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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 8697 reviews
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Good Hotel with Terrible Bus Transportation

    Hotel was okay for a value resort and we enjoyed our stay overall, but the bus service was AWFUL. We arrived at the bus stop out front over an hour before our breakfast reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table (which were prepaid), and there were probably 300+ people in line. It wrapped through the queue and all the way past the main entrance. We had two disabled people in our party, and the wheelchair line was 10 deep. It wasn’t even at opening time either. Considering only two wheelchairs can load each bus, we were looking at arriving closer to lunch than breakfast. After waiting half an hour with no bus, my daughter social Ed teacher & mom of daughter w/autism & Chiari malformation) went to the front desk and was met with little concern - until she told them she was reporting them for not being prepared to deal with people with disabilities (and violating the ADA). Two managers in suits were quickly summoned and plans were hatched to call more buses and possibly get us a complimentary van. Within 5 minutes, FOUR Disney buses, two of which were doubles, pulled up and cleared the entire line in 15 minutes. It’s ridiculous that they didn’t care until they were worried about bad PR or legal issues. Both my daughters had to literally sprint to the castle with my granddaughter (in her arms the whole way) to sign in within our reservation window.

    Nov 26, 2022
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Decorations were great. However....

    The hotel was clean. The food was a 3. Pizza & pancakes good, bacon too salty. My husband disliked his eggs. A little noisy during the dark, but no arguing or partying. Went back to the hotel for a nap & nearby housekeeping was noisy until I asked them to try to lower their voices. They did. The Pool Bar was fine but not enough variation for my husband. Nice staff but the luggage clerk gave incorrect information. A warning about the room door: since there is no balcony, there is no way to keep the door open w/o risking insects. My cellphone didn't work indoors, so I had to try to keep the door open w/my foot & it hit my 2nd shortest toe. After 11 days, it still hurts but is unbroken. I wish the doors wouldn't automatically lock w/o having to take out a card or key.

    Nov 25, 2022
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Not worth the Disney price tag

    Basic clean hotel that Disney decorated a little bit to charge more. Stayed for a week in the cars area in a family suit with my husband and our two sons 2&4. The pool was good, good safety with plenty of lifeguards. Food court was okay, nothing great to eat. Expected Disney prices. No cleaning of the rooms but they did leave a linen cart in the hall everyday if you needed more. The transport to and from the parks via skyliner or bus was a hit or miss. About a 15 min ride either way to any park on top of a wait of 15 mins average and an hour or more after a fireworks show etc at busy times made this hotel for the price not worth it to us to stay again. For the amount of money they charge the hotel is just okay and the distance and transport to and from the parks is pretty bad. I much rather go to Disneyland stay in the Grand California Hotel for the price which has me literally an elevator ride down from the parks. Much more worth the price.

    Nov 19, 2022
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Fab Disney Stay

    We stayed in a Little Mermaid room for 10 nights, we were in block 7 and found the walk to the lobby and skyliner fine. The themeing in the room was great and we had housekeeping every 2 days to change towels and empty bins and had a larger clean about halfway through our stay. The beds were really comfy and there was a coffee machine and small fridge in the room. We ate at the hotel restaurant Landscape of Flavours a few times and felt there was good choice. The hotel pools were great and our daughter enjoyed swimming in them, the lifeguards were constantly on watch and there were a number of them at each pool, we felt they kept the pools very safe. The only negatives we had was there is limited clothing storage in the bedroom - there are 3 small drawers in the main bedroom and a hanging rail in the bathroom area, we had to leave some items in the suitcase for our stay. The only other negative was we had a connecting door between us and the room next door, this allowed sound to travel and for our last couple of nights another family moved next door who were very loud, because of the door we could literally hear everything they said, if they had of been next door the full length of our stay we would have asked to move rooms. Otherwise we really enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay here again.

    Nov 19, 2022
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Amazing!!!!

    First time at Disney with the kids. I chose this resort because I wanted the most Disney themed one that we could afford. Unfortunately we couldn't afford a suite so we stayed in the Little Mermaid room. It was adorable. Just enough room to pack everything and be comfortable for the week. It was super clean, the beds were pretty comfortable. Some people talk about how far it is from the main lobby and it's true. We were in the furthest building away facing the back of the resort. The 1st day it doesn't seem so far but when you make the trip multiple times a day it becomes a lot. There are shuttle busses that take you to all of the parks and Disney Springs. We only used the Disney springs bus. We drove to magic kingdom and to animal kingdom as we wanted to make early entry. The skyliner was the highlight of the resort. It was clean, comfortable, quick And we ended up taking trips on it for fun on our rest days. The cafeteria had pretty good food. Lots of things to choose from such as pasta, pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, French fries etc. They also have refrigerated sections with desserts, salads, drinks, pretty much anything you can think of. They have the most beautiful mermaid cupcakes and they are delicious.The pools were clean and generally not too busy. The light cars were extremely attentive, I always felt safe. All in all I would definitely return to this resort but request a room not so far away from the activity hub.

    Nov 14, 2022