Booked this Disney vacation through Thomson Travel Agency as an All in One Package Deal and this worked out to be a really good deal.
We travelled Manchester to Sanford on the Thomson Dreamliner and had a 60 min coach transfer to the All Star Sports resort.
All Star Sports, Music and Movies are all within walking distance of each other in a barrier accessed community making it feel very safe. One of the benefits of the Sports is that it's always the first stop for the Disney Transportation Coach which run every 20mins between 7.30am and 2am and was included in the package meaning you generally get a seat from resort to theme parks. None of the 6 Disney Theme Parks or Downtown Disney was more than between 5-15 mins coach drive and the journey was easy and convenient dropping you as near to the park entrances as possible ( appearing much better than car parks which seemed quite far away and would have cost 15 dollars per day unless you got a complimentary parking permit supplied by your resort).
We were in room 2261 (ie .block 2 level 2 room 61) which was perfect as it looked over the basketball themed area on the first floor up which could be accessed via lift or stairs and made for a good play area for the kids as required. It only took 2 mins to walk to the pool and restaurant area and was just far enough away from this to mean it was quiet to rest in your room.
Rooms were clean, satisfactory size ( slightly bigger than premier inn family room), with bathroom providing both bath and shower above, sink was in dressing room type area screened off from main room with curtain and also containing open wardrobe area, suitcase storage rack and ironing board with iron, wall safe and wall fixed hair dryer.
Room had 2 double beds that were really comfortable and clean and made up every day by the housemaid. Plenty of fresh towels every day also supplied and as these were also to be used you could use phone in room to order more from housekeeping if you required them.
Also in room was small dining table and 2 chairs, flat screen TV, clock radio with iPod connection cable, phone, coat rack, shoe rack etc. and decor was a simple disney character theme with sporty pictures of disney characters in keeping with sports resort.
Restaurant was convenient and open 7am - midnight and had 5 service areas ( 1:Italian - pastas and pizzas, 2:Fast Food- burgers, hot dogs, fries, French toast, chicken nuggets etc, 3: Traditional- salmon fillet, roast chicken, braised/pot roast steak, pepper steak, meat pie, veg, mash, corn, beans etc, 4: Bakery - pastries, cakes, cookies, breads, ice creams, smoothies, 5: Marketplace: chiller cabinets with drinks, salads, dairy, wine, beer, chilled desserts, fruit etc). We had a quick service meal plan included in our package which was value for money and the magic bands enabled us to access our meal plan by swiping the magic band at the checkout either here or in any one of the 50+ venues in the theme parks during our stay meaning you were not having to work to any time schedule like typical all inclusive deals which are only accessible in the hotel as we could use it anytime in any of those venues listed.
Pool was big in the main area of the resort and open 9am -11pm daily and manned by lifeguards and the kids loved this space, and had a small shallow pool set back from main pool for toddlers to splash. There was also a square pool towards the back of the resort but was generally appearing to be used less during our time at the resort but this may not always be the case.
Check in was quick and easy and it was during this time that staff (cast members) went through how the magic bands worked and what the resort had to offer. Concierge helped us with access to fast passes each day on our magic bands as we didn't have the technology to do this via mobile phone app or iPad using the free resort wifi.
Gift shop had typical gifts and supplies including alcohol, sweets, magazines toys, clothing, books, toiletries, sun cream, swim essentials etc.
Staff very friendly and helpful.
Overall would highly recommend if looking for good, clean, convenient, friendly, value for money resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Get in the game at this Resort hotel that salutes the world of competitive sports, including baseball, basketball, football, surfing and tennis. Go the distance and don't be afraid to celebrate your inner fan amid sporty decor starring some of your favorite Disney characters. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Disney`s All-Star Sports Hotel Orlando
- All Star Sports Resort
- Disneys All Star Sports Resort
- Disney All Star Sports Resort