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    • lchilders

      Registered: January 2018
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Tue January 30, 2018 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 4 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Bus Service, Noise level
      Cons: Needs updating

      I traveled solo from 1/15/18 to 1/19/18. I requested a preferred room and was in the Fantasia section. I've stayed in all levels of resorts - from All Stars and Pop to Port Orleans Riverside and Caribbean Beach to the Grand Floridian and Yacht Club.

      Check in wasn't horrible but a bit slower than I thought it would be. I did not do online check-in as I wanted to ensure a King room on the first floor. I was given a 3rd floor King room and they were able to accommodate the change to the 1st floor when I checked in.

      The room was close to the food court and transportation. This resort is in need of updating - and soon! While the room was clean it was outdated and felt more like a Disneyfied Motel 6. The room was a perfect size for me and I was provided with a King size bed which gave the appearance of a larger room.

      The few cast members that I interacted with were pleasant enough. The food court was good for breakfast and a quick treat at the end of the day. I did not eat lunch or dinner there during my stay.

      I also did not use the pool as it was pretty chilly during my visit.

      I would stay at Movies again once they have updated the rooms. The price was perfect for what I needed it for.
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      Registered: November 2017
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Sun November 26, 2017 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Value, Themeing, Cleanliness

      We stayed here with five people (2 adults, 2 children under 10, and 1 infant). Requested and received a connecting room with others in our party. Room was not large, but certainly had enough space for our younger family. We used and enjoyed the pools, food court, bar, and transportation. All areas were clean and well-kept, though a little aged. The themeing was great for young kids. The food court was convenient and had enough selections for our family. It is basic cafeteria food, but it worked well for the two times we ate there. We used online check-in and didn't have to go to the front desk. Our room number was emailed right to us and we could use our magic bands to open the doors. All in all this was a great space for the value.

      A side note, we only used the bus 2-3 times as we had our own vehicle. The few times we used it the busses were quick and drove right from the Movies resort directly to the parks and vice versa with no other stops.
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      Registered: October 2017
      Posts: 6
      Review Date: Tue October 10, 2017 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 6 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Dalmatian area decor
      Cons: Cast members, room issues, food court

      We had several issues with All Star Movies. I have never stayed at this resort before. I have stayed at the Polynesian, both Port Orleans, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and the former Disney Institute prior all with no complaints. When we got to our room in the Dalmatian section, the bathroom light was flickering and had dead bugs in it. We “wasted” our first night there walking back to the main building to stand in a huge line at check-in to explain the situation. I did initially stand at the “express” check-in since we were already checked-in but the cast member, after telling her what the issue was, made me stand in the long normal check-in line. After we explained the situation the cast member was very nice explaining she’d send someone over right away to fix the issue and that she’d give us a $50 credit to use anywhere at Disney. We stayed outside our hotel room for an hour or so to give the mousekeeping crew a chance to fix our room. The others on our bus tour were staying in the Herbie section and had chemical smells in their rooms. They were telling me they had to re-locate. The last night of our trip my boyfriend and I decided to use our $50 credit towards a meal at Germany. I wrecked my sneakers walking there in the pouring rain only to get an $85.00 bill and be told by the waitress that I did not have a $50 credit on my account nor could she charge the bill to my room to straighten out the issue with the front desk. I had to put the large bill on my credit card, and was so upset I went into the bathroom crying over this and my boyfriend was wondering where I had gotten to. When we got back to the hotel late that night, I stood in another huge line to be told by the cast member that the $50 was taken off of the room bill. I explained this wasn’t what I was told and that we had traveled by a bus company. The cast member then checked with someone and then I was told something different --- that the wrong button had been pushed on the computer and that’s why my $50 credit didn’t show. I was given $50 cash but didn’t get an apology nor anything to compensate me for the hassle. I felt the Disney “magic” was very much lacking at this hotel.

      Another concern with All Star Movies – the food court. The Saturday morning we were leaving there was no signage that we could see that listed the hours. A cast member eventually came up to us and was nice enough to tell us that they opened at 6:30am, which I thought was late (as we needed to be back by the Herbie section to catch our bus by 7:30am). We were standing in line to order our breakfast and the cast member asked me what I wanted to order but the menu wasn’t up yet. She let a woman jump in front of me because of the menu not being up yet. That wasn’t very fair.
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      Registered: August 2010
      Posts: 57
      Review Date: Sun April 30, 2017 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Clean, food court

      Arrived for an 11 night stay on February 27, 2017. We had received a text message before our arrival that our room was ready. We avoided the check in desk and parked nearest to our room as possible. Magic Bands worked great getting into the room. We were in building 2, in the Mighty Ducks section. We had requested to be as close to transportation as possible. We had a standard room reservation and I believe we were as close to transportation as possible without paying for a preferred room. The room was clean. We had a king bed for the first time and loved that set up better than the two full/queens we've had on previous visits to other resorts. The carpet was slightly worn but it was clean so we didn't really care. The room smelled like it may have had a deep clean before our arrival. This was our third stay in a row in a value resort. And while the resort itself was fine for what we needed, we are tired of value resorts and will be booking moderate for our next trip. We only swam in the Mighty Ducks pool. It was a basic square pool with Mighty Duck accents around. The pool was always clean and warm. We enjoyed it very much. Being two adults we don't really have a need for a fancy pool and never actually swam in the main Fantasia pool. However it did look super cute.
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      Registered: February 2009
      Posts: 93
      Review Date: Thu February 2, 2017 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): clean, affordable
      Cons: small rooms,

