Does staying on Disney property without spending too much money sound like sweet music? For many Disney visitors looking to save some money without missing out on the magic of staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel, All-Star Music might be a masterpiece. The All-Star Resort hotels marked a new era in Walt Disney World owned and operated hotels. Prior to this resort the Value category did not exist. The decor features giant musical instruments, radios, and more. If you or anyone in your family is a music fan, this resort might hit a high note for your Disney vacation.
The location can seem less than desirable for some guests. Disney’s All-Star Resorts are located on the western side of Walt Disney World property. The three hotels are located next to each other as one large complex: Movies, Music, and Sports. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is super close by, just over five minutes via Disney’s complimentary bus transportation.
There aren’t any theme parks or attractions within a safe walking distance, though there is a McDonald’s that at the time of this publication is being completely redone. It is located just outside the entrance of the All-Star Resorts and is the only remaining instance of McDonald’s on Disney property.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach is just down the road, almost walkable. And the remaining theme parks and attractions are about 10 minutes away with Disney Springs and Magic Kingdom being the furthest distance from this hotel.
Important note: The entire All-Star Resorts complex is undergoing a refurbishment to be complete in early 2020. The rooms at Disney’s All-Star Music most likely won’t make you cheer like you’re at a concert of your favorite singer, but they are comfortable and sufficient for being in the Value category.
Each room includes two double beds, a flat panel TV with a dresser underneath, a table and two chairs, a beverage chiller / mini-fridge, and a bathroom with shower and tub combination and a separate sink area. The buildings have exterior hallways so you’ll enter your room from the outside. There are two room types, Standard and Preferred. The Preferred rooms feature a closer proximity to the main building at which the lobby, food court, merchandise shop, and bus stop are located. There are no view types; rooms can overlook the parking lot, courtyards, or pool, though the Preferred Rooms do not have parking lot views.
There are also Family Suites available with one Queen Bed in it’s own bedroom plus a separate living area that has a Twin-Size Sleeper Chair and a Double-Size Sleeper Sofa, plus a Twin-Size Sleeper Ottoman. There is one bathroom and a small kitchenette. The Family Suites were made from converted guest rooms and are a nice option for families that want a space that is a little more functional. Music is the only one of the All Stars to have Family Suites.
You can use the TouringPlans Room Finder to help you narrow down the exact room location you would like. Plug in your preferences and find rooms that match your needs. Then when you make your reservations and check in you can request your desired rooms. This tool is free to use!
Value resorts are a little skimpy on dining options, in fact, there is just one food court counter service at each one, and one poolside bar. The counter service option at All-Star Music, Intermission Food Court, has a nice variety of choices. The dining locations at All-Star Resorts have started to feature specialty cupcakes and other treats to enhance their offerings. The Singing Spirits pool bar is a decent place to grab a cold one, and when you’re ready to just relax in your room, you can opt for pizza delivery.
You can also walk to Disney’s All-Star Sports and All-Star Movies to visit their counter service locations, which are very similar, but have different menus.
Important Note: The Calypso Pool will be closed for refurbishment from mid-September 2020 through mid-December 2020. During this time guests can utilize the feature pools at either Sports or Music. This is the Sunshine State, so you’ll need a place to cool off. At All-Star Music you can splash around in the feature pool, Calypso Pool or the smaller, quieter pool, Piano Pool. A kiddie pool is also part of the feature pool area. There isn’t much to the pools here, but they are a nice place to relax and take a break from the parks. The Calypso Pool does feature the Three Caballeros as a fun fountain spraying into the pool.
Guests can also enjoy movies under the stars at each of the All-Star hotels. Each hotel plays a different movie each night so if All-Star Music isn’t playing a movie you are interested in then you can check out Sports or Movies. A regular playground helps kids get out any energy they have left. You can jog or run along the walkways and jogging trail throughout the entirety of the All-Star Resort hotels. An arcade is fun for kids and adults as it a mix of a few classic games, but mostly new ones.
Complimentary bus transportation is the only option for any of the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs. There is one large bus stop for each All-Star hotel, Movies, Music, and Sports. Sometimes the hotels share buses, but often the resorts are so busy that this is not the case.
It is worth noting that all of the All-Star hotels are very popular with youth groups, youth sporting groups, and travel tour groups. These resorts can get very busy and sometimes feel chaotic and loud. Just something to be aware of.
If you want to learn more about the All-Star Resorts check out our overview video:
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