View Full Version : Best Value Resort
04-28-2008, 11:14 PM
Which is the nicest value resort? We wanted to stay at Wilderness Lodge, but might need to stay at less expensive resort. Gas prices are so high right now and we always travel to WDW by car.
04-28-2008, 11:37 PM
We enjoyed POP the last time we went to the World in November. :goodvibes
We had no issues whatsoever and found the resort theming to be pretty fun.
04-29-2008, 03:07 AM
I have stayed at all levels of Disney Resorts. My favorite Disney owned resort is All Star Music.
Here are a few reasons :
1. I can book a preferred room location..( The Calypso buildings are preferred and they are the closest to the main pool ,food court and bus stop. They cost an $10 extra a night and in my opinion they are well worth it.)
The way All Star Music is laid out it "seems" smaller than most of the other Disney resorts. If I stay in a preferred building I only see the Calypso and Jazz builings on the way to and from the main pool and the bus stop and food court. Since I stay in preferred room I know I am going to be close to the food court, bus stop, & main pool.
2. I enjoy the theming at the All Stars. All Star Music is also is the quietest of the values. Generally less people stay there and there are more seniors and couples and less young children because children enjoy the themes of the other values more.
3. The bus service at the All Star Music is very good. Since I use an EVC good bus transportation is essential.
4. The entry at the values and Mods are much more Handicap friendly.
I am able to get in and out of my All Star room unassisted. This way my husband can go and play a round of golf and know I can leave my room to relax by the pool if I choose.
All Star Music is my favorite resort. It tends to be the quietest of all the values.
All Star Music just underwent a refurbishment of all of the rooms and was completed in June 2007.
Here is a website with photos of the newly refurbished rooms at All Star Music.
Look at the Jazz Inn section with new posted:
DH and I enjoy the landscaping and peacefulness of All Star Music.
We enjoy relaxing by the pool (there are plenty of chairs and lounges), and the beautiful lighting at the resort by night.
I have never had the unfortunate experience of running into the any of the large
groups of teens who sometimes stay at the values on school trips.
As long as you can avoid those large groups I do not think Noise will be an issue.
*HINT if you close your bathroom door at night you might not even hear the turbo toilets.
I close my bathroom door and I don't hear them.
I love The All Star Resorts.
I am 56 years old and travel several times a yearfor pleasure. I often stay at 3and 4 star and sometimes a 5 star hotels and motels.
So the deluxe and mod resorts are just another hotel/motel to me.
Staying at an All Star is like being in the heart of the Magic and that is where I want to be.
All Star Music is my favorite. It is quieter because more couples stay there. I love staying at the Calypso building. It is closer to the pool, food court and bus stop.
Here is a site with a map of All Star Sports and All Star Music.
Scroll down. All Star Music is at the bottom of the page.
The Calypso buildings at All Star Music are #1 and #10 are nearest to the food court and bus stop.
The Calypso pool at ASMu has Donald Duck.
The buses are wonderful.
Bus rides are quite short from the ALL Stars according to PassPorter.com
All Star Buses-CBR buses---POPbuses--PO buses--- Contemporary
MK 20 min---- 20 min-----25 min------10 min---20 min(mono)
Epcot 10 min-- 15 min-----20 min------10 min---15 min
MGM 10 min----12 min-----15 min------15 min---20min
AK 10 min------20min-------15 min----15 min---20 min
DTD 15 min----20 min------20 min-----15 min---35 min
It only takes 10 minutes to get to Epcot, MGM and AK from All Stars.
MK is 20 min away. That's the same amount of time it takes on the monorail from the Contemporary.
A WORD ABOUT BUS SHARING
To me Bus Sharing at the All Stars is really a non issue.
In the mornings during Park opening hours each All Star usually has a dedicated bus.
During mid day it is usually just our stop and maybe one more on the way to the parks. On the way back sometimes it is all 3 but often Sports and Movies share and Music has it's own bus back. Each of the All Stars usually has it's own dedicated bus back from the MK.
That is a big plus. It seems like the Music bus stop usually has the shortest of the three All Star bus lines.
I guess some people who stay at POP see all 3 All Star names on the return sign of our bus stop when they head to the POP bus stop and think All Stars also has 3 stops on the way to the park.
(Even when we stop at another AS resort to load up it has not taken more than 5 minutes and we are on our way!)
The pools at The All Stars are very kid friendly.
When staying at the All Stars you can use any of the All Star pools.That means 3 main pools ,3 quiet pools and 3 kiddie pools to chose from.
The All Star Movie Fantasia pool has Mickey.
The Calypso pool at ASMU has Donald Duck.
And the Surfs up pool at All Star Sports has giant surf boards.
Here are a few pool photos.
All Star Sports pool.
All Star Music Donald pool.
All Star Movies Mickey Pool.
I have visited WDW more than a dozen times with the 1st time in Oct. 1971. It was brand new. I've stayed at FW, Disney Inn, a few the of Hotels on hotel Blvd., CBR and the towers at the Contemporary. I got to see the MK from my balcony at the Contemporary and I'm happy I got to experience it once. I just prefer the All Star Resorts.
The theming is pure Disney.
My last 6 visits have been at The All Stars and during the fall of 2005 when we took dd,dsil, and our grandson age 3(at the time) for 8 nights we stayed at the All Stars Music. I thought about AKL and even though we can well afford AKL I just wanted Alex to experience the Disney Magic :wizard: at the All Stars on his first visit.
Where else can one find Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse at the pool?
Have fun at Disney!
04-29-2008, 07:23 AM
I have to agree with Minnie61650.:thumbsup2 We tried the ASMU and we we're very surprise how nice it was. We have stayed at all different price resorts, but if we are looking to save money we would go back to the ASMU in a heart beat.
04-29-2008, 01:49 PM
I've stayed at each of the values more than once and ASMusic is my favorite for the reason mentioned above.
04-29-2008, 02:58 PM
When I go Value, I always stay at Pop - and I have no problems doing it. It's very basic, but it's fine.
The All Star Resorts! I have listed my favorite in the following order and a brief reason why:
All of the classic Disney movies-- what more can you ask for? My absolute favorite. I think this is the best resort for kids too. Very Disney-y
It's the newest and let's you reminisce about the "good old days"
I love the pool!! It's fun and Disney-y.
I'm biased. I've never liked sports in general which is why this one is last. Actually I've never stayed at All Star Sports but I can imagine that this is a great place for kids (and adults!) who love sports.
Why not do some research on the resorts and pick out your favorite? No matter what resort you stay at, you'll have a magical time!
04-29-2008, 04:01 PM
We like Sports because it is the first hotel when you pull into the All Star Complex, also the rooms have all been refurbished...We rent a car and DH likes to take the car out each day, except for MK day when we take the bus.
But, our next trip is the last weekend of May and we could only get Movies Preferred AAA rate, so that is where we will stay...
We actually like them all, including Pop.
04-29-2008, 04:11 PM
I've only stayed at ASMovies and Pop. Liked both of them but to be honest, I liked Pop a little bit more. The transportation was an added benefit in that you don't have to stop at the other resorts. I don't know why and I can't quite explain it but Pop seemed to have more of that Disney magic to me. I mean they both have a lot of similarities but something about Pop was different....could have been the extra cocktail I had at the pool bar when we were there.....
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