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THE THEMED AREAS AT ON DISNEY’S ALL-STAR MOVIES RESORT
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort is one of 5 value resorts at Walt Disney World:
- Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, opened in April 1994
- Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, opened in November 1994
- Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, opened in January 1999
- Disney’s Pop Century Resort, opened in December 2003
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, opened in May 2012
The first and last of these five have four-person full bed standard rooms. Rooms at Pop Century and All-Star Movies have queens. Music has begun a refurb which likely will yield the same queens as at Pop and Movies.
For standard rooms, for most families Art of Animation is the best choice, followed by Pop Century. All-Star Movies is the third-best choice.
Two value resorts also have six-person family suites–
–and for family suites, too, for most families, Art of Animation is the best choice, although in some circumstances those at Music are the better choice.
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort officially salutes
“…classic Disney films—including Disney·Pixar’s Toy Story, Fantasia, The Love Bug, The Mighty Ducks and One Hundred and One Dalmatians…the Toy Story section features a 27-foot-tall bucket of Green Army Men, a 30-foot-tall Woody icon and a 47-foot-tall Buzz Lightyear icon. The buildings are painted in bright colors and covered with playful details and hidden surprises.”
All-Star Movies has 1920 rooms in ten three-story buildings, all with elevators.
These buildings are in five areas, with each area themed around a different movie–Fantasia, The Love Bug, Toy Story, 101 Dalmatians, and The Mighty Ducks.
Of these, the Love Bug and Mighty Ducks area are most distant from the central services in Cinema Hall, and the other three areas are close.
See the map–but also see below on a way to increase Mighty Ducks convenience. Parts of the Mighty Ducks and Fantasia areas surround pools–making them noisier.
Each area has distinctive multi-story statues and building decorations tied to its theme.
Buildings 5 and 8, Fantasia, are grouped around the main Fantasia Pool, and very close to Cinema Hall. The pool makes them noisy, and honestly I’m a little weirded out by the Fantasia decorations and characters:
…especially at night.
Buildings 1 and 4, 101 Dalmatians, are close to the central services, and a good choice for balancing location and lack of noise.
You’ll find here Pongo…
…and a lot of puppies.
Once the kids get the fire hydrant joke, they’ll giggle for hours.
There’s not much going on in the courtyard between the two Dalmatians buildings, which–at least for me–makes for a bit of a welcome respite.
Buildings 2 and 3, Mighty Ducks, are grouped around a second pool, the Duck Pond, and far from Cinema Hall–but very close to the food court and bus stops at the next-door All-Star Music Resort.
They are hockey-themed, and as with the Fantasia section, a little frighteningly so.
See the map for how many rooms in the Mighty Ducks buildings are actually closer to the food court and bus stop at All-Star Music than the ones at All-Star Movies.
Buildings 9 and 10, Toy Story, are close to both Cinema Hall and the bus stops, with some hard to find but very close parking spots (between buildings 9 and 8).
They are probably the best overall place to stay at All-Star Movies, because of kid appeal, convenience, and relative quiet.
The courtyard between the two buildings, watched over by Buzz and Woody, is themed at its center as a multi-story version of Andy’s room.
This shot gives a better sense of the scale of this space.
Army men guard the ramparts.
The final themed area, Buildings 6 and 7, Love Bug, is as distant from Cinema Hall as the Mighty Ducks.
There’s not a lot to the theming here–the front half of the Love Bug comes out of one building…
…and the back half from another. Note also the screwdriver and wrench theming along the walls–a visual that just screams “vacation.” To someone.
The central area between the two buildings is set up for award presentations–a lot of youth sports teams competing in tournaments at ESPN stay at the All-Stars, and can congratulate themselves here.
AMENITIES AT DISNEY’S ALL-STAR MOVIES RESORT
This review continues here.
TOPICS IN THIS REVIEW OF DISNEY’S ALL-STAR MOVIES RESORT
- Overview of All-Star Movies
- Photo Tour of a Refurbed Room at All-Star Movies
- The Themed Areas at All-Star Movies
- Amenities at All-Star Movies
- The Pools at All-Star Movies