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Review: Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

By Dave Shute

The Basics: Where to Stay

The Value Resorts   Art of Animation   Pop Century    Movies    Sports   Music


Note: Guests at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort are eligible for Disney World’s Early Entry program, and for early access to its paid individual system for access to certain rides, but NOT for its Extended Evening Hours.

Among my 160+ stays (so far!) in Walt Disney World resort hotels, I’ve stayed at Disney’s All-Star Movies five times, most recently in September.

Review ~ Disney's All-Star Movies resort from

This last stay confirms that for those who can’t afford a deluxe resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort is the third best place to stay among the value resorts (the best value resort choice is Disney’s Art of Animation Resort).

And All-Star Movies is the best choice for those on a budget, as on average it is $90/night less than Art of Animation, and $45/night less than Pop Century, the second-ranked value.

You can have a wonderful visit at any Walt Disney World resort hotel.

However, this site recommends that first time visitors to Walt Disney World who can afford it should stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, a deluxe resort, and that those who can’t should stay at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, a value resort. (See this for more on the value resorts at Walt Disney World.)

Compared to other Walt Disney World owned and operated resorts, the value resorts are distinguished by having the lowest prices and smallest rooms.

I’ve stayed at all five of Disney’s Value Resorts thirty times. These visits confirm the order in which the value resorts are recommended:

These last three All-Star Resorts are very close. Of these three,

  • All-Star Sports is the most convenient, but kid appealing only if your kids are into baseball, football, basketball, surfing, or tennis, It still mostly has full beds, but queens will be increasingly common, and likely everywhere by mid 2023.
  • All-Star Movies is the most broadly kid-appealing of the three, and has queen beds and coffeemakers in every room
  • All-Star Music is the most compact, loveliest, and the only one of these three All-Star with family suites (Art of Animation also has family suites). All-Star Music has queen beds and coffeemakers in every room.

Compared to other Walt Disney World owned and operated resorts, the value resorts are distinguished by having the lowest prices and smallest rooms.

You likely will never stay in a hotel with smaller two-bed rooms.

Refurbed rooms sleep four plus one more child younger than three in a crib, in a fixed queen bed and a second queen bed that folds down from the wall, eliminating the table when it is down. A floor plan is above,  and an image of the room with the second queen folded up is below. A full photo tour is here.

However, if your family will fit, the values have much more kid appeal than the moderate resorts, the next higher price class (about twice as expensive, but with much bigger rooms and nicer landscaping.)

(See this for much more on resort distinctions by price class–value, moderate, deluxe, etc.)

Compared to staying off-site, the value resorts are distinguished by their higher kid appeal, convenience, and access to certain key perks that off-site hotels can’t provide.


Resorts are ranked on this site for first time visitors based first on their kid appeal, and then on their convenience.

On this basis, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort is the third best value resort for first time family visitors, after Art of Animation  and Pop Century.

Kid Appeal. Several of the deluxe resorts–notably, the Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Polynesian Resort–have spectacular kid appeal. None of the moderates do.

All of the value resorts–Disney’s All-Star Sports, All-Star Music, and All-Star Movies, and its Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts–have terrific kid appeal.

Fantasia Disney's All-Star Movies Resort from (6)

This appeal comes from the approach to theming they all share: bright and vibrant exteriors, framing much larger than life objects of interest to kids.

These objects reinforce that these resorts were designed for the sake of kids…and not necessarily for adults!

Of these, Disney’s All-Star Movies is the third-most kid-appealing. Art of Animation has the most kid appeal.

All-Star Movie’s theme is…movies.

Its ten three-story buildings (all with elevators) are grouped into five areas, each area themed after a movie (two buildings each): Fantasia, the Mighty Ducks, the Love Bug, Toy Story, and 101 Dalmatians.

Pongo 101 Dalmations Disney's All-Star Movies Resort from

You’ll find scattered around the resort three story high statues of Pongo and Perdita, Buzz Lightyear and Woody, a pool shaped like a hockey rink, and more!

The kid appeal of All-Star Movies is based on its theme: because it is about movies, it presents more richly Disney’s visual world.

