BEST HO­TEL 10 THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT DIS­NEY’S ALL-STAR MOVIES RE­SORT

You can’t help but smile the minute that you see Dis­ney’s All-star Movies Re­sort. Be­hold­ing some of the most beloved Dis­ney char­ac­ters in their most gi­gan­tic forms makes you feel like a kid again! The new­est of the All-star Re­sorts gives you in­cred­i­ble op

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1. POOLS

The pools here are mas­sive! Start­ing with the Duck Pond Pool, based on the movie se­ries The Mighty Ducks, this 105,438-gal­lon pool is a fun place to cool off. But my fa­vorite pool here is the Fan­ta­sia Pool, which is more than dou­ble the size at 231,610 gal­lons of wa­ter! Here, Sorcerer Mickey sprays wa­ter on Guests while they en­joy plenty of area to swim around. There’s no need to worry about the pool be­ing too cold ei­ther! These pools are heated so that they’re at per­fect tem­per­a­ture no mat­ter the time of year.

An in­side tip for vis­it­ing All-star Re­sort pools: Bring your own tow­els! There are none pro­vided for you at the pool, so re­mem­ber to take them from your room. Call Mouse­keep­ing and ask for ad­di­tional tow­els. You’re sure to go through them quickly with shower and pool time.

2. DIN­ING

World Pre­mier Food Court is a cinema-themed din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with five sep­a­rate sta­tions. Roxy, Ma­jes­tic, and Lyric Shops of­fer de­lec­ta­ble break­fast fare in the morn­ings. Try the Roxy Shop’s Chicken Brioche Sand­wich, with ba­con, maple but­ter, and tater tots. Their lunch and din­ner op­tions are pretty much the same and of­fer stand­out Foot Long Chili Cheese Hot-dogs and House-made Mac­a­roni and Cheese with Ba­con.

3. ADULT BEV­ER­AGES

When you’re ready for a cool af­ter­noon drink, head to the Rialto Shop, in­side of World Pre­mier Food Court, for some grown-ups-only milk­shakes. The Cur­tain Call is truly a triple threat with a choco­late milk­shake, can­died ba­con, and Knob Creek bour­bon. Or try Vel­vet Ropes, a vanilla milk­shake blended with straw­ber­ries, sprin­kles, and Frangelico Liquor.

4. VALUE

Stay­ing at an All-star Re­sort can save you money! The av­er­age room cost per night runs around $107. That means more money for sou­venirs and Mickey Ice Cream Bars!

5. LO­CA­TION

Along with the other All-star Re­sorts, you’ll find Movies closer to An­i­mal King­dom and Bliz­zard Beach. Bus rides range from 10-min­utes to 20-min­utes, not in­clud­ing waits at the bus stops. An­i­mal King­dom is just a quick 10-minute trip, which is ideal for those anx­iously await­ing their first visit to the new Pandora – The World of AVATAR.

6. THEMING

Dis­ney is ev­ery­where you look at the All Star Movies Re­sort! From the col­or­ful gi­gan­tic Buzz and Woody, to the polka-dot­ted Pongo from 101 Dal­ma­tians, you’ll find great photo op­por­tu­ni­ties ev­ery­where you look. Grab a Re­sort map and take the fam­ily for a stroll. If you’re stay­ing here on your next Walt Dis­ney World va­ca­tion, make sure to watch Her­bie: The Love Bug and The Mighty Ducks be­fore your trip. Due to the theming here, All Star Movies is known as the more kid-friendly of the Value Re­sorts.

7. KID-FRIENDLY AC­TIV­I­TIES

Think­ing of spend­ing a day at the Re­sort just to re­lax but wor­ried about keep­ing the kids oc­cu­pied? Don’t! At the All-star Movies Re­sort, there are plenty of fun ac­tiv­i­ties for the en­tire fam­ily! Ac­tiv­i­ties are up­dated monthly and a list can be picked up at the front desk. You’ll find things such as pool par­ties, Dis­ney trivia, cookie dec­o­rat­ing, bingo, mak­ing Mickey tie-dye shirts, arts and crafts, and wa­ter bal­loon games on the list. Most are free, which makes it even bet­ter!

8. MOVIES UN­DER THE STARS

Tak­ing in a Movies Un­der the Stars show­ing at the All-star Movies Re­sort is a great way to wind down af­ter a long day in the parks. Usu­ally start­ing around 7:00 PM, Re­sort Guests can watch their fa­vorite Dis­ney movies on a gi­gan­tic in­flat­able screen at The Reel Spot, lo­cated out­side World Pre­mier Food Court. The Re­sort’s ac­tiv­ity list can pro­vide you with the movies play­ing each night. Ti­tles range from Moana to Star Wars, and maybe even, if you’re lucky, an ad­vanced screen­ing for a movie not yet re­leased!

9. THE CLIFFHANGER

Be­cause it’s not a Top 10 list with­out a sig­na­ture dessert item! Here at the All-star Movies, I’d have to say that The Cliffhanger is the one you’ll want/need to try! It’s a choco­late milk­shake with vanilla ice cream, a piece of choco­late cake, and gobs of choco­late syrup top­ping. Will you be able to eat it all? Stay tuned for next week’s episode to find out! (It’s a real cliffhanger!)

10. PERKS

If you’ve stayed at WDW be­fore, or even if you haven’t, some­times you for­get about all of the in­cred­i­ble perks avail­able to Re­sort Guests. Like pack­age de­liv­ery, where you can make a pur­chase in­side the parks and have the items shipped back to your Re­sort gift shop. That means you can buy that gi­gan­tic Mickey plush and not have to carry it through Magic King­dom all day! Or late-night din­ing op­tions, like pizza de­liv­ery right to your Re­sort room. A 24-hour front desk, in case you need as­sis­tance in the mid­dle of the night. In room re­frig­er­a­tors, com­pli­men­tary trans­porta­tion to all of the parks (no need to rent a car!), free Wi-fi, and free stan­dard park­ing, are all in­cluded with your Re­sort stay.

Stay­ing at Dis­ney’s All-star Movies gives you all of the magic, all of the in­cred­i­ble theming, fun ac­tiv­i­ties, and fam­ily at­mos­phere at a ter­rific value. Just be­cause the Re­sort is less ex­pen­sive than some of the oth­ers, doesn’t mean you’re go­ing to miss out on hav­ing a truly fan­tas­tic Dis­ney va­ca­tion. So take a peek at the All-star Movies Re­sort, call your fa­vorite travel agent, and book a stay soon!

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