The Best (and Worst!) Reasons to Stay at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

by | Apr 11, 2024 | Walt Disney World Resorts, WDW Blog

Is Disney’s All-Star Music Resort the right choice for your next Walt Disney World vacation? We’re breaking down the pros and cons of the hotel, its rooms, and more so you can decide. 

If you’re looking for a Value resort at Walt Disney World that’ll offer comfy, vibrantly-themed rooms plus a great resort experience, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort just might fit the bill. As one of the three All-Star resorts at Walt Disney World, Disney’s All-Star Music sits in between All-Star Sports and All-Star Movies. But with three similar resorts to consider, plus other Value choices like Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, how do you know which is the best to book?

We’ve spent years staying at every resort in Walt Disney World, so we can help! We’re sharing the best – and worst – reasons to stay at All-Star Music Resort, from the theming to the rooms to the amenities onsite. 

The Best Reasons to Stay at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

Affordable Pricing

Disney's All-Star Music Resort, Calypso building entrance

Photo by Courtney Reynolds

Like we mentioned above, All-Star Music is one of Disney World’s Value resorts – which means this is one of the cheapest and most affordable resorts you can stay at on-property.

It’s a great option for anyone on a budget who wants to enjoy all of the perks of staying at a Disney World resort, without splurging too significantly. From the quick-service restaurants at All-Star Music Resort to the free bus transportation around the larger Walt Disney World Resort, you won’t have to shell out a lot to enjoy your stay here.

Spacious Family Suites

Finding a budget-friendly resort that also offers enough room for the whole family can be challenging when you’re planning your Disney World vacation. While the Value resorts can be reasonably priced, their standard rooms are the smallest of all of the hotels – meaning you’re going to be a bit cramped when traveling with a crowd. However, All-Star Music offers a great perk: Family suites that offer more space!

The family suites at All-Star Music Resort are ideal for families with three to five children. You’ll have room for the kids and adults alike, with enough space to sleep 6 people (including one child under 3 years old) plus two full bathrooms and a kitchenette. 

There are a total of 192 family suites available in the Calypso and Jazz buildings at All-Star Music, too, meaning there are plenty available year-round. As an added perk, having the included kitchenette allows you to save a bit more money by enjoying some meals in your room (or whipping something up to bring to the parks!).

Kid-Friendly Resort Grounds and Amenities

All-Star Music is incredibly kid-friendly, both in its theming and the amenities located throughout the resort. Every inch of the resort is boldly colorful, with statues that bring instruments (and, at the pools, even some Disney characters!) to life in huge, eye-catching ways. 

Kids will particularly love the two pools, kiddie pool, and playground located at the resort. The Calypso Pool is home to an colorful and larger-than-life statue of the Three Caballeros, plus a fountain that shoots water at swimmers. There’s also a nearby kiddie pool for the smallest swimmers located just behind Melody Hall. The Piano Pool offers a quieter setting for swimmers, dedicated to more leisure than play, but it’s another great option for families with older kids.

Additionally, like other All-Star resorts at Walt Disney World, families with little ones of all ages can also enjoy Movies Under the Stars and campfire activities, like roasting marshmallows, during nights of their stay.

Larger-Than-Life Theming

We’ve mentioned it briefly above, but it’s worth repeating as one of the biggest pros of All-Star Music Resort: The theming is a standout detail! Obviously, every Disney World resort offers impressive and immersive theming. However, if you’re looking for a hotel that’s bold and offers plenty to explore and see as you walk the grounds, All-Star Music is a great choice. From giant icons of different musical genres dotting each section of the resort to musical notes decorating balconies, you won’t run out of photo-worthy spots to stop.

Speaking of theming, did you know the resort layout is shaped like a guitar? While it might not be so obvious as you walk the grounds, this resort is truly themed around music down to the very last details!

The Worst Reasons to Stay at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

No Table-Service Restaurants Onsite

All-Star Music Resort, Intermission Food Court entrance

Photo by Andy Sanchez

If you’re someone who enjoys sitting down for a table service meal, you’re out of luck when staying at All-Star Music. This resort doesn’t have a single table service restaurant onsite. You’ll have to travel to another resort – or into the theme parks – if you want a sit-down meal.

All-Star Music does have multiple food options, though. The Intermission Food Court, which is located in Melody Hall, is a decently-sized food court that serves food that’ll please almost anyone’s taste buds. It’s not the highest-quality food, but it is a convenient and easy-to-grab quick-service option.

Rooms Are Smaller Overall

As we mentioned above, Disney World Value resorts offer the smallest square footage in terms of room space. So, when you’re staying in any room at All-Star Music, you can expect a smaller footprint compared to Moderate and Deluxe resort rooms. For families with multiple children, that means quarters can get a bit cramped – and if you’re visiting with a larger group, you’ll definitely need a family suite.

If you don’t plan on spending much time in your room, or simply need a spot to crash, All-Star Music’s room size won’t matter much. However, if you’re hoping to rest up and relax throughout the day, you may need a bigger room.

Crowds and Loud Noises Are Common

Because of its more budget-friendly nature, All-Star Music is known for hosting large groups at the resort, such as school bands or traveling athletic teams. This can cause the resort to feel more crowded and noisy… so if you’re searching for some peace and quiet, then you’ll want to stay elsewhere.

Large groups staying at All-Star Music Resort can also lead to some long lines and crowded areas throughout the resort. For example, it can lengthen the wait for Disney buses to and from the theme parks, and it can make for a very crowded food court.

Should You Stay at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort?

If all you need is a bed at night, then Disney’s All-Star Music Resort is a great option. With its affordable Value resort pricing, its family suite rooms, and plenty of kid-friendly amenities, it can suit families with little ones quite well – and it’s also a solid option for budget-minded guests. The price really can’t be beat if you’re looking to stay at a Disney World resort.

However, if you’re planning to spend some time in your hotel room and want to more thoroughly enjoy all of the resort amenities, All-Star Music may not be the best fit. With crowds, a noisy atmosphere, and limited dining options onsite, it doesn’t offer much in the way of peace, quiet, or varied choices. If you’re looking for a resort with a little more peace and quiet, but that still offers that musical flair, we suggest trying Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarters

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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