Disney's All-Star Movies resort opens 768 units


LAKE BUENA VISTA-Disney's All-Star Movies Resort, the third wing of the sprawling All-Star Resorts complex, opened 768 of its 1,920 rooms, and immediately posted 85% occupancy on opening day, Jan. 16, according to Norm Noble, general manager.

This new wing is expected to average a minimum of 92% occupancy for the rest of the year, he said, including the next 768 rooms (themed on "The Love Bug" and "Fantasia") which will be ready by March 1 and the final 384 rooms (based on "Toy Story") by April 15.

Other themed sectors of the Movies property (rooms and public areas) focus on the Disney films "Fantasia," "Mighty Ducks" and "101 Dalmatians." These areas have oversized film-related icons, such as a huge dalmatian. The movies theme is even extended to the bannisters of the outdoor walkways from which the rooms are entered. The bannisters resemble strips of film.

The other two All-Stars -Sports and Music -- also 1,920 rooms each -- with appropriate themed areas -- ran at 100% for most of 1998 and are expected to do so again during 1999, he said.

The three All-Stars, which will account for 5,760 rooms when the Movies wing is completed, are managed as a single hotel, although each has its own lobby and front desk, food court, shops and Disney transportation services.

The All-Stars comprise the least expensive accommodations that are on-site and owned and operated by Disney. Each All-Star room in the three hotel wings is identical in size and amenities, except for its theme and bedding (mostly two double beds; there are some units with kings.)

Rollaway beds are available for large families, as are connecting units; there are rooms for guests with disabilities and nonsmokers as well. Nightly rates run $74 per unit (value period) to Feb. 11; $94 (peak) Feb. 12 to April 24 ; $89 (regular) April 25 to July 4; $74 (value) July 5 to Dec. 25, and (holiday) $104, Dec. 26 to 31.

When all three hotel wings (each has its own lobby and food court) are fully operational, they will employ some 2,500 persons, according to Noble. The guest roster at the All-Stars consists largely of families with an average stay of 3.8 nights, Noble said.

Although many of them stay at the limited service hotel to save money, there are also a number of upscale guests who would rather divert their Disney vacation dollars to the new Cirque du Soleil "La Nouba" performance and to fine dining, he said.

The three All-Stars, which can be booked by major wholesalers, are the closest guest units to Disney's Wide World of Sports, scene of Atlanta Braves spring training games during late February and March, and other events.

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort
Phone: (407) 939-7000
Reservations: (800) 647-7900

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