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Hotel overview

The incredible Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will create for you, as never before, the sensation of being a character inside some of the most popular and beloved animated films of all time. From the magically themed family suites (especially designed to accommodate up to six Guests) and rooms to the spectacular courtyards, this Resort draws its inspiration from four classic Disney Animated films: The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and Disney Pixar's Finding Nemo and Cars.

Location

Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Daytona Beach, FL, USA - Daytona Beach Internation
Orlando, FL, USA - Orlando International Airport ( : 30 miles
Orlando, FL, USA - Sanford Central Florida Regiona : 60 miles
Tampa, FL, USA - Tampa International (TPA)

Property information

Year Built: 2011
Last Renovation: 2014
Accessible rooms: 100
All rooms non-smoking: 1984
Floors: 4
Total rooms: 1984

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Hotel details

Dining

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Amenities

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Activities

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Hotel advisories

Advisory Guests dining at Walt Disney World's eateries and are in a group of 6 or more are required to pay a compulsory 18% gratuity charge. Gratuity percentage may change at anytime without prior notification.
Advisory This Disney hotel charges a per room, per day, per vehicle parking fee which will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. The fee is subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional parking fees they may be responsible for but not a guarantee of the final amount due. For exact parking rates please contact hotel directly.

General policies & fine print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Smoking Policy - All Disney owned and operated resort hotels are smoke-free environments. Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor smoking locations only.

Guest Names Policy - Walt Disney World reservations must be booked with the correct guest names. A complete name change to the lead name is considered a cancellation and will require a new reservation.

Deposit Requirements - A major credit card and photo I.D. is required upon check-in to cover phone or incidental charges.

Convention Policy - Guests attending a convention at the hotel may not use this package for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be charged directly by the hotel.

Room Taxes - Room taxes are included in the vacation price.

As to Disney artwork, logos and properties: ©Disney

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Ratings & reviews

TripAdvisor traveler rating

4.5 8654 reviews
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Spacious room, skyliner is convenient, staff is friendly

    We didn't mind that this was a value resort, we chose this resort for the spacious layout, which included a separate bed for each of our kids and their own bathroom. Nemo buildings are the best in terms of location, adjacent to both the lobby, restaurant and skyliner. All of the staff we encountered were very friendly and helpful, especially Liz at the front desk. She shared all kinds of helpful tips regarding the theme parks. The housekeeping staff all smiled and said hello when passing them in the hallway, which was a marked difference from the hotel we had come from for a volleyball tournament, all of those housekeepers seemed miserable. I understand the every other day cleaning for a value resort and we really don't need a cleaning every day, but we wish that the beds could have at least been made so that you feel like you're coming back to a refreshed room after a long day. No the housekeeper's fault, it must be a policy of the hotel. Restaurant had good options, but would be nice if the items changed a little each day.

    Jun 30, 2022
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Fun place to stay

    Enjoyed our 4 days ar Art of Animation. Really wished there was carpeting in the guest rooms (Lion King Family Suite), loved having 2 bathrooms, lots of walking bring comfortable shoes. Most of the staff very friendly and helpful, MacKenzie at check out was not friendly and almost rude when i asked for a printed copy of my bill for all 4 of my rooms, which was shocking in comparison to everyone else. We had a minor billing error that was fixed very quickly. This is a fun family friendly resort.

    Jun 25, 2022
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    The best of the "value" resorts.

    Though it's hard to call $270 a night "value" that's Disney these days. We stayed in The Little Mermaid section in two rooms. They're well -themed and pleasant, happy rooms. We had three adults in one, and four adults in the other. So we were not in the suites. Keep in mind, the Little Mermaid wing (3 buildings) is the farthest from the main dinning area and bus stop. So if you don't like to walk, it may be harder. A 7-minute walk for us, but we walk very fast. The room was comfy, good A/C, good shower, and not too tight. We did find it odd that the floor is not carpet, but hard laminate. It's blue to look like the sea, but felt strange not to just use blue carpet instead. Each room had two comfy queen beds. The food court area "Landscape of Flavors" had enough variety for us, but we're not picky eaters. Choices were plenty, though obviously we ate in the parks more than the resort. There is one bus stop, but having the Skyliner serve this resort is WONDERFUL. We rode it to DS and Epcot and loved it. It was nice to be off the buses for two park days. The theme at Art of Animation is great, larger than life and it makes you smile. We were there with our now adult children, but we all loved the neat touches in the rooms, the massive characters outside the buildings and the feel of being in that Disney bubble we all love so much on each trip we take. There is also a "quiet pool" near the Little Mermaid section that we used, so we didn't have to bother with the much more crowded Big Blue Pool near the resort lobby. I'd highly recommend this resort mostly due to the themes, the skyliner, and the proximity to the parks. None of the bus rides ever felt too long.

    Jun 23, 2022
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Kids absolutely loved the statues all around!

    This is a perfect place for little kids who still have a great imagination. Mine were running from statue to statue posing with them and acting like they were in the movies. I think even though this is a value resort, Disney didn't slack off on their signature theming and the grounds are just spectacular!

    May 26, 2022
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Disappointment

    Firstly I will start by saying that this is a value resort, prior to this I have stayed at AKL and you can certainly tell the difference. I think when you stay on Disney, you assume everything will be perfect but this was not the case for us. We stayed in a little mermaid room, basic but we weren’t planning to be in the room very long so fine for what we needed. After the first few nights, it became apparent that the walls are paper thin and you can hear everything your neighbours are doing, including flushing the toilet at 3am. Parents here seem to let their kids run riot, screaming down past bedrooms at gone midnight and running around whilst people are trying to sleep. Neighbours also seem to have no consideration for others either, slamming doors at 5am etc. I do realise that is not the hotels fault but obviously the type of clientele this hotel attracts. Housekeeping is non existent. We got woken up at 11.30pm by housekeeping doing a ‘check’ because they weren’t able to service our room earlier in the day. I was asleep and they woke me up to do a ‘check’ which consisted of him speaking to me and scanning my door?? Could have waited until the morning. When we then had to ask for our room to be serviced, we came back to a load of sheets dumped on my bed and towels and told to sort ourselves. Complained again and then someone did eventually come to sort it out, all with a miserable attitude. We did get upgraded to a family suite after the first week due to the noise, this was a bit better but again parents letting their kids scream down the corridor at gone 11pm whilst others are trying to sleep is not acceptable. The lifeguards at the cosy cone pool were brilliant, you could tell they really cared about their jobs. I do think that is is open slightly too late, in my opinion it should be 9am - 9pm. Bus service was fine. We had a couple of instances where we waited over an hour for a bus, whilst other hotels had 6 busses come and go in that time. We often used the pop century bus and walked across. The skyliner is a good addition to the resort. All in all, we won’t be returning to this hotel and wouldn’t recommend it either.

    May 19, 2022