My sister and I stayed here for a week in September. We chose the Little Mermaid section as it was just the two of us and it was away from the "party pool" area. The complex is well designed and very colourful. Our room was on the fourth floor, overlooking the lake that separates Art of Animation from Pop Century resort. While not huge, it was big enough for us and we had plenty of space to put our stuff. We don't spend a lot of time in the room anyway. The decor was whimsical and fun. The rooms are very clean as is the entire area. I had read reviews that the walk was very long to Animation Hall where the food court eating area is located. Really? No. It was maybe a 5 minute walk. If one cannot take that, then the parks will be brutal.
The food court area, Landscape of Flavours, is quite large. There are four different "stations" where you can get your food. We only used it for breakfast so I can't comment on lunches or dinners. The food was pretty good. They have everything from muffins, cereal, and fruit cups, to pancakes, bacon and eggs or breakfast sandwiches. There's a good variety. It does get busy but we typically had breakfast around 7am. It wasn't too busy at that time. One day we went later and it was very busy.
Buses will take you to the various parks and they run about every 20 minutes. There's a fairly large waiting area and signs clearly mark the parks.
There are three pools. We used the quiet pool at the Little Mermaid section. The main pool was always very busy and too noisy for our tastes.
Overall, I found the stay here very enjoyable and staff very friendly. I had created an online account that managed our reservation and discovered we would be testing the new "Magic Band" system Disney is implementing. By checking online early enough, we were able to customise our bands by selecting the colour and having our name put on them. These Magic Bands acted as our room key, park admission tickets, FastPass+ passes for certain rides, and room charging card. We also got a card we could use if we wanted to. They were very easy to use. Also, you can check in with the hotel up to 60 days in advance of your arrival. We did this and upon our arrival at the hotel, our welcome package was ready and waiting for us. A woman armed with her iPad came up to us and took our name. She brought up our reservation on the iPad and said she'd be right back. A few minutes later, she was back with our welcome package. No waiting in the line at the desk. She went over everything with us. The whole process was less than 10 minutes.
I usually don't stay at the same place twice when I visit Disney World but for my next trip, I think I'd stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Be surrounded in the artistry, enchantment and magic of Walt Disney and Disney•Pixar movies. Stay at a Disney Resort hotel that invites you to explore the storybook landscapes seen in such classics as Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. From delightfully themed family suites to wondrously detailed courtyards, Disney's Art of Animation "draws" you and your family in to become a part of some of your animated favorites. ... more less
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