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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.


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


Hotel details


Dining options are available for this property.
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Multiple amenities are available at this hotel.
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This property offers numerous 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 8592 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    We stayed here for 8 nights in little mermaid. The hotel is very well themed and all the staff were very nice. I would like to give an extra applause to Rich at the front desk & Zach from housekeeping for their great service. I would absolutely recommend this hotel especially for first time Disney guests.

    Sep 15, 2021
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Run do not stay here. Your hotel/resort should always matter

    We only came because Animal Kingdom Lodge was close at the time. They have since opened. This place is nice on the outside but the inside. Bug roaches and oh my! The pest manager tells you well it’s Florida. Well this not professional. We never had any bugs on our previous stays at the other resort. Run don’t stay here. Pool is nice swamp by kids and adults. Arcade is nice swamped by kids and adults. The food is horrible. If we do return, it will be off property. The magic is also gone. Poor Disney.

    Sep 04, 2021
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    2 night trip

    Stayed for 2 nights mainly so my kids could see the Cars and Little stuff on the grounds. Great hotel will go back!! Very easy to get around the very large grounds pools are great. Face mask policy was crazy. Fine for adults but when you want kids 3 years old to keep mask up properly is a bit much

    Aug 26, 2021
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Awesome Resort!

    My family and I absolutely love this resort. The theming is so fun. We have stayed here on 3 different trips. Our first trip we stayed in Finding Nemo, our second trip the Lion King and our third trip Cars. You can't go wrong with any of them. I would say the theming in Nemo and Cars is a little better than Lion King but they are all really nice. I would not recommend paying the extra for the Nemo suite unless your kids really love that move over the other 2. The walk to transportation really isn't that different. The Nemo building is closer to the Big Blue Pool but the Cars Pool is nice too. Lion King does not have its own pool. There is a third pool at the Little Mermaid but we have never used it because that is somewhat of a walk from the suite buildings. The actual suite is nice but on this last trip my kids were a little older and no one wanted the pull out couch bed. It's not a typical pull out couch, you don't feel awful springs like you do in some of them but the mattress is thinner than a typical mattress so it makes for a pretty hard bed. The table bed has a normal mattress so that one is very comfortable. It is really nice to have the extra full bath when traveling with 4 kids. Overall, I would highly recommend this Resort. My only complaint would be the price.

    Aug 20, 2021
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Not Disney Anymore

    Limited transportation. I’m staying on property at Disney’s Art of Animation, but I have to drive my car to some meal reservations because there is no bus service available. Then, I have to wait in line for security before I can park my car. Rude “service” overall. Housekeeping doesn’t come every day to empty the waste basket or drop off new towels unless you ask them. Something about service every other day. (I understand that some hotels don’t turn down the beds everyday, but not stopping by to empty the trash is really bad.) Some employees actually started conversations with me to complain about their jobs and Disney management. Staff seems demoralized. I feel somewhat bad for them, but I don’t go on vacation to hear complaints. Rides keep breaking down. I’m here now, but I can’t wait to leave. I am very unlikely to ever return.

    Aug 19, 2021