Disney's Art of Animation Resort
- What's Included
We decided to stay at The Art of Animation Resort for a few days on this trip to Walt Disney World and very glad we did. We stayed in a standard room, although most are family suites, in the Little Mermaid area of the resort. The room was a little out of the way but it was a pleasant walk with lots to see including "larger than life" Disney theming which was amazing. The room was a reasonable size as was the bathroom. Very well appointed and clean. Plenty of power outlets to plug in and charge devices. All in all no complaints about the resort itself, stay there especially if you are a huge Disney fan. The theming of the resort is amazing. As for eating the food court is really good. A huge choice of foods, good quality and mostly friendly cast members. Only complaint really is the bus service to get back to the hotel from the parks. When we tried to get back it was always a very long queue to get on the buses and they do like to pack in tight.
The reason this resort is not above average is the transportation. It was horrible! Waited nearly 45 minutes for busses to and from the resort! The Lion King room was good, it fit our family of 5 nicely. There is no hot tub, which I was not aware. The cafeteria was good, but Disney cafeteria standards. Overall, if you can deal with waiting, it's a decent deal.
I suppose I understand why it's "value" but really if you stay in the family suites it sure doesn't feel like it. We have stayed in the cars side twice and it's amazing. So much space. Very comfortable. Most spectacular themed inside and out. We feel like we are in the movie every time. Car's lights actually light up at night. I would recommend this place to anyone with very small kids. Our friends stayed in the little mermaid side that are standard rooms. And I even thought they were nice.
Check in was quick and easy. You can even do it online before your stay. Our room was in the Cars Suites, building 3, 3rd floor room 3713. It's the very end unit facing the cozy cone pool. That pool is the "quiet pool". That's nice but the entertainment and the splash pad is all at the "Big Blue Pool". That pool is not far from the Cars Suites. The hotel rooms that are in The Little Mermaid area is the farthest from the Cars Suites and are pretty far from everything. I walked over to take pictures and it was a long walk! The area outside of the lion King suites is so cute. I took pictures and added them separately because it wouldn't let me attach it to my review. The couch was comfy but when pulled out into a bed it was hard. I never pulled the Murphy bed down to try it because we always had stuff on the table. Also you cannot see the tv from the Murphy bed. I'm not sure how 6 people could stay in there and be comfortable. There are 2 bathrooms so that was good. The food is good and I did a separate reviews for flavors.
We generally stay deluxe, but chose to stay at AoA with our 3 year old post-cruise, for a non-park weekend. First, the hotel theming is absolutely adorable. The Cars section is super fun for kids to check out and have their picture taken on. The Nemo section has those amazingly awesome seagulls (MINE!) that yap on the hour (just a few scattered "Mine! Mine!", not incessantly) and the Lion King section has an area for kids to run around and thru the tunnels. The sidewalk is spongy, like on a playground, so little ones running around are cushioned a bit. There are also other characters scattered here and there. We stayed in the Little Mermaid section, which is the section of standard rooms, that is generally excluded from any discounts. It is a very long walk to and from the main building and Big Blue Pool. After a long day at the parks, I would imagine little legs would not appreciate that very long walk. The rooms are LOUD. Any hotel with a large concentration of kids is going to have noise, but this seemed like there was a speaker directly into the rooms with shouting and stomping kids. The beds, oh man are the beds uncomfortable. Do not stay here if you have a bad back. The theming of the room itself is cute, borderline cheesy. The Big Blue Pool and splash pad are fun but very, very busy. With that business comes behavior of all kinds, including moms yelling swear words at their kids and kids running around pushing other kids over. I wasn't thrilled with my 3 year old being plowed over by 9-10 year old running thru the splash area that was filled with little ones. There is a bridge across the lake that leads to Pop Century. You can take buses to either place and just walk back to AoA if Pop comes first. It's a pretty long bus ride to the parks, which we did because we did a tour of the monorail resorts. The food court is one word- CHAOTIC. We opted to eat at Disney Springs instead of weave through that mess. Even to fill our mugs was chaotic. I didn't care for the chaos, and don't care to do that again.Check in and out is very smooth, and since we arrived at the resort from the DCL bus before our room was ready, we had some time to check out the resort. Very cute, and definitely worth a visit to see the resort. One reason I can definitely see people choosing to stay at AoA is because they have family suites. That extra space sure would be nice! These rooms are technically a value resort category, but I found them to be pretty expensive, and would probably choose a moderate instead if I were trying to save some money. Unless it were my only option, I wouldn't choose AoA again.
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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