Disney's Pop Century Resort is our favorite. There would be too many things to list as to why, but there's just such a relaxing feel there, and while it is a value resort, it's also very fun, and very family oriented. Here are 5 of our favorite things at Pop Century Resort!
1. The awesome outdoors decor. I'm sorry, but if this isn't just the coolest ever, what is? I love the decade by decade hit toys or fads. Check out some of these awesome surprises hidden around the resort!
2. Three pools, and a splash pad! Yes, the pools are basic, but they are more than fun enough, and if one is too crowded, chances are good another one won't be!
3. Everything Pop! Everything Pop is an awesome gift shop that leads into the food court area. I love both equally. The yummy delights to use a snack credit on, or the fun little things to look at and buy. The cast members are always so nice and helpful too, plus the pin trading is great!
4. The amazing view, and bridge over to Art of Animation take my breath away each time. We've seen huge sea turtles and all kinds of other things as we stroll along the bridge. At night, you can ever see the fireworks form Hollywood Studios!
5. Family activities are all over the place here! There's a scavenger hunt (We've not tried that yet) pop up events by the pool for kids where they can win prizes, hula or hustle lessons...you name it, they might be doing it! There's also a nighttime movie by the pool!
Have you ever stayed at Pop? What's one of your favorite things there? What's your preferred building?
I sure won't lie! One of my favorite things to do at Disney is to eat! Disney has so many great restaurants, but it's not just IN the parks that have good food, but outside too! Disney Springs, the Resorts, they are all known for having an incredible variety of unique and wonderfully delicious foods.
While that's great, what if you are at the park and want a quick bite? We've got suggestions for you! All of these places are included on the Quick Service Dining Plan, so they aren't going to cut into your budget, but they will provide a nice place to stop, rest and fill up your stomachs! Quick Service doesn't mean fast food! Your portions won't be small, and neither will the value for your meal if you go with one of these favorites!
At a Quick Service restaurant, most entrees will be $14.99 or less, but the average price for a burger and fries (or similar) is $10-12, same as at a fast casual place back home.
These are where we always suggest at Hollywood Studios, and why! We've even got a few suggestions for who this might, or might not, be appropriate for.
Located right near the stage for the Jedi Training Academy and Star Tours, Backlot is our must go to, every time. We love the menu, the ample indoor and outdoor seating, and the serve yourself drinks. You know free refills are a rarity at theme parks, so that's a small part of why we love to stop here!
While there is plenty of seating indoors, this seems to be a place where tours reserve, so often it gets crowded, and you might have to hover for a few minutes to get a spot, unless you are willing to eat outside. Outside seating is covered, but in the summer it can still be hot.
The menu is one of those something for everyone, but right now, the food is a little bit more Star Wars themed. Chicken and Dark Vader Waffles is my personal favorite, while my kids love the massive Star Wars cupcakes, and Mr. Disney Magic always gets the Royal Guard burger.
Portions are generous, and anyone can find something to eat here, picky eaters or adult palates alike.
ABC Commissary is another good option, but has a rotating menu. During lunch hours, you'll find your standard salads, burgers, (including vegan) options, but also a shrimp platter or ribs. At night, the menu switches to offer a dinner of things like ribs, salmon, and chimchurri steak. Dinner prices do cost more than the usual quick service dinners, but you can see from the menus, they are also a little more upscale.
This restaurant is pretty easy to pass up if you aren't looking for it, or already know where it is and that might be why whenever we've wandered past around mealtimes, it's never packed, not even in the pouring rain.
if you are looking for something a little nicer and a little different, this might be a great stop.
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Taking over where the old Pizza Planet (Which wasn't really like Pizza Planet in Toy Story) Rizzo the Rat is serving up personal pizzas, salads and meatball subs. The pizza is about on par with Disney Pizza, but the fact that there's pizza, and that's such a kid and adult pleasing food can really make this place a lifesaver on a rainy, or hot day when you just want to sit down for a while. There is a ton of indoor seating, including on an upper level which makes it fun to people watch.
Desserts are cannelloni or tiramisu, so not a big selection, but fit in with the Italian theme, as does the rest of the decor.
