All About… Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

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An overview of the accommodations and amenities at the Art of Animation Resort in Walt Disney WorldArt of Animation is the newest on-property resort in Walt Disney World, and what a vibrant addition it is! The resort is themed after a few classic Disney and Pixar films – Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid.

Unlike some other Disney resort themes, Art of Animation is anything but subtle.  From the moment you step into the lobby, you are drawn into the animated world – literally!

Character Sketches Art of Animation Lobby

Character sketches in Animation Hall

While the main building focuses on the art of animated films with beautiful sketches of favourite characters, once you get further into the resort guests are immersed into the worlds of Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid.  From themed water areas, like the Big Blue pool, to the artwork in the lobby of Animation Hall, Disney has truly brought these films to life.  Even the foliage throughout the resort changes to match each setting.

Honestly, when I’m in Disney I love spending most of my time at the theme parks.  Resorts are for sleeping and maybe a swim or two, but Art of Animation is an exception! This is one resort I would recommend taking the time to explore, and kids of all ages will love taking pictures with giant Disney character monuments.

The Rooms

The animated themes continue in each resort room.  You can choose to stay in any of the 4 themed areas.  The Little Mermaid rooms are standard rooms that accommodate up to 4 people.  If you have a larger group you can stay in a family suite in the Cars, Lion King, or Finding Nemo areas.  These rooms accommodate up to 6 people, so it was perfect for our party of 5.

The layout of the family suite includes a master bedroom with a queen sized bed, plus a double sized sleeper sofa and ‘table bed’ in the main room.  The table bed converts so that it can be used as a bed or table (not at the same time!).  Having a table that you can actually eat at is another great feature at Art of Animation.  The suite also has a kitchenette with a mini fridge and microwave, so you can prepare small meals and snacks.

Art of Animation Bed layout

Bed configuration in the Lion King Suites

The family suites include two washrooms, so you won’t need a fastpass for the shower!  The first washroom is attached to the main room and the second is an en suite to the master bedroom.   The shower is the true masterpiece at Art of Animation, but words can’t describe how relaxing it is to wake up to this sunrise.

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Shower mosaic in the Lion King Suite at Art of Animation

The Restaurants

Like other value resorts, Art of Animation offers quick service dining options to its guests.  There are no table service restaurants or character dining experiences at Art of Animation.  However, as far as resort quick service options go, Landscape of Flavors offers a large variety for guests to choose from.  Options include pizzas, burgers, salads and for the adventurous options also include Mongolian stir-fry or Curry chicken.

Of all the resorts at Disney World, Art of Animation is most reminiscent of the Disney movies we all know and love.  If you want to be transported under the sea with Ariel or to Radiator Springs with Lightening McQueen and Mater, this is the resort for you!  It’s a fun and colourful resort with so much to see and do.  So in the immortal words of Dory, Just Keep Swimming…towards Art of Animation!

Great for: large groups, families with young children, and classic Disney movie fans.


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