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Disney's Art of Animation Resort Overview
Opened in May 2012, Disney's Art of Animation is a Value resort across Hour Glass Lake from Disney's Pop Century Resort. It was originally designed to be part of Pop Century and represent the years 1900-1949, but recessions and an abundance of hotel capacity prevented Disney from ever completing construction. When the time came for a new Value resort, Disney switched the theme to its animated movies, which still fit in well with the pop-culture motif across the lake.
Like Pop Century, Art of Animation consists of four-story buildings and exterior-facing rooms, a series of themed swimming pools, and a food court. However, most of Animation's accommodations are suites similar to those at Disney's All-Star Resorts. All told, there are 864 standard rooms and 1,120 suites. Some of the buildings feature interior hallways to the guest rooms instead of the exterior walkways found at Disney's other Value resorts. Free public Wi-Fi is available.
The resort's theme incorporates characters from four Disney films: Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. All but the Mermaid-themed rooms are suites. As at Pop Century, large, colorful icons are placed in the middle of each group of buildings; here, though, they represent the film's characters rather than pop-culture touchstones. An interesting departure from the other Value resorts is the outside paint schemes: rather than using pastels, Disney has decorated the exteriors with giant murals stretching the length of each structure. The Cars buildings, for example, each display a four-story panoramic vista of the American desert, with the movie's character icons in the middle, while the Lion King buildings capture a single verdant jungle scene. It's a great idea.
Three of the four sets of themed buildings have pools; the Lion King complex has a playground instead. Like the other Value resorts, Art of Animation has a central building, here called Animation Hall, for check-in and bus transportation; it also holds the resort's food court, Landscape of Flavors; a gift shop; and a video-game arcade. Speaking of check-in, the wall behind the front desk is a dazzling rainbow of colors from floor to ceiling. In sharp contrast to the faded paints and photos at, say, the All-Stars, Art of Animation's backlight displays and wall art are bright and vibrant and should stand up well to Florida's weather.
Mousesavers.com has a current list of Disney hotel discounts available at Art of Animation.
Art of Animation is slightly more expensive - and a little bit better - than Pop Century. In terms of layout, architecture, and facilities, Art of Animation Music is similar to Pop Century, the All-Star and Art of Animation Resorts: 3- and 4-story, motel-style Buildings with a central pool, food court, and registration area.
This family had a few problems at Art of Animation
I enjoyed my stay and would stay again, but there were some issues: The HORRIBLE WIFI. I don't think there is an excuse for this. The ventilation in the rooms is VERY LOUD. You always heard a fan blowing hot or cool air. Our fridge made a constant noise too. We never addressed any of this with the staff of course, so that's our own problem!! The sinks in the bathrooms are high for a 4 year old. It'd be nice if they put in a foot stool for hand washing! The hotel property is EXTREMELY sprawling and vast. If you are not in the Cars or Nemo building your walk to the concierge/food court/buses is a bit much.
This reader had a better experience
The Art of Animation Resort is like the 5-year-old me's dream of what a Disney resort should be. So full of color, so vibrant, so fun and so upbeat and cool. The pools at AoA were fantastic and the Cars themed family suites were in great condition, super fun and just so well themed. The food court is spaced out perfectly (always busy) but seems to have learned from the mistakes of past value resort food courts. There are more places to fill your beverages at and more order. It's beautifully done. The lobby is creative and check-in is quick. The Cast is fantastic in each area.
This large family had good things to say about Art of Animation's suites.
The Art of Animation Resort is fabulous. The rooms were very neat. Because we have a family of 6, we stayed in a suite. There was plenty of room for our entire family. We had a queen bed in a separate room. Our kids slept in the living room area. Two children shared the sofa bed while the other two shared the Murphy bed. We all slept very comfortable. I do not recall hearing any outside noises even though we faced the middle courtyard. We were in the Cars themed rooms and the decorations were fantastic. Our family loved all of the life sized Cars outside on the grounds. The pool was beautiful with the Nemo decorations. The kids were excited that they could hear real music when they were swimming under the water. There were also ping pong tables at the pool area and we enjoyed playing Ping Pong as a family.
Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets and Make Dining Reservations
A security gate guards the entrance to Art of Animation's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in.
Animation Hall is Art of Animation's lobby. In it you will find the check-in counter, concierge, Pixel Play Arcade, Ink & Paint Shop, and Landscape of Flavors food court.
