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.


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 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 Disney's Art of Animation Resort has announced that Big Blue Pool will be temporarily closed for refurbishments. The other 2 pools and recreation will remain available including: Flippin' Fins Pool, Cozy Cone Pool, and the Schoolyard Sprayground. Noise may be heard while this work is going on, but noise should not be heard from guestrooms between dusk and 9am. Please note renovations and pool closure dates are subject to change at any time 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 8493 reviews
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Disney Fan - Had higher expectations

    I like to try as many of the Disney hotels as I can when I visit, so was excited to stay here for the first time. I got a Little Mermaid room as that was the only option to choose from. The room itself was somewhat cutely decorated, very Disney clean, no complaints there. A couple things that made me give only three stars included there was no lotion in the room, no coffee maker (and a decent hike to the cafe) and the rooms were outdoor rooms compared to the other themed buildings. For little kids I get the allure, but since I was by myself (for work) I wasn't wowed and would not stay again. I did walk through the cars area and that seemed much cuter, so perhaps that is the better area to stay, or Nemo.

    Mar 24, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Not a Disney expert, but...

    The service was what I would expect from a Disney resort - accommodating and friendly. The resort itself is large and the walk between buildings was more than I have experienced at other (non-Disney) resorts. My only issue was with the room delivery - I ordered a gift to be delivered to the room, but they wouldn't deliver it without someone to sign as it had alcohol in it. I was fine with this, but I ended up having to sign for it at the front desk and carry it back to the room myself, trying to sneak it past the person it was for. It would have been more convenient if I could have signed earlier and just had it delivered during the day!

    Mar 23, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    The little Mermaid side

    We stayed two night in the beginning of March at Disney’s Art of Animation, we arrived at the resort at 10:30am and checked in but our room was not available till 3:00. We checked in our luggage so we could go straight to the parks, I gave my phone number so we would get a text message when our room was ready. The staff were super friendly and courteous the hallways were covered in beautiful art work from the movies. We got our text just before 3:00 but didn’t go back till after 8:00 to our room. We went straight to our room in building #9 in the little mermaid side. With our wrist bands we were able to enter our room and it was nice and clean. Very happy with our stay and we will definitely beck returning for another visit.

    Mar 14, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    So cute!

    Our room was the Cars theme. Everything was just darling. So happy we chose to stay there. It was so convenient. We were so close to the Skytram to take us to the different parks. There was no need to rent a car. We took advantage of the buses and the tram.

    Mar 14, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Family trip!

    We took our 3 year old grandson for his first visit to Disney. We stayed in a Lion King family suite for three days. There was plenty of room for the four of us. Loved the decor and the added bonus of having 2 bathrooms. All the beds were comfortable and there were plenty of clean linens and towels in our room. I actually loved the Murphy bed! It was a easy walk to the pool, lobby and food court. As adults we enjoyed hanging out at the outside bar. Transportation to the parks and Disney Springs was good although it did require a longer walk to the transportation areas when returning to the resort. Only downside was one day it was so late when someone came to service our room we had to decline the room refresh.

    Mar 12, 2020