The ABC’s of Art of Animation Resort

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On our recent family trip to Disney World’s New Fantasyland grand opening, we stayed at the new Art of Animation Resort!  When I found out the hotel name, and learned it was a budget or value hotel, this made me more curious than anything.  After staying at the Disneyland Resort Hotel at Disneyland twice, I know that Disney knows how to treat their guests on their properties regardless if you’re staying at an on-site hotel at Disneyland or budget hotel like Art of Animation.  Still, I wanted to see – would Art of Animation feel like a budget hotel?  The answer is, quite simply, no.  It’s Disney, people!  And Disney knows how to do it right.  So, in the spirit of the fun of Disney, I put on my thinking cap and brought you my favorite features of the Art of Animation Resort, ABC style.

Art of Animation Hall

My 8 year old, after a 16 hour travel day, upon arriving at Animation Hall for check-in.

A:  Animation Hall Building – This is the main building at Art of Animation, where you will check-in with the always cheerful staff (no, really, it’s quite amazing to witness how genuinely happy staff are to help you out after your long day!), the on-site restaurant, arcade, store, and business center (but more about all of that below!)

Taken at about 4pm on an overcast day, just perfect for pool time!

Taken at about 4pm on an overcast day, just perfect for pool time!

B:  Big Blue Pool!  Art of Animation resort boasts 3 swimming pools, the largest of which is the Big Blue Pool just outside the Animation Hall Building.  This is a great pool for all ages, as it starts out very shallow by the jellyfish and then gets progressively deeper.  There seemed to always be some sort of activity going on when we were by the pool.  Not counting the water parks, the Big Blue Pool is the largest pool on Disney World property, so if some relaxing swim time is important, this is the place to stay!

Cars collageC:  Cars Family Suites, where our family stayed during our visit, brought us right into Radiator Springs.  After our visit to the Cars Land grand opening at Disneyland in June, we were excited to visit Radiator Springs on the other side of the US this time!  Family Suites at Art of Animation Resort are simply outstanding!  They have two bathrooms (yes, one for just mom and dad!), a kitchenette (buy popcorn at World of Flavors or pack your own for microwave popcorn in the evenings!), a sofa and tv (a second TV in the master bedroom!) and an awesome eating area called an Inovabed – a table that converts to a bed in seconds.  We loved this!  The room was spacious enough that all 5 of us had our own space to relax, and the eating area was so well thought out (doubling as a bed) that we were able to have meals in our rooms several times at the end of a long day.

Quiet during the day...filled with parents in the evenings (and a few kids!)

Quiet during the day…filled with parents in the evenings (and a few kids!)

D:  (The) Drop Off Poolside Bar – located beside the Big Blue Pool, offers quick snacks and beverages.  We noticed it much more busy in the evening hours than during the day – parents taking some “me” time at the end of a busy day perhaps?

E:  Elephant Graveyard – located in the Lion King area of the resort, this is a fabulous location for photos with the family, putting kids right in the middle of The Lion King film.

F:  Flippin’ Fins Pool is found in the Little Mermaid area of the resort and is a perfect area if you’d like a less-busy pool area (The Big Blue Pool is definitely where all the action is).  Again, great for photos with the family because of all the great statues in The Little Mermaid area of the resort!

G:  Grapes, yes grapes!  Kids meal entrees always come with healthy sides like grapes or carrots, applesauce and of course juice boxes or milk.  I loved these packages of grapes and carrots – they were perfect sides, perfect in our fridge in our room for snacking, and perfect for taking to the parks with us.  Guests can also purchase healthy snacks from the World of Flavors  coolers for the whole family.

H:  Hospitality rules at Art of Animation.  Budget, value, or five-star – it makes no difference in my experience when you’re staying at a hotel on Disney property.  Cast members (staff) are always ready and happy to offer you assistance when needed.  The kids loved the attention they got from cast members around the resort, especially my 5 year old being called Princess several times a day.

Ink & Paint Shop

Shopping, anyone?

I:  Ink and Paint Shop is a one-stop shopping area inside the Animation Hall.  We picked up everything from souvenir t-shirts to cupcake toppings to diapers at the store.  I was thrilled that diapers were not a ridiculous price either, they were exactly what I would have paid at home (yay for parents not being taken advantage of with necessities like this!)

On our way to the Big Blue Pool on one of the many trails.

