Disney’s Value Resorts may be one of the least expensive resorts on property, and the theming can seem a little cliché, but they are actually really great resorts.
Disney’s Pop Century Resort falls into the value category and honors the decades gone by with 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s-themed areas.
Lots of people go straight to their room and don’t bother to look around. This is a mistake! Take a walk around the resort, and you just might find yourself getting a history lesson! As you meander down the walkways, you’ll find signs with a year and a fact.
Today, we’re going to take a virtual walk around the resort and explore these facts. The next time you’re at Pop Century, you can take a real tour!
Let’s get started!
1950: The most popular PEZ dispensers to date are Mickey Mouse and Santa Claus. The comic strip “Peanuts” goes into syndication.
1951: Color TV becomes available in the U.S. Willie Mays starts with the New York Giants and is named rookie of the year.
1952: Comedienne Lucille Ball wins an Emmy for “I Love Lucy.” The show also stars her husband, Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz. That same year, they sign an $8 million contract, the largest in TV history.
1953: For an unprecedented fifth straight year, the New York Yankees win the World Series, defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers four games to two.
1954: Dr. Jonas Salk licenses his polio vaccine. In Brown vs. the Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court rules against segregation in public schools.
1955: DISNEYLAND opens in Anaheim, California. (On July 17!) The word “smog” is first used to describe the combination of smoke and fog that hangs over U.S. cities.
1956: A record 54 million TV viewers tune into “The Ed Sullivan Show” to see Elvis Presley, who tops the charts with “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, and “Blue Suede Shoes.”
1957: Utah becomes the last state on the Navaho Nation to give voting rights to Navahos. Frisbee disc throwing sweeps across U.S. college campuses.
1958: A Hula Hoop costs $1.98. 25 million are sold in two months. The Grammys are awarded for the first time.
1959: Alaska and Hawaii are admitted to the U.S. Frank Lloyd Wright’s creation, the Guggenheim Museum, opens in New York City.
1960: 10,000 screaming teenage fans greet the Beatles when they land at JFK Airport in New York City. The Fab Four then perform live on “The Ed Sullivan Show”.
1961: The Gateway Memorial Arch, created by Eero Saarinen, is completed in St. Louis MO. Soft contact lenses are invented.
1962: Astronaut John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth, circling the globe three times. Sam Walton opens the first Wal-Mart.
1963: In the largest civil rights demonstration to date, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech. Kodak launches the instamatic camera.
1964: The census shows women heading to work in record numbers, up to 34% from 25% in 1940. The Laser is created.
1965: Chubby Checker’s number one hit, “The Twist”, sets off a dance craze. Miniskirts are shown as haute couture at the fashion houses of Dior and Courreges.
1966: The Clean Water Restoration Act is Passed to combat pollution. Sci-fi series “Star Trek” makes its TV debut.
1967: Thurgood Marshall becomes the first African American appointed to the Supreme Court. Disney’s “The Jungle Book” swings into theatres.
1968: The first cash dispensing machine is installed by First Philadelphia Bank. Hollywood releases; “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and “Yellow Submarine”.
1969: Astronaut Neil Armstrong steps out of Apollo 11 and walks on the moon. Woodstock Rock Festival opens in Upstate New York.
1970: 126 runners show up for the first New York City Marathon & run around Central park four times. The Environmental Protection Agency is created to control air and water pollution.
1971: Walt Disney World Resort opens in Orlando, Florida. Intel produces the first microprocessor chip.
1972: “Pong”, the first video game, is introduced to the public. The Miami Dolphins go undefeated and win the Super Bowl.
1973: The Sears Tower in Chicago opens as the tallest building in the world.
1974: “People” magazine is launched by Time, Inc. Hammerin’ Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth’s career home run record.
1975: Microsoft, located in Seattle, Washington, is founded by Paul Allen, age 22, and Bill Gates, a 19-year-old Harvard drop-out.
1976: America celebrates its bicentennial. Barbara Walters joins ABC NEWS as the first women to co-host the network news.
1977: “Saturday Night Fever” inspires a worldwide disco-dancing craze. Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” wins the best picture Oscar.
1978: U.S. fitness craze is launched when 200 million pairs of sneakers and over 620,000 copies of Jim Fixx’s “The Complete Book of Running” are sold.
1979: A nuclear accident at Three Mile Island causes over 100,000 people to evacuate. Health food sales total over 1 billion dollars.
1980: In Washington state, Mt. St. Helens erupts. The laser-scanning process for reading bar codes is perfected by IBM.
1981: Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first woman Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. MTV gains a huge following of teenage viewers.
1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a black granite wall, inscribed with names of more than 58,000 who died in Vietnam, is dedicated in Washington, DC.
1983: The last episode of M*A*S*H draws the largest audience for a single TV show: 125 million viewers.
1984: Los Angeles hosts the Olympic Games and Americans win 83 gold medals. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” becomes the biggest selling album in history.
1985: Book-to-movie adaptations become box office hits with “Out of Africa” and “The Color Purple.” Oprah Winfrey’s talk show begins.
1986: $1.1 million is paid for a one minute TV ad on the Super Bowl. The federal budget deficit reaches $2 trillion.
1987: Engineer, Scott Stillinger invents the Koosh Ball to teach young kids how to catch. The name comes from the sound the ball makes.
1988: Faxphones are $1,295 and a Compaq 286 laptop is $5,399. Internet virus jams over 6,000 military computers.
1989: “The Little Mermaid” swims into theatres. Disney-MGM Studios opens at Walt-Disney World Resort.
1990: Space Shuttle Discovery is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying the Hubble Space Telescope.
1991: A sheet of the original first printing of the Declaration of Independence, found at a flea market in the backing of a painting, sells for $2.4 million.
1992: The NAFTA trade pact is signed by Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. Johnny Carson’s last show draws 55 million viewers.
1993: Beanie Babies are born. The National Science Foundation increases the amount of data that can be transmitted between computers in a second, and everyone starts surfing the Net.
1994: “The Lion King” roars into movie theatres. “Forrest Gump”, starring Tom Hanks, is released and wins an Oscar for Best Picture. The movie spans the ’50s through the ’90s.
1995: The Dow Jones Index of 30 major industrial stocks top the 5,000 mark for the first time. The first blue M&M joins the pack.
1996: Toy Story is released. It was the first feature-length film animated entirely by computer.
1997: Rock star Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind,” a tribute to Marilyn Monroe in 1970, is revised in memory of Princess Diana and becomes the best selling single of all-time.
1998: El Niño, a large-scale periodic warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean, affects the world climate, upsetting normal weather patterns.
1999: As the year 2000 approaches with a wink 😉 and a smile :), the world awaits Y2K and prepares itself for the various perceived challenges.
Do you enjoy the history signs at Disney’s Pop Century?