All-Star Music: A Resort Review
|by Maureen Austin, PassPorter Guest Contributor|
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For those looking for the benefits and magic of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort but at an affordable price, All-Star Music may have you singing a tune! Opened after All-Star Sports, this sprawling 1900+ room resort offers an array of amenities and Disney magic to each of it's guests.
Located in the Animal Kingdom Resort area of Walt Disney World property, the resort is themed to bring guests in sync with different genres of music. Each section within the resort has a musical theme, complete with accentuating décor in guest rooms and huge icons near the buildings and in the courtyards. If you are a country music fan, you might find yourself at home in the Country Fair section. Jazz Inn and Rock Inn offer theming specific to these types of sounds and theater buffs might find themselves in heaven in the Broadway Hotel section.
Guest rooms at All-Star Music are classified as either standard or preferred. Standard rooms are located throughout the property, while preferred rooms are located in the Calypso section. While preferred rooms do cost a bit more, for your extra dollars put you into buildings conveniently located near Melody Hall, the central hub of activity for the resort.
Accommodations in standard or preferred rooms include 2 double beds, a small table and chairs, as well as a small dresser. The rooms accommodate 4 people and a child under 2 in a crib. As with all Disney's Value resorts, these are the smallest rooms of any of the Disney resorts at 260 sq. feet.
Summer 2006 brought some exciting changes to All-Star Music. Family Suites that accommodate up to 6 plus one child were added to parts of the Jazz and Calypso sections. The suites are available in both standard and preferred locations. Twice the area of a standard room, these suites feature a queen bed, sofa sleeper and two convertible twin beds along with a kitchenette. One of the biggest advantages is not one but two full bathrooms, a real plus for large families!
While there is no full service restaurant on site at All-Star Music, Intermission Food Court offers several food stations with a variety of offerings for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late evening snacking. In addition, there is a pizza delivery service should you feel like taking a break and eating in your room. You can pick up a refillable mug here for $11.99 and refill it as many times as you wish during your stay.
Recreation offered here includes two pools (Guitar and Piano, shaped like these two instruments for an extra dose of whimsy) as well as a playground, game room and shopping at Maestro Mickey's in Melody Hall. Need help with tickets or dining arrangements? No problem! Visit Melody Hall for guest services and check-in. Also at Melody Hall is the origination point for Walt Disney World transportation from the resort. Bus service departs for all the Disney parks and Downtown Disney. Some bus routes make several stops. If you are wishing to journey to another resort, you'll need to make transfers, which can take up to an hour so do plan accordingly.
Be sure to take advantage of the many photo opportunities that abound at this unique resort! Grab a drink and stroll among the many sections then strike a pose near the giant cowboy boots or jukebox.
The All-Star Resorts are popular with families as well as large groups so some areas, especially ones in which there is more activity, may be noisier than others. Those looking for quieter spots might do well to request rooms in Country Fair. Rooms facing away from pools also provide a little more solace.
2006 rates for All-Star Music begin at $79 and 2007 rates for rooms begin at $82. The Family Suites start at $179 in 2007- all of these rates do not include 13% sales and lodging tax. Always ask your travel agent or Disney Reservations about any possible specials or discounts that might be available to you during your stay such as AAA, CAA, Annual Passholder or Florida Resident.
About the Author: Maureen Austin is co-owner of Ears to You Travel and a proud Florida native. Born in South Florida and having lived all over the state, she enjoys writing about the Sunshine State's many attractions and natural beauty.
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iamgrumpy on January 6, 2008 @ 6:49 pm
I've stayed at many Disney Resorts and seeing all the different amenities offered at different levels. A value resort is a great bargain for those who are traveling on a budget but it is a hidden gem for those who may not know all that it has to offer.
I stayed at Disney's All-Star Music Resort in September 2007 (see my trip report). We were placed in Rock Inn and, while most people may think that a view of the parking lot is not what they would prefer, we were given a room that was on a corner right by the parking lot. This room location made for getting in and out of the resort with our rental car easy and convenient.
The room at All-Star Music was newly remodeled and we were very impressed. The room was clean, and for a party of 2 adults very spacious. The beds were very comfortable and there was plenty of room for us to have our bags and ourselves in the room and use the table to plan for the next day's activities.
