A new Value resort, Art of Animation, offers 1120 family suites and 864 standard rooms. Art of Animation is considered a “Value Plus” resort because it is primarily composed of family suites, offers interior corridors and has a bigger, better food court. Standard rooms at Art of Animation are about $10 a night more than the rooms at the other Value resorts. Family suites at Art of Animation are about $50/night more.
Like the regular Value resorts, the Art of Animation buildings are big, brightly-painted with whimsical theming and enormous icons. Unlike the other Value resorts, Art of Animation has carpeted interior corridors, which should help to reduce noise from the exteriorOne down side is that you can’t really park right by your room. If you have a lot of luggage, I recommend using Bell Services to take it all to your room.
Art of Animation offers the most elaborate and unusual of all Disney’s resort food courts, called Landscape of Flavors. The food court includes a tandoor oven producing items like naan, tandoori chicken and shrimp; a Mongolian grill; gelato; coffee/espresso drinks; and a variety of “better for you” foods such as multigrain rice, buckwheat pasta and waffles, egg white frittatas, make-your-own yogurt parfaits and low-fat smoothies. The usual burgers, fries and Mickey waffles are also available. If you want even more options, you can walk over to Pop Century and visit the food court there.
The three pools at Art of Animation are themed but do not have water slides. The largest pool, The Big Blue Pool at the Finding Nemo courtyard, is over 12,000 square feet with zero entry and an underwater music, and has a pool bar, The Drop Off, nearby. There is a water play area, a playground.
There are two smaller pools, located in the Cars and The Little Mermaid courtyards. The Lion King wing has an additional play area..
Transportation from Art of Animation to all other areas of Walt Disney World is by bus. The bus stop is in front of Animation Hall, so there can be a lot of walking. It’s not at all convenient to eat at another resort, go to Disney or attend special meals such as the Polynesian Luau unless you have a car.
Art of Animation offers complimentary wireless Internet (wi-fi) access in the rooms and select public areas. All rooms have mini-fridges and the family suites have a small microwave as well.
The standard rooms are 277 square feet and include two double beds or one King bed, for a maximum occupancy of 4 people (plus one baby under age 3 in a crib). The room decor is Little Mermaid-themed. The rooms are small and basic; for instance, there is no closet, only an open area with a clothes rod and shelf in the bathroom.
The family suites are 565 square feet and sleep 6 (plus one baby under age 3 in a crib). The floor plan of these new suites is different from the suites at All-Star Music and they are very slightly larger. There is a Queen bed in the master bedroom, which has its own private bathroom. The living room includes a full-size pullout sofa and a full-size pull-down bed that converts from the dining table. There is a small secondary bathroom off the living room. The “kitchen” is an area within the living room that has a small sink, mini-fridge and small microwave. The family suites’ decor is themed to Finding Nemo, Cars or The Lion King.