After all of my visits to Walt Disney World, this was my first time staying at the All Star Movies. I had toured the resort at length, but it’s a very different experience when you’re staying there.
When we arrived at the resort, there was a rather long line for check in. I don’t know if this is normal (as I said, this was my first visit here) – but the line was long. I assumed that a Magical Express bus had just arrived (we drove) and that was why there were so many people. We decided to go grab a quick bite in the food court and let the line subside. When we returned after dinner, it was a little shorter – but not by much.
There were only 2 of us staying in the room, and we were comfortable with the space, the rooms are 260 square feet in size. There were two double beds so we each had our own. The All Star Resorts sleep up to 4 people in a room, but I think if it were 4 adults it would have been a little crowded.
The bathroom was a bit small, but I had expected that. The vanity area was a decent size for the two of us.
Storage space was not in abundance, but was enough for 2 women to unpack everything. The closet area next to the vanity is big enough to hold your suitcases. If you have 4 people unpacking, you might not fit it all in the drawer spaces (if you pack like we do!).
When we went for dinner at the World Premier Food Court we were happy with the variety of selections. The Majestic Shop had pizza, mac and cheese, and flatbreads. I opted for the Roxy Shop that had burgers, hot dogs and chicken nuggets, although the pot roast at the Lyric Shop looked good too! I of course finished my meal with a treat from the Rialto Shop where they had some pretty cool desserts.
While we didn’t have time to enjoy the pools (we were leaving on a Disney Cruise the next day) I did have a chance to take a look around and soak in the atmosphere. There are two pools for the All Star Movies, the Duck Pond Pool and Fantasia. The Duck Pond Pool is a Mighty Ducks theme and the Fantasia pool is of course themed after Fantasia with a big Sorcerer Mickey fountain. The pools are very cute and have life jackets are available for the little ones who aren’t strong swimmers yet.
I had heard stories that the All Star Resorts were often the place for larger groups of kids to stay on school events or cheerleading competitions due to the affordability of them. Once I was settled in my room I went to go to get some ice from the machine and I saw them pull up – 3 large buses of teenagers! It turned out that they were well behaved and were not loud at all that evening, so I can safely say my experience at the resort was not impacted.
Would I stay at the All Star Movies again? It depends. If I’m looking for an economy trip – absolutely. It had all the amenities of staying on Disney property, it was clean, it was cheerful and the cast members were great. That being said, I like to relax a little at my resort and this just had a little too much hustle and bustle for me.
How about you? Have you stayed at an All Star Resort? Leave us a comment below!