5 Things We Love About Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney's newest Resort Hotel is a fun romp through the world of animation. The wildly popular Disney's Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World opened up in May 2012 and has been already gained a following of dedicated fans. Here are five reasons that we think this could be the hotel for you.

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Value Pricing

The term "value" at Disney has to be used loosely, because even though the price of these rooms is on the low end of the Disney scale, they generally blow away anything in the "value" category off property. The majority of rooms here in particular are fun and vividly decorated family suites with kitchenettes that sleep six. Only one of the four themed areas (The Little Mermaid wing) offers the standard four person hotel room. Depending on the time of year you can book a standard room here starting at $100* and a family suite starting at $252*.

Creative Themes

Never underestimate the power of standing next to a gigantic Disney icon. The Art of Animation offers four distinct areas that are landscaped and decorated with the thought of putting you right into the movie. Classic Disney and Pixar Movies - Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid - come to life with exciting brushstrokes of color and giant sized characters. Each area, while maintaining it's animated feel and the overall resort theme does a spectacular job of moving guests into the world of their favorite characters.

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Dedicated Bus Service

Unlike several of Disney's other Value Resorts, Art of Animation does not share its internal bus service. This means that when you're headed back from the Parks late at night, your stop is the first stop. Its a small detail, but one that many guests find important.

The Big Blue Pool

There are three pools available for guests to use at the Art of Animation, but our favorite has got to be the Big Blue Pool. This feature pool is gallon for gallon one of the largest of all the resorts. Surrounded by ocean friends from Finding Nemo - this pool has child friendly zero depth entry, splash zones, and a super cool underwater audio system. If you listen careful you may even hear Dory & Marlin swimming. This feature pool also plays host to the The Drop Off - Art of Animation's only Bar.

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Abundant "Grab and Go" Options at the Landscape of Flavors

The Landscape of Flavors Food Court have a broad and varied selection of menu items that can be created and customized just for you. However the thing I liked best about this food court was that there was a huge selection of freshly made pre-packed grab and go foods. Its central location makes it super easy to get off the bus and grab a snack, or even a meal, to take back to the room to munch on. From fresh fruits and vegetables, to sushi, sandwiches, and plentiful pastries everything we tried was delicious.

5 Things We Love About Disney's Art of Animation Resort5 Things We Love About Disney's Art of Animation Resort

So there you have it! Five fantastic reasons to love Disney's Art of Animation Resort. This list just nicks the surface of the great amenities that this resort has to offer - so let me hear what you think! Have you stayed at the newest Resort? Leave a comment below and share what your favorite things about it were!

*As with all things Disney prices are subject to change.

Brian wrote on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 19:15:

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And if there is a number 6 it's this

It was a concept we revisited from the 90's

You read that right. The Art of Animation resort is the remaning half century that was left untouched for the Pop-Century Resort. Unfortunately, 9/11 put a stop to that just after we had finished the 90's.

Allyson Cashdollar wrote on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 19:26:

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I can't wait to stay there!

GBCRich wrote on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 04:46:

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We're a DVC family, but have stayed here twice already. We have used the Little Mermaid studios, and enjoyed them.
Indeed, great value resort style theming. Awesome statues around. Fine room, mattress not quite as comfy as at home. Best food court around, and great pools.

Could I think of complaints....

Bus service. While it is a dedicated bus, it is a full bus with long lines. Wishes got out and the line at MK station 15....the queue was full and the line went past station 12. We saw this again and took a Pop century bus and walked around the lake to get back faster once.

The resort itself is HUGE. The back corner Mermaid rooms to the lobby/food/bus is one of the longest resort walks I've taken. You don't walk back if you forgot something, or want to drop something off....This from a person who while staying at BLT, walked to the Main street Bakery (pre-starbucks) to get cinnamon rolls for everyone back at the room for breakfast. This resort could use additional internal stops as all buildings are in a long line.

JoAnn C wrote on Sun, 10/13/2013 - 13:15:

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I am looking forward to staying there in February.

JoAnn C wrote on Sun, 10/13/2013 - 13:15:

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I am looking forward to staying there in February.

sm wrote on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 21:26:

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Thank you for comments..will help me choose and plan next visit

Jennifer Martinez wrote on Sat, 05/02/2015 - 22:48:

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The food court has different animation sections and play the songs that go with it. Like Ariel section with kiss the Girl. Also, pay special attention to the artwork on the walls of the food court. The lights flash on the paintings to create the effect of a Lightning storm on The Lion King area. This is our first stay so we are still noticing stuff. Enjoy it!!!

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