A lot of people tend to overlook the All-Star resorts when considering a Disney vacation. But what is it that you’re looking for? Do you spend a lot of time in the parks and only stay at the Disney resorts to take advantage of the dining plan? Or do you spend a lot of time at the resorts and only make it into the parks when you’re ready for some magic? These are the types of questions, I think, you should be asking yourself. My wife and I recently stayed at the All-Star Sports resort and it was actually quite nice. The only thing that we did not enjoy was that there was a cheerleading competition going on and the majority of the cheerleaders were staying at the resort. But it was only two days so it wasn’t that bad. We never ate or really spent any time at the resort so it was okay.
The advantage to staying at All-Star Sports, or any value resort, is that the grounds are not as spread out. So if you’re not really looking forward to a lot of walking at the end of a full day at the Magic Kingdom then this may be right for you. You have all the normal amenities that you would really need. It has a food court, souvenir shop, and swimming pool (no hot tub, unfortunately). So you’re really getting all that you need if you’re just a hard core parks traveler.
The disadvantages are that when going to Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, or Downtown Disney, you end up sharing the motor coach with the other All-Star resorts. So the lines at the stations can get long depending on the time of day that you are boarding. Magic Kingdom as the stops separated so the lines are not as long at the end of the night. I can only imagine that Disney will likely make that change for all the parks.
Also, because the All-Star resorts are not as spread out as the other resorts, the noise level of children can be a little overwhelming at times.
However, the rooms are just fine and the price is a little more reasonable if you’re just looking for a place to lay your head inside the Disney World Resort. So don’t overlook the All-Star resorts right away. You may be surprised and save yourself some money in the process!