Disney's Art of Animation Resort Info Thread! Mouseketeers welcome!

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  1. goofy4tink

    goofy4tink No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator Moderator

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    Big difference between a family suite and a regular standard room!! My LM room is costing me $148 for Sunday night, and $173 (I think) for Sat night. Expensive? Yep. But it's only for two nights. We'll be at Music for the first 4 nights...at half the cost!!

    And the walk? I've had worse walks at deluxe resorts!!! Man, the walk to my room in Tokelau at the Polynesian was a lot longer. And the walk to most of my BWV rooms? Double. And AKL-Kidani? Don't go there...if you have a distant room you might want to pack a snack for the walk to the bus stops!!!

    And stay at a deluxe for that price, but get more amenities? Nope. Those that are staying in these costly family suites usually have at least 5 in their group....which is going to put them out of the deluxe room occupancy. So, they get a larger 'room', with sleeping for more, as well as privacy for mom and dad, two TVs, a kitchenette. I think they are a very good value. But, it all depends on your needs.
     
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  3. 2012bella13

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    We got on the bus at 6:45 but he waited a few minutes for another family, he told her that he would only wait for 5 minutes- her husband & another child had not got to the bus stop yet, I think it was a little longer than that.
    We got to the park about 7:15 am, there was morning traffic, we were prepared to have to wait & keep DD busy, but in the end it worked out great for us!!
     
  4. 2012bella13

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    I was thinking the same thing!!! We stayed in a Cars Suite but we walked all over the Resort even the back side, it did not seem like a long walk to me, we walked all of this after a day in the park, & I am no young chick either;):dance3:
     
  5. mmtwinmama

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    Hi! We have a LM room booked for our trip in June. I'm still debating on switching to a suite, but I'm having trouble justifying the extra 1k! Did that by upgrading to CL at BC for our last trip and was so disappointed. We are not in the room much anyway.
    Anywho... Thinking of purchasing two refillable mugs. Mom and I are coffee drinkers. I'm a runner so I have no problem walking over to get coffee each morning. How early can I get coffee?
     
  6. 2012bella13

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    Landscapes opens a 6AM, My DH was waiting every morning for coffee, even though our suite had a coffee maker, we only used it 1 time.
    It is alot of extra money, the only reason we got the suite was because My DD wanted to stay there & my sister was going also, she needed her own space & had her own bathroom.
     
  7. mmtwinmama

    mmtwinmama Mouseketeer

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    6am is Great! Thank you! I can even go twice if 6 am. I'm an early bird.
    My boys are 11 are not keen on the LM rooms, but insist on AoA so it is what it is!
     
  8. mmtwinmama

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    Has anyone ever done this? We have a LM room booked for 6 nights. I won't upgrade to a suite now, but.... IF I decide to (and suites are available) mid trip would they allow us to pay for a suite for the remainder of the trip? Or would that mess up the tickets? Just thinking even just for two or three nights it might be nice to switch...
     
  9. Marblies

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    I have stayed in multiple resorts in one stay.
    If you are referring to your park tickets, switching rooms (or resorts) won't effect them even if you purchased a package deal. Sometimes they can transfer remaining park tickets to your new KTTK and sometimes you have to carry a second card that has you park tix on it.
     
  10. lovingeire

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    I have to agree, that depending on your family, the suites are a great value! Many families would have to stay in a villa and this provides them a more affordable option, with a lot of space, for a more reasonable price. We have a family of four and stayed there in Dec vs. a Deluxe because my youngest is a Cars fanatic and we loved the extra space! We are staying Deluxe on our next trip to be closer to MK, but when the youngest is older we will return to MK, especially since we plan to have one more child. That being said, what you get for your money is a great value! Is it more expensive then a standard value room, yes, but it is still a great value compared to staying in a villa!
     
  11. ManyMinnie

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    My point was if you want a room closer to the main building, you will pay big bucks for it.

    Luckily for us, we were able to use a CM 40% discount on our LM room. I'm glad we didn't have to pay more.

    If I (I, I, I, no mention of a family with 5 people) am going to pay the kind of money Disney is charging for the "value" family suites, I would spend that money at a mod or deluxe first. I have stayed all levels of resorts and yes, the mods and deluxes have more amenities than the values do.

    Luckily for us, if we ever decide to go back, we won't be forced to stay at AoA. There are lots of other options to choose from.

    AoA is not someplace we'd stay again. YMMV

    Just because we didn't care for it doesn't make my opinion any less valid.
     
  12. HBGdancermom

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    Hi everyone,

    So excited! We are booked at AoA 10/21 to 10/25 in Nemo. :cool1: This will be our 2nd trip to WDW and the first staying on property. DH, myself, and DS13, DS11, DD7.

    I have two questions: On checkin day, if I check in right at 8am do you think we will have enough time to get to Epcot for rope drop by the bus?

    Also, I know my boys will love the arcade. Does anyone know how much it costs, etc and will they take WDW giftcards in the arcades?

    Thanks!

    Vickie
     
  13. linseyjo26

    linseyjo26 Earning My Ears

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    Hello! Can't wait to stay at AOA in just 5 weeks! A few questions I can't seem to find the answers for:
    We have requested the Lion King suites. Has anyone had an issue with the noise from movies at night?

    Do they sell 1/2 gallons of milk at landscapes? If so how much do they cost?

    My kids don't drink pop. Are there any other drinks they might like ( lemonade, juice, hi-c) for the refillable mugs?

    How long should we plan on travel to the Polynesian for an ADR? ( Disney buses)
     
  14. 2012bella13

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    I can help with only 1 ?, they do have MM & Hi-c for the refillable mugs, my DD does not drink pop either. They do have single serve milks, somewhere in a thread someone said they did have half gallon milks, but I do not remember seeing any.
     
  15. linseyjo26

    linseyjo26 Earning My Ears

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    Great to know! Thank you so much!
     
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    It may mess up dining though if you have that too. Not sure how they will work it
     
  17. Goofy22

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    They definitely do sell half gallons in the refrigerated section close to where the beer n wine is kept ;) The also have Iced Teas and there is a powerade in the fountain my son would get that its like gatorade i believe it was blue and I believe a lemonade also .
     
  18. switch15foot

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    AoA Bus ? ... after reading all 135 pages ... From what I understand the busing has been for the most part very few issues. I'm never concerned about the wait coming back from the parks but more about going to the parks, I'm big believer in arriving for RD. Would it make sense, if lines long for MK bus, to hop on Epcot bus and take monorail to MK? Any opinions would be much appreciated as I've only been once prior, but have learned so many tips and tricks from the DIS.
     
  19. pugs05

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    For the ADR we ended up just grabbing a cab at AOA. It was definitely worth it. Only about $20. I was really worried about making it on time since I knew we had to take the bus to a park and then the monorail. On the way back we took the monorail to MK To see the fireworks and then the bus back. If you take the bus I would probably leave an hour and a half before your ADR just in case. Xl

    They did have half gallons of milk but I can't remember the cost.
     
  20. jdcthree

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    I would just wait for an MK bus. If the lines are really long and a bus fills up, another bus will come pretty quickly. Taking the bus to EPCOT and then taking the monorail to MK will waste too much time.
     
  21. beth4

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    I agree. Just wait for another bus. They come pretty quickly. We never had to wait more than 10 minutes.
     
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