All About the Extras
Aspiring stars and scrapbook creators will find a multitude of scenic settings for capturing vacation memories. Larger than life icons, like a giant Woody and Buzz Lightyear ("Toy Story") and Pongo and Perdita ("101 Dalmatians"), are complemented by decorative details like film strip railings and race flag ("The Love Bug"), alphabet block ("Toy Story") and cheering fans ("Mighty Ducks") building borders, and special touches, like dog bones stamped into concrete walkways ("101 Dalmatians"), provide added appeal for devoted fans.
If you're celebrating a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary, "Celebration" buttons are provided (with advance notice), and in Cinema Hall, a mini theatre and a photo gallery of screen stars set the scene for a movie-themed getaway.
Overnight guests enjoy a number of special perks, like early-entry and late-stay theme park privileges (Extra Magic Hours), free onsite transportation, free parking, the ability to make FASTPASS+ reservations 60 days in advance and the opportunity to participate in a Disney Dining Plan with a Magic Your Way Package. Additional family-friendly privileges include online room check-in (up to 10 days in advance), resort airline check-in (a big help for families) and airport transportation service via Disney's Magical Express.
A paved jogging trail (approximately one mile) runs along West Buena Vista Drive, from Disney's All-Star Sports Resort to Disney's All-Star Movies Resort.
Kids Nite Out, an independent agency, provides in-room resort childcare. Rates are $16 per hour for the first child, with a four-hour minimum and a $10 caregiver transportation fee.
The Art of Smart Timing
When traveling to Walt Disney World Resort, it's best to avoid peak travel periods. Generally, these times include holidays and the summer months -- in other words, any time schools are out of session. If you do opt to visit in summertime, pack sunscreen, hydrate frequently and, unless you want to squander your souvenir money on ponchos at the parks, don't forget your raingear.
Fortunately for travelers on a budget, some of the least expensive times to visit Walt Disney World theme parks tend to coordinate with dates when crowds are the lightest. If your kids aren't in school yet, September is a great time to visit. Another prime time is after Thanksgiving through early December. While traveling sports youth groups are known to visit the All-Star properties during some of this period, All-Star Movies Resort seems to be exempt from a large-scale invasion.
From Orlando International Airport (MCO), free roundtrip airport transportation via motor coach is available to guests (advance reservation required; limited hours) via Disney's Magical Express.
By car, take the South Exit Road from Orlando International Airport to SR 417 Toll Road (GreeneWay) West and follow signs to Walt Disney World/All-Star Movies Resort.
Free transportation to and from all Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney is provided by bus. A bus stop is located just outside Cinema Hall. The stop isn't covered, so be prepared to brave the elements. Ponchos and sunscreen are a World traveler's friends and for kids, activities, such as bubbles, will help to ease the wait. For those traveling with children under 3, a stroller is a must.
For Mom and Dad
At the Silver Screen Spiritc Pool Bar, windows open to the food court as well as the area just outside the Fantasia Pool, and you can order beer, wine and frozen alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. Bar stools feature filmstrip backs -- a nice decorative touch. It's open daily noon to midnight, except Sundays, when it opens at 1 p.m.