2/26/19 Part One
I received an email invitation for a Disney Annual Passholder after hours event. In checking my calendar…I was free. In checking flight prices…they were dirt cheap! In checking with a travel buddy…she was free to attend also! What start out as a 1 day trip, ended up being 2 days.
The first step was getting reservations for the event. They are extremely limited in number and it’s first come first served. Success for us both!
The next step was booking a resort. I was able to find a room at All Star Movies with an Annual Passholder (AP) rate. Total cost…$238 including tax for 2 nights in a Standard room. And finally, I had to book my airfare. I fiddled around with Philadelphia and Harrisburg. I was able to get good pricing on way down to Orlando from Philly with my friend. But my return flight would be to Harrisburg. Total cost for airfare was about $90 TOTAL on Frontier. (I usually fly Southwest form Philadelphia. Just last August Frontier began service from Harrisburg. I also recently became a Den Club Member. Harrisburg is actually closer to me and an easier drive, so I was excited to try it!). We also realized this would be a birthday trip for both of us!
I was up at out the door at 4 a.m. for the drive. Our flight was smooth and we arrived a half hour early into Orlando. Since we were only coming for two park days, we packed everything in a backpack to use as our personal item. With Frontier Airlines, the flight is usually cheaper but you pay for each “add on”. Carry on baggage, checked baggage, choosing a seat…these all have costs. See HERE for full information on Frontier’s policies.
We headed for the Magical Express which is located on the B side of the airport. From landing until arrival at our resort, it was about an hour. Our Magical Express had stops at Coronado Springs, All Star Sports, All Star Music and finally our resort, All Star Movies. It was a packed bus!
Our plan was to check in at the desk even though we had the room number texted to us. We wanted to get our birthday buttons, decline mousekeeping so we could get a gift card, and make sure my Magicband worked since it didn’t at the airport. (I had completed online check in and got the text that our room was ready while we were on the Magical Express.). We also wanted to get lunch at the food court and then head to the room to drop things off.
Here are some pictures of the food court! We made it there at about 12:45 p.m. which is prime lunchtime and it was surprisingly EMPTY! The food court has several different “bays” that you can order from. Here is an overall menu featuring all of the bays:
Grab and Go section
This surprised me! A wine display!
(Dining Plan Eligible)
We both decided to order from here! I honestly couldn’t decide. I get too overwhelmed with too many choices. I was running around from bay to bay trying to narrow it down.
I opted for the Meatball Sandwich and it came with 2 sides. I could pick from chips, a roll or a side salad. This was actually a lot of food for the cost I though! The chips were amazing and the meatballs were really good. The castmember was also very friendly and talkative.
My friend ordered the Spinach Artichoke Pasta and also got two sides. I’m assuming it was good because she ate it all!
Overall I really liked the variety and the quality for it being a “value’s” food court!
My friend decided she really wanted dessert so she went back up for this Cookie Dough. Since she was wearing her birthday button, they gave it to her for free! It was also very good!
Part 2 up next…the actual resort and our room!