In late February, I traveled down to Walt Disney World to celebrate One More Disney Day; and because it was a last-minute trip, I was traveling on a tight budget and without my husband. So I decided to stay at Disney’s Pop Century Resort.
I’d visited the resort and shopped in Everything Pop Shopping and Dining on a previous trip, but I’d never ordered food from the Food Court portion of the massive retail location before. I’m excited to share my findings with you.
My first impression: Everything Pop is loud and overwhelming. There are lots of kids, lots of Disney resort mugs, and lots of folks wandering around without looking where they’re going. It took me a moment to get my bearings.
But after taking a quick walk around the perimeter of the food court, I regained my confidence, and I didn’t run into any problems. In fact, I found myself looking forward to my morning visit to the food court. It has a fun, festive atmosphere. It’s a very Disney way to start the day!
My only actual complaint about the food court is that it’s really cold in there in late February and early March! Especially if you’re traveling with small kids, I’d bring a sweater.
The food court itself is set up in sort of a half-moon, with six different service stations and a prepared food area. At breakfast, only three of the stations and the grab-and-go area in the back were open. But there were plenty of options, from POP waffles and chocolate croissants to omelets and breakfast platters.
Once you’ve loaded up your tray, the checkout counters stand between you and the tables, and the condiment bar is just beyond the cash machines.
One very important thing to note: you won’t find serviceware at the condiment bar. Your forks, spoons, and knives are at the back of the checkout counter.
Once you’ve loaded up on food and fixings, it’s time to find a seat! The seating area is massive. Even when the food court seems loud and full, there is plenty of seating.
If you’re traveling with smaller children, head toward the right after you check out — there’s an area with kid-sized tables and televisions playing cartoons on the southeast side of the dining hall.
During my One More Disney Day trip, I ate at Everything Pop on three mornings, so of course I tried three different breakfast items!
On the first morning, I ordered the adventurous Breakfast Pizza. It’s a pita, spread with sausage gravy and topped with scrambled eggs, cheese, and bacon crumbles. I was a little worried that it would be dry, but it was really delicious — and it was even good after it got cold.
It was also huge and very filling — it kept me going through the morning in Hollywood Studios and a visit to both Port Orleans resorts!
My second morning, I ordered a breakfast wrap filled with bacon and eggs. My wrap was prepared right before my eyes by a perky Cast Member who made my morning: “This is my first wrap of the day. I hope it’s great!”
Unfortunately, it was a little dry; and I don’t eat ketchup, but I am sure it would have been great with some moisture added.
My wrap came with a side of home-style breakfast potatoes, which were perfectly cooked — not too soft. They’d be great with the addition of onions or peppers.
The Pop Century Omelet bar offers three omelets every day: cheese, ham and cheese, and Western. They also serve a fourth omelet, which rotates from day to day. Finally, on my last morning in Orlando, the omelet I’d been waiting for came up: the Key West Omelet.
It’s full of turkey, Swiss, bacon, and spinach; and it is warm, comforting, and slightly nutty (from the cheese). It’s the most perfect comfort-omelet ever and the perfect power-food for a long day of touring and traveling.
The Key West typically comes with guacamole on top, but I asked for it on the side. I was a little bit leery of guacamole on my eggs, but it really brightened up the omelet. It was like a whole new meal — still comforting and delicious but also slightly adventurous (for me). If, like me, you’re suspicious of avocado and eggs, ask for the topping on the side. You won’t be sorry.
Bonus snack!! On One More Disney Day, I took a nap. You can call me names in the comments if you want, but I was the kind of Disney-tired that requires a nap. Before I headed to my room to accept my One More Disney Defeat, I stopped in the food court for the snack of champions: Worms and Dirt.
It’s chocolate pudding, Oreo cookie crumbles, and gummy worms, but it’s so much more than that.
You can pick up a to-go cup of this delicious treat in the prepared foods section of the food court, and it is worth every penny of its $1.99 price tag.
I was a little bit worried about eating breakfast alone every morning. Would I be the weird girl with the camera, snapping pictures like a loon and eating alone? Yes, I would. (A food court doesn’t have the power to change who you are.) But I didn’t feel weird or out of place.
Everything Pop Shopping and Dining is a mad house in the best way. It’s full of great food, delicious smells, and families (and solo travelers) having fun. The food is playful and filling, and it’s decently priced by Disney standards. I’d gladly eat here again and again and again!
Have you eaten at Everything Pop? We’d love to hear your review in the comments!
Melissa Sue Sorrells Galley works in higher education communications in upstate New York, where she lives with her husband, Robert, and her cavapoo, George. She’s is the co-editor of Mouse on the Mind.
Editor’s Note: See our previous review of Pop Century Breakfast here.