Disney’s All Star Sports is an onsite Disney Value Resort and has two sister Hotels on the same property in different themes that are also value resorts. The All Star sports is similar in quality to a fairfield Inn, very minimal but very clean and modern. The rooms have been updated with flat screens and the bedding is changed out on a regular basis. The swimming pools are basic but are always full of young kids and teens, which makes it a great time. Each pool has a bar for the adults and You can meet People from all over the world, while sipping on a cocktail. The theme is of course, based on sports, each Hotel section is a sport signified by huge sports equipment like, tennis rackets, baseball bats and goal post. The Sister Resorts are Movies and Music, adjacent to this resort but with separate lobby’s and swimming pools.
Disney’s All Star Movies Resort is one of three Disney Value resorts that are grouped together, the other two are All Star Sports and All Star Music. Each is named by it’s theme but are all the same quality of room and ammenities. Disney’s All Star Movies offers average size rooms but they are updated with flat screen tv’s and modern bedding. You can find everything You need to eat for the whole family at reasonable prices. The resort has a food court that provides fresh food cooked to order. The swimming pool is a Fantasia-Themed Pool, the food court is named World Premiere Food Court and most everything is based on the theme, see if You can find them all.
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Disney’s All Star Music is closest to the ESPN complex and most of the visitors are families that are participating in the sports there. But this is a great Disney Resort to stay in regardless of Your reason of vacation. The closest theme park to this Resort is Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Music is the sister property to Sports and Music, all on the same property but with three separate registration lobby’s and swimming pools. You are free to roam to Music and Sports while You stay here and You will find them equal in quality. These rooms are no thrill rooms but are modern and clean and best of all come with all the Disney Perks that the much more expensive deluxe resorts come with.
The Port Orleans French Quarter is more like the New Orleans that We know from visiting or seeing on TV. All around Bourbon Street looks like this, the other Port Orleans (Riverside) is what the locals know about New Orleans, both are great choices and both have excellent New Orleans food, very close to the real thing. The French Quarter is a great choice for many reasons, one of which is the location, You are very centrally located close to all four theme parks and Downtown Disney and Disiney’s Boardwalk. The Disney Perks is a great reason to stay at any Disney onsite Resort, especially this one. You can take a water taxi right out the back of the hotel to Riverside or to Downtown Disney, all other transportation is out the front of the Resort.
Cobblestone streets, Intricate railings and courtyards that are true to the New Orleans area. Take a dip in Doubloon Lagoon with its Alligator water slide, and relax at the River Roost lounge with live entertainment and “all that jazz”. The Resort also offers a children’s pool, whirlpool spa, playground, arcade, jogging trail and You can walk to Riverside to rent bikes, including surreys.
The theme of this New Orleans Hotel is the Riverside area which is vastly different in architecture from the French Quarter. Inspired by the era of riverboats and Mark Twain. Massive estates with Huge pillars, grand staircases and lush gardens blend with the Mississippi-style waterways and gracious country hospitality. You can almost see Huck Fin at the fishing hole. The massive mansions are actually groups of hotel rooms which are moderately priced. The one thing in common with French Quarter Port Orleans is the food, about as close as You can get to New Orleans even though You are 10 hours away. You can rent a boat of most any type here to creep around the waterways and admire nature. Or rent a bike for Yourself or a surrey bike for the whole family.
Want to exercise? You have plenty of biking, running and walking paths to get all the exercise You want and almost all is shaded so You can do so longer. The Disney buses will pick You up near Your hotel room to go most everywhere You want on the Disney Property.
Being centrally located, Port Orleans is just a short bus ride to almost all of Disney activities and theme parks. You can even take a water taxi to Downtown Disney, this is not only convenient but very relaxing.
The swimming pool features a fun slide, waterfalls, hot tub, kiddie pool and poolside bar. The poolside bar, Muddy Rivers is fully stocked with Beer, Wine, Mixed drinks including frozen drinks that really hit the spot on those hot Orlando days. Just off the swimming pool deck is a very nice playground, close enough that Children can use the pool and playground at the same time.
Of Course the best thing about staying at a onsite Disney Resort is the Disney Perks and You get them all there.
Disney Onsite Transportation: Disney Transportation comes in many forms, Buses (300 at peak hours), water taxi’s and monorails. The buses run late into the morning usually at least one hour past the closing time of the venue. On a night that the Magic Kingdom closes at midnight the buses will run well past 1am from that location. The monorails also run much later than closing time. The first transportation to shut down are the water taxi’s, the last to run are the buses. You will not get stuck anywhere on Disney Property unless You are just trying to.
Disney’s Magical express: When You stay at a Disney Resort You and Your luggage can ride for free to and from Your resort to the Orlando International Airport. Your luggage will be brought to Your room automatically and You can breeze through the check in process in minutes.
Magic Extra Hours: Each day Disney opens one park early and keeps one park open late just for those that are staying in Disney Hotels. That varies from one to two hours depending on the time of year and special occasions. This is a tremendous advantage, especially for those that like to ride the most popular rides. During this time You can often wait just minutes to ride instead of over an hour.
Disney Dining Plans: As a Disney guest You can choose to add a dining plan. Depending on the number of days and what package You choose it can contain one meal a day or all meals. The plan can include a restaurant in the theme parks and You even make a reservation so You do not have to wait. Disney guest get priority on dining reservations also.
Disney Charging: When You are a guest at a Disney Resort You will get a wrist band that will allow You to charge anything You want from any Disney store or restaurant. Adults have full control over what wrist bands are allowed to charge.
