All-Star Movies Resort – updated 8-11-11

It has been six years since we have been to the All-Star Movies Resort (remember in Walt Disney World they are called resorts not hotels).  Since we were traveling not only with our two children, 8 and 11, but also my brother-in-law, sister-in-laws and my 93 year-old mother-in-law (on her first trip to Walt Disney World) we decided that the All-Star Movies Resort best personified Walt Disney World to us.

We arrived at Check-In at 1:30 pm to find our reservations had not been linked together so part of our group was at one end of the resort and we were at the other end.  We asked if there was any way we could be moved closer together.  After several phone calls we were moved to Mighty Ducks, building 2.  This building had just two weeks ago undergone a complete renovation so we were very excited to see what they had to try the new rooms.

This was our first sight of the Mighty Ducks, building 3.  They were sanding the doors and walls inside the rooms, tearing out all the carpeting, replacing all the borders on the walls and replacing all the beds.

My fear was being awakened by the whine of sander at 7:00am.  But we never heard a sound from the work zone and the rest of our party who were on the other side of this building also had no complaints about noise from the workers.  Although they thought the area where they were working or hallways that were not accessible needed to be better noted as they several times ended up having to back-track when they got to the end of a hall only to realize it was blocked off and they could not go any further.

The best sight of all for us was to see the Mickey Towel (picture above) laid out on the bed as we entered the room.  This made us smile and feel like it was a huge “Welcome Home!”  Everything was neat, clean and sparkling brand new.

The rooms have new flat screen televisions which my children immediately turned on.

The new room borders will be used in all refurbished rooms as they reflect each of the areas of the resort – Fantasia, Mighty Ducks, Toy Story,  101 Dalmations and Herbie the Love Bug.

The small seating area is virtually the same as before with new tables, chairs and mirror.

The poster on the far wall is specific to each resort sight and is really the only site specific thing in the room now.

One of our children’s favorite parts was that we were close to the Mighty Ducks pool.   This pool is detailed as an ice rink with Goofy as goalie for the hockey game.  The details are amazing.

The nearby locker room houses the laundry room, which was wonderful to have nearby during our 14 day vacation, and the Donald and Daisy restrooms.

The three story tall Duck hockey mask that serves as the entrance to the Mighty Ducks building made my son cry every time he saw it on our last visit six years ago.  This time he loved running in and out of it laughing.  What a difference six years makes.

We will be returning to the All-Star Resorts again soon as we were able to book a bounce-back (while you are there you can book a return stay at Walt Disney World at usually either a discounted price or sometimes with free dining during certain periods).  The offer this time was a discounted room so we will be staying again in October 2011 for only $61 a night!

We prefer to travel cheaply so that we can stay for an extended time.  With out children being only 8 and 11 the All-Star Resorts work perfectly for us and how we travel together.  As my son gets older will will need to move to two adjoining rooms or renting a roll away bed but for now this is just fine for us.

UPDATE:  The rehabilitation is scheduled to be complete in November 2011.  At this time they are supposedly though or working on Building 5 Love Bug and working their way to Fantasia and Toy Story.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Lucinda says:

    I love the All Star Resorts. What a great bounce-back deal you got. Let the new countdown begin!!!

  2. 1181 SOUTH says:

    I just came across your blog and love this idea. There can never be too much Disney information!
    I’m looking forward to reading more.

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you Susan! I love WDW and like you feel that all the information I can get from all different sources can only benefit my family and I when we go. Hope you enjoy future posts.


      1. Lindsey Bow says:

        I am taking my 4 year old son in September and I was just curious if the movies resort is the one in the photos that was refurbished? And are all of the rooms being remodeled…we selected a prefered room so I don’t know what that consist of?

      2. koolaidmoms says:

        Some of the All-Star Music rooms have been refurbished (the suites). Preferred rooms are the rooms closest to the food court and buses for All Star Music so you would most likely be on the outside (facing the trees or parking lot areas) in Calypso or Jazz. Because of the layout of music and sports the rooms farthest away can be a quarter mile walk (or more) to get to the food court and busing each time. At the end of the day this is really tough on little legs (and old ones too! smile). Last I knew they had not received upgrades to flat screen televisions or new decor. We are actually going to be there in October so I hope to check it out.

  3. szlifierki says:

    This article was really good. I look forward to reading another one.

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