All-Star Music has two large pools available and they didn't seem too crowded to me. The walk to the main building wasn't that far and we didn't pay for a preferred view and while some of the buildings did seem a bit far we wouldn't pay for a preferred view as those were close to the building but also close to the pools where noise could be an issue.
We did have a few meals at All-Star Music and the food was average for Disney and the staff was always very friendly (even more so then some of the Higher Priced Deluxe hotels i have stayed at) the food court was always fully stocked, extremely clean and was usually very quiet. In the morning there was a bigger rush of people but they seemed to move quickly.
Check in and check out went very fast and smoothly. It could have been the time we got there was between rushes but they seemed to be very efficient.
Overall for the price we paid we felt that the All-Star Music Resort was a great value for our Budget and we look forward to staying there again.
Joy J on January 9, 2008 @ 11:47 am
For anyone looking simply for a clean, comfortable place to lay their head at night, then All Star Music more than fits the bill. I was very impressed with the cleanliness and comfort of the room. However, there were only two of us staying in the room and I wouldn't have wanted to cram any more people than that into those close quarters. Plus, if you want to spend any down time at your resort, other than the two pools, there is not a lot to do at this resort. I personally miss being able to use a hot tub in the evenings.
The bus service here was excellent and we never waited more than ten minutes for a bus to anywhere. When sharing buses with ASMovies and ASSports, we were the middle bus stop which wasn't too bad, all things considered. I felt rather sorry for the folks staying in the Movies section as there often were no seats left on the bus by the time we stopped by there to pick those guests up in the morning.
I didn't like the quality of the food at the food court here at all. We tried one meal here but the food was so awful that we never returned for any other meals. However, we did find the refillable mugs to be a great value.
I highly recommend rooms in the Jazz buildings at this resort as then you are midway between the two swimming pools which cuts down on the noise level but you're still only about a three minute walk from the main facilities and bus stop.
One word of caution about this resort: WATCH OUT FOR CHEERLEADERS! The only real downside to our stay here was that there were hordes of cheerleaders staying at the resort while we were there. They tended to take over both swimming pools and weren't always the best behaved as they seemed to be very poorly chaperoned.
Wendyismyname on January 11, 2008 @ 8:04 am
Giant maracas and guitars? Isn't that a 57 Chevy Bel Air? What's not to love about All Star Music!!!
We stayed there in 2002 and had a preferred room in Calypso. It was just the second room on the ground floor, so it was a really quick walk to the food court. We really enjoyed the offerings in the food court. The buses were very efficient, to all parks.
tshagerman on January 14, 2008 @ 3:56 pm
The first time we vacationed at Disney we stayed at Movies and loved it...because our kids were 8 and 4. Since, we have stayed at Music the other three times and I am glad. While movies is great for the young ones, it can get a little loud with cranky kids and parents. Music still has some young ones but not to that extent. We are a park opening and closing family so we spend little time at our room. But while there, the magic continues throughout the resort. We eat breakfast very early and eat dinner very late but the food is always fresh and tasty. We love coming to our room at the end of the day and find little surprises that housekeeping has done with the stuffed animals and treasures we have bought during our stay. We love this resort and will not stay any where else.
hbryfogle on January 15, 2008 @ 2:18 pm
I stayed at ASMu before Pop or Movies were available. This was the first time I actually felt a class difference in the Disney Service as an onsite guest. I have stayed at Carribbean Beach back when that was the budget hotel and had a better experience then ASMu.
The rooms at AllStar are small. There were 4 adults and we were on top of each other all the time. Fortunately, we were only there overnight. But with that in mind - we had very minimal luggage, just overnight bags and we were still crampped. I would not reccommend these rooms for 4 adults. Adults and kids may be fine.
The next comment is that this is really just a motel. Think of any Howard Johnson, Days Inn or Motel 6 you'd find traveling on 95 and this is what you get. Granted you are still on Disney property so that is a plus but the rooms are really nothing special and rather noisy. My other really BIG problem with the room was the smell. There was some sort of automatic airfreshner in the room that was just awful. I'm really sensetive to smells and got an instant headache walking into the room. Thankfully our stay was only one night. Honeslty I don't think I would have been able to stay longer than that.
