- The first Phase of Disney’s Pop Century Resort opened on December 14, 2003 with 2,880 rooms representing the 1950′s to the 1990′s, the “Classic Years.” The second phase of the resort will include an additional 2,880 rooms and feature nostalgia from the 1900′s to the 1940′s, the “Legendary Years.” The resort is located adjacent to Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex near Victory Way.
- On December 14, 2003, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, the fourth of the Walt Disney World resorts’ Value properties, opened near Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Resort takes a nostalgic trip through American pop culture, featuring larger than life icons representing each decade of the 20th century. The first phase opened in December, and includes the 1950s to the 1990s. For more than a year, Disney Imagineers scoured antique shops and yard sales, and spent a lot of time on eBay looking for treasures from days gone by. Lobby walls are covered with shadowboxes displaying tons of artifacts that are sure to bring back fond memories. The 5,760-room resort features catch phrases on the guest room buildings from all the decades of the 20th century, like “Groovy” and “The Most!”, as well as icons such as Mr. Potato Head and a giant Rubix Cube anchor the 1980s, a Mickey Mouse telephone and a Big Wheel in the 1970s section, Duncan Yo-Yos and Flower Power for the 1960s section, and jukeboxes and giant “45′s” records for the 1950s section. (Do kids today even know what a record looks like?). Even the Cast Members’ golf carts are designed to look like 57 Chevys, complete with tail fins. The Classic Hall Food Court has a variety of dining options, and dishes up “comfort food” including buttermilk fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, and fresh green beans, served “TV Dinner Style.”
The 1950s – features giant sock-hoppers dancing on the sides of the lodge building, be-bopping to rock-and-roll tunes from the 40-foot-tall tabletop jukebox that anchors the courtyard. A bowling pin-shaped pool provides a cool dip. Here you will also find the canine character stars from Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” gazing at each other across the courtyard.
The 1960s – Tie-dyed hues and psychedelic colors are the focus of the 1960s buildings. Here you will also find Giant Duncan Imperial-model yo-yos & a huge can of Play-Doh. Peeking out the top of the can are several Play-Doh animal creations, including a blue elephant and a yellow giraffe. Baloo and Mowgli from Disney’s “The Jungle Book” are hand-in-hand across the courtyard. The centerpiece of the area is the Hippy Dippy Pool, a flower-shaped pool complete with squirting petals on the periphery.
The 1970s — In this courtyard, the colorful Big Wheel riding toy gets ready to roll, while a classic Mickey Mouse rotary-dial telephone calls from across the courtyard. Between the two towering icons, table soccer players stand at the ready for guests to wander amidst their imaginary game. Eight-track tapes, the popular musical medium of the decade, corner each building.
The 1980s — In this area of Disney’s Pop Century Resort, the most “puzzling” toy of the decade, the Rubik’s Cube, towers more than 40 feet tall on each building. Across the courtyard, one of the original Sony Walkman models, and accompanying headphone set, anchors the building. In the middle of the courtyard is a computer-shaped pool, complete with a spongy keyboard that offers guests an alphabet-filled pool deck area.
The 1990s area pays tribute to two personal technology marvels — the cellular telephone and the computer. A giant laptop computer is the centerpiece, while early-model cellular telephones stand at each corner.