Experience the Fun and Value of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Part 1

Opened in 2012, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is the newest resort on Walt Disney World property.  Originally the property was meant to be an extension of the nearby Pop Century Resort, but when it came time to build, minds had changed.

This property is the only resort considered a “Value Plus” by Disney – reasonably priced, but made up of spacious family suites (for parties up to 6), large food court and wonderfully themed pools.

There are four themed areas of the resort.  Cars Family Suites, Finding Nemo Family Suites, Lion King Family Suites – all with interior hallways.  The Little Mermaid standard rooms have exterior walkways and are very similar to other Value resort rooms.


A lot of the “action” takes place inside Animation Hall.  This building houses the front desk check-in area, arcade, gift shop and food court.


When you enter Animation Hall, you are treated to this beautiful front desk and guest services area.  This colorful display reminds you of paints on an artist’s palette.

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The wall opposite check-in depicts the evolution of animated drawings – from concept sketches, pencil drawings, all the way to their recognizable final versions.


The stunning chandelier in the middle of the hall is really special.  It includes sketches of favorite animated films.  If you look very closely, you will see that some of the sketches are signed by the artists.

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Pixel Play Arcade

If your family is taking a “day off’ from the parks or if you have had enough fun and sun, the Pixel Play Arcade is a great place to catch up on some video game play.



Nearby in Animation Hall is the Ink & Paint Shop.  This is a large gift shop that sells any little item that you may have forgotten from home, in addition to Disney souvenirs.

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Landscape of Flavors

Landscape of Flavors is the main food court at Art of Animation and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Landscape of Flavors features 5 food areas that serve made-to-order cuisine.

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Everything is fresh and hot and it is a real step-up from the average food court. You eat with real silverware, not plastic and the service is great.  There is always a Cast Member available to clear off a table or help carry food if your hands are too full.

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Tip:  If you get bored with the food offerings at Landscape of Flavors, visit the food court at the Pop Century Resort.  It is only a short walk over the bridge to get to the other resort.

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If you want to eat in your room/suite, to-go containers are available, and in-room pizza delivery is also an option.

Aren’t these special waffles cute?  Instead of Mickey waffles, the food court at Art of Animation serves Lion King, Little Mermaid, Cars and Nemo themed waffles – to go with the areas of the resort.

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Art of Animation has the Largest Resort Pool at Walt Disney World

The Big Blue Pool, inspired by the movie Finding Nemo, is the largest resort pool at Walt Disney World and features state-of-the-art underwater speakers—so be sure to dunk your head under the water to hear who is talking!

Two smaller, quieter pools— the Cozy Cone Pool and the Flippin’ Fins Pool are also available to Guests looking to cool off.




Additionally, there’s an interactive splash area for little ones nearby.  These water play areas are always a hit with the kids.



If the kids need to run around and let off some steam, they can climb and slide at the Righteous Reef playground, located near the Nemo pool.


The grown-ups deserve their own special area, so relax poolside with a frozen cocktail, ice-cold beer or other beverage at The Drop Off bar.  Snacks are also available.


Disney Bus Transportation

Most areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort are accessible by complimentary bus transportation. The bus stop at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is located outside Animation Hall.

There is also plenty of complimentary self parking for Guests who have their own vehicle.


More Fun:  Movies Under the Stars

Watch some of your favorite Disney films outside in the fresh evening air—located on the grassy area found between The Lion King building and Finding Nemo building.

Jogging Trail & Bike Rentals

Walk or jog around Disney’s Art of Animation Resort on a scenic 1.38-mile trail.  If biking is more your speed, you can rend them by the hour at the Finding Nemo building, facing Hourglass Lake.


Art of Animation – Complimentary Wi-Fi

Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi Internet at the resort and at the Disney Parks.

Dog-Friendly Accommodations

Also, for a limited time, you can bring your pooch to stay with you at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.  There are special rooms set aside for families with dogs, so please make your request known when booking your room.

Note: Limit 2 dogs per room. Restrictions and fees apply.

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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is a fun resort that gives your family the space and privacy you may enjoy during a vacation.  The two full baths in each family suite is very convenient and makes getting ready in the morning a lot quicker.  In future posts, we will explore the themed areas of the resort, including the interiors of the Cars family suite and Nemo family suite.

Have you stayed at Disney’s Art of Animation?  What did you think?  Would your family rather stay in a family suite or in one standard room at a Deluxe resort?

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