In terms of the class difference I noted earlier, this was mostly in reference to the bus service. We were waiting at one of the theme parks and ALL THE OTHER resorts had shaded areas to wait. The ASMu resort had exposed benches just blazing in the summer sun. And the bus drop off/pickup locations were the furtherest distance from the park entrance. As we sat in the scorching sun waiting for our bus at least 3 buses for the Poly and Grand Fl came by. I suppose if I spent more money to stay in one of those resorts I'd expect a few perks. The funny thing is I never felt that way when I stayed in the CBR and I stayed there for 10 days compared to just 1 at AllStar.
My other problem with this resort is it's size. After a long day in the park you now have a HIKE to get to your room. If you can - get a preferred room!
I did stay there a long time ago and hopefully some of these comments have been corrected.
I don't think I'd stay here again. I'd upgrade to a Moderate or save money and do a budget off property.
All in all the room was clean. If you go into it with an open mind and just expecting a room and nothing more than it would be fine.
Ginns1 on January 15, 2008 @ 4:55 pm
If you want a good time at a great price then head for All Star Music. Imagine swimming in the guitar or keyboard pool then heading to your room for that much needed nap. Enjoy the complimentary soap and shampoo and the super roomy shower! For the best location in the resort, ask for the Calypso. Yes, it might be a little more expensive to take a preferred location but the close proximity to the busses, the gift shop, the food court and for those of you who prefer to drive, the parking lot, the extra few dollars a night is well worth it!
Make sure you try the great food at the Intermission food court! The chicken ceaser is incredible and who can resist the Mickey waffles with strawberries. You'll find a clean eating area and lots of friendly faces! Don't forget your refillable mug!
The busses run about every 10 minutes and though occasionally crowded when returning from the parks, Disney transportation can't be beat!
Though the rooms are small and probably not good for more than 2 people comfortably, the perks of being on Disney property make this value location a great deal. Since you will spend most of your time in the parks ... this resort is a part of what makes a Disney vacation affordable.
DMA on January 20, 2008 @ 7:38 pm
When it was just DH and myself, we stayed at POR, but for this trip (January 08) we had DD26, DD23 and DS20 with us. We needed two rooms and could not afford two rooms at a moderate resort. We ended up getting a great deal at All Star Music. With our AAA rate we got each room for $65.50/ night.
We requested and received connecting rooms. We also requested rooms in the Jazz building, which we did not get. We were put in the Rock building, which turned out to be fine. It wasn't much farther than Jazz.
We were on the first floor and even though it seemed that there were lots of people at the resort, it was very quiet.
The rooms were clean, and during our stay mousekeeping did a great job keeping them looking nice and replenishing our soap and shampoo.
We ate at the food court several times. It always seemed to be crowded, but it didn't take too long to get served. Waiting in line to be checked out was sometimes a bit of a wait. They could have had a couple more CMs ringing people out (in the morning especially).
We brought cereal, poptarts, and our own coffee maker, along with coffee bags, tea bags and hot chocolate. It was much easier to eat in our room. But some mornings one or two of us went into the food court to get fresh fruit. Nice that this was available.
We also bought a half gallon of milk in the gift shop rather than pay $1.29 for a half pint in the food court. I had a soft sided cooler which we kept cold with ziploc bags of ice. Our millk and juice stayed nice and cold! Thank you to someone on these boards who gave me that idea!!
Ironing board in the room was used quite a bit, as I cannot stand to wear something that looks like it just came out of a suitcase! We also made use of the in-room safes and the girls used the blow-dryer.
We had mickey soaps and shampoos, which I was quite excited about. I had heard that the value resorts had gone to the shampoo dispensers in the showers. This was not true in our rooms.
We really enjoyed the theme of each of the buildings. Several mornings we even took a walk to All Star Movies and All Star Sports to see their theming. Very cute!
