It is the second and third days of our second round of ‘7 Walt Disney World Resorts in 7 Days!‘ Last week we visited Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and we’re keeping the theme by going to the last two Value Resorts not yet covered – Disney’s All Star Music and All Star Sports resorts.
If you’re not familiar with our Seven Resorts in Seven Days coverage, we did the first round back in January where we covered Port Orleans French Quarter, Port Orleans Riverside, Caribbean Beach, All Star Movies, Pop Century, Animal Kingdom Lodge, andWilderness Lodge. This time around we’re doing things a little bit differently – instead of releasing a resort a day for a week and doing only one DIS Unplugged segment for all of them, we’ll be releasing one or two resorts every Tuesday for the next four weeks with individual podcast segments. This way we were able to spend plenty of time talking about each resort!
All Star Music is one of the three resorts that make up the complete All Star Resort, along with All Star Movies and All Star Sports. Each of the three resorts are designed to their specific subject and the buildings contained in each one all represent a different genre within each topic. With All Star Music, the sections are Calypso, Rock & Roll, Country & Western, Broadway, and Jazz.
Just like the other All Star resorts, the lobby and other amenities like the food court, arcade and gift shop are contained in a central location adjacent to the pool, Melody Hall. This is where the you’ll first begin to see the prevalent theme at the resort. The walls are lined with stars which are a little on the nose, as well as Disney characters playing various instruments.
Moving outside to the main pool, which is in the shape of a guitar, you’ll see the five groupings of buildings surrounding the main building and pool area.
The center of All Star Music‘s main pool, Calypso Pool, has a water feature with the Three Caballeros to fit into the Calypso theming of one of the first sections you see at the resort. Their guns shoot out water into the pool at unsuspecting children. Just kidding, mostly unsuspecting adults. As will all other Walt Disney World resorts, the pool area is fairly lively with recreation activities for kids and families to do while they spend time at the resort.
The Rock & Roll section of All Star Music is one of my favorites – the 1950′s feeling with jukeboxes, records, old microphones, and guitars make it a really fun section to walk through. Checkerboard flooring and chrome detailing are just some of the details that help make this section so authentic.
The furthest away from the Melody Hall, the Country & Western buildings are themed after old-fashioned, classic country music. Huge cowboy boots, violins, banjos, bolo ties, and a huge blue gingham print adorn the buildings.
Another great part of this section is the large picnic area that is toward the back of the resort. There are a lot of picnic tables and a park area for you to bring food and enjoy yourself under the shade of some trees. I think this would be a perfect way to break up a pool day and spend some time eating in a much quieter place than the food court.
The Broadway buildings are arranged to make a city-like atmosphere between them. There are street markings, sidewalks, and even the metal guards around the trees that line the street which make the area look like a city street in New York.
Also, huge Broadway posters for Disney-related shows decorate the buildings. For example, huge marquees for Beauty And The Beast are hung above the central doors for one of the buildings in this section.
Similar to All Star Sports and All Star Movies, there are references to musical performers and singers in Melody Hall, including these horrifying murals in the food court. I had no idea that Sarah Jessica Parker was a lounge singer and Patrick Swayze was in A Chorus Line. There are also photographs of famous musicians lining the main pass through of the building.
Unfortunately, the All Star Resorts do not have any resort-specific merchandise available for purchase. The gift shop however is a pretty good spot for a wide variety of merchandise and is themed well to the resort.
Just like our other resorts covered, we have a desktop wallpaper featuring All Star Music Resort. You can download for your computer, iPhone, or iPad. Hope you like them – enjoy!
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Be sure to check out our other All Star Music coverage including our DIS Unplugged segment and our overview videos! Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out all the latest Disney news from The DIS! Tune in next week as we cover two more Walt Disney Resorts!