Check-in time at Art of Animation is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Art of Animation participates in Disney's Online Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information up to 10 days before your arrival. If you've done this, look for an Online Check-In sign near the Registration Desk. You'll be routed to one of the Online Check-in staff and should be on the way to your room in a few minutes.
If you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card when you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind in a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television showing classic Disney animated films.
Art of Animation's registration staff can provide Magic Bands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Get theme park tickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the right of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain theme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line for tickets just after another adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also make Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them online prior to arrival.
Kids can watch class Disney animation in a special waiting area while parents check in.
The hotel's lobby, called Animation Hall, brightly colored and features art from Disney and Pixar films. (Photos courtesy of Erin Foster)
Art of Animation's Rooms
Slightly larger than rooms at other Value resorts, standard rooms are 277 square feet and include one king or two double beds, a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge, and a table and chairs.
Art of Animation's suites are around 565 square feet, the result of combining two value rooms into one suite. Each suite has a master bedroom, a living room, two full bathrooms, and a kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave, and coffeemaker. Sleeping accommodations include a queen bed in the bedroom, a sleeper sofa, and a living-room table that converts into a full-size bed. The bedroom and living room have flat- screen TVs.
Each Art of Animation room is furnished with the following:
- Two double beds (some ADA-accessible rooms have 1 king bed)
- Dresser with 3 medium-size drawers and 4 open shelves
- Small table with 2 chairs
- Nightstand with telephone and digital alarm clock
- Full-length mirror (on bath door)
- Wireless Internet (WiFi)
- Flat-panel TV
- Ironing board and iron
- Hair dryer
- Digital thermostat
- In-room safe
- Tiny bottle of H2O-brand shampoo, and bar soap
The mini-fridge is a dorm-style unit that sit under a counter or desk. It's more like a beverage chiller than a refrigerator in that it'll keep drinks cool, but you're not going to freeze popsicles or make ice cubes in it. Microwaves and coffee makers are only found in suites at Art of Animation.
Art of Animation bathrooms are tiny. Almost all feature a tiled tub with shower, while some wheelchair-accessible rooms have a roll-in shower without tub. One nice feature in the standard bathrooms is a shower curtain rod that curves outward, so you're not always elbowing the shower curtain while shampooing. Water pressure in the shower is good - probably less than what you get at home, but still enough to get your hair clean.
A separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes one sink, but not much counter space. A 1500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided, but it's not very powerful. The dressing area includes a curtain that separates it from the sleeping area. Combined with the bathroom, this means that 3 people can get dressed at the same time.
Handicap-Accessible Room Options
Art of Animation has around 200 handicap-accessible rooms. Some feature roll-in showers, while others include assistive hearing devices. A subset of these rooms have been converted to comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more.
Some of Art of Animation's accessible rooms have the standard setup of 2 double beds; all rooms with roll-in showers have 1 king bed, and a small number of roll-in shower rooms have both 1 king bed and 1 double bed. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which features.
Standard Rooms and Preferred Rooms, Standard Views and Pool Views
Disney knows that some hotel rooms are better than others. Most people prefer to be close to the lobby and dining, and want something pretty to look at from their hotel room window. To capitalize on this, Disney categorizes all of Art of Animation's hotel rooms based on how long it takes you to walk to the lobby, and what you see from inside the room.
Here's the system Disney uses:
- A Preferred Room with Standard View is a room in buildings 4 or 5 that is close to the Animation Hall Lobby and Landscape of Flavors Food Court. The view
from your window may include landscaping and trees,
other buildings or
While all Preferred rooms are in buildings 1 and 6, not every room in those buildings is categorized as Preferred; some rooms at the far ends of these buildings are distant enough from the lobby to be considered Standard rooms.
- A Preferred Room with Pool View is a room in buildings 1 or 6, also close to the lobby and food court, and which faces the Surf's Up Pool area.
First floor rooms here tend to have views of the backs of lounge chairs sitting around the pool,
so upper-floor rooms generally have better views.
- Standard Rooms with Standard Views are found in all Art of Animation buildings. These Standard/Standard rooms are either a slightly farther walk to the lobby (an extra 3-5 minutes),
and have generally unremarkable views of
parking lots. These are the cheapest rooms at Art of Animation, but there are some gems to be found
in this category, though, using our Art of Animation Room Finder.
