The first year my husband and I went to Disney World after we were married, we stayed at a Holiday Inn just outside of Disney. The room was nice, and it was just what we needed, plus it was super cheap. But the next time we went to Disney, we had 2 small kids and thought staying on Disney Property would be a better option. We went straight to the list of Value resorts and immediately settled on Pop Century. The choice was a good one!
First I would just like to express what a difference it made staying on Disney property! Disney does everything over the top, and their resorts are no exception! Pop Century was definitely geared towards kids and they loved every second! The decor was amazing and the pools were awesome! We stayed in the Lady and the Tramp section of the resort which was close to the pools and semi close to the main building where the food court is and gift shop, as well as where the buses pick up to take you to the parks.
The food was pretty good. Nothing in particular stands out in my mind as I type this 3 years later, but we had no complaints. There was an arcade, but we didn't spend any time there - as my children adore a swimming pool!
The resort was very clean, the staff was overly helpful in every way and I would highly recommend Pop Century to anyone interested in a Value Resort - except for ONE DRAWBACK...
The rooms only offer 2 double beds... My husband is not a tiny guy and we had slept on a King bed for 10 years straight at that time... so going from a king to a double was TERRIBLE! I cannot tell you how miserable we were at night!! Here we had spent ALL day at a Disney Park, and were completely exhausted, only to cram ourselves into this bed and lay awake at night. I will tell you, however, that the gift shop sells Nyquil and that is what we drank each night to sleep! Only offering double beds was a deal-breaker for us so sadly, we won't be going back to the Pop Century Resort.
So - if you have a limited budget, are looking for a value resort geared towards the kids, and are not bothered by sleeping in a double bed, then Pop Century should be a consideration!!
See our Pictures from the Pop Century Resort in spring of 2010: