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December 14, 2003 – Walt Disney World’s Pop Century Resort Opens

Pop Century

“Experience the unforgettable fads of the 1950s through the 1990s all over again.”

On December 14, 2003, the Pop Century Resort at Walt Disney World opened. The theme of the resort is important pieces of popular culture that defined the United States starting from 1950 to 1990, including toys (Rubik’s Cube), activities (bowling), and innovations (laptop computers). The resort is also known for its several pools: the 1960s Hippy Dippy Pool, the 1950s Bowling Pool, and the 1990s Computer Pool. The ’60’s section also includes a playground for younger children. The resort was originally planned to be completed in 2002, but was postponed due to the effects on tourism from the terrorist attacks in New York City. A section known as the Legendary Years was planned and had extensive work done, but was never opened; this section eventually turned into the Art of Animation Resort, which opened in 2012.


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