Over the last couple of years, Disney has begun refurbishing the rooms at their older value resorts. The refurbishments began with Pop Century and are now complete at that resort. Current refurbishments are taking place at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort.
The newly refurbished rooms at All-Star Movies feature a Murphy bed, modern furniture, and a very large flat screen TV. The Murphy bed helps to make the room much more spacious, especially for guests who don’t need the second bed. Refurbished rooms also have shelving added near the sink to add extra storage to the room. The new furnishings for the refurbished rooms help to use the space more efficiently and make it much more functional for your stay at the resort.
As of September 2018, there are several completely refurbished buildings at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort. The majority of the refurbished rooms at this time are preferred rooms. The refurbishment is complete in both of the Toy Story buildings (buildings 9 & 10). Refurbishments are also complete in one of the Fantasia buildings (building 8) and one of the Love Bug buildings (building 7). Rooms in all of these buildings, with the exception of Love Bug, are preferred rooms.
Work is currently taking place on building 6 in the Love Bug section which has standard rooms. Though I don’t have an estimate of when this building will be completed, I can tell you when I visited the resort just 2 months ago work had not yet begun on building 7 which is now complete. It does seems the room refurbishments are going fairly quickly.
In looking at the current progress and the resort map, I expect the order of the remaining refurbishments to be the Fantasia building (building 5) next, followed by 101 Dalmatians (building 4), Mighty Ducks (building 3), 101 Dalmatians (building 2), and Mighty Ducks (building 1). Please keep in mind, this is just a guess based on the progress made so far. The actual order of the buildings being refurbished could be different.
How To Get A Refurbished Room
If you would like to stay in a refurbished room at All-Star Movies, there are a couple things you can do to increase your chances of getting a refurbished room. As of right now, the majority of the refurbished rooms are in buildings with preferred rooms. I recommend booking a preferred room, rather than a standard room.
I also recommend requesting a specific building, rather than just requesting a refurbished room. For our trip in July, we specifically requested the Toy Story buildings since we would be at Disney for the opening of Toy Story Land. Despite this being one of the most crowded weeks of the year, we were able to get a refurbished room with no problem.
In September, we requested a refurbished room with no specific building request. We were assigned a room in the 101 Dalmatians section. There seemed to be some confusion as to which buildings had actually been refurbished, as when we called prior to our arrival we were told the Dalmatians buildings had been completed and we were also told the entire resort had already been refurbished – neither of which turned out to be true. After arriving at the resort, we spoke with a cast member at the front desk who was able to provide accurate information on which buildings had been refurbished.
If you try to get a refurbished room, keep in mind Disney will do everything they can to grant your request, but sometimes it just isn’t possible. For our second stay at the resort, they were not able to grant our room request for the first night of our trip as it was a holiday weekend and the hotel was at capacity. The cast member at the front desk recommended we come back the next day after other guests had checked out to see if they might be able to move us to a refurbished room, which they did. If they’re not able to grant your request upon check-in, you may want to check back with the front desk on another day to see if they are able to move you to a refurbished room.
Have you had the chance to stay in a refurbished room at one of the value resorts? Let us know what you thought of the newly refurbished rooms. If you could pick which value resort is refurbished next, which one would you choose?