Disney's All Star Movies Resort: Disney Magic For Lessby Sabine Rautenberg, PassPorter Guest Contributor
Last modified 2/19/2009
On April 10, 2007, my husband and I found ourselves on a long-distance flight to Orlando to visit Walt Disney World for the first time. Being the avid planner that I am, I had spent months preparing for those two weeks in Florida. One of the most important decisions was where we'd stay. After booking a hotel off property first to go easy on our budget, we later "upgraded" to one of Disney's value resorts. So here we were, tired and exhausted, driving from the airport to Disney's All Star Movies Resort. I wasn't at all sure what to expect. The second I spotted the huge silver star that greets guests at the entrance, though, I felt a veritable tingle go through my body. The Disney magic spread instantly, like a contagious virus, forcing a huge grin on my face! My smile got even broader when a cheerful female cast member checked us in. I must have been giggly like a little girl when she handed us our Key To The World cards and wished us a, "Magical stay!" The check-in area was large, with lots of waiting space that was deserted now as we arrived late at night. It also had a cute kid's area with a TV to keep little ones happy while Mom or Dad check in.
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The beautiful campus of the University of Cambridge.
It took me a minute to realize that we had been upgraded from a standard to a preferred room, as the map I was holding indicated that our room (No. 5903) was in building No. 5 in the Fantasia section. I had sent in a fax a few days before, asking for a quiet room on an upper floor. We got a king bed room on the top (third) floor, facing the main pool. While I was apprehensive at first, the noise from the pool was never a problem. In fact, we usually took a nap in the afternoon. The room itself felt spacious enough for two adults. I missed having a real closet to hang my clothes in, though.
During the two weeks that we stayed at Disney's All Star Movies Resort, we scouted every last inch of this imaginative resort. The larger-than-life icons scattered all over the place ensured that I felt at the heart of the Disney magic whenever I stepped out of our room. Cute Dalmatian puppies, water bucket-carrying broom sticks, an imposing Buzz Lightyear – Disney really went out of their way to keep the colorful icons in perfect condition as I never saw any paint flaking off anywhere.
My personal favorite area of the resort was the main pool. Sorcerer Mickey spraying cool water down at me as I swam in the pool was very refreshing in the hot Florida sun. I remember floating around, looking up at the clear blue sky and wishing this perfectly peaceful moment would never end. Peaceful it was, despite the fact that I was surrounded by screaming, happy kids thoroughly enjoying themselves. The lifeguards at the pool were very observant, keeping an eye on things at all times. While the quiet pool in the Mighty Ducks section of the resort seemed appealing as well, I stayed away from that area mainly due to the fact that the larger-than-life hockey masks scared me no end.
Whenever we heard a rumble in our bellies, we headed straight to the large World Premiere Food Court. Even though we did experience a lot of table service meals at Walt Disney World during our stay, we never missed having a table service restaurant at our own resort. The food court offered a good variety of tasty items – so much so that we often had a hard time choosing. We always started our day here with a hearty breakfast that, on most days, included chocolate chip pancakes with bacon for me and an omelette for my husband. When we were still jetlagged at the beginning of our trip, we'd be at the food court around 6:00 am and have the place practically to ourselves. Now as the vacation went on, we'd go for breakfast later and later, noting that the food court was busiest between 8:00 am and 9:00 am. We got refillable mugs at the beginning of our stay, and for us it was well worth its money as our room was so close to the main building that we could get a refill easily.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Disney's All Star Movies Resort. Still, there were aspects we found frustrating. Most importantly, the bus transportation to the theme parks was a hassle. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason as to when buses would show up. We'd see two buses going to Disney's Animal Kingdom pass while we still waited for one to take us to Epcot. Also, the buses always seemed full if not packed. After a few days, we opted to take our rental car to the parks, and this worked out a lot better for us.
The other aspect that could have potentially impaired our stay was the fact that a high school cheerleading competition was being held one weekend while we were there. Disney's All Star Movies Resort got its fair share of teenage girls. We could see and hear them running around at night. Luckily, our room was far away from the action. Therefore, it didn't bother us much, and while the squads basically took over the food court in the morning, there never was any trouble. Even so, I can see how a bigger event that might fill the majority of rooms at the resort would have made me feel oddly out of place.
