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Staying at Disney Worlds Art of Animation Resort

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August 24, 2017

When we found out we were off to Walt Disney World, we were really excited to be staying at Disney’s newest resort, Disney’s Art of Animation which boasts storybook landscapes seen in such
classics as Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid.
Upon arrival you are treated to a visual delight and the curving wall is packed full of images, from their first creation to the final look. You can even take your own animation lesson!
Art of Animation Hotel
We stayed in a delightfully themed Finding Nemo family suite which overlooked the Disney Cars hotel and its wonderful themed courtyard that Sebastian adored.
Art of Animation Hotel
We always struggle to find large hotel rooms when we travel, but the family suite sleeps up to 6 adults.
Art of Animation Hotel Nemo Suite
The suite contains a bedroom with one queen-size bed; one double-size convertible TableBed; one double-size sleeper sofa; living room; 2 bathrooms (one with a shower and the other a bath) and a kitchenette.
Finding Nemo Suite - Art of Animation
We loved all the nods to the film which included themed units, images on the walls, porthole style mirrors with the wording “Fish are Friends” and themed bathrooms.
Finding Nemo Suite - Art of Animation
There is plenty of drawer / hanging space which meant that you could store everything comfortably without having to live out of a suitcase and an all important safe for any valuables. The kitchenette was well equipped with a coffee / tea maker, microwave, fridge, sink and tea & coffee.
Finding Nemo Suite - Art of Animation
There were two wide-screen televisions too, one in the bedroom and one in the lounge area where you could watch the Disney and news channels, as well as getting hints and tips about what to see in the parks.
Finding Nemo Suite - Art of Animation
The hidden beds took seconds to pull out and were fully made up so we just had to add pillows at bedtime.
Art of Animation
Housekeepers came in daily to clean the room and left little treats for the kids which included towel animals and making their cuddly toys get up to all sorts of mischief.
Art of Animation
The hotel also contains a restaurant, Landscape of Flavours which is open from 6am to midnight and serves a large variety of meals and snacks. We only had breakfast here but they serve cooked breakfast, cereals, pancakes, waffles and even made to order omlettes.
It was perhaps the outside of the Art of Animation Resort that really sold it to us. Each hotel is themed not only inside, but outside too and we enjoyed exploring each one, although the Cars courtyard was a firm favourite.
Cars - Art of Animation
The Finding Nemo courtyard is home to the largest Disney Resort pool and play area and the kids adored some downtime, splashing around with Nemo and friends.
Art of Animation
When you walked into the Lion King area, it was like entering the jungle and all your favourite characters were there for you to spot including Sumba, Timon & Pumbaa, Scar and Zazu.
Lion King
Eliza’s favourite area was the Little Mermaid, with giant sculptures of Ariel, Ursula and Triton…..
Little Mermaid
….as well as smaller ones of Sebastian, Flounder and Prince Eric.
Sebastian - Little Mermaid
The best bit about staying in a Disney resort is that you get complimentary Disney Transportation around the Resort and from Orlando International, so there is no need for a car, you have access to Disney Dining Plans with are free when booking with Disney’s current offer and on designated days, the Disney parks open early or stay open later for guests staying at Disney Resort hotels. These are called ExtraMagic Hours. Plan your stay with these in mind and you will get crowd-free access to the best rides.
The Dining Plan is great value way to budget for meals whilst you are staying at Disney and for each night of your stay, each guest receives:

  • 1 waiter service meal
  • 1 self-service meal (can be used for breakfast or lunch)
  • 1 non-alcoholic drink per meal
  • 2 selected snacks
  • Refillable mug (can only be used at the hotel)

There are over 100 locations to choose from and character dining is included with the waiter service meals. Self-service meals are great for casual dining or pit stops in the parks and snacks are available at Quick-Service restaurants and outdoor food carts throughout the resort, including drinks, popcorn, crisps, ice cream, sweets, biscuits and fresh fruit.
Here is a fab guide from explaining the different plans on offer:
Dining at Disney
Why not hop over and check out my 10 things I wish I had known before we went to Walt Disney World post, where you can find out my top tips for a successful trip.
Disclaimer:  This post is in partnership with Walt Disney World and Mumsnet. I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity and all opinions here are my own.

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    Ashleigh-Jayne O'Connell

    August 24, 2017

    Oh my God, this is just amazing. I love the temed rooms! It looks like you had anamazing time.

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    August 24, 2017

    It looks wonderful Kara. I love who well themed Disney hotels are. xx

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    Erica Price

    August 24, 2017

    What a magical place to stay! No wonder the kids all loved it.

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    August 24, 2017

    It looks like an a amazing place to stay! So pleased you got to go Kara, looks like you all had an awesome time x

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    Kristine Tsiknaki

    August 24, 2017

    That looks like great fun, especially for kids. I would probably prefer a princess themed room as an adult but I can see children loving the cars and finding nemo themes a lot.

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    Claire Rocks

    August 24, 2017

    wow. this looks and sounds amazing. I’d love to take my family there

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    Ana De- Jesus

    August 24, 2017

    Wow now that is what you call a proper resort room. I absolutely love the animation fish theme and its cool that you could try animation out if you wanted !

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    August 25, 2017

    Wow that looks amazing! I love all the photos too. SUPER JEALOUS!

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    August 25, 2017

    Aww wow it looks so magical! I can’t wait to take my children there when they’re older. Your photos are also lovely, so clearly show the facilities 🙂

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    Amy Hunt

    August 25, 2017

    Wow that looks like paradise for a child – I would have loved that when I went to disney, we stopped in a local villa (I went 10 years ago!)

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    Sophie's Nursery

    August 25, 2017

    Finding Nemo is my absolute favourite Pixar film – I would love to stay in that room!! x

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    Jess | The Indigo Hours

    August 25, 2017

    This sounds like a great way to get the most from your stay! Your suite looks fabulous, I love those porthole mirrors and there certainly looks to be plenty of space for you all 🙂 Love that the housekeepers left towel animals and the like, too!

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    Ayesha Farhad

    August 25, 2017

    OH MY GOD! My son would be ecstatic staying in the cars hotel or the finding Nemo one! here’s hoping we finalise our trip to the states!

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    Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook

    August 26, 2017

    How stunning! What a feast for the eyes. You all look like you had a great time.

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    August 26, 2017

    How very amazing is this, I would love to visit Disney worlds, I am loving the mufasa monument.

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    August 26, 2017

    This looks amazing! Bet you had a fantastic time.

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    August 27, 2017

    This looks like so much fun and I love the nemo themed room! I think cars would have also gone down well with my little ones too!

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    London Mumma

    August 27, 2017

    We are off to Disney Land Paris, in November. And we have booked a Disney themed hotel too, super excited to take my daughter.

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    Newcastle Family Life

    August 27, 2017

    We have been looking at visiting Disney in a few years and it is great to see the hotels sleep families of five. This looks like such a brilliant hotel for children, I love the themed areas and all the little touches to the deco x

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    Super Busy Mum

    August 27, 2017

    This looks like so much fun! My daughter LOVES drawing and this would actually blow her mind.

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    August 29, 2017

    So nice and amazing. This is really so knowledgeable and super. Good job

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    Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    August 29, 2017

    Oh wow! It looks magical. We really hope to take the kids one day too.
    Lovely to hear that you all had an amazing time 🙂

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    September 6, 2017

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    March 28, 2018

    Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is such a great place for families to stay. The themes are such a lot of fun, particularly for the younger ones.

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