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
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
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
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