Despite these minor drawbacks, Disney's All Star Movies Resort grew very dear to me. Last year, we decided to become DVC members, simply because we like the space DVC villas can offer. Still, we'll certainly return to this value resort for part of our Walt Disney World stays, as it allows me to submerge in the Disney magic in a way no other Disney resort after it has been able to.
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The boat to Downtown Disney. This photo was selected as Photo of the Day on 2/9/11.
About the Author: Sabine Rautenberg lives in Germany with her husband Manuel. She's been a fan of all things Disney ever since her first visit to Disneyland Paris at the age of 14. Nowadays, she's a PassPorter Message Board Guide (Disneybine). She loves traveling to the States and Florida in particular.
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The All-Star Movies resort is a fun resort, with many whimsical icons and photo opportunities throughout. Whether it's sitting in RC the race car from Toy Story, to standing across the pool with Sorcerer Mickey in the background, you will find plenty of places to to take a memorable photo.
As a Disney Value resort, the All-Star Movies resort is definitely a bargain, considering the free park transportation and Disney's world renowned service.
We stayed at the All-Star Movies resort in August 2004, and had a room on the second floor of Buiilding 10 (Buzz Lightyear). Our building was close to the laundry facility, the main theme pool (Fantasia), the playground and the Cinema Hall food court. The room had just enough room for us at the time (2 adults, and 2 boys, aged 8 and 5) and we didn't feel cramped. the plumbing from the adjoining rooms could be heard through the walls, which was a minor nuisance to the light sleepers in our party.
We dined at the All-Star Movies food court a few times during our trip, and found the service to be very good and the selection of dining options was varied enough for our tastes.
The All-Star Movies bus service was not as convenient as we thought it would be; a few times we encountered long lines and wound up having to wait for a second bus to arrive before we were en route to our destination. On one particular evening at Magic Kingdom closing time, we noticed a longer line for the All-Star Movies than the All-Star Music bus, so we took the Music bus and walked from there to Movies, as those two resorts are next to each other. We were not the only ones who had that idea, either, as we were in a pack of about a dozen Movies guest who disembarked at the Music terminal and walked through the parking lot to the Movies resort.
Very good for value resort. Really good food court. Nice pools. Good theming.
Only down side is bus service which can be spotty.
I fell in love with this resort the minute I laid eyes on it! The huge icons get you into the Disney mood immediately . I found the resort to be very well maintained and clean. The staff was friendly and helpful. The room is plenty big for two adults but is a tad small if you have more than one kid with you, IMO. Other than that, the beds are comfy, the style is pretty cool (I love the star lamps!), and all the basic necessities are there. My DH especially enjoyed the themed pool with Sorcerer Mickey spraying water :p. The giant ice hockey masks in the Mighty Ducks section kinda freaked me out because they are just so HUGE. My favorite sections are Fantasy (due to the proximity to pretty much everything) and 101 Dalmatians (because the dogs are just so darn cute). The food court offers a good variety for both breakfast and lunch/dinner, and it was always clean, too.
All in all, this is a really great resort which we'd stay at again in a heartbeat!
A visually happy resort! We enjoyed the themes that surround each building; the details were amazing! The food court was great, and we found the laundry facilities to be clean and located close to the pool! Our room was cheery and clean. We give this value resort two thumbs up!
We had the opportunity to stay at the All-Star Movie resort on our honeymoon in 2000 and for our first trip together as a couple. We were on a budget and this fit that budget perfectly. This is probably my favorite value resort of those I have stayed at over the years.
First and foremost, the theming is WONDERFUL. The large icons from the Disney movies ranging from the hockey mask of the Mighty Ducks to the huge door entering "Andy's Room" in the Toy Story Section to the large Pongo and Perdita in the 101 Dalamations section, I felt immediately immersed in the Disney magic walking around the grounds of this resort. We spent probably the first two hours on property walking around taking pictures.
We were in the Mighty Ducks section facing the quiet pool. Although this was not our preferred location, we actually enjoyed it. We loved spending time in the quiet pool after a long day in the parks. Rooms were the standard hotel room size, and the beds were comfortable enough.
The food court at Cinema Hall was good with a large selection. We ate quite a few meals here and were happy with options available.
During our stay, we only had bus service issues a couple of times, all during the end of day rush to get back to the resorts. Bus service to the parks were without issue.
