Value - Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

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    Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
    Address: 1801 W. Buena Vista Drive
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
    Phone: (407) 939-6000
    Fax: (407) 939-7222

    Whether you are into jazz or county or prefer to wear bolo ties or a top hat and tap shoes, enjoy all the oversized icons of the song and dance biz at a whimsical Resort with a musical soundtrack for all tastes.

    Resort Layout:
    The resort is a 1,920 room resort featuring the following musically themed buildings: Calypso, Jazz Inn, Rock Inn, Country Fair, and the Broadway Hotel. The buildings have exterior and interior thems to match their names - such as 3 story tall cowboy boots at Country Fair, and 3 story jukeboxes and electric guitars at the Rock Inn. The rooms are 260 square feet in size - the smallest of all rooms on the Disney property.

    The All Stars are the best value on WDW property where you receive all the benefits of staying on Disney property at low rates. The main benefit of choosing the ASM is to save money.

    While being affordable, they also offer the same privileges as other Disney properties - convenient bus transportation throughout Walt Disney World (WDW); ability to charge purchases over most of the WDW Resort to your room; affordable food court; Disney service from the front desk clerks to the Guest Services desk; package delivery from the theme parks to the resort gift shop, and clean, themed pool areas.

    Calypso Buildings 1 and 10 are the closest buildings to the main building (Melody Hall) where the food courts and bus stops are located. The Calypso rooms are all in the preferred location room rate category. Jazz Inn buildings are the second closest buildings to the food court and surround the Piano Pool. Country Fair is the farthest building from Melody Hall, but may also be the quietest! Country Fair is about 3 tenths of a mile from the bus stop, less than a 5 minute walk.

    Parking surrounds the exterior of the buildings, so your car is convenient to all buildings.
    If you face the center of the resort, the closer you get to the main building the more noisy it is likely to be.

    There are two elevators in each building, located next to each other in the center of the building. There is also a staircase next to the elevators, and a room with an ice machine just behind them. There are also outside staircases at each end of the buildings, so if you're far from the elevators, you can use those stairways.

    Services & Amenities:
     In-Room pizza delivery
     Concierge desk
     Babysitting and child services
     Pak-n-play crib available
     Room and facilities for guest with disabilities
     Laundry facilities and service
     Self Parking

    Guest Rooms:
    In January, 2002, Disney introduced the category of "Preferred Location" to the All Star Resorts. The rates for these rooms are $10 per night higher than the standard location rooms. These rooms are the closest to Melody Hall, the Intermission Food Court, and the bus stops. Currently, only the two Calypso buildings (#1 and #10) are in the preferred category. All other rooms are the same no matter what view or location you have. Your room may overlook the parking lot, or the courtyard, or the Piano Pool area. All rooms open to the exterior hallways, so basically, you look out on to the hallway and anything else in sight.

    Rooms with one king sized bed or two double beds are available at the resort. The king sized rooms are equipped for travelers with disabilities. As a result, the bathroom area is enlarged to allow wheelchair access. Therefore, the room area seems quite small. A crib will not fit comfortably in a king sized room.

    Rooms are equipped with one sink and one mirror. The sink area is outside the bathroom.

    The rooms accommodate a maximum of 4 people, or 4 people with one child under three who sleeps in a crib. These maximums are in accordance with fire codes. Four adults may find the stay crowded and uncomfortable. The rooms do not have as much closet/drawer space, and there is only one sink and mirror. Two adults and two children should be able to stay in comfort. Due to the low room rate, you may want to consider adjoining rooms. The cost of the two rooms may be lower than other options on property.

    Refrigerators are available for a $10 fee per night; with tax it comes to $10.60. They are small dorm size refrigerators - large enough for milk, orange juice, and a few other items. The supply is limited, so request a refrigerator when making your reservation and then inquire when you check in. Some of the handicapped-equipped rooms have in-room refrigerators built into the dresser units. If you get a room with a king sized bed, you may be getting a refrigerator as well. Inquire at the front desk.

