Friday Five: 5 Reason to Love Art of Animation Resort

5 Reason to Love Art of Animation Resort

It’s a new installment on A Little WDW Magic! The Friday Five! A little different each week, but we’re going to start with 5 Reason to live Art of Animation Resort!

1. SPACE. The family suites at this resort sleep up to 6 guests plus a child under age 6, making it a great option for larger families. You have two FULL bathrooms here. You also have a separate bedroom, making it a great option for parents of young children who want some separation. The big kids can stay awake/watch TV while the little kids to head to bed.DSC_0067

2. THEME. Look no further for the best character themed resort on Disney property. Cars, Finding Nemo, Lion King, and Little Mermaid are all well represented here. You’ll be happy no matter what themed section you stay in! Take some time to really enjoy the well themed areas (checking on the changes in grass and foliage).

3. POOL. The largest pool on Disney property with underwater speakers and a really great kids splash pad area. The 2 quiet themed pools are above average as well. Enjoy time at the Cozy Cone in the Cars themed pool and flip your fins in the Little Mermaid pool. While this resort is larger, you’ll have plenty of space to swim around.

DSC_00444. FOOD. Landscape of Flavors offers some of the best quick service food I’ve had at a resort. There was ample seating every time we enjoyed a meal there. I wish we had more time at the resort to try some of the other options like make your own pasta bar and really delicious and perfectly homemade chips. There were also some more unique options available like smoothies (SNACK CREDIT ALERT!) and some healthier options available than the standard “food court” atmosphere. Worth a little detour if you’ve got a day off or you’re staying at nearby Pop Century!

5. PRICE. In comparing size to the similar 1 bedroom villas, you’ll be saving big bucks at Art of Animation! While you only have a mini-kitchen available to you, splurge on a dining plan and save yourself time cooking. You’re on vacation after all!!

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

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Spotlight Saturday: Disney’s Art of Animation

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Rounding out the value resorts: Art of Animation. Disney’s newest resort and already a crowd favorite.

Resort Class: Value

Dining: Landscape of Flavors

Location: Wide World of Sports Area

Closest Park(s): Hollywood Studios and then Epcot

Walking around Disney’s Art of Animation, you are surrounded by the magic of Disney animated favorites including The Lion King, Finding Nemo, Cars, and The Little Mermaid. The wonderful work by the imagineers continues inside each resort room. Guests that have visited this resort as well as other Disney resorts say it has the look and feel of a moderate or even deluxe resort. In comparison, Art of Animation has many “upgrades” over other value resorts including indoor hallways to rooms, a zero entry pool, and kitchenettes. The main pool even has a sound system built in for an even more magical experience.


Pros:

  • Great lodging for large families
  • One of the best resort quick service dining options (as rated by guests)
  • Has own bus service
  • Newest Resort
  • Excellent and recognizable theming
  • Largest resort in Disney World
  • Only value resort with the option of a queen bed
  • Family suites sleep up to 6
  • Only value resort with a zero entry pool
  • Each suite has a kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave and sink
  • Within walking distance of Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Family suites have 2 full bathrooms
  • Interior doorways (all other value resorts have outdoor entry)

Cons:

  • Often not included in Disney Special Offer Discounts (including room only discounts and free dining)
  • Little Mermaid Rooms (non family suite) are far away from Animation Hall and buses
  • Only one dining option on site
  • More expensive than other value resorts
  • Often busy as it is the newest Disney resort
  • Many guests report bad cell phone reception