Only minutes from Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests can find the Art of Animation resort. Nearly three quarters of the resort is made up of themed family suites that sleep six. Guests can spend their stay in rooms themed after The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, or Cars.
The masterfully decorated resort immerses guests into the art of Disney immediately upon entering the lobby. Black and white sketches of Disney characters line the walls; as guests move throughout the lobby, the artwork gradually transitions to completed drawings. This was an intentional design choice to represent the process Disney animators go through to create their classic characters. Once outside, guests are greeted with larger than life statues of characters. Interestingly, the statues were built to scale. This was done to make guests feel like there are in the movies themselves. Along walking paths, guests will come across a life-size Lightning Mcqueen, Pride Rock, and even a 27-foot manta ray.
Eventually, guests will find themselves at the Big Blue Pool. Themed after Finding Nemo, Big Blue is the largest pool on Disney property. The resort is also home to a Cars themed pool; Crazy Cone Pool offers complimentary cabanas in the shape of traffic cones. Flippin’ Fins Pool, which is themed after The Little Mermaid, offers an “Under the Sea Orchestra” that is led by Sebastian. Besides the three pools, Art of Animation also offers jogging trails that include trivia, an arcade, and playgrounds.
As for dining, the resort offers pizza delivery and multiple breakfast, lunch, and dinner options at Landscape of Flavors. Across from the lobby, Landscape of Flavors offers five “mini” restaurants. For breakfast, guests can enjoy basics like omelettes, pancakes, and plant-based options; the lunch menu includes burgers and pizza. When dinner time rolls around, diners can find dishes like Mongolian grilled fish and jumbo stuffed meatballs. Various cocktails and beers can be ordered as well.
Another quality that sets Art of Animation apart from it’s fellow resorts, is that it is dog friendly. That’s right, you can bring up to two dogs to the resort. Since the parks only allow service dogs, there are local dog-sitting and daycare options available while the family is gone for the day.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is a true work of art. Although it is only a value resort, the amenities and offerings found there make it feel like much more. As one of Disney’s top rated resorts, Art of Animation is sure to amaze adults and children alike.