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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 8523 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great place to stay!

    We stayed two nights in a Little Mermaid standard room. The room was themed so well, it was very cute. The Little Mermaid buildings are a little far from the main building, but close to the skyliner. The beds and pillows were very comfortable and the showerhead seemed new and had really great water pressure. All of the cast members we encountered were very friendly and helpful. We had no issues with noise late at night but could hear people in the room next to us very well so I think noise could be an issue in this building if you had noisy people next to you. It was a great stay and I would definitely stay here again.

    Jan 25, 2021
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    I couldn’t have been more happy with our stay!

    I just got home after a wonderful 5 day stay in the Mermaid room, and am already feeling sad. Everything was perfect, and I was blown away with how safe I felt my whole stay. I was reluctant to go away, because of COVID, but this resort (and all of Disney) really went above and beyond with COVID safety. At no point did I ever see anyone without a mask, even late at night walking the resort. The mobile ordering was super convenient (although I wish there were more vegetarian options), and everything was distanced. I also want to give a shout out to the AMAZING staff, everyone from the concierge, bus driver, gift shop/cafeteria, housekeeping were wonderful & helpful. I needed a box/tape to pack some things up, and everyone was so helpful in getting me what I needed! The whole atmosphere of the resort was beautiful/unique/interactive. My son will really miss saying hi and bye to all of the giant character statues. One pool was closed for renovations, but there were still two other wonderful pools open to enjoy, and a spray park. There was some noise from the renovation, but guests are warned ahead of time, and it wasn’t an issue for us. I didn’t intend to write quite this much, but I loved this resort, and like to give credit where it’s due, and hope others will read this and chose to stay here as well. Thank you all for a wonderful stay, and for making my sons first Disney trip one to remember.

    Jan 22, 2021
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Unexpected Upgrade

    We are annual passholders and always hear of others getting upgraded. This trip was our turn! We had book a Little Mermaid room and before we left, I noticed we were upgraded to a Finding Nemo Family Suite!! Yay!! The room was perfect for our family of four. The renovations were great. Nice new floors, we had a view of the lake and skyliner as, which my two toddler boys loved. The two bathrooms were wonderful as well. All the cast members were very friendly as well. Nice little getaway as always. Thank you Disney!

    Jan 18, 2021
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Beautiful Hotel But, Never Again!!!

    If you don't have kids, sleep past 7 am and want semi quiet, DO NOT stay here. It's not even the families with rowdy kids that made this stay terrible. It was the housekeepers, maintenance staff and the building its self. Disney did upgrade us to the Lion King Suite the first 3 nights of our stay to avoid us switching rooms mid way and I appreciate that so much. The rooms are absolutley beautiful from the wall decor to the bathroom decor and you really feel like you are in the heart of Pride Rock. There are 2 full bathrooms which was super convenient, even though it was just my partner and I. So, if you have a bigger family, along with the murphy bed and pull out sofa bed, the room set up is superb. However, the doors to these rooms are so heavy (bank vault style) that every time someone opens a door and closes it, it creates such a loud noise. Also, housekeepers and maintenance staff that service the rooms, use the metal latch to keep the door propped open and as they go in an out, they constantly bang the door on the latch. Then you have their blow horn style conversations to each other in the hallway. Just in a complete oblivion state with 0 regard to guests and those who are not up and out at 7 am. Of course my partner would have a pinched nerve and required the whole bed for space. All suites have only queen beds in the main bedroom so, I had to sleep on the murphy bed in the living area which put me right by the door and the Grand Central Station hallway. We stayed for 14 days and 13 of those days, (I got to sleep one night in the bedroom) I was woken up between 7-8 am. I'm doing this review while still in the room on our last day here. Of course, having been woken up early and now, just waiting for my partner to wake while listening to the marching band banging in the hallway and I CANNOT wait to get out of here. If you ask for the top floor (which I always do but failed this one time), request to be as far from the housekeeping room and the entrance from outside as possible, you don't have a light sleeper sleeping in the living area and you nor anyone you are traveling with is a night owl and sleep in later than most, this hotel would be perfect for you. It's beautiful, most staff are super friendly and certainly a place for families. Just not a place for couples with no kids who appreciate a semi quiet morning.

    Jan 14, 2021
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Amazing hotel

    This is a very nice choice if you don’t want to pay very high prices but also don’t want to stay at Pop Century & All Star. This hotel combines everything good about the expensive hotels with the cheaper hotels in Disney World, creating an atmosphere different than everything that I had ever seen on the Disney World. The pool & food are very nice. Customer service is, of course, fantastic. The shop in the hotel is ABSOLUTELY incredible & it has the most amazing smell. For people traveling with people who have some sort of disability, I also recommend. In my group (friends & family) we have an autistic person, & our needs were absolutely full filed. Thank you so much.

    Jan 10, 2021