- Art of Animation's Standard Rooms with Pool Views are found in buildings 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9. Pool view rooms in buildings 1, 2 and 3 face the Cars-themed Cozy Cone Pool. They also can be found in Building 7, 8 and 9 facing the Flippin' Fins Pool.
There are plenty of exceptions to Disney's room category system. Knowing what to look for will help you get a better room at a cheaper price.
For example, rooms 1X01 to 1X13 in Building 4 are Pool View because they face the Grand Slam Pool. However, room 1535 also faces a pool, but it's a cheaper Standard/Standard because the rooms around it have unexceptional views. To find these kinds of rooms, use our Room Finder to search for Standard Rooms with Pool Views, and click on the rooms not highlighted in red, just next door to the rooms which are highlighted in red. This will help you find the "borderline" cases where Disney was hesitant to upcharge for a better room.
Pools at Art of Animation
Art of Animation has 3 pools. The largest, The Big Blue Pool, sits directly behind the Animation Hall lobby and food court, between the two Buildings dedicated to Finding Nemo. The pool features a sculptures of characters from the film like Crush.
The two Buildings of the Cars section contain the Cozy Cone Pool. This pool area is themed after the Cozy Cone Motel from the Cars movies, and features giant cones. The Cozy Cone Pool is considered a "quiet pool," meaning that loud play and splashing around are discouraged.
The third pool is located in the Little Mermaid section of the resort. This pool is also considered a quiet pool and it is surounded by large sculptures of King Triton and Ursula.
The Cozy Cone Pool and Flippin' Fins Pool are a quiet pool, free from loud play and splashing around.
Art of Animation's pools range in depth from around 3 feet 6 inches/1.1m to 4 feet 9 inches/1.4m. They are open every day, including winter. Pools are heated to 82F/28C throughout the year. We've swam in temperatures as cold as 40F/4C; the water was fine, but getting out was a shock. Art of Animation does not have a hot tub or jacuzzi; those are found at Disney's moderate and deluxe resorts.
There are no water slides at Art of Animation's pools, or any of the value resort pools for that matter, but guests can find showers, storage lockers, restrooms, and laundry facilities at each of the three pools. Pool hours are at least 9AM to 9 PM, extending to as much as 8 AM to 12 AM during busy times. The Fantasia pool will have lifeguards during most of the day, but Duck Pond Pool will not have lifeguards at any time.
Infants and children in diapers are welcome in all of Animation's pools, as long as they're wearing swim diapers. Water wings are allowed at all Disney pools, and every pool has free life vests in a variety of sizes:
- Infant/child: Weight less than 30 lbs.
- Child: Weight 30-50 lbs.
- Youth: Weight 50-90 lbs.
- Adult XS: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 31-34 in.
- Adult S: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 34-37 in.
- Adult M: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 37-40 in.
- Adult L: Weight more than 90 lbs. Chest size 40-43 in.
- Adult XL: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 43-46 in.
- Adult XXL: Weight more than 90 lbs., Chest size 46-48 in.
- Additionally, there may be a small supply of even larger vests. Inquire at your resort.
You may need to bring your towels from your room to use at the pool - Disney sometimes stocks extra towels poolside, and sometimes they don't. Our advice is to send someone down to the pool to check the towel situation before you go. If you end up using your room towels at the pool, just call Housekeeping when you get back and request more.
Pool toys are permitted in Art of Animation's pools, including "pool noodles" (which you may find at the Ink & Paint Shop in the lobby), and basic toys that would be appropriate for water use such as rubber duckies and bucket & shovel sets. Some of us will occasionally bring something like a whiffle ball for playing catch in the pool. As long as you’re not disturbing other guests, you’ll be fine. Also note that kids with pool toys become very popular with other kids in the pool who want to play too. If you’re traveling with an only child and want him to have some age cohort interaction during your vacation, a nice strategy is to bring some extra toys. Chances are he’ll make a buddy.
Wheelchair Accessibility at Art of Animation's Pools
Art of Animation's Big Blue Pool has a chair-lift device that can lower guests in wheelchairs into the shallow end of the pool. Check with any lifeguard for assistance on using the lift.
