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Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is one of five value resorts on the Walt Disney World Resort property. Here’s everything to know about the resort that’s all about the wonderful world of Disney and Pixar animation. 

Overview

You can find Art of Animation in the Wide World of Sports Resort Area and near Disney’s Pop Century Resort. 

The resort honors animation and the movies that have been brought to life thanks to the artistry. Guests can explore a variety of storybook landscapes, including Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid.

Art of Animation is perfect for families, kids, and, yes, even adults. Oh, and if you want some great Disney pictures, this resort has some pretty great backdrops.

Rooms And Bathrooms

Art of Animation offers one standard room and a variety of family suites that are themed after the Disney and Pixar animation movies previously mentioned. Each offers views of either the pool, the parking area, or the courtyard.

Both the suites and the standard rooms have plenty of space to store luggage, clothing, and other items. There are closet bars with hangars and dressers to hang whatever you need. Plus, there is room underneath the beds to place suitcases, if needed.

That said, the standard rooms and family suites do vary. 

View Art of Animation Resort Maps

Standard Room (The Little Mermaid theme)

There is only one themed Standard Room — The Little Mermaid. It’s the typical standard room seen at most resorts and can fit up to 4 people.

There’s one big room with a table and chairs, 2 Double Beds or 1 King Bed, a dresser, and a TV.

Standard Little Mermaid room at Art of Animation

As for the bathroom, it’s comparable to the standard hotel bathroom. There’s a sink and mirror separate from the shower/tub combo and toilet. 

Standard Little Mermaid room and bathroom at Art of Animation

The following amenities are also included: hairdryer, in-rooms safe, mini-refrigerator, free WiFi, telephone, and iron and ironing board.

Family Suites (Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King theme)

The Family Suites come in three themes: Cars, Finding Nemo, and The Lion King. They are all beautifully designed and perfect for families. Both kids and adults will love them. Better yet, they can accommodate up to 6 guests.

Cars family suite at Art of Animation

As you can see above, there is a sitting area with a couch, dresser, and TV. There’s also a table for eating with chairs that doubles as a pull-down bed.

Lion King family suite at Art of Animation

Each family suite comes with 1 Queen Bed, 1 Double-Size Table Bed, and 1 Double-Size Sleeper Sofa. The  room with the Queen Bed also has another TV, dresser, a place to hang clothes, and a bathroom attached.

Finding Nemo family suite at Art of Animation

Yes, you read that right. What makes the family suites even better is that they have two bathrooms. As previously stated, there is one connected to the main bedroom and one right off the main living area. 

There’s even a kitchenette with a microwave, coffee maker, and a mini-fridge. Other amenities include: hairdryer, microwave, free WiFi, telephone, iron and ironing board, an in-room safe, and plenty of outlets to plug in whatever you need.

There are also room layouts below that give a better idea of each room.

Note: There are also both wheelchair and hearing accessible rooms available that include roll-in accessibility and visual alarms.

Dog-Friendly Accommodations

Another perk is that Art of Animation has dog-friendly accommodations. There is a limit of 2 dogs per room. To book, call (407) 939-7539. 

During your stay, Best Friends Pet Care offers day care and other pet services for guests. Call (877) 493-9738 for more details or you can visit the official website

Note: some restrictions on certain pets may apply, so make sure you check Disney World’s official dog policy prior to your visit.

Checking In And Checking Out

There are few options for checking in and checking out, including: at the front desk, online through the official Walt Disney World website, or via the My Disney Experience app.

Even though the front desk in Animation Hall, the lobby/main building, is there to assist guests, especially with checking in and checking out, all Disney World Resort guests are encouraged to check-in online or by using MDE.

Art of Animation lobby
  • Checking-In: After you check-in online or using the app, you’ll receive a room-ready notification via next. You can then use your MagicBand or MDE’s digital key feature to unlock your room door.
  • Checking-Out: Currently, guests will automatically be checked out of their rooms. But, if you have unresolved charges to your hotel folio, you’ll need to visit the front desk.

Note: Guests also have the option of to chat virtually with resort Cast Members via MDE for any assistance. 

Animation Hall isn’t just where you’ll find the lobby. The gift shop, Ink & Paint Shop, the food court, Landscape of Flavors, and the arcade, Pixel Play Arcade can also be found here.

The pickup and dropoff location for Mears Connect (which is the replacement for Magical Express) and bus transportation are also right outside the main lobby, along with luggage storage for those who have checked out or are waiting to check in.

Note: Resort Airline Check-In and Magical Express are no longer available.

Parking

Parking is available at Art of Animation, but it’s not free for resort guests.

There is a standard $15 overnight self-parking fee (including tax) that is applied to guests’ hotel folio upon check-out.

Complimentary standard self-parking is available for non-resort guests exploring dining, shopping, entertainment, and other experiences during the day.

We have a complete Walt Disney World parking guide you can check out as well.

Pros and Cons

Art of Animation Resort

Resort category: Value

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Pros: Some of the best theming in all of Disney World, dedicated buses (meaning they do not share with other resorts), most rooms are suites, bigger and better food court than other Values, dog-friendly, access to the Disney Skyliner gondola system, can walk to Pop Century

Cons: Spread out, spotty cell phone service and wifi, most expensive of the Value Resorts, Little Mermaid rooms are rarely part of promotions

Art of Animation Resort room options

Room typeBed sizeMax people per roomFloor Plan
Little Mermaid Standard RoomFull4
Lion King Family SuiteQueen6
Finding Nemo Family SuiteQueen6
Cars Family SuiteQueen6

Resort Map

Art of Animation Resort

Scheduled refurbishments

None scheduled right now.

