There’s no doubt that a vacation to Walt Disney World is pricey. If you’re hoping to save a couple of bucks, a great way of sticking to your budget is to choose one of Disney World’s value resorts. In fact, with their stories-high icons towering over the grounds, freshly renovated interiors and nods to your favorite Disney characters, value hotels can feel like the most ‘Disney’ resorts of them all – with a wallet-friendly price tag to boot.
So, how does the Disney All-Star Sports compare to other Disney World value resorts? Who is it best for? Keep reading as we tackle everything you need to know about this Disney sports resort.
Disney All-Star Sports Resort During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic upended the guest experience at Walt Disney World. And while things are gradually returning to normal around the rest of the Central Florida resort, that isn’t the case at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort. In fact, while the entertainment giant originally announced the Disney All-Star Sports reopening as December 9, 2021, it has since been indefinitely delayed.
We can only guess that this is due to lower capacity levels at other Disney World resorts. However, given that the pandemic seems to be receding, it’s likely that the Disney sports hotel will open its doors to guests once more sometime in 2022.
Keep in mind that there will still be some changes to the guest experience once the resort finally reopens. FastPass+, Extra Magic Hours, and Disney’s Magical Express will be gone for good, with FastPass+ replaced by a new paid service called Disney Genie. In addition, instead of Extra Magic Hours, all Disney World hotel guests will be able to take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry, which allows guests to enter each of the theme parks 30 minutes before rope drop.
Want even more time in the parks? Stay at one of the deluxe hotels at Disney World instead for Extended Evening Hours at select theme parks. Unfortunately, no replacement has yet been announced for Disney’s Magical Express. As conditions continue to change, we suggest you consult the My Disney Experience app or Disney’s website for the most up-to-date information.
Staying at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
One of the easiest ways to save money when traveling is by opting to stay in more modest accommodations, and the same can be said for Walt Disney World. Value resorts offer simple rooms with colorful, playful theming and all the basic comforts of home. Although the Art of Animation Resort is an obvious pick for those traveling with kids, if you’re looking for Disney magic you can afford, Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort is also filled with Disney character-inspired details.
Part of the trio of Disney All-Star resorts, Disney’s All-Star Sports Hotel takes its inspiration from some of the world’s most-loved competitive sports. Athletic accents as tall as three-story buildings are an oversized ode to sports like football and baseball, and a fun background for your next family photo or selfie.
Overall, guests can stay in five different areas inspired by surfing, football, basketball, baseball and tennis. Surf’s Up! is the section closest to Stadium Hall. Here, buildings are adorned with giant surfboards and dolphins, and 38-foot-tall shark fins menace guests on high. The Hoops Hotel sits behind Surf’s Up!, with its mega megaphones, huge whistles and enormous pennants.
Nearby, Center Court is the hotel’s tennis-inspired area and features massive tennis racquets (large enough to cover an actual tennis court) and balls. In the Touchdown! section, meanwhile, guests walk upstairs through supersized football helmets to get to the upper floors. Finally, Home Run Hotel takes guests out to the ballgame with stories-tall bats and scoreboards.
Disney All-Star Sports Resort Rooms
Like the other All-Stars, the Disney All-Star Sports Resort has earned a respectable 4.0 on TripAdvisor. Here, there’s no need to be tempted by waterfront or fireworks-view rooms – All-Star Sports only offers two room types, standard and preferred, each at a cozy 260 square feet. Keeping that in mind, we recommend All-Star Sports primarily for small families, couples or other Disney adults doing Disney World on a budget or large groups needing lots of rooms on the cheap.
Starting in 2018, All-Star Sports has been undergoing a multi-year renovation. As the other two All-Star hotels finished their refurbishments first, we have a pretty good idea of what the new rooms will look like. Expect bright, open rooms with espresso woods and clean lines, along with playful pops of color and Disney character-inspired wall art (and a pull-down bed!).
In general, all standard and preferred rooms at All-Star Sports should come with the following amenities when the resort finally reopens: a hairdryer, iron, ironing board, mini-refrigerator, alarm clock with radio, in-room safe, telephone with voicemail, and free Wi-Fi. Previously, only double beds were in rooms at All-Star Sports. However, we anticipate these will be swapped out in favor of queen beds, with possibly even some king beds as an option. We’re also hopeful that coffee makers will be added like the other Disney All-Star rooms.
