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All Walt Disney World resorts have great dining options, and Disney Pop Century is no exception. As a value resort, Disney Pop Century does have a bit less in the way of dining, but what they do have is on point.
Pop Century’s food fits with the theme of the resort, and with the overall feel of a value location. As with all the value resorts, value doesn’t mean lower quality. It simply means that you’re not getting the over-the-top amenities or luxury of some of the higher tier resorts. However, the value resorts give you the full experience of a Disney vacation at half the price, and the same goes for the food.
From a large counter service location to pizza delivered to your door, you’re going to love what dining Disney Pop Century has to offer!
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Pizza Dude’s Got Thirty Seconds…Disney Pop Century In-Room Dining
A many of the value and moderate Disney resorts, you can order an entire family meal straight to your room! No matter what you’re looking for – pizza, salad, chicken strips, or other family favorites, you can find it on the In-Room Dining menu. This way, you won’t have to worry about the crowds at Everything POP. Just press the “In-Room Dining” button on your room phone, place your order, and wait for it to show up!
Not only can you get delicious meals, but also they come in sharable family-size portions. That’s right, not just a personal pan pizza for each kid, but a whole pizza for the family to share. You’ll feel right at home sharing your meal, watching TV, all in the relaxing comfort of your resort room. Ok, so the kids might have to sit on the floor, but it’s all part of the fun of the vacation experience.
In-Room Dining is a great choice for a few reasons.
First, let’s face it, doing Disney will wear you out. We wouldn’t blame you for wanting to lounge around your resort room. Using the In-Room Dining at Disney Pop Century, the food comes to you, bringing the familiarity of a family pizza night on your vacation.
Second, if you have little ones that are ready to pass out, it’s convenient to do dinner, straight to bath, and then bed. Even if you have to enjoy the rest of your pizza by the light of the TV, those of us who have lived through the overtired toddler phase will be grateful for the easy put down.
Finally, Pop Century does not have in-room food preparation options. While there is a coffee maker and a mini-fridge, you don’t have a way to heat food. If you’re used to the amenities of a villa or a studio, this might change what you typically do on a more relaxed evening. Being able to order pizza or chicken tenders brings a hot meal to you without any further worry.
Petals Pool Bar – Hang Loose and Catch Some Rays
Located at the Hippy Dippy Pool in the 60s section of the resort, Petals Pool Bar is a great place to get a refreshing drink as you relax by the pool.
While the majority of the menu focuses on drinks, you can get a couple basic snacks and apps here at Petals. This isn’t going to be a fabulous counter service alternative, but it will get the job done for a poolside lunch.
In the way of snacks, you can get chips, pretzels, or peanuts, all under $3. This is nice if you want something to much while you enjoy your beverage or as you play ping-pong. I also recommend putting something in your stomach as you drink if you don’t want that Florida sun and the alcohol to combine in a dangerous way.
For appetizers, choose between traditional bone-in wings or boneless chicken bits. Each come in barbeque, Teriyaki, and Buffalo flavors. You could also ask for the sauce on the side if you wish. Again, this isn’t the most out of this world cuisine, but it’s a filling lunch portion to go with your drink.
As I said, the emphasis here at Petals is the drinks. Their menu is decently sized for a pool bar, with a variety of specialty drinks, wine and beer offerings, and nonalcoholic mocktails.
For the specialty drinks, you’ll find a couple of the Disney favs, like the Captain’s Mai Tai and the Piña CoLAVA. A few others are specifically for this area, such as the Banana Cabana and the Poolside Ice Tea. A Banana Cabana combines mango mum, Parrot Bay coconut rum, and Crème de Banana with orange and pineapple juices for a tropical fruity explosion. It’s finished with a float of Grenadine for a pop of color and a bit extra flavor. The Poolside Ice Tea is Petals’ version of a Long Island, mixing vodka, rum, gin, tequila, Cointreau, and sweet-and-sour all topped with a splash of cola. Be careful how many of those you drink out in the sun!
In addition to the basic wine selection, Petals has both a white and red sangria to tempt wine drinkers. The extra fruity and spicy flavors are a fun way to change up your typical wine experience. As for beer, a variety of ales and lagers are available. Among the expected options you’ll also find a couple of hidden gems – items like the Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen and Concrete Beach Havana Lager. You can also get a hard cider if you would prefer, as Petals carries Angry Orchard.
If you prefer something without alcohol, or you’re looking for a special drink for your kids, the Lava Smoothie (a virgin Piña CoLAVA) or a basic fruit smoothie are great options. Petals also has lemonade, which you can get in regular, strawberry, or raspberry flavors.
Disney Pop Century Dining – Everything POP!
Everything POP is the primary dining location at Disney Pop Century resort. It is a counter service location, meaning that you place your order or use Mobile Order and then pick up your food. From there, you can take it back to your room, out to the pool, or find a seat in the food court-esque space.
Brightly colored with high ceilings and plenty of space, Everything POP has a lot going for it in the way of aesthetics. The overall feel of the location fits with the resort theme, while not making you feel cramped. This can be a drawback of some of the older Disney food courts, something that they fixed in Everything POP. Everything POP is also the shopping location for Pop Century, so you can pick up dry goods or resort souvenirs after your meal.
Much like Riverside Mill at Port Orleans – Riverside, Everything POP is a large location meant to hold a fair number of guests. That tends to be good, as the size makes it easy to find a seat (usually). However, you do want to remember that there will be peak times for this location, as it is the only one, so plan accordingly. And rock that Mobile Order!
