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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Dining options are available for this property.
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Multiple amenities are available at this hotel.
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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 8498 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Finally back to Disney!

    After an 8 year hiatus from Disney, took my 7 year old stepson and my husband - both of whom had never been. We decided to stay in the Cars Suite at the Art of Animation which provided a separate bedroom for us and allowed my stepson to choose between the pull out in the living room or the murphy bed (a bit closer to the door). We paid a little extra for the suite but well worth it! The room comes with two bathrooms - one specifically in master bedroom area. It also has a kitchenette area which worked well in the mornings when we ate in our room prior to heading to the parks. The room can comfortably fit 4-5 people. They fulfilled our request of Building 3 which is a short walk to the Cozy Cone pool as well as the main hotel and the Big Blue Pool. We visited the quick service dining area during our only day when we stayed at the hotel and swam in the pools. It was adequate and definitely had lots of choices. We played in the arcade and my stepson worked on a mickey tie dye shirt which he loves! For a value resort, it definitely checked off all the boxes for us. I have stayed at most of the Deluxe properties in the past but for this trip and with a younger son who loves Cars this was the obvious and smarter choice. Hope you all enjoy your trip to Disney!

    May 30, 2020
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Resort was nice, but rooms are small and overpriced considering now you have to pay a parking fee

    One of the perks of staying at a Disney resort was the avoidance of daily park parking fees and Disney transportation. While the skyliner did shorten the commute to two parks, sometimes the wait times for busses were excessive. Three months later we stayed at a neighboring resort that was cheaper, had a regular shuttle service and even when we used Lyft it was a nicer room with better resort amenities for a far better price. I am a Disney fan, but am not sure I will be using their resorts in the future. Too many better and more reasonable alternatives elsewhere. I am truly embarrassed for Disney and their move to charge for parking and/or resort fees.

    Apr 22, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Holiday magic

    Fantastic service holiday was amazing will definitely be staying there again if we go back to disney. Pool was fantastic entertainment was top notch and everybody was so helpful and friendly. Food choices were not great but was comfort food and saw it getting made fresh

    Apr 20, 2020
  • 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