All-Star Sports Standard Room
- Comes with 1 king bed or 1 queen bed & 1 queen-sized table bed
- Sleeps between 2 to 4 adults
- Views of the parking area, pool, or courtyard
All-Star Sports Preferred Room
- Comes with 1 king bed or 1 queen bed & 1 queen-sized table bed
- Sleeps between 2 to 4 adults
- Views of the parking area, pool, or courtyard
- Near Dining, Transportation, and Shopping Outlets at Stadium Hall
Disney All-Star Sports Resort Prices
While some people prefer to splurge on luxurious hotel rooms, others follow a thriftier philosophy. Why pay for an expensive resort stay when you won’t really be in your room too much anyway? If this sounds like you, you may want to consider a staying at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort.
This Disney sports hotel is part of the All-Star Resorts complex, a trio of the cheapest hotels at Disney World. This budget-friendly price tag, along with the hotel’s whimsical, larger-than-life theming, makes All-Star Sports an affordable place to stay for both families with children, large groups or those just hoping to save some cash.
Room rates at All-Star Sports are reasonable all year long, but keep in mind that prices do change throughout the year. Your final rate will depend on such factors as whether you’d like a standard or preferred room and which dates you choose to travel. For example, visiting over the slow season will net you lower rates, while a Disney World vacation at the height of the holiday season will cost you the most.
Standard rooms are the cheapest option at All-Star Sports, with rates starting in the low-to-mid $100s in the low season up to the mid $200s over the high season. Preferred rooms, in contrast, are the most expensive room type at the resort, typically available for around the mid-to-high $100s during the slow months or the high $200s over the busy winter holidays.
Below are rough price ranges for what you can expect to pay at All-Star Sports:
- Standard Room: $118 to $254
- Preferred Room: $148 to $283
Disney World All-Star Sports Resort Amenities
Every hotel at Walt Disney World comes with its own unique roster of perks, from restaurants and merchandise outlets to recreation and transportation. As a value resort, All-Star Sports is admittedly more basic in its offerings than resorts like Polynesian Village and the Grand Floridian. However, it still boasts over-the-top pools, tasty dining options and a few other amenities.
Dining at All-Star Sports
While you won’t find the signature restaurants or dinner shows of Disney World’s deluxe and moderate resorts, All-Star Sports is home to the essentials. We’re talking about a convenient quick-service restaurant and a pool bar made for late-night drinks and lazy days by the pool.
Still hungry for more? The other All-Star food courts are an easy walk away. Or, huddle up your team and hop in the car to try one of the yummy restaurants at Coronado Springs and Animal Kingdom Lodge. McDonald’s is also within walking distance. Or, for a more substantial meal, think about taking going to Disney Springs or Disney’s BoardWalk for even more delicious Disney dining experiences.
End Zone Food Court
Ideally located in Stadium Hall, the End Zone Food Court serves up a palate-pleasing mix of American-style favorites all day long. In the morning, dine on Mickey waffles and other AM classics. Or, stop by this Disney quick-service restaurant in the afternoon and evening for family-friendly dishes like pizza, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, chicken strips and wings. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Grandstand Spirits Pool Bar
Gazing out over the Surfboard Bay Pool, Grandstand Spirits Pool Bar is an idyllic spot for a cocktail after a day in the parks. An assortment of refreshing drinks is available, including mixed drinks, beer, wine and sangria. Open for drink service
Disney All-Star Sports Pools
Balmy at best and downright sticky at worst, Orlando pretty much stays warm year-round. When you aren’t drinking in all the A/C, the best way to cool down is with a swim in the pool. (Insider Tip: Take a break from the heat of the afternoon by going back to your hotel for a dip then a nap in the shade.)
Located in the center of Stadium Hall and the Surf’s Up section of the hotel, the All-Star Sports feature pool is the Surfboard Bay Pool. Crashing waves atop the surrounding buildings, three-story surfboards and a massive shark’s fin add to the overall beachy vibe. A kiddie pool is also nearby.
If you’d rather avoid the crowds of the feature pool, the Grand Slam Pool is a more secluded alternative. Found near the Homerun Hotel, where monstrous baseball bats line the walls, and Touchdown! parts of the resort, this leisure pool is inspired by a baseball diamond, complete with Goofy slinging water jets instead of balls from the pitcher’s mound. Even the sundeck is made to look like the outfield.
Other Recreation at the Disney Sports Resort
While the moderate and deluxe resorts at Disney World tout enough recreational offerings to keep you busy all vacation long, All-Star Sports is light on the activities. Aside from splashing around in the pools, adults can get in a run on the mile-long running path through the All-Stars, while kids will love hanging out on the playground or testing their skills in Game Point Arcade. For even more family-friendly fun, make your way to the football field for Movies Under the Stars.
