As our October 2017 Orlando trip report comes to an end, we’ve decided it’s time to start looking forward to our next trip on the blog. One of the first things we booked when we made the decision to go back to Orlando was the hotel, and we settled on Disney’s All Star Sports Resort.
Why? Well, that’s what today’s post is all about!
1. Best value
This was 100% the main reason we booked All Star Sports – it was the cheapest onsite option. Thanks to a big one-off contract I’d won at work, we had the spare cash for another Walt Disney World holiday, but it wasn’t enough for a moderate or a deluxe hotel. We considered Art of Animation but to be honest, All Star Sports was still a much cheaper price and we were happy to sacrifice the room quality to get another trip in so soon.
Overall we paid £1300 for a preferred room for 14 nights. We thought that was a pretty good price considering all the onsite perks are still included. Although we know we could have got something even cheaper offsite, we wanted to be in the Disney magic. All Star Sports allows us to do that – without breaking the bank.
2. True Disney Experience
We’ve mentioned before that we didn’t have the best experience at Caribbean Beach last year. Thanks to the refurb, everything felt disjointed and apart from the reception and buses, we really didn’t feel like we were in a Disney hotel. Because of this, we felt a *little* bit cheated out of a true Disney experience.
From what we’ve seen of All Star Sports so far, it looks in-your-face Disney and we can’t wait to experience it. Sure, it’s dated and is in need of a refurb but we think it looks pretty cool and will be a proper Disney holiday where we’re immersed in the theming.
We could actually stay at either All Star Sports or All Star Music for the same price, so Carl chose sports. He’s never happier than he is watching men throw or kick balls around so this seemed like the perfect place for him to stay. We’ve also read that it’s the first pick-up point for buses which swayed our choice even further. We stayed at Martinique at Caribbean Beach and really benefitted from being one of the first to get on the bus so this was a winner all round.
3. Central hub of entertainment
Again, this might be influenced by our stay at Caribbean Beach, but we’re really looking forward to staying somewhere with a central hub. It’ll be great to have somewhere close where we can grab some food, have a drink, shop and play in the arcades.
Last year, we had none of this. The nearest shop only sold food, there was only a small selection of merchandise and the food court was in a tent with limited options. So we’re hoping to enjoy a bit more time spent in the hotel this year.
At the end of the day, we know we’ve paid a budget price so the room will be smaller than what we’re used to and the hotel will be dated but really, it’s just a place to sleep and as our aim with this trip was to go for value – All Star Sports completely fit the bill.