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Photo Tour of a Refurbed Room at Disney’s Pop Century Resort



By Dave Shute

Disney’s Pop Century Resort entered a building-by-building room refurb project early in 2017.

As of late summer, buildings 7, 8, and 9 (in the 80s and 90s sections) are done, and Building 10 in the 70s section is being worked on. The expectation is that refurbs will continue to happen one or two buildings at a time (Pop has ten buildings) in roughly chronological order.

The key positive features of the refurb are the first queen beds in value resort standard rooms, and the first coffee makers in value resort standard rooms. Less universally praised is the bright white color scheme–exacerbated by the loss of the colorful bed stripes, which is happening generally across Disney World resorts–and the fact that one of the queens is a fold down bed that disappears the table and chairs while it is down.

I had the chance to stay in one of these newly-refurbed Pop Century rooms in late July, so here’s a photo tour and my observations.

One side of the room has a thingy with the coffee maker above and the mini-fridge below, the dresser and TV, and a connecting door, if present.

This side of the room from the back.

The coffee thingy has multiple crannies and cubbies, a general feature of this room. Note the folded luggage rack tucked in at the side.

A closer look at the coffee maker.

The drawer in the thingy contains the coffee supplies and is also nicely sized to shove all of your power cords, tablets and such into.

The mini-fridge, as is common in new Disney World rooms, has a glass front so you can see what’s inside without opening it. I’ve propped the door open in this shot.

The dresser has drawers on one side and shelving and a safe on the other, is flanked with two sets of power points each of which can charge four devices, and is topped with a 54-inch TV.

The three drawers are 31 inches by 13 inches but only 4.5 inches tall.

This is still much more storage in these new rooms than in the un-refurbed rooms–their dresser/ mini-fridge and dresser drawers are shown above.

Back to the refurbed room, next to the drawers are shelves and a safe.

I measured the safe as 19 inches by 15 inches by 6.5 inches tall. If your electronics won’t fit in here, you are on the wrong vacation.

By the connecting door you’ll find this coat rack.

In the back of the room are the sinks, closet, and, in a separate space, the toilet and shower.

In a first for value resort standard rooms, the overall bath and dressing area is closed off from the rest of the room with a sliding solid door, rather than the fabric curtain you’ll find in other such rooms.

Here’s the sliding door almost closed.

Note all the crannies and cubbies around the sink.

The small cabinet to the left of the sink…

…has this hair dryer.

On the right side of the sink you’ll find this make-up mirror.

On the side of this space is a solid hanging closet–another first in a standard value resort room. There’s 19 inches of hanging space inside, and another 9 inches on the rod extension to the right.

The toilet and tub are enclosed by this two-part sliding door.

The tub is enclosed with sliding doors–a more straightforward arrangement for most than a billowing shower curtain, but an awkwardness for bathing children.

The shower has both rain fall and hand-held heads.

The toiletries.

Some of these rooms only have showers, no tubs. This photo came to me from alert reader Ann.

Back into the main area, the other side of the room has a table and chairs and a fixed queen bed.

The bed side from the back.

A closer view of the fixed queen…

…and of the art above it.  Just with this, these refurbed Pop Century rooms have more Disney theming than any other value resort rooms except the Little Mermaid rooms in Art of Animation…and there’s more to come.

Another new feature of this refurbed Pop Century room is space under the bed for storing your suitcases.  There’s 14.5 inches of clearance, which will fit most rolly bags.

There’s a cubbie with power points between the bed and bath wall…

…and another between the bed and table.

The distinctive feature of this room is the fold down bed, found behind this table and chairs.

Stack the chairs in the corner…

…pull the two handles, and the table disappears and this bed replaces it.

Pluto also appears.

I measured the fold-down bed as 59 inches by 79 inches–just an inch short on both dimensions of being a queen, but it’s so much larger than a full (which would be 54″ by 74″) that none can quibble at calling it a queen.

The mattress is a full 12 inches deep–as deep as that of the fixed queen. This bed is entirely appropriate for adults, and in fact adults might prefer it, as they can put the kids in the fixed queen and use the table until they themselves are ready for sleep.

There is yet another cubbie and power point between the fold-down bed and outer wall.

Some shots of the room with both beds down:

And for comparison, a shot of an un-refurbed Pop room with two full beds:

Some have wondered if an air mattress would fit between the table and the door.

I measured the clear space between the full opening of the door and the edge of the table as just about 34 inches.

The addition of the queen-sized beds and coffeemaker is a clear win, as is the safe,  the shower heads, the sliding solid door to the bath area, and the make-up mirror. The loss of the table when both beds are down is a bit of a pain, but as noted there are a couple of work-arounds–e.g. putting the table users in that bed. While bright white, these rooms have more Disney theming than almost any other value resort rooms, and as most resorts have now lost their bed stripes, white bedding is now the thing at Disney World, not a Pop Century specialty.

And I know I repeat myself, but queen beds and a coffee maker wildly improve the livability of these rooms.

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45 comments

1 Britt { 07.22.17 at 8:26 pm }

Thank you so much! Love the Mickey & Pluto.

