The Disney All Star Movie Resort can be a good choice if you are looking for value and a decent standard of hotel for your next Walt Disney World vacation. But is it the Disney resort for you? This value resort is aimed at families wanting to stay on Disney property whilst keeping to a lower budget. The Movie Resort is the latest of the All Star Resorts (the others are All Star Music and All Star Sports) having first opened in 1998.
Larger than life and a whole lot of fun is the best way to describe Disney All Star Movie Resort. With a 35 foot tall Buzz Lightyear and a 40 foot tall Dalmation, and a 5 times larger than life Herbie the Beetle this hotel is definitely designed to bring a smile to everyone who stays there.
Rooms at Disney’s All Star Movie Resort
Here you will find the smallest rooms in the whole of Walt Disney World. At just 260 square feet they are compact but with rates starting at $82 a night in low season they are excellent value. Expect a good quality motel type room and this is what you will get – but with all the benefits of those extra Disney special touches.
The 1920 rooms are housed within one of 5 differently themed buildings: 101 Dalmations, Fantasia, Toy Story, Herbie:The Love Bug and The Mighty Ducks. Perhaps if they were building the resort now then they would have more modern themes to appeal to the younger members of the family. Toy Story tends to be the most popular amongst the kids of course! The buildings are 2 stories high with both elevators and stairs. There are motel style outdoor corridors for each room.
Each room has 2 double beds or a King size bed. There are many more double rooms than King rooms so if you want a larger bed then make sure you request that at the time of booking as only 74 King rooms are available. Each room sleeps up to 4 guests. It is fine for 2 adults and 2 younger children but my advice is if you have older children or more adults then one room is just not going to be enough. Connecting rooms are available and this may be a much better option.
The decoration in the rooms can best be described as colorful! Once again the emphasis is on fun and you will find brightly colored themed bedspreads and Disney small touches everywhere. If you expect a decent room with a small basic bathroom then you will not be disappointed. Luxury this is not. Value it most certainly is – you get to stay on Disney property for a very reasonable rate.
The views from the rooms are either parking lot, courtyard or pool.
The All Star Music Resort is a lively place. Lots of young children and groups stay at this resort. This of course equals some noise! If you want a quieter room then the options are to be honest a little limited. You may try to get a second floor room as that should cut down some of the noise. There are some rooms at the back of the resort which look out over some woods. If you want peace and quiet this may not be the resort for you!
The rates for a room at All Star Movies start at $82 and go up to $159 per room per night. You can also book a preferred room at the resort. These rooms start at $97 and go to $160 – you will be allocated a room closer to the hub of the resort at Central Hall so will have a room in Toy Story , 101 Damlations or Fantasia.
If you have more than 2 adults in your room then there is a $10 per extra adult charge per night. As has been mentioned it would be a very tight fit in the rooms with more than 2 adults so you want to think about this carefully!
The center of the resort is at the Central Hall Building. . Here you will find the check in facilities and the quick service dining, The World Premiere Food Court. You will also find an arcade, play ground and a gift shop. The choices in the food court are a little limited. This is very much fast food dining and it can get crowded and very noisy at times. It is a convenient place for a snack however as you will have to travel out of the resort for full service dining options. Of course you will be spoiled for choice in Walt Disney World so the limited food court is fine for many guests. It has the usual favorites: pizza, chicken nuggets, nachos and ice cream.
There are 2 swimming pools at the All Star Movie Resort, The Mighty Ducks and The Fantasia Pool. Both have excellent theming and are very popular!
The resort has Disney transportation buses to take you to the theme parks, water parks, Downtown Disney and the other resorts. The bus stop is located outside Cinema Hall. The Disney transport system is a great thing, but some guests do report that the waits and journey times can be long.
Is the Disney All Star Movie Resort a good option for your vacation. Really only you can decide. It does offer great value at prices which are much lower than other Disney resorts. But the trade off is is the smaller, more basic rooms and the potential noise and crowds. Many guests love the All Star Resorts and return year after year.
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Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.