Disclosure: This post is part of a hosted stay. All opinions are my own.
Walt Disney World has definitely needed a reasonably-priced resort that accommodates families larger than 4. I welcomed the news of the new Art of Animation Resort, located across the bridge from Pop Century – where the “Legendary Years” section was originally intended to be built. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort includes four sections – the Lion King, Finding Nemo, and Cars which include family suites, and the Little Mermaid, which includes traditional hotel rooms.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Review
During the recent New Fantasyland media event, I had the opportunity to stay in the Lion King section with my family. I’d already gotten a sneak preview of the resort during Disney’s Social Media Moms, so I was prepared for the captivating, colorful lobby, and the kid-friendly theming. But since the hotel wasn’t open at that time, I wasn’t entire sure what staying there would feel like.
The Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation
The family suites are really great for families, because they include a main room with a pull out bed, a standard room, two bathrooms, and a sink/microwave/fridge area. There’s also a table that pulls down into a second bed in the main room. My kids were so enchanted with this bed that they both had to sleep in it. They also loved the themed furniture – the tree stump tables, the colorful shower curtains, the brightly colored furniture. The suite has room for up to 6 people to sleep, although it was also great for our family of 4. The three areas have suites with similar layouts, although the coloring and furniture all match the specific themes.
The Grounds at Disney’s Art of Animation
The highlight of Disney’s Art of Animation is the Big Blue Pool – the Nemo-themed pool located right in the center of the resort. There’s a small splash area and the pool even has an underwater sound system. Although there are two other pools on property – on in the Cars section and one in the Little Mermaid section – it’s worth the walk over to the main pool.
Each of the sections also has grounds that are perfectly themed to the area. For instance, you’ll find lush greenery and figures of key Lion King characters in the Lion King section, and desert plants and the Cars characters in the Cars area. We spent an hour just walking through the resort, taking photos near the figures and checking out the grounds.
The resort also includes a food court, gift shop, arcade, and laundry areas throughout the resort. To learn more, visit the Disney Art of Animation resort website.