      We stayed Jan 30 since we were able to arrive a day early for our trip. We figured if we were going to arrive later in the evening and needed a hotel why not on property especially for the price. We paid $95 incl tax.we arrived around 9 pm. Check in was very fast. Our room was in mighty ducks, first floor. It was smaller than a moderate and we felt it was fine for the night for the three of us, 2adults and a soon to be 13 yr. Old. I wouldn't want to stay if our family was larger or for a longer time as souvenirs ECT keep getting added. It was clean and cute. The film theme was nice. The food court looked decent but we didn't eat there just grabbed some forks. The gift shop is a downer. I found it to lack selection compared to other shops in Disney hotels. Checkout was quick and efficient. The pools were closed during the time frame we were there. Mighty duck pool was only open 12-8. Fantasia I am not sure. We have done a late arrival stay at pop before and we liked this one much better as far as cleanliness and checkin checkout and how quiet it was for the amount of children. We would do tho again if we needed to.
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      Registered: October 2010
      Location: Texas
      Posts: 65
      Review Date: Sun November 13, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Great value, great staff, great service
      Cons: rooms small for more than one person, in need of decor and furnishings updates

      This is a good solid product. Rooms were small but efficient and functional and contained everything I needed from double beds to a mini fridge and even an iron and ironing board. The theming is really cute and screams Disney so kids and kids at heart like me love it. This doesn't have all the luxuries and it is a basic room but it does provide a clean nice safe place to sleep and shower. Since I don't spend much time at the resort I don't mind that it isn't fancy and basics are all I need. The air conditioners work on motion sensors and will shut down during the day and at night while you are asleep and motionless. To prevent that get a balloon from the front desk to fool the sensor and the a/c will keep cooling. I discovered this after waking up hot and finding my air conditioning blowing warm air but a call to the front desk and a service call from maintenance a few minutes later fixed this and I was much more comfortable. All the staff that I encountered here from check in to check out and the maintenance crew, the housekeepers, the transportation and luggage services were all friendly and helpful and it was a very pleasant experience all around. There is reliable bus service with a times board with the bus arrival times posted for each destination at the bus stop outside. I only had breakfast at the food court but they had several stations with different offerings although it was pricey. The adult meals were around $11-12 per entrée and the bottled water was $3 so one fast food meal for one adult prices out at around $15. For fast food. That is pretty typical all over WDW though. I only dined here for breakfast but I was able to order kids meals for half the cost and still had plenty to eat and they came with a small water and fruit that the adult meals did not. I loved my week long stay and I would not hesitate to stay again. I was in the Love Bug section which looks far on a map but in reality was a short walk to the main building and bus stops. This resort isn't just for families but it was great for a solo traveler like myself and I enjoyed my stay. The buses do sometimes share with the other two All Star resorts but I did not have any complaints about the extra stops as they were on the way back from the park not going to it and they were short stops and it only took a few minutes for it to get through all three resorts the few times they did share a bus. During peak times they did not share and each resort had it's own bus. The time from departing the resort to the stop at the Magic Kingdom was 12 minutes even in heavy traffic as the buses had their own dedicated lanes for travel while cars would be backed up trying to get through the gates. This was a nice resort at a good price. It's not fancy but it's a great value for what you get and being in the Disney magical bubble.
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      Registered: September 2014
      Posts: 29
      Review Date: Wed September 28, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Cast members are really great
      Cons: none

      Our stay here was only from Sept.9- 11 but we had a great experience. Our room was very clean and our waits for buses were very short.
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      Registered: July 2016
      Posts: 1
      Review Date: Mon July 18, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 5 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Cheap
      Cons: Dirty, Needed repairs

      I have often stayed at Disney Value Resorts when I go to Disney World, but this time I was placed in the Country Fair building and I found I was disappointed by the quality of the room--it was clearly very old and due for a facelift. There was paint peeling from the walls, the carpet was worn bare, the sink had permanent brown stains, everything was badly dated, the mattress had clearly outlived its lifespan, the safe was not nearly deep enough to store anything of value except jewelry (I made my iPad fit, barely), and then on my second day, the RF Mickey on the front door fell off without my even touching it as I was leaving in the morning. While I understand that I booked a value resort, I have never seen a Disney hotel room that looked this bad. I say this having stayed at all of the All Star resorts, Pop Century, and the Art of Animation before. I found myself purposely avoiding my room. Of course I appreciate all the perks that staying on property afforded me, I simply was unhappy with this room. I suspect the Country Fair building is little used and therefore little cared for.
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      Registered: February 2008
      Location: Biloxi, MS
      Posts: 16
      Review Date: Wed January 6, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 7 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): inexpensive
      Cons: Beds were horrible.