On our way to the Big Blue Pool on one of the many trails.

J:  The Jogging Trail at the Art of Animation resort is a 1.38 mile trail through the resort, perfect for jogging enthusiasts or moms that like taking a leisurely walk with the stroller like me!

Have I mentioned how many great photo ops there are at this resort?

Have I mentioned how many great photo ops there are at this resort?

K:  Kings are at the Art of Animation!  The Lion King area of the resort is a lot of fun to walk through and kids will love feeling like they’re in Africa with their favorite characters.  Continue walking and you’ll come to The Little Mermaid area of the resort where King Triton’s statue reminds you who’s boss.

L:  Landscape of Flavors is the on-site restaurant at Art of Animation.  There’s a huge assortment of food and drinks available, including late night snacks, microwave popcorn, fruit and gelato!  Menu items are all under $14.99 and there’s plenty of space for families.  You’ll never wonder if you can get a seat or if it will be too crowded.  Plus, everyone else’s kid is having a meltdown too, so it’s all good.

Flippin Fins Pool

Flippin’ Fins Pool!

M: Mermaids!  If you have a fan of The Little Mermaid in your household like we do, they will love The Little Mermaid area of the resort.  While this is the one area that does not house family suites, you can still walk over and check out the Flippin’ Fins Pool and all the statues in tribute to the films.

Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!

N:  Nemo!  Finding Nemo’s tributes definitely take center stage at Art of Animation since the Big Blue Pool is right outside Animation Hall.  We loved the seagulls from Finding Nemo perched atop pillars outside one of the buildings!  They excitedly say “Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!” at random times when guests walk past.  We were actually disappointed the times we didn’t get the greeting!

orange cone pylons art of animationO:  Orange cone pylons are everywhere in the Cars area of the resort.  You’ll see them in the pattern on the carpet, the lights in the hallway, the lamps in the bedrooms, the curtains, the sheets and more! The Cozy Cone Pool in the Cars courtyard even offers orange cone pylon cabanas!

Pixel Play Arcade and a very happy 8 year old.

Pixel Play Arcade and a very happy 8 year old.

P:  Pixel Play Arcade is a great spot for the kids to chill out for a few hours at the end of the day.  There’s ample seating for parents too, right by the doors, so you can hang out and let the kids play some games (it’s cashless and instead uses a card system that you pay for at the start) and there’s also tons of room for strollers as well.

Q:  Quiet hours at Art of Animation are from 11pm-8am.  Like all Disney Resorts, you’re staying among  your people!  Families are everywhere so you can be assured that in the overnight hours everyone else is just as exhausted as you and  you’ll sleep soundly.

Righteous Reef PlaygroundR:  Righteous Reef Playground was our favorite spot at Art of Animation.  Located past the Big Blue Pool this is a spray-park type of area where little ones can run, jump and play on a soft spongy surface while mom and dad relax from nearby lounge chairs.  My girls (5 and 1) loved playing in this area while their big brother (8) hung out with a new friend in the Big Blue Pool.

It even smells like home when you walk past!

It even smells like home when you walk past!

S:  Self-serve laundry services, be still my mommy heart!  We all know how traveling with kids results in packing a huge amount of clothing.  One thing I’ve learned with my three kids and vacations is you should always pack extra clothes.  We learned this the hard way when our bargain-brand diapers failed us miserably while at the parks and we went through several pairs of pants and shorts every day with our toddler.  Thankfully , we had access the self-serve laundry service at Art of Animation.

Special colors for each of us, of course.

Special colors for each of us, of course.

T:  Travel Mugs are the bomb.  Buy these at the Landscape of Flavors restaurant upon your arrival.  They are about $15 but well worth it!  Once you purchase the mug you can refill it through your entire stay at the drink station inside Landscape of Flavors (I also heard you can refill it at The Drop Off as well).  My husband and I would debate which one of us would do a “sodee pop run” once the kids were settled into their beds each night.

U:  Under-water music in The Big Blue Pool is a treat for guests when swimming.  Listen for surf music and characters from Finding Nemo including Marlin, Nemo, Dory, Crush, Squirt, Mr. Ray, and Bruce!  Fun, right?

V:  Value resorts rock!  While Art of Animation is considered a value resort you will not for one second of the day feel like you are getting a less-than-stellar Disney service and experience.  If you’re visiting Walt Disney World, want to stay at a Disney Resort, and want to look at a value or budget resort – this is where you want to be.  Buses take you from your resort to the parks with little to no wait, the food is great, the atmosphere is so family perfect…it’s just an all-around good place to be.

