about disney’s art of animation resort
Type of Resort: Value
Types of Rooms: Standard rooms and family suites
Theme: the artwork and animation of beloved Disney and Pixar films
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports Area
Transportation Options: Buses
Unique Amenities: Art of Animation is filled to the brim with amazing theming, starting with the buildings and grounds themselves. It’s really a place you have to see to understand the scope of design that Disney delivers here, between the artwork, giant set pieces, and building decor. AOA also has three pools, including the Big Blue Pool (the largest on Disney property, with giant Finding Nemo set pieces surrounding it, zero-entry point, underwater speakers, and “sprayground” that will thrill your kids), Cozy Cone pool (Cars), and Flippin’ Fins pool (Little Mermaid). They also have fine art photography available, if you want to commemorate your trip with family photos.
They also have the standard Disney amenities like merchandise pickup and delivery, laundry services, mail, ATM and bank services, airline check-in, concierge services, Magical Express, online check-in, and complimentary wi-fi. This is also one of the pet friendly resorts on property!
Dining: Landscape of Flavors is this resort’s quick service hub, featuring tons of stations and options for each meal. At breakfast, you can choose from traditional breakfast foods like pancakes, waffles, and eggs, but my personal favorite was the breakfast burger. There is also a wide variety of lunch and dinner options, from salads, soups and sandwiches (I highly suggest the roasted turkey croissant) to burgers, pizzas, and pastas (we loved the make-your-own option) to more exotic flavors at the World of Flavor shop (tandoori chicken and Mongolian fish, for example).
Shopping: The Ink & Paint Shop features a mix of sundries, collectibles, and souvenirs. They also have a large pin and toy selection. We had a lot of fun shopping here.
Activities: Bike rentals, Finding Nemo courtyard playground, Pixel Play Arcade, Movies Under the Stars, jogging trails, and swimming.
About Our Stay
Details of Our Stay
Time of Year: December 2017
Room Type: Finding Nemo family suite
Travel Party Size: 4 people (2 adults and 2 children), 1 household (We were joined by family on our last night and had 3 additional guests, two adults and one infant, also in our room.)
I feel like I can’t say enough about the spectacular theming at the Art of Animation resort. There are just so many details to take in. The resort is truly a Disney experience in and of itself. I have a soft spot for Finding Nemo and really appreciated the fun infused into this part of the resort. We all got a kick out of the giant seagulls on the building that would shout out “Mine! Mine! Mine!” at random times!
Our family suite was really spacious and well designed. We loved having two bathrooms at the end of the night, so we could all efficiently get baths and get to bed! The kitchenette was also great, because we really utilized that space with kid snacks and cups.
We were a little concerned about space when my cousin’s family joined us, but we were totally comfortable with all 7 of us in the room. I was pleasantly surprised by how comfy the Murphy bed mattress was!
Our family suite was the first one on our hall, just off the elevator. That meant that the ice machine and vending were just on the other side of our wall, which concerned us for noise, but was actually totally quiet. We loved how convenient everything was because of that too! If we stay again, I’ll definitely request that location.
We really enjoyed being so close to the main building and Big Blue Pool too. The “downside” (not a downside!) of that was that the girls wanted to just hang out at the pool all day and had no desire to go to the parks! They had so much fun playing in the sprayground area. We almost didn’t make it to the pool itself. There are tons of lifeguards stationed around the pool, along with life preservers, so we felt really comfortable too.
Our only real complaint was that there weren’t any luggage carts available when it came time for check-out. The carts are first come, first served, so plan to go claim one early! It definitely was like salt in the wound to have to take so many trips to the car on check-out day. We were sad enough!
Favorite Part: Basically, everything. The suite was large and comfortable, the pools were awesome, we were close to the QS restaurant, and the girls loved the theme!
Least Favorite Part: The busy buses and luggage cart shortage
Would We Stay Again?: No question. We had a great experience overall and loved the suite. The small drawbacks we experienced were anticipated going into a value resort and we didn’t find them as a reason to not stay!