In 2007, my wife and I along with her parents spent 7 nights at Disney’s Pop Century Resort (PCR). This is a Value Resort at Walt Disney World that stands apart from the All-Star Resorts, but is still in the same area. PCR is in the race for the fan favorite for economy minded Guests.
This Resort is my second favorite Value offering. It has a retro feel with the focus on pop culture theming. But for me, some of the cultural references were a little too dated, and thus came off as a bit cheesy or tacky. But each to his or her own! This article will share my impressions of PCR grouped into three categories:
Location. PCR is located some distance from the All-Star Resorts. It is closest to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. Next, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney would be closest, with The Magic Kingdom making for the longest Bus ride.
The main drawback for most Value Resorts is the transportation. All-Star Movies, Music, and Sports share the same Buses. But PCR has its own dedicated bus, just like the Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. So your ride back to the Resort should be a tad quicker and a bit less crowded. But it is still a Value Resort, so the Bus will be filled for each trip.
Accommodations. Renting the standard view room is always the cheapest option at a Value Resort, and PCR is no exception. Being as you are rarely in your room during a fun vacation, why pay more for a view you won’t be looking at? At least not from your room anyway. Again, Guests with kids should request a ground floor room, preferably facing to the front of the building for easy entry and exit with the little ones. But be sure to draw your curtains while you are away to discourage unwanted attention for your belongings.
The rooms at PCR are basically just as small as at the other Value Resorts. So expect your accommodations to be designed for economy and not for comfort. This is presently the newest Value Resort and so is in better repair than the other Value Resorts. This will change when Disney’s Animation Resort opens.
There is now Internet service available in each room, but the cost is steep. Laundry facilities are also available around the pool areas. So you can bake while your clothes tumble-dry!
Features. PCR, like all of the other Value Resorts, offers a Food Court, Arcade, Caricature Artists, a DVC Kiosk, but with better than average theming. You also have access to a Retail Store for souvenirs and basic food and personal needs items. But these items tend to be expensive, so plan to bring what you need if possible. You can request a fridge for your room, and if you have a medical condition, it will be free.
Just a quick note about Alcohol: You can get alcoholic beverages in the Food Court or out by the main pool. But they do keep an eye on your consumption, and tipsy behavior is not tolerated. Remember, you are at a family-friendly Resort!
In conclusion, it’s hard to decide if this Resort is the best of all the Value Resorts. I would default to it if for no other reason than the dedicated Bus service. After a long day at the Parks, you just want to get back to your room and collapse! This is a quicker process at PCR. My favorite piece of theming from this Resort is the giant Foosball Court! You can’t get cooler than that!
I would stay at Disney’s Pop-Century Resort again as my second choice after Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort.
Lee Beatens has two sides as a Writer/Artist. His writing side is showcased at the Blog called Disleelandia, and his artistic side is showcased at the Blog called The CANADIAN Kingdom. His improbable third side is showcased here.
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