W:  World of Flavors Breakfast Platter – one of my fave meals because there’s so much that it can be shared with the kids (who devoured their child-sized breakfasts and then looked to mine!) Scrambled eggs, Breakfast potatoes, Portuguese sausage and Mini Naan Bread, yum!

Christmas tree at Art of AnimationX:  X-mas (hey X is a hard one to come up with!)  Since we were visiting during the holiday season it’s worth mentioning that Art of Animation gets into the Christmas spirit with a beautiful tree and decorations in the Animation Hall.

Y:  Yogurt parfaits, available at Landscape of Flavors, are a yummy breakfast alternative that was a popular choice when we were there.  When else do we as parents get to be the ones to say, “I want strawberries, and no definitely no kiwi on there!”  It’s about time we got to be picky!

Z:  Zazu!  Oh, the ever wise Zazu from The Lion King.  Find him as a statue at The Lion King area of the resort as well as on the headboards in the rooms!

Comments

  1. Wow. That looks and sounds like an awesome resort!! Definitely going to keep it in mind for the next time we visit WDW! Underwater music?! Too cool! Great pics too :)

  2. Well, I had my doubts you could pull off the ABC’s, but you did it. Fabulous review! An all-time awesome place for families.

  3. Tenille,
    That looks like the ultimate stay! By the looks of things there was more than enough to keep you going even before you hit the parks. Glad you had a great time. That was an awesome review!

  4. This is where we are planning on staying when we go in October. How were the beds? And how was eating at the restaurant on site?

    • Beds were good, kids loved the fold-down bed and I loved having a separate sleeping area for the grown-ups. Restaurant was good – mickey pancakes and waffles for the kids, burgers, pizza, pasta, etc. for adults as well. We got take-out pizza from the restaurant one night and the rooms already are stocked with plastic plates, cuttlery, etc., so it was nice to have a quiet pizza meal one night.

  5. Looks fun.

  6. Andrea B. says:

    Too cool! That looked like a blast! Wish I could afford to take my family there…

  7. Laird N Crystal Englot says:

    That looks like so much fun! I hope I can take my children there to have such an amazing experience one day!

  8. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    This looks fabulous!!! What a wonderful place. It sounds like they thought of absolutely everything a family could need.

  9. Sabrina T says:

    Wow what an amazing opportunity to share with your family. I would love to take this trip one day, one day when it can be remembered.

  10. Looks like you guys had a fantastic time!! I love how these places can accommodate for the “frugal” in all of us!

  11. Sounds totally awesome and although ‘value’ by name it sure sounds unlike any other ‘value’ hotel experience!

  12. The Righteous Reef Playground looks like a ton of fun!

  13. I want to go! Dying for a roadtrip!

  14. Looks like a fun time – love the shopping!

  15. Tania Smith says:

    Looks like lots of fun.
    Affordable fun.
    Thanks for the wonderful review!

  16. I love your effort and success with the ABCs! Glad your family had fun, although I’m not surprised — that looks like a children’s dream world!

  17. Chantelle Muise says:

    My Kids would LOVE this – This year we went to the CNE and they had a little mini studio there – we went wwith a group of kids, my 2 boys were the only ones out of the group that were into it – They got to make an animation, projected on the wal of an under the sea adventure!!!

  18. Patricia C says:

    Looks wonderful!!

  19. Carolyn Flanagan says:

    Even though i have no kids of my own that looks like so much fun!

  20. Wow, love the pool and that table looks pretty interesting too!

  21. Looks like such a magical place!

  22. Someday I will go there

  23. Looks like fun!

  24. What an exciting adventure!

  25. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    I’m very envious, looks like a lot of fun. I want one of those mugs!

  26. I so badly want to take my kids, and after your article today about why wait, I think I’ll start planning.

  27. theresa m says:

    Looks like alot of fun.

  28. i would love to win this prize I have never been to florida because I came from a broken home and never had the means to make a childhood dream come true .

