Why We Love Staying at Disney’s All-Star Resorts

Walt Disney World has several Resorts to stay at, ranging from Value to Deluxe categories.  We have really enjoyed staying at the Value Resorts called the All-Stars. Located in the Animal Kingdom area, the All-Star Sports, Music, and Movie Resorts live right next to each other, complete with a McDonalds near them for that familiar late night snack.

All-Star Sports~ Opened April 29, 1994

407-939-5000

Sections- Rooms are found in 3-Story Buildings in sections Home Run Hotel, Hoops Hotel, Touchdown, Surf’s Up, and Center Court.

  • Preferred Sections-
  • Rooms- 1920
  • Room Size- 260 square feet
  • Check-in Area- Stadium Hall
  • Food Court- End Zone
  • Gift Shop- Sport Goofy’s Gifts and Sundries
  • Arcade- Game Point
  • Swimming Pools- 2 pools.  The Main Pool is Surfboard Bay and the smaller second pool is called the Grand Slam Pool, which is shaped like a baseball diamond. Goofy can be found here squirting water at the unexpected in the pool.
  • Amenities-
    • Laundry Services
    • In-room Refrigerator
    • Cable or Satellite TV
    • Crib
    • Internet Access
    • In Room Safe
    • Wheelchair Access
    • Extended Theme Park Hours
    • Resort Transportation
    • Key to the World Card

Having stayed at this Resort twice, I can tell you that it is nothing great, but also nothing really wrong with it.  I have stayed in the Touchdown section and the Home Run Hotel, both were clean and both happened to be 3rd floor rooms. Elevators are located centrally in each building, and the signs are easy to follow to find your room.  I enjoyed the view of the back lawn and parking lot because it seemed to be a lot quieter. Having a room in ANY resort that faces a pool or main area tend to be very noisy areas, avoid these if you would like to sleep at night.

 

All-Star Music~ Opened November 22nd, 1994

407-939-6000

Sections- Broadway show tunes, calypso, country, jazz and rock n’ roll

  • Preferred Sections-
  • Rooms- 1604
  • Check-in Area- Melody Hall
  • Food Court- Intermission
  • Gift Shop- Maestro Mickey’s
  • Arcade- Note’able Games
  • Swimming Pools- 2 Pools- The Calypso Pool shaped like a guitar and the Piano Pool shaped as, of course, a piano. The Calypso Pool features the Three Caballeros—Donald Duck, José Carioca and Panchito shooting water into the pool.
  • Amenities-
    • In-room Refrigerator
    • Laundry Services
    • Cable or Satellite TV
    • Crib
    • Internet Access
    • In Room Safe
    • Wheelchair Access
    • Extended Theme Park Hours
    • Resort Transportation
    • Key to the World Card

 

I love this Resort for the very fact that if you love any type of music, it is featured here in the amazing giant icons in front of each building. We have stayed in the Country Section and the Broadway Section. We were tickled pink to be in the Country section once because our daughter loves Jessie, the cowgirl from Toy Story 2.  We topped it by staying at the Broadway section where we walked around the Beauty and the Beast signs and street filled with lampposts in our pj’s one night.  It was safe, and it was quiet. Again both sections are away from any pool or main area, so nice and peaceful.  

All-Star Movies ~ Opened January 15th, 1999

407-939-7000

Sections- Disney Pixar’s Toy Story, Fantasia, The Love Bug, The Mighty Ducks and One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

  • Preferred Sections- Toy Story, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, and Fantasia
  • Rooms- 1920
  • Room- 260 square feet
  • Check-in Area- Cinema Hall
  • Food Court- World Premiere
  • Gift Shop- Donald’s Double Feature
  • Arcade- Reel Fun
  • Swimming Pools- 2 Pools, the Main Pool is themed after Fantasia, and the smaller pool is like a hockey rink in the Mighty Ducks section. Sorcerer Mickey shoots water out of his hands as you swim around him.
  • Amenities:
    • In-room Refrigerator
    • Laundry Services
    • Cable or Satellite TV
    • Crib
    • Internet Access
    • In Room Safe
    • Wheelchair Access
    • Extended Theme Park Hours
    • Resort Transportation
    • Key to the World Card

Our favorite of the three Resorts is All-Star Movies. We fell in love with the large Toy Story icons in Andy’s Bedroom in the courtyard along with the life-size RC car you can take your picture in.

On the following stay, we decided to try out the 101 Dalmatians area. This section is located on the right hand side of the Main Building and is very close to the main pool.  We loved the themeing in our room and did in fact find and count all 101 Dalmatians that are scattered among this area.

