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A family-oriented, movie-themed resort with all the Disney resort perks, but also low quality rooms and facilities
The 1,920-room All-Star Movies is a sprawling, family-oriented resort with some elements of several Disney movies, from Mighty Ducks bedding to a 47-foot-tall Buzz Lightyear statue in the grounds. It's in Disney's Value category, the cheapest rung of Disney resorts (above camping, that is). Its guest rooms are smaller, its features are fewer, and, unlike the Moderate- and Deluxe-category resorts, its only food option is a self-serve cafeteria. It is one of a triplet of near-identical All-Star properties next to one another ( and have the same layout, food options, and activities, but different decorations).
The resort consists of five different motel-style, three-story buildings; each building is decorated to represent a different Disney film: Toy Story, Fantasia, Love Bug, 101 Dalmatians, and The Mighty Ducks. It has two movie-themed pools, a small video-game arcade, and fake tattoo and hair wrap carts set up in the afternoon -- little else.
Like all Disney resorts, the hotel comes with some great perks: free parking throughout Disney World; free shuttle service to Disney resorts, parks, and Downtown Disney; extended hours at Disney parks; you can charge any activities, food, or purchases at a Disney park or resort to your room bill.
However, due to the All-Stars resorts' location on the far outskirts of Disney World near Animal Kingdom, it is a generally a less-desirable option than other value-category options like the more central Pop Century, which offers faster direct shuttles to Epcot and other Disney parks.
Services are basic and the staff is very small, but guests get all the benefits of staying at a Disney resort.
Compared to Disney's more expensive resorts, like the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, this property seems to have a skeleton staff: front desk staff, security, lifeguards, and cafeteria check-out staff perform minimal practical services; not a pampering customer service experience. All of the dining is self-serve, there are no kids' clubs or supervised activities on-site, and the lines at the front desk can get frustratingly long. But, like at all Disney resorts, you're guaranteed a set of free services. These include free transportation within Disney, off-hours access to the parks, and the ability use the room key card to charge theme-park purchases to the rooms.
Inside Walt Disney World Resort, a five to 10-minute shuttle to Animal Kingdom
Disney All-Star Movies is one of three adjacent "All-Star" properties (and being the other two) located on the far western end of Walt Disney World, near . It's relatively isolated from many of the park's most popular areas, Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney, making the shuttle rides longer in many cases (up to 25 minutes, for example) and less convenient, especially for families.
Like most Disney resorts, Disney's All-Star Movies Resort is set back from the main roads. It's quiet, but like just about any Orlando resort, there isn't anything to do, eat, or see within reasonable walking distance.
Small, dated, movie-themed guest rooms with poor sound insulation
The guest rooms feel old (the last section of the resort was constructed in 1999 and it does't look like the rooms have seen much of a renovation since then). The walls and carpet are shabby;and dirty are clear signs that the rooms are due for an update.
While the on-site facilities might be a bit limited, at least compared to most other Orlando resorts, guests can use the free Disney shuttle service (or just drive themselves) to get to other resorts -- including the Animal Kingdom and Coronado Springs -- and freely use the kids' club, gym, restaurants, pools, and shops there.
Small rooms and minimal on-site kids' activities, but highly affordable rates and kid-friendly themes
The All-Star properties are designed for families: kid-friendly themes; affordable, kid-friendly cafeteria-style dining; and activities like a video-game arcade and multiple supervised pools. That said, the entertainment is sparser and quality of rooms and facilities lower than at Disney properties of a higher tier -- rooms are somewhat small and in need of renovations; there's no kids' club; and food options, despite being kid-friendly, are still somewhat limited. It's best enjoyed as a landing pad for families spending most of their time (and money) at the parks.
Well cleaned, but furniture, and are in need of repair,
Though housekeeping is visibly active throughout the property, the rooms' grounds seem well-enough maintained, but Disney clearly puts minimal investment into updating the facilities and rooms., , and are clearly reaching their expiration date. The
Dining is an area where the cost cut of Disney's "Value" resorts really shows -- the only food available on-site is a single, self-serve cafeteria, End Zone, which serves kid-friendly options like pizza, pasta, fried chicken, and chili-cheese dogs. During breakfast and dinner, long lines overwhelm the cashiers and it can be hard to find a place to sit.
One of Disney's least expensive resorts, the 1,920-room All-Star Movies Resort is one of three adjacent, virtually identical All Star properties. Small, worn rooms, scarce food options, two fairly ordinary pools, and Disney's standard set of free services -- not bad, for the price, but the similarly priced Pop Century has faster access to most of Disney's theme parks.