Restaurants and Dining
There's no full-service restaurant at any Disney value resort, including Art of Animation. Landscape of Flavors is set up like a food court at a mall. There are 5 different stations, each selling one set of meals. For example, one station sells pizza and pasta; another sells burgers; another is dedicated to sandwiches, and so on. If your kids each want something different, you'll have to line up several times. The good news is that some of the food is prepared on demand, so you'll at least be getting your burger cooked to order.
Prices range from $6 to $15 for an entree so you won't break the bank. Highlights include Mongolian Beef and Pastrami Cheeseburger. We've also received positive feedback about breakfast served at Landscape of Flavors. Stand-out desserts include fresh-made smoothies and gelato. We've found that Landscape of Flavors offers the best food out of all the value resorts.
Landscape of Flavors is set up like a mall food court. Five different stations each serve a different type of food. A separate beverage station serves free refills on fountain drinks, coffee, and tea.
Free refills are available for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and fountain drinks (including juice and milk) during your meal at Landscape of Flavors. A huge beverage station sits just beyond the cash registers, and this station also provides toaster ovens, hot water, ice, condiments, and napkins. Landscape of Flavors also participates in Disney's Rapid Fill refillable mug program, where you purchase a souvenir plastic mug once, and get free refills for the remainder of your stay. The cost varies depending on how long you're staying at the resort:
- $8.99 for 1 day
- $11.99 for 2 days
- $14.99 for 3 days
- $17.99 for length of stay (4 or more days)
The break-even point for the refillable mug program seems to be around 3 visits on the 1-day plan; 4 visits on the 2-day plan; 5 on the 3-day plan; and 6 visits for stays of 4 or more days. Keep in mind that if you buy a regular $3 fountain soda at any meal, you get unlimited refills during that meal. So for the refillable mug program to make sense, you'll need to drink soda with at least 3 separate meals on the 1-day plan, or 5 separate meals on the 2-day plan. In those cases, it would be hard to get too far from a bathroom, let alone all the way to the parks.
Landscape of Flavors Food Court Hours
- Breakfast 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM Breakfast menu / Kids' breakfast menu
- Lunch 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Lunch menu / Kids' lunch menu
- Dinner 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM Dinner menu / Kids' dinner menu
Landscape of Flavors participates in the Disney Dining Plan; meals cost 1 Quick Service credit, and there are a wide variety of snacks to use as Snack credits on the Dining Plan. Tables in Wonderland cardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at Landscape of Flavors.
Pizza delivery is available to your room from Disney's own delivery service. Besides pizza, chicken wings, desserts, beer, wine, and sodas are also available. However, delivery can take up to 90 minutes, and the food quality is often below average. You're probably better off either walking to the food court or calling Domino's. Pizza delivery hours are 4 PM to midnight daily. A medium (16") cheese pizza costs around $14 and a pepperoni around $16. Minimum order is $15, and Disney will tack on an 18% tip, $3 delivery charge, and 7% sales tax. Thus, a $30 pizza order will cost you $40.50 delivered.
The Drop Off Pool Bar Just outside of the food court and on the way to The Big Blue Pool is the The Drop Off Pool Bar. Drop Off has outdoor seating and a limited drink menu, with several beer selections, a couple of wines, and a small selection of spirits. It's fine if you want a Budweiser or strawberry margarita to relax with by the pool, or to get a nightcap on the way back to your room for the night. The Drop Off Pool Bar is usually open 12 PM to 12 AM daily, weather permitting.
Transportation to and from Art of Animation
Driving Your Own Car Disney's Pop Century Resort is just off of I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 65 - Animal Kingdom / Wide World of Sports and you'll end up on Osceola Parkway. Stay on Osceola for 0.9 miles/1.5 km, then turn right on Victory Way. Go about 0.6 miles/1 km down Victory Way, then turn right on to Century Drive, which is Art of Animation's entrance road. You'll see Art of Animation's sign well before you need to turn.
If you've got a GPS, here's Movies' address and location:
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
1850 Animation Way
Bay Lake, FL 32830
Latitude: 28.21098 North, Longitude: 81.325459 West
From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free Magical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to Art of Animation, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.
From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Art of Animation. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Art of Animation will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Art of Animation for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Art of Animation. At those prices, it may be less expensive to rent a car and park it at the hotel.
Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Downtown Disney Disney provides free bus service from Art of Animation to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Downtown Disney/Disney Springs. Art of Animation's bus stops sit along the front wall of the Animation Hall lobby, between the lobby and check-in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere along the wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Downtown Disney/Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service.
If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and Downtown Disney. Disney's bus service is faster to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. We evaluate Art of Animation's bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.
Art of Animation Bus Schedule
Ask a Disney Castmember about Art of Animation's bus schedule, and they'll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, Art of Animation's bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're headed.
For example, if you're headed to the Magic Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait around 8 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios are about the same early in the day, with a bus arriving every 12-23 minutes, on average. Bus schedules to the water parks and Downtown Disney are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 15 to 37 minutes for a ride.
Buses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people are already in a park. Disney's evening buses are scheduled around the theme parks' closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back to their hotels. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should average out to around 21 minutes under most circumstances.
Getting to another hotel from Art of Animation If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Art of Animation to Downtown Disney, then take another bus from Downtown Disney to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Art of Animation. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower), hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, the Wilderness Lodge, and the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.
The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from Art of Animation to wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride to get to most Disney hotels from Art of Animation, and often less. Taxis are available outside the Animation Hall lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.
To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.
Shopping, Recreation, and Things To Do at Art of Animation
Art of Animation gift shop is Ink and Paint Gift Shop, and sits just off the lobby, between the check-in area and the food court. As you'd expect from Disney, Ink and Paint has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Downtown Disney.
Ink and Paint Gift Shop also sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like. And Ink and Paint has Disney-branded cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's what you're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - about double - than what you'd probably pay at home.
Also located just off the Animation Hall lobby is the Pixel Play Arcade, which has a decent collection of relatively recent video and arcade games. Most games cost $0.50 to $2.00 per play, which can add up quickly. It's helpful to set a budget with your kids before they go in.
Walkers, joggers and runners will find that one lap around Hourglass Lake, which separates Disney's Pop Century Resort from the Art of Animation Resort, is a scenic 1.28-mile/2 km course. Generation Gap Bridge cuts through the middle of the course. If you're looking for a different distance, one lap around half the lake, including Generation Gap Bridge, is about 0.7 miles/1.2 km. You won't find a gym, fitness center, indoor pool, or spa at Art of .
Art of Animation Babysitting and In-Room Child Care
Disney doesn't offer on-site child care at Art of Animation, but you've got some options. If you've got a car and you're headed to the theme parks, you can drop off your little ones at one of the child-care clubs at a resort nearby. Services vary, but children generally can be left between 4:30 PM and midnight. Milk and cookies and blankets and pillows are provided at all centers, and dinner is provided at most. Play is supervised but not organized, and toys, videos, and games are plentiful. Guests at any Disney resort or campground may use the services.
The most elaborate of the child-care centers (variously called "clubs" or "camps") is Never Land Club at the Polynesian Resort. The rate for ages 3-12 is $12 per hour, per child (2-hour minimum).
All the clubs accept reservations (some six months in advance!) with a credit card guarantee. Call the club directly, or reserve through Disney at 407-WDW-DINE. (If you call before 4 PM, call the club directly using the number shown below.) Most clubs require a 24-hour cancellation notice and levy a hefty penalty of 2 hours' time or $22.50 per call for no-shows. A limited number of walk-ins are usually accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
|Hotel||Name of Program||Ages||Phone|
|Animal Kingdom Lodge||Simba's Clubhouse||3-12||407-938-4785|
|Dolphin and Swan||Camp Dolphin||4-12||407-934-4241|
|Polynesian Resort||Never Land Club||3-12||407-824-1639|
|Yacht and Beach Club Resorts||Sandcastle Club||3-12||407-934-3750|
|Wilderness Lodge and Villas||Cub's Den||3-12||407-824-1083|
If you don't have a car, then you're better off using in-room babysitting. Trying to take your child to a club in another hotel by Disney bus requires a 50- to 90-minute trip each way. By the time you've deposited your little one, it will almost be time to pick him or her up again.
