Monday, December 7, 2015

A Walk in the Park: WDW Edition - Exploring the Art of Animation Resort

By Genevieve Roberts

If there is one resort most guests will say they absolutely love its definitely Disney's Art of Animation Resort. The reason is simple, it's because of the fact it's new, colorful, and has those great family suites. Everyone loves their family suites, am I right? For this edition of A Walk in the Park, let's step out of the Parks and explore one of Disney's most cherished, family resorts, Art of Animation...

Let's begin our expedition around this exciting and awesome place by checking out the front entrance. Even if you are not staying here, it's 100% worth the visit. There are some incredible photo opportunities here.

The rooms at this resort fall into two sections: The standard rooms and the family rooms.

The 864 standard rooms are housed in The Little Mermaid themed area. Little known fact, this area was originally built to be part of Disney's Pop Century resort next door, and that's why there is only one section of standard rooms in Art of Animation.

These rooms sleep up to four and come with the same amenities that Disney offers at all its value resorts. It may not have all the bells and whistles as one of Disney's Deluxe resorts, but it will have everything you need for a magical stay.

The rooms measure 277 square feet and have two double beds. It also has a vanity area with a sink, a bathroom, a small dresser, a table with chairs. And don't forget that free WIFI.

The family suites are some of the most popular rooms on Walt Disney World property. They are themed into three sections: Cars, Finding Nemo and The Lion King.

They have separate sleeping areas that accommodate up to 6 guests. The room has 2 TVs, a queen-size bed, double-size pull down bed and a sleeper sofa. That's enough to sleep your little army.

These are fantastic for families who have more than two children. They don't have to buy multiple rooms and the whole family can stay together.

Each 565-square-foot suite has a living room and two bathrooms. They also have a kitchenette with a refrigerator, a microwave and coffeemaker. Perfect for cooking and saving a little money.

The quick service area is fantastic. You will love eating in this lively environment.

It features four different cooking stations. They serve international dishes, burgers, pizza, pasta and even hand-scooped gelato. Doesn't that sound great? It's open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and they have a grab and go section as well. If you don't feel like leaving your room, they even have in-room pizza delivery.

They have a full-service bar for the adults in your party. It's located near to the Big Blue Pool. Perfect for an adult date time. In fact, the resort has three pools and they are called Flippin Fins, Cozy Cone, and the Big Blue Pool. Plus it has an awesome Finding Nemo themed splash area. Kids love this splash area.

The Art of Animation is one of the resorts that monitors the pools to make sure only their guests are enjoying it. So keep that in mind if you are pool hopping between the resorts.

There is a fantastic jogging/walking trail near the property. Perfect for the active guests who want to get a workout in before the day starts. I'd rather have an early Dole Whip.

The resort has the standard gift shop you would expect. It not gigantic, but you can find any Disney related souvenirs you might need... ok want. Do we ever really need them? Maybe we do!

Now go check it out this incredible, fun-filled resort for yourself. You will love it!

- Gen


Genevieve is a freelance writer who splits her time between Ottawa Canada, and Orlando Florida. She is a true Disney geek at heart, and her favorite moments are spent enjoying the parks with her Disney nerd husband. Come adventure in the parks with her in our Walk in the Park articles of Walt Disney World.

 You can find all of Genevieve's articles here.

1 comment:

  1. Fun article, I loved seeing all the pictures. I remember staying in the POP Century some years ago and wondering what the empty-looking buildings across the lake were for. It would be interesting to hear their originally planned theme - I believe it was for the decades from 1900 through 1950, to mirror the decades showcased by the POP Century. A lot of planning and conceptualizing must have gone out the window, but it looks like they made a smart choice!