It’s been a while since we visited the Pop Century Resort. Those of you that accidentally clicked “follow” on my Twitter account have probably seen me rambling about Pop Century’s new quick service menu for some time. It’s not every day Disney starts putting crab meat on $15 quick service hamburgers or starts selling sundaes with “Six Flavors of Ice Cream, Brownie, Banana, Pop Tarts, M&Ms, Gummy Worms, Marshmallows, Rainbow Jimmies, Chocolate Fudge, Caramel Sauce, Whipped Cream and Maraschino Cherry.” And who calls sprinkles, “jimmies?” Probably the same person that is Putting cheddar cheese on apple pie. Seriously northeast, cut it out.
In addition to some ummmmmm…aggressive burger toppings (with prices to match), “The Johnny Apple Seed” is what intrigued me. At $13.49, it’s well above average in price and arrives with absolutely no description. I had to investigate.
The seating areas have seen some changes in aesthetics since our last visit, but the idea is the same. You may remember the big changes at All-Star Music.
This is a lot more subtle.
As you may recall, Disney has eliminated variable pricing on Rapid Fill mugs based on the number of days of use and instead now offers the mug for a “length of stay” price of $16.99. That should be 14 days by default.
The mug should look familiar – heaven forbid they’re unique to each resort. Actually, Pop has a decent line of resort-specific merchandise:
It wasn’t so long ago that there was nothing available outside of a pin.
Like the other Value and Moderate level quick services, the food court has multiple stations and a lot of menu screens. It doesn’t take long to come to our first crazy-sounding dish – a cold mashed potatoes sandwich with watercress. The Create-Your-Own-Salad is always a good choice and the Frankfurter should be similar to what they serve at Min & Bill’s.
Kimmelweck is misspelled on their online menu, but somebody figured it out here.
I tried the Chicken Pot Pie over at All-Star Music, though this looks to be a different recipe/presentation.
You can also go Meatball Sub.
Not only do all of these burgers actually exist, but they’re also all available daily. There’s really asparagus attached to the top of that burger. It’s not your imagination.
Sci-Fi served a Picnic Burger for a while. But I think it worked better over there because the restaurant is so dark that you can’t really see what you’re eating.
I’d be surprised if most people notice the “Additional Items” to the right of the menu descriptions, but that’s where you’ll find the standard burger. Also, the Johnny Apple Seed is explained. It sounds pretty strange as is the fact that they haven’t had an opportunity to photograph some of the menu items.
You’d need an iron stomach for that Sloppy Joe.
Disney looks to have done away with the personal-size pizzas at the resort quick services, instead offering a larger slice of what looks to be the same frozen pizza. Somebody that’s sampled both versions may need to chime in if they are indeed different.
Speaking of photos, they might want to take another look at that cheesy version. Also in BREAKING news, the flatbreads circular shape is a departure from the usual rectangle!
I think they just Photoshopped the chicken on top.
Finally, some seemingly random items.
Overall, there’s a lot of choices for kids and vegetarians as well.
The usual Kids Picks sides are available, in addition to the Kids’ Snack Packs.
A variety of sandwiches and sushi are available in the cold case. The sushi is the same as what’s available at Katsura Grill at Epcot and most other resort quick services.
Lackluster beer selection.
The Tie-Dye cheesecake is popular.
$3.79 looks to buy you five strawberries with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
Pastries and such.
“The King” cupcake is popular: “Filled with banana custard and topped with a whipped peanut butter icing. And just for Elvis, there’s a flourish of candied bacon and a chocolate Pop Century logo atop.”
More snack options.
They serve the same gelato as Tortuga Tavern, Cosmic Ray’s, Pinocchio Village Haus, and others. It’s actually pretty good, though it’s no Haagen-Dazs bar.
375ml red wine.
It’s just like the grocery store.
I of course ordered “The Johnny Apple Seed,” which is grilled fresh while you wait.
In case you’re wondering how they keep all those burger toppings at the appropriate temperature, they have this unattractive contraption.
Johnny’s appearance is a little lacking.
I think there’s supposed to be a little pop of color from the slaw, but you don’t get any of that here, in addition to the lack of any identifiable cheese. Maybe you can kind of see what’s coagulated in the center of the apple.
It ended up being a very slimy, salty affair. The Texas-toast-style bread doesn’t hold up well to all of the moisture from the apples, pork, cheese, and I’m guessing what is probably a stick of butter. There’s no tang at all from the small dab of slaw on the bottom. The apple butter isn’t sweet enough to contrast with the saltiness of the pork. It just doesn’t work and I doubt you’ll have better luck. Disappointing, particularly for the money.
The pasta salad was just okay. Despite only having a couple pieces of red onion, that ended up being the predominant flavor in addition to an oily vinaigrette. It’s a decent side though that’s probably a few calories better than fries.
Lisa ordered the Salmon Burger – House-made Salmon Burger, Wasabi Thai Curry Mayonnaise, and Slaw.
Unlike the majority of salmon-related items at the resort quick services, this wasn’t just the previously frozen portion nuked in the microwave. Instead, it enjoyed a nice, light breading and a fresher flavor, spiced up a little by the wasabi mayo and with a little bit of a crunch from the lettuce. Altogether, she enjoyed it.
Pop has a lot of dessert options:
Instead of the usual pre-packaged cakes, $6.99 buys you a fresh slice from a larger cake in the display case. The “Everything Pop Sundae” sounds like quite the dessert to share.
While I wasn’t impressed by my sandwich, you have to hand it to Disney for trying a lot of new things. I didn’t expect all six of those burgers to be available every night. While I don’t really want to return to try one, I probably will end up over there in the next couple of weeks to give the “Oscar Burger” a shot.
I would be remiss not to include a shot of one of the more darling things I’ve seen recently. These are salt and pepper shakers:
That sit inside the Dumbo. Almost too cute.