Do you ever think about staying at one of the cheaper Walt Disney World Resorts to save money but then cringe at the thought of staying at the All-Stars? If so, you’re not alone. I used to hate the idea of staying at the All-Stars. The rooms felt dated and, well, dingy. Thankfully, things have changed.
Below, we’ll take a photo and video tour of the rooms at Disney’s All-Star Sports. We’ll discuss the room’s layout, amenities, and other things you might want to consider when planning a stay. Disney’s All-Star Sports rooms were refurbished entirely between 2022 and 2023. These photos are from our stay in February 2024. We paid an annual passholder discount rate of $87.75 per night (plus tax) for this stay. Regular room rates (before any discounts) run approximately between $130.00 to $335.00 per night.
When we arrived at Disney’s All-Star Sports, it was lunchtime. As many of you know, we like to arrive a little early to see how the resort handles early check-ins. We almost immediately received a text that our room wasn’t ready. So we decided to catch a bus to Magic Kingdom. About halfway to Magic Kingdom, we were notified via text that our room was ready. We had been assigned room #2225 in the Hoops Hotel section of the resort.
So, after we visited Magic Kingdom, we retrieved the car from the check-in parking lot and drove around to building two in the Hoops Hotel area. We were able to park within a few feet of our building, which helped with getting luggage to and from the room. Buildings at the All-Star Resorts all have an exterior entry with stairwells on each end. However, every building has a pair of elevators in its center. So you won’t have to worry about getting luggage up the stairs.
Here’s a photo from the lower level of our building. Disney’s All-Star Sports has two room types: standard and preferred. The benefit of reserving a preferred room is having proximity to the lobby, transportation, dining, and feature pool. In some cases, you might consider a preferred room. They are inarguably convenient. But if your most important objective is the overall budget, you’ll probably want to walk the extra distance to and from your room. If you want to compare, we stayed in a preferred room at All-Star Movies. Note that all of the rooms at the All-Star Resorts are identical, except for the family suites at All-Star Music.
Here is our first impression photo of the rooms at Disney’s All-Star Sports. It was 100% percent better than our last stay a few years back. Of course, we’ve stayed at all three All-Star Resorts within the last 12 months for updates. So, this room was no surprise. But I was quickly reminded of how much things have improved.
Gone are the former full-size beds. Now, you receive a room with two queen-size beds, one of which is a table that converts to a bed.
The regular queen-size bed sits on a platform, leaving plenty of space underneath to store luggage. My suitcase is an extra large size and slides perfectly underneath the bed.
The old, dingy carpet has been replaced with laminate flooring. While the laminate flooring isn’t perfect, it’s a cleaner option. I always leave a pair of house shoes in my suitcase for my hotel stays.
The table bed has two chairs and plenty of space for dining. It doubles as a pleasant workspace.
Here is a view of the front of the room. You might notice I left the curtains open to let a little light in while taking photos. However, these rooms do not have private balconies or exceptional views. When you reserve a room at the All-Star Sports, your room view might be of the courtyard, pool area, or parking lot. Room views are not considered an upgrade at this resort. In most cases, you’ll likely leave your curtains closed for the entirety of your stay since other guests will walk by as they go to and from their rooms.
Here is an alternate view of the room.
Artwork that doubles as a light fixture features Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, and Donald Duck.
Both sides of the platform bed have a built-in cubby hole with a countertop that serves as a nightstand.
Each side has multiple outlets, USB ports, and a switch for a nightlight.
Here is the same setup on the opposite side of the bed. This is the only option between the queen-size bed and the table bed.
I pulled the table bed partially down so you can see how the table collapses underneath it.
Here is a view of the room with both beds.
When the bed is folded, it reveals a piece of art that shows Donald Duck’s nephews dreaming about their times at the All-Star Sports, Music, and Movies Resorts. If you stay at another All-Stars Resorts, you’ll have the same artwork behind the bed.
It’s a fun room. The artwork provides bright colors that liven up the space. That said, the white walls help the room feel spacious and not too busy.
