Art of Animation Resort
The best way for me to describe Art of Animation to future guests is like it is stepping out of reality and directly into the pages of animation for The Walt Disney Company. Being a guest at this resort truly feels like you are part of the movies! From the moment you step into the main building at Animation Hall, you are surrounded by sketches from some of your favorite Disney movies. The walls are filled with color and the architecture and lighting is fantastic! Art of Animation is themed around four movies - The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and Cars, and when I say theming, it is truly an understatement. This is hands down my favorite value resort and I can’t wait to tell you more about it!
Art of Animation is located at 1850 Animation Way, Orlando, FL 32830, it is partially connected to Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and the closest theme park is Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Art of Animation opened on May 31st, 2012, and it was truly designed with families in mind with 1,120 of their rooms being family suites that sleep up to 6 guests. This is perfect for the larger families that want to stay within a value budget. The themed suites are in The Lion King, Cars, and Finding Nemo areas. The resort also has 864 standard rooms, which are themed to The Little Mermaid, this area of the resort also features a 35- foot model of King Triton himself!
In the family suites, you will have one bedroom with a queen-sized bed; one double-sized convertible TableBed; one double-sized sleeper sofa, a living room, 2 bathrooms, and a kitchenette, which has a mini-refrigerator and a microwave.
The standard rooms will feature 2 double beds or 1 king sized bed. All rooms offer Free WiFi service, a hairdryer, an iron and ironing board, and an in room safe.
Disney’s Magical Express is complimentary to and from MCO/Orlando International Airport from the Art of Animation Resort.
Starting in 2019, you will be able to be whisked away from Art of Animation to Epcot and Hollywood Studios by the Disney Skyliner! This new gondola system will offer your family a bird’s eye view of Walt Disney World, while getting you exactly where you need to go.
Walt Disney World Busing is provided to all parks and Disney Springs---approximately every 20 minutes, there will be a bus to those locations. Buses typically start operating around 6:30am-7am and run approximately two full hours after the parks close. You can typically get from Art of Animation to any of the resorts or surrounding areas within 25 minutes or less, but this will vary based on typical travel circumstances. It usually takes 22 minutes to get to Magic Kingdom, 15 minutes to get to Hollywood Studios, 15 minutes to get to Epcot, and 20 minutes to get to Animal Kingdom using the Disney Busing.
Minnie Van Service is available through the Lyft App, which provides a Disney Cast member to drive you and also includes child seats for up to 2 kiddos and 6 total guests in the Chevy Traverse option. Prices Vary. Taxi, Uber, and Lyft are available for quick service (and lesser cost than Minnie Vans) to anywhere you may need to go, on or off of Disney property. Prices vary.
If you happen to drive your own car to Disney, overnight parking at Art of Animation is $15 per night.
There are three amazingly themed pools located within Art of Animation. The first, and largest hotel pool out of any of the Walt Disney World resort, is The Big Blue Pool. And for the little swimmers of your family, they can enjoy the Schoolyard Sprayground that includes pop-up jets and gushing water, and it also has Squirt’s Righteous Reef playground included! This pool area is truly incredible, and the family will absolutely love spending the day swimming and playing with Nemo and his friends! Don’t forget to say “Surf’s Up” to the larger than life Crush statue!
Another adorable pool is themed around the Cozy Cone Motel from Cars, this pool features cone shaped cabanas, and is surrounded by your favorite characters from the Pixar movie Cars.
Last but not least, especially for The Little Mermaid fans, is the Flippin’ Fins Pool. This pool features The Under the Sea Orchestra conducted by none other than Sebastian himself.
After a fun day of relaxing by the pool, what better way to end it than with a Movie Under the Stars? You can enjoy a nightly complimentary movie featuring some of your family’s favorite Disney films just steps outside your resort room! Another option is a fun night in the Pixel Play Arcade located in Animation Hall. Enjoy playing the night away and seeing who can get the top score! You can also spend the evening buying gifts and souvenirs to remember your amazing trip! These items will be located in the Ink & Paint Gift Shop. There is also a small grocery area here for anything you may need.
One of my favorite places at Art of Animation is the Landscape of Flavors Food Court. This food court provides everything you could possibly want, from omelets and French toast, to make-your-own pasta and pizzas! Everything you are craving, and more is located at this awesome food court. The food court is open from 6:00am-12:00am, and this is the spot where you will be refilling your souvenir mugs after a long day at the park! The family suites that are located closest to the Animation Hall and Landscape of Flavors will be The Lion King Suites and the Finding Nemo Suites, so be sure to request those rooms, if you are wanting to be closer to the main building.
I have made some awesome family memories while staying at Art of Animation, and for the price and the room sizes, you honestly can’t beat it. Plus, while the All Star resorts all share a bus line, Art of Animation has their own, which is definitely a pro. My family loves the atmosphere, and walking around checking out all of the life size characters makes for a fun evening!