Spotlight Saturday: Disney’s All Star Resorts

Continuing the spotlight on Value resorts – All Star Music, Sports, and Movies

Resort Class: Value

Dining: Each resort has its own food court (quick service)

Location: Animal Kingdom Area

Closest Park: Animal Kingdom

Transportation Options: Bus only

The three All Star Resorts are best known for being the most inexpensive while having fun theming for families with young children. Named Sports, Movies, and Music each resort has a theme that matches its title. In terms of size and location, all resorts are comparable. If choosing one of the All Stat Resorts, go based on your familiy’s preference for theme. One difference in the three resorts is that All Star Music has a family suite that will sleep more than a family of four.

One of the drawbacks of this trio of resorts is bus service is often shared which can sometimes make for long lines, waits, and standing room only buses, especially for peak times. If getting a seat on the bus is important to you, then stay at All Star Movies as that stop is the first location.

Pros:

  • Most inexpensive of the All Star Resorts
  • Proximity to Animal Kingdom
  • Fun themes for families with younger to school age children

Cons:

  • Uncovered bus lines
  • Only one dining option per resort
  • Shared bus service between the three resorts

Having stayed at All Star Music, the walk from the back of the resort on a daily basis to fill mugs, get food, or get in line for buses is not my favorite thing. That being said, it fit the need and the budget for two young 20 somethings. We were happy to be in Disney World and the walk wasn’t the worst thing in the world, just somewhat inconvenient.

Spotlight Saturday: Disney’s Pop Century

IMG_1099Starting my Saturday spotlight on each Disney Resort. First up: Disney’s Pop Century.

Resort Class: Value

Dining: Everything Pop

Location: Wide World of Sports Area

Closest Park: Hollywood Studios and Epcot

Transportation Options: Bus only

Disney’s Pop Century has arguably the best location of all of the Value Resorts. Located a short bus ride away from both Hollywood Studios and Epcot, Pop Century gives “value” a whole new meaning in its resort class. While it’s typically a bit more expensive than the All Star Resorts, it’s absolutely worth every extra penny. Why? First, Pop has one of the best guest rated food courts. Second, Pop doesn’t share a bus with any other Disney resort. In the times I’ve stayed there, I’ve never had to wait for a second bus to head to a park (coming back after IllumiNations or Wishes is a different story, but everybody waits there!) Third, you are just a walk away from Art of Animation, Disney’s newest resort. This offers a second dining option as well as a little walking tour of a possible future destination!

Pop Century also offers fun theming and great pools. The main pool, the Hippy Dippy Pool, offers great fun for kids during the day and the two quiet pools are some of my favorites.

Pop Century is located along Hourglass Lake which allows for quiet and relaxing views. My favorite location is a first floor lake view in the 60s or 70s area. Other standard location rooms include the 90s building. While the view isn’t the greatest, you can easily walk right across the parking lot to the bus station or Classic Hall (check in, check out, and Everything Pop Shopping and Dining).

Pros:

  • Proximity to Hollywood Studios and Epcot
  • Inexpensive
  • Walking distance to Art of Animation
  • Quick walking access to Classic Hall and Bus Stop from all rooms

Cons:

  • Uncovered bus lines
  • Only one dining option

What are your favorite things about Pop Century?