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Old 06-30-2012, 03:31 PM   #31
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What is the problem with the walk from LM to Animation Hall or the bus stops...it's 5 mins max!! I read all of the complaints about the long walk from 90's at POP to the food court - we always ask for 90's..it's a short walk. No offence intended, <b>but I sometimes think you US guys have forgotten what your legs are for.</b>
LOL - sounds like me talking to my 11-yr-old DD! I always tell her it's a great thing to be able to just get up and walk to everywhere you need to go. When we stayed at CSR last year, I read post after post about that VERY LONG DISTANCES between the various buildings and the main building (El Centro?). We stayed at the very back of the resort (back edge of Ranchos one step away from the parking lots) and it was still only a few minutes to walk to El Centro.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:34 AM   #32
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I have not stayed in the Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation, but I have been there. I really enjoyed my visit and all of AOA did scream Disney! I think AOA will please alot of children and Disney fans.
The Little Mermaid section is far from the food court & lobby & bus stop. For me personally & if I could afford it, I would rather have a suite near the lobby and food court area just for the convenience & time of running back and forth with children for the arcade, food, buses, refills in my Disney cup etc !
But if I could not afford a suite and I had to choose a room in the Little Mermaid Section I think it would be worth it and would just go prepared to not to be close to lobby! If not on the dining plan I would not purchase the cup and spend at least 20 minutes of time running from my room to food court & back again just for a refill! I would plan on keeping water, drinks, small coffee maker, snacks, breakfast items etc.,in my room to cut down on trips made!
So...I think it just depends on how much a family or individual, is going to enjoy all the animation, enough to stay at Little Mermaid section vs the convenience of a room at another resort, and using the food court & arcade close to their room for a cheaper price than a suite. Do you have a car? You could drive to the lobby! If you cannot afford a suite or a car then Disney has not left you with any choice but a standard room in the Little Mermaid section and to walk!
At other resorts I have stayed in standard rooms and preferred rooms, and even camped at Fort Wilderness(alot of walking there.) I don't think one really made that much difference over the other in my vacation and had a great time every time. You just plan a little more differently.

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Old 02-05-2013, 08:51 AM   #33
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Stayed there in Dec and booked it for two nights in May. Yes, it's a bit further from the main bldg than other bldgs. But, it's only about 5-6 mins, depending on walking pace.
There is a lot to look at along the way as well. I loved walking through the Lion King section...so very cool!!!
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:27 AM   #34
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I stayed in the Little Mermaid section in October. From looking at the map and from driving from the lobby over to the buildings, it did seem like it was a long way from the main building. But, then I walked it the first time, and it really wasn't that far at all. Just a few minute walk. Definitely not worth stressing over.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:58 AM   #35
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Stayed there in Dec and booked it for two nights in May. Yes, it's a bit further from the main bldg than other bldgs. But, it's only about 5-6 mins, depending on walking pace.
There is a lot to look at along the way as well. I loved walking through the Lion King section...so very cool!!!
I was going to say this exact same thing! We stayed here for Marathon weekend last month in an LM room. We have a 1 year old (stroller) and a 5 year old. One of my 5Y/O DS's favorite things to do was play in the Lion King area on the way to and from our room. There was so much to see that we didn't notice the distance from Animation Hall to the LM buildings.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:27 AM   #36
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Its good to hear some positive input about it because it is such a pretty new resort! One year I stressed out about staying in a standard room (and I'm used to walking at Fort Wilderness for goodness sakes)at another resort and we ended up loving it! We were close to our car and their wasn't many people at the smaller pool!
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:12 PM   #37
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I was there in Sepetmber and I am a runner and LIKE to walk. It was a HIKE.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:52 PM   #38
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I asked because walking in the parks is a challenge and even seriously injured me one year. I was a little nervous about adding a long hike to the room.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:27 PM   #39
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Although we didn't stay at AoA, we stayed at Pop and actually walked over there a couple of times to have lunch and check out the resort. We walked through all the areas, and then returned to Pop via the bridge. I didn't think the walk was long at all. The grounds are lovely and there is so much to look at.
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