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Old 01-01-2014, 04:00 PM   #1
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AoA, give me the real story!

I've heard conflicting stories on Aoa and I am going there soon..... what's it really like?
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Old 01-01-2014, 04:38 PM   #2
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We stayed at AoA last August in the Cars section. I thought it was great (considering we usually stay at one of the Deluxe hotels when we go). It was themed beautifully. Food court was just ok -- a lot of weird selections for my taste and they didn't have chicken tenders which is all my DS eats!! Other than that we really enjoyed the resort and I would definitely stay there again!
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Old 01-01-2014, 04:47 PM   #3
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I've heard conflicting stories on Aoa and I am going there soon..... what's it really like?
I have heard conflicting things too. Seems like people either love it or hate it... No in between.
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:12 PM   #4
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I'm not sure what you're hearing. I've stayed at AoA twice now. Both times it was very nice. We stayed in a Little Mermaid room vs a suite. The walk from our rooms in the Little Mermaid section to the food court/buses was fine. Some think the walk is awful......I guess it might be in the heat/humidity of the summer, but it was only about 6-7 mins for us.
The pools are fun, with the main pool being fairly loud and busy. The other pools are less crowded. The food court was fine, for what it is.....a food court. Bus service was very good.
I never had an issue with noise....and the last time I was there (last June), we were in a ground floor room, facing the pool! I thought it would be noisy, but it wasn't.
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:42 PM   #5
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We enjoyed our AoA stay in a little mermaid standard room. However we have always been just as happy at Pop. The walk was pleasant for dining but we didn't do the refillable mugs because of the distance to the dining hall. Bus service was good to and from the parks. I'd go back to AoA particularly if we wanted a suite but for a standard room we will probably just return to Pop.
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:51 PM   #6
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We stayed at AoA in a Cars suite this past February and it was fantastic. It was very clean, quiet a great place to stay overall. The suites are very spacious and allow for everyone to move around without feeling stacked on top of each other. We even had our DS (age 4) sleep in the master bedroom so my wife and I could move around in the rest of the suite in the evening without fear of waking him up. I'd say the food court was above average and included a much wider variety of options than I was expecting. The bus rides to the DHS and AK seemed especially quick too.

I liked it so much, I plan to stay there again for my upcoming trip in June.
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:49 PM   #7
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Im curious as well. We are planning our trip for early June and Im very conflicted as to where to stay. My youngest is 4 and would love the decor but my 12 year old wants a place with a "cool slide"...So many choices!!!
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:55 PM   #8
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We stayed in a LM room for three days in October. The rooms are a bit of a hike after a long day in the park though. We love the food court....lots of variety. Buses were quick and efficient to and from the parks. We would stay there again. It's a beautiful resort.
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:02 PM   #9
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Is there a lot of noise in LM?
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:29 PM   #10
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Is there a lot of noise in LM?
I stayed in the LM section in January and found it to be very quiet. We requested a top floor room (hoping for it to be quiet) and were in Triton's building facing the parking lot at the very end of the hall. Not too far from the elevator, and we rarely saw anyone else in the hall (nevermind heard them.)

The walk, for two adults, from Animator's Hall to the LM rooms was about 5-8 minutes. This didn't bother us but I could see how a family with small kids might not like this.

We ate at Landscapes of Flavor two or three times for breakfast and dinner. Both times we enjoyed it and my picky DSis was able to find things she liked.

We had no problems with the bus service, except for the night we left MK at closing. The line to get on the bus had to be almost 200 people long! We jumped a bus to Pop and walked back to our room which didn't take long at all.

Over all we were very pleased, and would most definitely return! Enjoy your stay!
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:20 PM   #11
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Is there a lot of noise in LM?
We stayed over the busy Columbus Day weekend. The resort was at capacity. We were on the third floor facing the lake and we did not hear a thing.
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:08 PM   #12
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We stayed in January 2013 and LOVED it...we were in a Nemo suite and thought it was great for a family of 5. The busses were great too and a very short walk from Nemo section. My kids still talk about how great it was.
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Is there a lot of noise in LM?
We stayed October 2012 and the crowds were at about a 5 or 6. We were on the ground floor of LK near the ice machines. Right outside our bedroom window was were they had the evening movies. I was pleasantly shocked that we didn't hear any noise from either ice machines or movies - and I'm a very light sleeper. Noise level was important to us because we had a little one that still took afternoon naps which is why we chose LK (no pool).

I thought the food court had a nice variety of food choices, but I really missed having a table service restaurant.

Otherwise we loved the resort and would stay again. Our kids were young (5 and 3), so the pools worked well for us. They didn't miss having a slide. The theming was great and it was not nearly as spread out as I expected.
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:03 PM   #14
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I know my 4 year old daughter would love it but what about my 12 year old son? Would it be to babyish for him? How is the main pool?
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:18 PM   #15
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I think a 12 year old would love it. They will especially love it if they are fans of Cars, Lion King or Little Mermaid. The theming is fun and there is an arcade and everything. The main pool is quite large and centrally located.
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