The buses were not bad at all. We never waited too long for a bus to the parks. Catching a bus at the parks back to the resort was generally longer, but only once did we wait more than 10 minutes. Sometimes the buses back to the resort would be picking up for all three All Star resorts, and sometimes, just Movies, Music or Sports. But in the morning, our bus always went straight to the park, no other stops at the All Star resorts.
When we checked in we got a calendar of resort activities. - movie nights at the pool, hoola hoop contests, trivia games, etc. We did not participate in any of these activities, but the movie night at least seemed to be well attended by families with young kids. (We didn't see any of the other activities - I think they took place during the day and we spent all day at the parks)
All in all it was a great stay. It certainly was a great value for the 5 of us! I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to do Disney on a budget.
saxgirl2003 on January 23, 2008 @ 12:19 pm
All star music is my favorite of the two i've stayed in. I stayed in sports twice and they were ok but music was better. Next time my family goes we plan to stay in a family suite. If any1 can give me feedback on the suites, please post reply.
MaryEL8775 on February 16, 2008 @ 3:44 am
Well it was our first ever Disney vacation. We got to the hotel and was never told when We made reservations that the Guitar pool was under construction. (Had I known this, we would have stayed elsewhere) To me, the room felt like living in a shoe box for a week with a family of 4. Mousekeeping was ok at times. There were times when nothing special was done for the kids.
I just hope our next vacation is more magical.
We were in Building 8 aka Broadway. It wasn't that far of a walk to the front of the hotel. But late at night when you are dead tired it can be LONGGGGG lmao...
saxgirl2003 on March 19, 2008 @ 6:21 pm
i stayed in all star music for the first time in may '07.
I was there with my boyfriend nick. We were placed in Broadway.
We enjoyed our time in the room,which was mainly to sleep and shower.
The only bummer to our stay was that the guitar pool was closed so the piano pool was a lil crowded.
The food court was pretty good for the most part. Mainly ate breakfast, and lunch 2 of the 7 days we were there.
Our room was close to parking lot which was convenient,and we drove to the front to catch the park buses.
We r looking into staying in a family suite next time we go. I have heard some good things about them.
JEANYLASER on August 27, 2008 @ 2:10 pm
I love All-Star Music and I hope to stay in the Broadway theme. Our family will love it too!
yalibrarian on January 28, 2009 @ 11:07 am
We have stayed at AS Music 7 times in the last 7 years. Our most recent stay was the week following Thanksgiving 2008.
We've had rooms in all sections of this resort. Country is the farthest away but also the quietest, with giant boot icons and a picnic table for enjoying outdoor meals. Calypso is the preferred area, closest to Melody Hall and the main pool which is shaped like a guitar and has a wonderful squirting statue of the Three Caballeros. Family Suites are located in Calypso and Jazz buildings.
Checkin went quickly although the CM seemed a bit abrupt and never smiled. Still, we were happy to be "home" again and went to the food court for lunch and our refillable mugs. Luggage delivery can be slow, so you may wish to take yours to your room with you after checkin.
We had requested a first floor room and medical fridge. My husband must use a wheelchair while we are at WDW and my son has autism. We store insulin and special foods in the fridge. There is no charge if you have a medical reason for needing it, but after confirming it at checkin, you will need to call Housekeeping to have it delivered. If you need to borrow a wheelchair, Bell Services will help you with this, although availability is limited. Bell Services is also where you will pick up rental wheelchairs/scooters.
Because we have mobility issues we were surprised that they assigned us to Country, the farthest from Melody Hall. It was even worse because we were also far from the parking area, and there were no handicapped spaces anywhere near the long walkway to the room. I suggested that we ask for reassignment, but my husband said we would deal with it and we did. Normally we reserve a Preferred room, but we did get a substantial discount on the standard room when we booked, so maybe all us cheap folks were put toward the back. However next time we will be more specific with our room requests. All buildings have elevators near the center.
The rooms have all been refurbished at this resort within the last 2-3 years. Updated furniture, carpeting, bed spreads and even framed art make the rooms feel a bit nicer. The rooms have two double beds, a small table and two chairs, dresser, and television. There is a small safe (not big enough for a regular laptop but good for wallets, etc.), iron and ironing board, and hairdryer. The preferred rooms have privacy curtains near the sink, but our standard room did not. The awful soap dispensers in the bath are long gone, replaced with Mickey-imprinted soap and small bottles of nice shampoo. You can buy larger bottles of this shampoo at the gift shop.