Pros: Affordability!!! Theming!!!
Cons: Bus service can be an issue as it shares with the other All Star Resorts.
I stayed at the ASMovies several times in 2003 and enjoyed the stay. The rooms are compact, but not too small feeling. There is only one sink and not as much drawer space as I'd like for our family of three. (Larger families should consider bringing hanging organizers.)
The staff was wonderful and everything was very clean.
The theming is very vibrant and very Disney. It's wonderful at first, but can be wearing after a few days -- almost like you never get a "break" from the vibe of Disney World. To some people that's half the fun. For me, it was a little much.
As for the buses and food court, we were there in the light season (May and October) and they weren't too bad, although much busier than the moderates I've stayed in since then. During peak or holiday seasons, the buses can be totally overcrowded, with long waits at park close.
For the price, ASMovies is a wonderful resort.
I like this resort. It worked great for us because we are poor college kids and this resort was great because it was something we could all afford!!
Judging this Resort using an apples to apples basis with other 'value' resorts, both Disney and Non, I would give ASM an overall rating of a '9',
It is imacculate and comfortable for small families.
We've been there twice and it worked out perfectly for us both times. The only real flaw is the rather long bus ride to and from the parks (though the bus service was fantastic, we never had to waitlong at all)
The pricing may seem high for a value resort compared to non-Disney resorts BUT the value (or BANG for your buck) more than makes up for the difference.
I LOVE the theming. The themeing is 'In your Face Disney' but in no way over done.
The Amenities are standard for this type of resort, but the pool is something extra as far as values are concerned.
and as for Magic, well...I wish I can go even high than a 10 and say 12.
We stayed once at All Star Movies and we loved it. We stayed in the Love Bug section and it was very peaceful and quiet. Room was small but very clean and colorful. We did not care for the bus service as much here since they share buses with the other All Stars and the buses and bus lines were very crowded at times. I would definitely be fine staying here again. My DS loved it also and I think it is very appealing to those with young kids.
I love this hotel. It's very Disney. We have stayed here a couple times and have loved it each time. Easy access to everything. There are 2 swimming pools which are both fun themed. We will stay here in the future.
We loved ASMo when we stayed last year. My boys love Toy Story and were so excited to see the bigger than life Andy's Room and Buzz characters. We stayed in the Toy Story Bldg which was close to the food court and bus. Did get a little crowded but expected that going in so was no problem for us. Only drawback was the beds were a little hard, but would stay there again.
I stayed at Movies on a solo trip to WDW in December of 2004. It was a good value and I would stay there again.
We've only stayed at the All Star Movies once, in 1999. It was our first stay on property.
It is really great for keeping a good budget. We had a standard room, in Mighty Ducks. We used Disney transportation exclusively and found it to be quite reliable from there.
I would stay there again. Disney movies and cartoons made us fall in love with Disney, period, and staying in a movie themed resort is so much fun! For being a value/budget type resort, we really thought it had everything!
We stayed at the movies last jan and loved it. We were in building 10(toy story) and loved it. The room was not huge, but we only used it to SLEEP in. It did not have a coffee pot, but we always bring our own no matter where we vacation. The only draw back was we were facing the loading dock and we could hear the "back-up beeps" on the loading trucks in the early morning hours, but we are early risers anyway, so not a big deal for us. The transportation bus were not a problem except for one late night from Whispering Canyon to DTD then to ASM. The parks were closed when we left WCC so we had to go to DTD, there we had to wait about 45 minutes for a bus and by that time some of the late night drinkers were out and tring to catch a bus too.:crazy: Overall we LOVED the ASMovies.
We stayed here a few years ago, just DH and myself, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We requested a quieter area and got just that in the Love Bug section. We also ate at the food court a number of times and were quite satisfied. The pools looked like fun, although we did not use them. The staff were always friendly, the room adequate for the two of us and mouskeeping did a terrific job. Sometimes the bus service was not very good, especially at the end of a day at the parks. But, it was free and got us to the Magic safely. Who could ask for more?
Would (and have) recommend this to friends. Would surely stay here again.
We LOVED ASMo! There was nothing we would change - it was perfect for our family and we will stay there again.
In 2003, I called the hotel to confirm our reservation and request a room in the Toy Story Wing if possible, they gave us a room in the "Buzz Lightyear" Building. Our sons were thrilled especially since Buzz was their favorite character. The only thing that needs improvement there is the bus service. The resort itself is adorable and kids really love it!
