the latest up-to-date information (games, movies, etc.).
Looking to have some fun?? Check out these cool happenings around POP ...
Don't forget to take a stroll along Memory Lane and read the highlights of each year from 1950-1999.
POP FAQs CON'T - Transporations & Services
How to get from HERE to THERE and BACK Again (aka Transportation)
Buses are the only means to get to the parks and Downtown Disney via Disney transportation from Pop Century. Separate bus stops for WDW parks, including the water parks and Downtown Disney, are located in front of Classic Hall. Note that the line queues are not covered from the weather elements. (thanks to DISer jcarwash for the picture)
Pop Century bus’ hours of operation
Routes to get to popular resort Character Breakfasts from Pop Century.
Routes to get to Dinner Shows from Pop Century
Magical Express ground transportation
Magical Express buses to/from MCO airport and Pop Century is complimentary, but reservations are required.
Rental car agencies are not near Pop Century, however.....
For any other transportation questions, please visit the DIS Transportation Board.
At Your SERVICE(S)
Disney says "be our guest" so check out what POP has for you!
Key To The World (KTTW)
Credit/debit cards and a cash payment can be linked to a your room key (also known as your Key To The World (KTTW) card). This enables the convenience of making purchases at the parks and many stores at Downtown Disney with your KTTW card. Note that Disney does impose a credit and balance limit.
WDW On-Line Room Check In
Prior to arrival, guests can take advantage of this service. Deb at AllEarsNet has great details, click here. Also, DISboards has details.
The hours of Luggage Station are 24/7; luggage carts are available for use. Luggage can be stowed at the beginning and end of your POP stay; go to the Luggage Pick-up/Drop-off station outside the main entrance.
A POP guest may park (and charge) an ECV by the Luggage Assistance area; however, a spot cannot always be guaranteed. Guests can inquire about this service once at the resort.
On-site pizza delivery (from the Food Court) is the only type of food room service available. Details will be in the Resort Welcome Packet provided at check in.
Shipping Packages to/from Pop Century Resort
Tipping your housekeeper is optional; it is a nice gesture as they are servicing your room. If you do tip, please keep in mind:
Many American-based airlines offer airline check-in at WDW resorts (refer to DISboards Airline Check In for details). This allows guests the convenience of checking luggage in advance, bypassing this step at the airport.
POP FAQ Con't ~ PROPERTY INFO & TIPS
Did you know?? Disney's Pop Century Resort is compact and easy to get around. From the furthest room location, it should take no more than 8 minutes to walk to Classic Hall (Lobby/Buses/Food Court).
For more FYI about POP, read on ...
TIPs .... PASS It ON
FEATURE TIP:Take time to stroll through the lobby and look at the memorabilia displayed on the wall from the 1950s thru 2000.
AND, THANKS TO ....
The former POP Thread FAQ hosts, Chip ‘n Dale Express, Buckeye Gal , Kristineamb & Minnie&Nana for all their hard work in setting up and maintaining the former FAQ threads (see links below).
The Groovy New Pop Century FAQ Thread!
The GROOVIER New Pop Century FAQ Thread Chapter 1
The GROOVIER New Pop Century FAQ Thread Chapter 2
The GROOVIER New Pop Century FAQ Thread Chapter 3
The GROOVIER New Pop Century FAQ Thread Chapter 4
POP Century ~ Unofficially the Grooviest FAQ Thread #5 ~ Sept 2011
POP PICTURE THREADS(Thanks Jenseib!)
Pop Century Picture Thread # 1
Pop Century Picture Thread #2
DIS Pop Picture Posting
WDW Property Map
Pop Century Property Map
SUBSCRIBING: Did you know you do not have to reply to this thread to subscribe to it? On any thread on the DISboards, near the top of the page and just under the advertisement banner and "Page # of #", there's a drop-down option named "Thread Tools". After clicking on this, select "Subscribe to this Thread". Please do this instead of posting a "Subbing" type of post so we can cut down on the number of unnecessary posts that makes it more time consuming to read through. Thanks!!
POP FAQ Con't - LATEST NEWS/UPDATES & WHAT'S POPPING UP?
Latest News / Updates / What's Been POPing Up? :hippie:
The Latest & the Greatest:
September Movie Schedule: 8:30PM - By the Hippy Dippy Pool popcorn::
Sunday - A Goofy Movie
Monday - Dumbo
Tuesday - Hercules
Wednesday -The Emperor’s New Groove
Thursday - Lady and the Tramp
Friday - Meet the Robinson's
Saturday - Pocahontas
Refrigerators are Chillin' at POP
Guests are reporting that complimentary refrigerators are appearing in rooms. The existing entertainment unit is modified by a removal of a shelf to accommodate the refrigerator. :cool2:
Guests are reporting receiving complimentary Wifi. The official word from Disney is that all the values will be receiving WiFi access. :cool1:
Resort Map 2012:
A link to the updated POP Century 2012 Map is available on the FAQ first page (Post #1). Please use this as a guide in referencing the locations of preferred, standard and preferred pool view areas.
Official word from Special Needs is that a POP guest may park (and charge) an ECV by the Luggage Assistance area; however, a spot cannot always be guaranteed. Guests can inquire about this service once at the resort.
Coming soon .... MORE Pix for your POP Fix!! :cool1:
That looks cool! Is it in WDW?
I love POP!
Janet, thanks for your hard work, it looks great!:thumbsup2
Oooooh, did I get on page one of the NEW thread! :banana:
38 more days!!!!! :cool1::hippie::dance3::yay::goodvibes
Subscribing! Doing the happy dance now!:cool1:
Nice job Janet!!! We LOVE Pop! :goodvibes
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