That is Disney World’s most budget-friendly lodge for big households


There are greater than two dozen resorts at Walt Disney World the place your loved ones can relaxation their weary heads (and drained toes) after a protracted day on the parks.

Whereas Disney affords a wide range of lodging choices, starting from commonplace rooms with two queen beds to multibedroom villas and treehouses, at its properties, for a fast three-night go to just like the one I lately took with my husband, three kids and mom, it did not appear to be the correct time to splurge on a high-end suite or luxurious cabin, particularly since my household could be spending the majority of our time within the parks.

Fortuitously, a fast on-line search revealed that Disney has extra reasonably priced household suites that sleep as much as six adults at two of its worth resorts: Disney’s Artwork of Animation Resort and Disney’s All-Star Music Resort.

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Of the 2, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort is essentially the most budget-friendly choice. Commonplace rooms can go for lower than $150 per evening, whereas the household suites typically value about $350 per evening.

Impressed by these less expensive charges for our multigeneration journey, I made a decision to attempt one of many property’s household suites to see if it might present the consolation and area my household wants after we journey. Learn on for my tackle the property based mostly on my current go to.

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Reserving

Conventional Disney resorts like Disney’s All-Star Music Resort don’t take part in a lodge loyalty program, so in case you are hoping to make use of lodge rewards to e-book your lodge room, you are out of luck except you look to the Marriott-affiliated Disney Swan, Dolphin and Swan Reserve. Nevertheless, you possibly can doubtlessly use some sorts of bank card factors that function at a hard and fast money worth in your Disney lodge keep. For instance, with the Capital One Enterprise Rewards Credit score Card, you possibly can use these factors at a hard and fast price of 1 cent per mile to wipe out the journey cost, or doubtlessly even e-book your Disney lodge within the Capital One Journey portal.

Whereas there are a couple of choices for utilizing your factors on a Disney lodge keep, a number of the bank card portals, such because the one operated by Chase, do not show Disney accommodations as reserving choices.

Since my household’s busy schedule meant discovering availability via third-party websites like Expedia or Travelocity could possibly be tough, I opted to order my room immediately via Disney. For our keep over a busy weekend — from Saturday via Tuesday — a household suite value about $400 per evening.

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Though there have been no particular affords obtainable for our journey dates, choose reductions (like $20 off the nightly price for reservations lasting 5 or extra nights, which I discovered when penning this assessment) sometimes pop up. In case you discover a particular supply after you make your reservation, attain out to the property or modify your reservation on Disney’s web site to obtain the discounted price.

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Location

Most of Disney’s accommodations are grouped close to one of many 4 Orlando theme parks.

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort is within the Animal Kingdom resort space, that means it is closest to Animal Kingdom and farthest from the Magic Kingdom. Whether or not you propose on utilizing Disney’s complimentary bus transportation or your individual set of wheels, you will get to any of Disney’s parks in about quarter-hour as soon as you’re truly rolling.

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There are two different All-Star accommodations, Disney’s All-Star Films Resort and Disney’s All-Star Sports activities Resort, inside strolling distance of the music-themed sister property, giving you quick access to extra amenities like swimming pools, playgrounds and eating places in case you are in search of a change of surroundings.

There’s additionally a McDonald’s simply exterior the doorway to the All-Star resorts (although I like to recommend driving as an alternative of strolling on Disney’s busy roads) if the worth of a burger and fries at Disney is somewhat too excessive in your liking.

Examine-in

Previously few years, Disney World launched the “Direct-to-Room” service, which helps you to enter check-in particulars like room preferences and type of fee on-line after you make your reservation.

When your check-in day arrives, you will obtain a notification saying your room is prepared. You possibly can then use your telephone, MagicBand or Key to the World card (a plastic keycard that can be utilized as a room key and theme park ticket) to unlock your door and enter your room.

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I’ve used the service many instances with out situation, and my room is usually prepared lengthy earlier than the three p.m. (or 4 p.m., for Disney Deluxe Villas) check-in time. On this journey, nonetheless, I obtained a number of textual content messages alerting me that my suite was not prepared. It wasn’t till 3:20 p.m. that the area was prepared for me to enter. The notification included my constructing quantity, room quantity, a hyperlink with a map of the resort and a telephone quantity to name if I had any questions.