We have always liked the grounds at this resort. The view of the palm trees around the pool as you exit Melody Hall really says "vacation" to us. There are many flowering shrubs as well. A small playground is in a sheltered area behind Calypso. There are now designated smoking areas, some with umbrellas, as no smoking is permitted in rooms. There are two gardens, one with roses and a fountain in Jazz and another near Broadway (this one is now a smoking area).
A quiet pool shaped like a piano is near Broadway. The pool used to have a statue of Ariel but that has been removed and it now has two benches. Piano music was playing in the background. The kiddie pool is located at the main (guitar) pool. A guest laundry is located next to each pool, making it easy for us multi-taskers to get clean clothes and swim. The lifeguards were on duty from 10-10, although swimming was permitted from 8:00 am - midnight. You can borrow life vests for your children. In a nice touch, towels have been added poolside, so you no longer have to bring them from your room. There is also a place to drop the wet ones. Lounges are available near the pools and shaded tables make eating poolside a pleasant way to start or end a day. One advantage to the All Stars is that guests may use any of the six pools at the three sister resorts. On the down side, we find that although the pools are supposed to be heated, they are much less warm than in years past, making swimming less appealing in the cooler months.
The food court has all the basics: burgers, pasta, chicken, pizza, etc. There are several food stations for pasta/pizza, a grill, a hot meal area, and ice cream. Cold cases and bakery items make it quick to get a breakfast or snack to go. After a long day in the parks, we often buy a large pizza which, with our refillable mugs, makes an inexpensive meal for the three of us. Since we eat dinner at the resort most nights, boredom could set in, so we may hop over to Movies which has a larger, newer food court and a few more selections. Otherwise the food court menus are fairly similar in the All Stars. A hint to those who use lots of milk: buying it in the gift shop is much cheaper than the food court.
Some poolside activities, primarily for kids, have been added. There is a nightly movie, bingo (extra charge), scavenger hunt, etc. Hair wraps are available and a sketch artist is located inside Melody Hall. The Arcade is very popular with boys! And of course, there is a pressed penny machine. The gift shop has many of the things you may have forgotten, although they will cost more than at Wal-Mart! We have bought bathing suits, OTC medicines, and sunglasses. Wine is available for adults--and they will even open it for you.
Although we mostly drive to the parks, we do use busses sometimes, and find that the All Star busses are pretty efficient. I have not waited longer than 12 minutes for a bus.
A note to those planning trips in November/December: the Pop Warner and cheerleader groups stay at the All Stars, so check their event dates if avoiding crowds of kids & teens is important to you. All Star Music will definitely appeal to adults on a budget, but also to families in general. We plan to continue staying there on our annual visits to the World.
JoanneS on April 27, 2009 @ 11:59 am
We just spent 6 nights at ASMu-Family Suites. On the positive side, it was nice to have two bathrooms and two separate sleeping areas. But then comes the negative:
1. They have the worst towels I've ever used, scratchy, thin, and not very absorbent.
2. Both times we have been at the All Stars, the resort has been chock full of teen groups, and they are not very well behaved. I watched two young men throw a young lady into the pool while she was on a lounge chair near the pool. The lifeguard did nothing. Later, a family was there with a toddler in regular diapers in the pool, and yes, you guessed it, something escaped and the pool had to be closed. The lifeguard saw the family and said nothing to them about swim diapers. Another time, a group of cheerleaders were practicing in the lobby outside the foodcourt, making it difficult for everyone to get in and out of the area, but not one CM said a word to them.
3. The walls are thin and you can hear your neighbors, including every toilet flush and shower.
4. The bus stops are always the furthest from the parks, the busses are packed solid, and they don't seem to be on any special schedule. It just seems to take longer to get anywhere from this resort than any other that I've encountered.
5. Mousekeeping will replace your towels and make your bed, but don't expect much else.
6. The pull out sofa and chairs are ok for a few nights of sleeping, but they aren't really that comfortable.
7. The CM's aren't the most friendly and often speak English as their second language, making it hard to understand them. And don't expect any smiles from the food court staff either.