    Each room can be set to your desired temperature. Look for a small monitor on the wall (normally next to the window) and press the up or down arrow to increase or decrease desired temperature settings. You can set the temperature down in the 50’s, but it never really gets that cold.

    Yes, every room has a key operated safe. The safe is small. Larger safekeeping boxes are available at the Front Desk. You will be charged a fee if you lose the safe.

    Typically you do not hear any significant exterior noise from the rooms, however, noise levels can vary. The All Stars attract many families with young children. In addition, the All Stars are favorites with tour groups, cheerleaders and dance competitors. To avoid noise, try requesting a room in either Jazz Inn or Country Fair, get a room on the third floor or request to face the small wooded areas.

    Check-In & Check-Out:
    Check-in time is 4pm, and check-out time is 11am. Late Check-out of 1:00 pm can be requested without additional cost. If you need Late Check-out, request it at Check-In and as soon as possible the morning of check out (the number of eligible rooms are limited).

    Express Check-out is available to all guests paying with a credit card. A detailed hotel bill is delivered to your door by 7am. If the bill is correct you simply leave. Your room key serves as a Disney souvenir.

    If you arrive early, go ahead and check in at the Front Desk. If your room is not ready, the luggage service will store your bags for you and deliver them to your room when you return. The Front Desk will give you a resort charge card, even if your room is not ready. The Guest Services desk will provide your room key when you return and your room is ready.

    The ASM Food Court has a variety of sections to choose from:
    - The Market - selling grocery items 6 am to midnight
    - The Bakery - selling baked goods and desserts including birthday cakes (24 hr notice required)
    - The Grill
    - The Specialty Shop
    - Pizza and Pasta

    The best beverage deal is the refillable mugs, available for approximate $12 at any of the food court vendors and through pizza delivery. ; The mugs are 16-oz, sturdy, dishwashable safe containers with lids. ; Mugs are refillable for the length of your stay at a self-service beverage island in the center of the food court. ;

    Beverages include soft drinks, coffee, tea, iced coffee and tea, and hot chocolate (but not milk or fruit juice).

    There are two pools at All Star Music. The main pool located between the Calypso buildings is the Guitar Pool, so named for the shape it is in. The Kiddie Pool is also located here. The Guitar Pool is not a zero entry pool. It has stairs used to enter on either end of the pool. The maximum water depth is 5 feet and the minimum is 3 feet. There is a squirting fountain on a raised island in the middle of this pool that features the characters from Disney's "The Three Caballeros".

    The quieter pool is the Grand Piano Pool located between Rock Inn, Country Fair and Broadway. The Grand Piano Pool is also not a zero entry pool. It, too, has stairs to enter and exit on.

    Both pools list their hours as 8:00 am to 12:00 midnight, but this may change depending on season. Security personnel have been know to remove noisy guests from the pools after midnight. Lifeguards are on duty at both pools daily.

    Life vests for youngsters may be checked out of the Arcade for the length of your stay. Diapered children are required to wear swim diapers or rubber pants.

    Climb, slide and play to your heart's content on the playground located between Calypso and Jazz Inn.

    Play a variety of video and pinball favorites at Note'able Games, located in Melody Hall, right across from the Food Court.

    Maestro Mickey is open until 11:30pm and offers a variety of Disney merchandise from character merchandise and souvenirs to ASM sports wear. A small variety of grocery items are also available, such as snacks, liquor, sundries, and beverages. Some of the grocery items (such as juice and milk) are cheaper if purchased in the gift shop rather than the food court. This is also the location where your items will be delivered if you chose resort package delivery at any of the theme parks.

    However, you can visit other Disney resorts such as the Contemporary, the Beach Club, Fort Wilderness campground, or even Downtown Disney to participate in a wide variety of water sports and other activities such as tennis, horse back riding, and fishing. Call Guest Services for more information.
    Movies are played in the front desk lobby area (with limited seating).

    You are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that will be your shortest ride. You are farthest from the Magic Kingdom, so that will take longer to reach.

