The number 1 most requested resort by travel agents who book runDisney races is Pop Century. There are a lot of reasons why runDisney runners and Disney vacationers enjoy this resort and we’re going to show off a few of them. What’s the best Disney resort for runDisney marathon weekends? This Pop Century room tour makes a strong case!
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Why Runners Love Pop Century
You might be a Pop Century lover if you run all the races and spend your non-running time inside the theme parks.
For you, a resort that does the job and doesn’t bite your budget too hard is key- since you aren’t in the room much anyway.
We get it- and we’re here to say you make very good choices.
Pop Century is one of our favorite resorts for a runDisney weekend for all those reasons.
It’s also a great place to stay if you are NOT a runner. Disney guests often rank this resort as one of their favorite budget options.
And if you’ve stayed at the value resorts at Walt Disney World lately, you know there’s been some big step-ups in room design and comfort.
We’re talking walk-in showers, open closet design, and plenty of bathroom shelves and room.
And the biggest upgrade: 2 queen beds.
Running Trails At Disney World: Running Around Pop Century
You can get additional miles around the resort’s lake using the New Balance jogging paths.
There are about 1.1 to 1.38 miles of jogging that can be done if you include dipping into the resort sections (50s and 80s) to make it a bit longer.
Might make for a long virtual runDisney race, but doing 3 loops could get that 5K done on property pretty easily.
Photo Room Tour of a Pop Century Standard Room
So Pop Century has a lot going for it as a resort in general: a decent food court and a great gift shop.
You don’t generally share buses with other resorts, which is huge.
And, holla to that Skyliner access.
This is one of the main reasons runners think Pop Century is the best resort for a runDisney race weekend.
But when you book Pop, you are probably most interested in the room.
Here are some pics that help you see what you get inside the room.
We tried to take photos of major elements that matter to Disney vacationers- and yes, you runners and your need for coffee were at the top of our list!
Best Disney Resort for runDisney Marathon Weekends: Pop Century Coffee Maker and Supplies
It’s a single-pod coffee maker at Pop Century (but you can brew two cups at once- just need two pods!).
If you need more supplies, just call Housekeeping.
We use a lot of coffee on race weekends, so we always ask for a big bag of creamer and pods and cups.
Pop Century Room Tour: The Beds At Pop Century
This was the biggest upgrade to the resort in recent years.
You still get two beds in each room (unless you book a King), but one can double as a table for work or meals.
We usually set the laptops out on the table to check email as needed (travel agent’s work is never done- even when at Walt Disney World).
That table is a super nice addition and great use of the space in the Pop Century rooms.
And all the pillows you could possibly want.
But of course, if you need more: just call Housekeeping and they can deliver.
Pop Century Room Tour: Pop Century Bathrooms
The bathrooms were not spared in the great renovation of 2018-2019.
And we are here for this new look.
Bright, airy, and full of useful cabinets and spaces.
This makes spreading out as a family or group much easier now that more options are loaded into the restroom area.
The powder room and shower are together in one area.
It’s a walk-in with dual shower heads (one can be removed and held for kids).
And we have the standard bulk shampoo and conditioner and body wash located here.
Not my favorite, but the Mousekeeping staff keeps things stocked which is important to most guests.
Extra Things To Note in the Rooms At Pop Century
The room comes with a standard Disney phone, and they actually work.
We can’t say that for all the phones we’ve used in Walt Disney World resorts, ahem.
You also get a cleaned and covered TV remote, big screen TV, and TONS of plugs and USB outlets.
Beyond the Pop Century Room Tour: Skyliner Access
The newest travel option at Walt Disney World is the Disney Skyliner and there’s a station located at Pop Century.
It’s on the bridge that links Pop to Art of Animation and it’s so easy to access.
We changed our dining plans just so we could take advantage of this travel option and hit up a meal at the Boardwalk.
We were staying in the 70s section of the resort, so the walk over to the Skyliner was quick and easy.
If Skyliner is a priority to you, we can recommend this section of Pop Century as best for Skyliner access.
It took 5 minutes to walk there.
And it was a peaceful stroll as well.
While we think the Pop Century room tour is helpful, knowing about the Disney Skyliner access is the clincher for runDisney runners.
At least that seems to be the pattern that we hear as travel agents who book runDisney events.
And we get it- this Skyliner makes getting around Walt Disney World a breeze.
It’s probably why Pop Century is high on the list when it comes to the best Disney resort for runDisney marathon weekends
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Patty Holliday has been running Disney since 2011. She knows just about every tip, trick, and hack there is to cover the runDisney Magical Miles at Disney World and Disneyland. She knows every mile isn’t *always* magical- but with training, tips, and a little bit of pixie dust, they can be a lot of fun! You can also find her at noguiltlife.com and noguiltfangirl.com