  29. This hotel is beautiful! I enjoyed all the colourful pictures.

  30. Omg this place looks amazing. Wish we. Could afford a trip like this!

  31. Elizabeth Vlug says:

    Every child’s dream! And mine too. What a fabulous looking resort. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  32. charlotte says:

    Looks like a wonderful time!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. sounds like an ideal place for a family with children to go

  34. WOW That all looks so amazing! I cannot wait to take my kids!

  35. Brandon S says:

    A dream of dreams for my kids and I!

  36. Looks great, must find out the best time to visit, I don’t do well with lineups!

  37. Anne Taylor says:

    This place looks amazing! My daughter would be so taken with the Little Mermaid area! Thanks

  38. Jennifer Abbott says:

    what a great adventure this must of been I want to go play there too! lol

  39. Cheryl Grandy says:

    I’ve never been to any of the Disney resorts – the Art of Animation Resort looks like it would be wonderful. I love your daughter’s red swim suit and the little red sundress. They fit in so well with the colourful surroundings. (Great job with the ABC features!).

  40. Wow that looks amazing it would be wonderful to take my little ones there

  41. Disney does do it amazingly well. Glad you had a great trip!

  42. Lovely pictures! I love the photo of your son and after so many hours of travel time…he looks amazed!!

  43. Michelle Chow says:

    Sound like a lot of fun. Loved the pictures and had fun with the ABC format of your post. Many helpful tips worked into your article. Very informative and well-written. Thank you for all of the information, FF&F.

  44. Royce Bell says:

    Great place for kids to let their imagination go wild

  45. md kennedy says:

    I’m begging my hubby for a trip to D-World to see the new FantasyLand and this resort sounds like the great place to stay.

  46. That is SO cool! Looks like a great experience for you and your family! We’re trying to set up a Disney trip for Little One this year. Can’t wait!

  47. I love Pumba crossing the log :) What a cute resort, thanks for sharing!

  48. Looks like a great place! fun!

  49. So jealous it looks like you had an amazing vacation!

  50. catherine macmullen says:

    BEAUTIFUL

  51. Looks amazing for vacation!!!!:)

  52. Doris Calvert says:

    This looks amazing, what a wonderful idea, Disney always does make it magic don’t they! My wish is for every child and adult to be able to go at least once!

  53. Wow, that looks incredible! I haven’t been to Disneyland in years, but it’s incredible what they’re doing with the new expansions. Really makes me want to visit again.

  54. WOW it looks like a fun family resort in every way. Great job on running through the alphabet.

  55. Janet Kong says:

    Kids would have an amazing time there…..Disney always create magic at their attractions!

  56. Looks so awesome! It’s great to hear that Disney has budget friendly hotel with services such as self-serve laundry and restaurants that are good value.

  57. Carole Dube says:

    I always wanted to go to Disneyland. This resort look awesome especially with is friendly budget hotel.

  58. This is a seriously good looking hotel for a budget Disney hotel. We’re thinking about heading to Disney World and I’m glad you shared this as I didn’t know this one existed.

  59. Was planning a trip to disneyland next summer

  60. ABC’s- You rose to the challenge nicely! Wow, sounds like another Disney dream!

  61. Looks like so much fun!

  62. Carmen Elena says:

    Sounds like a blast! I would love to take my boys there one day :)

  63. This is a great review…very thorough and fun! I really hope we get to stay there one day. How awesome are those pools!!

  64. Megan Cravens says:

    It looks amazing!! I would love to see the Little Mermaid section since that is my favorite Disney movie

  65. Lee Pearson says:

    What a cute post this is! I love the ABC, etc theme of it. These pictures of Disneyland are very nice and great keepsake of your Family Vacation. It looks like you all had a blast and I want to go to Disneyland now. I think the Mermaid slide in incredible. I love the movie Finding Nemo and every time I see a seagull I can’t help myself. I have to say “mine” and you have an adorable family :)

  66. Myly Nguyen says:

    Wow! I should check this blog out before I went to Disney world. Better next time.

  67. nathania hunter says:

    Disneyland is one place I have ALWAYS wanted to go, I can’t wait to be able to take my girls there, they’re at that perfect age now! I love your little abc theme hehe

  68. Wow! Looks amazing! Some day we hope to be able to take our kids there!

  69. Christina Ferguson says:

    As a single mom I could never afford to take the kids to Disneyland. I loved the “ABC” Disney directory and the pics were so colorful. Makes me want to call up my adult children and say “Hey…it’s never too late”..lol

  70. Wow, its quite the place. My grandchildren would love to go there. I think I would spend some time in the Ink and Paint shop. It looks like my kind of store.

