Resort type: Value
Theming: The resort boasts 4 animated movie inspired areas including: Cars, Finding Nemo, Lion King & The Little Mermaid.
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports
Transportation: Resort has its own bus to each of the parks and Disney Springs.
Rooms: The Little Mermaid rooms are 260 square feet. It features 2 double beds which accommodate 4 guests plus 1 child under 3 in a pack n play. The family suites feature their own unique theme with 565 square feet. Each suite sleeps 6 guests plus a child under 3 in a pack n play. It has a master bedroom with a queen size bed, living area with a double bed size sleeper sofa and a kitchen table that converts into a double size bed. It also has a kitchenette and 2 bathrooms.
Dining: Landscape of Flavors food court
Pools: 3 pools including the Big Blue pool located near Finding Nemo which is the largest pool on Disney property where you can listen to music underwater and has zero entry for the little ones. The Cozy Cone pool located in the Cars area, features cone shaped cabanas and full size friends from Cars nearby. The Flippin’ Fins pool located in the Little Mermaid area, features the “under the sea orchestra” conducted by Sebastian.
Splash & Play area: Schoolyard Sprayground is near Finding Nemo and is the perfect place for the little ones who prefer to enjoy running through the water rather than swimming in it.
Playground: Righteous Reef playground is located in the Finding Nemo courtyard.
Arcade: Pixel Play Arcade is located next to the food court.
Dog Friendly: yes
Pros: The resort offers both standard and suite type rooms for families of different sizes and budgets. The suites are a popular choice for larger families or those who want a little more room or privacy. The option to have a separate bedroom and 2 bathrooms is a big hit with guests. It is a popular choice for families with a kid friendly atmosphere. The popular movie theming makes it a difficult choice to decide where to stay. There are plenty of activities for families including pools, a playground, splash area for the little ones, arcade, outside movies and crafts and more. The large character statues make for a wonderful photo opportunity for kids of all ages. The resort features a Generation Bridge which allows easy access to the Pop Century resort located by the Little Mermaid buildings. The large food court has a wide variety of food offerings and plenty of seating for everyone. It also offers a generous size gift shop to search for that must have souvenir. Art of Animation has its own bus route making travel quicker and easier than many other resorts, and you also have the option of taking the Pop Century bus if you don’t mind the extra walk over Generation Bridge. There is also the New Balance Jogging trail around Hourglass Lake for a nice scenic run or walk at the resort.
Cons: While the Art of Animation resort has 2 different room types, the Little Mermaid rooms are not included in Disney promotions and the Family suites are more expensive that your typical value resort room price. They typically price out slightly above the moderate resorts. It is also the only “suite” resort and as a result, often books up quickly. Since this is a family friendly resort, if peace and quiet is what you seek, this resort may not be the choice for you. This resort is also dog friendly and allows dogs in both standard Little Mermaid rooms and the Cars suites. Disney does do a great job and cleans very thoroughly after dogs have stayed in a room, however those with dog allergies may still want to stay clear as dogs could be seen all over the property. There is always the possibility of barking at any time from dogs if they should hear noise outside.
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