After a few years of not visiting the All-Star resorts at WDW, I took a quick walk on that property, just for the heck of it. Of course, I avoid going into the WDW hotels anymore simply because I detest having to stop at those security check points and explain myself why I am visiting.
Today, it was no exception.. and worst since I had to put up with some nasty looking hispanic female security guard who looked into my car, me and my companion as if we were two pervs going in to do no good, but yet... real pervs may be riding the WDW bus into the All-Star property while she wasted time with us.. WDW's truest fans.
What a waste of company resources... but whatever.
Anyways... it was a lovely day here and G-Fan and I just wanted to take a long walk in pleasant surroundings and enjoy the weather and cool breezes of the late afternoon.
Bad idea. I have to admit that I have never been in love with the idea of economy lodges on property, but can understand why the company did it in the first place. However... with the idea of offering economy rooms, it seems to me the idea of not having to offer Disney quality to those guests seem to be the norm as well.
As I walked thru the property.... I could not help but notice how bad those colorful icons and buildings have become. Many of the buildings are in major need of paint and upkeep, and in some instances, some of the giant icons need major preasure washing to clean them up. Add to that the badly kept grounds. There lovely manicured lawns once laid, now, not so lovely manicured lawns still sit. Many dead spots and weeds destroy the look of the gardens and there were hardly any flowers to make the property a bit more colorful to compensate for the fading colors on the buildings. Night fell and things got worst as many light fixtures on the buildings do not seem to be as bright or work at all. For example, the changing lights around the jazz player fixture in the Music building...they are so faint at night... they should be replaced altogether.
While the hotel still deliver the "magic" to those who feel they are getting a bargain here (and that's what matters to most folks staying here)...the fact is IMHO... is low Disney quality that has room for improvement. I mean.. do we have to see horrible looking maintenance cranes sitting in the parking lot behind equally horrible temporary walls? Personally, If I was asssigned one of those room.. I would request a change of view right away. Where is the magic in overlooking a temporary wall and cranes nearby?
A walk thru the lobbies, gift shops, and food courts... is simply disheartening. The look of the lobbies is bland bland bland. The food courts are as ordinary as your average mall in a bad part of town. The gift shops? well.. to me it felt like taking a walk in ROSS' dept store. Simply below quality in look and on the shelves.
The absolutely worst part of it all? How guests use the balcony banisters as clothing lines. I saw so much laundry hanging on the balconies outside rooms that it gave me a revolting feeling of disgust. Guests (and Disney management is just as guilty for allowing this) are turning the All-Stars Resorts into a bonafide ghetto for doing this. Is there any class anymore?
Now many would argue... "oh, it's only $79 a night" or even cheaper for those APers... but darn it! THIS IS DISNEY and Disney had an obligation to deliver quality that exceeds expectations, and that mission should be apparent at any level of service... even for the people who go cheap when they stay here at the All stars (or even the Pop Century resort).
This "economy" standard of show and quality at this particular resort is simply UNEXCUSABLE.
If I were you.. I'd pay a bit more and skip this disgusting place like a plague until Disney fixes it to the standards the company so blatantly preaches they have.
BAD SHOW DISNEY!