When I learned about One More Disney Day, I knew I had to
find a way to get to Orlando for the once in a lifetime event. Sure, I’d just
spent a week in December traveling the Orlando theme parks … but this was One
More Disney Day: 24 hours of pure Mickey-induced craziness. And I had to be a
part of it.
But, like I said, I’d only just returned from The World, and I’d blown through my Disney budget for the year. And that, my friends, is how I came to book my first ever solo excursion at Pop Century Resort.
|Pop Century Resort celebrates 40 years of American pop culture|
Yes, Pop Century has external doors and tiny accommodations, but it has one thing its inexpensive motel-brethren don’t: style. The buildings feature over-sized nods to modern pop culture, from enormous statues of Lady and the Tramp to staircases shaped like the eight-track tapes of the 70s.
|8-Track stairway in the 70s section|
My room, flanked by staircases shaped like Rubix cubes, was in the 1980s section, so my walls were decorated with shadow boxes full of memories, including The Little Mermaid and artifacts from EPCOT’s early days. And, with one king bed, it was the perfect size for me.
|Artwork in the 80s room|
|Standard room with king bed|
When I first booked, I was a little worried that the rooms would be … well, let’s say aesthetically loud. But the décor was extremely tasteful, from the muted blues and oranges of the carpet (festooned with hidden Mickeys) to the quietly quirky bedspread, which featured silhouettes of Disney characters throughout the decades. The headboards and lighting fixtures, not to mention the awesome blue accent wall, were lovely—lovelier than I expected from the value category!
|Close-up of the bedspread|
My room overlooked the parking lot, but I actually didn’t mind—I could easily cut across the lot to get to the bus station or enter Classic Hall (the resort’s hub) through the side door. Not a bad location. That’s not to say I wouldn’t have preferred a view of the grounds. Like I said, this place has style!
I was situated around the corner from the famed Computer Pool, and I even did laundry in the Computer Pool’s hard drive! And the whole resort was full of whimsical details like that. Each morning, I walked by a giant Big Wheel and a built-in Twister board on my way to breakfast. Not a bad way to start the day.
|Alongside the computer pool in the 90s section|
Set up in a semi-circle around the cash registers, the five food stations serve everything from hamburgers to stir-fry. In fact, I’m hard pressed to think of something they don’t serve. And if you’re in the mood for dinner and a show, make sure you stick close to the food court because the staff has been known to randomly do The Hustle at dinner time. (I’ve seen it with mine own eyes!)
|A giant Play-Doh sculpture outside of Classic Hall|
Like Deej, I’m a hotel snob, but I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Pop Century Resort. While I don’t see myself staying there regularly (maybe for next Leap Day in 2016?), I no longer have a freakish aversion to Disney value resorts, and I’d quickly recommend Pop Century to friends looking to stay on a budget.