The third time we stayed here, we tried a different section yet again. We would have gone back to the Dalmatians or Toy Story, but WDW got wise and pumped up the price of these sections due to their popularity and location to the Main Building. So we revved up our engines and checked into the Herbie Love Bug Section. We couldn’t believe how much we loved this area! The courtyard has one of the “real” Herbie cars from the recent movie with Lindsay Lohan which is a great photo op!  We found this section to be incredibly peaceful and close to the back parking lot.  The back of our building was closer to the All-Star Music Resort than our Main Building, so we would often walk over there to grab a bite to eat or for a short walk.

What to Know about the All-Stars

  • The WDW Bus System picks up and drops off at all three resorts. They often share busses for all three, meaning you will be picked up first at Sports, and dropped off last at Movies. These can be a pain when you need to make your dining reservations or get to and from the resort in a hurry. Keep in mind the resorts are side by side, so if you need to get back and you are staying at Music, you can get off at Sports and walk over. Just remember the order- Sports, Music, and then Movies.
  • We enjoyed the all of the food courts, but really like the Music’s a lot more. They have great seating, tons of booths, and just had a better vibe to it.  The food choices are basically the same of all three Resorts, and are usually always busy at breakfast and dinner. You can find alcoholic drinks on the outside of each food court across from the pool- be prepared to show I.D.
  • Each Resort contains a playground for your kids to burn off some steam- we found these near the Main Pool area.
  • All-Star Movies is the latest one that was built. The gift shop is a bit bigger and the lobby is a lot of fun. Kids can watch old time Disney cartoons while you check-in.  Unless you are checking-in at an odd time, this process can be a lengthy one.
  • You get what you pay for here. You will get a full-size bed, usually 2 in your room, with a clean room and bathroom.  Your hallways are all outside, and the noise level when staying near the main areas can be intolerable.  Having said that, most of us are in the Disney Parks from morning to night, and are usually half way into a coma coming back on the bus. The Values are great for a bed to sleep in and a place to unwind. These are NOT the Hiltons- if you are looking for a place that you can get a massage before going to the parks, or sit on the beach, you will not find these here.  It all comes down to money vs. comfort. You can have both if you are willing to be flexible on section choice and the time of year you attend.
  • These Resorts, along with Pop Century, are as cheap as they come on Disney property. Watch for codes released on the official DisneyParks.com website every couple of months to save even more money off your room.
  • Close your rooms at night, as noise can be heard clearly through the plumbing. If you hear noise from the room next to you and you share an adjoining door, roll up a towel and shove it under the door to block the noise and any light. Bring a fan or noise machine if you have a hard time sleeping with ANY possible noise.

I am sure there are many more reasons why to visit and why not to. Let us hear your experiences staying at the All-Star Resorts. Have a wonderful weekend.

 

3 thoughts on “Why We Love Staying at Disney’s All-Star Resorts

  • I haven’t heard many BAD things about the All-Stars, just that it’s the preferred resort for those with kids – a LOT of kids. Pools are said to close often due to someone being able to ‘hold it’ until they reach the room, which, being a former lifeguard, I have my biggest problem.

    That being said, of the Values, I prefer Pop Century. Like you said, I mostly spend all day in the parks, but coming back and seeing the gigantic Baloo and Mowgli really made it all worth it. And the giant Mr Potato Head made my Sister the happiest to be in Florida. The rooms are comfortable and far enough away from each other that noise really wasn’t an issue. The dances they have every so often are a blast, particularly watching the Cast Members have fun with the kids. 🙂

    Looking forward to my next stay – and your next blog!

  • I have stayed at Sports three times and found it really enjoyable. I loved it. I was in the Touchdown rooms, Surf Up rooms, and in the center court rooms. I loved them all. I was with someone who was handicapped and it was a lot better for us in the Touchdown rooms. Shorter walks for her.
    I will be trying Pop Century this December. I can not wait I like the look of everythng plus the huge Boloo.

  • I have stayed in the value resorts and can say I have enjoyed all but the Pop Century. I wont stay at Pop Century again. Of the value resorts I found the all-star sports (baseball area) to have the most comfortable beds I have slept in of the values. The theming is great at all the values and when most of what we do is just sleep in the room, the accomodations are adequate. Food court and gift shops were fine as well. Bus service was manageable, though the Movies is the one we saw as having the biggest room for improvement, though no real complaints. I will be staying at Movies in September when I go and split my stay between the Movies and moderate and deluxe resort as well (yes, switching resorts during extended stay). The thing I miss most at the value resorts is shade. I will try the new one once that opens. Cant wait to see the progress at it and any pictures as they come out 🙂 Great value the all-stars and value resorts.

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