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