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Old 04-10-2013, 06:24 PM   #1
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Art of Animation Review

Hi!
My family and I just returned from our spring break trip (April 2-6) and had a wonderful time! Yes, it was crowded...however we knew going in it would be crazy and had a good plan of attack. We were able to do everything we wanted to do (including JTA...thanks for the tip to get there early...we arrived at 8:05 and gates opened at 8:25!!!).

This trip included my nephews, my parents (the boys Nana and PopPop) and myself. We were originally going to stay at POR in one room, but when AP discounts came out we decided to change to AOA for $150 more...best money we spent!!!

Arrival:
Great welcome from all CMs, smooth check in and ticket pick up (we arrived around 1PM). Our room was not ready so we headed to the food court for some food and by the time we were done eating I had received the text with our room number. My only request (besides Cars Suite) was to be close to transportation! Our request was met!!! We opted to use luggage assistance for our bags (we drove)...it was very quick and the workers were outstanding! For us the tip was worth using them. We also used when we departed...they took the luggage rack right to the car. The CM was fantastic and we enjoyed conversation before we departed.

Food Court:
We ate in the food court 3 times...all 3 times the food court was busy, but not crazy. We ate around 1:30PM, 7:30PM and 9:00PM. For me the food was just ok (as my stomach did not cooperate on this trip). They did have a good variety of food to choose from and all the food I ate tasted good. The rest of my party was very happy with the selections and taste.

Room:
The room was awesome. The attention to details is amazing. We utilized all 3 beds. My parents said the queen bed was good. I slept on the table bed; this was a great choice as this bed has an actual mattress and was comfortable. The boys slept on the couch and had no complaints! The set up was perfect for us, as we could put the boys to sleep (usually between 8 and 9) and then relax in the master bedroom and watch tv and such. The two bathrooms were also put to good use with 5 of us in the room.

Transportation:
No complaints at all I believe our longest wait was 15 minutes at MK trying to return. Even though it was spring break week we only stood once on the bus. We usually traveled early morning (7AM, 8AM and then one time 9AM) and then again in early evening (between 6:30-8PM). One time we did opt to wait for the next bus as to not have to stand. The next bus arrived in 3 minutes!

Pools:
The boys enjoyed both the Finding Nemo pool and the Cars pool. They loved the Finding Nemo pool. My only observation about the Nemo pool was how they how it set up. You are not able to sit in chairs near the zero entry part (which I completely understand) and we had to stand. This worked for us since we went after returning from the parks, but I am not sure how this would work during times of day when it is really packed!

Overall:
We would happily return to AOA again! Everything was as expected and the extra room was most appreciated!

Thanks for reading!
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:20 PM   #2
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Hi!
My family and I just returned from our spring break trip (April 2-6) and had a wonderful time! Yes, it was crowded...however we knew going in it would be crazy and had a good plan of attack. We were able to do everything we wanted to do (including JTA...thanks for the tip to get there early...we arrived at 8:05 and gates opened at 8:25!!!).

This trip included my nephews, my parents (the boys Nana and PopPop) and myself. We were originally going to stay at POR in one room, but when AP discounts came out we decided to change to AOA for $150 more...best money we spent!!!

Arrival:
Great welcome from all CMs, smooth check in and ticket pick up (we arrived around 1PM). Our room was not ready so we headed to the food court for some food and by the time we were done eating I had received the text with our room number. My only request (besides Cars Suite) was to be close to transportation! Our request was met!!! We opted to use luggage assistance for our bags (we drove)...it was very quick and the workers were outstanding! For us the tip was worth using them. We also used when we departed...they took the luggage rack right to the car. The CM was fantastic and we enjoyed conversation before we departed.

Food Court:
We ate in the food court 3 times...all 3 times the food court was busy, but not crazy. We ate around 1:30PM, 7:30PM and 9:00PM. For me the food was just ok (as my stomach did not cooperate on this trip). They did have a good variety of food to choose from and all the food I ate tasted good. The rest of my party was very happy with the selections and taste.

Room:
The room was awesome. The attention to details is amazing. We utilized all 3 beds. My parents said the queen bed was good. I slept on the table bed; this was a great choice as this bed has an actual mattress and was comfortable. The boys slept on the couch and had no complaints! The set up was perfect for us, as we could put the boys to sleep (usually between 8 and 9) and then relax in the master bedroom and watch tv and such. The two bathrooms were also put to good use with 5 of us in the room.

Transportation:
No complaints at all I believe our longest wait was 15 minutes at MK trying to return. Even though it was spring break week we only stood once on the bus. We usually traveled early morning (7AM, 8AM and then one time 9AM) and then again in early evening (between 6:30-8PM). One time we did opt to wait for the next bus as to not have to stand. The next bus arrived in 3 minutes!

Pools:
The boys enjoyed both the Finding Nemo pool and the Cars pool. They loved the Finding Nemo pool. My only observation about the Nemo pool was how they how it set up. You are not able to sit in chairs near the zero entry part (which I completely understand) and we had to stand. This worked for us since we went after returning from the parks, but I am not sure how this would work during times of day when it is really packed!

Overall:
We would happily return to AOA again! Everything was as expected and the extra room was most appreciated!

Thanks for reading!
We just stayed there too! We had a Finding Nemo suite and it was awesome! We loved the Cars area too. I loved the theming. We will be staying there on our next trip too- loved it!
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:35 PM   #3
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Thanks for this! We are going here in January and this makes me feel relieved. My girl was deadset on going here and I was a little worried. :D
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:52 PM   #4
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Nice review
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:45 AM   #5
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Excellent review. We are headed there in less than a month!
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:30 AM   #6
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We are staying in an AoA LM room in August. Glad to hear it was a good experience for you.
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:44 PM   #7
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We're going to be there in 4 weeks! Can't wait thanks for the review
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:49 PM   #8
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Greta review, thank you


We will be checking in in 29 days!
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:08 PM   #9
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Thanks for the review! I am planning a trip for Sept 2014 (so I have time) and I want to stay here. I would love to get a Lion King suite but unless I find a great deal I will probably book the Little Mermaid room. Sounds like so much fun!
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:44 PM   #10
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Thanks for the review - we're looking forward to going in August!

Just one question ---- JTA???
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:17 PM   #11
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So glad you enjoyed reading!!


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