Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing our reviews of the value resorts at Walt Disney World.
When I want to make a quick trip down to Disney for a couple of days and I’m on a budget, I’m a big fan of the value resorts. They make Disney an affordable option for a lot of people and families, they have fun themeing and bright colors, and they get the job done. They might not have a ton of extra amenities but they have all the basics of a hotel that you could want, plus all of the perks of staying at a Disney resort!
There are three All-Star resorts – Movies, Music, and Sports. I’m a big fan of lots of different genres of music so I thought this was a very cool place to stay. The genres represented are Calypso, Broadway, Country/Western, Rock, and Jazz. If you follow my blog regularly you know I’m a big theater person so I actually requested to be in the Broadway section. They put me in Calypso in a preferred room for free though, so I certainly didn’t complain about the upgrade! Disney is smart when it comes to upgrades. I’ve never felt the need to pay more for a preferred room but after the convenience this trip I’ve already booked one for my next value stay at Pop Century.
Each of the areas was themed really well. Lots of big, fun icons that are the signature of a Disney value resort. One thing that I was also impressed with was the amount of greenery and trees here. It gave the place a really nice feel to it. Everything was well maintained and there were some really pretty fountains and garden areas. The buildings of my Calypso area were a really vivid and pretty green – but I’m someone who really likes bright colors.
The main pool area has a statute/fountain of the Three Caballeros! I thought it was pretty neat to see a more underrepresented Disney film there (though now they’ve got the attraction in Mexico as well!).
Rooms at value resorts are basic but generally suit your needs. I didn’t pay for a preferred room but I got upgraded anyway which was awesome! So my room was convenient to walk to. I think it also may have been a handicapped accessible room because certain things about the room were arranged differently – the bathroom seemed a little bigger, for instance. And I had a king size bed all to myself, so that was pretty awesome!
The themeing within the room is pretty simple. The border on the wall has some Disney music touches, there was a little bit of art on the wall, the shower curtain had music notes, etc.
It’s also worth noting that All-Star Music also has a section with family suites. They can hold up to 6 people and are another good option for larger families.
All-Star Music has one quick service food court called the Intermission Food Court. You’ll find your basic quick service food here like burgers, chicken fingers, breakfast foods in the morning. If you’re out by the pool there’s also the “Singing Spirits” poolside bar where you can get an adult beverage if you like.
I was really pleased with my stay at All-Star Music and would definitely consider it again if I wanted a value resort! I enjoyed the themeing here better than Movies or Sports because I’m a big fan of music. I thought it was well done and fun.
Check out my reviews of other Disney resorts here:
- Pop Century review
- Animal Kingdom Lodge review
- Art of Animation review
- DVC villas at the Grand Floridian review
Have you ever stayed at an All-Star resort? What did you think of it?
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Orange | Value Resort Reviews Loop:
- 1st Stop – My Pixie Dust Diary | Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- 2nd Stop – Rolling with the Magic | Disney’s Pop Century Resort
- 3rd Stop – Disney in Your Day | Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
- 4th Stop – Home is Where the Mouse Is | Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
- 5th Stop – Disney Nouns | Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort