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Old 07-17-2007, 07:17 PM   #376
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I had my plans almost in stone to stay in two rooms at PC (crossing my fingers we'd get connecting rooms, DS is 15, DD is 12) and found availability at ASM in family suite today! Would anyone recommend to go with the guarantee of everyone being together in the Suite or risk it for a little less money and go with two rooms at PC?

Hi Late Disney Bloomer -- I'd choose the suite for the guarantee of all the family being together, and you would be gaining a kitchenette, for the kid's snacks and drinks.

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Old 07-17-2007, 09:59 PM   #377
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Thanks for the info - I tend to agree with you. A friend of mine told me that PC has better atmosphere than ASM - since I never saw either resort (we stayed POFQ last year and didn't see many other resorts!) but would anyone agree with that assessment??
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Old 07-17-2007, 10:08 PM   #378
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Thanks for the info - I tend to agree with you. A friend of mine told me that PC has better atmosphere than ASM - since I never saw either resort (we stayed POFQ last year and didn't see many other resorts!) but would anyone agree with that assessment??
I enjoy the quiet,relaxed, atmosphere at All Star Music.

Others enjoy the high energy, upbeat.fast moving atmosphere of Pop more.

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Here is a list of differences between the two resorts.

Pop is newer.
Pop was built in 2003.
All Star Movies was built in 1999.
All Star Sports and Music were built in 1994.

All Star Music just underwent a refurbishment of all of the rooms and was finished in June 2007..

All Star Sports is slated to be refurbished between June and Febuary of 2008.

Pop has a lake. The All Stars do not have a lake.

When staying at the All Stars you use any of the All Stars pools.
The 3 All Stars are within easy walking distance of each other.

The gift shops are separate from the food court at the All Stars.
The gift shop and food court are combined at Pop.

Pop has 2,880 guest rooms. 4 floors in each building.
Each of the All Stars has 1,960 rooms. 3 floors in each building.

Both Pop and the All Star rooms are 260 square feet.

The beds at the All Stars are movable.

the beds at Pop at bolted to the floor.

The far bed at an All Star is closer to wall. And the near bed is not as close to the doorway as it is at Pop

The far bed at Pop is pulled away from the wall more. The near bed is closer to door.
http://allearsnet.com/acc/asmv59.jpg
http://allearsnet.com/acc/popcent56.jpg

For most people that would not make a difference but since I need an EVC
the bed being so near the door at Pop makes it more difficult for me to back my EVC in.

Have fun at Disney wherever you choose to stay!
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Old 08-03-2007, 02:04 PM   #379
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Just a few questions for everyone.

1) Does anybody have any comments on the landscaping around ASMu vs CBR? Me and DD were there in the fall for our first on property visit and it was so beautiful. But when all 4 of us go back, the suite is the way to go I just don't know what to expect as far as outside the hotel room.

2) Anybody know how they decorate for Christmas? Hoping there is a little festive feeling....

3) DD wants to know if any of the suites feature Mickey rather than Donald on the art? If so, which building?
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Old 08-03-2007, 02:24 PM   #380
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Just a few questions for everyone.

1) Does anybody have any comments on the landscaping around ASMu vs CBR? Me and DD were there in the fall for our first on property visit and it was so beautiful. But when all 4 of us go back, the suite is the way to go I just don't know what to expect as far as outside the hotel room.

2) Anybody know how they decorate for Christmas? Hoping there is a little festive feeling....

3) DD wants to know if any of the suites feature Mickey rather than Donald on the art? If so, which building?
1. All Star Music seems to have the nicest landscaping of all of the values.

Photos of ASMu from allearnet.com:



Calypso icon * NOTE the lush landscaping




Calypso pool *NOTE the palm trees and landscapimg.




Garden near Broadway




Fountain by Jazz Inn

2. I have not visited during Christmas so I really cannot answer this part of your question .

3. Mickey is in the living area and on the bedspread in the master bedroom.



I love this Mickey art print in the living area.



Mickey silouetts on the table in living area.


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Old 08-03-2007, 02:30 PM   #381
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Thanks for your quick response! Its so funny-- I was just getting ready to look at allears.net to see their pics. It does look like the landscaping is nice and full. And who am I kidding, anyway? We're from St. Louis, and when we go in Dec we'll be leaving bare trees anyway.

