Disney – Art of Animation Resort

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Our first ever Magic moment or “pixie dust” was back in December of 2021 when we decided to book a night in Disney and have a little escape before the holiday. Mark booked one night at Art of Animation and we just chose the cheapest option available. When we arrived to check in they had upgraded us to a Lion King Family Suite at no charge! It’s like they definitely knew their clientele, right?!?

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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort in Walt Disney World Florida submerges you into the artistry and beloved characters of Pixar and Disney classics like The Lion King, Cars, Finding Nemo, and The Little Mermaid. It is one of my favorite resorts to walk around and fully immerse myself in childhood nostalgia, you can’t help but feel giddy and carefree.

Since we had a great experience the first time we stayed at AOA, when it came time to book a room for Wine and Dine Race Weekend with friends we jumped on the reservation since it was still available! Check out the Lion King Family Suite-

The main pool on property is the Finding Nemo themed pool with The Drop Off Pool Bar and the drinks will have you swimming! Did you know that this is the largest resort pool in all of Walt Disney World??! We love to grab a drink and wander around the property taking silly photos with the “locals”.

Our first stay at this resort was in December so of course it was decked out for the holidays! It was so beautiful and creative and truly inspiring. I absolutely love seeing the concept art and it made for an epic Christmas tree display in the main lobby area.

The Lion King area of the resort is closest to the main lobby, gift shop, buses, and food court as well as the Finding Nemo pool and pool bar. This is the only area at the resort that doesn’t have it’s own themed pool area but is lovely because it’s so close to everything and felt more quiet and peaceful.

The Cars area is adorable and super interactive for kids. You truly feel like your on Route 66 and the desert landscape actually feels like your not in Florida anymore.

The Little Mermaid area of the resort was one of the first to be built and feels and looks almost exactly like Pop Century Resort, only themed to the Little Mermaid of course. If I’d stayed here as a child it definitely would have stuck in my memories forever – soooo cute!

One of the biggest advantages to staying at Art of Animation, or our favorite, Pop Century Resort is the access to the Skyliner. The Skyliner is an incredible option for transportation to Caribbean Beach Resort, Rivera Resort, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios.

Overall, this is a lovely resort that holds a special place in our hearts and we highly recommend at least visiting if not staying for a few days. It’s a great value/moderate full Disney experience!

p.s. All of the custom Minnie Ears and Disney shirts you see in our photos were either purchased on Amazon, Etsy, Hot Topic, Target, or at the official Disney stores! Find our affiliate links on our SHOP!

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