If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out Disney’s Art of Animation resort, I wanted to give you an idea of what you can expect. First of all, Art of Animation resort is sectioned into different areas; Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. Three of the four sections (Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King) have family suites that will sleep up to 6 people (1 Queen Bed and 1 Double-Size Table Bed and 1 Double-Size Sleeper Sofa). The Little Mermaid Rooms are the size of a traditional standard room (2 Double Beds or 1 King).
Since we stayed at the Pirate Rooms over at Caribbean Beach on our last Disney trip, we decided to go girly and stay in The Little Mermaid rooms. These rooms are so beautifully designed and are perfect for any Ariel fan!
Headboards on the double beds are shaped like clam shells, Flounder & Sebastian on the wall. Even a picture of Prince Eric at the Helm of a ship. Doesn’t get more Little Mermaid than this!
Oh, and notice the pearl on the clam shell? It lights up! How cool is it that the Disney Imagineers thought to include this little detail! It’s the little things that make the room so special. Like an Octopus to hang your jacket or purse on or dancing under water creatures on the bathroom curtain. Even the carpet makes you feel like your are under the sea!
As if the Little Mermaid room at Art of Animation Resort wasn’t cute enough, we really had a treat when we went to the Big Blue Pool area. This is the largest pool among the Disney resorts and it is spectacular. It features a zero-entry design and state-of-the-art underwater speakers! Many of the value resort pools are lack luster in my opinion, but Disney really did it right with the Big Blue Pool. Besides the Big Blue pool, there are two other smaller pools located near the Cars Suites and Little Mermaid Rooms. While not as large, they are themed and just as nicely decorated.
On the other side of the pool and kids water area is Righteous Reef playground. It is a great place to let the kids work off some energy. Kids from ages of 2-12 will enjoy the multiple slides and caves!
The hub at Disney Art of Animation is in the main check in area. Just past guest services, you will find the Pixel Play Arcade, the large Ink & Paint Shop Gift Shop and the quick-service Land of Flavors. While I am not a HUGE fan of most quick service food courts, this one was pretty good. I was pleased to see that they had a fish option for the kids meals.
Over all, I was very pleased with Art of Animation. We absolutely loved the Mermaid rooms and it was worth the extra cost to stay at this Value resort as opposed to the others. If you have little girls, they will be over-the-moon in the Little Mermaid rooms! And even though it is classified as a Value Resort, The Big Blue Pool area makes you really feel like you are at a Moderate or even a Deluxe. It is that well done.
Have you stayed at Art of Animation? What did you think of it?