      I would suggest getting a preferred room, putting you closer to the food court and bust stops. The food in the food court was your average Disney offerings, but a large selection. Budget hotels have the smallest rooms, but adequate.
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      Registered: April 2012
      Location: Wisconsin
      Posts: 35
      Review Date: Wed December 9, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Easy to Navigate, Clean
      Cons: Parking Lot

      We stayed here for a quick getaway, only two nights. We did book a preferred room and ended up in the Toy Story buildings. We were close to the main lobby and transportation. The parking lot near our buildings seemed a bit too small as the larger vehicles were taking up two spots and limiting space for others. Other than that, it was exactly what we expected for what we paid. We were able to go straight to our room rather than going to the front desk for anything. Our magic bands worked the first time around! The room was clean. Nothing to really complain about since this is a value resort.
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      Registered: March 2013
      Posts: 8
      Review Date: Sun December 6, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Clean, quiet, price
      Cons: Lack of counter space, bedding

      We stayed in the Toy Story section 11/30-12/4. My daughter is a huge Toy Story fan, so the theming was perfect. We were on the third floor which was very quiet. The rooms were clean when we arrived and mousekeeping was good throughout the week. The walk to Cinema Hall was decent, and the food in the food court was good. But then again it's hard to mess up a Mickey waffle Smile

      I wish the vanity area in the bathroom was a little larger. It was difficult having everyone's stuff out when getting ready, but was doable. The biggest con for me was the bedding...or lack of. It was basically a sheet and thin blanket. With the rest of my family being hot natured, I stayed pretty cold at night.

      For the price and theming, I would definitely stay here again, especially with kids. I would just bring thick pajamas or an extra blanket Smile
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      Registered: January 2012
      Posts: 9
      Review Date: Fri October 16, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 6 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Price
      Cons: Buses

      My hubby and I stayed here Friday, October 9 through Monday, October 12 in a preferred room in the Toy Story section on the third floor. It is a very quiet section and we heard no walking noise. The elevators were very efficient and we never had a problem getting one.
      The room had two double beds, not queen, and was pretty small but okay for just the two of us. There is not a lot of dresser storage. The bathroom area has only one sink, and is separate from the shower and toilet. It would be very cramped getting ready with more than two adults.
      The closet is an open space next to the sink. There is a privacy curtain that separated the sink area from the rest of the room. The room itself was fine since we were just there to sleep. It was pretty clean.
      We never ate at the food court, but it had offerings of burgers, chicken strips, fries, build your own salad, dessert bar, standard food court from what I could see. Also includes a mini-market.
      The bus stop is right in front of the hotel and we did have to wait many times for buses. More than 20 minutes. Movies is the last stop of the All-Star hotels and the buses are sometimes full when they arrive. Not terrible, just sporadic.
      I might stay here again just because of the cost.
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      Registered: January 2008
      Location: Refton PA
      Posts: 55
      Review Date: Tue October 6, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 10 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): fun for the family
      Cons: long way from parking lot

      Just came back from a 2 night stay at the Movies. We had 4 rooms , 2 rooms were connecting. They were ready when we checked in at 11:00. Check in was easy and the gentleman was very kind. The room was clean and everything worked in my room. They was 11 of us and our rooms were next to one another. Had requested 1st floor, which we got. Enjoyed the food court and the prices weren't bad.

      Went to the gift shop. Cast members were helpful. Was able to use my Disney Visa discount.
      Was shopping for my 18 year old grandson. Had no idea what to get him. A cast member came up with an idea and it was perfect. My grandson was thrill with it.

      I really enjoyed the resort. Thanks cast members for a job well done.
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      Registered: November 2014
      Posts: 6
      Review Date: Fri November 21, 2014 Would you recommend the product? No | | Rating: 6 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Fun theming, very quiet
      Cons: Room needed a deep cleaning

      Stayed here for two nights over a weekend in November. Booked it because it was the only Disney resort available in our price range. Had to get a preferred room because no standard rooms were left. Our preferred room was in the Dalmatians building 4, but was at the back near the parking lot. I would've expected a preferred room to at least be in the front closer to the main building. The room was very, very quiet. The beds, sink, toilet and shower were all clean but in general the room really needed a thorough deep cleaning. Lots of dust and gunk built up in all the corners. I expect more attention to that from Disney, even in a value resort. Probably wouldn't stay here again, for a value resort I would go with Pop Century instead.
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      Registered: August 2006
      Location: NJ
      Posts: 68
      Review Date: Fri October 3, 2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | | Rating: 8 

      Positive aspects of the product (pros): Mousekeeping, quiet
      Cons: Long walk to anything, no coffee maker

      We stayed here for a quick (cheap) weekend getaway. Was fine for what we paid.
      I always make my own morning coffee and tea when at WDW and was disappointed to find that rooms no longer come with a coffeemaker. Mousekeeping was kind of rude when we called to see if we could request one and was told "You can buy cups of coffee in the food court."
      Anyway, room was very clean. Mighty Ducks section was very quiet but far away from anything. We actually walked to AS Music bus stop as it was closer to our room.
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