Friday, February 10, 2012

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort (Walt Disney World - Feb. 2012)

There are three "All-Star" resorts at Disney... the Music, Sports, and the one I stayed at, Movies.

I selected the All-Star Movies Resort based mostly on price.  I've always been more of a value traveler when it comes to hotels.  I primarily use them to sleep, shower, and change clothes in.  So as long as the bed, bathroom, and walls all work properly I'm usually good with it.

When we arrived the woman at the front desk was very pleasant.  They had us listed as a 2 Double Bed room, but I had booked a King Bed room.  I mentioned this to her, she made a phone call and about two minutes of back-n-forth later we were all set with the king bed.  She explained all the amenities, directions to navigate the resort to our room, and all the info we would need to make our trip as easy as possible.

We were then shown down to the Concierge to deal with out Park Tickets.  She explained that, since I purchased through Expedia, I would need to go to a will call window at any of the theme parks to retrieve our passes.

So we made our way to our room... We we in the Mighty Ducks section of the resort.  It's separated into movie themed hotels... Mighty Ducks, Fantasia, Toy Story, Herbie The Love Bug, and 101 Dalmatians.

Being a lifelong hockey fan it was a small bonus being in the hockey themed section of the resort.

The room itself was completely adequate in size and functionality.  The bed and pillows were comfortable at night, it did have the stereotypical "heavy comforter."  I don't know why but a lot of hotels I've stayed in have had very heavy comforters.  I'm not really a fan of them.  The toilet worked, the shower and sink had consistent hot water when needed.  All good.

But I really have to commend them on having thick walls!  There was easily a few hundred, VERY LOUD, 15-year-old girls from Brazil and Argentina staying at our resort... along with a few competitive teen dance troops.  But when I was in the room, you'd think the place was empty.

The pools were all themed to their corresponding section of the hotel.  For instance, ours was painted like a hockey rink with Goofy playing goalie.  The Fantasia one had Sorcerer Mickey on top of a rock hanging over the pool, shooting water fountains into the pool (much like the movie).

We watched the Super Bowl on Sunday night and got night caps all the other nights at the Silver Screen Spirits Bar, across from the Fantasia pool.  Our bartender, Nicola, is an extremely friendly English woman (don't be surprised if you think you're seeing her waiting tables at the Rose & Crown in the UK section of EPCOT, it's her twin sister).  The drinks were very well poured, just strong enough, and for Disney standards pretty cheap too.

Our intention was to  head over to the Magic Kingdom, after the Super Bowl, to take advantage of their "Magic Hours" (stays open late, til 1am).  But we were informed that the will call windows would be closed and we wouldn't be able to get our tickets until morning.

So we grabbed a few more drink at the bar, chatted up some people there, played a few games at the arcade inside the resort, and called it a night around midnight.

The rest of our trip went by just as easy as the first day.  The automatic check out meant we didn't have to deal with that on our last day.  The Disney Magical Express passes were dropped off at our room on the last morning and they even checked us in to our flight, printed the boarding passes, and dropped them off as well.  Completely painless process.

Now are there perks or luxuries in some of the higher end Disney resorts? Absolutely... but I wasn't looking for them.  This one had exactly what I was looking for, so I'd be more then happy to stay here again in the future.

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