All-Star Disney World Hotels

by Anne Baley

Walt Disney World offers hotels in almost every price range, from the extravagant to the modest. Among the more frugal offerings are Disney's All-Star hotels: the All-Star Sports and the All-Star Movies. Each hotel offers signature Disney service like free transportation to the parks and 24-hour guest relations, but these resorts offer families an inexpensive alternative to the larger deluxe hotels on site.

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Themes

Both All-Star hotels are decorated in fantasy themes, but the similarity ends there. The All-Star Sports buildings are dedicated to baseball, surfing, tennis, football and basketball. The All-Star Movies celebrates five classic Disney movies. The buildings here are themed with The Mighty Ducks, 101 Dalmations, The Love Bug, Toy Story and Fantasia. Both resorts have giant icons outside each building representing its own theme, like giant footballs and a 30-foot-tall Woody.

Activities

This is Florida, so swimming pools play a big part in family activities. All-Star Movies has two film-themed pools surrounded by familiar characters like Sorcerer Mickey, while All-Star Sports has a beach-themed main pool and a smaller baseball diamond-shaped pool complete with Goofy on the pitcher's mound squirting water instead of throwing baseballs. Both hotels offer arcades with video and pinball games as well as a large playground for smaller guests.

Food

All-Star Movies offers the World Premiere food court which offers fresh food from pasta to omelets, as well as room service delivering pizza, sandwiches and snacks to your room. All-Star Sports has the End Zone food court serving food from breakfast until night, as well as sandwich, salad and pizza delivery right to your room.

Cost

Disney's All-Star hotels are at the low end of Disney's resort pricing structure. Like any Disney hotel, the price varies depending on the time of the year, but the average room in 2010 is a little over $80 per night. In contrast, an average room that same night in Animal Kingdom Lodge would begin at $240 and one at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa would be at least $410.

About the Author

Working in sunny Florida, Anne Baley has been writing professionally since 2009. Her home and lifestyle articles have been seen on Coldwell Banker and Gardening Know How. Baley has published a series of books teaching how to live a frugal life with style and panache.