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Sue Holland

Photo Tour – Disney's All-Star Movies Resort

Friday, June 28, 2002
by Sue Holland, MousePlanet staff writer

The value resorts have larger-than-life icons as decorations.
The value resorts have larger-than-life icons as decorations.

Disney currently has three resorts in what it calls its "value" class, offering the lowest room rates along with the smallest rooms and fewest amenities. The three resorts are grouped together in a location near the Animal Kingdom park. The first to open was All-Star Sports, followed by All-Star Music. The third is All-Star Movies, and many people consider this to be the best one in the group. A second value resort complex is currently under construction (Pop Century) and promises to be very similar to the All-Star Resorts.

101 Dalmatians is one of the featured Disney movies.
101 Dalmatians is one of the featured Disney movies.

The differences between the All-Stars and more deluxe resorts such as the Polynesian or Boardwalk are immediately apparent to visitors. The buildings are motels rather than hotels, and there are no interior hallways or balconies. Instead of a tasteful elegant décor, the All-Stars scream whimsy and fun (or tacky, depending on your point of view), with oversized icons representing the theming in each section. Each resort contains almost 2000 guest rooms, which means almost 6000 rooms of visitors staying at the All-Star complex at any given time.

A better view of the 101 Dalmatians icon.
A better view of the 101 Dalmatians icon.

Each All-Star resort has 10 buildings, with two three-story buildings per section. At All-Star Movies, the closest sections to the main building are Fantasia, 101 Dalmatians, and Toy Story. Love Bug and Mighty Ducks round out the offerings, and are closer than people might think, thanks to a better resort layout than at All-Star Sports or Music.

Woody is one of the toys featured in the Toy Story area.
Woody is one of the toys featured in the Toy Story area.

In Toy Story, they built Andy's room in a courtyard between the two buildings, which is a popular spot for photos or children to play in.. Fantasia has a building with icons from the original version of the movie, and another depicting Fantasia 2000.

Herbie's racing habits provide the theme for the Love Bug area.
Herbie's racing habits provide the theme for the Love Bug area.

The Love Bug section has the front half of Herbie (the car) sticking out of one building and the back half on the other. Tires are used to create a fence and giant tools are attached to the buildings (wrench, pliers, etc.).

And the Mighty Ducks theme provides another twist.
And the Mighty Ducks theme provides another twist.

People staying at Mighty Ducks will find a hockey theme, including giant duck hockey masks. This section is actually very close to All-Star Music, and some people staying here find it more convenient to catch the bus and eat at Music rather than Movies.

One drawback to any All-Star resort is the sheer number of people in one place, and it is not uncommon to find a very long line at check-in and at the bus stops leaving the parks at the end of the day. Because there are so many guests, buses do run frequently during peak times, but expect your line to be longer than any other resort if you are leaving Epcot after Illuminations!

The resort's check-in lobby is usually a bustling place.
The resort's check-in lobby is usually a bustling place.

The main building is where people check in, eat, shop, play, and catch Disney buses. There is only the single bus stop at All-Star Movies. The lobby is large but not elaborate, with a seating area for children to watch a Disney movie while their parents are standing in line to check in. There is also an ATM in the lobby.

Reel Fun Arcade is a popular spot for the kids.
Reel Fun Arcade is a popular spot for the kids.

Around the corner from the front desk is the arcade, which is a popular spot for kids. The fairly large merchandise shop (Donald's Double Feature) is nearby, carrying all the usual items.. The shop can be entered either from the lobby or the bus stops, making it easy to browse through or pick something up on the way back to your room at the end of the day.

World Premiere Food Court is the resort's only food venue.
World Premiere Food Court is the resort's only food venue.

I consider the food court here to be a step above many of the others in Disney Resorts. Called World Premiere Food Court, it is bright and cheery and offers a somewhat wider variety of good foods at decent prices. The usual chicken fingers and burgers are here, of course, but it is also possible to find alternatives. For some reason this food court seems quieter than the ones at Sports and Music, and of course people can take their food to an outdoor table for an even nicer experience. There is a small bar located outside the food court - a great place for a cold beer or tropical frozen drink!

The Fantasia pool is the resort's largest.
The Fantasia pool is the resort's largest.

The only recreation at the value resorts is swimming, and at All-Star Movies the larger of the two pools is located in Fantasia.

The Fantasia pool also has a nearby kiddie pool.
The Fantasia pool also has a nearby kiddie pool.

The kiddie pool is located next to the Fantasia pool, just outside the food court.

The Mighty Duck's pond is smaller, but just as refreshing.
The Mighty Duck's pond is smaller, but just as refreshing.

The second pool is in the Mighty Ducks section, at the end of 101 Dalmatians. This one is smaller, but well-themed. Near each pool there are restroom and laundry facilities.

A view of a typical resort room.
A view of a typical resort room.

Rooms are fairly small, at 260 square feet, and do not vary from section to section. With the exception of wheelchair-accessible rooms, all rooms have two double beds, a small table with two chairs, some dresser drawers, nightstand and a TV. Although the maximum occupancy is four, plus a baby in a porta-crib, it would be a very tight fit with four in the room unless two were small children. The rates are low enough compared to the other resorts that some families get two connecting rooms for less than the cost of a room in a deluxe resort, and then have the added benefit of a second bathroom and some privacy for Mom and Dad.

A view of a typical resort room's bathroom.
A view of a typical resort room's bathroom.

The bathrooms are small, but attractive with their black-and-white décor. The sink is located outside the bathroom, which makes it easier to get ready for the day when more than one person is in the room.

Even the light shades are themed!
Even the light shades are themed!

One of the most talked-about items in the room is the light over the table. When it is turned on it looks like a light, but when it is off it looks like a box of popcorn - very cute! It's such the little things that set a Disney value resort apart from a comparably priced off-property room.

Like the others, All-Star Movies is not the place to stay if you expect to be pampered and surrounded by luxury. It is, however, an excellent choice if your budget is tight or you simply do not need more than a place to sleep!


Contact Sue at sue.holland@mouseplanet.com.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sue has been hooked on Walt Disney World since her first visit in 1972 with her parents and younger brother. She kept returning more frequently until she moved to Florida in 1986.

After joining the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) in 1997, she now visits almost monthly. She also spends time at the DVC's non-WDW locations, and is experienced with the Disney cruise ships.

She takes many of these trips on her own, but she's also toured WDW with large groups of people, including families, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

She works as the Administrative Services Division Head for a large residential facility administered by the Florida Department of Children and Families. She currently resides in Southwest Florida with her teenage son.

Sue is one of our most prolific trip report writers. Read her trip report archive here.

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