Disney Review: Art of Animation Resort {Cars Family Suite}

Recently our family had the opportunity to stay at Walt Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. This was our first stay at a value resort and here’s what we thought…

At first glance Art of Animation is very colorful and wonderfully themed. The whole atmosphere screams “DISNEY!”.

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Wall of sketches in the lobby of Animation Hall.

The resort has four sections: Little Mermaid (sleeps up to 4) and three family suite sections: Cars, Finding Nemo, and Lion King (sleeps up to 6). It’s an ideal resort for large families or families of 4 who might be bringing along grandma for some Disney fun. Our family stayed in the Cars section. This part of the resort is very close to the main building, Animation Hall, the food court, and the buses (which load at the front of the resort) with a less than 5 minute walk. This section also has its own pool, the Cozy Cone Pool, which is much more quiet than the Big Blue Pool {a big plus!}.

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Once you are in the Cars area you are transported right into Radiator Springs. Each of the 3 buildings in the this section has life-size cars from the movie nearby for children to touch, climb on, and take pictures. This was very neat! Our kids enjoyed taking their pictures with cars from the movie each time we left for the parks.

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Ramone, a family favorite!

The rooms were comfortable. We were a large group and filled the room with max occupancy. The suite has a bedroom with full bath and a living area with sleeper sofa, murphy bed, full bath, and kitchenette. The small kitchen area was equipped with a coffee maker (standard, by the cup with pods that are in all Disney resorts), microwave, paper products and plastic utensils, mini fridge, as well as a shelf and counter space for housing snacks.

Living Space with Sleeper Sofa, Drawer Storage, and Kitchenette.

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Table which converts to murphy bed.

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Car wash in the bathroom!

The resort has one food court, Landscape of Flavors. We were very pleased with the food selections offered and the quality of the food, however the service was sub-par. Over our stay we dined here twice and each time the food court was overrun with people (in the off season) and the service was extremely slow. If you plan on dining at the resort this is your only option. There is not a table service restaurant offered here since it’s a value resort.

Ink & Paint is the gift shop located in Animation Hall. We loved the shop! It was very colorful and had a variety of Art of Animation souvenirs from cups and shirts to magnets and key chains. There were also hats, candies, and Disney toys for sale. If you forget something from home, don’t worry–there is a small section with over the counter medicines, detergents, and toiletries–all at the Disney price of course :-) .

We took advantage of the Cozy Cone Pool and Big Blue Pool during our stay. The Big Blue Pool is located in the Nemo section and is the largest pool on the resort’s property. There is a convenient snack bar at the pool and also a fun Nemo themed splash pad area for toddlers and preschoolers.

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Big Blue Pool Area

We had heard nightmarish things about buses at value resorts but we were pleasantly surprised. While the lines to get on the buses were long, we never waited for a bus longer than 10 minutes.

All in all we give this resort 3 out of 5 stars. The themes throughout are UH-mazing and a must see/do if you have young children. The food court served up some yummy eats but due to the large amount of guests on property it was extremely crowded. The rooms were comfortable but for the price you pay to stay here, a moderate or deluxe, when discounts are offered, would be more enjoyable due to the luxury and quietness you get with an upper tier resort. So would we stay here again? Probably not, but we do think if you have kids that LOVE these movies this resort should be on your list of “try at least once” places to stay at Walt Disney World.

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