Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort Review: Walt Disney World’s Budget-Friendly Hotel

by | Jan 24, 2024 | Walt Disney World Resorts, WDW Blog

Read our review of Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, and find out what it’s like to stay at this value-friendly option.

Walt Disney World offers a wide range of hotel options, from the ultra-luxurious Polynesian Village Resort and the moderately priced Caribbean Beach Resort. But if you’re looking to go to Disney World on a budget, you’ll want to prioritize one of the Value Resorts. And often, the cheapest of them all is Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort.

But don’t let the low price tag fool you. There’s a lot to love about this budget-friendly hotel, even outside the price. In our All-Star Sports Resort review below, we’ll cover the rooms, restaurants, transportation, pools, and amenities, as well as who this resort makes sense for.

Inside an All-Star Sports Resort Room

You’ll choose between a Standard Room and a Preferred Room when staying at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort. The rooms themselves are identical (each sleeps four), but the Preferred Rooms are closer to the pool, dining, and transportation. The small convenience usually adds $10 to $20 a night.

I recently stayed in a Standard Room, and I didn’t find that being farther away from the amenities was too much of a hassle. The rooms themselves are nothing to write home about. They’re functional — with comfy beds, a TV, and a spacious bathroom area. This is not the height of luxury; rather, it’s a place to rest your head at night at the end of a long park day.

If you’re just looking for an affordable place to stay and plan on spending most of your waking hours inside a Disney World park, I highly recommend a room at All-Star Sports. If you’re hoping for a luxurious escape, even at night, you’ll need to reach deeper in your wallet and spring for a Moderate or Deluxe Resort.

Dining at All-Star Sports Resort

The only options for food at All-Star Sports are the End Zone Food Court and the Grandstand Spirits Pool Bar. You can find grab-and-go meals at the food court; they’re great for breakfast on your way to the bus stop or a late-night snack on your way back from EPCOT. But you won’t find fine dining here.

If you’re adventurous (or tired of park food), McDonald’s is right down the road. It’s an easy drive (or even a walk), and it’s certainly more high-tech than your average McDonald’s. You can read more about it in our special Then & Now issue of WDW Magazine, in an article exploring the history of McDonald’s at Walt Disney World.)

Transportation at All-Star Sports Resort

Disney's All-Star Sports bus hub

The All-Star Sports bus hub, just one of the resort’s transportation options. Photo by Judd Helms

Unfortunately, all three of Disney’s All-Star Sports Resorts are limited to bus transportation for Disney Springs and all four parks. Disney’s Pop Century and Art of Animation (the other two Value Resorts) are on the Skyliner route, meaning they offer two modes of transportation.

The location of All-Star Sports Resort can also make for long bus rides. The hotel is tucked away in the southwest of the resort while Magic Kingdom is way up north. If you plan on spending time at Animal Kingdom, however, you’ll enjoy some of the shortest bus rides of any guests on property.

Though the bus isn’t my favorite way to get around, I’ve stayed at All-Star Sports and All-Star Movies, and I’ve found the buses to be prompt and reliable. Even during the holidays, when Walt Disney World is busiest, I haven’t had to wait too long for buses.

Get our August 2022 issue of WDW Magazine to learn more about transportation at Walt Disney World.

Pools, Amenities, and Theming at All-Star Sports Resort

Disney's All-Star Sports Pool

The Surfboard Bay Pool at All-Star Sports. Photo by Judd Helms

The main pool at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort is the Surfboard Bay Pool, a 242,471-gallon pool surrounded by massive surfboards. No matter the time of the year, this pool is usually busy, given how many families tend to stay at the All-Star Resorts. There’s also a kiddie pool here for the little ones. From the pool, you can easily access the outdoor pool bar for an adult beverage and snacks.

All-Star Sports also has the Grand Slam Pool, a smaller, quieter pool where you can find a little more relaxation (but still not that much).

Other amenities at All-Star Sports Resort include the nightly Movies Under the Stars, outdoor campfire activities, a jogging trail, an arcade, a playground, and laundry facilities.

Value Resorts are known for their larger-than-life theming. As you might have guessed, at All-Star Sports, this means massive sports equipment several stories tall. Outside my room was a giant tennis court with statues of Huey, Dewey, and Louie ready to play.

Who Should Stay at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort?

Let me say this: All-Star Sports is not for everybody, at least not on every visit. If your kid is performing in a sporting event at ESPN Wide World of Sports or you plan to spend a lot of time at Animal Kingdom, All-Star Sports is highly convenient. Even if you’ll be spending time elsewhere on property, All-Star Sports is one of the best ways to save money on a Disney vacation with your family.

Even if you don’t have kids, All-Star Sports is a great choice — if you tend to keep busy at the parks all day. It makes sense for solo travelers on a budget and adult couples who will be at Magic Kingdom until close.

But if you’re the type who likes fine dining at Disney World and luxurious hotel rooms, you’ll be disappointed with any of the All-Stars options.

Want a guide to every Walt Disney World Resort? Get the Perfect Park Planning issue of WDW Magazine to plan your resort stay for your 2024 trip.

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Timothy Moore is the editorial director of WDW Magazine, DLR Magazine, and DCL Magazine. He has 15 years of experience in storytelling across roles in content marketing, market research, SEO, and journalism. In addition to running an award-winning Disney magazine, Timothy writes travel and finance content for sites like Business Insider, USA Today, and Forbes.
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Timothy Moore is the editorial director of WDW Magazine, DLR Magazine, and DCL Magazine. He has 15 years of experience in storytelling across roles in content marketing, market research, SEO, and journalism. In addition to running an award-winning Disney magazine, Timothy writes travel and finance content for sites like Business Insider, USA Today, and Forbes.
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