Disney World is the most magical place on earth and the resorts are no different. With 32 on-site resorts, there’s a place for everyone and every budget. Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort is considered a value resort and very budget friendly. Value resorts at Disney World have a bad reputation and are not preferred by some guests. But, they aren’t all that bad.
We’ve stayed at many Disney resorts over the years, both value and luxury, and we definitely have our favorites. Recently, we’ve stayed at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort and thought we’d share our thoughts.
While it was not on the top of my list, it’s a good place to stay if you’re looking to stay on-property and stick to a budget. It has all the perks of a Disney resort, but on a smaller scale. The kids will love it and you’ll have a nice vacation. But if you’re used to luxury, this resort isn’t for you.
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Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
End Zone Food Court is the only hot food option at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort. It’s your basic food court that is open all day and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In my opinion, the menus are the basic American comfort food. They have burgers, chicken, pasta, pizza and your basic breakfast (aka Mickey waffles!).
The food court is definitely kid-friendly as far as food goes. You’re guaranteed to find something to eat there. It’s quick, easy, and has options for everyone. I highly recommend getting the refillable cup. You can use it for the entire duration of your stay and you can use it at any resort. They are $20ish, but will save you money in the long run.
Personally, I think the food court food gets old fast. It’s fine for a short stay. But if you’re staying longer than two days, I highly recommend finding alternative places to eat. I like to make reservations at different resort restaurants so we can get a change of scenery and try different foods.
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort has two swimming pools. Surfboard Bay Pool is the main swimming pool located directly outside of the main registration building. It’s conveniently located next to the End Zone Food Court and Grand Stand Spirits Pool Bar. Lots of games and fun activities happen at this pool. The kiddie pool is also here.
The second pool is the Grand Slam Pool. It’s the smaller of the two pools, located outside of the Homerun hotels. Typically, there are less people at this pool. If you’re looking for something less crowded, it’s a great option. To be honest, I didn’t even know this pool existed until our most recent trip. And we’ve been there many times.
As far as Disney pools go, All-Star Sports is bottom tier. It’s your basic pool without all the frills.
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort has the basic resort amenities, like bus transportation, maid and laundry services, and a gift shop. Like most Disney resorts, they offer a movie under the stars, hotel-specific activities, a playground, and an arcade. These are the bonuses that make Disney resorts extra magical for the kids.
Specific to the All-Star Sports Resort, there is a small-scale football field, basketball court, and grass tennis area. There is also a jogging trail that circles all of the the All-Star Resorts. These amenities draw in sports teams and school groups.
The amenities available at All-Star Sports are minimal and very basic. This may or may not bother you. On short trips, the lack of luxury doesn’t bother me. We spend more time at the parks than we do at the resort. But if you’re staying for multiple days and plan to have a resort day or two, you may get bored with your options here.
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort has two room options, standard and preferred. Preferred rooms are either 1 king bed or 2 queen bed rooms and are closer to the front of the resort. The walk to the dining hall, pool, and Disney transportation is shorter from these rooms.
Standard rooms are the same as preferred, except further from all the amenities. Because they have a less convenient location, they are the cheapest rooms.
The resort is not that big, so I don’t think the extra money for the preferred room is necessary. In fact, I’ve actually enjoyed our stays in standard rooms more. We’ve usually been in the back of the resort, which felt more private and it’s quieter.
We stayed in a preferred room when the National Cheerleading Competition was happening and we could hear people yelling all day and night. This doesn’t normally bother me. But when you have young kids who need a nap or who are exhausted after a day in the park, it’s really annoying.
Overall, we don’t mind Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort. It’s clean and safe, entertaining for kids, and has Disney transportation. All the things that are important to make the most out of your Disney vacation. In my opinion, it’s a great option for the price.
The value resort prices have allowed us to take multiple trips already this year. Between Florida resident discounts and Annual passholder discounts, we have gotten great deals and have used our points for free stays. To me, that’s a perk of the All-Star Resorts.
My biggest complaint is the food. I’m kind of a food snob. The food court is the only spot on the resort for hot food and it get’s boring after awhile. I prefer resorts that have multiple restaurants and grab-and-go spots. Variety is key for me. If you’re going to spend most of your time in the parks, this won’t bother you. And if it does, go off-property for your meals.
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