2 Dawn { 07.22.17 at 8:37 pm }

Love it…great space saving ideas!!..love the head boards too…nothing like a little Disney whimsy!!

3 Jill { 07.22.17 at 9:07 pm }

I’m torn. The rooms look very nice. I especially like the solid door between the room and the sink. The cubbies in the bathroom is nice too. But it looks like someone we t to Ikea and decorated the room.

4 Ana { 07.22.17 at 9:25 pm }

Did you request the room in the 90’s on the online check in? or did you call to make the request? I’m staying at Pop in August and I would like one of these rooms. (I know requests are not guaranteed)…

5 Catherine { 07.22.17 at 11:54 pm }

Thank you for all the great pictures and measurements! LOL – it’s nice to see pictures of the room prior to someone’s personal belongings being moved in….well, except for their favourite book! 😉

Greatly appreciate all you shared with us.

6 Ana { 07.23.17 at 12:16 am }

Also, AMAZING WORK! I really love this page because your hard work really shows! thank you so much for keeping us updated on everyting and this photo tour is by far the best I’ve seen, you really captured all the details.

7 Pam { 07.23.17 at 5:01 am }

This is excellent information! When are all of the rooms expected to be finished? We have a preferred room booked for April 2018. I would definitely want it to be a refurbished one. I know it was also asked above but can you add that in your requests?

8 Dave { 07.23.17 at 9:25 am }

Ana, I requested a 90s room via online check in. One of the 80s buildings is about to open, so you could request both 80s and 90s…

9 Dave { 07.23.17 at 9:27 am }

🙂 Catherine. One of the reasons I put the book in is to prove I actually stayed in these rooms, rather than simply looking in during a tour with WDW Media Relations, or “borrowing,” uncredited, other peoples’ photos–both of which happen more than I’d thought before I started this site…

10 Dave { 07.23.17 at 9:27 am }

Thanks Ana!!!!

11 Dave { 07.23.17 at 9:30 am }

Pam, no one knows for sure, but at the current pace I’d expect them all to be done by mid-2018, and perhaps earlier. There almost certainly will be some preferred rooms done by your April trip, and you should know (if you come back to this site religiously 🙂 ) which buildings with refurbed preferred rooms to request by 60 days before your visit.

12 Jennifer { 07.23.17 at 9:44 am }

Do any of the refurbed buildings have Preferred rooms?

13 Review: Refurbished Pop Century Room at Disney World – easyWDW { 07.23.17 at 6:37 pm }

[…] the beds. Dave over at yourfirstvisit.net offers far more measurements with his trusty tape measure here, in addition to some thoughts on the livability of the rooms as compared to those found in other […]

14 Jef { 07.23.17 at 10:56 pm }

The book placements crack me up every time.
And their inclusion is definitely deserved considering it’s far & away the best WDW Guide Book.
And I’ve tried all of ’em.

15 Nicolle { 07.24.17 at 12:53 am }

How heavy was the Murphy bed to pull down? And how heavy to lift back up?

16 Dave { 07.25.17 at 6:47 am }

Not yet, Jennifer. Preferred rooms at Pop are in the 50s, 60s and 70s buildings (not all rooms in these buildings are preferred). None has been refurbed or entered refurb yet, but its widely speculated that the 70s will kick off next.

17 Dave { 07.25.17 at 6:47 am }

Thanks, Jeff!!

18 Dave { 07.25.17 at 6:53 am }

Nicolle, it’s counterbalanced, so was easy as pie both ways.

19 Jennifer { 07.25.17 at 11:42 am }

I did request that high floor in the 70s for my Preferred. What say you, stick with that or request a refurb, knowing it means a hike? We’re only there for 4 nights, and I can live without a coffeemaker.

20 Anne { 07.25.17 at 11:51 am }

Question about the coffee maker — does it take pods?

21 Jeff { 07.25.17 at 11:55 am }

Thanks for the thorough review!
When booking the Value resorts the official website says there are rooms with one King; were there any King rooms redone? Do you know how the floorplan differs? Can’t find much online since all the official pictures are Two Queens rooms. Do they have an actual table instead of the fold-down one?

22 Dave { 07.25.17 at 1:12 pm }

Jen, I’d stay 70s !

23 Dave { 07.25.17 at 1:13 pm }

Anne, I’m not sure what the technical name is, but they are little soft-paper single-serving filter packs–not Keurig style pods

24 Dave { 07.25.17 at 1:16 pm }

Jeff, the king rooms keep their tables. There’s a weak set of photos here, but the table is discernible: https://www.disboards.com/threads/pop-century-room-renovations.3573071/page-42#post-57687013

25 Jeff { 07.25.17 at 6:01 pm }

Okay cool. I came across those couple of pictures in a Google image search, but thanks for the assurance that I didn’t miss anything! ?
If we get into a renovated King room in December I will be sure to take several pictures and a 360.

26 Rachelle { 07.26.17 at 3:37 pm }

Really love the upgrades. It doesn’t really “feel” value anymore. Big step up. I’m really impressed with the changes. I think the rooms are calm and soothing now. I don’t want a busy/overly themed room after a long day in the parks. This is perfect.

