Back in October 2012, Stitchy and I embarked on a mini “Just Us” trip to the World. It was fall break, and we had friends who were headed to central Florida, so we figured we may as well tag along. While I love a surprise, he knew about this trip in advance. I did, however, manage to keep the hotel a secret until our Magical Express pulled under the porte-cochère.
We had a fantastic time at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and he really, really LOVED the Cars area!! So, without further ado, Disney’s newest resort, the Art of Animation…
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
1850 Animation Way
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Rates: $112/night + (see Disney’s rooms and rates page for exact pricing)
Room Occupancy: 4 (standard), 6 (suites) (see Disney’s rooms and rates page for exact occupancy including infant in crib/playard)
Transportation: Bus (all Disney guest areas)
Of course, all of the rooms boast their own theme from Cars, Finding Nemo, Lion King and Little Mermaid. Cars, Finding Nemo and Lion King Family Suites all share the same layout, while the Little Mermaid rooms are standard rooms (with outside corridors).
Family Suites (only available in the Nemo, Cars and Lion King areas): 2 separate bathrooms; master bedroom (queen bed); pull-out couch (converts to a double bed); dining table (pulls down into a double bed); kitchenette with microwave, coffee maker, sink and mini fridge; flat-panel TV in living room and bedroom; in-room wall safe; complimentary WiFi; 2 hairdryers; iron and ironing board; crib or Pack ‘n Play is available upon request
I will add that while staying in the Cars area, our cell service was awful!! I couldn’t hold more than a minute conversation, and texts took hours to go through if they did at all. I had to find a web site that would send texts, otherwise we relied on Facebook messages to communicate from the room, as the Wi-Fi was halfway decent on my laptop. In the main areas of the resort, the reception was better, and I was told that if I wanted to use my phone, that was my best bet. Hopefully this will improve as they build up the area.
Standard Rooms (only available in the Little Mermaid area): 2 double beds (or 1 king), in-room wall safe; complimentary WiFi; hairdryer; iron and ironing board; crib or Pack ‘n Play is available upon request
Little Mermaid Standard Room
Cars Family Suite
Disney’s Art of Animation features an expansive food court, Landscape of Flavors, similar to the other value resorts. It is located in Animation Hall and has options for almost every taste, as well as plenty of seating and beverage/condiment/etc. stations situated throughout the dining areas.
Pizza Delivery is also available 4:00 P.M. to midnight.
Landscape of Flavors
Art of Animation offers three pool areas, the largest being the Big Blue Pool in the Finding Nemo area. The Cars and Little Mermaid areas feature a pool, as well. The Finding Nemo and Lion King areas also offer play structures, although I wouldn’t exactly classify them as playgrounds.
For joggers, there is also a 1.4 mile trail.
The Pixel Play Arcade is located in Animation Hall.