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Review: The Family Suites at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

By Dave Shute

For the first page of this review of Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, click here.


Among the value resorts, six-person Family Suites are available at two hotels—Disney’s All-Star Music Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

While in the past, the differences between these were quite stark, all to the disadvantage of Family Suites at All-Star Music, after the recent refurb at Music spaces at Music became much more comparable. Key changes at Music that make these items now comparable to Art of Animation include

  • Much more comfortable queen beds
  • A second bath that is now private to the master bedroom
  • A dining table that has room and chairs for four

If money does not matter, Art of Animation is still the better choice, as it has insuperable advantages in

  • Theming, both inside and outside the Family Suites
  • Transportation, with Skyliner access to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and not-shared buses to the other parks (Music sometimes shares some buses with the other All-Stars at off-peak times)
  • Food quality in its food court, with Pop Century’s almost equally good food court not far way

For this, you will pay for Family Suites at Music on average $185/per night less than you’ll pay at Art of Animation. Over my recommended eight-night stay, that’s almost $1,500 less…


Note: the images of a Family Suite at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort that follow are screenshots from a Disney YouTube video.

I’ll add many more photos—and an updated floor plan—after my September visit.

Family Suites at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort sleep six in an area combined from two standard rooms. This means that they have more square feet per possible person and also more bath capacity per possible person than standard four-person value resort rooms. At a stroke, this solves the major problem of such rooms, their small size.

What used to be one entire standard room is the living dining area for all, with a common bath in the back.

You’ll note that neither the seating area nor the dining table will comfortably seat this six people this space can hold—the same is true at Art of Animation.

The prior Rube-Goldberg-esque set of sleeping arrangements has been replace by two queen beds that fold down from the walls, taking away as they do so the couch and dining table.

The beds folded down.

The other half of the space includes a kitchenette (with a fridge, microwave, and coffeemaker), the master bath, and the master bedroom.

Compared to the old floor plan at Music, the master bath and kitchenette have been flopped, making the master bath now accessible only from the master bedroom.

The master bedroom keeps its upholstered chair—although many families will carry it into the living room—and loses the old desk, as most Disney rooms have lost whatever desks they had over the most recent set of refurbs.

All in this set of changes is a great improvement, and Family Suites at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort are now a much mor livable and competitive option than they were before.


This review continues here.




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1 Lisa { 04.25.16 at 12:49 pm }

hey there.. Ok So was suppose to stay at the art of animation.. then called to get the free dining and they only had some left at all star movies resort. so I switched. I have 3 adults a infant and a 10 year old going. how big is that ottoman bed and can a decent size person fit on that and what size is the sofa bed? really disappointed that we had to change but it is what it is.

thank you!

2 Dave { 04.26.16 at 8:48 am }

Lisa, I have pix and dimensions of all the beds later in the review, just click the links

3 Lisa { 04.25.16 at 12:50 pm }

oh im sorry it is the all stars music resort.. not movies

4 Lisa { 04.26.16 at 12:44 pm }

Thank you!

5 Piper Sneed { 01.07.18 at 11:37 am }

Im interested in visiting December 2018

6 Patricia Balaity { 04.25.18 at 10:38 pm }

My family is thinking about a trip to Disney in 2019. There will be 5 in the family. What would be the best value hotel to stay in without breaking your pocket. Please include ticket prices and the dining program with discounts if available.

7 Dave { 04.26.18 at 6:17 am }

Patricia, what are the ages (it matters if any will be three or younger at the time of check in)?

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