I love Disney! Although, I have maintained a long-standing love for Disney, I had not been in over 10 years and I had never stayed in one of their resorts. I could not wait to go when my friend asked me to come to their Walt Disney World marathon event in January! We stayed at the All-Stars Movies Resort which is one of their value resorts. For a long weekend it was the perfect place for us to stay as we were in the parks from 9 am till 11:30 pm each day! Here are my favorite things about staying in a Disney Resort…
We had round trip transportation from the airport to the resort. At the airport, our Magic bands were activated and we were ready to go!
Please know that while we stayed at a value resort, the properties are lovely. They are all Disney themed, ours was Movies, the neighboring ones were Music and Sports. They were impeccably clean and welcoming. The entrance was bright and fun with clear check-in areas and places for children to watch movies as parents complete check-in. There is a huge restaurant that has full meals and a wonderful gift shop. There are pools and the rooms are easily accessible. The buildings are themed: Fantasia, 101 Dalmations, and Mighty Ducks! You access your room via your Magic Band. The rooms are basic and most importantly CLEAN. The rooms are very clean as in I can tell someone used bleach when they were in here cleaning. We did not need any more than a clean room and a clean bathroom because the weekend was dedicated to the Mouse!
Each resort has a stand for you to go to and be taken to any resort you have tickets for. We had tickets for The Magic Kingdom and Epcot and could freely access Disney Springs along with ESPN World of Sports for marathon packets. The buses run multiple times an hour, we never waited excessively. The ride from the resort to the park was pretty quick and air-conditioned and they take you very close to the gate upon arrival.
There is a hidden benefit when you stay at a Disney Resort. When you shop and buy in the parks, they will deliver your items to your room by 3pm the next day. This does not apply if you are checking out the next day, but on regular days this allows you to shop and leave your items where you purchased them instead of lugging them thru the park! You will be excited to see them when you return to your room the next day!
I loved staying at the resorts and having the benefit of being taken to the parks daily. We were able to start the day in a great space and move our day over to the Happiest Place on Earth! I can’t wait to go again next January! That Disney magic extends to the resorts and even the ride back to the airport. I know you and your friends and family will love it!