Any info on Dec would be excellent!
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:20 AM   #382
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just returned from the suites and couldn't be happier . i was concerned with the fact they were at the all stars but I can't tell you all how wonderful this trip was. my kids enjoyed the hotel at 15,12 and 5 that is amazing . We lovede the room it was more then enough room and We had a queen sized bed!!! here is my Trip report.

We LOVED it ....

I was kind of concerned with the fact it was an all star resort but this is the best time I have had at Disney in a long time. I have to be convinced not to go back at this point . We got to the hotel early and our room was ready so as we were on line the magic already started a manager ( I believe he was at least ) from the hotel was greeting us and spoke to my DS and asked him who he was there to see etc and then left to come back and give him a stuffed Mickey . Brand new about a $13 toy and told us to enjoy our trip. Off to the room building 1 cylpso (sp) we were toward the back which was nice , no pool noise. Our room was better then expected with a mickey made from towles on our bed , we unpacked and went to the pool and AS Movies for photos with the huge buzz and woody . Each day we had no problems getting any buses to go to the parks the only problems were in the evening it was kind of crowded leaving the parks but no longer then 15 min. Though we usually had to wait at least till a 2nd bus came to get one. One day after we came back from the parks we had a pool made for our sponge bob blanket . It was very cute made us happy . We did stay at the resort more and my kids never missed the slide at the pool . Tehy had lots of activities for the kids jump rope , dance contest , bingo and even Disney trivia. Every night they had a movie to show at 9 on a screen by the pool we saw Nemo and Cars. They also showed jump in , monster inc and a few others. This was great for the kids .

We had a great time in each park we didn't win anything but we saw people walking around with dream fast passes and in MK one night we saw a group of people get to stand on the top of astro orbiter to watch the wishes fireworks . It is truley amazing to see them from there . We had a few moments there were magical for us one was in AK a CM gave us fast passses for the safari ride and told us to just go and enjoy the ride . Then in MK our son made two mr.potato heads in the tent in Mickeys toon town and they choose his to go on the ledge at the top and gave him a paper saying his was choosen . It was very cute. He was very happy at 5 to get it .

We never stayed in the resort as much as we did this time and we really enjoyed the action of this resort . I was really concerned we wouldn't like it but I think these suites are a great deal and well worth it . just to have 2 bathrooms in the morning and a queen sized bed was worth the price alone. We have a king at home and were fine in the bed in the suite. We were miserable in the POR on a dubble bed. I was also happy with the kittchenette . it was great for water and we had milk for cereal in the morning . We plan to return in 2 years and are looking forward to the ASMU again or anyother resort they may add the suites to . ..maybe POP or movies Now that would be nice.

BTW thanks to everyone who gave us advice on where to see Buzz and Woody as well as the cars. We got to see them all and had a great time . If you haven't been to MGM and seen the cars I suggest you get there early and see them my son was amazed by lighting mcqueen "driving" down the street . It was great.
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:42 AM   #383
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Just got back from All Star Music Family Suite

Absolutely loved it! AGAIN!
It is our third time in a Famly Suite and we have loved it every time!
The All Star Music Resort Family Suites are beautiful.
We were in building 10 and it is very close to the pool and cafeteria.
i am thrilled that we were very close to all of the action, but the family suite we had was on the "quiet" side away from the pool.
We drive from Atlanta and we were also close to the parking lots.
We will not be going back ever again in August though, as the heat was just too intense at times.
The crowds were much larger this year than last year for the same week.
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:43 AM   #384
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I just booked ASMuFS for December of 2008, this will be our family Christmas Trip, the first time we are all going with my parent's newly adopted (crossing fingers it will happen by June of next year) daughter, my new sister! She's my stepfather's daughter from a previous relationship and now my parents will be gaining full custody, and my mom will be adopting her, so why not celebrate it with a fabulous Disney Christmas!!!??

It will be 4 adults, me, Dbf (well Dfiance really), Dmom, Ddad and Dsis (5). So I figured the suites will be the best bet for us budget wise. I could only book the room because packages were not available for that far in advance. So in a few weeks I will book the package too!

