Disney’s All-Star Music Resort is one of the four Value Resorts within Walt Disney World Resort, including Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, and Disney’s All-Star Pop Century Resort. Situated along the southern area of Walt Disney World, the All-Star Music Resort houses over sixteen hundred rooms and contains various super-sized icons that represent many of the classic music genres. Jazz, rock n’ roll, broadway, you name it, they got it. The All-Star Music Resort is appropriately themed for its title as you will notice many novelty guitars, drums, among other instruments that appear larger than life.
The rooms at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort range from standard to family. All of them contain all the main necessities applicable from televisions, double beds, a clock radio, irons and ironing boards, wall safes with a key, hair dryers, telephone, dresser, wall mirror, nightstand, closet area, luggage rack, a small table with a couple of chairs, and even pizza delivery to name a few. The family suites are a bit more lavish, of course, with separate living area and bedrooms. The rooms are quite comfortable for the most part, but it would have been preferable if Disney threw in a normal couch for its standard rooms (they only have them in the family suites); you would figure with all the money they make per year that it wouldn’t be an issue.
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort houses two pools, one small and one big. Piano Pool is the smaller of the two and is shaped much like a grand piano with the deck serving as the keyboard. Calypso Pool is the largest one and takes on the shape of a giant guitar, complete with three water-shooting Caballeros huddled together in the center of it. This pool is so big that it contains 251,418 gallons of water. Swimming pools aside, there’s a 1.5 mile jogging trail which encircles the All-Star Music Resort, a playground, and a well-equipped high-tech arcade. You’re more than likely to find yourself spending most of your time at either the arcade or the pools.
Shopping and Dining
Maestro Mickey’s Gift Shop is the place for all of your shopping needs during your stay at the All-Star Music Resort. Here you can purchase Disney gifts and souvenirs such as clothing, hats, and so forth. They also have snacks, drinks, and just about all you can find in a drug store. The resort also has a poolside bar located at the Calypso Pool where they serve various wine and beer. Food-wise, there’s pizza delivery of course, then there’s the big Intermission Food Court which contains a wide selection of dining choices from pizza, sandwiches, pastries, burgers, ice cream, salads, pasta, and everything but the kitchen sink.
Shopping and dining is where all Disney trips become of some concern due to prices. Naturally, Disney World is going to somewhat overprice their food and products. Gifts and souvenirs may be optional but food certainly isn’t, especially if you’re going to be staying there for a few days. In this case, it would be advisable to buy a 2-liter soda as well a couple big bags of chips, these drinks and snacks will certainly hold up for two to three days as opposed to, say, buying a medium or large sized drink with your meal in the food court.
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort is epic in scope and quite pleasant, but I must say that it pales in comparison to what you might expect from the hotels of its neighboring park, Universal Studios, which goes as far as to include water taxis that take you to and from the park. Disney World has this too but in the form of transportation buses, however, the water taxis are actually quite more enjoyable and dreamy in a sense. In addition, just about everything in these resorts are spread out just like the parks themselves. You’ll be lucky if you get a room that’s close enough to the main building with the food court, arcade, and so forth.