Check out our Mobile Order video to help you through the process!
Especially at Disney, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You don’t want to be starting that long park day on an empty stomach! If you want to have a hot meal, you’re going to have to hit up Everything POP before heading out.
Making a Meal
Everything POP does have great continental breakfast options, like a bagel sandwich, which make excellent grab-and-go breakfasts. This sandwich also comes in an egg and cheese variety. This is good for eating on departure day, or if you want to get your breakfast and get out the door.
If you want a hot meal, the breakfast platters are the way to go. My husband and I will often split the Waffle Bounty Platter, a mini Mickey-shaped waffle, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, and sausage. This is plenty of food for both of us, and we usually get something else from the bakery to split as well. Definitely one of my main breakfast tips – everyone needs breakfast, but everyone doesn’t need their own breakfast. You can overeat on Disney food before you know it, so make smart choices throughout the day!
Sides & Kids
You could even make a meal out of just the side options. Everything POP has some substantial accompaniments – overnight oats, breakfast potatoes, steel-cut oatmeal, bacon, sausage, and a side portion of scrambled eggs. My mom has been known to just get a side of oatmeal and a breakfast meat, which is filling and won’t break the bank. You can also get a bunch of different fresh fruits (which my mom also will get). Sometimes, you need to make a light, healthy choice in the morning if you know you’re going to go hard on a table service in the evening.
Kiddos have a choice between a scrambled eggs meal and a Mickey waffle meal, each coming with a yogurt smoothie and apples, as well as a choice of beverage. For older kids though, I recommend the splitting strategy instead of getting each kid their own meal.
Everything POP Bakery
Like other counter service spots, Everything POP has an awesome and seasonal bakery selection. Always look for the seasonal treats – these tend to be the most delicious! Something that Everything POP’s bakery does is the pastry package. You can do a Family Assortment Four-Pack for $11.99 or a Bakery Selection Two-Pack $6.49. You definitely come out ahead in this situation (except with the donuts, which are $1.99 each), as you could spend much more on that buying your pastries individually. It’s just another way that Disney Pop Century dining focuses on families, which fits with the value resort mentality.
Lunch and Dinner
For lunch and dinner at Everything POP, you’ll find the same options. What is nice about this is that Everything POP is open all day, without a switch from the lunch foods to the dinner foods. The selection is also expansive for a counter service, meaning that you can shake up your choices from meal to meal.
Stick with something simple, like a bacon cheeseburger or chicken tenders, or you can expand out into a more substantial meal. Everything POP has four delicious and filling options – a roasted salmon dinner, roasted turkey dinner, braised pot roast, and hot turkey sandwich. Available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the roasted salmon comes topped with a tangy lemon butter sauce, and served with roasted potatoes and green beans. Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday you can get the roasted turkey dinner served with mashed potatoes, green beans, and gravy.
I recommend getting the burgers and such at lunch time, and then get the larger hot meals for dinner. This way, you’re changing up your meal, and also getting an appropriate portion to the time of day.
Pizza, Pasta, and Salads
Get cheese or pepperoni pizza by the slice, or purchase an entire pizza for $30. As the slices are about $11 each, if you have more than one person in your group eyeing that pizza, just go for the whole pie.
You can also get chicken parmesan, penne pasta with a breaded chicken breast topped with Provolone. Get your pasta in either Alfredo or marinara sauce, and enjoy that breadstick on the side for dipping! There’s also a pasta with meatballs option, which is essentially the same as the chicken parm, just with meatballs instead.
I get it, you might want something light for a change! Everything POP has two salad options – one with chicken and one with shrimp. Both come on Romaine lettuce, tossed with cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions. The salads include croutons your choice of dressing on the side.
Kiddos have some of the standard children’s fare, like chicken strips, cheeseburgers, and mac and cheese. These options all come with yogurt, sliced apples, and a choice between water or milk.
If they want to be a bit more adventurous, they can try the turkey sandwich on honey wheat bread or the pasta with chicken. Both have the same yogurt and beverage choice, although the pasta comes with green beans instead of fruit.
All of the bakery and treat options are still here at lunch and dinner, although there are a few special items for just this time of day. Get groovy with the tie-dye cheesecake, or sink your teeth into a Mickey rice crispy treat. One of our favorites is the Mickey Cupcake, a chocolate cupcake topped with cookies ‘n cream buttercream, then decorated with rainbow sprinkles and chocolate Mickey ears.
While it isn’t on their current official menu, Everything POP is known as the original home of the edible cookie dough. Now spread throughout Disney property, this safe-to-eat cookie dough treat is just what it sounds like. Soft, but gritty from the sugar, yummy from the butter, and chocolatey from the chips, this is a treat you won’t want to miss!
Also, if you’re doing a celebration while staying at Pop Century, you can pick up a Mickey-shaped celebration cake from the bakery. Coming in plain chocolate or white chocolate, one cake feeds about five people (depending on your slices!). This is a great way to celebrate a birthday, engagement, anniversary, or just being in Disney World!
Dining at Disney Pop Century shows you that a little can go a long way. We know you’ll love it – happy eating!
Grace Hoyos, Staff Writer
Grace is a life-long lover of all things Disney, particularly the parks at Walt Disney World. She is also an avid Disney Cruise Line enthusiast who regularly dreams of the white sands of Castaway Cay. Grace loves the fact that her Disney trips give her time to spend with her family, enjoy incredible food, and try new experiences.