Disney's Art of Animation Resort
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If you are a season pass holder, and this isn't your first trip.. don't pay the price. There is nothing actually wrong with this hotel, but it didn't fit our style of Disney. We decided to do AofA to take advantage of the magic hours. Honestly, we didn't use them at all this time. We never woke up in time, and we weren't at the right park for the evenings. Keep in mind this was our fourth trip this year. They claim the pools are heated, but the nemo pool was freezing. Plus you have to bring your own towels from the room. The mermaid pool was a little better but not as fun. The room itself was clean for the most part. Parts of the carpet were wet at checkin, maybe due to previous guest or maybe a quick shampoo. From staying at pop century before, I knew to bring an extra blanket because the bedding is paper thin. One of the beds will be extremely close to the door. I will have to say, being a kids themed hotel.. the resort was very quiet at all hours! Would I recommend it to someone visiting one time only or with small kids? Yes, but not for a Disney pro pass holder that doesn't need to cram stuff in, stay off property and sleep in!
We have stayed at every tier of Disney hotel. We wanted to try this one since the themed decor looked so great. It was fun but given the price I'd stay elsewhere next time. Also, it was a very long walk from our building to get anywhere, including the bus stops.
🎨Art of animation is a great hotel with all the aminaties you coul wish for. do an amazing job and also add special touches to the decorating of the room with towel art for when you come back from a busy day at the parks. Please leave them a daily 💵🎁to show your gratitude🚍are great an we didn't wait more than five minutes for a ride to any park. Some of the drivers were great comedians or others would give some fab information.🕴Consiage were great and couldn't do enough to help.🏊🏼♀️We're perfect temperature and plenty of seats and loungers to go round🚕 Park was right out side the front door and again the staff couldn't do enough to helpGreat view of the parks 💥 shows in the evening.Shop stocked lots of merchandise and essentialsFood court not expensive and plenty to choose from. Pizza 🍕 was amazing and great to shareWatch out for 🐍 and 🐊I saw some in the lake next to the hotel. Lovely to see but couldn't believe people were standing so close to the edge of the waterDeffinatly want to go back soon
I think young children will like the decoration inside and out. There are lots of statues of characters on the grounds and the character details in the room were nice. The rooms are small. Two DOUBLE (not queen) beds in our room. It was just my son and I, so that was fine, but it would be a problem if we had more people. The rooms were clean, but it seems some areas are due for updates (time to change the carpets). Also, the lighting in the bathroom is like bad 1970s fluorescent light fixtures. And, they need to work on more/conveniently placed outlets. There was a lot of noise from kids running up and down the halls at night (after 11 pm). That is more of a parenting issue than a Disney issue though. We stayed in the "Little Mermaid" section in building 9. It was a bit of a walk to the park transportation and the main building, but it really wasn't that bad. I think it would be more of an issue if you are staying in the buildings farther away than building 9. The buildings closest to the main building and transportation are all family suites. Since there was just 2 of us, we stayed in a "standard" room. It was about 5 minute walk to get to the transportation/main building. We did not have any issues with bus service, and were able to get to the parks promptly. Disney does need to work on getting people BACK to the resorts. This seems to be an issue for most of the Disney resorts, and is very annoying. When you are tired after a long day at the parks, you do not want to wait 20-30 minutes or more for a bus back to your resort. There were a few days where we got back promptly, but some where we had to wait quite a while. We only did one meal and snacks at the resort cafeteria. It was fine. The restaurant is noisy, so you may want to take the food back to your room. I liked that they had a lot of grab and go options (and had beer and wine) that you could take back to the room. Staff was friendly. *dining tip: try and eat your main meal at Epcot. The food options are much better there than in any of the other parks*Magical Express service to and from the airport was nice and efficient. We were fortunate to be the first bus stop from the airport to the hotel. Going back to the airport, we did not make any other stops at other resorts. Check in took WAY too long. We arrived around 9 pm, so you'd think we wouldn't have to wait too long for our room. It seemed like they were understaffed. We did pre-check in on the Disney app. That seemed to do nothing to shorten our wait for check-in. I think if you have your magic bands in advance, you can go straight to your room, but we had to pick ours up at the desk. The pools seemed nice. We went to the pool, but a cold front blew in right as we arrived, so we had to go back to the room. No water slides. The main pool seemed to be more fun, with more decorations and a larger pool. NO TOWELS AT THE POOL - you have to bring them from your room. i'm glad i checked first. Ugh! Disney, you need to change that. We've had friends that stayed in the family suites and it seems like that is what makes this hotel something to consider. If you have more than 3 people, you should do that option. Lots of space, and you are closer to the main areas. Overall, a good stay. Not my favorite Disney resort, but not bad either.
We stayed here six nights during our Disney trip and absolutely loved it!! Great room size for the family suites and having two bathrooms in our room was amazing. The resort is good sized but not too big (we also stayed at Port Orleans one night and it is HUGE). Easy to get around this resort and good pool sizes. My kids loved it. Beds were comfy enough and we will definitely stay here again when visiting Disney!
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- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
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- 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
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