Insider reporter Amanda Krause at Disney World's All-Star Movies resort.

I posed with Woody from “Toy Story” just a few feet outside my hotel room. Amanda Krause/Insider

  • I’m a lifelong Disney fan who recently returned to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

  • I stayed at the All-Star Movies Resort – one of the cheapest hotels on Disney property.

  • The resort features two pools, a food court, gift shop, free theme-park transportation, and more.

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I recently visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for the first time in six years.

Insider reporter Amanda Krause poses in front of Disney World's Cinderella Castle.

I went to all four theme parks at Walt Disney World, including Magic Kingdom. Amanda Krause/Insider

I drove from northern New Jersey to central Florida for the trip, and arrived at the All-Star Resort after approximately 24 hours.

A view of Disney World's All-Star Resorts entrance.

You’re greeted with this sign as you drive through the All-Star Resorts entrance. Amanda Krause/Insider

I drove from New Jersey to Florida to visit Disney World. Here’s what the 24-hour road trip is like.

Disney’s All-Star Music and All-Star Sports sections are closed at the time of writing, so I stayed at the All-Star Movies hotel. My room cost between $150 and $178 per night.

A map of Disney World's All-Star Resorts.

Only one Disney World All-Star Resort is open at the time of writing. Disney Parks

That makes the All-Star Resort, a value hotel, the cheapest on Disney property. It has amenities like free transportation, a food court, and housekeeping, but lacks the spas, restaurants, and luxury theming of Disney World’s moderate and deluxe resorts.

Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort.

Disney World’s All-Star Resorts are considered to be value hotels. Amanda Krause/Insider

Still, the simpler resorts are worth the money you save, in my opinion. After all, Disney World’s moderate and deluxe resorts can cost hundreds of dollars more per night.

Disney World's room comparison feature on its website.
You can compare room prices and amenities on Disney World’s website. Disney Parks

Quick-tip: Insider’s reviews team has compared the 13 best Disney hotels and resorts within the parks. Read more about all Disney hotels or book a room at the All-Star Movies Resort

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I received texts and an email at 11:30 a.m. on the day that I arrived letting me know that my room was ready. From there, I parked my car and virtually checked in.

A hotel check-in screenshot and a view of Disney's All-Star Movies Resort parking lot.

By checking in virtually, you can skip the front desk and head straight to your room. Amanda Krause/Insider

There were limited options available when I planned my trip, so I booked a preferred room instead of a standard one. Mine was located on the first floor of the “Toy Story” section.

The "Toy Story" section of Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort.

The Disney resort is decorated from top to bottom with movie-inspired decor. Amanda Krause/Insider

I was able to use my MagicBand – a bracelet that you can use as a room key, credit card, and more – to unlock my door.

A view of the MagicBand readers outside Disney World hotel-room doors.

The reader can also scan room cards and virtual keys on the My Disney Experience app. Amanda Krause/Insider

Inside, I found one bed, a bright bathroom, a long dresser, and a TV. There were also hardwood floors, which I loved (the rooms used to have carpet).

A preferred room at Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort.

On the left was a door that connected to the adjacent room, though it was kept locked. Amanda Krause/Insider

The storage unit under the TV had three large drawers, one cabinet, four USB ports, and four outlets.

A dresser at Disney World's All-Star Movie Resort.

The dresser was the perfect place to store my makeup, souvenirs, and more. Amanda Krause/Insider

Upon opening the cabinet, I found some hotel-room staples: a safe, an extra pillow, and a Bible.

The safe inside Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort.

The safe could hold a lot of stuff, and it was really easy to use, in my experience. Amanda Krause/Insider

The room also had a small table and two chairs perched against the wall.

A table and chairs inside Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort.

The room was small, but still felt spacious with enough room to eat and sleep. Amanda Krause/Insider

That wall actually hid a second bed. It was super easy to pull it down from the wall, and I loved how it helped save space.

A room inside Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort.

Both beds were the same size and equally comfortable, in my opinion. Amanda Krause/Insider

Next to each bed was a small table built into the wall. Here, I found even more outlets to charge electronics.

The bedside tables in Disney World's All-Star Movie Resort hotel rooms.

One table had a phone, and the others were left empty. Amanda Krause/Insider

The room didn’t have a kitchen, but there was a tall shelf with a coffee pot, ice bucket, mini-fridge, and a drawer full of coffee and tea.

The small kitchen area in Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort hotel rooms.

The fridge wasn’t super cold, but it was enough to keep my food cool through the trip. Amanda Krause/Insider

The bathroom had just as much storage. There was a small closet and ironing board on the left, and multiple shelves surrounding the sink on the right.

A look inside the bathrooms at Disney World's All-Star Movie Resort hotel rooms.

The bathroom also had clothes hangers, tissues, an iron, and a makeup mirror. Amanda Krause/Insider

The toilet, shower, and towels were in a separate part of the bathroom that could be closed with a sliding door.

A view of the shower in the All-Star Movies hotel rooms.

Shampoo, conditioner, and body soap were attached to the wall inside the shower. Amanda Krause/Insider

I had a couple of issues with the bathroom. There was a slight musty smell near the shower, and its floor-length mirror was hidden so well that I didn’t notice it until the last day of my trip.

Inside the All-Star Movies Resort hotel bathroom.

You might not notice the mirror unless you close the door while you’re standing outside it. Amanda Krause/Insider

Outside, there were Toy Story decorations everywhere. Green Army Men lined the buildings, and one pathway led you through “Andy’s Room.”

"Toy Story" decor at Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort.

I felt like I had been shrunken down to the size of a toy while walking around the resort. Amanda Krause/Insider

Not too far away from my room was a pool inspired by the 1940 film “Fantasia.”

A view of the "Fantasia" pool at Disney World's All-Star Movies resort.

I took this photo around 8 a.m., but the pool always became crowded later in the day. Amanda Krause/Insider

There was also a hockey-themed pool inspired by the ’90s “Mighty Ducks” films across the resort.

A view of "The Might Ducks" pool at Disney World's All-Star Movies resort.

This pool was a bit smaller than the “Fantasia” one. Amanda Krause/Insider

The food court was also within walking distance of my room. During my trip, it was always bustling with hungry tourists.

A view of the All-Star Movies Resort food court.

When I visited, you could virtually order your meals via the
My Disney Experience app. Amanda Krause/Insider

And the same goes for the gift shop. It was filled with Disney clothes, toys, snacks, and more.

A view of the Donald's Double Feature gift shop at Disney World's All-Star Movies resort.

The Donald’s Double Feature gift shop was open between 8 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Amanda Krause/Insider

That’s not to mention the other sections you can visit, which are inspired by movies like “101 Dalmations,” “The Love Bug,” and more.

Some of the decor found at Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort.

The resort decor also makes for perfect photo opportunities. Amanda Krause/Insider

In front of the hotel, you can find buses that bring you to a ton of Disney World destinations, which will save you money on transportation and parking throughout your trip.

A view of bus stops at Disney World's All-Star Movies Resort.

I made use of Disney World’s buses almost every day of my vacation. Amanda Krause/Insider

I’ve always enjoyed staying at Disney World’s All-Star Movies Resort, and this trip was no different. Even with some perks like Extra Magic Hours no longer being offered to value hotel guests, I found the resort to be relatively affordable, clean, and fun. I’d even say that staying there made my Disney trip all the more magical.

A view of the All-Star Movies Resort lobby.

I took this photo inside the lobby of Disney World’s All-Star Movies Resort. Amanda Krause/Insider

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