Disney’s Art of Animation Resort may be considered a value property at Walt Disney World, but personally, I’ve never felt that way. I’m not ashamed to admit that it is my favorite Disney resort. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is filled with fun and some pretty cool features too.
From the extraordinary decor, the extra space of the family suites and the activities around the Art of Animation resort – it isn’t your typical accommodations – I know I’m at Walt Disney World as soon as I step on property.
Check out these seven interesting facts about Disney’s Art of Animation Resort –
The Big Blue Pool has 310,000 gallons and is the largest pool on Disney property, not counting water parks
While the resort has three pools, the Big Blue Pool is always our first choice. And here’s a fun, little secret – if you listen while underwater, you can hear Nemo and friends talking to each other.
The flooring in Landscape of Flavors food court is made from all recyclable materials. Guests dine with real silverware on melamine, reusable dishware instead of paper and plastic.
The Landscapes of Flavor food court has a great variety of food – from chicken nuggets and pizza to the ‘create your own pasta’ bar, curry chicken and my personal favorite -the Surf & Surf burger, a crab cake topped with fried shrimp and cajun remoulade sauce.
The resort’s 27 acres of landscaping and irrigation is the equivalent of twenty football fields.
When you stay at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, make time to explore the other areas of the property. From Radiator Springs and the Cars crew to The Lion King, Finding Nemo and even The Little Mermaid – the attention to details are incredible at this resort.
With 227,000 lineal feet of carpet could stretch from downtown Orlando to Kennedy Space Center.
While you should always watch where you are walking, keep an eye out for Hidden Mickeys in the carpet. There are quite a few at this resort and my family and I love seeing who can be the first to find them. (Can you find the Hidden Mickey in this picture below?!)
Explore the East Australian Current with a giant-sized Mr. Ray whose wings span reaches 27 feet.
You’ll find the Finding Nemo buildings closest to Animation Hall (aka the main building) and next to the Big Blue Pool. Mr. Ray is iconic and definitely worth of a photo opportunity during your visit.
Pencil drawings of Ariel, Lightning McQueen, Nemo and Simba adorn the entryway, and a whimsical chandelier composed of 77 animation storyboards enhances the lively and modern Animation Hall lobby.
As you enter the resort’s main doors at check-in, you’ll notice rough sketches along the walls of some of Disney’s most popular characters. As you make your way further along the hallway, you’ll notice the sketches become more and more distinct, finally reaching the color sketches – bringing the stories to life.
The “Finding Nemo” “Cars” and “The Lion King” are family suites with elaborate storytelling both inside and out. Family suites include two bathrooms, a kitchenette and three separate sleeping areas that can sleep up to six. “The Little Mermaid” wing features 864 standard style guest rooms.
The themeing in each of these movies areas is incredible. Even if you don’t stay at the resort, it is worth visiting just to check out Radiator Springs and all of the cars on display. The attention to details are incredible — definitely a true Disney experience.
Take time to explore this fun resort on your next Walt Disney World vacation. No matter the age of your children, they’ll have tons of fun at this resort — and I’m certain you will too!
Have you visited Disney’s Art of Animation Resort? What’s your favorite area?
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