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Art of Animation

Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Last updated: April 22, 2024

Overview

Disney’s Art of Animation is a highly-themed, value-level resort at Walt Disney World. Art of Animation includes both standard hotel rooms and “family suites,” which are indeed perfect for families.

Cost Range

$209 - $963

Lodging Area

EPCOT

Category

Value

Transportation

Bus, Skyliner

Guest Overall Rating

Based on 380 surveys. (See our Ratings and Research page for details)

Our Overall Rating

Room: B

Pool: D-

Lighting: B

Pillows: B

Room Quality
Check-in Efficiency
Quietness of Room
Park Transportation
Hotel Pool
Staff
Food Court

Resort Tour

Lion King Suite Overview

Cars Suite Room Tour

Little Mermaid Standard Room Quick Tour

Resort Strengths

Exceptional theming, particularly Cars and Lion King areas

Skyliner connection to Hollywood Studios and EPCOT

Best pool of the Value resorts

Family Suites are innovatively designed and themed

Interior hallways in some buildings

Walking trail around Hour Glass Lake and connecting bridge to Pop Century

Just one bus stop

Resort Weaknesses

Most expensive Value resort

Terrible in-room mobile reception

The number of made-to-order meals available at the food court can mean long waits in line

The resort's standard rooms are rarely discounted

Poor soundproofing

What Readers Are Saying About Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Art of Animation was perfect for us in the Nemo Suites for 6.

K

Karen B

February 4, 2020

As a family of six on a moderate budget, Art of Animation was our choice for a larger room. The Skyliner made travel to EPCOT and the Studios easy. And the bus ride to animal Kingdom was short, but the ride to Magic Kingdom could sometimes seem long.

J

Jenny B

November 23, 2019

We found Art of Animation's food court much nicer than Pop Century. AoA's was less busy, cleaner, and provided more dining options.

N

Nate

August 10, 2019

We booked a Little Mermaid standard room. It is woefully due for a renovation. We normally stay at Pop Century and have been spoiled by their revamp.

A

Abagail

March 16, 2019

The bus service was great to AOA, and we could always hop on a Pop Century bus and walk across the bridge if needed. Resort was clean and very fun for our young children.

M

Meghan

March 2, 2019

We enjoyed Art of Animation, and for the cost (one of the cheapest resorts but still on Disney property), we would totally stay there again

E

Erin D

February 3, 2019

Rooms

Slightly larger than comparable rooms at other Value resorts, standard rooms are around 277 square feet. All of these rooms are in the Little Mermaid section of the resort.

  • Dresser with drawers
  • Full-length mirror
  • Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Coffee maker and starter supply of coffee pods
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Digital thermostat
  • In-room safe
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and bar soap

A curtain divider separates the main sleeping area from sink/bathroom area, and a solid door separates the toilet and shower from these. This allows up to three groups to get ready at the same time.

The suites are a reasonably priced option which include two rooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchenette If you have a family of five or six, or if you just don't want to sleep in the same room as your kids, the Art of Animation family suites are one of the best lodging options at Walt Disney World.

  • Room with Queen Bed(s) and en-suite bathroom
  • Double-Size Sleeper Sofa
  • Double-Size Table Bed (table with 4 chairs that converts to a full-size bed)
  • Separate Bedroom with Door
  • Open clothes hanger bar
  • Dresser with drawers
  • Full-length mirror
  • Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Coffee maker and starter supply of coffee pods
  • Starter supply of disposable kitchenware: paper plates, bowls, and cups; plastic forks, knives, and spoons
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Digital thermostat
  • In-room safe
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and bar soap

Family Suites at Art of Animation have two bathrooms. One is small and functional, nearly identical to the bathrooms in the standard rooms. The main bathroom is spacious, with a large glass-door shower.

Little Mermaid Bedroom

Little Mermaid Bedroom

Little Mermaid Bedroom

Little Mermaid Bedroom

Litttle Mermaid Sink and Dressing Area

Litttle Mermaid Sink and Dressing Area

Little Mermaid Tub and Shower

Little Mermaid Tub and Shower

View from Little Mermaid Room 7872

View from Little Mermaid Room 7872

Lion King Suite Master Bedroom

Lion King Suite Master Bedroom

Lion King Suite Fold-Down Bed

Lion King Suite Fold-Down Bed

Lion King Suite Fold-Out Couch

Lion King Suite Fold-Out Couch

Lion King Suite Microwave and Beverage Chiller

Lion King Suite Microwave and Beverage Chiller

Cars Suite Second Bathroom

Cars Suite Second Bathroom

Lion King Suite Master Bath

Lion King Suite Master Bath

Lion King Suite Second Bathroom

Lion King Suite Second Bathroom

View from Finding Nemo Suite 5829

View from Finding Nemo Suite 5829

Pick the best Disney resort room possible

We’ve mapped and taken photographs of the views from every single room on Walt Disney World property! Our Room Finder helps you find the perfect room for you and then request that room from Disney.

Dining

There is no full-service restaurant at any Disney value resort, including Art of Animation. The food court, Landscape of Flavors, is organized like a food court at a mall.

Landscape of Flavors Landscape of Flavors offers made to order burgers, sandwiches, and pastas. You'll find an occasional upscale (for a food court) item here, like saffron seafood pasta, a tandoori chicken sandwich on naan, or the "surf and surf" (crab cake and fried shrimp) burger.

The Drop Off Pool Bar The pool bar at the Art of Animation Resort, The Drop Off sits next to the main Big Blue Pool. Despite the existence of some snacks and small bites this is mostly a place for drinks. Like all Disney bars the tropical-themed drinks are very sweet, but they are refreshing on a hot Florida day by the pool.

Ink and Paint Candy, snacks, and drinks.

Art of Animation In Room Delivery

Refillable Mugs Allows guest self-service soft drink refills from quick-service locations in hotels (NOT in theme parks) for $21.99 for the length of stay.

Landscape of Flavors Seating Area

Amenities

SWIPE TO EXPLORE

Big Blue Pool at Disney's Art of Animation Hotel
3 Pools

The largest (and our favorite), The Big Blue Pool, sits directly behind the main lobby and food court. All pools are heated and feature sculptures of characters from various animated films.

WDW Resort Pool FAQ
Arcade

Located just off the Animation Hall lobby is the Pixel Play Arcade, which has a decent collection of relatively recent video and arcade games. Most games cost $0.50 to $2.00 per play.

Outdoor Movies

Free Disney Movies Under the Stars are shown most evenings, weather-permitting.

Business Center

A small business center offers computer and internet access, including printers.

Jogging / Fitness

One lap around Hourglass Lake is a scenic 1.20-mile/2 km course. You won't find a gym, fitness center, or spa at Art of Animation.

Early Theme Park Entry

Disney resort guests get into each theme park 30 minutes earlier than off-site guests, every day.

Skyliner

Disney's Skyliner, an enclosed ski-lift-like gondola system, provides fast access to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios with very pretty views.

Resort amenities at-a-glance
Disney-owned
Early Theme Park Entry
Book Lightning Lane access via Individual Purchase Early
Suites
Wireless Internet
Transportation to Parks
Extended Evening Theme Park Hours
Club Level
Room Service
Fitness Center
Water Sports
Marina
Tennis
Beach
Biking
Airport Transportation

Practical Matters

Check In/Out Time
Online Check-In
MagicBand
Theme Park Tickets
Dining Reservations
Laundry
Lost and Found
Shopping
Child Care

Transportation

Driving to the Resort
Getting to the Parks
and Disney Springs
Getting to Another Hotel from Art of Animation
Getting to Universal Orlando

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