What You Need to Know if You’re Staying at Pop Century or Art of Animation Soon

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The Value Resorts are a popular choice for many families vacationing at Walt Disney World. For many guests they satisfy the desire to be on Disney property, with magical Disney touches, while staying in budget. But, there are some things you need to know if you’re staying at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort or Disney’s Pop Century Resort anytime soon.

Hippy Dippy Pool at Pop Century Closed to Capacity – March 24, 2021

Here’s what you need to know about staying at Art of Animation and Pop Century:

  • The Big Blue Pool is closed for refurbishment through early April 2021
  • As a result there is a special price for tickets to Disney’s Blizzard Beach for Art of Animation guests only
  • The main pool at Pop Century can close due to capacity during peak periods
  • Lines for Disney Skyliner are long in the morning and around EPCOT’s opening time
  • Disney has placed signs encouraging guests to use their bus system instead
  • Disney Skyliner system does not have any lines during midday, but does get busy again at closing time
  • Each quick service dining location, one at Pop Century and one at Art of Animation, currently have simplified menus that are very similar
  • Resort hotel playgrounds are open, theme park playgrounds are still closed
Big Blue Pool at Art of Animation Closed for Refurbishment

During spring break, and upcoming summer, Disney hotel pools are more popular than ever. Currently the Big Blue Pool at Art of Animation is closed for refurbishment. Disney’s website states it is closed through early April 2021. But, in the Art of Animation lobby there is a sign advertising a special offer for Art of Animation resort guests only.

One-day water park tickets to Disney’s Blizzard Beach are just $25 plus tax for Art of Animation guests. This is about one third of the regular price. The sign indicates the effective date is through May 27, 2021. Usually Disney extends this type of offer to hotel guests when the main pool is closed for refurbishment.

Water Park Ticket Deal for Art of Animation Guests Only
Water Park Ticket Deal for Art of Animation Guests Only

While the Big Blue Pool is in refburhsment, you may want to consider requesting a room that is not near this area, due to noise and not-so-great views. Use our Room Finder for help selecting the room that best fits your needs.

Also in pool news, the Hippy Dippy Pool at Pop Century has been closing due to capacity as Spring Break crowds look for a midday pool break. When I visited the resort this week signs that read “Pool Closed” were located all around the perimeter of the pool. A Cast Member was stationed at the main entrance of the pool. I witnessed them asking a family trying to get into the pool area how many were in their party, and as another party left asked them what general area they were seated.

Hippy Dippy Pool at Pop Century Closed due to Capacity – March 24, 2021
Hippy Dippy Pool at Pop Century Closed due to Capacity – March 24, 2021
Hippy Dippy Pool at Pop Century Closed due to Capacity – March 24, 2021

We’ve seen reports of Disney’s Coronado Springs resort main pool closing during peak times too, but they have a nifty text notification system. The quiet pools at Pop Century and Art of Animation, and the water playgrounds, are open as normal and so far not seeing any capacity issues. And speaking of playgrounds, the resort hotel playgrounds are open, though theme park playgrounds remain closed.

Art of Animation Nemo Playground is Open – March 24, 2021
Art of Animation Nemo Playground is Open – March 24, 2021
Art of Animation Nemo Playground is Open – March 24, 2021

As you can imagine there are long lines for Disney Skyliner in the morning before park opening. Disney has signs placed indicating they have extra buses to Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. After the morning rush there are no lines. Park hopping hours of 2:00 p.m. can get a little busy at the transfer station of Caribbean Beach, but nothing compared to the morning rush. Closing time for the parks can be busy too, of course.

Skyliner Station for Art of Animation and Pop Century

The menus at Landscape of Flavors and Everything POP have been scaled back, like many dining locations throughout Walt Disney World. And you’ll need to utilize mobile ordering. If you need any customization on your order you’ll need to speak with a Cast Member at the registers.

Landscape of Flavors Mobile Ordering Set Up
Landscape of Flavors Dining Room – 2:00 p.m. March 24, 2021

So that’s about everything that’s new and recent at Disney’s Art of Animation and Disney’s Pop Century Resorts. Will you be staying anytime soon?

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Dani

Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

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