8. There was a dead bird on the pathway to our room and it took three calls and two days to get it removed. GROSS!
No, never again. I don't recommend this resort at all. Save a little more, and go to a moderate. Leave this one for the school groups.
tdhc on May 25, 2009 @ 8:00 pm
We enjoyed our stay in Dec 2007 with our family of 3 adults and two young children. We were there during Pop Warner (Cheerleaders and Football) and that was not ideal, but due to it being a value it was very much what we expected. The room was clean and well sized. We especially liked having two bathrooms and a kitchenette. The food in the food court was good, with more choices than we had expected. The only problem we had with buses was on the way back from DTD. It is the best value and layout for our family of 5 and are planning to go back there 12/09.
joshuasmom on May 26, 2009 @ 2:21 pm
We (DH, DS7 at the time, & I) stayed in the Family Suites Sept of 07. We really liked them. The room was great with lots of space for just the 3 of us. The 2 bathrooms were the best!!! At night when we returned from the parks tired & sweaty DH & DS went to 1 bathroom & I went to the other to shower. The food court was adequate and had foods we liked. We usually only ate breakfast there. The buses were fine also. We are going back in Dec 09 and staying there again.
Meggera on July 5, 2009 @ 9:59 pm
We enjoyed our stay at ASMusic. We aren't at the resort much, but we loved the pools. We had our car so I can't comment on Disney transportation from there. It was very affordable and the theming was really cute. It is a nice stay when on a tighter budget.
KimbalovesDisney on October 9, 2009 @ 3:21 am
I stayed at ASM on my third trip to Disney with my boys, my second alone as a single mom. I had stayed at Pop on my last trip but it was booked. I did get a great rate, but perhaps because of this I was sent off into the wild blue yonder as far as room placement went. It was at least a 15 min walk to our room from the food court and front bus stop area. I was having an issue with my foot on this trip after I arrived at Disney. I dont know if I twisted it, or the heat, but it swelled up to the point I could not wear a shoe. I asked to be moved to a room closer to the front and had no success, and didnt find the front desk to be very kind about the situation. Basicly you get what you pay for seemed to be the CM's attitude. I was surprised at the lack of usually Disney service quality. I tried to use a wheelchair one day and that was useless with my two boys, although they were troopers and tried to help me as much as possible. I ended up renting the scooter everday at the parks, and spent a fortune, but it was that or not being able to get around the parks. The hotel seemed old, and in need of updating, felt dated and low quality motel - ish. It was a step down from Pop that was for sure. And the rooms didnt seem clean even when they were cleaned by staff. Again, just dated and well used I guess. If I cant stay at Pop then I dont think I would stay at the value resort again, I think I would try off property for the same price as now there are many off property locations with access to the parks and down town disney for the same price point and maybe better ammenities. I am staying at CBR this time, my first Moderate Rate Disney hotel, and very excited. Hoping that it will be a better experience.
disneygal24 on January 10, 2010 @ 7:50 pm
Man after reading some of these I guess disney is about getting what you pay for I guess.
bwheat2004 on July 19, 2010 @ 9:53 pm
We have stayed here but it is not our favorite place. I would rather pay a few more dollars and have a nicer place. If you spend all of your time at the parks from sunrise to sunset it will probably be fine for you. We like to spend time at the resort as well as the parks.
WDW_Fan on July 20, 2010 @ 10:18 am
Have stayed at the Music once. Although it is a nice resort, probably would not stay at again. If you are in country or rock sections and are taking the buses to the parks, it's quite a walk at the end of the day. Themeing is cute, but again nothing I would write home about.
Lumieregirl on July 21, 2010 @ 11:19 pm
Spent 4 nights at All Star Music. We paid for a regular room, but received a complimentary upgrade to the Calypso building. We were celebrating our anniversary, and were welcomed with towel animals and a signed photo from Mickey & Minnie
The theming here was not as elaborate as Pop Century, but still quite pleasing. We did not experience any issues with noise in the room. The room itself was very clean and maid service consistent, with a new towel animal every day.
