Friday, June 26, 2020

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort—A Detailed Look at the Toy Story Themed Area!

Today I'm throwing it back once again to our last Walt Disney World trip (October 2018) and sharing a detailed look at the All-Star Movies Resort's Toy Story themed area! This was our first time ever staying at (or even being at) this resort. I know the "All Stars" get kind of a bad rap, but hey. No shame! We actually have no issue staying at any of the value resorts to save some money since we're not in the room most of the time anyway (if we had our way though, we'd always stay at the Polynesian; that's where my family always stayed growing up).

At this point, Brita and I have stayed at all three All-Star Resorts now since we've been married— Sports, Music and Movies—and we've enjoyed them all. I just find it really funny (and nostalgic) that they are all frozen in time in the 90's! That's part of their charm and part of why I enjoy them so much. Sure some refurbishments have happened to the rooms and such, but I believe the resorts have remained pretty much identical to when they first opened. All-Star Movies opened in 1999.

There are five themed areas at All-Star Movies: Fantasia, Mighty Ducks (yes, the animated show that ran for just two seasons; not sure how it got its own themed section here, but it doesn't get more 90's!), 101 Dalmatians, The Love Bug and, of course, Toy Story! You can't necessarily choose which area you stay at, so it was a complete coincidence that we were assigned one of the buildings in the Toy Story section! I didn't even mention that it was my preference, but maybe my aura was giving off those vibes ;). I was SO excited! 

I honestly didn't even knew this area existed until a few years back—and I've been going to Disney World all my life! It's definitely a hidden gem. Take a look at all the amazing details below! Again, totally 90's—you can absolutely tell! It's like the Toy Story Land BEFORE Toy Story Land.

Four large (well two of them are GIANT) characters stand in the middle of the Toy Story courtyard: Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and Rex. Perfect for photo ops! Plus there are some Army Men protecting the tops of the buildings and some fantastic oversized alphabet blocks. There are two small sections of Andy's walls/iconic cloud wall paper to take pics in front of as well—one with his window and one with his bedroom door (complete with the "Andy's Room Keep Out" sign on it). And don't miss the gigantic Bucket O Soldiers buckets (especially at night when they glow) and an RC you can sit in right outside the courtyard!

Notice the Easter Eggs in the book titles? Straight from the film!

There's even a big ol' checkerboard, inspired by the one in Andy's Room that Slinky drags out.

What are your thoughts? Did I miss any fun details? If you've stayed at the All-Star Movies Resort, I want to hear all about your experience. Let me know down in the comment section and be sure to stay tuned right here soon for more from Pixar collection of merch and memories!

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