  71. Dayna Wilson says:

    I didn’t even know that Disney did a budget hotel! That is so good to know, because the “nicer” hotels are SO expensive, and I’d really rather do Disney right with my son, rather than stay in some boring Travelodge or whatever. Thanks for all the info!

  72. stefanie haluk says:

    WOW it looks amazing, my kids would freak if they got to got there and so would I.

  73. This post has inspired me to try to take my kids to Disney sooner than later!

  74. That looks like an amazing trip. I hope we can take one there too one day!

  75. Lacey Barrow says:

    My daughter is 3 and has been asking to go to Disney! Looks like you guys had a great trip :)

  76. Chris Baker Cox says:

    What a fun place to stay!!! I don’t think I’d have any problem staying there!!!

  77. Looks fun, my kids would love it.

  78. Looks like tonnes of fun

  79. I didn’t even know this existed! We’ll have to check it out on our trip there in a week :)

  80. Diane Butt says:

    wow…..the grandkids would love this place :)

  81. Wow! This resort looks amazing. They were still putting final touches at the animation resort when we went to visit WDW last may.

  82. I’d love to stay here with my family

  83. Caryn Coates says:

    Looks like a blast:)

  84. It looks amazing

  85. Natasha M. says:

    It looks so fun!! I’ll definitely be checking them out as I’m getting ready to plan our trip!!

  86. InezbyDesign says:

    What an amazing place! You definitely have some great photo ops! Glad you had a good time.

  87. Thanks for the review. Looks like a great place to stay and love that is is budget level cost

  88. Looks like you an your family had a fabulous time.I am happy for you.Hope I can goo there someday too.

  89. I have never been, but reviews like yours make me want to make sure our family goes someday!

  90. I love Disney! You can’t go wrong, the kids always have a great time!

  91. Kristy Wong says:

    I love disney. Thanks for sharing!

  92. That’s a Budget Hotel!? Right on! Thanks for the run down… love the pools.

  93. You have to admit it NO BODY DOES IT LIKE DISNEY! From the pools to the parks and the staff that always smiles, the pin exchange and the totally fun themes. It just never gets old. Looks like a FAB resort. I have stayed Carribean Beach 2x with my kids and siblings at at least 4 others, and we all say the same. Ever notice you never see a garbage truck or deliveries. All done underground so all we see on our vacation is the good stuff. Looks like you had a great time there and will definiely check this resort out next time we plan a Disney vacation.
    Thanks for the post! Very imformative.

  94. Wow! Looks amazing! My son would love it!!

  95. Colleen Schindler says:

    Wow, this is really cool! I would love to bring my niece here!!

  96. Wow, I wish that had that when I was a kid!

  97. That looks so epic!!! Wish I could have went there when I was younger. All we had was Epcot and magic kingdom lol

  98. Three swimming pools! My kids would be all over that! Definitely will look into this for our first Disney vacation in 2014!

  99. Never been, but isn’t it a child’s dream to go, and since I’m a child at heart I still would love to go, oh and bring the kids I guess. lol

  100. Nice, I really wanna go now!

  101. wow i would love to visit!

  102. What a great vacation and looks like you guys had a really great time!

  103. This really doesn’t look like a “budget” resort, thanks for the all the great information!

  104. I’ll go

  105. Carrie Butler says:

    I would definitley bring my kids to this resort, and it looks like the best value for the money

  106. Jennifer Li says:

    Wow, this looks like a great stay for a budget hotel! And great review!

  107. erin mcsweeney says:

    From a Disney addict I can’t wait to try this resort..I usually stay next door at Music and would walk over to see it being built I’m so happy that its finished.

  108. Brenda Penton says:

    Looks like a lot of fun! What a neat place to stay at! I like all the bright colors.

  109. Tracey Flattes says:

    WOW! Looks amazing – so want to visit!

  110. I can’t wait to see the Fantasyland in April. This place looks so cool…

  111. Lori Coleman says:

    We are visiting in March, very excited.

  112. It looks like you had a fabulous time here and it’s something I’d like to check out with my kids!!

  113. Moe Bwell says:

    Have our Disney fund all set aside, adding daily as much as we can to it, and this resort is looking like it may be the one we choose to stay at.

