The Best (and Worst!) Details of Staying at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

by | Apr 8, 2024 | Walt Disney World Resorts, WDW Blog

Every Walt Disney World Resort hotel has its own pros and cons, and we’re sharing the best and the worst details that come with booking a stay at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort.

When it comes to Walt Disney World’s Value resorts, Disney’s All-Star Movies is typically guests’ favorite of the three All-Star choices. With incredible Disney character theming, larger-than-life statues, and a more immersive feel than All-Star Music and All-Star Sports, All-Star Movies is a hotel that’s popular with adults, families, and guests of every interest.

However, there are advantages and disadvantages to staying at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort. Will it truly offer good value and bang for your buck? Are the amenities worth your investment? Will you be able to get to and from the theme parks easily? We’re sharing all of the best –– and worst –– details of staying at All-Star Movies so you can decide before you book.

The Best Details of Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

All-Star Movies Resort, Toy Story section with Woody, Bo Peep, and Rex

Photo by Danny Shuster

Standout Resort Theming

When it comes to theming across the resort, All-Star Movies is, well, a total star! Of all of the Value resorts, it’s home to some of the best theming (the only other resorts that might measure up are Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort). After all, who doesn’t want to feel like they’ve been transported right into the action of their favorite Disney animated film?

Guests of all ages absolutely adore the larger-than-life Disney-animated icons sprinkled across All-Star Movies Resort. You’ll encounter statues that feature characters and props from films like The Love Bug, Mighty Ducks, Toy Story, 101 Dalmatians, and Fantasia –– and each section of the resort makes for some fantastic photo opportunities.

If you’re someone who want an Instagram-worthy place to stay, it’s hard to top the character-centric theming you’ll find at this resort! Even if you aren’t a huge fan of the characters themselves, the bright, bold colors of the resort and its decorative building exteriors make for eye-catching backdrops.

Affordable Room Rates

Okay, this is technically one of the best reasons to stay at any Disney World Value resort, but we still think it’s one of the biggest pros of All-Star Movies: The room rates are nicely affordable. If you’re visiting the resort on a budget, All-Star Movies offers great bang for your buck. You’ll find reasonable pricing year-round, and you can stay on-property without overspending.

Additionally, the recently renovated rooms –– which are similar to those at Pop Century –– offer solid value for the per-night cost. There’s enough space in a standard room to comfortably fit up to four guests, plus a crib for an infant.

Plus, if you’re visiting with kids (or anyone who loves a good pool!), there are two pools at All-Star Movies to enjoy: the Fantasia Pool and the Duck Pond Pool. The Fantasia Pool is also home to a smaller kiddie pool and a water play area, and there are poolside activities available regardless of where you want to splash around.

Premium Perks for Less

Speaking of amenities like the pools at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, there are plenty of premium perks to be had at this hotel! Although you’re spending less and staying at a Value resort, you’ll notice that Disney doesn’t skimp on all of the top-tier offerings of any other onsite resort here. And that means you can enjoy many of the same perks of pricier hotel options without spending more.

For example, you’ll enjoy standard Walt Disney World Resort hotel advantages like:

Plus, at All-Star Movies, there’s so much to explore! Here, guests can enjoy extra perks like campfire activities, movies under the stars, a kid-approved playground, jogging trails, and even the Reel Fun Arcade.

The Worst Details of Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

All-Star Movies Resort, Fantasia 2000 section, walkway and path

Photo by Andy Sanchez

Long Walks… and Bus Wait Times

All-Star Movies is a sizable resort, which means there’s quite a lot of space to explore –– but all of that space means you might find yourself taking quite a long walk from the check-in desk or bus loading area. It can take a few minutes to get from your room to other locations on property, especially if you’re staying farther away from Cinema Hall. It might not seem like a big deal, but after hitting thousands of steps in the theme parks each day, you may want a shorter walk (especially if you’re hauling a lot of gear or young kids!).

Preferred rooms at this resort do sit closer to both dining and transportation, so if you’re someone who has mobility concerns or simply doesn’t want to walk long distances, you may want to consider booking one of these versus a standard room.

Additionally, along with longer-than-typical walks around the resort, you’ll also want to keep bus wait times in mind. All-Star Movies is often at the end of the bus route, which can mean a longer-than-usual wait (especially during slow times of the year when All-Star bus service is consolidated for all three resorts) to get to and from the resort.

Limited Transportation Options

Speaking of transportation, it’s worth noting that your transportation options are limited when staying at All-Star Movies. There’s only one mode of complimentary transportations, and it’s buses. At times, you might encounter a lengthy wait time to get to and from the theme parks and resort.

What drives up the wait time? Well, sometimes buses are shared across all three All-Star resorts, making waiting for a bus even more challenging –– especially when All-Star Movies is the last resort to be picked up or dropped off.

No Pool Slides

While the two pools located at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort are themed well and very cute, they do have one shortcoming: Neither pool has a slide.

However, this isn’t atypical of the resort category. Pool slides are only available at Moderate or Deluxe resorts; no Value resort on Disney World property has pool slides. If a slide at the resort pool is a must-have, consider booking a higher-tier hotel.

Should You Book a Stay at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort?

Value resorts can be a great fit for those looking to stay on Walt Disney World property without spending a lot, and they offer plenty of extras over off-site hotels. At Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, the theming, multiple pools, and uniquely Disney perks offer plenty of great reasons to book a room.

However, if you want to be able to get to and from your resort quickly or want more transportation options, you may want to consider staying elsewhere. Overall, we think All-Star Movies is a great pick for anyone who’s looking for solid value and classic Disney theming. Need a resort that will accommodate more people, but with that Disney animation feel? Consider booking a room at Disney’s Art of Animation instead.

 

 

Posts by Heather Adams

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Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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Heather Adams

Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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