Category Archives: Walt Disney World Resorts

A look at the renovated rooms at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Disney’s Pop Century Resort, one of Disney’s Value resorts, is a great lower-cost options for Guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort.  The rooms are small (260 square feet), but are clean, bright and well-appointed.  The renovated rooms at Disney’s Pop Century Resort make it a better option than ever before.

The resort itself is very large and amenities include three pools (the largest being the Hippy Dippy Pool), pool bar, jogging path, “Fast Forward” arcade, playground and a wonderful food court called “Everything Pop.”

Renovated rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort

As you walk into one of the renovated rooms at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, you will notice that there is one Queen bed along side a table and chairs.  Never fear – you will not be sleeping on the floor – that table hides a secret…

The decorating style is mid-century modern… clean and sleek.  There are plenty of room lights to keep everything bright.  Notice the laminate floors – no rugs.

Renovated rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort

The table is a great addition for Guests who would like to eat a meal inside the room (Pizza Delivery is available, or you may want to send an adult to pick up “to-go” options from Everything Pop).  It is also a nice place to do some work or let the kids do some coloring.

Renovated rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort

When it is bedtime, the cabinet easily pulls down to reveal a second Queen-size bed.  Pluto is already in snoozing.

Renovated rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort

The Pop Art goes well with the Pop Century theme.  Pluto in a Roy Lichtenstein style and the Mickeys are a nod to Warhol.

Renovated rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort

untitled-15

The space-saving bedside tables have useful shelves, plugs and usb ports.  Notice that there is no alarm clock.  Disney is phasing out alarm clocks since they find most Guests use their cell phones to check the time.

Renovated rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort

 

Renovated rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort

The “kitchen” area includes a mini fridge (the glass front is a nice touch… you can remember what you have in there without opening the refrigerator.  There is also a coffee maker and space for your own items.  This a nice space to keep your refillable drink mugs and snacks you might pick up in the parks.

We needed a pack ‘n’ play for our room and it fit fine between the refrigerator area and the room door.

Renovated rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort

The flat screen television is very large (especially considering the room size) and the fact that it is wall-mounted saves a lot of counter space.

Renovated rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort

The split bath area has a nice, deep sink but not much counter space.  The pocket doors to the shower/toilet room is a smart, space-saving touch.

Renovated rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort

There is a full bath/shower in these rooms.

Renovated rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort

The new shower head feels very upscale.

Renovated rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort

Here is another look at the sink/counter space.  There are shelves which do help when organizing your toiletries.

Renovated rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort

A small area to hang your clothes and a wall-mounted full-size ironing board.   The bottom shelves are a great place to contain “shoe clutter.”

Renovated rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort

Overall, the room renovation at Pop Century really transformed the look and feel of the resort.  This is not simply a change of wall paint and comforters – the rooms are completely different.

It is clear that Disney put a lot of thought and effort into maximizing living space in an admittedly small square footage.  Disney’s Pop Century Resort is not a place we would recommend if you spend a lot of time in your resort room – but we know you are off enjoying the Parks all day!  The rooms are a comfortable place to regroup and refresh before setting out on your daily Disney adventures.

What do you think of the renovated rooms at Disney’s Pop Century Resort?

Renovated rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort

Say “Hello” to the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast

One of the newest character dining experiences at Walt Disney World is the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno Restaurtant.  This restaurant is located on Disney’s BoardWalk – part of Disney’s BoardWalk Resort and only a short walk from Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast

Our kids were especially excited for this breakfast because the featured characters are from two of our favorite Disney films… The Little Mermaid and Tangled.   Also fun is that Prince Eric and Flynn Rider were going to be there!  There aren’t a ton of other opportunities to see the royal couples in the parks.

Kingdom_Planners_Disney_Bon_Voyage_Breakfast-1

Trattoria al Forno is a lovely Italian restaurant in the evenings (no characters), and the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast offers traditional morning fare along with some heartier, Italian-inspired brunch entrees.

Kingdom_Planners_Disney_Bon_Voyage_Breakfast-3

 

Kingdom_Planners_Disney_Bon_Voyage_Breakfast-6

Here is the breakfast menu…

Kingdom_Planners_Disney_Bon_Voyage_Breakfast-2

And the kids’ menu…

Kingdom_Planners_Disney_Bon_Voyage_Breakfast-5

When you arrive you will notice little cards on the table with the characters’ signatures… so if you forgot your autograph book, you still have a nice souvenir.