27 Ann { 07.26.17 at 6:49 pm }

Hi Dave, Wanted to let you know that I just checked into Pop Century this evening. I requested a room in Building 9 and I’m sitting in one right now. So the rooms are definitely open to guests already. I don’t know if you’re aware that some rooms have only shower, no bath tub. We had to ask to move to a different room with a tub since I have small children. If you need a picture of the shower, I’ll be more than happy to send it to you. Just let me know. The quality wouldn’t be great since i used my iPhone to take it. Thanks for all your hard work. I love your website!!!

28 Dave { 07.27.17 at 11:55 am }

Ann thanks so much and I’d love a photo of the shower!! Email it to me at davidhobartyfv@gmail.com

29 katharine { 08.13.17 at 9:52 am }

Will the maid be putting the murphy bed back up against the wall each day?

30 Dave { 08.14.17 at 11:58 am }

Katharine, I believe so! That’s what has happened in every room I’ve stayed in at WDW that has fold down or pull-out beds.

31 Christina { 08.25.17 at 2:36 pm }

Hi Dave,

Checking into Pop in 21 days (September 16th-23rd) We have a preferred room booked. I’m curious to know if any rooms have been updated in the preferred section of the 70’s buildings? Any news on those? Really hoping for a refurbished room for our stay but don’t want the treck of the 80’s and 90’s buildings with two small tots in towe. Thanks!!

32 Dave { 08.27.17 at 11:51 am }

No so far, Christina.

33 Charles { 09.01.17 at 8:52 pm }

Are the beds before or less comfortable or about the same as they used to be thanks

34 Dave { 09.02.17 at 9:07 am }

Charles, there’s no consistency on what people find to be comfortable. As newer, larger beds, they are firmer, and fit more body types.

35 Charles { 09.03.17 at 9:22 pm }

Thanks dave

36 Stephanie { 09.12.17 at 10:09 pm }

We are a family of 7 stayed at Pop in November. We have two connecting rooms booked. We will have a a coach and pack and play with us. I am worried that the new rooms will be too tight. Do you feel that the rooms seem as though you are loosing space with both beds down? Not sure if we should just request an old room? And thanks again for all of the great info.

37 Dave { 09.13.17 at 8:58 am }

Stephanie, the bed by the bath side is about 5″ longer, which is not a huge change. The bed by the door extends further–probably 7 to 8 inches, but the loss of the table on the TV side frees up space at its foot. Keeping the connecting door open for use will eliminate the traditional space where these items get put, but you could either live without that door or try to fit into the space between the dresser and the mini-fridge.

38 Alicia { 09.14.17 at 7:01 pm }

Staying in Pop in January with my husband and three kids. My daughter will be 1 and sleeping in a pack and play. Is there going to be space for it in the new rooms? I’m curious as to where I’d place it.

39 Dave { 09.16.17 at 11:22 am }

Alicia, the pack and play can fit either in front of the connecting door, or between the TV and mini fridge.

40 Kim { 09.19.17 at 2:58 pm }

Hi Dave,

I will be checking into POP in mid-December with my husband, my parents (in their 60s), and three children (8, 5, 3) in two connecting rooms. We want to request a room that is closest to the bus stops, lobby, and restaurant to avoid traveling around so much with the grandparents and little children. What section would you recommend?

Thank you for this website!

41 Dave { 09.20.17 at 10:19 am }

Hi Kim, and thanks for the kind words! I’d recommend the 70s section.

42 Samantha { 10.08.17 at 6:34 pm }

Hello,

I’m starting to plan out disney vacation for September 2018! I’m torn between Pop Century and Art of Animation (little mermaid room). Do the newly renovated rooms at pop century put it over Art of Animation in your opinion? It will be me, my husband, and 5 year old daughter. Thanks!

43 Dave { 10.09.17 at 8:25 am }

Hi Samantha! Your daughter will likely prefer the Little Mermaid room. For you and your husband, the value of the bigger bed and the coffeemaker will be the question…

44 Tori { 10.10.17 at 6:12 pm }

Thank you for all of the details! Do you have any update on how far they are now on the refurb rooms? We are going in December, wondering if I requested a room in the 70s section if I would get a refurbed room? I just want to put in the room request that will get me the best chance of getting one. Wanted to avoid 80s/90s as we loved the 70s last time. I can’t seem to find building numbers on the maps, only sections. Could you point me to one with building numbers if that is the method in which to see what sections are done.
Thank you!

45 Dave { 10.11.17 at 7:13 am }

Hi Tori, the refurb is done in the 80s and 90s sections–Buildings 7, 8 and 9–and is in process in Building 10, which is one of two buildings in the 70s section. Building 10 should be done by your visit, so do request a 70s section–not guaranteed, and everybody wants a refurbed room, so don’t hold your hopes too high…

The map on this page (click the map to enlarge it) includes room numbers for each building. The first digit of the room number is the building number–except for the rooms that start with 0, which is building 10.

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