Being a member of far too many Disney facebook groups, I often see members ask if Art Of Animation is a hotel fit for their various needs. Is it a good option for teenagers? Is it a good option for couples? How does it compare to somewhere like Pop Century?
The list goes on and on but having stayed at the Art Of Animation Resort twice now, I thought a review was a good idea.
So if you are planning your next trip to Disney World (congrats! I’m insanely jealous) and want to stay on Disney property, here’s why you should consider this hotel.
As Art Of Animation is classed as one of Disney’s Value Resorts, it’s only right that this hotel has heaps of big, bright character. The hotel focuses on a love for what else but animation and is themed beautifully to show the journey from sketches to the full blown films.
Guests are greeted at the lobby which shows off a number of sketches that slowly become more colourful and familiar. Of course like any other Disney hotel, there’s a store, arcade and food court in the main building too, but we will get more into this later.
As for rooms, guests have a choice of four perfectly magical areas including Cars, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo. As you wander around each area, guests will notice some familiar characters and scenes from their favourite movies.
It’s pretty impressive and totally immersive, perfect for a family and anyone else who has an appreciation for Disney.
So I’ve already mentioned that the main building homes a food court, lobby, arcade, shop etc but there’s so many other facilities that Art Of Animation offers to make your stay easy and stress-free. The ideal break right?
Well there’s also three fabulous pools to choose from if you fancy a dip. These are located in the Nemo, Little Mermaid and Cars areas, but for the biggest splash (or a poolside movie) head to Nemo. The Big Blue Pool is one of the biggest hotel pools you will find on the Disney property.
If you are planning a trip for your whole family and want some outdoor fun, perhaps take a wander to the Boneyard playground located in the Lion King section. And if you need some time to yourself and are determined to keep fit (well done you), there’s also a jogging trail to enjoy.
- A bar Currency exchange
- Currency exchange
- Laundry and dry cleaning services
- Mail services etc
The room options
Here’s the fun part, because sometimes a hotel room isn’t just where you sleep.. it’s more like your home away from home. Well this hotel offers something for everyone.
Depending on budget and family size you can choose to stay in a standard room or suite. A standard room includes:
- 2 double beds or 1 king size
- Small fridge
- Small table area
- 1 washroom/bathroom
- Ironing board and iron
- A small safe
- Free wifi
- A TV
Not bad if you aren’t planning on spending huge amounts of time in your room and of course it’s still heavenly themed so you still feel surrounded by magic.
One thing to keep in mind is that all standard rooms are located in the Little Mermaid area where as the other areas are all family suites.
Family suites (Lion King, Nemo and Cars) can sleep up to six people and feel more like luxury if you want some extra space during your stay. Of course however a suite comes at an extra charge. Each suite includes:
- A small kitchen area with microwave, sink, fridge and coffee maker
- 2 bathrooms with large vanities
- Small living space
- A room safe
- Free WiFi
- Iron and ironing board
- 2 TVs
- Small dining table
So there’s more to enjoy but where does everyone sleep? There’s one standard bedroom with en-suite, with a little pixie dust you can transform the dining table into a drop-down bed and the sofa is a pull-out.
In my opinion it’s just as appreciated by a couple if you feel like treating yourselves. Plenty of space and it really does give you that home-feel.
Just like any other Disney hotel you can forget about having to drive and can hop onto a complimentary bus to any Disney park or Disney Springs from just outside the lobby. Buses usually take around 20 mins and it’s a great bit of magic to start your day.
Of course you can bring your car too if you fancy but Disney are starting to charge for this privilege. There’s also usually taxi’s in front of the hotel entrance and the Minnie Van service available to book for a faster journey.
Right now Disney are also introducing a gondola system that will escort guests to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Exciting right?
I don’t think there’s enough words to describe the variety that the Landscape Of Flavours (food court at Art Of Animation) offers. From your typical pizza to build-your-own pasta dishes, stuffed meatballs, Asian chicken bowls and so much more. There’s something for everyone.. truly!
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with options for all dietary needs. For example on our honeymoon Jase had to experience gluten-free Disney food for the first time. Sounds nerve-racking right?
As it turns out Disney hotels have designated chefs ready to make a dish that suits your needs. Shoutout to Mikey (and the other fab chefs) who were able to make Jase any item on the menu. It may have taken a little extra time (8 mins tops) but was totally worthwhile.
Whilst the food court is an incredible place with it’s take-out options, food market, beverage section and it’s themes (phew take a break) there’s also seating areas outside for some outdoor dining.
Good food and the Florida sun, what could be better?
As I mentioned depending on room sizes, costs can differ and although Art Of Animation is classed as a value resort, you may notice this is the pricier option of them all. But there’s good reason.
Although some may disagree, I would say that this hotel still maintains it’s new, clean and fresh look and that’s something I love about staying on Disney property. You feel looked after by cast members and we have always had the best service here.
Yes this is a great option for larger families, but for those who just love the “cheesiness” of Disney, it’s great too. It may not be your typical honeymoon spot but we loved it and the memories have always been great here.
There’s some fabulous strolls to enjoy, especially if you fancy going to explore Pop Century which is right across the bridge, but also the little (and large) details are something to really appreciate day and night.
Would I go back again? In a heartbeat.