  114. It looks very good. I have a concern though, how long it takes to get anywhere ? As nice as the hotel is it won’t be good to get stuck in it most of the days…

  115. travelbuds says:

    Wow, that place looks amazing. My kids would love it especially my son who has taken an animation course. Your kids are adorable in all the pics.

  116. Haylie Langwald says:

    I loved WDW, and this resort looks so fun!

  117. antony bosch says:

    this looks like an amazing trip!

  118. I wanna go too! What a lovely trip!!! :)

  119. Another amazing trip…thanks again for sharing with us!

  120. Oh! My husband would go nuts over this place!

  121. This place is awesome!

  122. Would love to go there with my daughter. Everything looks so lovely and alive.

  123. A great summary of your trip – I like the A-Z approach you used to describe it. The Cars room is really cool!

  124. Love the pics in your post!

  125. My boys would LOVE the cars area of the resort! That looks like a lot of fun. Once my kiddos are a bit bigger (the baby is only 7 weeks old right now) we plan to do a Disney vacation.

  126. I love your ABC’s!

  127. How gorgeous is that resort! Looks amazing.

  128. Lindsay Cyr says:

    Looks amazing! I would love to take my children some day!

  129. Rebecca Bell says:

    Wow, just when you think Disney can’t outdo themselves!!! Awesome!

  130. Terrific pictures, would love to go

  131. Looks like a fun place to visit

  132. Marjorie L. says:

    I’d love to go there.

  133. This would be a nice family trip

  134. I want to go myself!

  135. AW, lucky ducks! I would love to go one day with the family

  136. sandra mitchell says:

    Wow! My daughter want to go there badly. Now I do too.

  137. Awesome! I would love that elephant graveyard!! (I study animal bones, plus the lion king is my fave disney movie!)

    This place looks fantastic – for kids & adults alike!

  138. Emgee Domville says:

    That forty-foot Ariel will destroy us all!

  139. Harvinderks says:

    This place looks like a great place to stay with kids. I love all the creative features of this resort!

  140. This is yet another way Disney allows kids (big or small) be creative and find that inner child.

  141. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    Hmmm….. what can I say about this place? I know ….. FUN FUN FUN FUN AND FUN :) :)

  142. meg sweeney says:

    I would love to gp

  143. the Cars themed family suite, would be perfect!

  144. Looks like so much fun!!

  145. That looks fantastic! I might just book our stay there — soooo glad I read this:)

  146. Florence C says:

    What a great post? Would love to be able to take my grandchildren.

  147. Violet Smith says:

    I would love to be able to visit Disney and stay at one of their resorts, this may be the one.

  148. Looks like a memory- making trip for sure!

  149. sueboobadoo says:

    I’d love to stay here… My daughter is crazy about Ariel and would love that area of the resort… we have stayed at the Disney Caribbean resort and loved it.

  150. What a cool place! I would have loved to take the kids (when they were younger) to a wonderful, awe-inspiring place.

  151. Megan Sawatsky says:

    Good to know- looks like a great place:D

  152. Sherry Peirson says:

    wow! looks like a super fun place~

  153. Looks like a fabulous place to take your family! I’d love to be able to take my kids and my niece there someday…

  154. This is awesome – I am always wondering where a great place to stay would be! this covers it all

  155. Wow, it looks like a wonderful. I love everything dDisney.

  156. Wow, it looks like a wonderful. I love everything Disney.

  157. What a wonderful wonderland, so colorful and fascinating for the whole family! Once upon a time I visited Disneyland and loved it but I’ve never been to Disneyworld !

  158. SUMMER PLEWES says:

    My son would absolutely love this place. I can already see the excited look he would have on his face!

  159. This looks great for kids!

  160. valerie godin says:

    Wow! It looks amazing! I would love to take my family there!

  161. Looks like a great place! Would love to go there one day!

  162. What a great place to take the kids! (And Hubs!) Will remember this!

  163. I agree that having a great experience with customer service at the place of stay, especially on vacation, is very important. No matter how nice the facility, how fun the events and attractions or how delicious the food, it all boils down to how the staff treats me at a resort! Glad you guys had such a good time!

  164. jenny brooke erin says:

    what a lovely place to vacay! x

  165. Can I just say I am a little jealous, dreaming of Disney here.

  166. My kids would love to visit. Looks like a lot of fun

  167. Great to see Disney goes the extra mile to entertain its guests in any tier of resort.

  168. Sandy Trojansek says:

    I adore Disney! It truly is one of the happiest and most wonderful places in the world. :)

  169. Cory Silver says:

    I wish I was a kid again!

