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Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Ranked #8 of 154 Hotels in Kissimmee
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 9, 2014

My family and I ventured to Disney in September and stayed at the Art of Animation. This place is awesome. The girls were in all the minute we walked in the door and it got better as we went to our room. The life size statues of the Lion King, Nemo and Little Mermaid were simply amazing. There is a cars area but we did not get to that part. The pool area is also pretty cool because you can hear music under the water. My only issue with the resort is the park transportation is very far from the outer buildings. This is a must do value resort.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 9, 2014

We stayed here for two nights during our two week stay in Orlando. We have previously stayed at top-end Disney resorts such as Grand Floridian and Animal Kingdom Lodge, but I must say we loved this place. It was welcoming, bright, fun and just a lovely place to stay for the proper Disney lovers. You are surrounded by oversize statues of the characters and everywhere is colourful and welcoming. We stayed in a Car themed suite and it was faultless. Large comfy beds, small kitchenette and spacious seating area. Large bathroom and a very spacious shower area. The three pools are brilliant with underwater music playing in the main pool. There are activities around the main pool all day long and my two children even joined in (11 & 15). The arcade was a fun place for all ages and the shop well equipped with all items needed. The restaurant had brilliant choices of food from salads, wraps, burgers, pizza and more. reasonably priced too from what we could see. I would even consider staying here longer next time and giving International Drive a miss and staying at a Disney property for my full stay. Expect plenty of children as it is a perfect place for all ages.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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3  Thank Lunnpolylil
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Reviewed May 8, 2014 via mobile

Last minute booking for 2 adults , child themed resort we had a great time. Great location for parks and downtown disney. All the disney standards at hotel clean friendly safe for kids at the pool with life guards on duty being very enthusiastic. We were in the little mermaid part of resort an only had to use the smaller pool which wasnt small and was a bit quieter . Cafe was easy to use with a great selection of meals .

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
3  Thank jackodanapoint
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Reviewed May 8, 2014

This resort is awesome! You completely get submerged in Disney which is great. The themeing is excellent. My children loved the big nemo themed pool as well as the smaller pool in the Little Mermaid section that we stayed in. The food options were so much better than the other disney value resorts. My favorite was the create your own pasta! I have nothing negative to say about this resort, it was perfect!!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank jennifer g
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Reviewed May 8, 2014 via mobile

Great hotel. Location. Staff extremely helpful. Food great. 4 great disney areas cars, lion king, nemo and the little mermaid. We stayed in the mermaid area, the room looked superb we will be visiting again.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
3  Thank Stephen P
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

Disney's Art of Animation Hotel is beautiful. The lobby is filled with rough animation drawings from all of the Disney and Pixar movies. There is an animator drawing throughout most of the day and they have animation drawing lessons 3 times per day. The property is HUGE and the rooms are lovely. The big blue pool is a great way to cool off after a few hours at any of the parks and there are two smaller pools. I loved the decor and thought they did a great job representing the characters throughout.

Where there are problems, mainly revolve around the lack of food options. The only option is cafeteria-style faire making it mostly impossible to eat healthy. There is always fruit and some good snacks, but generally, there is not a good option for anything great. Pizza, burgers, pasta, etc. Even the breakfast omelets are made with some oil concoction that made the omelet taste terrible. And finally, the walls throughout the complex are quite thin. I could hear any and all activity in the halls and my door shook whenever someone else closed theirs.

Generally, I recommend the hotel. It is economical. The rooms are huge and we had a lot of fun.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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7  Thank Ilyssa V
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

Stayed here for four nights as part of a graduation trip with a friend. It had beautiful grounds and themed rooms. Ours was a Little Mermaid themed room. Room was clean and well-maintained, and air-conditioning was a godsend in the heat. If you are fans of Disney movies such as Little Mermaid, Lion King, Cars or Finding Nemo, this resort is a pleasant trip down memory lane. Convenience of MagicBand to enter room and parks or make purchases could not be understated. Service was great though our Spanish-speaking receptionist could have been clearer and friendlier in her approach.

Cons of this experience was the lack of basic amenities usually found in hotels, such as complimentary water or kettle. As it's a 'value' resort, this may be expected but for the price already paid, such amenities should be provided. The size of the resort necessitated a 5-10 min walk from the rooms to the food court for stuff such as hot water or even medication. This proved to be an inconvenience to my friend who fell sick on the third day of our trip.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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2  Thank PrinceLelouch
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Additional Information about Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Address: 1850 Animation Way, Lake Buena Vista, Kissimmee, FL 32830-8400
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Kissimmee
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 154 Hotels in Kissimmee
Price Range: $211 - $597 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Disney's Art of Animation Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 1984
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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