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

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See Ya Real Soon!
Apr 4, 2011
WELCOME! to the FAQ thread for Disney's new Art of Animation Resort in Walt Disney World, Florida! Here you will find lists of amenities, room types, and answers to general questions about the resort.

Disney's Art of Animation Resort overview:

Opened: May 31, 2012
Resort Category: Value
Closest Theme Park: Hollywood Studios
Guest Rooms: 1,120 family suites 864 standard rooms
Address: 1850 Animation Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL, 32830

Disney's Art of Animation Resort combines the magic of Disney animation with a resort experience you will love. Built on the site of Pop Century's abandoned Legendary Years expansion, Art of Animation is Walt Disney World's newest resort hotel that will leave you in awe. AoA includes 10 guest buildings, Animation Hall (main lobby, food court, gift shops), and 3 pools, and is just a short walk from neighboring Pop Century Resort.


Art of Animation Resort is divided into four sections, themed after classic Disney movies: Finding Nemo, Cars, the Lion King, and the Little Mermaid. There are two room types available at Disney's Art of Animation Resort: standard rooms, which sleep up to 4, and family suites, which sleep up to 6.

Standard Room diagram:

Family Suite diagram:


Family Suite - sleeps up to 6

Located in the Finding Nemo Courtyard are:
The Big Blue Pool - Art of Animation's main pool.
The Drop Off pool bar
The Schoolyard water play area for kids
Squirt's Righteous Reef playground
Life-size statues of Nemo characters: Mr. Ray, Crush, Marlin, and Nemo


Family Suite - sleeps up to 6

Located in the Cars Courtyard are:

The Cozy Cone Pool - one of Art of Animation's quiet pools
Life-size statues of Cars characters: Lightning McQueen, Sally, Mater, Ramone, Flo, Sheriff, Luigi, Guido, and Filmore.
The Cozy Cone Motel "office"


Family Suite - sleeps up to 6

Located in the Lion King Courtyard are:

The Elephant Graveyard playground
Life-size statues of Lion King characters: Mufasa, Timon, Pumba, Simba, Shenzi, Banzai, Ed, Scar, and Zazu.


Standard Room - sleeps up to 4

Located in the Little Mermaid Courtyard are:

Flippin' Fins Pool - one of Art of Animation's Quiet Pools
Life-size statues of Little Mermaid characters (more detail to come after the opening of the Little Mermaid section)

*Standard Rooms include two double beds. Family Suites include sleeper sofas, table beds, and a queen sized bed.


Art of Animation is home to three pools, the main pool located in the Finding Nemo section, and two quiet pools, located in the Little Mermaid and Cars sections.

BIG BLUE POOL: The Big Blue pool is located in the Finding Nemo courtyard and is the largest resort pool on Walt Disney World property. It features a kids water play area, a poolside bar, and underwater speaker systems projecting the voices of Finding Nemo characters. This is one pool you wont want to miss!

FLIPPIN' FINS POOL: The Flippin Fins pool is located in the Little Mermaid courtyard and is a designated quiet pool.

COZY CONE POOL: The Cozy Cone pool is located in the Cars Courtyard and is a designated quiet pool.


Art of Animation is a bus-serviced resort that includes direct transportation to any Walt Disney World theme park (this includes service to water parks and Downtown Disney). Bus transportation will not take you to another Disney resort. You will need to transfer at Downtown Disney to a bus to the resort you wish to visit. *Guests wishing to visit Pop Century can take a scenic walk across the bridge over Hourglass Lake*

The good news is...Art of Animation does not currently share busses with other resorts!!


Landscape of Flavors food court: The main food court at Art of Animation is Landscape of Flavors. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features tasty American and worldly cuisine. The 'mini restaurants' inside the food court are: The Soup-Salad-Sandwich Shop, The World Flavors Shop, The Pizza Shop, The Burger Shop, and The Market. Fruit smoothies and drinks are made to order, and teas, beer, gluten free beer, and juice is also available. Landscape of Flavors is split into four areas, themed after the four Disney movies utilized in the guest rooms.

Drop Off Pool Bar: Drop Off Pool Bar is located in the Finding Nemo Courtyard and seves drinks and quick foods.

Additional FAQ:
1. Can I request a guest building for my stay?

Absolutely! You may request any movie section of the resort when booking your stay. However. be warned that requests for certain floors or views are REQUESTS and your desired room may not be what you get in the end. If, upon arrival, you are not granted the room that you asked for, bring it up with a cast member at the front desk. Im sure they will be happy to try to work things out!

2. What amenities are available during my stay?

A concierge, laundry service, babysitting service, pizza delivery, and wheelchair-accessable rooms are all available at Art of Animation. Inside your room, you will find Cable TV, Wi-Fi,a Hairdryer, a safe, an iron/ ironing board, and a mini fridge for your personal use.

3. Are Refillable Mugs available for purchase?

Yes! You can buy your refillable mug at Art of Animation :)

4. How do I get to Art of Animation from highway I-4?

Take exit 65 off I-4 for Osceola Parkway West toward Animal Kingdom/Wide World of Sports. Turn right onto Victory, right onto Century Drive, Art of Animation is 1850 Century Drive. (Special thanks to jenaemmaFL's daughter)

5. Where can I find even more information?


Previous Art of Animation threads:


This thread will be updated once more questions arise. Have fun and enjoy your stay at Walt Disney World's magical new Art of Animation Resort!

*all pictures and info used in this thread are courtesy of wdwinfo.com and disneyworld.com*

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Invented the term "Characterpalooza"
Aug 23, 2008
Many thanks for doing this! Can't wait to stay there for the first time this December!


<font color=deeppink>Ohh do I get to be first?<br>
Jul 29, 2006
:yay: YAY a new AoA thread! :cheer2:

Thanks for your hard work, disneydreamfan14! :flower3:
  • wahmtexas

    DIS Veteran
    Sep 24, 2008
    Question: none of the pics seem to show doors between the rooms in the family suites, are they there?


    DIS Veteran
    Sep 16, 2008
    Question: none of the pics seem to show doors between the rooms in the family suites, are they there?
    From the reports I've read and podcasts I've heard, there are doors on at least the master bedroom in the suites.
  • Jessij25

    Earning My Ears
    Jul 10, 2012
    So loving this!!!! We can't wait until April!!!!

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    Jan 12, 2010
    How awesome are you for putting this together!!!! Thank you!!!!!


    Jambo Wildbunch Gang
    Mar 7, 2007
    Now that I know for sure that the rooms have interior doors, I would love to know what the "Lobby" for each building looks like. I heard that there may be mug filling stations inside each building or did they mean each section? A small food court in each section wouldn't be a bad idea IMHO.
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