Security: While there is no way to say that any place on earth is 100 percent safe, You can bet that Disney has security of their guest as a top priority. Unlike hotels that might have security at night or special occasions, Disney has security 24/7 not just at the hotels but all over Disney property. Disney is a City in itself with its own police force and if there is a medical emergency, they have that covered probably better than anywhere else.
Park Your car: Maybe the most under rated perk of all is that fact that You can truly forget about Your car. If You fly to Orlando, don’t worry about a rent car, You do not need one. If You drive to Orlando and stay at a Disney Resort, park it and leave it parked. No need to think about crowded parking lots, traffic all over Orlando, finding Your car and maybe the most important thing is the ability to have a drink or two or three and not have to worry, let Disney do the driving. Remember, the Disney Transportation doesn’t just go from Your hotel to the theme parks, You can also visit other Disney Resorts and Entertainment and dining venues like Downtown Disney and Disney’s Boardwalk.
Disney’s Polynesian Resort is 48 years old, but You would never know it. This resort was one of the original two, the other is the Contemporary. Now there are these two plus the Grand Floridian on the Magic Kingdom Monorail line. If You are serious about the ultimate vacation that starts and stops with the Magic Kingdom, pick one of these three. From the Polynesian You are only two stops away by monorail to the magic Kingdom or one water taxi ride out the back of the resort. These three resorts are destination resorts and You would never have to go beyond the monorail line to have a vacation of a lifetime.
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The Polynesian Resort is themed in Tahitian decor and rainforest. Almost everywhere You go indoors and outdoors, You will hear running waterfalls. The 847 rooms at the Polynesian were all updated in 2013 and will stay updated long before Anyone notices that it is needed. The resort sits on the south side of the Seven Seas Lagoon and its shoreline is covered in pristine white sand. The lobby is an atrium that has a center piece that is a small sample of a rainforest, complete with waterfall. The gift shop is a trading post in that same theme. Restaurants follow the same Tahitian theme but You can get traditional American food at each of them. There is a casual restaurant that has indoor and outdoor seating near the swimming pool that offers Adult and Kids choices at very reasonable prices. There are plenty of choices for beers and cocktails in the lobby and at poolside. You can easily take a day off the theme parks and spend it at the lobby, pool and beach, everything You need is here.
Even though the most convenient park is The Magic Kingdom, it is easy to reach the others. To get to Epcot You can take a monorail from the Magic Kingdom or the Transportation and Ticket Center. To get to Hollywood studios, You can do so by going through Epcot and taking a water taxi. Animal Kingdom can be reached via bus in the front of Your resort.
Boardwalk Inn at Disney’s Boardwalk is probably the most popular deluxe resort in the Disney family. Being on the Boardwalk has a lot to do with that but the luxury that comes with it is probably more desirable.
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The theme is 1940’s boardwalk from Atlantic City, NJ. The architecture for this theme is spot on as You would expect from Disney. The wooden boardwalk is very much like the 1940’s boardwalk except You will not trip from uneven boards. Disney has made this a replica but with modern safety and comfort. The Clown Slide at the pool is from the rides at the New Jersey boardwalk and looks like it came out of an old magazine.
The Resort is most convenient to Epcot and secondly to Hollywood Studios but the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom can be reached easily by Disney Buses that arrive every 10 – 20 minutes out the front of the Resort. You can also reach the Magic Kingdom by monorail by going through Epcot.
The Resort has so many options for entertainment some guest stay here and never visit the theme parks. The Boardwalk has surrey bikes, pontoon boats that You can rent. The boardwalk also has shopping, fine and casual dining, entertainment including carnival games. Every age guest has something that interest them. Dad can slip away for a ball game at the ESPN Club where He will find countless TV’s, a full menu and a full bar as well as an arcade. Dancing till the wee hours of the night or quiet intimate piano bars, You can find every possible venue here. Many restaurants are visited by locals all over Orlando.
This resort was opened in July of 1996, at 24 years old, You would never know it but as You might expect, Disney keeps this resort in perfect condition so that it looks as if it was just built.
Walt Disney World Dolphin
1500 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Bay Lake, Orlando (Lake Buena Vista)
This resort is in the moderate category but feels more like a Disney Deluxe resort. The resort is located very close to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. If either of those theme parks is Your favorite then this resort would be a great choice. You can take a short water taxi ride to either theme park or a long walk. The resort shares a main pool with the sister hotel, Walt Disney World Swan. Each Hotel has its own large fitness center and lap pool. These two resorts are actually not owned by Disney but the property is Disney’s and the standards are Disney.
Disney’s Art of Animation
1850 Century Drive, Bay Lake, Orlando
This Resort is in the Disney Value Category but do not expect the price to be the same as the other Value Resorts. It is priced more like a moderate Disney Hotel but it is made for large families, extended families or even a second family. The rooms can easily sleep 6 and more, this is like renting at least 2 regular sized hotel rooms so the price is actually a bargain. The rooms offer some cooking options as well as a fridge and a pull out sofa. The swimming pools are busy with Children from all over the world, a great place for kids to make new friends while the parents sip on cocktails from the poolside bar. The food court offers something for Everyone and can meet even the cheapest budget. You have the option of bringing Your own groceries but the food court might be something to consider so that Everyone can choose what They want. The rooms come with basic kitchen appliances including microwaves. You can buy food for the room from the onsite store for just a little more than a far away grocery store would charge so keeping the kids happy is just steps away. Not only will You get to all the theme parks easily You also have plenty to do without leaving this resort, including an arcade, playground and great swimming pools.
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What is great about staying at any of the Disney onsite resorts is the Disney Perks that come with it.