My first stayed at the Pop Century,
Classic Years, for three nights in May 2004 and we were really impressed
with the resort, since 2004 we have stayed here several times. We have stayed at all three of the All Star Resorts
over the years and it seems Disney learned from them. I talked with
several Disney Cast Members and several other guests and everyone
had positive things to say about Pop and all said it was better
than the All Star Resorts, but no one could but their finger on
exactly why. It was not because they were new, several, including
us, had stayed at the All Stars when they were new. It might have
been the layout. There seemed to be much more green around the resort.
Green being gardens, paths, trees, etc.. The rooms seemed about
the same (one nice thing, they have bottles of shampoo and not dispensers
like All Star). The food court was much nicer to us, but most of
the food is the same Disney faire, so that's not why its better.
It may have been the theme, but that doesn't quite match either.
Were big sports and movie fans (and several of the large elements
are Pop are classic Disney characters just as All Star Movies has).
So I will have to leave it as inconclusive, but we definitely thought
Pop Century was a step above All Star, sort of version 2.0 of Disney
Since 2004 we have stayed at Pop Century several times and each time thought the resort fit the bill (an affordable Disney solution) quite well.
We were asked the following question on the forms at new.disneyecho.muck.com:
"How is breakfast at the food court? Does
the gift shop carry doughnuts and food items? Are the rooms really
small? How loud does it seem at night? "
And our reply was:
Breakfast: The first note on breakfast is that it opens at 6am,
but the hot food really doesn't start until 7am. At 6 you could
buy pastries, fruits, and the "mini-grocery store" was
open. You have a good selection of hot meals once it opens, the
traditional hotcakes, frenchtoast, bacon, sausage, waffles, omlets,
etc.. I really thought the variety was there and if you wanted something
different each morning odds were you could find it. But then again
remember its all considered "fastfood" not a sit down
breakfast like you would find at the Concourse Steakhouse or Yacht
Club Galley, but its good food and really got the days started on
the right note. Also it seemed affordable by Disney standards. I
don't remember the prices off the top of my head but I could look
it up if your interested.
As for the gift shop... the Gift shop and food court are combined
into one entitity called "Everything Pop", but inside
they are separated. As for doughnuts and other food items they are
all located in middle (well a corner in the middle) of the foodcourt.
There was a good selection of juices, bakery items, bagels, cerals,
fruits, etc... in this area. As well as cookies, candy, ice cream,
etc.. We were surprised that some of the boxed bakegoods made by
outside companies had the same prices marked as the local grocery
The rooms are about equal to the All Star Resorts, which makes
them the smallest Disney owned rooms. There were four adults in
our group and we ended up getting two rooms (that adjoined) so it
did not seem small to us. If we were to try and have all four in
one room plus all the luggage it would have been extremely tight,
for a night or two it would have been tolerable, but any longer
would have been tough.
It seemed much quieter than the All Stars. Not sure if this was
due to better construction or the lack of large groups of teenagers
staying close by. We rarely heard the people around us (also note
we did not spend that much time in the room except to sleep and
change clothes). I would rate the noise level about average when
compared to other resorts.