We’re a Value Resort family. Some day we hope to enjoy a stay in the Polynesian but we don’t feel underprivileged in an All Star environment. And judging from all the smiling faces we’ve seen at a Value Resort, I don’t think we’re alone!
To start off, here are the Top 5 benefits of an All Star Resort:
- Price point
- Pool areas
- Expanded food courts
Theming is King at an All Star Resort. There is just so much to look at and photograph, like the entrance to our room behind these:
Once in the room, you really start to soak up the atmosphere:
To be fair, it isn’t all smiles and chuckles at a Value Resort. Some of the rooms can be quite far from the main building which houses the arcade, cafeteria, gift shop, and main desk. The main pool can get crowded at peak times. And when we visited the All Star Music Resort in 2010, we found this:
The waiting areas for buses to the Parks are not covered in like they are at Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. So you cook in the sun and drown in the rain. Trust me, no one was singing in the rain! There is some cover by the building with benches, but then you lose your place in line.
But the pros outweigh the cons in the Value Resort world, so I highly recommend them. I arbitrarily rank them in order of best to not-so best thusly:
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- All Star Movies Resort
- Pop Century Resort
- All Star Music Resort
- All Star Sports Resort
Many might argue that Pop Century is better than Movies. It is a close call! And the only plus to being No. 5 for Sports is that it (almost) always has a room available, even in peak times, if you’re prone to making last-minute reservations.
Remember I said that one of the best things about an All Star Resort is the theming? I’ll leave you with this proof: