Seriously, this food court is one of my favorite counter-service spots in Disney World, and it always has been. They have such a variety of good food here, plus they still focus on making unique and “you-can-only-find-it-here” items, which I think is critical to a great Disney restaurant. Where else can you find things like tie-dye cheesecake and Mom’s Night Out TV dinners? (I want to feel like I’m eating somewhere special and unique, you know?)
So today I’d like to focus on one of the best meals to eat the Pop food court — breakfast. While lunch and dinner are great here, breakfast is a fantastic deal!
The Pop Century food court, also known as Everything Pop Shopping and Dining since Pop Century was the first resort to integrate the food court and the resort’s gift shop into one giant experience, is a sight to see! Themed after the last five decades of the 20th Century, the food court pays homage to rubik’s cubes, roller blades, and even those fun Video Game tables that have games like centipede and Pac-Man on them! (Awesome.)
The place is loud and raucous all the time — even when it’s empty — because it’s positively cavernous in there! The Disney Channel is on big TVs all over the place, sounds are bouncing off of the tiles and the ceiling, and it’s just plain happy. (Unless, of course, you’ve been in the parks for 12 hours and all you want is a bottle of water and a bed…then it’s not so happy.)
The set-up is in “pods” like other food courts, which has more meaning for lunch and dinner than it does breakfast. At breakfast, there are only three pods open, and with the exception of the omelet station, the rest is just a mass of breakfast carbs (with some sausage on the side). 😉
But don’t forget that there’s plenty of options for breakfast in the grab-and-go section of the food court. Fruit, soft-boiled eggs, yogurt, pastries, cereal, and more can be found over in the refrigerated section area.
We decided to go for two of the most-loved items at the Pop Century Food Court — the classic Pop Waffle and the (more protein-y) breakfast wrap.
The waffles can be found at the first station to your left in the food court, and here’s where you get things like waffles, cinnamon rolls, chocolate-filled croissants, and meat side orders.
It’s fascinating just to watch the loooooong line of waffle makers producing their wares! (I wonder where I can get a waffle maker like that!)
The finished Pop waffles are placed in heated area next to the Mickey waffles, which is just mean. Who can choose between a Pop waffle and a Mickey waffle?!?
But, well, since you can only get a Pop waffle in one place, I think you owe it to yourself to try one. They’re made with the same yummy batter as Mickey waffles, but they’re just BIGGER! Light, fluffy, and perfect for a Disney morning.
Cute, huh? Don’t forget to decorate with strawberry sauce if you’re into that sort of thing…
Next up, we headed over to the Omelet station to get a little protein to keep us going. Here’s where you get a variety of omelets (sadly, no make-your-own option here) and other egg-y delights. Notice the “omelets of the day” — Key West, Vegetable, and Chorizo! (What’s in a Key West omelet? Limes?)
We chose the breakfast wrap, which included cheese and bacon with a healthy portion of scrambled eggs in a flour tortilla. This came with a serious helping of breakfast potatoes!
We loved it, of course. The large portion is the perfect fill-me-up for a long morning (or DAY) in the parks. We weren’t hungry for hours after this one, to be sure. And there’s plenty to share.
Finally, while we didn’t get anything from the French Toast and Pancakes pod, it did look good! Choices included french toast, pancakes (with topping optional), chocolate chip pancakes, and oatmeal. Sides of meat were extra.
Like I said — I’m a fan of this place and have been for a long time. The food’s almost always good (sometimes better than good), and the service has been uniformly excellent in my experience here. Cast member are great — helpful, interested in their jobs, and patient with moi, who ducks under line barriers and peeks behind the counter to get good food shots of stuff I’m not ordering (seriously, that must be annoying for the cast members who encounter me).
I especially like to come here solo. I find Pop Century a fun resort to walk around (they’re building Art of Animation across the lake, so it’s cool to see what’s happening there, too!), and the food is yummy and cheap. You can’t beat that.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Pop Century Food Court. Let me know what you think in the comments section below!
Thanks to Pop Century Site for the use of pics again!