  170. This resort looks amazing! I love the Cars Family Suite.

  171. How amazing fun does this look?? We’ve been to 2 Disney parks/resorts (3?) but never this one.

  172. Melinda L. says:

    Looks awesome!

  173. That has got to be by far the coolest place ever! What a great post. thanks for sharing…. and I LOVE the pics.

  174. nicoleta ciocoiu says:

    looks awesome!

  175. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    looks like such a fun place to go – thanks for sharing with us

  176. If all the stars align this year we are going to DW!! I’ve been checking out this resort, but this post tells me everything and more than anything else I’ve come across.

  177. Tara Willoughby says:

    lucky lucky kids! lucky lucky parents, the kids must fall asleep so easily after a day of play!

  178. Hi Tenille,

    This is great! I know you and your family had a blast spending the day there in Art of Animation Resort. I would be so happy when I go there.

  179. you have me, a big kid, wanting to go see this place

  180. holly messana says:

    what a great looking spot

  181. amazing! i would love to be able to take my kids there some day

  182. effie mclinden says:

    looks like a place my son would love… but then again im sure my husband would love to go there as well!

  183. aaron matteson says:

    very cute and fun times

  184. Angela Mitchell says:

    I have been to Disneyland 9 times but I’d like to finally go to Disney World. I will definitely check this place out when making my plans to go there.

  185. Id love to take my daughter when she’s older!

  186. laura Moschitto says:

    Looks like a great spot to visit! Its now on my list!

  187. Deb Dorrington says:

    Wow, what a wonderful place for the kids, looks like you guys had a super time. There is is much to keep everyone busy and happy. I would love to take my family here soon!

  188. Heather Diotte says:

    How lucky your family is to have been able to travel to such an awesome location! Looks like you all had a blast! :)

  189. This place looks awesome! i love the hike trail and also the pools!

  190. My kids would absolutely love to go to this resort! Thanks for the great info!

  191. Looks like a fun place!!

  192. Looks fun!

  193. What a great place to visit. Everything looks lovely.

  194. my grand kids would love it

  195. Great review!! I hope to visit it when my little guy is a little older.

  196. What a great looking place!

  197. We’re heading down that way in the summer – must check it all out!

  198. great pics.

  199. Thanks for share this info, seems a good place to go

  200. Grace Chen says:

    great place

  201. You’re so lucky to be able to go. It looks like so much fun.

  202. What a great write up Tenille. I must admit I have never been to Disney World or Land, but this piques my interest imensely.

  203. Very cool

  204. Joyce Poyton says:

    I’ve never been to Art of Animation Resort. It looks so colourful and fun. I’d love to go.

  205. cant wait to take my kids to disney

  206. we are planning a trip to Disney May2014 with my whole family (thanks to my sister and Brother-in-law and their points) and didn’t even know about this resort, totally worth looking into. Thanks

  207. angie smith says:

    i can’t WAIT to take my kids to Disney one day hopefully soon, they will lose their minds!!

  208. Devona Fryer says:

    What an amazing resort! My kids would love this!

  209. This like a great hotel for a budget hotel. I would tend to shy away from the “budget” class but this looks like fun and well done for kids.

  210. FoundProdigalDaughter (Nicolle) says:

    This looks and sounds like it is an absolutely magical place to visit! I love the Cars themed room! :)

  211. This is a great post! Looks like you and your family had a lot of fun!

  212. Laurie Cockburn says:

    Wow, they sure didn’t have anything like this when I was young. You can’t beat Disney!

  213. Robb Nelson says:

    Sounds fantasitc and looks amazing

  214. Arjun Rudra says:

    Pictures look amazing. Might have just found my next vacation spot.

  215. Jeanette Jackson says:

    My grandson would love to go here. Maybe someday we can take him.

  216. wow thats amazing would love to some day go there

  217. This looked so much fun!!!

  218. that looks so awesome! i never got the chance to go but still would like too! lol XD

  219. Cheryl P says:

    What an incredible looking resort. Disney is always so good at bringing animation to life in front of our eyes. I love love love the theme rooms. Even as an adult I think I’d be amazed and entertained at this resort!

  220. Wow, that looks like a lot of fun! Great thought put into this post!

    We’re heading to Disney World this summer!

