The Pop Century is designed as an ode to the distinct American pop culture (including landmark Disney features) that defined the different decades of the 20th century, from the 1950's through the 1990's. Pictures and shadowboxed collections of memorabilia from these decades line the walls of the main building and check-in area. I have seen parents in the lobby pointing out different items to their children saying "I had that toy when I was your age!" or "Mom had all their records growing up!". Scattered throughout the resort grounds are giant figures representing different films and other pop culture icons. Lady and the Tramp, foosball figures, and Mr and Mrs Potato Head can be discovered along with many more! Even the three separate swimming pools get in on the act. The pool in the 50's section is shaped like a giant bowling pin while in the 60's section you can find the Hippy Dippy pool, shaped like a giant flower petal. The 90's pool is shaped like a computer monitor, so, yeah... a square pool.
The rooms at Pop Century sleep up to 4 people. Most rooms come with 2 double beds though there are a limited number of single king bed rooms available as well. All rooms have a small refrigerator and a safe. The rooms are not large (260 sq ft on average) but have never felt overly cramped to us, even with 4 adults staying there. Disney does have a preferred room category at this resort for a slightly higher price, however, the rooms are identical. What makes it preferred is the location. These rooms are closer to the main hall, where transportation and dining options are located, and/or have a direct view of one of the pools.
Activity and dining options are plentiful at this resort. In addition to the pools, there is also a children's playground, as well as a 1 mile long walking/jogging path around adjacent Hourglass lake. In the main hall there is a video arcade with about 25 games. Classic Disney movies are shown poolside at the Hippy Dippy pool 4 or 5 nights a week and there are organized activities and games throughout the day aimed at kids and families at the pool as well. The main hall is also home to Everything Pop. This is the gift shop/food court for the resort. The gift shop has an excellent selection of Disney souvenirs as well as some merchandise specific to the Pop Century Resort. There is also a section that has general travel needs (toiletries, etc...) as well as drinks and snacks. The food court has 7 stations serving a good selection of hot food, as well as fresh fruit, pastries, beverages (including bottled beer and wine) and other snacks. The food court serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open 6am to 12am. The Petals Bar is next to the Hippy Dippy pool and serves beer wine and specialty cocktails from noon to midnight. I have found this to be a great place to unwind from a hectic day in the theme parks!
I love staying at the Pop Century when I go to Walt Disney World! I have always been happy with the cast members, from the front desk personnel to the housekeeping staff. The only real negative issue I have is the fact that the Disney buss drop-off/pick-up areas at the theme parks for this resort seem to be the furthest away from the gates than other resorts, however, the same can be said of any of Disney's value resorts.
I have a strong suspicion that Pop Century, in the near future, may not be considered a value resort any longer. Disney is building an aerial tram system from Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot areas to select hotels, including Pop Century. Construction has begun with no opening date announced as of yet. Major renovations of the rooms at Pop Century have begun as well and will probably be completed by summer of 2018. Once that transportation option is available, and the rooms are completed, Pop Century may be bumped up to the moderate category, though no official announcement has been made.
Until that time, Pop Century will remain as my #1 recommendation for a value resort at Walt Disney World!