“ 1701 West Buena Vista Drive / Lake Buena Vista / FL 32830 / Tel: (407) 939-5000. „
After reading a few of the reviews on the other Disney All Star Resorts but none on Sports, i feel it needs its own.
Myself and my family have been to Florida 3 times now. 2 of those occasions we stayed in a villa jsut off the 192 and the latest holiday was to the value resort of All Star Sports. Value resort is the classification given to the 3 star hotels in the Disney chain with 2 others associated with the All Stars which are Music and Movies.
The hotel itself is located right next to the Animal Kingdom so not as close as a lot of the other Disney hotels to all the main attractions but everything Disney is within 20 minutes drive. There is free bus/shuttle runs from right outside the main doors, approx 5 stands for different destinations. Buses are air conditioned and can get a little cramped at times.
We paid the extra £50 or so before we left for a "preferred" room and on arrival we were given a room right next to the pool and a stone throw from the canteen. The room was ample size with 2 queen beds, cot/crib,tv, table and chairs and a tv unit. Everything in it was Disney meaning pictures, soap, carpet, shampoo etc even the towels left in "mouse shapes" after linen change. Beds are so comfortable too.
The canteen is pretty much what we came to expect to cater for the number of guests but we were surprised at the quickness of the queues etc considering most, if not all of the cooked things were cooked there and then for you. We had the Dining Plan option so it was a case of getting your food and handing over your card for the meals to be deducted. (i'll come onto Dining Plan in a moment). The food available wa s pretty standard but adequate so burgers, chips, breakfasts etc with teh highlight for me been the mickey mouse waffles with the maple syrup...delicious.
The dining plan as i mentioned is what we opted for before we left. Its a good idea to book some of the more popular meals before you depart, a good few weeks i would say to avoid disappointment. The dining plan allows you to dine with the characters at most resaturants, even the castle with the fairy godmother and the mice or Epcot with the Princess's. What would of cost us $364 for a breakfast with the princess's cost us just 2 table served meals each. Then there was tea at the Grand Floridian or 1900 Park Fayre as its known with Cinderella and Prince Charming!! The total cost to do all these things without the dining plan would have been well over $3000 but cost us approx £158 (offer with free dining + upgrade).
Florida and Mickey Mouse are predominantly for children but if your an adult and you have not been you will become addicted and nothing else compares. Im already saving for the next trip in September 2011.
If you are looking to go and have children then i would definately opt for the dining plan option. This takes away the stress of the villa, having to driver everywhere and clean everyday.
Best way to book is to do things separately. Flydrive option either with Virgin or another operator and then hotel etc through Disney itself so therefore benefitting from the Disney offers. If booking altogether the TravelCityDirect is your best option.
And fianally, on thing to consider, it is often cheaper to go for a better hotel (mederate resort) so that the dining option is cheaper or free.
Thanks for reading