Two companies provide in-room sitting in Walt Disney World and surrounding areas. They're Kid's Nite Out and Fairy Godmothers (no kidding). Both provide sitters older than age 18 who are insured, bonded, screened, reference-checked, police-checked, and trained in CPR. In addition to caring for your kids in your room, the sitters will, if you direct (and pay),take your children to the theme parks or other venues. Neither service will transport your children in private vehicles or give baths. Both offer bilingual sitters.
|Kid's Nite Out||Fairy Godmothers|
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Men and women
Mothers and grandmothers, female college students
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $18.50
3 children, $21
4 children, $23.50
Base Hourly Rates
1 child, $16
2 children, $16
3 children, $16
4 children, $18
Transportation fee, $10; starting before 6:30 AM
or after 9 PM, +$2 per hour; additional fee for holidays
Transportation fee, $14; starting after 10 PM,
+$2 per hour
24 hours before service when reservation is made
3 hours before service
Form of Payment
AE, D, MC, V; gratuity in cash
Form of Payment
Cash or traveler's check for actual payment; gratuity in cash
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children in private vehicles,
take children swimming, give baths
Things Sitter Won't Do
Transport children, give baths; swimming
is at sitter's discretion
Miscellaneous Art of Animation
Coin-operated washers and dryers are in laundry facilities next to each pool. Cost is around $2 per wash, and another $2 per dry cycle. The machines take quarters, and a change machine is provided. A small selection of soap, fabric softener, and dryer sheets are also sold, for around $1 each. A typical wash cycle takes 20 to 30 minutes, and a typical dry cycle takes 40 to 50.
If you lose something during your stay, contact Disney's Lost and Found department by calling (407)824-4245.
List of Art of Animation's Building Icons
- Building 1, Rooms 1501-1840, Cars theme: Radiator Springs from Cars
- Building 2, Rooms 2501-2840, Cars theme: Radiator Springs from Cars
- Building 3, Rooms 3501-3840, Cars theme: Radiator Springs from Cars
- Building 4, Rooms 4501-4840, Finding Nemo theme: Mr. Ray from Finding Nemo
- Building 5, Rooms 5501-5840, Finding Nemo theme: Crush from Finding Nemo
- Building 6, Rooms 6501-6840, Lion King theme: Simba, Timon and Pumbaa from Lion King
- Building 7, Rooms 7501-7872, The Little Mermaid theme: Ursula from The Little Mermaid
- Building 8, Rooms 8501-8872, The Little Mermaid theme: Ariel from The Little Mermaid
- Building 9, Rooms 9501-9872, The Little Mermaid theme: King Triton from The Little Mermaid
- Building 10, Rooms 0501-0840, Lion King theme: Simba, Timon and Pumbaa from Lion King
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Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Best and Worst Room Views at Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Art of Animation has better views than the other Value resorts but you still won't find anything near the level of a Deluxe resort. But there are a few rooms that are better than a parking lot.
Good Rooms in Building 1 of Cars
Building 1 rooms facing south have great views of the Cars-themed courtyard. This major advantage of this Building is the short walk to Animation Hall. Good views in Building 1 include rooms 1X01, 1X03, 1X05, 1X07, 1X09, 1X11, 1X13, 1X27, 1X29, 1X31, 1X33, 1X35, 1X37, and 1X39 (replace X with the floor number).
Bad views in building 1 include:
- Rooms 1X02, 1X04, 1X06, 1X08, 1X10, 1X12, 1X14, 1X15 to 1X26, 1X28, 1X30, 1X32, 1X34, 1X36, 1X38 and 1X40, which face a parking lot and service areas. building.
Good Rooms in Building 2 of Cars
Building 2 also has a Cars theme. Rooms facing North have views of the Cars- themed courtyard. Some rooms facing East can see Hourglass Lake. Good views in Building 2 include rooms 2X01, 2X03, 2X05, 2X07, 2X09, 2X11, 2X27, 2X29, 2X31, 2X33, 2X35, 2X37 and 2X39
Bad views in building 2 include:
- Rooms 2X13, which face a parking lot.
- Rooms 2X15 and 2X17, which face a power box.
- Rooms 2X02, 2X04, 2X16, 2X18, 2X20 which show a service area.
Good Rooms in Building 3 of Cars
Building 3 rooms facing Southwest look out on to the Cars courtyard. Some rooms facing Northwest have a good view of Hourglass Lake. Good views in Building 3 include rooms 3X01, 3X03, 3X05-3X13, 3X22, 3X24, 3X26, 3X27, 3X29, 3X31, 3X33, 3X35, 3X37 and 3X39.
Bad views in building 3 include:
- Rooms 3X02 and 3X04, which shows an electrical box
- Rooms 3X15, 3X28, 3X30, 3X32 and 3X34, which show a service area.
