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

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  1. dnsmills

    dnsmills Disney Obsessed

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    It's not the snow that's so much a problem as it is the ice. It will snow and then warm up during the day & melt some snow. Then at night it will drop below freezing and freeze everything solid. That's the problem we have here. But we may get 1 or possibly 2 snow falls a year do its not a constant problem.
     
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  3. KapBoy77

    KapBoy77 Mouseketeer<br><a href="http://www.disboards.com/s

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    Wow that's actually not bad. Now I'm debating if it would be better just to rent a car or depend on the buses...
     
  4. sixkristy6

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    We have that happen here and it sucks, makes it harder to drive.
     
  5. stindall

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    honestly, I'd save the money but that's just me. You'll have to pay for parking too which I think is $15. Like others have said, AoA currently does not share busses with any other resort so it'll be better than if you stayed at some of the deluxes.
     
  6. EpcotBill

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    If you're staying at a Disney resort like AoA for instance you don't pay to park at the theme parks.
     
  7. Jessij25

    Jessij25 Earning My Ears

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    I am here in GA so when it snow, I don't care if it don't stick to the ground, I call off from work and I let the kids stay home!! Lol I know crazy right!!!

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  8. stindall

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    good to know. Still not enough for me to rent a car.:)
     
  9. deedee2177

    deedee2177 Disney Darling

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    We are going the week after Thanksgiving and I am having the same concerns. I'm originally from Florida and I know at that time of year it can still be very warm or it can get very chilly. Guess I will be visiting the weather channel website quite often closer to the trip! :-)
     
  10. TinkandPooh

    TinkandPooh Mouseketeer

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    Its been great keeping up on this thread to keep us going until our trip.
    Its getting closer and I am getting more excited by the day :goodvibes
    We just paid our final payment on trip about a week ago and now just waiting for about another week o get our packag in the mail :cool1:
    Now off to Disneyland for the rest of this week to tie us over until we can get to Florida :goodvibes

    Quick question for hose of you that have had to fly to get to WDW.....
    If you had a baby around the age of 16 months would you buy a seat for him or her or would you choos the on the parents lap option???

    Not used to flying and have never flown with little ones.
    Last time we were at WDW was in 2006 and we didnt have babies back then
     
  11. popcenturylover

    popcenturylover Mouseketeer

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    In our experience the buses were pretty bad the whole time compared to the last time we stayed at POP. They were best in the AM. Our last 2 days at POP the bus service was MUCH better! I think that we waited a max of 15-20 minutes with 5-10 being the norm. At AOA we ALWAYS waited at least 15 min. for a bus with the max being about 30 min.
     
  12. popcenturylover

    popcenturylover Mouseketeer

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    I know that it's a free service & that Disney tries it's best! Not really complaining just stating what the negatives were about my stay at AOA!!!
     
  13. popcenturylover

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    If you read my whole post it wasn't just about the buses! I posted ALL of my negatives about the resort! I also said that overall it was a good stay but, wanted to post the negatives as opposed to all of the positives!
     
  14. lolobug

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    I have a question for a 1st time visitor w 2 little kids- our top destination will be MK. Will we be inconvenienced staying here if we have to go
    Back and forth to the room? Also, if we are on the bus should we bring our bob double stroller or 2 singles? Thanks!
     
  15. bookgirl

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    My rental is in Late October, Sat to Sat with Thrifty. After taxes (and Florida has a bunch) for a full sized car it was $208. This is one of thier "hot deals" prices, they also do a wild card rental where you only know you're getting standard or larger and that usually runs about the same. That one you can get anything from a small 4 person car(four door) to a suv, it just depends.

    Since the deal for a full sized was the same price as the wild car I just decided to stick with the known on this trip, but I've done the wild car a lot and it was fine for three adults.

    I tend to rent cars because I go off site to shop or eat or this year make a run over to IOA. Once on site I use the buses 98% of the time. I however am not lugging kids, strollers or a daypack that could be used to trek a mountain.
     
  16. buffalogirl

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    Regarding caffeine free diet coke, looking at easywdw pics, I don't think they have it. Here's the link:
    http://www.easywdw.com/uncategorize...u-food-seating-condiment-pictures-aka-part-2/
    It looks like the Coke options are regular, diet and coke zero. I'm also a fan of the caffeine free diet coke, so I'm hoping someone else comes on to say that it's been added. :goodvibes
     
  17. PeachesDoesHair

    PeachesDoesHair Mouseketeer

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    We were there 9/22-29 and found the buses to be pretty good. There were only a couple of occassions we just missed a bus or it was standing room only (I have 4 kids 9, 7, 3, and 10 months so I'd rather wait for a second bus since we have a stroller too). There was one instance at Epcot where we waited probably 15 minutes. Several empty buses drove by, did not pick up anyone, and continued on. Pop had two buses in that time frame. Just remember, Pop has had a lot longer to get a feel for their transportation requirements compared to AoA. I was very satisfied with our experience though. It was pretty on par with Pop aside from one instance.
     
  18. stephie1012

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    Checked out on 10/5. Stayed in lm section building 8 facing parking lot ground floor. Room request was building 7 ground floor. Checked in on the 29th. It was insane! A cm wrote our name down while we were in the online check in line and brought our package. He couldnt even tell us where abouts our room was. I was really disappointed. Room was adorable! Very far! It wasn't worth the walk to refill mugs lol. Food court was ok. Our food was always cold though especially burgers. We walked over to pop one night an really enjoyed the food court there much better. Busses depended on your timing. On our mk day we got to bus stop by 7am and was in mk by 730ish. Not bad at all. We enjoyed the nemo pool and cars pool. We prefer a quiet pool and spent the most time at the cars pool. We had issues with our neighbor and the cms weren't very helpful at all. We had plenty of towels. No bday card or nothing in room for dds bday on the 30th. It was nice staying in a new resort but wouldn't stay LM again. If we stayed at AoA again it would be in the cars section.
     
  19. TempusFugit

    TempusFugit Are you a fan of delicious flavor?

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    Thanks for all the recent reviews. DW, myself, and two DSs 7&2 will be staying in Nemo suite the end of January. Most of the recent feedback has been for LM. Any suggestions for Nemo or other suites? TIA
     
  20. princessap

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    I am curious too...Nemo suite here for March! Make sure you call tomorrow and get discount applied!
     
  21. jcarwash

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    Going back and forth to your AoA room from MK is going to be a decent amount of time...between waiting for a bus and taking the bus, it could all add up to some hours.

    Certainly if you wanted to build a break into your day, it would be fine, but the resort is not convenient to MK so you really can't go back and forth with a lot of spontaneity. If someone said "I need to run back to the room" you won't expect to see them for an hour or more.

    As for the stroller choice, I would advise the two singles. You need to be able to fold your stroller(s) plus have it be relatively convenient for you on the bus while you are sitting or standing.
     
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