Disney's All-Star Music Resort Review
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Editor’s Review of Disney's All-Star Music Resort
The only Walt Disney World Value category property with family suites, Disney's All-Star Music Resort welcomes budget-conscious travelers in a themed setting that's simply melodious.
Opened in 1994, with a room refurbishment completed in 2012, the tropically landscaped 1,704-room Animal Kingdom-area resort is one of three Disney All-Star Value category offerings, featuring larger-than-life musical icons that are popular with families, as well as the many traveling youth groups that make it their Walt Disney World home-away-from-home.
Two themed pools and an onsite arcade provide a fun spot for the kids to kick back and cool ... more off after a long day at the theme parks. At the main guitar-shaped Calypso Pool, families can enjoy free activities from mid-afternoon to late night.
Melody Hall, the resort's dining and activities hub, features a photo gallery of musical greats from Bruce Springsteen to Johnny Cash, and a seemingly ever-present soundtrack of tunes creates an atmosphere of continuous celebration throughout.
Five food court dining options and pizza delivery provide variety, as well as value, and budget-friendly perks like complimentary transportation and free parking give families good measure to strike up savings, along with a song. less
- Family suites with mini-kitchen
- Free activities at Calypso main pool
- Musical theme and larger than life icons
- All Inclusive
- Theme Parks
- Water Sports
- Horseback Riding
- Water Parks
- Connecting Rooms
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Laundry Service
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
In terms of service and staff friendliness, Disney's All-Star Music Resort delivers the experience you'd expect to find at a ... Get more Planning and Tips
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Standard rooms are compact and basic, but smartly designed for traveling families, with child-friendly features like rounded furniture corners and paper cups instead of the glass versions commonly provided in upper-level Disney properties. Décor matches the musical theme -- headboards, curtains and linens are decorated with stars and musical notes and wallpaper and border designs feature images of performers and musical greats throughout ... more the ages.
Most standard rooms (260 square feet) contain two double beds and sleep up to four, plus one crib sleeper for guests under the age of 3. Each room contains a single vanity positioned outside the bathroom (compared to the two found in most moderate and deluxe Disney properties), a combination TV cabinet/bureau, a hair dryer, a table with chairs, a mini-fridge, an alarm clock and a wall safe. Coffee makers are not available. Wi-Fi service is complimentary, and bed rails and playpens are available. There is a surcharge per person, per night for more than two adults in a standard room -- though honestly, more than a couple will stretch the limits physically, as well as figuratively. Connecting rooms are available.
In Standard Rooms, an extra small fee per night for a preferred location will get you close to Melody Hall, the main pool and the bus stop in either the Jazz or Calypso block. If you want to be near the action and don't mind commotion, a pool-facing Calypso room should do the trick. Upper-level Jazz Inn rooms tend to be a little quieter, and might be a more attractive choice for those with napping babies and toddlers.
For larger parties, All-Star Suites offer another attractive space-stretching solution. Created by merging two standard guestrooms, suites are 520 square feet in size and sleep up to six (including one crib sleeper for guests under the age of 3), and are located in the Jazz and Calypso buildings close to Melody Hall.
In addition to a bathroom, a private bedroom contains a desk with a chair, an upholstered chair and a small dresser with a flat-screen TV and a queen bed (compared to the double beds found in all other Value rooms), while a living room area doubles as another sleeping area, with a double sofa bed and two single beds -- one which pulls out of a chair and the other a convertible ottoman set-up.
A kitchenette, with a microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker and disposable dishware, is located off the living area, and nearby, there's a second bathroom, providing added family appeal.
A single vanity is stationed outside the second bathroom, which makes getting ready in the morning easier for groups, and multiple shelves in the kitchenette create an atmosphere of order for larger families. A small table with two chairs provides limited seating for dining. For quick breakfasts and snacks, this shouldn't be an issue, but for families of four or more, finding suitable space for more extensive meals might get tricky.
In terms of suite sleeping arrangements, adults will be most comfortable in the bedroom, where a playpen can be stationed for smaller children, while the pullout couch and convertible chairs in the living area are suitable for kids, but might be considered restrictive by larger or older travelers. Suites sleep up to six with no surcharge for adult occupants. less