Pop Century 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. (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! Some Right-On POP Facts Resort: Disney’s Pop Century Resort Address: 1050 Century Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 32830 Tel: 407.938.4000 Fax: 407.938.4039 Official Website: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/pop-century-resort/ Category: Value Opening Date: December 14, 2003 Rooms: 2,880; 260 square feet Check-in Time: 3:00 pm Check-out Time: 11:00 am An OVERVIEW 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. RESERVATIONS, Anyone?? 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. 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: All rooms are non-smoking Beds are on permanent pedestals and are not moveable (handicap accessible rooms are the exception) A twin mattress can fit in the room (but not between the two double beds) Pack and Plays are available upon request Ice buckets and disposable plastic cups are provided in guest rooms No coffeemakers or countertop-like appliances are allowed in guest rooms as these are against hotel safety policies No ceiling fans in rooms H20 brand shampoo/conditioner combo as well as facial and bath soap bars are provided; there is no lotion or shower gel Bathtubs do not have non-slip appliqués on the bottom of the tub nor non-slip mats A small safe is located in the wall near the vanity and measures approximately 4" deep x 12" wide x 14" tall. If a larger space is required, Guest Services in the lobby of Classic Hall will be able to assist you. Wake up calls are available by pressing the wake-up call button on the room phone and following the directions. The alarm clock/radio has an MP3 player hookup (speaker use only; it does not charge up your MP3 player) Voicemail is available on the room phone; a blinking red light will indicate messages Complimentary wireless internet access 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: Standard Pool View is approx $5 additional/night Preferred View is approx $15 additional/night Preferred Pool View is approx $20 additional/night 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.