I'm so excited!!
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:16 PM   #385
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We just added an extra Saturday night to our upcoming F&W trip at All Star Music. We've never stayed here before and was wondering if anyone could recommend the best location to request?

We won't be travelling with any kids this time so, for just the one night, being near the pool isn't really necessary.

We would like something that is quieter if possible.

Thanks so much for any help!
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Old 08-25-2007, 01:31 PM   #386
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A friend and I just booked our ASMu family Suite for Aug5-11th 2008 (down payment paid too). We are excited and can not wait. It will be our first LOOOONG awaited visit to WDW. I will probably be more excited than our kids and will cry like a baby as soon as the bus gets there (heck probably when the pilot announces we are about to land in Orlando).

Are there any draw backs to staying at a value resort? Any querks we may need to know about?

We booked as a Grand Gathering Group with our friends. Are there any querks for that which we may need to know?

Anything anyone can advise on would be great. Possibly any things I may not know or have thought of. Details? Anyone??? I have done lots of reading up on WDW for the past 5 years but I am sure there are things which a veteran Disney visiter can elaborate on for us.
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Old 08-29-2007, 10:05 PM   #387
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I just found this thread and it is wonderful! So helpful! We are trying to decide between the All Star Music and Wilderness Lodge. We(me, hubbby, 2 daughters ages 5 and 8) actually have a family suite booked at the Music Resort for 11/26 to 12/2. This thread makes it seem that our decision is a good one. But my hubby worries (has read) that the transportation in and out to the parks is awful as is the food court at the Music Resort. Can I hear your opinions on this? THANKS SO MUCH!
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Old 08-30-2007, 07:56 AM   #388
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I just found this thread and it is wonderful! So helpful! We are trying to decide between the All Star Music and Wilderness Lodge. We(me, hubbby, 2 daughters ages 5 and 8) actually have a family suite booked at the Music Resort for 11/26 to 12/2. This thread makes it seem that our decision is a good one. But my hubby worries (has read) that the transportation in and out to the parks is awful as is the food court at the Music Resort. Can I hear your opinions on this? THANKS SO MUCH!
I love the family suites. We are about to go back for our second trip staying in them. We had no problem at all with the transportation.
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I just found this thread and it is wonderful! So helpful! We are trying to decide between the All Star Music and Wilderness Lodge. We(me, hubbby, 2 daughters ages 5 and 8) actually have a family suite booked at the Music Resort for 11/26 to 12/2. This thread makes it seem that our decision is a good one. But my hubby worries (has read) that the transportation in and out to the parks is awful as is the food court at the Music Resort. Can I hear your opinions on this? THANKS SO MUCH!
We just returned in early August from the Family Suites. We loved them . We are a family of 5 and liked the POR but weren't thrilled there . We wanted a bigger room and we were looking into other hotels but never even considered the All Star Suites . I was so glad to even hear of them and even happier that we booked it. There were plenty of kids around for our kids in the pool. There were activities at the pool daily and movies at night . The bus situation was not a problem the only place it was crowded was at Magic Kingdom but that was all Buses there not just ours. We did eat at the cafateria style food court and the two meals we had there were fine. We enjoyed it and couldn't complain. I spent days at the computer looking into it and really was concerned with the all star factor . I didn't have an issues with noise but our room didn't face the pool. Also the only issue we had was one night at the pool when a large family reunion checked in with lots of teens all in the pool horsing around but the lifeguard came right over and had a talk with them. IF that is my only issue on vacation I am very happy . When we return to WDW we will be looking for a family suite again.
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Great, wonderful, awesome helpful thread!

After reading thru it tho I have but a few questions...

Where are the phone located? Is it all one phone line? I ask because if i need a wake up call do I have to wake the other 4 adults with me?

Are there more than the 2 layouts for the rooms? I saw one where the 2nd bathroom was attached to the master bedroom and one where the 2nd bathroom was across the way from the master bedroom...can anyone tell me which they felt was better and why?!

We are 5 adults and DH & I are sharing the bedroom and I was really hoping to not have to walk near the others to go to the bathroom but I'd also like to have the more comfortable of the layouts, does that make sense?

Thanks so much, looking fwd to more reviews and pics!!!
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