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Posted: Oct. 09, 2003 9:41 am/pm Quote

What Puts the 'Pop' in Disney's Pop Century Resort?

Facts & Fun Behind the New Resort


The Facts

Overview:
Disney's Pop Century Resort is a celebration of 20th century pop culture. The 2,880-room resort's larger-than-life "time capsules" showcase the popular toys, fads, dance crazes and catch phrases of the 20th century. How people lived. How they played. How they celebrated. Guests have the opportunity to live and play inside these unique time capsules and experience popular culture that defined the century.

Resort Description: Disney's newest value-category resort, Disney's Pop Century Resort features lodge buildings and furnishings inspired by different decades. Giant pop culture icons were constructed to celebrate the decade they were introduced in, or when they gained their greatest popularity. Some of these icons tower more than 60 feet.

Opening Date: Dec. 14, 2003

Room Rates: Beginning at $77 per night, based on season.

Location: 1050 Century Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 32830. Near Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex and Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort.


General Manager: Dave Vermeulen (also serves as general manager of Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort).


Dialing Up Some Disney Fun! Larger-than-life table soccer players line-up in the shadow of a four-story, 1970s-style Mickey Mouse telephone. The giant players from the past fill the 1970s courtyard of the hotel.

Features:
  • Accommodations: 2,880 guestrooms. Rooms are 260 square feet, with two double beds or one king bed, a table and two chairs, vanity area and sink with separate bathroom, 27-inch color television, in-room wall safe, telephones with voice mail and data port. Available on request: non-smoking rooms, rooms accessible to guests with disabilities, hearing-impaired TDD telephones, visual smoke alarms, bed boards and bed rails, refrigerators (extra charge), cribs, iron and ironing board. Room furnishings include custom-designed and themed bed coverings, wall art and wallpaper borders.
  • Food and Beverage: Offerings include Everything Pop, a 640-seat food court area; Classic Concoctions, a quick-service lounge; pizza delivery to guestrooms; and Petals Pool Bar (located adjacent to Hippy Dippy Pool).
  • Resort Shopping: A 5,000-square-foot retail center in Classic Hall offers resort-specific merchandise and Walt Disney World souvenirs.
  • Resort Recreation: Three feature pools -- the Bowling Pin Pool, the Hippy Dippy Pool and the Computer Pool; a kiddie pool; playground; and the Fast Forward arcade. Goofy stands watch over Pop Jet Playground, a playland of popping water located near the 1970s lodge buildings.

The Fun

  • The bowling pin icons tower more than 65 feet high. A regulation bowling pin is 15 inches tall.
  • If you count the giant bowling pin icons, there are nine standing around the resort. Where's the tenth? It's actually the bowling pin pool in the courtyard!

    Big Wheel, Big Mouse! The primary mode of pedal-powered transportation for many kids in the 1970s -- the Big Wheel -- has made a comeback (in a big way!) at Disney's Pop Century Resort. In the shadow of the Big Wheel, giant table soccer players stand ready, while a 1970s-style Mickey Mouse telephone calls from across the courtyard. Disney's Pop Century Resort pays tribute to the popular toys, dances, catch phrases and fads through the decades with lodge buildings anchored by four-story icons including a laptop computer from the 1990s, a Sony Walkman from the 1980s, Duncan Yo-Yos from the 1960s and a jukebox from the 1950s.
  • Take a closer look at the pool deck around the bowling pin pool and you'll spot the triangular lane markings that are seen on bowling alleys everywhere.
  • The Rubik's Cube icons reach a peak of 41 feet off the ground. By comparison, a Rubik's Cube puzzle toy stands nearly four inches at its tallest point.
  • The resort's 8-track tapes are more than 35 feet tall, with "tape" that is more than one-foot in width. A real 8-track tape is a mere five-and-one-quarter inches tall, with a tape that is only one-quarter inch wide.
  • The table soccer players are more than 12 feet tall, and the "toy" ball is more than two-and-one-half feet in diameter.
  • Nearly 125,000 gallons of paint were used to create the bright colors and tie-dyed hues on the buildings' interior and exterior walls.
  • In the 1960s area, giant "thumbprints" can be spotted on the ears of the elephant peeking out of the giant Play-Doh canister. And can you name the child depicted on the Play-Doh can? That's Play-Doh Pete!
  • The giant Big Wheel icon can "accommodate" a child rider that weighs up to 877 pounds (or so says the sticker on the towering riding toy). That matches the stickers that were affixed to the original Big Wheel toys of the 1970s that designated a "recommended child weight."
  • Service and equipment buildings are cleverly disguised all over the resort. At the 1950s bowling pin pool, the laundry looks like a bowling shoe storage bin. In the 1990s, an equipment building appears to be a larger-than-life stack of computer floppy disks.
  • The 1970s courtyard pays tribute to the age of disco, with a motion-based disco light mounted in the middle of the courtyard. This color-changing light sends streams of light across the '70s-inspired outdoor "dance floor."




Playing in the "Big" Leagues" -- Towering table soccer players often mix with the real thing at Disney's Pop Century Resort, as the 1970s courtyard provides ample space to play an impromptu game. The 12-foot-tall plastic players pay homage to the table soccer craze that hit the nation in the 1970s, while the nearby Mickey Mouse telephone reminds a generation of many artful phone conversations that took place on the classic phone.

Copyright 2003, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
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