Lou Mongello / Friday, September 21st, 2007
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort was once the holder of two distinctions at the Walt Disney World Resort. It was the first “moderately priced” resort on property, as well as being the largest, with 2,112 rooms. In fact, it even has its own bus system to get from one side of the property to the other! That all changed on December 14, 2003, when Disney’s Pop Century Resort opened. The value resort was constructed in two phases, and will ultimately have 5,760 rooms spread across 20 buildings. Phase I, “The Classic Years,” opened in 2003 with 2,880 rooms, with Phase II, “The Legendary Years” opening sometime later. Located near Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex, the resort includes two 5,000-square-foot arcades, Disney’s first integrated food, beverage and shopping area, eight courtyards, six pools, two playgrounds, and recreational paths for riding bikes around Hourglass Lake. After both phases are complete, Disney’s Pop Century Resort will join Disney’s All-Star Resorts in offering a combined total of more than 11,500 rooms in the value category. .
- Brightly colored 2 story buildings are grouped into 5 villages named for Caribbean islands: Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, Aruba, and Trinidad (separated into North and South).
- The Old Port Royale pool is themed after a Spanish fortress. If the name or location seems familiar, that’s because Port Royale is the setting for both the movie and the Magic Kingdom attraction “Pirates of the Caribbean.”