Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Guide

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In May of 2012, Art of Animation opened at Walt Disney World Resort. A total of 1,120 family suites with Disney cartoon themes, including Finding Nemo, Cars, and The Lion King, are available at this resort. There are also 864 standard guest rooms in the Little Mermaid building. Originally planned to be an addition to Walt Disney World’s Pop Century resort, The Little Mermaid section was shelved in early 2002. Of course, a bridge between the two needed to be built and so the Generation Gap bridge was built across hourglass lake.

Despite Its status as a ‘value’ resort, the Art of Animation dazzles beyond comparison with other hotels of its type. A majority of the rooms at this resort are family suites, with one section consisting of standard rooms, which makes the average price for a room higher than at Pop Century.

Map of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

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Room Types

Disney’s Pop Century Resort is just a short walk over the bridge from Art Of Animation, set on beautiful hourglass lake. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the closest theme park on Disney property. A huge bonus of staying at Art of Animation or Pop Century is that the Skyliner system has a station on the bridge between these two resorts. Disney bus transportation is also available to take guests to all the Disney Parks and attractions.

From left to right on the map, you can see where Art of Animation has been divided into different themed sections. The Undersea World of the Little Mermaid is on the far left. Then there’s the Lion King area. There is also the largest pool in Walt Disney World at the Center, as well as Finding Nemo. Last but not least, there are Radiator Springs and car rooms. The main lobby, food court, shops, and arcade are located in the big white area marked 17 on the map.

Some of Disney’s most loved characters and films have been honored by Art of Animation.  The hotel’s character-themed rooms and landscape will delight guests of all ages as if they were walking into a Disney cartoon. While the resort is full of kid-friendly attractions, parents will appreciate the conveniences it offers.

Whenever you confirm a room, you guarantee that you’ll be in a certain themed area. The availability of Ariel sleeping with your princess will naturally be determined by the season, so if your princess is looking forward to sleeping with her, book early. Pools, courtyards, and parking lots are all visible from rooms in these areas. It is possible to request specific views or locations within themed areas, but these are not guaranteed and are subject to availability.

The four different room types at Disney’s Art of Animation are…

  • Little Mermaid Standard Rooms
  • Lion King Suites
  • Finding Nemo Suites
  • Cars Suites
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How much do rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation cost?

The rates very, but the current rack rates for Disney’s Art of Animation can be checked at this handy chart on mousesavers.com

In-Room Babysitting

Children can be cared for one-to-one by Kid’s Nite Out, which is a trusted independent childcare provider promoted by both Disney and Loews hotels. Basically they offer hotel room babysitting services with a wide range of activities for children 6 months to 12 years old, including arts and crafts, reading, and games. This might be worth the extra money if you just need an evening out for dinner with your spouse.

They are affordably priced and you can check out their current pricing on their website.

Pools

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has three pools. Within the Cars area there is a small pool centered around three accommodation buildings. There is a large pool between the two Finding Nemo accommodations buildings, the “Big Blue Pool”. Within the Little Mermaid buildings is a large pool. Between the two Lion King buildings, there is no pool. This is actually a unique feature for these suites because they don’t have noise from the pool areas, but are still just a short walk from them.

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Dining

For dining options at Disney’s Art of Animation there really are only a couple of options outside of having pizza delivered to your room.

The Landscape of Flavors

Value Resorts has redefined the food court experience with Landscape of Flavors, offering both globally inspired menu items as well as classic American favorites.

The Drop Off Pool Bar

The Drop Off Pool Bar is located next to the Big Blue Pool, the largest swimming pool on Disney World property. You will absolutely love the bartenders here.

Does Art of Animation Have Free Breakfast Included?

Breakfast is not provided for free. Food is available for purchase at the onsite Restaurant, Landscape of Flavors. There are snacks and items for sale as well as they are open until pretty late.

Does Art of Animation Have Room Service?

In-room dining is available for pizza and some basic entrees and desserts. Value resorts typically offer only pizza delivery, but this is a nice upgrade.

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Transportation

Located outside the main lobby are Magical Express pickups and bus transportation as well as Resort Airline Check-In and luggage storage for those who have checked out or are waiting to check in. (Ask the resort if they provide airline check-in and luggage storage services.) As stated above, the Disney Skyliner system has a station on the bridge between Art of Animation and Pop Century that can take you to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. We have found that this is by far faster than taking the Disney busses, and you get great views.

Recreation

During your stay at Walt Disney World, the Art of Animation there are tons of activities to keep your family entertained. While immersed in their animated world, guests will get to meet some of their favorite characters.  You will feel like you are walking right into these cartoons because everything is built to scale.

