Great themed resort at Walt Disney World? Look no further than Disney’s Art of Animation. Today we are sharing our Disney Art of Animation Resort review to help decide if this resort is a good fit for your Disney vacation.
Art of Animation is a value resort located at Walt Disney World. It is located in the World Wide Sports Area and is part of the value resorts.
From the moment you step inside the lobby of Art of Animation you are surrounded by the creative designs of some of Disney’s best animated movies.
The four movies that the Art of Animation resort is themed around are: The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Cars, and Finding Nemo. There is something to love about each of the areas and you will find something special at each area of the resort.
Art of Animation Reviews for Families
Art of Animation resort has been on our families list of places to stay at Walt Disney World since it opened in 2012. Our first family visit we had a room booked but had to change it when we found a great special offer at Pop Century resort.
We really enjoyed our stay at Pop Century and we always try to save money when we can on vacation, but I couldn’t wait to try Art of Animation resort on a future trip.
We finally had our chance to stay at the resort and I was so excited. I love everything about Disney and the imagination that goes into planning their resorts. I couldn’t wait to check it out!
Art of Animation Resort Overview
Disney’s Art of Animation has everything we are looking for in accommodations when we travel with kids. It is a fun resort to explore, the rooms are Disney themed, there are on-site daily activities and nightly movies, and it is easy to get to and from the Disney Parks.
Art of Animation Resort Rooms and Family Suites
Art of Animation resort has two types of rooms: Standard Rooms and the Family Suites.
The Standard Rooms are all themed with The Little Mermaid and will fit up to 4 people.
The Family Suites are themed to Finding Nemo, Cars, and The Lion King. These rooms fit up to 6 people. The Finding Nemo rooms typically cost the most because they are close to the lobby and the main pool.
Art of Animation Little Mermaid Rooms (Standard Rooms)
The Little Mermaid Rooms have two double beds or one king bed and can fit up to 4 people. They are located in The Little Mermaid area of the resort.
This area is the farthest from the lobby but there is a parking lot close. Each area has a parking lot so you do not need to carry all your luggage through the entire resort.
The Little Mermaid area also has its own pool. We liked this pool because it was quiet and big enough for the kids to play. The area is also surrounded by Little Mermaid characters and is fun to explore.
Disney Art of Animation Family Suites
There are three different Art of Animation Family Suites. They are Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and Cars. All of the family suites at the Art of Animation resort can accommodate up to 6 people.
There is a bedroom with a queen bed, two bathrooms, a pull out sofa, and a murphy bed. We stayed in the Finding Nemo area and loved the theme of the room.
Art of Animation Family Suite Details
Each of the three theme family suites at Art of Animation have different perks that you may be looking for in your Disney vacation.
Finding Nemo Family Suite Review at Art of Animation
- Largest Pool
- Splash Pad
- Close to Lobby
- Busiest Pool
- Music is Played Under Water at the Pool!
- Rooms are themed to the characters from Finding Nemo.
- Typically cost about $10 a night more than the other suites.
Art of Animation Cars Suite Details
- Short walk to lobby
- Fun Cars photo-ops throughout the area.
- Best themed area of resort.
- Pool has cabanas that are on a first come first serve basis.
- Smallest pool at resort.
Art of Animation Lion King Suite
- Short walk to lobby.
- No pool.
- Fun play areas.
When deciding on Art of Animation accommodations it really comes down to personal preference. You can’t go wrong with any of the rooms. Your kids will love them all!!
If you have a kid who loves The Lion King stay there. Is there a princess in your family? The Little Mermaid room would be a great fit. You can explore any area of the resort and use all the pools and playgrounds so there is no wrong choice!
Art of Animation Transportation Options
Art of Animation Amenities
Art of Animation has 3 pools, 2 playgrounds, an arcade, walking track, and very Disney immersive themed decor. There are daily activities like trivia, art classes, and movie nights.
During check-in you will receive the guide to what is going on daily at the resort. Most days there are fun games at the pool in the afternoon and nightly outdoor movies are shown. You can also learn how to be an artist with lessons in the lobby or spend time at the arcade.
There is also a gift shop and quick service food court on site.
Art of Animation Resort Food Court
Art of Animation has a main quick service eating area called Landscape of Flavors. It is one of the best quick service restaurants on Disney property and is easy for families that want to grab a quick bite or order a pizza after a long day at the parks. There is not a sit-down restaurant on property.
Things to Know About Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- Standard and Family Suites available.
- Most expensive of the value resorts.
- Best Disney themed resort on property.
- As of March 21, 2018 all Disney resort guests will be charged a nightly parking fee. Art of Animation fee is $13.00 a night.
- You do not need to stay at the resort to visit and are welcome to eat and explore the resort. Only guests staying at the resort can use the pools.
- All guests can use the Disney Bus Transportation to and from the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs.
- Gondola transportation is available via the Disney Skyliner to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Is Art of Animation Worth the Cost
We really enjoyed our stay at Art of Animation but is it worth the cost? I think it depends on what you are looking for in your Disney resort.
If you are a family of 4 or less I think the cost of the standard rooms is worth it to be at the resort and on the skyliner.
If you are a family of five or more, like we are, it becomes more complicated. The family suites at Art of Animation can be over $400.00 a night and we could stay at a moderate resort that fits our family for less.
It ends up being less of a value resort when you start looking at the family suites. Everyone’s Disney budget is different and you have to weigh the pros and cons of the cost.
Overall our Art of Animation review is that it is a wonderful resort with incredible theme for kids. It is on the higher end of the value price but we enjoyed our stay and would stay again.