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Pool Bar Series: Petals at POP Century Resort

POP Century sign

I’ve mentioned on the food blog before how much I enjoy Petals Pool Bar at POP Century Resort, and I thought it’d be fitting to dedicate a colorful TGIF blog to this great place.

Petals Pool bar

Again, there are some truly wonderful bartenders here (I don’t know how Disney finds so many of these top notch CMs), and Petals rivals Banana Cabana at Caribbean Beach Resort, Uzima Springs Pool Bar at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House, and Trout Pass at Wilderness Lodge for my “favorite folks” award.

Frozen Drink Machines and Flat Screen TV

Frozen Drink Machines and Flat Screen TV

POP Century Resort is themed around the pop culture of the past half century, and giant, two- and three-story icons represent nostalgic items and characters from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Petals is located at POP’s Hippy Dippy Pool, which is shaped like a giant flower and plopped down in the center of the two 1960’s buildings. This is the resort’s main pool, situated right behind the building housing the lobby, food court, and gift shop.

I really like the ability to stop into the food court or gift shop to get any items that might be needed, then stroll outside to grab a cocktail and have a seat in the shade. Because the pool is so close to the main building, you really don’t feel out of place having a cocktail at the pool bar when you’re not swimming. This is a great feature at value and moderate resorts, which don’t have indoor lounges.

There are no food offerings at Petals, but there’s a good variety of frozen, on-the-rocks, and non-alcoholic drinks. If you need something to nosh on, just pop into Everything POP Food Court for a snack, and bring it back out to the pool area!

Petals Pool Bar Menu

Petals Pool Bar Menu

Petals Pool Bar Menu

Petals Pool Bar Menu

Once you’ve settled in with your drink, pass the time by watching a ping-pong match on the nearby table, or ponder which Disney tattoo or hair wrap you might treat yourself to — those kiosks are just across the pathway from Petals!

Ping Pong Table

Ping Pong Table

Hair Wrap Station

Hair Wrap Station

Overall, Petals is a great place to comfortably relax. Even when I’m not staying at POP Century, I love popping by the resort for a bite to eat in the food court (one of the best on property in my opinion) and grab a drink at Petals. Good drinks, good people. I’m a big fan.


  1. Erin says:

    Thank you for this! I will be at POP Century in 23 days and fully intend on going to this bar!

  2. AJ says:

    You’ll love it, Erin!

  3. Mykelogan says:

    Love Petals! Pop Century is my favorite place to stay when at WDW, combines affordable lodging with some really great theming. The CMs there are great. Now I am craving an Orange Dream!

  4. AJ says:

    Thanks for your comment (and the twitter RT), Mykelogan! I really do think Pop Century is a wonderful resort — definitely one of my favorites. It makes me happy just to be there (and I love running on the trail by the lake!)

  5. Jen says:

    Thanks for the review! We’re going in 11 days and staying at Pop, and I fully intend to check it out. We’ve stayed there 2 times before, but have never checked out the bar!!

  6. AJ says:

    Hi Jen! Definitely check it out. It’s an awesome people-watching spot!

  7. Chrissy Valentin says:

    I have been staying a Pop Century every year since it opened. I absolutely love it, I can’t imagine staying anywhere else. I love Petals!! Johnny who is one of the bartenders there is very friendly and nice to talk to. He always remembers me and he make a mean Pina Colava! :)

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