We visitedASM for the first time in Apr 2007 and had the best family vacation ever!! It was not only our first time at ASM it was also our first time at Disney ever!! I give the place an over rating of 9. The theming was outstanding and we especially loved wizard Mickey at the poolwhich was great. The room was excellent and I gave the amenities an 8 rating only because we had to rent a fridge. The mousekeeping was tremendous, with several towel animals made for us daily including making scenes with them and my kids stuffed animals. It was truly magical. My kids and the mousekeeping staff also wrote letters back and forth to each other daily which made it like my kids had special penpals. They looked forward to returning to the room almost asmuch as going to the parks. The grounds were excellent and everyone on staff no matter where made us feel special. The bus service was great never more than a half hour wait for any bus. The artist who did the characatures (sp?) named Jeff was fabulous, my kids had them done and they came out so nice we framed them once we got home. The foodcourt had a great variety of decentt food. Only once did we run into an overpacked foodcourt and that was at like 11pm at night lol. For first timers we could not have asked for more! We recently joined DVC and my kids were disapointed that we could not go back to the ASM as a part of it lol. In fact we are thinking of doing a 3 or 4 day cruise perhaps next year and will include a stay at ASM as a part of that trip regardless of being in the DVC now, that is how much we enjoyed ourselves there. The best part was the place was pretty cheap to stay at. A great choice for first timers or folks looking to be at the parks day and night and just lay your head down at night. The arcade was also very good according to my children. I really don't have a bad thing to say about the place, the food,or the staff there, it was so magical. Overall it gets a 9 from us for a rating and we highly recommend it. I have seen pictures of the other value resorts and this one looks the best to me if you want a Disney look and feel. We stayed in the Herbie buildings on the top floor and it was nice and quiet at night and only a short walk from the foodcourt area. Also the pool bar was great to get an adult cocktail while the kids played in the pool, and the store also sold beer by the six pack to bring back to the room for the adults. A nice way to relax and unwind after a long day at the parks. For the money and experience this place cannot be beat by any of the other values to me.
We stayed at the ASM in 2006 for the 1st time. We stayed at the Herbie Bldg. The rooms were small but we were hardly ever in the room anyway so it was accomodating. The layouts of the resort with all the large characters was a real treat for my 4 yr old. Even my son who was 14 at the time enjoyed it. Though we drove and mostly used our car for transportation we did utilize the bus service a few times and did not wait too long. The food court was good with plenty of choices. Overall we were so pleased with the facility we are staying their again in September 2008 with my parents and sister as well.
This resort is GREAT!!! When we went-we needed 2 rooms since there was 6 of us and it was wonderful having that other bathroom in addition to the extra space that was STILL cheaper than the Deluxe resort that we would have had to choose.
The staff was great and the food at the food court was too. I had NOT ONE complaint about our stay and will stay there again with no problems. The theme was great-we stayed in the Toy Story area and it was PERFECT!!! I say stay here to everyone I know that is going.
Have a great trip!!!
((Preface, for a brief note about my ratings ... on average, I would expect a Value resort to score around 4 in each category, a Moderate to score around 6, and a Deluxe to score 8. I'm stingy with 9's and 10's, as well as going more than 2-3 points above the expected score for a given price point. So those 8's, 9's, and 10's you're seeing, are pretty darned phenomenal, from me!))
My partner and I stayed here in 2001, and were both very pleased overall; about the only flaw I could possibly point to is the bus service, and it was not a significant flaw, at all.
We were in a third-floor room, away from any of the pools - which, seeing as we didn't plan to avail ourselves of them, was not a problem at all. The room was nice, quite well cleaned and very tastefully decorated; we had somewhat dreaded being in an "all disney, all the time" atmosphere, but the in-room decor was very understated, not really pushing "oh my god, Disney!!11one!!1" on us. A few nice movie posters, framed, on the walls; I remember one of the room lights, a wall sconce, was done up to look like a box of movie-theater popcorn. A mickey theme, in black and white, worked into the tiles in the bathroom. Tiny little mickey-head icons in the carpet pattern. Otherwise, just a nice, cheery room.