You’ll find another nightstand with a shelf on the side of the table bed.
These Hey Disney! devices have been installed in almost every room at Walt Disney World over the last year. This is not something that we care to use. So I always unplug ours and move it out of the way.
As far as storage goes, you’ll find a dresser with drawers and a cabinet.
Two outlets and USB ports are available on top of the dresser.
You’ll find a few shelves and an in-room safe inside the cabinet.
A stand with shelves sits toward the front corner of the room. This is where we usually store our snack items.
It has an ice bucket with a few plastic cups. Each building has an ice machine and a couple of vending machines.
An individual cup coffee maker with accompaniments is also available.
This is also where you’ll find the room’s beverage coolers. These are designed to keep beverages chilled to approximately 41 degrees per the label on the front of the door. So, they aren’t intended for the storage of perishable food items.
On the wall next to the bath area, you’ll find a couple of hooks for jackets or other clothing items.
A sliding door separates the room from the entire bath area. This allows for extra privacy, especially for anyone who wants to get ready early while the rest of the family still sleeps.
The bathrooms are identical to the rooms at Disney’s Pop Century. Pop Century was the original resort that debuted this room layout in 2017. The room style has been so popular that it’s been used at all the other value resorts except for the Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation.
You’ll find plenty of open compartments to store personal items in the bath area. This setup is excellent because it lets you see everything and locate what you need. It also prevents you from leaving something when you check out.
Value resort rooms only have one sink. That ledge over the sink is also a great place to store items you’ll use daily, like toothbrushes and sunscreen.
We had a make-up mirror, which is always appreciated.
Rooms also come with an iron and an ironing board.
All rooms have a hairdryer. So you won’t need to bring one.
Here is a look inside the water closet, where you’ll find the toilet and bathtub with shower combination. The showers have sliding glass doors.
We had excellent water pressure, but that’s never been a problem at Disney’s Resorts. That small circular item below the shower fixture has a string that pulls out and hooks to another fixture on the opposite side of the shower. You can use it to hang wet clothes or swimsuits.
Built-in toiletries like body wash, conditioner, and shampoo are available inside the shower. These are the same as the former H20 products that have been popular for many years.
Here, we have an alternative view of the bath area and open closet space.
We have a video tour if you would like a different perspective of the room at Disney’s All-Star Sports.
Overall, we love the new rooms at Disney’s All-Star Sports. We last stayed here two years ago, anticipating a new room. However, the refurbishment was not as far along as expected at that time, and we received an old room. After that stay, I was wary of returning because our room was not up to par.
However, we had such positive experiences at Movies and Music this last year that I was ready to return. I am glad we did. Considering the rate we paid, we thought the value far exceeded the cost of the room. This stay also made me question the maximum price point for staying at the All-Star Sports and considering it a reasonable value. That price point, for me, would be somewhere in the $130.00 per night range.
If I had to pay more to stay on Disney property while maintaining a budget, I would consider Pop Century because of the Skyliner. Staying on Disney property has its perks, like complimentary transportation and the ease of not having to drive in a highly trafficked tourist area.
But there are excellent off-site hotel options near Disney World that should not be forgotten. For example, the hotels at Flamingo Crossings are far better in terms of amenities. They are newer interior hotels that provide a complimentary breakfast each morning. That breakfast includes Mickey waffles, which will cost you about $10.00 a plate at the All-Stars.
You might also read our review of the Drury Plaza Hotel at Disney Springs. We felt it was a tremendous value with extras you won’t find anywhere else.
But if staying on property is a non-negotiable for you, try the All-Star Sports. My only real issue with our room was that the walls were thin. Thankfully, we didn’t have noisy neighbors. But that’s always a possibility, no matter where you end up.
For more information on Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, you might enjoy the following:
- Disney’s All-Star Sports Review
- The Pools at Disney’s All-Star Sports
- Dining at Disney’s All-Star Sports
- Transportation Options for Disney’s All-Star Sports
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