Updated for 2017!
As the newest resort on Walt Disney World property, completed in 2012, the Art of Animation Resort will give you and the kids the feeling of being a character in some of your favorite Disney movies. Whether you are going under the sea with Nemo and Friends, swimming with The Little Mermaid, chilling out in Radiator Springs with Lightening McQueen and Mater, or enjoying the essence of the African savanna with Simba and his friends Timon and Pumba, Art of Animation has something for everyone of all ages.
This value resort provides the amenities and perks as other value resorts on property but can comfortablly accommodate larger families.
Compared to the other Disney value resorts, The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms are perfect for any budget. And while the Family Suites are higher priced than those found at All-Star Music Resort, your kids will definitely enjoy the adventurous feel of each differently themed area.
This list of pros and cons for Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will help you decide if this should be your next choice for your magical Disney World vacation!
Art of Animation Resort Pros:
The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms can accommodate up to four guests, plus one child under the age of three in a crib.
These rooms have two full beds.
For larger families, the Family Suites comfortably accommodate families of six.
While all rooms have a mini refrigerator, the Family Suites, also have a microwave and a kitchenette.
Family suites also have two bathrooms.
All Family Suites have three separate sleeping areas. The master bedroom has one queen, sleeper sofa with double bed, and the Inovabed that converts from a table to a double bed.
There are three amazing heated pools; The Big Blue Pool (the largest at the resort and has an underwater soundtrack in the Finding Nemo Courtyard), Flippin’ Fins Pool (Little Mermaid courtyard), Cozy Cone Pool (Cars Courtyard).
The main pool and kids splash area have zero entry, which is perfect for little ones.
The Schoolyard is a water play area for the little ones; Squirt’s Righteous Reef Playground and The Boneyard Playground are all play areas for your little animators.
Landscape of Flavors Food Court includes five distinctive food shops – The Soup, Salad and Sandwich Shop, The World Flavors Shop, The Pizza Shop, The Burger Shop and The Market.
The Drop Off is a poolside snack bar and delivery service.
Freebies included with your Reservation
Registered guests receive free resort and theme park parking.
Registered guests receive access to Extra Magic Hours in the parks when offered.
Airport transportation is free using Disney’s Magical Express.
Free Disney Theme Park transportation is offered via service bus every 15-20 minutes.
There is a dedicated Disney transportation bus for Art of Animation guests only, as opposed to All-Star Value Resorts which all share the same bus line.
Animation Hall Lobby houses Pixel Play Arcade as well as, an interactive, hands-on area where a Disney artist teaches guests how to animate favorite characters.
Art of Animation Resort Cons:
The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms are the farthest away from Animation Hall, like all standard rooms, so at the end of your day in the parks, it can be a long walk.
Finding Nemo suites are now considered a “preferred location” which means they are more per night than Cars or The Lion King Family Suites.
There are only a few Standard Rooms available with a King Bed.
While this is value resort, the price of the themed suites are more than the Family Suites at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort.
Because this resort is a great option for families, especially larger families, it can definitely be noisier during high peak travel times.
If you are a family of five, the themed Family Suites at Art of Animation Resort are not the least expensive option on property. If are trying to stick to a tight budget, certain room which accommodate five at the moderate resorts can be more cost effective.
These pros and cons will help you decide if Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is the best fit for your family. My opinion is this is a great resort to try for your next Disney vacation. Whether you stay in The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms or any of the Finding Nemo, Cars or The Lion King suites, the pros outweigh the cons with this property.
With the right planning, you can avoid some of the cons of staying here. Booking with Cheapskate Princess, travel partners Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, can also help you decide if the Art of Animation Resort is the right fit for your desired vacation experience for your family’s needs, preferences and budget.
The Inovabed as a table for four in the Finding Nemo Family Suite
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