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Old 06-14-2013, 11:56 AM   #211
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Is it reasonable to walk anywhere from AoA resort? More specifically, I'm looking at HS and TL, which appear to be close enough, but I'm wondering if the map misrepresents the actual distance? I've walked from CR to MK in 10 minutes (but there is a walkway).
I'd say it isn't reasonable to walk anywhere from AoA. (Well, except for walking across to Pop Century.)

CR to MK, or for example Boardwalk to HS, are set up with walkways for those purposes. Resorts like AoA, Pop, etc. aren't set up where they are expecting you might want to walk.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:36 PM   #212
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Are the LM rooms a haul to the main building? We stayed in the 90's section while at Pop and that was a walk for sure. Is it comparable?
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:37 PM   #213
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Very excited...first time at DW for my family and myself. I'm completely lost because I've been working with a travel agent and trying to read the forums to come to my own conclusions, but the opinions are very split. Thanks to everyone, I won't be getting a dining plan...I realized it would've been a waste of money for my family. I'm now trying to communicate with my TA what preferences I have as to my room location. I'm positive we're staying at AoA in a Nemo suite. I'm trying to stay as close to the bus stop as possible, my mother is going to have a hard time walking in the park as it is...no need to add on extra walk time to the bus stop. Any suggestions? Ps...I don't know all of the acronyms, so please work with me if I ask you what so e of these stand for...most I can figure out, lol.
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:20 PM   #214
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What LM building is nearest to Animation Hall and the bustops?
The Triton bldg is number 9, Ariel bldg is 8, and Ursula is 7. Bldg 9 (Triton) is maybe 6 steps closer than bldg 7, if that. And it all depends on where in the bldg you are. If you're facing the pool, on the ground floor of 7 it's going to be closer than if you're in bldg 9 but on the back side, top floor.
If I had to say, I would give bldg 9 a slight edge only because it's on the same side of the resort as Animation Hall and the bus stops. Bldg 7 faces the lake.

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Is it reasonable to walk anywhere from AoA resort? More specifically, I'm looking at HS and TL, which appear to be close enough, but I'm wondering if the map misrepresents the actual distance? I've walked from CR to MK in 10 minutes (but there is a walkway).
Nope, no walkways. You can walk to Pop but that's about it. And you really don't want to just walk along the road in the grassy area. Just not a reasonable thing to do.

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Are the LM rooms a haul to the main building? We stayed in the 90's section while at Pop and that was a walk for sure. Is it comparable?
I would say they are comparable. I stayed in the Rubik's cube bldg at Pop...and in bldgs 7 and 9 at AoA. It is a pretty similar walk. But, it's a more entertaining walk due to all the theming.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:13 PM   #215
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cab ride to parks from art of animation resort

We are going to be staying at art of animation in December and anticipate long bus lines.Wondering if anyone has taken a cab to the parks from here and if so what was your experience in doing so.We staying at all star movies during spring break and took a cab and it was awesome!Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:46 AM   #216
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Hi- we are here now. Checked in about 10pm Saturday night. I had done on line check in and requested (LM room) near transportation and an upper floor. We got just that. We are 3rd floor, corner room right by the stairs, parking lot side. Easy trek down the stairs ... Then thru LK section to get to Landscape or along the parking lot sidewalk for busses.
The room- I was cranky when we first arrived so was a little annoyed with the room size. Im just coming off a BC CL room in August so I think that was part of the problem. We had a luggage issue also- I had called when we got into the room and told them to deliver our luggage ASAP and we did not care how late it was. It never came. At 5:30 am I called and it was a tough "who's on first" conversation, but we got our luggage 10 minutes later. Then about 15 minutes after that there was another knock... Luggage services again to help us check out. LOL.
After that hiccup and my crankiness subsided we are much happier. So so glad we brought extra hangers. We also are utilizing the shelves above the hanger area for pajamas, bathing suits, hats... I also left my stuff in the suitcase and in the luggage rack. Its actually not bad at all.
The curtain separating the sink area is the best. Kids are snoring away right now while my Mom is getting ready.
On Wednesday we do a room switch to a suite so I am looking forward to it, but I honestly would not mind staying put either.
Oh and the busses have been great. Very lucky so far.
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:21 AM   #217
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Very excited...first time at DW for my family and myself. I'm completely lost because I've been working with a travel agent and trying to read the forums to come to my own conclusions, but the opinions are very split. Thanks to everyone, I won't be getting a dining plan...I realized it would've been a waste of money for my family. I'm now trying to communicate with my TA what preferences I have as to my room location. I'm positive we're staying at AoA in a Nemo suite. I'm trying to stay as close to the bus stop as possible, my mother is going to have a hard time walking in the park as it is...no need to add on extra walk time to the bus stop. Any suggestions? Ps...I don't know all of the acronyms, so please work with me if I ask you what so e of these stand for...most I can figure out, lol.
I just wanted to give you a link to Abbreviations we use here that you might find helpful!