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While we have not eaten yet at Woody's Lunchbox, I'd be remiss not to mention the newest edition to Disney's Holloywood Studios quick service. If nothing else, the visual apeal of this retraunt, along with the location is going to make it a favorite for kids, though the crowd levels are going ot be high. We will update this with more information soon, but thus far, the menu is looking good! Brisket melt, monte cristo, and grilled cheeses, along with other tasty lunchbox favorites! We sure can't wait to sink out teeth into them and try! There will even be breakfast sandwiches, and soft serve ice cream.
Those are our favorite quick serves! As you can see, Quick Service isn't something like McDonalds, when you are at Disney. You still get the quality of a casual restaurant, with the convenience of a quick in and out so a meal doesn't take up half your day, or a ton of your budget!
Did we miss your favorite? Which place do you love to go to?
Want to see our top quick service picks for Magic Kingdom? Click here!
Want to see our top quick service picks for Animal Kingdom? Click here!
Disney and Juicy Juice have teamed up with an "Incredible" offer! But any 3 specially marked packages of Juicy Juice Juice Boxes (easy to find, look for the ones with the Incredibles on them) then go online and enter the code to get a Fandano movie ticket good for ANY Disney movie. There are so many great Disney movies coming out this year, and as long as you use your code by March, 2019, it's good for any of them. The ticket is only valid up to $7.50, so if you have an overpriced movie theater like we do, you might still have to pay a few dollars, but it's still an awesome deal! What are you going to see? We are thinking Ant Man and the Wasp, then Mary Poppins or Wreck it Ralph this fall!
How do you know if renting a Disney stroller is the right thing for you? What is different from bringing your own? We often bring ours, but these reasons make Disney strollers temping!
Disney strollers can be great for when you’ve got an older kid, who can usually walk, but might get tired, say, at Epcot or Animal Kingdom, where there’s more walking than rides. Maybe your child has an illness or injury, or the hassle of folding and loading on and off the bus or monorail is too much or, maybe you even just want to lug around a lot of stuff, but it won’t fit into a locker, and you don’t want to carry it constantly. If any of those apply to you, renting a Disney stroller might be the way to go.
Disney rents strollers at all of its parks, and even Disney Springs! They offer two options, a single stroller rental of $15 a day, or for a multi day stay, $13 a day. They’ve also got the double stroller, $31 a day, or $27 a day for a multi day stay.
These strollers have hard seats, so they can easily support your oldest child without sagging, but that might make them uncomfortable for a smaller child. A towel or blanket could pad it out and make it more comfy.
These stroller do have a sunshade, but are pretty basic, no cup holders, no under carriage storage. Still, if you just need strollers a time or two on your Disney trip, renting might be the way to go.
If you do rent a Disney stroller, since there will be loads of them parked at each stroller parking station, make it easy to find yours so you (or someone else) dosen’t walk off with the wrong one!
Tie a balloon around the handle!
Wrap a bandanna or scarf on it!
Make a super cute sign so it’s hands off, this doesn’t belong to you! (I like to put my cell number on ours)
Just remember to be as careful at Disney, as you would be anywhere else, and don’t leave your valuables behind!!
Click here to read a previous post on keeping your belongings safe at Disney.
The good news is though, if your rented stroller does get taken by accident by another family, you can get a replacement for free. (Just hang on to your receipt!) The same goes if you are park hopping, just leave your stroller at Magic Kingdom, then pick up a new one at Epcot.
Still not sure if you want to bring your own, or rent? You can go here to read about our criteria of what makes for the perfect Disney stroller along with some helpful tips!
One last tip...when you pack your ponchos, buy few extra to have as stroller covers. It’s much nicer not to have your stuff (or your kid!) rained on!
You can go here, to read about the BEST ponchos for your trip!
We've got an awesome, FREE printable packing list for you to use next time you want to add a little Disney to your trip. Print out out for each member of the family, and you could even print out one more as a to-do checklist before you leave the house!
Click on the picture below or above to download! Printable will open in a new window, then right click to save, or just print directly.
There are more printables coming soon, leave a comment if there is one i particular you would like!