May 21, 2024

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What a Room at Disney World’s Cheapest Hotel Is Like

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In August 2021, I visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for the first time in six years.

I went to all four theme parks at Walt Disney World, including Magic Kingdom.

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Disney’s All-Star Music and All-Star Sports sections were closed when I visited, so I stayed at the All-Star Movies hotel. My room cost between $150 and $178 per night.

A map of Disney World's All-Star Resorts.

Only one Disney World All-Star Resort is open at the time of writing.

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That makes the All-Star Resort, a value hotel, the cheapest on Disney property. It has amenities like free transportation, a food court, and housekeeping, but lacks the spas, restaurants, and luxury theming of Disney World’s moderate and deluxe resorts.

Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort.

Disney World’s All-Star Resorts are considered to be value hotels.

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Still, the simpler resorts are worth the money you save, in my opinion. After all, Disney World’s moderate and deluxe resorts can cost hundreds of dollars more per night.

Disney World's room comparison feature on its website.

You can compare room prices and amenities on Disney World’s website.

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I received texts and an email at 11:30 a.m. on the day that I arrived letting me know that my room was ready. From there, I parked my car and virtually checked in.

A hotel check-in screenshot and a view of Disney's All-Star Movies Resort parking lot.

By checking in virtually, you can skip the front desk and head straight to your room.

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Limited options were available when I planned my trip, so I booked a preferred room instead of a standard one. Mine was located on the first floor of the “Toy Story” section.

The "Toy Story" section of Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort.

The Disney resort is decorated from top to bottom with movie-inspired decor.

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I was able to use my MagicBand — a bracelet that you can use as a room key, credit card, and more — to unlock my door.

A view of the MagicBand readers outside Disney World hotel-room doors.

The reader can also scan room cards and virtual keys on the My Disney Experience app.

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Inside, I found one bed, a bright bathroom, a long dresser, and a TV. There were also hardwood floors, which I loved (the rooms used to have carpet).

A preferred room at Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort.

On the left was a door that connected to the adjacent room, though it was kept locked.

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The dresser under the TV had three large drawers, one cabinet, four USB ports, and four outlets.

A dresser at Disney World's All-Star Movie Resort.

The dresser was the perfect place to store my makeup, souvenirs, and more.

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Upon opening the cabinet, I found some hotel-room staples: a safe, an extra pillow, and a Bible.

The safe inside Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort.

The safe could hold a lot of stuff, and it was really easy to use, in my experience.

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The room also had a small table and two chairs perched against the wall.

A table and chairs inside Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort.

The room was small, but still felt spacious with enough room to eat and sleep.

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That wall actually hid a second bed. Pulling it down from the wall was super easy, and I loved how it helped save space.

A room inside Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort.

Both beds were the same size and equally comfortable, in my opinion.

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Next to each bed was a small table built into the wall. Here, I found even more outlets to charge electronics.

The bedside tables in Disney World's All-Star Movie Resort hotel rooms.

One table had a phone, and the others were left empty.

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The room didn’t have a kitchen, but there was a tall shelf with a coffee pot, ice bucket, mini-fridge, and a drawer full of coffee and tea.

The small kitchen area in Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort hotel rooms.

The fridge wasn’t super cold, but it was enough to keep my food cool through the trip.

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The bathroom had just as much storage. There was a small closet and ironing board on the left and multiple shelves surrounding the sink on the right.

A look inside the bathrooms at Disney World's All-Star Movie Resort hotel rooms.

The bathroom also had clothes hangers, tissues, an iron, and a makeup mirror.

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The toilet, shower, and towels were in a separate part of the bathroom that could be closed with a sliding door.

A view of the shower in the All-Star Movies hotel rooms.

Shampoo, conditioner, and body soap were attached to the wall inside the shower.

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I had a couple of issues with the bathroom. There was a slight musty smell near the shower, and its floor-length mirror was hidden so well that I didn’t notice it until the last day of my trip.

Inside the All-Star Movies Resort hotel bathroom.

You might not notice the mirror unless you close the door while you’re standing outside it.

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Outside, there were Toy Story decorations everywhere. Green Army Men lined the buildings, and one pathway led you through “Andy’s Room.”

"Toy Story" decor at Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort.

I felt like I had been shrunken down to the size of a toy while walking around the resort.

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