http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...89&postcount=1

It hasn't been updated in several years, but most of what you might wonder about should be listed!
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:07 AM   #218
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Hi- we are here now. Checked in about 10pm Saturday night. I had done on line check in and requested (LM room) near transportation and an upper floor. We got just that. We are 3rd floor, corner room right by the stairs, parking lot side. Easy trek down the stairs ... Then thru LK section to get to Landscape or along the parking lot sidewalk for busses.
The room- I was cranky when we first arrived so was a little annoyed with the room size. Im just coming off a BC CL room in August so I think that was part of the problem. We had a luggage issue also- I had called when we got into the room and told them to deliver our luggage ASAP and we did not care how late it was. It never came. At 5:30 am I called and it was a tough "who's on first" conversation, but we got our luggage 10 minutes later. Then about 15 minutes after that there was another knock... Luggage services again to help us check out. LOL.
After that hiccup and my crankiness subsided we are much happier. So so glad we brought extra hangers. We also are utilizing the shelves above the hanger area for pajamas, bathing suits, hats... I also left my stuff in the suitcase and in the luggage rack. Its actually not bad at all.
The curtain separating the sink area is the best. Kids are snoring away right now while my Mom is getting ready.
On Wednesday we do a room switch to a suite so I am looking forward to it, but I honestly would not mind staying put either.
Oh and the busses have been great. Very lucky so far.
Thanks for sharing! Have a magical trip!
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:32 PM   #219
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I just wanted to give you a link to Abbreviations we use here that you might find helpful!

http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...89&postcount=1

It hasn't been updated in several years, but most of what you might wonder about should be listed!

Thanks! I needed that myself!
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:49 PM   #220
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Very excited...first time at DW for my family and myself. I'm completely lost because I've been working with a travel agent and trying to read the forums to come to my own conclusions, but the opinions are very split. Thanks to everyone, I won't be getting a dining plan...I realized it would've been a waste of money for my family. I'm now trying to communicate with my TA what preferences I have as to my room location. I'm positive we're staying at AoA in a Nemo suite. I'm trying to stay as close to the bus stop as possible, my mother is going to have a hard time walking in the park as it is...no need to add on extra walk time to the bus stop. Any suggestions? Ps...I don't know all of the acronyms, so please work with me if I ask you what so e of these stand for...most I can figure out, lol.
Size up your mother's walking abilities BEFORE you arrive. One reference gives the distance one might hoof it as at least 4 miles in the park a day usually more than that so go for a day long hike with mom, take breaks, eat but cover the miles and see if she can do it. If not, budget for wheels and don't let pride get in the way. The walk at the resort, any of the resorts, is a drop in the bucket compared to a day at any of the parks. Emotionally, you will be glad a slow walker can roll along and not tucker out and give rise to resentments and short tempers to spoil the magic. Ditto with short young legs. Get the older kids a stroller too not just the toddlers. They have to take 2-3 steps to your one all ye self-absorbed parents! Melt downs can be avoid and those around you are OOOOOO grateful.
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:30 PM   #221
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Just back from a 7 night stay in cars suite. We were DH, DD7, DS5, and myself. We were in building 3 and faced the lake. We had a blast! The resort is beautiful. The beds were comfy and having 2 bathrooms made mornings a cinch (wish we had 2 at home!) I heard very little noise from other rooms or hallways (we were on first floor at far end from main building.) I had been very concerned about ac. But we kept it at lowest setting and we were fine. We did notice one night that shutting the bedroom door made it seem stuffy, but we opened it and we were fine.