  221. I think I would never leave the pool areas!

  222. Disney is great for adults & kids!! Very educational and FUN!

  223. natasha severson says:

    it looks like so much fun!! thanks for showing me it:)

  224. Diane Trudeau says:

    My daughter and her family are heading that. lucky!

  225. Joanna Cheevers says:

    I’ve never been to Disney but would love to take my daughter one of these days. Thanks for sharing the newest addition, looks like a great place to visit.

  226. Patricia says:

    Thanks for showing your trip to us, looks like so much fun!!!

  227. Amazing. Make me want to start planning our family vacation

  228. Barbie S says:

    Would love to go, looks like a blast.

  229. Tammy M says:

    Budget, value, or five-star – it makes no difference in my experience when you’re staying at a hotel on Disney property..That is a great thing to know!

  230. Holy cow, this looks absolutely amazing!

  231. debbie p says:

    Looks like alot of fun..

  232. Clifford says:

    I would love to take the family there, I did not even know about this resort before reading your posting. Looks like your family had an awesome time. My kids would so love the pool!

  233. Great job…looks like so much fun!

  234. I love the Nemo seagulls!

  235. Aimee R says:

    Would love to stay here :)

  236. Oh wow! I wouldn’t expect ANY less from Disney then something as magical as this! WOW! :-D

  237. Jana L. says:

    Looks great!

  238. Heatherann says:

    Wow that pool looks amazing!

  239. Charissa Kingma says:

    this looks like such an awesome resort!!!!!!!!

  240. Cindy Chepil says:

    Looks amazing. We have been to Disneyland, but I think we need to add Disney World to our list of destinations.

  241. Tiffany Collins says:

    My son would love to visit there…something to look into in the future.

  242. This looks like an amazing resort for familie! how could you not have fun here no matter what your age!

  243. This resort looks amazing !! It’s nice to see that their are more frugal resort around for families that want to get away but are limited to their budget.

  244. Elizabeth B says:

    We’re heading to disney again in 2014. Thanks for all the wonderful tips.

  245. I love the jogging trail. It would keep me motivated to keep running just to see what they had around the next corner! Disney is so creative!

  246. WOW awesome i would love to go here as well :)

  247. Lana Kobeici says:

    This place looks awesome! Loved your pictures ;)

  248. This sounds like such a fun place to stay! Really great writeup:)

  249. We are planning a vacation in the near future…this just might make our list of places to visit. Thanks for the great info.

  250. Angela M says:

    Looks like a fantastic vacation! :)

  251. Lisa Adrian says:

    Looks so cool!!

  252. ellen chevarie says:

    it sounds like a fantastic family vacation.would love to go.loved your photos.

  253. Looks like a great time was had by all!!

  254. Looks like a great place to stay, and budget friendly is always nice! I don’t have kids, but I work in a daycare and think that the kids would absolutely love this!

  255. Lauren J says:

    My kids would love this! Thanks for sharing!!!

  256. The attention detail they put into e ery thing is amazing. This place looks fabulous!!

  257. Looks awesome, I’d love to take the kids there :)

  258. This resort looks amazing! Our 5 yr old would be so thrilled with the Ariel pool, and I love the that the big blue pool is a gradual entrance to the water! Everything just looks like so much fun!

  259. sharon misiuda says:

    We went in November and stayed in the Lion King Area. I loved the hotel so much, and reading your post really makes me want to go back as soon as we can!

  260. This place looks awesome. I wish it had been around when my kids were little.

  261. Carly Gerein says:

    Looks like so much fun!

  262. Ann Freele says:

    that place looks fabulous for anyone with little kids. My son is a bit too old for it now….maybe down the road when i have grand kids…

  263. Hannah D says:

    Looks like a lot of fun. I need to add it to the bucket list.

  264. Allison Welsh says:

    Loe, love, love this. I really hope to be able to take my family there one day.

  265. Cheryl (@loucheryl) says:

    I would love to bring my son here one day but who knows when that will happen because it costs a fortune to go and I have no money!

  266. Shirley says:

    What a wonderful budget hotel.

  267. Adriana Lamas says:

    looks like a great time

  268. This looks like an amazing experience! Thanks for sharing!

  269. Priscilla says:

    Loved your review! I booked a room in The Little Mermaid area and can not wait to go!

  270. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    looks like a blast

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