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Disney's Pop Century Resort Lets Guests Relive the Fun and Excitement of 20th Century Pop Culture
Disney's newest value resort
-- Do you remember...
When you saved every penny of your allowance to buy the latest 45 rpm record?
When "walkin' the dog" wasn't about canines, but the yo-yo craze? When you solved (or at least tried to solve) your first Rubik's Cube?
When the Sony Walkman revolutionized music on-the-go? Maybe a day when tie-dyed shirts and bellbottoms were fashion crazes? How about when everything was "tubular"?
Beginning Dec. 14, 2003, guests will be able to take a spin back in time at Disney's Pop Century Resort, the newest value hotel at Walt Disney World Resort. Guests of all ages will groove to pop culture from the past in this 2,880-room time capsule. And they'll do it at Disney's value-category rates.
With rooms starting at $77 a night (based on season), the hotel will bring the total number of Disney-owned and operated value-category rooms across the 47-square-mile Walt Disney World Resort to more than 8,500.
"Disney's Pop Century Resort showcases the impact that popular culture has had on our society, so it's fitting that we're opening the 1950s through the 1990s areas of this hotel," said Al Weiss, president of Walt Disney World Resort. "Those were the years when the term 'pop culture' really grew to become a part of the American lexicon.
"Because of the popularity of our other value-category resorts -- Disney's All Star Resorts -- and the exciting atmosphere created by the pop culture icons and incredible theming, we believe this will be a great addition to our resort inventory."
Larger-than-life icons of 20th century popular culture can be found all over the sprawling resort property -- four-story Rubik's Cubes and Duncan Yo-Yos, 65-foot-tall bowling pins and 55-foot cellular phones, to name a few. Individual lodge buildings pay tribute to popular culture from each decade.
Three feature pools sit within a pop, skip and jump from each other, offering a way to beat the heat while taking a walk down memory lane.
Be-bopping in the 1950s
The 1950s area features giant sock-hoppers dancing on the sides of the lodge buildings, possibly be-bopping to rock-and-roll tunes from the 40-foot-tall tabletop jukebox that anchors the courtyard. A bowling pin-shaped pool provides guests a cool dip. Or they can choose to relax on the bowling alley-inspired pool deck. The canine character stars from Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" animated feature film (released to theater audiences in 1955) gaze at each other across the courtyard.
A swirl of color in the 1960s
Amidst tie-dyed hues and psychedelic colors, the 1960s buildings bring out the child in everyone. Play-Doh Pete, the artful child that adorned Play-Doh labels in the 1960s, is featured on a giant can of the popular modeling compound. Peeking out the top of the can are several Play-Doh animal creations, including a blue elephant and a yellow giraffe. Sharp-eyed guests will spot the "thumbprints" on the elephant's ears, seemingly created by the child who modeled the Play-Doh pachyderm. Baloo and Mowgli from Disney's "The Jungle Book" (released in 1967) are hand-in-hand across the courtyard. Giant Duncan Imperial-model yo-yos, with "strings" that measure more than one-foot in diameter, bookend each 1960s building. The centerpiece of the area is the Hippy Dippy Pool, a flower-shaped pool complete with squirting petals on the periphery.
Big Wheel, Big Cheese in the '70s
In the 1970s courtyard, the colorful Big Wheel riding toy gets ready to roll, while a classic Mickey Mouse rotary-dial telephone calls from across the courtyard. Between the two towering icons, table soccer players stand at the ready for guests to wander amidst their imaginary game. Eight-track tapes, the popular musical medium of the decade, corner each building.
Popular puzzles, mobile tunes in the '80s
In the 1980s area of Disney's Pop Century Resort, the most "puzzling" toy of the decade, the Rubik's Cube, towers more than 40 feet tall on each building. (Walt Disney Imagineers designed the different cubes to represent different stages of the solution process.) Across the courtyard, one of the original Sony Walkman models, and accompanying headphone set, anchors the building.
Technology advances in the '90s
Closing out the century, the 1990s area pays tribute to two personal technology marvels -- the cellular telephone and the computer. A giant laptop computer is the centerpiece, while early-model cellular telephones stand at each corner. In the middle of the courtyard is a computer-shaped pool, complete with a spongy keyboard that offers guests an alphabet-filled pool deck area.
Disney resorts offer something for everyone
With the addition of Disney's Pop Century Resort, Walt Disney World features nearly 25,000 Disney owned-and-operated guestrooms across the 47-square-mile vacation kingdom.
With 20 resorts, there is something for everyone -- from "value" to "deluxe" and even "home away from home" accommodations -- all with special perks afforded to guests who stay in the middle of the magic.
Guest benefits include special motorcoach, monorail and water taxi transportation to Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks and entertainment areas; guaranteed entry, with select tickets, into the Disney theme parks even when the parking lot is full; preferred tee times on Disney golf courses; and central billing to the guest's room key card.
One of the newest resort perks is the "Extra Magic Hour." Each day, one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks opens exclusively for Disney resort guests one hour early, providing extra time in the parks to experience select attractions and meet and greet Disney characters.
Long Live the 80s -- Giant Rubik's Cubes illuminate Disney's Pop Century Resort's 1980s lodge buildings, as the hotel pays tribute to pop culture of the 20th century. On the sides of the building, familiar "ghosts" -- Blinky, Inky, Pinky and Clyde -- from the famed Pac-Man video game appear to be chasing the maze-loving Pac-Man around the hotel railings. Disney's Pop Century Resort, the newest value hotel at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 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, a Big Wheel from the 1970s, Duncan Yo-Yos from the 1960s and a jukebox from the 1950s.
Big Bear, Best Buddies -- Mowgli and Baloo, two 'toon favorites from the 1967 Disney animated feature film "The Jungle Book," appear to take a stroll through the decades at Disney's Pop Century Resort, the newest value hotel at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Baloo, the famous dance-loving bear from the film, towers more than 35 feet. 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, a Big Wheel from the 1970s, Duncan Yo-Yos from the 1960s and a jukebox from the 1950s.
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