We’ve been on a bit of a run (if you can call no posts in the last ten days a run) with refurbished resort room reviews, so I thought we’d continue with a look at a refurbished room at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. We’ll take a look inside a new Deluxe Studio and 1-Bedroom Villa at Copper Creek at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge next. You might recall our look at a refurbished room at Coronado Springs Resort here and then a look at a 2-bedroom suite at the Beach Club Resort here.
Like with the Coronado Springs update, pictured above, virtually everything about the Pop Century refurbishment is an upgrade.
When discussing Value resorts, there are a lot of “firsts” that arrive with this refurbishment, many of which are obvious at first glance.
It’s the first Value resort to introduce queen beds, one of which is hidden inside this pull-down Murphy-esque contraption that doubles as the table.
If you’re a couple or otherwise have plans to occupy just one of the two beds, then the room “feels” much larger with the pull-down bed in the up-position. It’s very easy to maneuver the bed up and down – even a Disney blogger can do it without much struggle.
If you’re going to use both beds or otherwise prefer a more “classic” look to the room, then you can simply pull the bed down and leave it in that position.
The larger beds are a welcome addition – the fixed bed measurements are to the exact specifications of a queen-size, while the pull-down bed is an inch short in both length and width. But at five inches larger than a full on both sides, it’s a serious improvement that should make the rooms much more livable.
One thing that may not be obvious is just how bright these rooms are with mostly natural, neutral lighting. These pictures were taken at night, so there’s no sunlight coming in through the windows. Anybody that has stayed at a Walt Disney World resort over the years is probably familiar with the relatively dark, drab, yellow lighting that typically permeates most rooms on property. I was happy to see that eliminated here and at other recently-refurbished rooms at other resorts. Also like Coronado, you’ve got similar laminate flooring. When stepped on, it’s much louder than carpet, but it also “feels” much cleaner and looks much sleeker.
Personally, I’m a little iffy on the lack of color in the living/sleeping area. Obviously, bed runners lack utility, but they also typically offer a textural contrast to the rest of the room, in addition to being an easy way to communicate theme and add a splash of color. I feel like the dresser would have been a good opportunity to add some “grooviness” to the room or could otherwise be a way to set rooms that appear in different buildings apart. Instead, they’re very bright and very white.
On the plus side, the drawers are usable and the bright, large television up above is nice.
Inside you’ll find a safe, in addition to some shelves that don’t look to be particularly straight.
There’s also a plethora of outlets and USB ports around the room for charging. You could be refreshing easywdw.com on 30 devices at once only to find no new content on each one.
The addition of a coffee maker is a first in a Value-level room. It’s rather absurd that rooms in this category didn’t previously offer them, but Disney does artificially segregate its room categories by eliminating amenities that you would find in literally any other hotel, motel, or we-may-well-die-here roadside establishment nationwide. The refrigerator on the bottom is of the glass-front variety, so you don’t have to get up to find out whether or not you drank the last Jai Alai.
Unlike the Keurig brewers we’ve seen elsewhere, these rooms just have your typical Cuisinart. There’s Joffrey’s regular and decaf coffee in the drawer.
Like with other refurbishments, new rooms bring space underneath the bed for storing items like suitcases or children.
There are some fun pop art touches throughout the room, like this Mickey motif above the headboard on the fixed queen bed.
And a snoozin’ Pluto above the other.
And some green on the fabric chairs.
Said chairs don’t exactly stack, but they’re pretty easy to push over in the corner. Only the narrowest of air mattresses would fit in between the door and 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 resorts.
Another look at the headboards and power outlets on both sides of the bed. It might be a little awkward for people laying down in both beds to hold a conversation as the wood surrounding the bed might get in the way. I wouldn’t know as I don’t have any friends. And as someone that typically has an elbow hanging off the bed a bit, it doesn’t look like there’s much room on the fold-down bed for that, either. Of course, there’s another bed for those with wandering elbows.
This is a dated picture of what the rooms used to look like – they sort of scream cheap motel, in my estimation. You can almost smell the mildew in the carpet and who knows the last time those comforters were washed. Probably summer 1996. And by accident.
The bathrooms borrow a lot of elements that we saw at Coronado with the sleek, bright-lighted mirror and a punch of color with the oranges and blues. And while it’s not terribly large, there’s a surprising amount of storage possibilities with the various cubbies and drawers. There’s also a sliding door that separates the sleeping and bathroom areas, which is another first for Value resorts.
So you can iron and hang that suit you’ll be wearing to Victoria & Albert’s.
The single sink.
Hair dryer and iron.
The shower arrives with glass doors, which I love. But I have been told that it makes washing a child in the tub a little difficult. This is only a problem for me when I am staying with another Disney blogger.
The shower is otherwise a huge improvement with the rainfall-esque showerhead attached to a second, removable head.
Basic toiletries are provided. Unlike the Deluxe resorts, you’ll have to bring your own solar relief gel or otherwise try to bum it off someone staying at the Contemporary.
Like with the Coronado Springs refurbishment, new Pop rooms are an upgrade in virtually every meaningful way. At 260 square feet, they are still small, of course, but the space “feels” much more spacious now with the pull-down bed and additional storage options. The lighting and flooring are major improvements and I don’t think anybody will scoff at larger, more comfortable beds. The television is upgraded. The sliding door to the vanity area is better than the curtain. The bathroom looks elegant. Nothing about it screams cheap.
On the other hand, I feel like it is missing something that would otherwise tie the room together. A rug, perhaps. But after a day full of screaming at Magic Kingdom, returning to a room that’s a lot closer to an oasis than a cartoon is probably welcome. These are easily the nicest and best-appointed Value rooms on property. And speaking of Dave, he has an interesting breakdown on 2018 pricing as well in this post. We’re starting to see Disney charge different prices during some parts of the year on Thursday and Sunday nights, in addition to lower pricing on other weekdays and higher pricing on Friday and Saturday nights.
Currently, the 90s buildings are refurbished, so request a room there if you’d like to experience a “new” room. Buildings in the 80s section are next with building 9 looking like it could open any day, followed by building 7. The refurbishment should be complete by June of next year.
In unrelated news, gondola construction has begun property-wide. The first installment in this area is currently being built in between the Art of Animation Resort and Pop Century Resort.
It’s expected that pylons will be installed across the water with the station appearing near the bridge that connects Pop and Art of Animation. Dubbed “Disney Skyliner,” Disney’s official announcement is located here.
We’ll get over to Wilderness Lodge next.