If you want over-the-top Disney fun, spacious rooms, and a great location to the parks then the Art of Animation may be the next resort for you to stay at Walt Disney World!
For our summer vacation my family stayed at the Art of Animation, Disney’s newest resort and new option for large families. The Art of Animation are family value suites (with one section of the resort for standard rooms), that have a separate living and sleeping area (sleeps 6), two full bathrooms and a kitchenette that includes a small refrigerator, sink and microwave. The attention to details in our CARS suite was fantastic! Our boys loved finding all the safety cones used throughout the suite and the various references to the two CARS movies used throughout the suite.
Although considered a value resort, we found this resort full of amenities. The specially themed areas centered around Nemo, CARS, Lion King and The Little Mermaid (standard room building) were fun to explore. The main pool is the The Big Blue Pool (it has underwater speakers) and themed after Nemo. In this area, you will find a zero entry access pool, a water splash area for little ones and even pool games hosted by Disney cast members. We swept the Disney Guess Who? poolside game and proudly took home a beach ball for our outstanding efforts. The pool in the CARS area of the resort is surrounded by Cozy (cabana) Cones and a Little Mermaid pool is being watched over by King Tritan and Ariel. In addition to the pools, The Elephant Graveyard soft play area is a must for any Lion King fan and the slides at Squirt and friends is a great place to run and have some fun.
Other fun perks of this fantastically themed resort include Disney Movies every night on the outdoor screen, pin trading boards each night in the Ink and Paint Shop, arcade games in the Pixel Parade Arcade, and sketching/drawing on easels with an Artist of the Day picked each night. As for dining, you will find a variety of delicious choices at the Landscape of Flavors food court area in Animation Hall. If you want more dining and shopping, you can walk over the Generation Gap Bridge that crosses Hourglass Lake and enjoy dining and shopping at Disney’s Pop Century as well.
The Art of Animation is a colorful, Disney themed resort full of personality. We loved being situated right in the middle of Radiator Springs with Luigi, Guido and the Tower of Tires just outside our room. Memories of splashing with Nemo and friends in the Big Blue Pool, pictures with the characters from CARS and exploring Pride Rock will keep our hearts full until our next visit to Walt Disney World and our return stay to the Art of Animation.