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Looking across the lake at Pop Century's unfinished "Legendary Years"

Looking across the lake at Pop Century's unfinished "Legendary Years"

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Did you catch Mark Goldhaber's latest WDW Update column over on MousePlanet yesterday? You know, the one where Mark talks about the Walt Disney World Resort is reportedly finally getting ready to restart construction of the "Legendary Years" side of the Pop Century Resort? If not ... Well, then go check it out right now. It's a really a good column.


Photo by Jeff Lange

Mr. Goldhaber's right, by the way. About that whole all-suite-hotel idea? Over the past week, Disney's new Big Cheese (AKA The company's new CEO Bob Iger) has been talking up this concept to various reporters. Citing the strong positive guest response that that all-suites test wing over at the All Stars Music Resort has received. Which suggests (To Bob, anyway) that an entire resort that's configured like this will be extremely popular with future Disney World visitors.

Me personally? To be honest, I really don't much care how the rooms at this WDW hotel will ultimately be configured. I'll just be glad when the other half of the Pop Century Resort is finally open for business.

For me, it's always been kind of sad to drive along Century Drive and see that rusted chain link fence that bars the entrance to this part of the resort ...


Photo by Jeff Lange

To see those uncompleted "Legendary Years" buildings stick up behind the trees ...


Photo by Jeff Lange

I mean, it always felt kind of bizarre (to me, anyway) to visit this half-finished WDW resort. To have all those colorful, brightly decorated buildings on the "Classic Years" side of Pop Century that celebrated the 1950s, 1960s, the 1970s, 1980s & 1990s ...


Photo by Jeff Lange

But then -- just on the other side of Hourglass Lake, across the Generation Gap Bridge -- you have all of these unfinished, drab brown buildings.


Photo by Jeff Lange

Like "Legendary Hall" (I.E. This part of the Pop Century Resort's combination registeration, restaurant & retail area). All standing there, empty. Waiting to be painted & propped.


Photo by Jeff Lange

You know, if you drive around the "Classic Years" parking lots, you can actually get quite close to these uncompleted sections of the Pop Century Resort.


Photo by Jeff Lange

Of course, I'd be able to get better shots of the "Legendary Years" side of this WDW resort if it weren't all fenced off. If some kindly WDW cast member had just a gate open ...


Photo by Jeff Lange

Oh, look! Some kindly WDW cast member did leave a gate open for me. Which is why you really want to come back to JHM on Thursday to see what this uncompleted side of the Pop Century resort actually looks like.

When he's not busy taking pictures of uncompleted hotels, Jeff Lange spends his time producing an extremely popular series of Disney theme park DVDs. Which are now available for sale at Jeff's very own online store, JeffLangeDVD.com.

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  • This "all-suite" concept may take me to these resorts with my family. I usually shy away from the value resorts since I prefer the slightly larger rooms at the moderate or deluxe so my kids can unwind (and not kill me in the process).

    I look forward to some more pictures of the unfinished side...
  • Maybe I'm weird, but the unfinished look is... refreshing, somehow. The decor at the rest of the Value resorts is so over the top that it's kind of a nice change of pace.

    Maybe Disney can open them as-is. Just change the name from "Pop Century Classic Years" to Disney's Generic Value Resort" and they're all set! ;)  
  • I'm not a fan of the "All-Star" or "Pop Century" resorts, i stayed at Music once, for those of you who've traveled down I-95 to get to WDW, it reminded me of a nicer version of "South of the Border", definitely not Magical at all.

    If they wanted to do a 40's themed resort, i'd rather them do something tastefull with period-acurate colors and art deco accents, leave the giant words and tacky props for the T-shirt stands in Kissimee please!
  • Jedi, your SOTB reference is quite on the money.  Still, there is something alluring about a building holding THAT MANY fireworks.
    Back to WDW.  Disney has to build what the customers are calling for.  If there are more people clamoring for suite style rooms at the usual Disney small suite price than there are people searching for two full size beds to recharge on, then build the suites.  And vice versa.  So far as the theme of the resort, I kinda like the idea of Disney's Art Deco Resort.  (Hey, they don't pay me to come up with the names.)  They could really make this resort a fun sight with taste and class.  And while Pop Century may be fun, I don't know that I would classify it as tasteful and/or classy.  
  • I could deal with an Art Deco resort, or even a resort where the various sections were styled to whatever was popular back then. All-Stars and Pop Century are interesting to look at, and I guess they'd be OK to stay in, but the resorts seem so weirdly decorated compared to the great theming the Moderate and higher level resorts have.  
  • Looking across the lake at Pop Century's unfinished "Legendary Years"

  • Looking across the lake at Pop Century's unfinished "Legendary Years"

  • Looking across the lake at Pop Century's unfinished "Legendary Years"

  • Looking across the lake at Pop Century's unfinished "Legendary Years"

  • Looking across the lake at Pop Century's unfinished "Legendary Years"

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