Good Rooms in Building 4 of Finding Nemo
Building 4 has the advantage of being close to Animation Hall. Northern facing rooms having good views of The Big Blue Pool. Good views in Building 4 include rooms 4X01, 4X03, 4X05, 4X07, 4X09, 4X11, 4X13, 4X27, 4X29, 4X31 -4X34, 4X36, 4X38, 4X40.
Bad views in building 4 include:
- Rooms 4X04, 4X02, 4X16, 4X18, 4X20 and 4X22, which show a service area.
- Rooms 4X17, 4X28 and 4X30, which face an electrical box.
Good Rooms in Building 5 of Finding Nemo
Like Building 4, Building 5 is also themed after Finding Nemo. It is closely located near Animation Hall and The Big Blue Pool. Good views in Building 5 include rooms 5X01, 5X03-5X09, 5X12, 5X14, 5X20, 5X22, 5X24, 5X27, 5X29, 5X31, 5X33, 5X35, 5X37 and 5X39.
Bad views in building 5 include:
- Rooms 5X15, 5X17, 5X19, 5X28, 5X30, 5X32 and 5X34, which show a service area.
- Rooms 5X02 and 5X18, which shows an electrical box.
Good Rooms in Building 6 of The Lion King
Good views in Building 6 (rooms 6X09, 6X11, 6X13 and 6X37) offer views of the courtyard with scluptures of characters from The Lion King. Other good views look out on to Hourglass Lake include rooms 6X06, 6X19, 6X21, 6X23, 6X25, 6X32, 6X34, 6X36, 6X38 and 6X40.
Bad views in building 6 include:
- Rooms 6X02, 6X04, 6X16, 6X18 and 6X20, which show a service area.
- Rooms 6X15, 6X17, 6X28 and 6X30, which faces an electrical box.
Good Rooms in Building 7 of The Little Mermaid
Building 7 (like its neighbor Building 6) is also themed to The Little Mermaid. Rooms facing Northwest have a view of The Flippin' Fins Pool. Good views in Building 7 include rooms 7X01-7X12, 7X61-7X72, 7X13-7X19, 7X37-7X44 and 7X53-7X60.
Bad views in building 7 include:
- Rooms 7X19-7X30, which show a service area.
- Rooms 7X45-7X47, which face an electrical box.
- Rooms 7X61-7X66, which face a maintenance building.
Good Rooms in Building 8 of The Little Mermaid
The major disadvantage of Building 8 is that it is the farthest from Animation Hall. It also the building with the least amount of good views because the vast majority face a parking lot. Good views in Building 8 include rooms 8X61-8X72.
Bad views in building 8 include:
- Rooms 8X01-8X09, which face a maintenance building.
- Rooms 8X13-8X60, which face a parking lot.
Good Rooms in Building 9 of The Little Mermaid
Building 9 is the third building themed after The Little Mermaid. Like Building 8, this building also suffers from most of its rooms facing a parking lot. Good views in Building 9 include rooms 9X01-9X09 and 9X61-9X72.
Bad views in building 9 include:
- Rooms 9X10-9X12, which face a maintenance building.
- Rooms 9X13-9X60, which face a parking lot.
Good Rooms in Building 10 of The Lion King
Good views in Building 10 are hard to come by, mostly because next to a large parking lot. It is also the only building in Art of Animation to not be located next to a body of water. Good views in Building 10 include rooms 0X07, 0X09, 0X11, 0X27, 0X33, 0X35 and 0X37.
Bad views in building 10 include:
- Rooms 0X02, 0X04, 0X06, 0X08, 0X10, 0X12, 0X14, 0X16, 0X18, 0X20, 0X22, 0X24, 0X26, 0X28, 0X30, 0X32, 0X34, 0X36, 0X38 and 0X40 which face a parking lot.
Disney's Art of Animation Resort Dining
- Landscape of Flavors (Counter Service)
- Pop Art Pizza Delivery (Counter Service)
- The Drop Off Pool Bar (Bar or Lounge)
|Park||Commuting Times||Resort Transportation|
|Magic Kingdom||20 min|
|Hollywood Studios||18 min|
|Animal Kingdom||18 min|
|Quietness of Room||B-|
|Shuttle to Parks||Yes|