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Disney’s All-Star Music Opens as Scheduled but Sports to Remain Closed Indefinitely

all star sports resortWalt Disney World Resort’s All-Star branch of hotels- the Music, Movies, and Sports resorts have always been huge favorites for the budget-conscious traveler who still wants the experience of staying on a Disney property.

With rumors swirling that the newly refurbished All-Star Music’s reopening would be delayed after several reservations were switched to other resorts, the cast members eagerly welcomed guests back on September 16 as per Disney’s scheduled timeline, however, only at 30% capacity.

All Stars Movie Resort PoolShe now joins her sister no-frills, refurbished resort, the All-Star Movies which has been housing guests since March 2021, reopening almost a year after the pandemic shut Disney and its hotels down.

The All-Star Sports resort had a December 9 date attached to its reopening, however in a statement put out but Disney this week, that reopening date has been pushed back…indefinitely.

The official Disney announcement reads: “We’re excited to continue welcoming Guests back to our Disney Resort hotels, such as at Disney’s All-Star Resorts, where we recently reopened the Music and Movies themes.

At this time, Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort will remain closed while we take the opportunity to refresh the Sports theme area, and we look forward to sharing a new reopening date for rooms in the Sports theme at a later time.”

They further addressed guests with reservations at the All-Star Sports, informing them that they will receive communication via email on what to do next and that they will be relocated to a different resort at no additional charge. They also assured that the change in the resort would not affect their dining or theme park reservations.

No further comment was made as to why the resort opening date has been pushed back to ‘later’…presumably, it’s a mix of refurbishment and low demand for rooms. Disney World has seen guest numbers plummet since the official start of the school year.

Work Begins on Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter Resorts Disney World’s Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter Resorts have remained shuttered since the shutdown in 2020. While guests have been patiently waiting for over a year for a reopening date, it seems they will be waiting a while longer yet as Disney is only now stating work on the much beloved hotels. This is a good sign, that with work starting soon, Disney has plans to reopen, however, those wishing to stay at either of the sister resorts this summer, or even the fall (presumably), have had their hopes dashed. Disney has recently filed several permits all relating to general construction on both Port Orleans Resorts. The construction looks to be concentrated on both hotels’ check-in buildings with another permit being filed so work can be started on a service building in the Riverside location. Port Orleans is hardly the only Disney World Resort that has had a cosmetic upgrade during the pandemic and in time for Disney World’s 50th anniversary. All Star Movies and Music, Wilderness Lodge, Contemporary, Old Key West (now), Polynesian Resort, Saratoga Springs, Animal Kingdom Lodge- Jambo House, Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach & Riviera Resort, Fort Wilderness Campground, Gran Destino & Coronado Springs and Pop Century are all currently under or have recently finished refurbishment. While most Disney World resort hotels are currently accepting reservations, Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter Resorts are among the few that are still not online. A handful more are opening up in July and August including Disney’s BoardWalk Inn which opened this pst Friday, July 2, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is the next to open up on July 19. On August 26 Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge will open, as will Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House Watch this space for more updates on the Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter Resorts!Disney was quick, however, to divert future guest’s attention away for the All-Star Sports’ indefinite closure by reminding them of the (far more expensive) Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts – Riverside and French Quarte opening in October.

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Nicola Barton

Nicola's dream was to visit all 7 continents and did so by her 40th birthday. However she knows there are still hundreds of places to explore and is packing her suitcase as we speak!

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