    The bus routes change periodically. Sometimes, busses stopped at all 3 All Star resorts when dropping off and picking up; other times just one All Star Resort is served. Allow plenty of time when traveling to/from the All Star Resorts by Disney bus!

    For the most part, the buses seemed to arrive within 5-10 minutes.
    Approximate Bus riding time (not including wait times) are:
    Blizzard Beach - 15 minutes
    Disney-MGM Studios - 15 minutes
    Epcot - 18 minutes
    Magic Kingdom (MK) - 18 minutes
    Animal Kingdom (AK) - 15 minutes

    By Bus:
    Most areas of the Walt Disney World Resort are accessible by bus from other areas within the Resort, including Theme Parks*, Water Parks, the Disney Resorts and the Downtown Disney® area. Buses travel on routes throughout the Resort and do not provide direct service between all destinations.
    *Magic Kingdom® Park is not accessible by bus from Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Polynesian Resort. These Resorts provide monorail transportation to the park.

    By Boat:
    The Magic Kingdom® Park is accessible by water launch from Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Polynesian Resort, Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Disney's Wilderness Lodge. The Disney ferryboats connect the Magic Kingdom Park to the Transportation and Ticket Center (adjacent to Magic Kingdom parking).

    Epcot® and Disney-MGM Studios are accessible by boat from Disney's BoardWalk Inn and Villas Resort, Disney's Yacht Club and Disney's Beach Club Resorts and the Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotels.

    Downtown Disney® is accessible by ferryboat from Disney's Port Orleans Resort and Disney's Old Key West Resort.

    By Monorail:
    Disney's monorail runs between the Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Polynesian Resort and the Transportation and Ticket Center (adjacent to the Magic Kingdom parking lot). A connecting monorail takes Guests from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Epcot.

    Just like the other WDW hotels, there are Value Season, Regular Season, Peak Season and Holiday Season rates. Rates begin at $77 a night. These are regular rate prices and do not include the 7% Florida Sales Tax nor the 13% county resort tax for Osceola County. Rates are based on double occupancy. No charge for children under 17 years old when in the same room as the adults. ; For each adult over 2 there is a $10 per night charge per person. Maximum of 4 persons per room.

    Sometimes there are special rates for Annual Passport Holders or Florida residents. Be sure to inquire when you call for reservations!
    Standard rooms have a maximum four-person occupancy per room. For each adult over 2 there is a $10 per night charge per person. Maximum of 4 persons per room.
    For reservations, call (407) WDISNEY or contact a travel agent.

    Extra Information:
    The Guest Services desk in Melody Hall can arrange dining reservations, sell park admission tickets, and answer a variety of questions regarding the WDW property. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the Front Desk. They will also help you rent a car, send flowers and help you out with maps.

    Coin operated laundry facilities are located near both the Piano and Guitar pools. Coin operated washers are $2 per load. Dryers are $2 per load for 30 minutes. There is no option for any additional drying time except to insert another $2.00 for another 30 minutes. Detergents are available for purchase for $1.00 per load. Additionally, laundry bags are available in each room. By completing the attached laundry list and dropping the laundry off at the Guest Services desk by 8:30am, same day laundry/dry cleaning is available. This laundry service is offered 7 days a week, including holidays.

    There is a hair wrapping station by the guitar pool. It opens early in the morning, normally around 9am. Sometimes there is an additional hair wrapping station located inside Melody Hall between the food court and the gift shop. Inquire at the Guest Services Desk for hours and pricing.

    At the All Star Resorts there is luggage assistance! Your bags will be delivered to your room but note that it can take up to an hour.
    Luggage pick-up on your check-out day is available, if you call 24 hours in advance.

    You are charged $0.75 for each local call you make from your room. This $0.75 charge is also charged for 800 number calls. You will not be charged for calling any location on Disney property. There is a substantial charge for making long distance calls.

    Irons aren't standard in the rooms, but you can call housekeeping & request an iron & ironing board.

    There are no Kids Clubs at the All Star Resorts.

    Overall, the resort is a great value alternative for Disney guests. Enjoy your stay at the All-Star Music resort.
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