Other info

  • Art of Animation photo tour
  • DISboards.com thread with lots of pics and info
  • Art of Animation Resort Maps
  • Amenities And Shops

    There are several amenities offered to guests at Art of Animation, including an arcade, a gift shop, on-site laundry services, and even the chance to watch movies outside on a big screen! 

    Important note: Some of the following amenities might not be available at all times.

    Landscape of Flavors at Art of Animation
    • Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services: There are 24-hour self-service laundry facilities available near The Big Blue Pool, Flippin’ Fins Pool, and Cozy Cone Pool. 
    • Dry Cleaning Services: For dry cleaning and valet laundry service, select “Housekeeping” on your room phone.
    • Pixel Play Arcade: Play old video games here; located in the Animation Hall building near the food court.
    • Ink & Paint Shop: The gift shop located in Animation Hall.
    • Landscape of Flavors: The food court in Animation Hall that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night, snacks, and beverages.
    • Movies Under the Stars: Watch complimentary Disney movies on the grassy area found between The Lion King building and Finding Nemo building.
    • Childcare Services: In-room babysitting for children 6 months to 12 years old.

    Pools And Recreation

    There are three pools at Art of Animation — and one is the largest Disney Resort pool on Walt Disney World property!

    Important note: Some of the pools and recreation options might not be available at all times.

    Cozy Cone Pool at Art of Aimation

    The pools available and their locations:

    • The Big Blue Pool: This is the largest hotel pool at Disney World and is themed after Finding Nemo. It’s a zero-entry pool with 308, 527 gallons of water. There’s also a Schoolyard Sprayground for little ones.
    • Cozy Cone Pool: A 74,740-gallon pool surrounded by life-sized models of Cars characters and featuring cone-shaped cabanas. Pool lifts and other accessibility is availability for those who need assistance.
    • Flippin’ Fins Pool: Inspired by The Little Mermaid, this pool has 103 642 gallons of water and features the “Under the Sea Orchestra” conducted by Sebastian. This pool also has lifts and other accessibility for guests with disabilities or limited mobility.

    A for playgrounds, you can find Squirt’s Righteous Reef in the Finding Nemo courtyard.

    How to get from Art of Animation Resort to anywhere at Disney World

    There are two main forms of transportation available at Art of Animation: Walt Disney World buses and the Disney Skyliner. Regarding the latter, Art of Animation shares a Skyliner station with Pop Century that travels to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. You can see all of the different ways to get from Art of Animation to anywhere at Disney World below.

    wdt_ID Starting Point Ending Point How to get there
    1 All-Star Movies All-Star Music Follow these steps:
    • Walk (takes about 5-7 minutes)
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    2 All-Star Movies All-Star Sports Follow these steps:
    • Walk (takes about 15 minutes)
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    3 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Follow these steps:
    • Bus to Animal Kingdom
    • Arrive at your destination
    Headed to an early morning breakfast reservation at Animal Kingdom? Buses to Animal Kingdom from Disney resorts usually start running around 7-7:15 a.m. daily.
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    4 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House (main bldg) Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    5 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village
    Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    6 All-Star Movies Art of Animation Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, and Art of Animation is closest to Hollywood Studios, so those buses will likely be your best choices)
    • Skyliner (from Hollywood Studios) or    Bus to Art of Animation
    • Arrive at your destination
    7 All-Star Movies Bay Lake Tower Follow these steps:
    • Bus to Magic Kingdom
    • Walk (takes about 10 minutes) or    monorail to Bay Lake Tower
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    8 All-Star Movies Beach Club Villas Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Beach Club
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    9 All-Star Movies Beach Club Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Beach Club
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    10 All-Star Movies Blizzard Beach Follow these steps:
    • Bus to Blizzard Beach
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    Starting Point Ending Point

    Dining options at Art of Animation Resort

    There is only one main dining location on property — Landscape of Flavors food court. Mobile Ordering is available at Landscape of Flavors. There’s also The Drop Off pool bar by The Big Blue Pool. Below are all of the dining options in more detail.



    Breakfast

    Landscape of Flavor (breakfast)

    Quick Service

    Art of Animation Resort - Landscape of Flavor (breakfast)

    Location: Art of Animation Resort

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: More options than most food court, actual plates and silverware used here (no plastic or paper!), nicely themed dining rooms, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

    Cons: Not all food is great, can be really crowded


    Lunch

    Landscape of Flavor (lunch)

    Quick Service

    Art of Animation Resort - Landscape of Flavor (lunch)

    Location: Art of Animation Resort

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: More options than most food court, nicely themed dining rooms, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

    Cons: Not all food is great, can be really crowded


    Dinner

    Landscape of Flavor (dinner)

    Quick Service

    Art of Animation Resort - Landscape of Flavor (dinner)

    Location: Art of Animation Resort

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: More options than most food court, nicely themed dining rooms, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

    Cons: Not all food is great, can be really crowded


    Everything Else

    The Drop Off Pool Bar

    Quick Service

    Art of Animation Resort - The Drop Off Pool Bar

    Location: Art of Animation Resort

    On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Great place to get a drink while spending time by the pool

    Cons: No food items are available here; you'll have to go to the food court if you get hungry


    Related News

    Christine Jeffery

    Monday 1st of January 2018

    We are going to AoA in February from the 7th-11th. I received an email stating the Cozy Cone pool would be closed due to routine maintenance. Just thought I would share :)