Monday, October 15, 2012

A Review of Disney's All-Star Sports Resort

Pin It Now! Families with small children, who want to have a sporty and magical experience, should book a stay at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort. Fun-loving couples will also enjoy this one-of-a-kind Disney Resort. Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort is one of 5 Value Resorts at the Walt Disney World complex in Orlando, Florida. This unique resort features and emphasizes the fun and beauty of sports like basketball, tennis, volleyball, football and surfing, with a magical Disney touch. The guestrooms are fun, colorful and whimsical while at the same time, providing guests with comfort and affordable luxury. Disney's All Star Sports Resort was the first value resort built on the WDW property and opened May 1994. There are 1,920 rooms spread between 10 buildings. All the buildings feature larger-than-life sports icons. The All Star Sports Resort is located on Buena Vista Drive west of World Drive. It is adjacent to the All Star Music Resort, and near All Star Movies,Blizzard Beach, Coronado Springs, and Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Rooms with two double beds or one king size bed are available. Features of the room include standard hotel room amenities, flat screen tv, armoire, table and chairs, wall safe and wall mount hair dryer. The rooms have a split bath, with a sink and mirror in the closet/changing area and a deprecate room with tub shower and commode. Room views either overlook a parking lot, the central courtyard of your building, or landscaped areas between the buildings. Small refrigerators may be rented, based on availability, for a daily fee. Rooms have maximum four person occupancy per room (plus one child under 3 in a crib). There are two elevators in each building, located next to each other in the center of the building. There is also a staircase next to the elevators, and a room with an ice machine just behind them. There are also outside staircases at each end of the buildings, so if you're far from the elevators, you can use those stairways.

Sport Goofy Gift and Sundries in Stadium Hall is stocked to the rafters with WDW and All Star souvenirs, sports apparel, postcards, snacks and sundries. The End Zone Food Court offers a variety of food, as well as a small convenience market with milk, juices, fruit, cereal, yogurt, and the like. There's plenty to choose from, and kids' meals (mac and cheese, chicken fingers, etc.) are available for the finicky eaters in your group. There are inside and outside tables to dine at as well as a pool-side bar for the adults. Disney’s All-Star Resorts, All-Star Sports included do not offer sit-down table service dining. However, as a Disney Resort guest, you can take advantage of those and other dining options at any of the other Disney Resorts. If you're in the mood for a Big Mac, a McDonald's, designed with the All Star Resort style in mind, is located about a 5 minute walk from the resort entrance on Buena Vista Drive. There's even a crosswalk.

Bus transportation is available from the side of Stadium Hall to all major WDW theme parks and entertainment areas.

Two pools, the Surfboard Bay, located directly behind Stadium Hall between the Surfs Up! buildings, and the Grand Slam, with a water-spouting Goofy Statue, is located in front of the Home Run Hotel. A kiddie pool is located at Surfboard Bay. Showers, lockers and changing rooms are available at both pools.

Disney's All Star Sports Resort offers an appealing choice when price is a consideration. Making it a great option for families and young couples who want to see and do as much as possible. Though the All-Star resorts don’t offer the recreation or dining choices of some of the more expensive resorts, if you're a family that likes to stay on-the-go during your vacation, you probably won't miss much of it.

1 comment:

Kelly Hudler said...

Great article! All-star resorts are reasonably priced and get you all the perks of staying on Disney property.