Disney's Art of Animation Resort
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You have a car and aren't forced to eat onsite. I was apprehensive about feeling like a cow led to pasture at this resort but found that you can control your experience here. We had a car that could easily be parked outside of our building for convenience to come and go. You are given a parking pass at check-in that allows you to park for free anywhere on Disney property. We did not eat on property except for one night at 10:30p. I ventured into the cafe to get some pizza and it was off the chains busy and the staff could not handle it. Not a situation that you want to be paying in advance for if you were on a dining plan. Other than that I was so pumped to find out that for a value resort that I loved this place. We were in a cars suite and the room was awesome. Clean, well equipped and spacious! The cozy cone pool adjacent to the cars area was great for the needs of my family. They played good music and it had a relaxing vibe. The big blue pool was insane, so was very appreciative of the smaller pool options. Overall I feel like we got the benefit of a great Disney resort by leveraging this place for what it does right- nice rooms, great pools/grounds, and being on Disney property.
I experienced my first every Walt Disney World trip while staying at this hotel. From the larger than life characters outside each building to the amazing cast members who ensured my trip was memorable this value hotel brings to life the magic that Disney is all about.I checked in with my boyfriend and father in June 2015, where we were staying in two rooms in the Little Mermaid area of the resort. We were on the second floor up, which is easily accessible by stairs or the lift with each room looking onto a walkway/balcony area similar to a motel style. From this we could see Ursula, King Triton, Ariel and one of several pools in the resort. The room was spacious with a large double bed, table, fridge and tv however there were no tea/coffee facilities but we were aware of this fact when we booked the value resort. There was also an in room safe, iron and ironing board. The room was cleaned every day, with fresh sheets. The hotels facilities were one of the best I've seen at a value Disney resort, compared to the All Star Music Resort which I have stayed in since. The Landscape of Flavor food court, which is a quick service dining area, had so much choice for breakfast which included pastries, cakes, cereals and cooked meals. This was a great way to start our day at the Parks with lots of seating available and clean tables.The transportation to the parks and Disney Springs is frequent with the times being displayed on a tv outside in the shaded seating areas where you can wait for the bus. The Walt Disney World bus service only serves this resort, and it is 10 minutes from the closet park Hollywood Studios. The buses run late even after the parks have closed.The Big Blue Pool is one of the largest pools at Disney and you can really tell! Even during a busy morning by the pool there were still plenty of space to swim around and play games without bumping into other swimmers, and the best part was the underwater music making this a must see during your visit! The pool bar serves a range of snacks, alcoholic cocktails and smoothies for younger visitors.Finally, the hotels gift shop made staying onsite at Disney World an amazing treat. It was the perfect place to pick up sweets, a last minute souvenir or a hotel exclusive pin, mug or tshirt. Be prepared to spend lots of time in this store! They also provide first aid supplies, sun tan lotion and baby products so if you've forgotten anything don't worry, as you'll be able to pick it up here. Be sure to take advantage of the Merchandise drop off service. This allowed me to have all my shopping from the parks to be sent straight to the gift shop where I could pick it up from noon the next day. This was ideal as it saved me from carrying all my shopping around.I think this hotel was great value for money, it is one of the dearer value resorts however the private bus service, large pools and movie inspired theming made this the best place to experience a first trip to Disney.
Over all our stay was nice, the room and bathroom clean. Be aware that there is very little to buy in the gift shop in the way of personal care. There are no mini bottles of shampoo of conditioner. The resort gives you soap and shampoo (which doesn't clean well) only. The cafeteria can be crazy, so take a moment to look around and decide what you want, see how to check out, and see the drink options, before you get food.
When we first arrived at the hotel we were warmly greeted by all of the staff .My kids were very excited about the theming of the resort. The food in Landscapes was always very good and drinks by the pool were excellent. We did find the pool very busy but it was expected. Our room was well taken care of and had plenty of space for all 5 of us(Nemo Suite). The one drawback of the hotel is the long wait for buses to go to the park. Again we knew that we were travelling at a busy time but if you want to avoid this I would stay closer to Epcot.
We stayed for 6 nights and 7 days at the Art of Animation Resort. The check in process was so easy. We could perform in online and be texted or emailed the room number so we did not have to stop at the front desk. We were able to use both of the pools the facility offered and they also had life jackets for little kids. That was so nice since we did not want to bring our kids since we were traveling by plane. The facilities were always clean. When we passed someone in the hallway or outside that was an employee or a cast member as they call them, they would always say hello princess to my girls. The kids loved this. They were beyond courteous. We left a tip for the cleaning crew a few times and they never once would take the money. Our room was a suite in the Cars building. It was nice to have a mini fridge and microwave and coffee maker in our room. We also had a master bedroom and bathroom and then a fold out bed and a murphy bed and a second bathroom for our girls. The hotel also provides daily shuttles all day long to and from all of the other Disney parks and Disney Springs. It was nice not having to pay to park in the lots at Disney. If you are looking for a nice clean and relaxing stay at the end of a busy day at the park, check these resorts out. They have several room themes to choose from as well. And there is on site laundry and dining accommodations. We will be returning.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 864 Rooms
- 3 Pools
- Bar ping pong
- Pixel Play Arcade (fee)
- Movies under the stars
- Gift shop
- Wi-Fi internet (fee)
- Laundry facilities
- Specialty cruises (fee)
- Jogging trail
- Golf nearby
- One king or two double beds
- views of courtyard, pool or parking area
- full bathroom
- alarm clock
- iron/ironing board
- in-room safe
- Pack 'n Play Playard available
- Internet ($)
- rooms accommodate max four guests
- One queen bed
- double Inovabed (a generously sized dining or work table that easily transforms into a comfortable bed)
- double sleeper sofa
- views of the parking lot, courtyard or pool
- master bedroom
- living room
- 2 bathrooms
- compact refrigerator
- rooms accommodate max six guests
Resort Location Map
Disney's Art of Animation ResortOrlando,United States
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
1850 Animation Way Lake Buena Vista, Kissimmee, FL 32830-8400
Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.
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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.
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