Art of Animation

This blog is meant to be a resource for big families, so I can’t leave out one of the best resort options on Disney property: Art of Animation. Why is this such a good choice for bigger families? It’s one of only two Value resorts that feature family suites which sleep up to six people. I’ve yet to stay at this lovely resort, though I’d like to. I did, however, take time out of a Disney trip for a walking tour around the grounds.

The Nemo section

The Finding Nemo section

more Nemo

more Nemo

AoA lion king 2

The Lion King section

AoA lion king 1

The Little Mermaid section

The Little Mermaid section

AoA ariel 2

The Cars section

The Cars section

AoA cars 1

The Little Mermaid section features standard rooms that sleep up to four, while the other three sections feature family suites that sleep up to six. Unfortunately, since I haven’t actually stayed here, I don’t have any room photos. My go-to resource for information on Disney World resort rooms is yourfirstvisit.net. Check out this excellent site for specifics on the rooms (as well as all kinds of fantastic Disney World information).

Inside Animation Hall, you’ll find the Ink & Paint Shop and the Landscape of Flavors food court, which gets rave reviews.

AoA animation hall

AoA store and food court

While we frequently stay at All-Star Music’s family suites, we’ve yet to stay in an Art of Animation family suite. You may wonder why, since the AoA suites are newer, nicer, and a bit bigger. It all has to do with sleeping spaces. At All-Star Music, there is a bedroom with a queen bed and a living room with a sleeper sofa, a sleeper chair, and a sleeper ottoman. At Art of Animation, there is a bedroom with a queen bed, a living room with a sleeper sofa, and a dining room with a murphy-type bed. With three boys in our family, they prefer to each have their own bed. Thus, All-Star Music works better for us.

Have you stayed at Art of Animation? What do you think of it?

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6 Responses to Art of Animation

  1. Judy Ludwig says:

    Heather, we stayed there two years ago. The suite rooms are very large and quite comfortable. We had 4 in each room (there were 8 of us). I think it would be tight with 6, unless it was 2 adults and 4 kids. The on-suite bathroom if fantastic. Bed was very comfortable and roomy for two adults. It has a great walk in, tiled shower with lots of room and a rain type shower. There is also a typical bathroom with a tub. The fold down bed was very comfortable, but really only sleeps one adult comfortablly. Sleeper sofa was normal for what it is. There is a small kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave, sink and cabinets loaded with paper plates, cups and plastic ware. We were in the Nemo area so we were very close to food court. We really enjoyed our stay there. We have also stayed al All Stars and found AoA to be better for us, especially the bus service which was excellent. Didn’t have to share a bus with any other resort. Hope this helps.

  2. Nick says:

    My wife and I had the great fortune to be upgraded from a standard room to a Cars suite and absolutely loved it. We found the pull down bed to be more comfortable (albeit smaller, of course) than the queen size.

  3. HFBrainerd says:

    Thanks for the great comments, Judy and Nick! This place looks fantastic! I loved my stroll around the grounds. With our DVC membership pending, I’m not sure if we’ll ever get to stay at AoA…

  4. We haven’t stayed at Art of Animation, but we do love their food court. One of the best on property! It’s also a fun place to learn some new stuff, believe it or not. You can learn to draw in the lobby or porte cachere, and we have a post on the jogging trail as well. It’s definitely a great place for families!
    http://www.disneyvacationeducation.com

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