Top 5 Reasons to Stay at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is the newest Value level hotel at the Walt Disney World Resort. It opened in 2012 and is one of the more versatile Value resorts in that it offers both Value and more Moderate level rooms. From room size to transportation options, there are so many reasons to stay at this beautiful resort!
The overall theme of the resort is Disney & Pixar animation. The lobby is so colorful and is covered in sketches and concept art from Disney films. There are four different sections at the resort and each is themed to a popular Disney animated movie: The Lion King, Finding Nemo, Cars, and The Little Mermaid. Each section is beautifully themed and features larger than life statues.
However, don’t forget to notice the smaller details that Disney is known for. The Cars section sidewalks are lined to look like roads and the shrubbery in The Little Mermaid section is styled to look like under the sea plants. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort definitely feels the most “Disney” of all the resorts.
Different Room Options
There are 2 room sizes at Disney’s Art of Animation; standard and family suites. All of the standard rooms, which sleep up to 4 adults, are located in The Little Mermaid buildings. The standard rooms offer 2 beds and a bathroom and are more affordable than the suites. The family suites, which sleep up to 6 adults, are located in the other 3 themed buildings and are very spacious.
Each suite offers a master bedroom, living area, kitchenette, and 2 bathrooms! Two of the beds are multi-purpose furniture pieces; one is a sleeper sofa and the other is a table bed. Beware, your kids might argue over who gets to sleep on the table bed (mine did!). Also, all of the rooms continue with the theming from the section they’re located in. Be sure to take note of the carpet patterns, bedding, and even light fixtures in each room.
Being a value resort, Art of Animation does not feature a sit-down, table service dining location. There is a great food-court though! Landscape of Flavors offers a variety of options to please your “palette”. From standard burgers to Mongolian grilled fish, there is something for everyone! Boasting a huge seating area (4 large sections) and long hours, this is the place to enjoy any meal. Personal tip: try the hand-scooped gelato! There’s also the Drop Off Pool Bar where you can grab a snack and a drink while you’re relaxing by the pool.
Art of Animation has the biggest pool of all the Walt Disney World Resort hotels-the Big Blue Pool. Themed to Finding Nemo, it is a zero-entry pool with plenty of space for all resort guests. There’s also the Schoolyard Sprayground, a fun water play area as well as Squirt’s Righteous Reef, a playground next to the pool. Looking for a smaller, quieter, pool to hang out at? Check out the Cozy Cone Pool in the Cars section, or the Flippin Fins Pool in the Little Mermaid section. Both have great theming and are really fun!
When traveling between the hotel and the Disney parks, you won’t have to worry about making stops at other hotels. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort does not share buses with any other resort hotels. Buses travel between the hotel and each Disney theme park, the Disney water parks, and Disney Springs. Also the Disney Skyliner gondolas take guests from Art of Animation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. The Skyliner is definitely a reason to stay at Art of Animation!
Disney’s Art of Animation is such a cute resort and one of my family’s favorites! We really enjoyed staying in a Cars Family Suite. Have you stayed at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort? What’s your favorite thing about the resort? If not, contact me today to start planning your next magical adventure! I am a travel agent with Destinations to Travel. My services are complimentary and I can help you plan a wonderful vacation for you and your family!
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