Planning a Resort Day at Disney’s Pop Century Resort During Phased Reopening

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One of our favorite things to do during any Disney World vacation is leave ourselves time to relax and enjoy the resort we chose for that stay. We recommend giving yourself at least one full day to do this, and we prefer to schedule it mid-trip so we can use the time to recharge for the next park day. Of course, everything is different at Disney World right now, and many may be wondering if it’s even possible to schedule a fun resort day. After all, many recreation opportunities are closed or unavailable. “Won’t a day at the resort be boring?” you might be asking. Actually, there is still plenty to enjoy at the resorts, and some are particularly fun. A favorite at the moment is Pop Century Resort. Here are some things you could do during your Pop Century resort day.


1. Dive into the Pool

The pools at all the Disney Resorts are open and waiting for you to jump in. Time spent at the pool is the perfect way to relax during your resort day, especially if the weather is the typical “Florida hot.” In fact, many will spend the entire day poolside if given the choice. It should be noted that all pools are operating at reduced capacity and with more limited hours, meaning you will want to have a backup plan in place in case you can’t swim when you were planning to.

2. Enjoy Your Room

The rooms at Pop Century Resort have been updated and are quite nice. For this reason, many people find that spending some of their resort day in their room is a perfectly acceptable thing to do. Not only is it comfortable, hanging out in the room also gives you a chance to unwind after the bustling park days you likely just had. Whether you choose to nap, take a relaxing bath, or enjoy the Disney programming on the hotel TV, you’ll probably be glad you took the time to chill in the privacy of your own space for a bit.

3. Grab Some Grub

Both the poolside bar and the onsite quick-service eatery (aka Everything Pop) are open right now. This means you can grab a snack, meal, or drink quickly and easily without ever leaving the comfort of your resort. You should know that you will need to place a mobile order when getting food from Everything Pop. Seating is available in the restaurant, but many prefer to take their food outdoors or to their rooms to eat.

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4. Do Some Shopping

Everything Pop is more than just a quick-service dining location. It’s also the hotel gift shop, and it is stocked, open, and ready for business. Why not spend part of your resort day doing some souvenir shopping for you and/or your loved ones? This removes the need to shop during valuable park time and gives you something fun to do while you relax and recharge.

5. Admire the Theming

We love the retro theme of Pop Century. There are giant toys and iconic items from decades past around every corner, and the bright colors really give the place a fun vibe. Additionally, the walking and jogging path features a number of signs featuring interesting facts about each decade. These things make a simple walk an entertaining way to pass some time and get in some exercise.

6. Check Out Art of Animation

Want to take a longer walk? Lucky for you, there is a walking path that will take you all the way across a bridge to the Art of Animation Resort. By placing a mobile order for food from the Art of Animation quick-service eatery, you will be allowed to visit the resort, pick up your food (there are different options at this food court), and check out the fun character statues and theming here as well.

7. Hop on the Skyliner

The Skyliner is the newest mode of transportation in Walt Disney World. It also might just be the most exciting way to get around, and lucky for you, it makes a stop at Pop Century Resort. Hopping on the Skyliner, even just to make a loop back around to your own resort, can be a fun and relaxing way to spend some of your day. To add to the excitement, consider scheduling a meal at Topolino’s Terrace in the Riviera Resort. This eatery offers a character breakfast, as well as a sophisticated dinner experience, and is a great place to make a pit stop before completing your Skyliner loop.

8. Watch a Movie

Finally, we highly recommend taking advantage of the “Movies Under the Stars”, which are still being shown at Pop Century Resort. These are super fun because they are shown outdoors. Of course, this fact also means that social distancing is much easier than it might be indoors, something that we appreciate. Currently, movies are shown every other evening at 8:00 PM. Ask the front desk for the movie lineup so you can pick your favorites.

There you have it—an awesome list of things to do during your Pop Century resort day. Pick and choose a few of these options, or squeeze them all into a single day. Either way, you’re sure to have an excellent time as you take the time to fully enjoy your resort and reenergize yourself for your next park day.

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