We visited Guest Services twice. They were kind and efficient both times.
We used online check-in and on our around noon, it took only a couple of minutes. Our package was all ready to go, and our room was ready.
Bus transportation was efficient. Our bus was only for our resort - did not stop at other resorts. Never waited very long for any buses, either to or from the parks.
Overall for the price paid, this was a pleasant resort. I have stayed at many deluxe resorts, and if making a short trip again where I'll really only shower and sleep at my resort, I'd stay here again.
My only complaint was the food court area. There is music playing at the check-out counters, different music playing in the dining area, and a tv going. It was quite loud as we could hear all 3 from our seat. Also, the lines for food moved slowly, not because of the CMs, but the guests have so much trouble deciding what they want. It seems there must be a better way to manage the food line.
jimmymac on July 22, 2010 @ 8:37 am
We were not at all impressed
SARH7 on December 9, 2010 @ 12:26 pm
Loved ASMu!! Themeing was fantastic!! We enjoyed every moment of our stay there!! Only reason for the 9 for overall rating- sometimes it shares buses with the other Allstars and that can sometimes be a pain.
Stitch316 on July 12, 2011 @ 12:28 pm
I just stayed there two weeks ago. The family suites are very roomy. The separate bedroom is nice, the way the chair, couch and ottoman pull out into beds was cool. There was also a Microwave, kitchen sink and small fridge. But best of all was that there are TWO bathrooms\showers\sink areas. That comes in handy even for a family of 4. I am lazy so I requested the Calypso building because it is closer to the food court and buses. We had a room that faced All-Star Sports and it was not loud at all. If you are on a budget and need a larger room this place is very nice. I would stay there again. Now, I have also stayed at the Boardwalk and Animal Kingdom lodge and would rather stay at those resorts if money was no object. But, usually money considerations are an issue. ALL-STAR Music is clean, fun for the kids and nicely priced for how much space you get if you get a Family suite.
Capt. J on September 24, 2011 @ 5:09 pm
Reserved a regular room as active military, but when tried to upgrade to a preferred room, was told that no military discount is avail for those. Regular rooms can be a very long walk for my 5 year old daughter, and preferred rooms WERE available, just not with any military discount. SHAME ON DISNEY for not offering the same deals to our military! (And now, when I've called back, they claim that no preferred rooms are available at any price -- because they wouldn't sell me one, and now they are booked). If I had the money to spend I wouldn't be asking for the military rate. It definitely is THE GREEDIEST PLACE ON EARTH.
yalibrarian on September 24, 2011 @ 5:51 pm
Capt. J, I am sorry you felt you were badly treated in not being given a military discount on a preferred room. But we stay at Music every year and think it is affordable, friendly, accessible, and has fun theming. When we use a pin code or other discount, we often are told that it does not apply to preferred rooms or that none are available for this promotion (they only have a limited number of rooms for various offers). Both my husband and myself have mobility issues and really would rather have a preferred room, but this year, we are happy to get the free dining discount and take a standard room--even with a longer walk/ride.
Every special interest group can find reasons why they should get a discount: seniors, people with disabilities, people with large families, people in the military. Guess who, out of all those people, gets a discount? That's right: only the military. I have a disabled husband who is also a veteran, and a disabled adult son. The only discounts we get are pin codes or other discounts offered to the general public. While I appreciate those who serve in the military, and agree that it is nice to offer a military discount, I feel Disney does offer appropriate discounts to the military for both rooms and tickets. Plus, you can stay at Shades of Green, which the rest of us cannot do.
I guess I understand your disappointment, but I don't think it's fair to downgrade the whole resort because the CM was following their given set of rules.
View all 27 comments in forum thread OKNightOwl on April 13, 2013 @ 10:10 pm
We have stayed at several of the WDW Value Resorts over the years. This time we are staying at the All Star Music Resort. This place is huge and be prepared for a hike. Both my wife and I have mobility issues and where are our rooms in the Country Fair portion of the Resort. We tried to get our room moved, but was not successful, the room is OK, but the distance is a challenge. I should have stuck to my guns on my original idea. Won't book this again!
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