The food court had a pleasingly (and surprisingly) wide selection, and we never really grew tired of eating there - even over the course of a two week stay (we badly overestimated the time we'd need :o). The prices in 2001 were very reasonable, although they will of course have gone up in the intervening years.
With the advent of the Disney Dining Plans, vacation-planners should keep in mind that this resort (and both of the other All-Star resorts) offers only counter-service meals; for table-service dining, you'll have to head to one of the parks or even one of the other resorts.
And the cast members, from front desk staff, to "mousekeeping" (I love that Disney-fied word), to "just" the folks cleaning tables in the food court ... all of them clearly enjoyed working there, and helping make guests' time in the World as enjoyable as possible - even enjoying, it seemed to us, going out of their way to do so.
The only real drawback, for those using the busses, was on the return trip in the evenings; at that point in time, the system tended to gt a bit overloaded, and - to be honest, our own fatigue at the end of a long day probably compounded this - the rides seemed to take interminably long, especially as all three All-Star resorts "share" the same busses, which means there are a lot of people
who needed to use those relatively-few busses. One supposes that having extremely overtired youngsters in tow might make this even more onerous, but even with that, it wasn't truly unpleasant ... just "less than perfect", I suppose is the best description.
As for the public spaces ... gorgeously done. Tons of characters and other icons from the Disney movies we all, young and old, remember from our childhood; the pool nearest the food court, at least when we were there, had a statue of Mickey, as the Sorceror's Apprentice from Fantasia, as it's centerpiece; in the late evenings, after the youngsters had all been tucked in bed (and most of their parents, as well) it would get JUST cool enough for the heated pool to form a layer of mist/fog on it's surface, and the visual effect was quite nice (and photo-worthy).
Overall, to any family and/or fan of Disney movies, I cannot recommend All-Star Movies strongly enough. Don't let the price or the "Value" label fool you: this is not just a cheap, Disney-themed motel; it's simply a way for you and your family to enjoy some Disney Magic, without breaking the bank.
Great resort at a good price! It is clean, easy to get around and has most of what you need. It is good for kids and families, but for adults only I might recommend something with a hot tub (moderate resorts and up).
The food court has a very good selection, tasty food and like most Disney dining is very accommodating of food allergies. (Talk to a chef on your day of arrival and they can help you plan ahead so you only have to wait once.)
I did not enjoy this resort @ all! The busses to and from the parks were ridiculous. The three All Star Resorts share busses most of the time. It was such a pain trying to get onto a bus to go to a park because they were already full! We would wait 30+ minutes for a bus to pick up from the hotel. Getting off the bus was also a pain. You had to get around other guests to get off @ your stop because they were going to the next stop. Most times we would get off @ the first All Star stop and walk to Movies..... We finally figured out to do the same to catch the bus! We would walk over and catch the first bus just so we could sit or even stand some days! Did not enjoy the All Star Mo Resort @ all!
We did not like this resort at all! Mind you it was in the summer so it was very busy. There were a ton of guided tour groups. The food court was horrible. The food was sub-par unless you ate chicken fingers and burgers which we dont!! The mouskeepers were great and the scenery was fantastic.This however did not make up for the lackluster in the other areas.
We just got back from a stay in ASMo from Aug 30 to Sept 6 2008. It was our second stay in ASMo in the last 5 years and we once again enjoyed it greatly.
We stayed in rooms 3717 and 3716 - adjoining rooms with an interior connecting door ( six family members) - in building 3, the Mighty Ducks. The rooms were ground floor level, located on the far side on the ASMo complex. We used the ASMu bus stops for transportation needs because they were closer to us than going back to the Movies bus stop.
As with all the All Star resorts the theming and magic is over the top and loved by all members of our party. The food court wasn't used by our family except to order some pizzas on Friday night by our teenagers - the pizzas were large and not bad tasting, but options were very limited.
We didn't encounter any real problems with the busing system on our trip. The bus routes were broken out into three distinct runs on our trip (Movies, Music and Sports) and not shared between the resorts. We occasionally had to wait for a second bus when we stayed to park closing to get back to the hotel, but it was expected.
Even with 2 rooms it was slightly less expensive than the family suites and less expensive than moderates and deluxes.
