We had the true pleasure of staying at Disney’s Art of Animation resort for two nights. I very highly recommend this resort. In the Value category, this resort delivers beyond expectations!
We arrived around 11am and headed to the lobby. The lobby itself is amazing, filled with sketches and designs from the movies. It’s a true treat to be able to see the imagination and creativity of the animators up close.
Immediately we were approached by a cast member with an iPad. She got us started (I had checked in online prior to arrival) and within 15 minutes we had our celebration buttons and our Keys to the World.
Art of Animation (AOA) is a HUGE, sprawling resort, that has four themed sections: Finding Nemo, The Lion King, Cars (all three of these are suites) and the Little Mermaid (single rooms). We chose to stay in the Little Mermaid section, as we were only staying 2 nights. The Little Mermaid rooms are located at the far end of the resort, away from the action of The Big Blue Pool and Landscape of Flavors. However, we had a car and two energetic little boys, so the the distance was no big deal. Plus, there is a pool in this section of the resort.
Within minutes of arriving to our room, there was a knock on the door. A cast member arrived with balloons and a birthday card for our oldest son! I had mentioned that we were celebrating his 3rd birthday and they decided to sprinkle a little bit of extra pixie dust! I can’t tell you how wonderful that was. PQ was thrilled and it truly set the tone for a magical vacation.
The Little Mermaid rooms are not exactly large, so you must strategically pack. Because we were going to another resort for the duration of our stay, I had packed a separate bag for our stay at AOA. If we were in one of the suites, this would have been a non-issue. There are two comfortable double beds, one dresser, and an area to hang clothing (no closet). The theming is warm and wonderful.
The three pools here are some of the best for little ones! I love The Big Blue Pool, which is the main pool and located in the Finding Nemo courtyard. Not only is it HUGE, zero-entry is amazing; while underwater you can pretend you are at a concert directed by Horatio Thelonius Ignatius Crustaceus Sebastian. Little ones have a blast playing with Nemo’s pals at Schoolyard Sprayground; darting around the sprays and jets of water.