Reviewed 13 October, 2021
We stayed for 3 nights back in June. Room was clean. However, the rooms are very small. We are a family of four and it was TIGHT. Almost felt like a slightly bigger cruise ship room. The property is large so be prepared to walk. The food was okay. Nothing was outstanding to eat on property. Pools are very nice, but very basic. For the price we paid, it was fine for 3 nights. However, we want something bigger if we come again for a longer time.
Budget hotel at Disney IS Budget
Reviewed 4 October, 2021
Stayed here just one night. Good price for Disney-which means normal++ price anywhere else. The remodel that includes a hidden desk style Murphy-bed is good space saver and so it sleeps four in two queen beds. We just had two of us.
So, with apologies to the Joker, HERE WE GO. Spouse had to move from the bed to the Murphy about one hour into the night due to a toilet running issue on the other side of the paper thin lavatory area wall. And the toilet both stuck open and then leaked enough to periodically refill. The paper thin walls are not just in room, but between the rooms as well. I might have understood if the wall was the adjoining suite wall, but it wasn’t. The neighbors were clearly excited about telling neighbors in both sides all of the plans for tomorrow. I can tell you they were going to stay the day in Magic Kingdom after getting breakfast here at the hotel—especially Mickey waffles—then park hop to Animal Kingdon at 2:00. (Why, I wouldn’t know unless they had virtual queue or meal appointments—animal kingdom has the earliest closing hours.) they also have a smoker on oxygen or some other major respiratory issue, at least based upon their hacking band what sounded like near vomiting.
At 9:00 a housekeeper knocked on our door after this pretty uncomfortable night with water running and neighbor noise. Checkout is at 11;00. I opened the door and looked at them without a word. They said they would come back later.
Overall, I travel a lot and have stayed in worse (much worse) places. It was clean. The neighbors were noisey. The bed was adequate. Most of this isn’t Disney’s fault, except that wake up knock, and paper thin walls. So you get what you pay for on the inflated Disney scale. Which would cost about $69 at literally any non-Disney property.
Great budget stay in July 2021
Reviewed 1 October, 2021
We had a very nice stay this summer. It was my third or fourth time staying at Pop Century and I feel it is a great value. We utilized Disney's Magical Express for airport transportation and also used baggage check when our room wasn't ready on arrival. Everything went smoothly. This is not a luxurious resort but has everything we need for a trip that focuses on going to the Parks. We really enjoy the Skyliner, and also loved experiencing a surprise character interaction with Pluto and Donald at Pop Century right by the Hippie Dippie pool one day! I did not love that the food court was only accepting mobile orders during our stay. I understand it was probably related to staffing or health concerns but I hope it is back to normal for my next visit.
We love Pop!
Reviewed 27 September, 2021
We've visited WDW several times this year, and after stays at the Beach Club, Grand Destino Tower, and Pop Century, we decided that we like Pop the best. It's a good value and has a cheerful vibe, fun pools, and the convenience of the Skyliner. We love the rooms, too, which have plenty of storage space to compensate for their small size. We were pleasantly surprised that the bus system worked efficiently as well; we never waited more than ten minutes for a bus in either direction. Pop has the advantage of having only one bus stop, so the buses don't make multiple stops. We always stay in one of the preferred rooms and like the 50s area for its proximity to the Bowling Pin pool (much quieter than the main pool), and it's only a 5-minute walk to the main building, the bus area, and the Skyliner. Our 11-year-old grandson was with us for one of our three stays this year, and when we asked him to tell us his favorite things about Disney World, he said: the Skyliner, the Hippie-Dippie pool, and Pop Century. I guess that says it all!
Reviewed 18 September, 2021
The theme is great. It’s playful and fun. Our biggest problems center around privacy. The walls are so thin I was kept awake because of our neighbor’s snoring - all night long for the first couple of nights. The first night we were here the people above us started dropping things on their floor at 11:30pm. Just when we thought they had stopped they dropped something else. This went on for a period of time. The point is, it woke us up and it kept us up. The floors/ceilings/walls are all quite thin.
The most invasive part of this experience is that housekeeping insisted on coming into our room whether we wanted them to, or not.
I had to retire to our room due to an ER visit on the first day of our arrival. I was sick for all days but 1 while on vacation. I was on medication the entire time and could only enjoy partial days with my family at the theme parks.
Housekeeping gave us the option of whether or not we wanted daily service. We indicated we did not.
This did not matter. They still came into our room. They didn’t show any sign they had been there, but they came in.
Again, they left no indication whatsoever that they had been in our room. It’s important because we indicated we didn’t want service. So we figured no one would be in our room when we weren’t there. And there was no policy that educated us there would be people coming into our room whether we had service or not until after my husband stopped by the front desk one day to tell them we don’t want anyone in our room (as I was sleeping my afternoons away trying to recover from what sent me to the ER). It was then he was told housekeeping needs to know when are good times to come check out our room - daily.
When I was in the room, resting, toward day 3 of our weeklong vacation, housekeeping knocked on our door to which I responded we didn’t need anything. I was sick. On medication. In pain, I did not want to answer the door and I certainly didn’t want anyone walking into the room. The room was not unusually messy but it certainly wasn’t what I would consider “neat and tidy”, as I’d been feeling under the weather.
I told housekeeping they can’t come in until my husband returns later on in the day.
The housekeeping lady made it clear she needed to enter our room and wanted to enter right then and there. I made it clear this is not happening. I had the door open, she could see inside. There was nothing unusual about the status of the room. They’re all so small you can see everything with one glance from the door - except directly into the bathroom.
Housekeeping made it clear that they must enter our room every single day. Not to clean it. To look at it. To make sure - I don’t know what they’re making sure of. They did not get into any details. They just said they needed to do a “visual inspection”.
Every single day.
There is no privacy here at this hotel. If you are not here to let them in, they will enter whether you want them to or not. And if you stop them because you are in the room they will call your room, knock on your door repeatedly (keep coming back) until you let them into your room.
I have never had a hotel experience like this and we travel quite a bit.
This is why we will not be staying at this resort again and it is why we cannot depart from here fast enough.
Food is all American and it’s pretty good to just grab and go. Not much of a selection but this hotel is for kids, so chicken fingers and burgers fit the bill and we weren’t entirely unhappy with it. Fresh fruit and salads are nice. More cooked vegetable options would be a great addition to the menu (greens, not corn).
Staff is generally pleasant and helpful, but concierge sent us on a wild goose chase for a Magic Band shop experience that did not exist anywhere in Disney Springs. My husband was looking for a specific set of bands to pick from and the front desk worker sent us to 2 stores in Disney Springs to find an array of options. We went to both - again, I was sick but figured it would be a light task to undertake. We walked to both of these stores, which are quite a distance from each other, and neither one sold bands - let alone the specific bands he was looking for.
Water pressure in the shower is great.
Allergy Menu is really on point.... great job with this. The chef actually comes out to write down your allergy-menu order by hand to make sure no mistakes are made. It’s very good. Kudos to this effort.
Skyline from the hotel is a winner. Busses to Disney theme parks were very convenient. Timing between pick-ups at different parks was somewhat problematic due to the oppressive heat and humidity we had to stand in while waiting, but we took it all in stride. We appreciated the rides to/from.
All beds are Queen size. We had to go on vacation to sleep in a queen size bed. We sleep in a King every other day of our lives but this room isn’t really big enough to handle a king sized bed so I can understand why there are none in this hotel.
All in all it was a 2 star experience as privacy is a huge issue for us.