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Whereas I am not precisely certain why check-in was somewhat delayed right here, I assume the restricted stock of fewer household suites versus commonplace rooms was an element. We had been busy exploring the close by Peppa Pig Theme Park anyway, so it wasn’t a problem.

In case you do not need to use the contactless cellular check-in choice, you possibly can go to the foyer the place forged members are prepared and ready that will help you together with your room. Regardless that I skipped this feature, I took a fast peek contained in the foyer to get a lay of the land.

Unsurprisingly, the music theme was entrance and middle. Examine-in desks featured musical be aware illustrations, a free Guitar Hero arcade recreation sat to 1 facet and partitions had been coated with memorabilia, live performance pictures and an enormous headphones artwork set up. The theme wasn’t as pronounced as what you will discover at lots of Disney’s higher-end properties, however I appreciated the playfulness.

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The room

Just like the foyer and different public areas, the 1,704 commonplace rooms and 215 household suites at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort characteristic a musical theme. Relying on the place your room is positioned, you will uncover decor impressed by rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, nation or calypso music, amongst different genres.

For this keep and a previous one, I used to be within the calypso part, which I totally loved. It was the closest constructing to the principle pool and Melody Corridor, the place the foyer, meals court docket, arcade and present store had been positioned. Factoring out the situation, the constructing was arduous to overlook, as the outside had massive conga drums, maracas, xylophones and vibrant tropical colours.

Due to a current large renovation, rooms characteristic a glossy, modern design with tasteful nods to the property’s music theme. The look is much from what you would possibly count on at a “worth lodge,” as there aren’t any pale carpeting and hulking, outdated furnishings in sight.

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Our household suite, for instance, had hardwood flooring, chrome lighting fixtures (some with music notes), darkish wooden furnishings and seating areas with pops of pink.

Within the massive dwelling area (the primary room we entered), there was a snug couch, a storage ottoman, a eating desk with 4 chairs and a flat-screen TV mounted above a dresser with drawers and cabinets for storage.

Each the sofa and eating desk hid queen-size pull-down beds designed to accommodate 4 adults. We put these to make use of and located that they offered ample area when sleeping, although we positively maxed out all obtainable sq. footage, leading to us folding the beds again up every morning for extra elbow room when lounging and strolling round.

My household beloved the enjoyable Disney illustrations on the pull-down beds’ headboards. The principle mattress within the separate bed room additionally featured vivid character art work above it, finishing the noticeable however subdued Disney theme.

Each sleeping areas provided proximity to lights and charging shops, one other plus for me and my group, as we regularly have a number of digital gadgets to cost. Nevertheless, the bedding itself was a bit skinny, so if you happen to desire a fluffy comforter, chances are you’ll be upset.

Not like the bed room and front room, which had been largely white with pink and grey accents, the 2 bogs featured inexperienced accent partitions and pops of turquoise on the bathe doorways and H2O+ toiletry bottles.

One rest room provided a mix tub and bathe, whereas the opposite had a walk-in bathe. Every area offered a separate self-importance space with one sink and an abundance of counter and cupboard space, in addition to a small closet. There have been additionally two hair dryers and an iron and ironing board.

I appreciated having the choice to shut the door between the bathe and self-importance areas so a number of individuals might prepare on the similar time.

One other spotlight was the kitchen space. Whereas the area itself was a bit drab and naked, accessing an apartment-size fridge and freezer, a microwave, a sink and a two-cup drip espresso maker is a significant asset for a household. To not point out, the realm provided ample cupboard space and loads of plates, bowls, cups, plasticware, espresso, tea and paper towels within the drawers and cupboards — perfect for individuals who desire to purchase groceries and eat in as an alternative of eating out each meal.

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Facilities

Sure facilities are commonplace in any respect Disney World accommodations. You may get pleasure from perks like complimentary transportation to Disney’s theme parks, water parks and the Disney Springs procuring, eating and leisure advanced, in addition to entry to jogging trails, a playground and on-site laundry amenities.