Would definitely recommend this resort to families on a budget or those who love the over the top theming of Disney
Except for some minor problems (that seemed much worse at 3 AM) at check-in the rest of our stay here in June 08 was great. We were in the Dalmations Building (my request), the kids loved the Fantasmic Pool, the food court was crowded but we always found a seat and there was enough of a selection that everyone was happy.
During the AM and PM rush we did not share buses with the other AS resorts and had no problems with the bus service except for once during the middle of the day (we had a wait as during the off hours we did share a bus) and since there was a huge tour group at the Movies resort one evening there was such a line that we would have had to wait for at least 5 buses.
We ended up jumping onto the near empty Music bus and walking - which was a nice relaxing walk in the evening.
All in all teh kids loved it and I would definitely stay here again.
We love all the A.S, resorts.
They are clean and very well themed.
Never had any issues with anything.
Nice pools and great mousekeeping.
We stayed here with my DS9 and my DD 14. The resort was full of teenage groups that ran wild especially around the pool until the wee hours of the night. In the morning you could see the carnage around the pool that required several CM's to clean up. The All-Star resorts seem to be the furthest bus stop at every park and the busses are always jam packed. The food court is ok, but doesn't offer much in the way of variety. On the plus side, the price is right. I'd just suggest asking for a room away from the pool and any teenage groups that may be staying at the hotel, and renting a car to get to the parks.
We literally just got home from Disney as I write. We stayed a second time at the All Star Movies and have decided it will be our last time. Our room was in the Toy Story section, which I believe to be probably the best of the area in terms of proximity and quiet. However, this hotel due to its value ends up being under siege from "groups" - I believe Brazil is having a vacation this week as there were at least four groups of different travel clubs there. Ultimately this makes the whole bus experience dreadful. As I was reading in one of our travel books, the All Stars have over 5,000 rooms - almost twice as much as the nearest resort hotel - overall the crowds do more damage to the value proposition than anything Disney could do. Besides that, we found the rooms to be just too small for a family of four with two strollers to get in the door. It was nice, but we'll be upgrading the resort next time.
We enjoyed it but after doing Caribbean Beach we realized it wasn't as great as others.
This was the first time I had stayed at a Value resort. I had a 12 year old and a 6 year old with me. I had expected the rooms to be small, but I was surprised to see just how small they were upon arrival. Not a lot of storage. We stayed in a preferred room in the Dalmation Section. For a preferred room, I was surprised at how far away we still were from everything. I found the food court to be busy, but with good food choices and with seating always available. Bus Service was slow, and the buses were very crowded. Mousekeeping did a great job freshening up the room each day; however, our room was never serviced before 2:30pm. This was hard if you came back for a rest earlier in the afternoon as you didn't know exactly when to expect Mousekeeping. The two children that were with me loved the resort and the pools. I was impressed with the lifeguards; they really kept a watchful eye on everyone around the pool. The "bigger than life" figures were cute. While I might stay at this resort again if I had children with me (the two with me were not my own), I could never see my DH staying at the All Stars as there would be no place for him to relax.
I actually preferred this hotel over both Caribbean Beach and Port Orleans Riverside. I felt from the minute I got there that I was at Disney. That at no time changed! Everything was Disneyfied!!! The staff are wonderful, the theming is terrific! I would not hesitate to stay here! It is truly a fabulous resort!
I would chose Deluxe if I could, but if I couldn't afford it, this would definitely be my next choice!!!
I recently stayed here at All Star Movies (April 2008). My main reason for choosing this resort was the affordability and when I combined the regular rate with the Annual Pass discount it was hard to pass up for a quick, spur of the moment trip.
The theme here is wonderful. With the larger than life movies depicted there for you to see its really a wonderful place for family and kids.
However, that being said, I prefer not to stay at one of the value resorts. The room is fine for me when I am traveling alone, but when there are two or more people the room seems a little too small. Also, the pool area is so crowded that its hard to find a chair by the pool even in the early afternoon - and not just the big pool, but all the seats around the children's wading pool were occupied.
AS Movies is great for families. Kids will love the larger-than-life icons from their favorite movies.
However, I wouldn't recommend it for a couple wanting some quiet romantic time.
The large amount of families (and school groups) insure that the resort is usually crowded and noisy.
My family: Myself, DH and two girls ages 13 and 7 stayed at ASMo August 16th-17th. We had a room only reservation here for our arrival day.