Three character-themed heated pools are available at Disney’s Art of Animation. Cozy Cone Pool plays homage to Radiator Springs in the Cars section.  The Flippin Fins pool sits right under Ariel and is a long jaunt from the main pool, so we found that it came in quite handy when we were staying in the Little Mermaid rooms.

“Finding Nemo” is the inspiration for the huge “Big Blue” Pool at the Art of Animation. A spacious underwater sound system completes the refreshing experience of 11,859 square feet. A wet play area called the School Yard is available for children, and the Drop Off Pool Bar provides adults with a little adult fun.

You can also find themed playgrounds, such as ones themed after the characters and movies your kids like.

The pool area can be used as a place to watch movies during the evening hours. An inflatable screen by the pool plays a different Disney movie classic each night.

Along Hourglass lake and throughout the resort, there is also a 1.38-mile jogging trail.

Pixel Play Arcade can be found inside Animation Hall. Children of all ages will enjoy playing classic video games here. A Game Card must be purchased at the arcade’s kiosk before guests can play. Games Cards can be used at other Walt Disney World Resort arcades as well as being rechargeable. There is a possibility of collecting and redeeming winning points as well.

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Disney Figures and Sculptures

With Disney’s Art of Animation, you can get an up-close and personal look at your favorite Disney and Pixar characters.

If you are staying there, it would be worthwhile walking around the property, and if you simply want to visit for an hour, you can take your own special tour. There is a 35-foot-tall King Triton (from The Little Mermaid) , a towering Mufasa (from The Lion King), the Cozy Cone Motel (from Cars), and a giant Crush (from Finding Nemo).

This kid-friendly resort is divided into four areas check out some of the pictures below.

Is Art of Animation Worth Your Money?

Art of Animation is worth every penny if you are taking younger children. It’s a great resort and offers many amenities for families. We rate it as the best value resort you can stay at on Disney World property.

However, if you are taking older children there may be better options you could look into, like Pop Century or All Star Sports Resorts.

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Can I Bring My Pet to Stay at the Art of Animation Hotel?

The only floors that allow pets are designated floors. There is also a $50 additional charge per night for two dogs of any size at the Disney Art of Animation Resort. You can leave a door hanger on the door of your room if your well-behaved pets are left unattended.

Pet-friendly buildings include the cars suites, Finding Nemo suites, and The Little Mermaid suites.

So Which Are The Best Rooms At Art of Animation?

At Art of Animation, the best rooms are the family suites, mainly Lion King and Cars, depending on what you are looking for.

Can you see Disney fireworks from Art of Animation?

Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort offers guests family suites or standard resort rooms. It is not far from both Epcot and Hollywood Studios, making it convenient in many ways. At Epcot and Hollywood Studios, you will be able to see the tops of fireworks, but your view will be limited.

Is Art of Animation On The Monorail?

There is no monorail service at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village, and Disney’s Grand Floridian are the only resorts with monorail service. However, there is a Skyliner station at AOA.

Does Art of Animation Have Skyliner?

Walt Disney World’s Pop Century Resort and Art of Animation Resort can be reached using the Disney Skyliner system. The Disney Skyliner transportation system only stops at one park, Hollywood Studios.

Does Art Of Animation Have A Hot Tub?

Disney’s moderate and deluxe resorts offer hot tubs and jacuzzis, but Art of Animation does not.

Does Art Of Animation Have A Gym?

As a Value Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort does not have a fitness center. However, you could consider using the jogging or walking trail around hourglass lake in the morning.

The pool is always good for swimming laps. You also might be pleasantly surprised to see how many miles you walk each day just in the parks if you have a Fitbit or similar tracking device.

Does Art Of Animation Have Microwaves?

Guests who stay at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort family suites will find a microwave, a coffee maker, and a mini-refrigerator in the kitchenettes. However, the standard rooms do not.

Does Art Of Animation Have Connecting Rooms?

Yes, as with other value resorts, the standard rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation do have connecting rooms. The family suites, however, do not have connecting rooms.

Does Art Of Animation Have Elevators?

Yes, all Disney’s Art of Animation Resort buildings have elevators. Family Suites (Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King) are housed in buildings with elevators and interior hallways.

Does Art Of Animation Have Refrigerators?

Yes, all rooms, including standard rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation resort have a mini-fridge.

Are Art of Animation Pools Heated?

There are 3 heated pools at Art Of Animation that all have their own theme, but the main attraction is the “Big Blue” pool coming in at a whopping 11,859 square feet, an animated recreation of the scenes from the movie “Finding Nemo”.