All-Star Sports Disney Merchandise Locations
Whether your search for something sporty to commemorate your stay at the resort or simply looking to replace something you left at home, Sport Goofy Gifts and Sundries is your destination. Centrally located in Stadium Hall, this shop stocks everything from sports apparel and logo gear to supplies and character items. Stop by for a snack before heading to the theme parks or a last-minute souvenir on your way to your room.
Complimentary Transportation to and from the Disney World Sports Resort
One of the perks of staying on Disney World property is being able to take advantage of a number of free transportation offerings. That being said, the only complimentary transportation option at All-Star Sports is the Disney bus. The bus stop is located outside of Stadium Hall, with routes connecting each of the Disney theme parks and Disney Springs.
If you plan on frequenting the Disney bus system, remember that routes may change based on need. So, while All-Star Sports is the first stop of the All-Stars, busses may stop from time to time at the other All-Star resorts before continuing on to their desired destination. Additionally, while they aren’t specifically found at this Disney World sports resort, all guests also have access to other free transportation services, including the Monorail, Disney Skyliner or boats.
Disney All-Star Sports FAQs
Want to know more about Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort? Read on for answers to some commonly asked questions.
What is the All-Star Sports Resort close to at Disney World?
Disney All-Star Sports is part of the Animal Kingdom Resort Area. Nearby attractions include Blizzard Beach Water Park and Winter Summerland Miniature Golf. In fact, if you’re looking for a little bit of a workout, they’re just a reasonable 20-minute walk away. Notably, All-Star Sports is also close to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, making the hotel an understandingly popular pick for sports teams, international tour groups, school trips and other large groups.
When was Disney All-Star Sports refurbished? Is the entire resort renovated?
Originally opened in1994, All-Star Sports will reopen its doors to guests fresh off of a multi-year renovation that began way back in 2018. While the resort remains closed due to the pandemic at the time of writing, it’s anticipated that all rooms will be completely refurbished when All-Star Sports starts welcoming guests once again.
Can you walk from All-Star Sports to Animal Kingdom?
Unfortunately, even though the Disney All-Star Resort is part of the Animal Kingdom Resort Area, you can’t walk to the Animal Kingdom Theme Park from All-Star Sports.
How long is the bus ride from All-Star Sports Resort to Magic Kingdom?
Buses typically arrive at the Stadium Hall bus stop every 20 minutes or so. Remember that there can often be quite a few people waiting to go to the parks, so plan your day accordingly.
Buses tend to arrive at the Disney bus stop at Cinema Hall around every 20 minutes, so keep this in mind when planning out your day, especially when there are plenty of people waiting for the bus. Then, once you’re on your way, sit back and relax for your approximately 20-minute ride to the Magic Kingdom.
Does Disney All-Star Sports have a fridge?
While we don’t know for sure yet, if the All-Star Sports refurbishment sticks to the same in-room amenities provided by All-Star Music and All-Star Movies, then yes, we anticipate all of the All-Star Movies Resort rooms come with a mini-fridge for guests’ use.
What is a preferred room at Disney All-Star Sports?
Preferred rooms are the most conveniently located of any Disney All-Star Sports Resort rooms, ideally situated near Stadium Hall Lobby, the End Zone Food Court and the Surfboard Bay Pool. All-Star Sports Preferred Rooms are set in buildings 1, 6, 7 and 10.
Does Disney’s All-Star Sports resort have free breakfast?
While some Disney World Good Neighbor Hotels do offer free breakfast, we’re sorry to say that Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort does not, nor do any of the other Disney-operated hotels. Having said that, you will find some reasonably priced breakfast options at the End Zone Food Court or at one of the food courts at the other All-Star Resorts. Or, take a short walk to the newly renovated McDonald’s nearby.
Well, sports fans and budget-savvy travelers, that’s the end of our guide to Disney’s All-Star Sports Hotel. With giant icons, some Disney character flair, all the essential comforts of home and a price tag that’s easy on the wallet, it’s an ideal stay for small families and money-minded guests alike.
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Have you ever stayed at All-Star Sports? Which part of this athletic resort is your favorite to stay in? Are you excited to try the refurbished rooms? Let us know in the comments!
Amber is a proud former Walt Disney World Cast Member, an unabashed travel addict, and a hospitality and tourism specialist with over 10 years in the industry. She likes getting her wanderlust fix by sharing her favorite park tips and tricks with other Disney fans. When she isn’t working, you can usually catch her in a hot power yoga class or spending way too much money at Disney Springs.