Batter up! 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 Sports might be a home run. One of the first Value hotels ever built, 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 theme of Disney’s All-Star Sports may not appeal to everyone. Sports decor is everywhere including giant baseball bats, basketballs, hockey gear, and more. But if you’re into sports or have kids that are, then this might be a high score for your Disney vacation.
Being a Value resort, the location can seem less than desirable. Disney’s All-Star Resort is 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 Resort 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 Resort is undergoing a refurbishment to be complete in early 2020. The rooms at Disney’s All-Star Sports most likely won’t make you cheer like a top sports fan, 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. 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!
Take a tour of a Preferred Room at Disney’s All-Star Sports in our video:
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 Sports, End Zone Food Court, has a nice variety of choices in its food court style set-up. The dining locations at All Star Resorts have started to feature specialty cupcakes and other treats to enhance their offerings. The Grandstand 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 Music and All-Star Movies to visit their counter service locations, which are very similar, but have different menus.
In Orlando, you’ll need a place to cool off. At All-Star Sports you can splash around in the feature pool, Surfboard Bay pool, or the smaller, quieter pool, Grand Slam 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 feature pool does have a beach theme that is perfect for a Florida vacation.
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 Sports isn’t playing a movie you are interested in then you can check out Music 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.
Check out our overview of All-Star Sports in this video. It’s a home run!
We sure ran through a lot of information about Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, so here’s a handy-dandy infographic that sums it all up: