The Value Collection - Art of Animation
Disney’s Art of Animation
Art of Animation is my favorite value resort at Disney. It is perfect for families of 4-6 people. Hotel theming is outstanding, and the art is true Disney Imagineers! Each visit I tour the resort and really look at everything they have done. The family suites are the best in the value resort category, which is why they price at a premium verses the other value resorts.
Each family suite is equipped with a separate king bedroom and bath with a roomy shower. The main living area has a sofa bed and a murphy bed. The Murphy Bed also doubles as the kitchen/dining table. There is a fully equipped kitchen, which is perfect for having meals in your suite. There is also another full bath in the main area.
Art of Animation consists of 4 sections: The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Finding Nemo and Cars.
Finding Nemo Suites:
These are the main family suites and considered preferred rooms, since they are closest to the food court and transportation. From my experience, Nemo suites tend be more expensive than the other family suites and is usually more crowded in the pool area. The pool here is fantastic, it is big with the depth of roughly 5ft. It has a water fountain play area for small children and has giant figurines from Finding nemo.
The Lion King Suites:
Lion King suites are well themed and just as nice as the others, but they lack the pool, so you have walk to Nemo pool or little Mermaid pool. Not a huge deal since everything is close together. A benefit of not having a pool is it is quieter in that area. The Lion King suites are located right next to the food court and transportation. In between the 2 buildings are recreation of scenes from the lion king movie. Take a picture with Scar and Hyenas, Simba, Timon & Pumba and Mufasa (Or adult Simba it depends on who you ask) I think it is Mufasa.
These are my personal favorite suites, probably because I love the movie Cars. You get everyone from the Cars One. Doc Hudson and the sheriff hang out on your way to radiator springs. Lighting, Mator and Sally also have statues in the Cars section. The buildings are situated around the Cozy Cone motel, otherwise known as the Cars pool. This is my favorite pool. It is usually less crowded and offer cabanas that look like cones. I burn under normal lights so getting covered areas in Florida is a necessity!
The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms:
Themed as well as the rest, but these are standard rooms which mean they are only suited for up to 4 people. Little mermaid area has its own under the sea themed pool. This area also has premium pricing for a value resort.
Food Court – one of the best of all value resorts. It has so many food choices, healthy and not so healthy. It’s a very large food court, so never feels crowded and you are always able to find a nice area to sit.
Pool Bar – Located in the Nemo pool area is outside the gated pool area and serves delicious adult beverages as well as non-alcoholic beverages, and casual food choices.
Pizza Delivery (4 pm to midnight)
There are 3 pools with the feature pool being in the Finding Nemo section. As well as a children’s water play area. And general children’s play area
In the lobby, there is an arcade, if you use this bring $$$. I’m not a fan of spending additional money when there is so much else you can be doing that is already included in your package.
There is also a lake with walking paths, great for walking and running. It connects to Pop Century so you can go and view Pop Century. Along the lake there are signs with fun facts about Disney’s animated movies and what happened in history. I like to wake up and take a relaxing stroll around before going into the craziness of the parks.
The only transportation offered right now is the Buses, although there is speculation that they will be receiving a gondola type system in the future. Transportation will take you to the theme parks, water parks and Disney springs.
Hint* you can take either AoA bus or Pop century bus since they are connected. Obviously if you take the Pop bus you will have to take the bridge across the lake but it’s a nice walk and better than standing in line waiting for a bus.
1,120 Family Suites (will sleep up to 6 guests)
864 Guest Rooms (will sleep up to 4 guests)
Disabled accessible rooms available
All rooms non-smoking
In Each Room
Upon Request (subject to availability)
· Alarm Clock
· Mini Fridge
· Flat TV with Disney Programming
· In-Room Safe
· Iron and Ironing Board
· Vanity Area
· Wireless Internet
· Pack 'N Play Playard
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