Today marks the first post in a new weekly (or basically whenever I decide to write one) mini series for the disney loving readers amongst you which I shall title ‘our disney experience’. The aim being to review some of our previous disney experiences in the hope that it might help some of you as you plan for yours!
Today’s disney experience: All Star Sports Resort!
Gideon and I stayed at Disney’s All Star Sports Resort during our honeymoon in 2013. It was our first trip to disney together and we had a blast!
All Star Sports is a value resort at Disney, which means it is one of the most basic disney hotels you can stay in, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad in any way – it was still full of the same great theming, dining and customer service we have come to expect from disney, but is designed for the more budget conscious!
The resort is split into several sport themed sections with various themes including Surfing, Baseball and American Football.
We had a queen room in the touchdown 7 section of the resort, which was conveniently located close to the food court and main lobby area. Some of the rooms are further away, but parking area’s surround the resort so you can usually park your car (if you are driving) fairly close to your room!
The room itself was plenty big enough for two, and though the decor was probably a little dated, it was clean and comfortable.
All Star Sports resort has one large food court which did get busy at certain times of the day (most notably breakfast) however the options were plentiful! We prefer the food courts at the value resorts above those at the deluxe resorts as they offer a lot more choice, with several different ‘sections’ that serve up different offerings (e.g. cooked breakfast station, omelette station, pancake/waffle station at breakfast). The decor again was a little dated – but it has since undergone a thorough refurbishment!
We only tried the main pool by the surf section of the resort, but there is another in the baseball section. The pool was large and well maintained, however they do not have any slides or jacuzzi’s like at the moderate and deluxe resorts.
There is only one bus stop for the resort, located outside the front of the lobby. From here you can catch buses to all the parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports and Downtown Disney. We never had to wait very long for a bus, but be aware that during quieter times of day they also pick up/ drop off at All Star Music and All Star Movies, however All Star Sports was usually the first to pick up/ drop off which meant you could usually get a seat.
All Star Sports resort also has a gift shop, games room/ arcade, poolside bar, laundry, playground, jogging trail and shows movies under the stars!
We really enjoyed All Star Sports! It had all the amenities we wanted, and a clean and comfortable room. If you don’t want to pay for a more expensive moderate or deluxe option but still want to be on Disney property give All Star Sports some consideration – especially if you have sports fan’s in the family! It may not have a lot of frills around the edges like at some of the other resorts, but if you are planning on spending the majority of your time in the parks, All Star Sports will have everything else you need 🙂
Have you ever stayed at any of the all star resorts? What was your experience? We’d love to know your thoughts so leave a comment!