The minute you walk into this resort the atmosphere is one of FUN and happiness. The lobby is very bright and cheery. The kids waiting area is set- up as a mini theatre. I used the online check option for this reservation and it made it very easy and seamless.
I had requested a 3rd floor room in a Toy Story building. We arrived early so our room was not ready. We used the text to phone option for when the room became available. They gave us our KTTW cards and we were off. We walked around the resort and took pics with all the icons. Andys room was our favorite.
We decided to head over to DTD while we waited for our room. At promptly 3:10 we received our text, we had been assigend to room 308. Upon our arrival at the room I could not believe the view. They had granted our request and we had an awesome view of Woody outside our window. We also had a cute towel bunny waiting for us in our window.
The room was clean and cheery with plenty of space for the four of us.
We did have the opportunity to walk around the entire All Stars complex and all the resorts were just wonderful.
This was our second stay at a WDW value resort and we enjoyed it more than our stay at AKL. Having stayed at every level on Disney property I have to say our favorites have been the values and Fort Wilderness. For value, amenities ( the only thing we really missed was a slide at the pool) and themeing All Star Movies is our resort of choice for our next WDW vacation.
We found this resort to be clean, beautiful and just FUN!!
Not a big fan of the values
All-Star Movies is awesome! The room is the Mighty Ducks and the rooms are cool with the showerhead for disabled and the twin bed my dad and I had to sleep together! and My mom sleeps in the cot! this is from November 13! this is awesome hotel! and I love it! And my sister and Sophie sleeps in the other room!
We stayed at All Star Movies from 11/20/09- 11/29/09.
We used the bus system. Every morning we had our own bus. All but two days, the bus wait was short (less than 5 minutes) and there was ample seating. On two of the days, the bus filled to standing and we opted to wait for the next bus. On 11/24, it ended up being close to 20minutes for the next bus and on 11/26, it was less than 5 minutes till the next bus.
In the afternoon and evenings, the bus for all three All Stars were shared except for a few times. When it was busy, they would seperate the resort buses. There were a few days we left the parks around 3 or 4 and a few days we left the parks around 9pm. When leaving the parks, we never once waited for a bus for more than 10 minutes and several times we walked up to a waiting bus.
Overall, the bus system was great! I had read negative reviews about their bus services and they were unfounded with us.
We ate several dinners in the food court. They have a large selection and we enjoyed all of our meals there. Only once was the food court packed, but even then we had no trouble finding an empty table. We also ate breakfast here most mornings. Most morning we were at the food court by 7am and it was empty and we were in and out in no time. The few times we got there more towards 8am, it was very busy and even though there were plenty of tables, we had to wait in moderate lines for our food and to check out. I definately prefered eating early.
We went to the arcade three times. Twice, we went using the 30 minute arcade card supplied with our package. This card limits you to only a hand ful of games, it's really more of a ploy to get you in, so you buy more arcade time for the other games that produce tickets. It worked with us, because we ended up spending $ at the arcade. The arcade prices are a little higher than your typical arcade, but the kids really enjoyed it. The games earn you tickets that you can redeem for prizes.
We used both pools, but preferred the quiet pool that was next to our building (Mighty Ducks 2). This pool was usually empty. In the afternoon and evenings it was manned with a lifeguard. Earlier in the day it was not. We usually had the pool to ourselves, but there was never more than 5 other people there at any given time. They provide life jackets, but they must be picked up and checked out at the arcade. The kids really enjoyed the pools! There is also a zero entry pool for the little ones beside the main pool that my three year old really enjoyed!
I used the laundry facilities twice. The washers and dryers cost $2.00 each. The dryers run on 30 minute cycles. Our regular clothes dried in one cycle. Jeans took two cycles. There is a change machine, but it only takes ones and fives. I only had a 20, and had to trek to the lobby for changed. So, take quarters or small bills with you.
We stayed in Mighty Ducks building 2. We had two connecting rooms (2816 and 2817). The rooms were very clean and we had excellent house cleaning the entire trip. No complaints what so ever. We were about a 5 minute walk from the lobby, foodcourt, and bus stop. We were close to the music resort and could walk there in about 3 minutes and we did this a lot.
We also used the playground. It was great for the big and small kids. It was filled with sand, the kids loved it! There were lots of photo ops around the resort and I wish we had more time just to walk around and look at everything.
