Take a peek! We received a preview tour of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – including touring Suite Sized room in the Nemo section of the hotel – when we attended a dinner event at Disney’s newest Resort Hotel during the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.
I’ve got lots of photos to share and a video tour too – so enjoy the virtual trip below.
To sum it up on the high level: The Art of Animation Hotel is pretty much the dream hotel for a 3-6 year old. Bright colors are everywhere along with decor themed to immerse guests into the storyline of Classy Disney and Disney Pixar films.
And the pool is stellar for kids – it is Disney’s largest resort Pool and is basically Nemo’s Playground. Kids love water, and I suspect this pool will be a giant lure for many kids who will be begging to leave the theme parks for more time at the hotel pool. For kids, this hotel really is the stuff that dreams are made of……
As soon as you step up to the hotel you are greeted by Animation Sketches galore – both on the outside of the hotel and everywhere within the main lobby. Think Bright lights, vibrant colors, and all the characters your children adore from Floor to Ceiling.
And even the light fixtures bring animations to life. Disney is always all about the details.
What’s different about the Art of Animation Hotel:
Basically, this new Value Resort has a TON of suites at an affordable price so it’s a great option for large families to stay on Disney property. The hotel will open in several phases over the next few months – starting May 31st with the Nemo wing. Suites also provide a great way to save on meals as they include microwaves and mini kitchenettes – ideal for a quick breakfast in the room and to pack lunch to bring with you to the park. For a large family or anyone who wants to be more frugal, this can be a major way to save money on your Disney vacation.
Pricing at Disney’s Art of Animation Hotel:
Rates will start at $248 for the 1,120 family suites which include two bathrooms, a kitchenette and three separate sleeping areas that can sleep up to six. The 864 standard rooms sleep up to four with rates as low as $94
Three family suite wings will showcase Finding Nemo opening May 31, Cars opening June 18 and The Lion King opening Aug. 10, with elaborate storytelling both inside and out. Standard guest rooms make up The Little Mermaid wing, the final phase to open on Sept. 15.
Photos and Video of Disney’s Art of Animation Nemo Suites
Here’s a video tour and some photos from the Nemo suite we toured. The kids were very impressed with the Nemo decor and theme that carries through the entire room as you’ll see.
Here’s some more photos of the room we toured. Kenzie and Kyle ADORED it as the NEMO theme is never ending within the suite.
The murphy bed down from the wall….. and here it is converted into a dining table below too!
The sitting area – don’t you love the wall hanging ? A school of fish!
The Master Bedroom is even complete with a coral type comforter that Nemo would approve of…..
Photos of the Pool area at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Kids can frolic in Nemo’s colorful reef with a giant-sized Mr. Ray overlooking their play time – his whose wings span 27 feet. A giant Crush also flanks the other side of the children’s play area.
More Lobby Photos – here is where you check in upon arrival – there were TONS of stations for Disney’s Cast members to check in guests. This is a value resort and nobody does service like Disney – as clearly evidenced here.
Photos of the Quick Service Dining Area at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort:
When we go to Disney, our family opts for quick service dining the majority of the time – whether we are in the park or at our hotel for a quick breakfast or dinner by the pool or indoors before heading back to the parks for fireworks.
Dining options include a poolside snack bar and pizza delivery – Yeah! The Landscape of Flavors food court will feature items such as fresh smoothies, hand-scooped gelato and Mongolian barbecue. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
And of course the theme of animation is throughout the dining areas too. Light fixtures and all!
More fabulous images in the dining area.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort opens on May 31st, 2012 – with suites from the Nemo Wing and remaining wings Cars, Lion King, and Little Mermaid will roll open in the coming months.
Doesn’t it look whimsical and enchanting? Definitely! The vibe was very energetic and stimulating. Full of Disney vigor and life. I’ve never stayed at a Value resort before, but it was interesting to see such an elaborately themed hotel at a price geared to please a families budget and wallet. The major contrast I will give to this hotel versus the Deluxe Disney Resort Hotels I’m more familiar with and that we typically book – Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Beach Club and Yacht Club – is that they seem far more relaxing and like a traditional hotel compared to the vibrant stimulation the Art of Animation offers.
This hotel is a child’s dream for certain, however, for parents who prefer the Four Seasons or Marriott style deluxe resorts, they should consider that a quiet ordinary Deluxe Resort may feel more relaxing and less stimulating after a day at the Theme Parks for Mom and Dad.
Hands down kids will choose Art of Animation Resort every time – especially after they experience the pool! My 6 year old Kenzie is already begging me to PLEASE book this hotel for our next visit to Disney.
Disclosure: We received discounts and special media access to Walt Disney World Attractions & Resorts with our conference pass to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own – or the kids!