The pool is amazing! My son decided to try underwater swimming thanks to the sounds. He is so proud of himself and told us it was his favorite part of the trip. On the one day we couldnt swim (storms) they had games and crafts for the kids inside. I was surprised at this and my kids had such a good time my DD said she was glad it rained!

Bus service was good for us. We had no problems and didnt wait more than 15 or 20 minutes at max. Many times we walked up and right onto a bus. We came back to resort almost every afternoon with no problems. Once we were the only people on the bus (which my kids thought was cool.) No long lines, except for end of night - which is to be expected. They sent 2 busses that time, so all in all good transportation.

My only con is Landscape of Flavors. We ate 2 meals here and stopped in every day multiple times for mug refills. While I didnt experience the chaos some have mentioned what I did experience was not quite warm food and very dirty eating areas. I am not a perfectionist and I do expect some mess in such a heavily used area, but it was - more times than not - filthy. Definately not the Disney standard I am used to. I wonder if the enironmentally friendly floor is difficult to clean? That is a small blemish on what truly was a wonderful stay. We met many CMs who were friendly and pleasant and a couple who made our stay extra special.

I would reccommend AofA to any family. My kids flipped over the decorations. My son took pics of all the cars and wants to hang them in his room. A great resort for families for sure!
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:48 PM   #222
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Just back from a 7 night stay in cars suite. We were DH, DD7, DS5, and myself. We were in building 3 and faced the lake. We had a blast! The resort is beautiful. The beds were comfy and having 2 bathrooms made mornings a cinch (wish we had 2 at home!) I heard very little noise from other rooms or hallways (we were on first floor at far end from main building.) I had been very concerned about ac. But we kept it at lowest setting and we were fine. We did notice one night that shutting the bedroom door made it seem stuffy, but we opened it and we were fine.

The pool is amazing! My son decided to try underwater swimming thanks to the sounds. He is so proud of himself and told us it was his favorite part of the trip. On the one day we couldnt swim (storms) they had games and crafts for the kids inside. I was surprised at this and my kids had such a good time my DD said she was glad it rained!

Bus service was good for us. We had no problems and didnt wait more than 15 or 20 minutes at max. Many times we walked up and right onto a bus. We came back to resort almost every afternoon with no problems. Once we were the only people on the bus (which my kids thought was cool.) No long lines, except for end of night - which is to be expected. They sent 2 busses that time, so all in all good transportation.

My only con is Landscape of Flavors. We ate 2 meals here and stopped in every day multiple times for mug refills. While I didnt experience the chaos some have mentioned what I did experience was not quite warm food and very dirty eating areas. I am not a perfectionist and I do expect some mess in such a heavily used area, but it was - more times than not - filthy. Definately not the Disney standard I am used to. I wonder if the enironmentally friendly floor is difficult to clean? That is a small blemish on what truly was a wonderful stay. We met many CMs who were friendly and pleasant and a couple who made our stay extra special.

I would reccommend AofA to any family. My kids flipped over the decorations. My son took pics of all the cars and wants to hang them in his room. A great resort for families for sure!

Sounds great...can't wait to go in November!!! About the food area.... We stayed at Pop twice before, and mornings were always a mad house! I'm so happy that we have the mini kitchen in the suites. I plan to order groceries and get easy breakfast food. It should make things a lot easier.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:44 PM   #223
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I just wanted to give you a link to Abbreviations we use here that you might find helpful!


It hasn't been updated in several years, but most of what you might wonder about should be listed!
Thank you sooooooooo much, I felt very simple after reading some of the acronyms while others gave me the light bulb affect!
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Sounds great...can't wait to go in November!!! About the food area.... We stayed at Pop twice before, and mornings were always a mad house! I'm so happy that we have the mini kitchen in the suites. I plan to order groceries and get easy breakfast food. It should make things a lot easier.
I was unaware that you could order groceries...how can I make this possible? Can I order them so that they're there when my family arrives? Is there a particular offsite store that offers this service? Sorry for the million questions...
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I was unaware that you could order groceries...how can I make this possible? Can I order them so that they're there when my family arrives? Is there a particular offsite store that offers this service? Sorry for the million questions...
Alot of people use garden grocer to order there stuff. There prices are a bit high and there is a delivery fee I believe. They deliver right to your resort.
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