Kingdom_Planners_Disney_Bon_Voyage_Breakfast-8

Also on the table is a frying pan (Remember the frying pan from Tangled?  We know Flynn Rider does!) filled with scrumptious, fresh-baked pastries.

These starters are so beautifully themed for this breakfast.  No standard cinnamon roll here! (Not that there is anything wrong with a Disney cinnamon roll!)  The muffins are tinted in “Ariel colors”.  The red of her hair, green fin, purple top.

Kingdom_Planners_Disney_Bon_Voyage_Breakfast-9

This puff pastry sun cookie looks just like the sun Rapunzel painted in her tower.

Kingdom_Planners_Disney_Bon_Voyage_Breakfast-10

This “oyster” treat is filled with raspberry jelly and is decorated with a beautiful pearl (sugar-coated chocolate!)

Kingdom_Planners_Disney_Bon_Voyage_Breakfast-11

This chocolate twist is braided – a nod to Rapunzel’s beautiful braid.

Kingdom_Planners_Disney_Bon_Voyage_Breakfast-12

To go along with the “Bon Voyage” travel theme of the breakfast, you are also treated to an “Adventure Journal”.   It prompts you to write about your travels and favorite things that you have experienced at the Walt Disney World Resort.  All four of the theme parks are featured on the map.

Kingdom_Planners_Disney_Bon_Voyage_Breakfast-13

The “moms” are on vacation, so we had lovely adult breakfast beverages (these are an extra charge).  A peach bellini and a mimosa.  So delicious!

Kingdom_Planners_Disney_Bon_Voyage_Breakfast-15

We tried not to eat too many baked goods since our meal was arriving soon.  One of the “starters” was a Berry, Yogurt and Granola Parfait.  This was very good and the small granola bar on top was fantastic.  I couldn’t keep this one away from my daughter.

Kingdom_Planners_Disney_Bon_Voyage_Breakfast-21

The other starter was a fruit salad… nothing special but it is nice to have some fruit in the morning to start the day off on the right food.  The “sword” skewer was a cute touch.

Kingdom_Planners_Disney_Bon_Voyage_Breakfast-20

Oh… who do I spy coming into the dining room?

Kingdom_Planners_Disney_Bon_Voyage_Breakfast-7

Prince Eric!

Kingdom_Planners_Disney_Bon_Voyage_Breakfast-22

Following soon after is his love, the Little Mermaid herself, Ariel.

Continue reading

Susan

April 7, 2017

Are you ready to discover the wonderful service and amenities that come with Disney’s Club Level Service?  Why not start with one of the best – the Club Level Lounge at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

Copy of Dream Suite

One of the best things you can do for yourself on a Walt Disney World vacation is have your travel agent (Kingdom Planners!) book a Club Level room.  Club Level is Disney’s version of Concierge service and they do it right!  One of the very best resorts for the Club Level experience is Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

The Grand Floridian has two Club Level areas – on the 4th floor of the main building and one other building that is entirely Club Level, Sugar Loaf.   We had the pleasure of staying in the Sugar Loaf building and it was first class all the way.

GrandFloridianClubLevel-14

As a beginning to a magical stay, the Club Level service can not be beat.  My family was greeted just as we exited the Magical Express Bus and we were escorted by a Cast Member right to our room. No waiting in line to check-in at all.  We definitely felt like VIPs.

Here is an overhead view of the Club Level Lounge.  You can see the Concierge desk and the ample seating for guests. The Concierge is available during your stay to assist with just about anything Disney-related.

GrandFloridianClubLevel-24

There is even a spot for the little ones to relax, have a snack and watch some Mickey cartoons.

GrandFloridianClubLevel-20

In my opinion, the best reason for upgrading to a Club Level room is the ease of picking up a quick breakfast.  There was always a beautiful display of fresh baked goods, cereal and a protein option like hard boiled eggs.  This is a perfect breakfast for my kids and definitely enough variety for the grown-ups.

It is so nice to have a breakfast without waiting in line and dealing with crowds.  We were able to have our fill and then go straight to the parks with full bellies.

GrandFloridianClubLevel-22 GrandFloridianClubLevel-21

GrandFloridianClubLevel-17 GrandFloridianClubLevel-16

When you return from the parks or the pool in the afternoon, it is lovely to have refreshments waiting for you.  Lots of drink options, including a mini-fridge filled with cold waters and sodas, and if you don’t see something that you need, a server is always happy to get it.

Continue reading