They constantly had special children activities going on. There is a schedule board near the lobby to let you know when things will go on. One night they played the movie UP in the food court. Several nights they set up a Wii and had the kids playing bowling in the food court. One night at the pool they had all sorts of games going on including a giant screen with a Wii connecting and playing Mario Bros. There were TONS of activities...
We stayed at All Star Movies in April of 2009. It was affordable, and our children (ages 2 and 1 at the time) loved the big toy story characters on campus. We were pleased with the quality of the room, the food court, the store, and the pool. We had a room that faced a parking lot, so the noise level was minimal. However, we found the buses to be very crowded and hard to manage with two little ones. The last day of our time there, school groups began arriving for a cheerleading competition, which made everything seem even more crowded. We still had a wonderful time, though, and were pleased with our experience there.
Stayed here on our first trip in Nov-Dec 2007. Picked it for the the price, we decided the extra $75 a night we saved would be well spent elsewhere in the trip...and were correct.
Pros: Inexpensive. Great staff. I was amazed at how even though it was dirt cheap in price, it was still dripping with the magic.
Housekeeping made for a memorable return each night. repositioning DD's stuffed animals in different scenes each day (and never repeated one) one day they are sitting on the bed with a park map open in front of them, another night they were sitting in a chair in front of the window with the curtain behind them...like they were looking out for our return...such a nice little perk.
Cons: Crowded buses to the parks...you share the buses with the other two All Star resorts, and Movies is at the end of the line, so you are last to be picked up (so might not have a seat) and last to be dropped off.
No inroom coffee maker...a must have for us, so we packed our own
We stayed here on our last vacation to WDW. We loved this resort! The CMs were wonderful, Mousekeeping was fabulous (towel animals most every day!) and the overall theme was just so fun. We didn't use the pool as we were there in the winter, but there were others using it and it looked really nice. The food court was good. We didn't eat there much though. I did notice that it seemed very crowded in the mornings for breakfast, but we weren't in there eating, just filling our mugs with coffee. My only real complaint about ASMovies is the laundry facility. There are only a few washer and dryers, so I had to sit and wait over an hour just to get a washer. The dryer was too hot and burned two of my dd shirts. Other than that, it was a great resort!
I love ASMO because of the theme of your favorite disney movie and I still loves Fantasia theme and we are take the ASMO again for Dec 2011 and Again Fantasia theme!
We stayed at All Star Movies (ASM) this past December for one night and found the resort to fulfill our basic needs - and only that.
We were located in the Mighty Ducks section on the ground level facing the parking lot. Our room had two double beds, flat screen TV, table with chairs, sink, etc. and was nice and quiet. Our only complaint was the distance from anything - we felt as though we couldn't be located farther. We knew when we booked to expect this - and for anyone who would like to avoid a lengthy walk (especially when staying for more than one night), I would suggest paying the extra for a closer room.
We didn't get a chance to use the pools - but they looked like a lot of fun, very nicely themed, with lots of chairs and lifeguards!
The theming we felt was lacking in some places - and we were not fans of the food court. The food wasn't very fresh and the theming was lacking.
Overall, in our short stay, we were satisfied - although the next time we visit WDW and we decide to stay at a value we will most likely stay at POP or the new Art of Animation Resort.
DD19 and I stayed there a couple of days this past weekend. We were in the Mighty Ducks section. Since we were only staying a couple of nights, we did not ask to be moved. It was a long walk to the bus stop, but not so much that we couldn't handle. It gave us a chance to see the rabbits eating in the morning and evenings. We only had to walk a few steps to be at our quiet pool (which I thought was very nice).
Since we have stayed at Deluxe resorts on our last few trips, I have missed having a food court. Movies food court was nice, but the food we ordered wasn't that good. We ate there 4 times total and the only good meal we felt like we had was the Philly Cheesesteak. We enjoyed the Mickey Waffles.
Gift shop had a lot of merchandise.
When we first started heading to WDW we stayed at Movies. Our son was 3 yrs old and this resort is perfect for the little ones. I mean, who can beat 3 story tall Buzz Lightyear....or dalmations galore! It was magical to our child. The room prices made vacations affordable. He's 10 now, so we've moved on....but he still tells folks about how cool the resort is, and if they have little ones, he's the first to tell them to book this resort.
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Updated 2/19/2009 - Article #59
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