That said, of all the movies ever released by Disney at the time it was built, the resort taps into only a few with widespread, multi-generational kid appeal.

In a bit of bad synergy, the movies showcased were released, or had theatrical or made-for-television sequels released, between 1996 and 1999–when All-Star Movies opened.  As a result, the only reliably kid-pleasing themed areas are the Toy Story (buildings 9 and 10) and 101 Dalmatians (buildings 1 and 4) areas.

Your kids may differ–and be particularly charmed by Fantasia, the Mighty Ducks, or The Love Bug.  But most aren’t. Disney does much better at Art of Animation, which showcases Cars, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and the Little Mermaid.

Convenience. Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort is the fourth most convenient of the Value resorts.

During some less busy periods, the three All-Star Resorts share buses, except for the Magic Kingdom, to which each has its own bus.

Shared buses stop first at Sports, second at Music, and last at Movies.

What this means for Movies is that you have a shorter trip to the parks, but a longer trip back, than Sports.

For me, a shorter trip out is more valuable than a shorter trip back.  On the other hand, shared buses may fill up before they even get to Movies, or, more likely, have standing room only.

This is why I rank Movies after Sports in convenience.

Best places to stay at All Star Movies. This site suggests that first time visitors stay in standard rooms, not preferred rooms (because they won’t be spending much time in their rooms, or going to the main resort food area often.)

The single exception is visitors to the Animal Kingdom Lodge, who should always pay for savanna views.

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort is divided into five areas.

Map Disney's All-Star Movies Resort

Click the map to see the general layout.

Of these, a third floor room in buildings 1 or 4, in the 101 Dalmatians area, or 9 or 10 in the Toy Story area, is the best place to stay.

Movies has the same problem the other values do: it can be packed with teenagers who are at Walt Disney World as part of a tournament or other sports event.

As a result, the resort can be very loud and boisterous. Buildings around the pools are particularly so.

Fantasia Pool Disney's All-Star Movies Resort from

At All-Star Movies, buildings 2 and 3 (Mighty Ducks) and 5 and 8 (Fantasia) frame pools, and should be avoided

This leaves buildings 1 and 4 in the 101 Dalmatians area, 9 and 10 in the Toy Story Area, and 6 and 7 in the Love Bug area. Of these, buildings 1, 4, 9 and 10 are closer to the dining area, bus stops, and main pool, and have themes more broadly appealing, and are hence recommended.

Ask for the third floor because it is also the top floor, which makes it quieter.


Families than cannot afford a deluxe resort, or who are otherwise on a tight budget, who can fit into its small rooms, and find the movies noted an attractive theme.


Families who have more than two adult-sized people, or who will be using a crib.

The long-time travel agent partner of this site, Destinations in Florida, can help you book your Disney World vacation at All-Star Movies or anywhere else–contact them using the form below:

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1 Jennifer - A Destinations In Florida Agent { 10.02.13 at 9:09 am }

Thank you for your reviews. This helps me with my guests who can’t decide between resorts.

2 Dave { 10.03.13 at 7:41 am }

Thanks, Jennifer!

3 Mario { 02.25.14 at 3:18 pm }

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the reviews, my client is deciding between places to stay and this helps alot.

Mario Westerfield,

4 Dave { 02.25.14 at 6:23 pm }

You bet, Mario–I’m glad they help!

5 Eric { 02.07.19 at 12:23 pm }

Hi Dave – do you have a status update on the AS-Movies refurb? We might look to stay a night or two but the full beds def won’t cut it. We could go back to Pop but I’d like to check out All-Star at least once in my life 🙂

6 Dave { 02.08.19 at 8:15 am }

Eric, there’s not been much action since November, and no one knows why–my personal suspicion is that DIsney’s 94% occupancy rate in the quarter might have had something to do with it. Rumors emerged just this week that it will be re-starting shortly, but that doesn’t much help in forecasting an end date…

7 James Bartlow { 08.11.19 at 6:06 pm }

What type of chemicals do they use a lot n the pools at the all Star movie resort

8 Dave { 08.12.19 at 9:40 am }

Sorry, James I don’t know.

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