Along with the facilities on the resort’s sister properties, you will discover a number of proper on the resort grounds. To begin, there have been two swimming pools.

The guitar-shaped Calypso Pool had a “Three Caballeros”-themed fountain within the center and a small splash pool for teenagers. That is additionally the place the property’s poolside “motion pictures below the celebrities” are proven on choose nights.

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Moreover, there was the Piano Pool, which was about half the dimensions of the Calypso Pool however featured a enjoyable grand piano design full with black and white keys. Each swimming pools had lifeguards, complimentary towels and loads of lounge chairs, although they lacked a waterslide or scorching tub just like the swimming pools at average and deluxe Disney resorts supply.

A full schedule of family-friendly actions was obtainable, too. Throughout our go to, there was a station arrange contained in the foyer the place children might embellish their very own Mickey or Minnie ears with bows and stickers. We skipped the arcade on this go to, however did take full benefit of the free Guitar Hero recreation within the foyer. It was very hardly ever being utilized by different company.

Food and drinks

Not like higher-end Disney resorts, you will not discover any sit-down eating places or espresso outlets right here. The one eating choice obtainable was the Intermission Meals Courtroom. Open each day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., the meals court docket had a number of serving stations with completely different American-inspired bites.

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You may largely discover Mickey waffles, oatmeal and pastries for breakfast and burgers, pizza and sandwiches for lunch and dinner. All choices had a slight twist to what you’d count on.

I had the pimento bacon cheeseburger with french fries ($12.99) twice throughout my keep, and it was scrumptious (albeit messy) each instances. There have been additionally all types of grab-and-go gadgets, akin to fruit, snacks and bottled drinks.

If you are going to buy one in every of Disney’s refillable mugs, you have got entry to limitless espresso, tea and soda refills on the resort (plus any others you go to throughout your keep). I do not drink soda, however I used to be glad to search out they served chilly brew on the meals court docket.

There was additionally an honest choice of beer and wine, although it can save you a couple of dollars by stocking your in-room fridge with gadgets purchased on the Speedway by the Magic Kingdom or Disney Springs.

Must you crave a cocktail, you possibly can head to the Singing Spirits Pool Bar, which sat simply exterior the meals court docket by the Calypso Pool. I am sometimes a beer drinker, however sitting by the pool on a scorching day brings out my inside want for a frozen cocktail. I attempted the Pina Colava ($15), a colourful rum concoction with coconut, pineapple and raspberry flavors. It was scrumptious and refreshing, however I switched again to my commonplace (and cheaper) Cigar Metropolis Jai Alai IPA after that.

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Service

Disney resorts are presently solely providing gentle housekeeping each different day as a result of pandemic. Consequently, our room wasn’t serviced till the day earlier than we checked out, although we had been in a position to request extra towels and rubbish assortment on different days.

I’ve nothing however good issues to say concerning the housekeeping service we obtained. Six individuals in a single lodge room can add as much as fairly a large number, so I used to be glad to search out all the rubbish bins emptied, the beds neatly made and further towels and kitchen provides offered after we returned after the room was cleaned.

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Accessibility

Though our room was not wheelchair accessible, the lodge provided a variety of accessible commonplace rooms and household suites. Merely tick the suitable field on the property’s web site while you seek for dates to view the accessible room choices. Individuals with Disabilities Act-compliant facilities present in these rooms embody roll-in showers, seize bars on the bogs and the choice so as to add hearing-accessible options.

All buildings on the property had elevators massive sufficient to accommodate company in wheelchairs. Like at different Disney resorts, each of the resort’s swimming pools additionally had chair lifts.

Total impression

The household suites at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort might be the superbly becoming glass slipper within the “Cinderella” rendition of Disney resorts: They are perfect for bigger teams with 5 or extra individuals who want additional area however are sticking to a tighter finances.

Each member of my household had loads of wiggle room and privateness to be comfy and keep organized, although we admittedly needed to pull down and put away the spare beds every day of our keep.

Coping with that minor inconvenience was greater than price it given the reasonably priced value, particularly by Disney requirements. With the cash you save by staying right here, you possibly can deal with your self to a memento (or two) from the on-site Maestro Mickey’s store.



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