For the first page of this review of Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, click here.
THERE ARE FAMILY SUITES AT ALL-STAR MUSIC TOO!
With all the deserved hoopla around the newer Family Suites at Art of Animation, Disney World’s original family suites at All-Star Music are still worth considering by any family thinking about suites.
In general, Art of Animation will be a better choice for most, but there are some specific features of the Family Suites at All-Star Music that will make them a better choice for some.
REVIEW: THE FAMILY SUITES AT ALL-STAR MUSIC
- Larger families looking for value pricing who can’t fit in a standard 4 person value resort room
- Smaller families who could fit in a 4-person room, but are looking for a suite and its extra living space, yet are unwilling to pay for more expensive alternatives
This review focuses on the first type, but towards the end I’ll compare All-Star Music Family Suites to alternatives for the second type of family as well.
Note that these rooms began a refurb in late fall 2019 expected to be complete in 2021. It looks like the mess of beds in the living area will be replaced with two fold down queens. This will make these beds much more comfortable, although some will miss the three sleeping spots that are in not-yet-refurbed rooms. In addition, the bath near the master bedroom and the kitchen area are being re-arranged, which will make the master bath private to the master bedroom.
LOWER-PRICED OPTIONS FOR FAMILIES OF 5 OR 6 AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Families of 5 or 6 looking for lower prices in a Disney World resort have several options:
- Two All-Star value resort standard rooms, ~260 square feet each for a total of ~520 square feet, for $355-$400 per night,* sleeping up to 8 in 4 full or 4 queen beds
- For 5-person families, a ~314 square foot 5 person room in Port Orleans Riverside’s Alligator Bayou section or at Caribbean Beach, sleeping four in two queens and another small person in a fold-down bed at $300-$330/night
- A 6 person ~ 504 square foot Cabin at Fort Wilderness, sleeping in one room two in a queen bed and two more in bunk beds, and two more in a queen sofa bed in another space, at $470-$495 a night
- A 6-person ~565 square foot Family Suite at Art of Animation, sleeping 2 in a queen in one room, and two on a fold-out full couch and two on a fold out near-full dining table in another room, at $555-$670 night
- A 6-person ~520 square foot Family Suite at All-Star Music, sleeping 2 in a queen in one room, and in another space sleeping two on a full fold out couch, and two more in each of two smaller beds, at $400-$460/night (as noted, you may get two fold-out queens)
*All prices include tax and are for the Summer 2020 price season for standard rooms.
Reviews and floor plans for each option are in the links. For those focused on 6-person options, here’s a thumbnail of the floor plans of the two Family Suites and the Cabins (note that at Music these are of un-refurbed rooms):
Note that the long-time travel agent partner of this site, Kelly B., can help you book your Disney World vacation at All-Star Music or anywhere else–contact her using the form at the bottom of this page.
Each option has pros and cons. I’ll address two value resort rooms first, then after that take the pros and cons of the other options topically (all photographs are from All-Star Music Family Suites):
Two value resort rooms: The biggest potential issue with two value resort rooms is that while Disney will try to make them adjacent or connected, there’s not really a guarantee, so your family members may be widely scattered. In total, you’ll get as much space as any option except Art of Animation Family Suites.
You also get two baths, 4 separate beds, and beds on average more comfortable than any other option (since none of them are fold-out or fold-down). No kitchen materials except for two mini-fridges; no “living room”; lower price than any option except one five person room at Port Orleans Riverside or Caribbean Beach.
Overall space: Art of Animation Family Suites provide the most overall space, with All-Star Music Family Suites a close second. Port Orleans Riverside and Caribbean Beach provide the least space, and are really in a fundamentally different category.
Living room: All-Star Music Family Suites provide the largest living room with the best seating for large families. Art of Animation and Cabins at Fort Wilderness living rooms are OK. Port Orleans and Caribbean Beach do not have a living room.
Kitchen: The Cabins provide a full kitchen. Both Family Suites have a mini-kitchen with counter space, storage, a mini -fridge, microwave, and coffee pot.
The mini-kitchen at All-Star Music has much more counter and storage space than that at Art of Animation. Riverside and Caribbean Beach have no kitchen, but do have a mini-fridge and coffee pot.
Dining space: The Cabins and Art of Animation each have dining tables, and both are too small to fit 6 people. All-Star Music has a small 30″ round table that seats even fewer. Riverside and Caribbean Beach also have a small table that seats two.
Baths: Riverside, Caribbean Beach and the Cabins have one, the two Family Suites each have two.
Number of beds: Riverside, Caribbean Beach and Art of Animation have three sleeping spots; the Cabins and All-Star Music have four. (Refurbed Music suites will have three, it seems.)
Quality of beds: Each of these options has at least one fold-out or fold-down bed. Such beds do not have box springs, and can have thin cushions supported by uncomfortable metal rods. The worst is the ottoman bed shown above (not yet unfolded!) in All-Star Music, and the best overall package is at Riverside and Caribbean Beach, since 4 of their 5 sleeping spots are on standard queens.
The master at Art of Animation has its own private bath and private closet, while the second bath and second closet at All-Star Music are shared with the rest of the family.
On the other hand, the master at All-Star Music has a desk (above) and an easy chair, lacking at Art of Animation.
If the kids will be running in and out of your bathroom anyway, then prefer All-Star Music–they don’t have to go through your room to do so, and you get the desk and easy chair not in Art of Animation.
Kid Appeal: Art of Animation, hands down, then All-Star Music as a distant second. The Cabins come in last.
Convenience: Art of Animation has an advantage over All-Star Music. The Cabins are last.
Price: Port Orleans and Caribbean beach are least expensive, but only hold 5. Of the 6 person options, All-Star Music Family Suites are the least expensive.
The long-time travel agent partner of this site, Kelly B., can help you book your Disney World vacation at All-Star Music or anywhere else–contact her via the form below!
This review continues here.
MATERIAL IN THIS REVIEW OF DISNEY’S ALL-STAR MUSIC RESORT
- Overview of All-Star Music
- Accommodations and Theming at All-Star Music
- Photo Tour of a Standard Room at All-Star Music
- The Family Suites at All-Star Music
- Photo Tour of a Family Suite at All-Star Music
- Amenities at All-Star Music
- The Pools at All-Star Music
OTHER KEY PAGES FOR WHERE TO STAY AT DISNEY WORLD
- Where to stay–the Basics
- Where first-timers should stay
- Reviews of all the Disney World resorts, based on my 150+ stays in them