There are plenty things to do in Disney World that don’t involve going to a theme park. One of our favorite things to do is go resort hopping! Pop Century and Art of Animation are considered “value resorts” but they don’t skimp on the details here. These are great resorts to go walk around and explore.
For right now, to get to these resorts you will have to take the bus. Your best bet is to go to Disney Springs and then take the bus to either Pop Century or Art of Animation. The two resorts are connected, so you can start at either one. Coming soon will also be the Skyliner gondola transportation system that will connect Art of Animation and Pop Century to Hollywood Studios and EPCOT.
Pop Century celebrates the decades from the 1950s to 1990s with many whimsical statues and displays of famous pop culture images. You’ll see Rubik’s Cubes, Play-Doh, Big Wheels, a lifesize foosball display, and so much more. There are three pools. The main pool is the “Hippy Dippy” pool. There are two quiet pools, the bowling pool and the computer pool. (Starting in winter 2020 the Hippy Dippy pool will be under construction.)
There is also a fun store, arcade areas, a food court, and recreational paths. We love the “Everything Pop” food court that has multiple stations. We like the food court design because of the variety of choices. Petals Pool Bar at the “Hippy Dippy” pool has fun themed cocktails. This is a large resort, so the pool and dining areas have plenty of seating.
This is a really fun resort to walk around and see all the displays. You can start in the 1950s and work your way up to the 1990s. You’ll definitely feel nostalgic and want to take lots of pictures! Afterwards, take the “Generation Gap Bridge” over to Art of Animation.
Art of Animation
Art of Animation resort celebrates Disney and Pixar classics. The theming and decor here is amazing. It is such a fun resort area to walk around. The four themed areas are: Finding Nemo, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Cars. The Cars area is by far our favorite, but they are all great.
There are also three themed pool areas. The feature pool also happens to be the largest resort pool in Disney World. It is the “Big Blue Pool” and you see it as soon as you walk out of the lobby. This pool has an underwater speaker system and the Drop Off Pool Bar to get a refreshing beverage. Don’t miss the seagulls on each side (mine, mine, mine, mine…)
The two other smaller pools are located in the Cars area and the Little Mermaid area. The Cozy Cone Pool has cozy cones you can lounge in. Flippin’ Fins Pool has great decor from the movie. Art of Animation is such a fun resort to walk around because every time you turn a corner there is something fun to see.
There is also cafeteria style dining here called Landscape of Flavors, which has five different sections so there is probably something for everyone.
Art of Animation is a dog-friendly hotel, so you may see some guests walking their dogs. We are still on the fence about Disney starting to allow pets at the resorts. What are your thoughts on this?
If you are wanting to take a break from the theme parks, this is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon walking around and exploring different resorts! (Keep scrolling for more photos.)
Do you like resort hopping at Disney World? What are your favorite resorts? Comment below!
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