Post by MVPStephanie on Oct 28, 2017 23:45:03 GMT -5
My family and I stayed at the All-Star Music resort twice in a year. It was a great value for the short amount of time we would be staying. This was our first time staying at a value resort. The first time we went was in August for 2 nights before we set sail on our Disney cruise. The second time was the first week in April. I love the entrance to the resort with the red carpet, a large suitcase, and bell hoppers (or equivalent) who welcome you to the resort. We could tell people were checking out and waiting for Magical Express to take them to their destination. The lobby was large with TV's, video games, the gift shop, bathrooms with changing rooms, and exits to the buses. Down the hall was the restaurant and arcade with the exit to the pool area and other buildings within the resort. Parking was easy. We never had to move our car once it was parked since there was free transportation to and from the parks.
All-Star Music Resort Review
by: Stephanie Inch
All-Star Music Resort Review
by: Stephanie Inch
We stayed in a preferred room near the pools in the Calypso building. It was your typical hotel room with 2 double beds (which I felt were extra small), a small table and chairs, TV stand/dresser, and a bathroom/dressing area. I loved how there was a curtain to close off the dressing area as we were traveling with my friend and her daughter, so it gave us some privacy to get dressed. The bathroom came with the small shampoo/conditioners with the Mickey ears on them. The room was clean and we had no issues. Even with being close to the stairs and elevators with the pool below, we rarely heard any outside noise. Since my husband drove overnight, he decided to take a nap before we went out that night. He said he didn't hear any of the commotion going on at the pool.
Here is what is included in each room:
Iron and Ironing Board
Table & Chairs
Television- ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN & more
--Bed boards/rails and cribs are available upon request.
The Calypso Pool is the feature pool. It was a lot of fun and the atmosphere was very energetic. We were just hanging out swimming and all of a sudden there were beach balls everywhere. We had no trouble finding a place to sit. There were plenty of lounge chairs and tables to sit at, even with the large amount of groups that were there. We hung out at the pool for most of the day. [We had decided to spend the evening at Disney Springs. The girls got dressed up in their princess costumes, we ate at Rainforest Cafe', then we walked around and experienced Disney Springs' nightlife.] Throughout the day, Disney cast members had all sorts of activities at the pool including karaoke, hoola-hooping contests, trivia, dance contest, etc. There was a pool bar where you could purchase expensive drinks!
The girls and I decided to take a walk and explore the resort a bit. It was spread out and each building had its own theme. Outside each building was an icon that represented its theme. For example, outside the Jazz building, there were a handful of extremely large instruments. In the middle of the cluster of buildings were walkways and a courtyard with shade from all the tall trees. We discovered the other pool, which had a statue of the Little Mermaid. The pool was in the shape of a piano and was less-crowded from the main pool.
The second day was filled with fun and excitement at Magic Kingdom, so we did not experience the resort much past what we did on our first day there. When we arrived back at the resort at 2 am, the only sound you could hear were the crickets. One "magical moment" while we were there was that my daughter, Emily was showing her trading pins to the cast members at the Guest Services desk. All of a sudden, one of them gave us a free fast-pass! We love Disney magic!
We can't go to a Disney resort without exploring their gift shop. Maestro Mickey's was a decent-sized gift shop in their main building, Melody Hall. It was comparable to other gift shops at other Disney resorts. There was All-Star Music-specific merchandise as well as other All-Star Resorts merchandise. You can get Magic Bands, snacks, and other items in the store.
Our second trip to All-Star Music Resort was an adult's only trip. We arrived around 6:45 AM at All-Star Music after have driven all night. The buses to Magic Kingdom were not running yet, so we decided to check-in, get our Magic Bands, and eat breakfast at the Intermission Food Court. We wish we had gotten breakfast at McDonald's. The lines were long already, it was super-expensive for the little amount of food you got, and it was disgusting! I ordered eggs with cheese and it came with scrambled eggs with a cold piece of American cheese on the top. There were microwaves, which I used to try to heat up the cheese, but then the eggs were overcooked. Others in our group got biscuits and said they were hard and cool. Let's just say the next day when we went to McDonald's for breakfast, we got way more food than we could eat for less than the price of one small meal we received at the All-Star Music Resort
During our second visit, it seemed there were a lot more sports teams and school groups. After talking to cast members, we were told the All-Star Resorts are known for large groups. Our room was in the Broadway Hotel building. When walking outside the building, you felt you were on the set of a movie. It was very secluded and away from the action, which is what a lot of people like, but not me. I like being close to everything. When we got back around 2 AM from Magic Kingdom, we were exhausted. The walk to our building took us about 15 minutes. There was a Disney security officer outside our building. My husband stopped to talk to him. He said when there are large groups there, they have to make sure the groups are doing what they agreed to do. Once the groups made their curfew time, the security was hired to make sure the kids did not sneak out. Wow! Again, there were no issues with our room on this stay.
One con about the resort, besides the quality of breakfast, was the transportation. I love how Disney gives resort guests free-transportation to the parks, but just don't ever be in a hurry! It seemed like we waited forever for the bus to take us to Magic Kingdom. The lines were long and were not moving. The bus ended up being crowded, as usual. We did not think we would make it to the opening ceremony at Magic Kingdom (which we did!).
Here are my ratings on the following amenities based on the value of a Value resort:
|Amenity||Rating (1-5, 5 being the highest)|
|Overall value for the price||4|
I tried to post pictures but it's only allowing links and when I tried that they wouldn't post, so I will make an iMovie with pictures from these two trips so you can see the resort. Check back for that video!
We are Disney Vacation Club members. We had only stayed at the Deluxe resorts prior to this trip. We were hesitant about staying here in fear we would be comparing it to the Deluxe resorts. We were not disappointed.
Would we stay there again? Sure. However, I would love to try the other resorts first. Would I recommend this resort to other families and friends, definitely. I hope this review was helpful. Please leave me your comments below.