We were invited to participate in a #DisneyKids weekend at Walt Disney World. Follow along on our Disney travel page to see the other posts in this series!
We just returned from a super fun Disney kids vacation. We were invited to explore Walt Disney World as a family to show how a child aged 3 to 5 can enjoy Walt Disney World. As you know, we have been pass holders for quite some time. My son went to Disney for the first time when he was one, and we have taken him ever since. This was a special treat to be able to stay on property at Art of Animation and explore everything that they have to offer. Usually, our trips are quick daytime visits. We have animals and we don’t usually board them, so we can only be away from home for a few hours at a time. So, we typically just do a few rides at a park, have lunch, and then come home. We never stay for the fireworks, we usually skip dinners, and we very rarely stay on property. This truly felt like a real family vacation.
Art of Animation Hotel Review
Art of Animation is a unique property because it has family suites. This makes it more economical and way more fun to stay at this resort than some of the others. If you’re traveling with your family, one important thing to note about a hotel room is if it is close to everything and you can enjoy the property without walking too much. I want to feel like I’m on vacation. There are some hotels that I have stayed at that are just SO big that you have to walk a mile just to get dinner or to catch the bus. By staying at Art of Animation in the Finding Nemo suites, we were in the middle of everything! The pool was right across the sidewalk from the entrance to our building. We were very close to the bus stop, and they were so there were too many amenities to count. I know this was a family trip but we were just steps away from the poolside bar! 😉
What makes the family suite so special at Art of Animation is the amount of room that you have. It’s pretty rare for a hotel to have two full bathrooms. This makes it easy if you’re traveling with little ones.
One bathroom had a standup shower and the other bathroom did have a tub for bathtime. You also have one bedroom with a DOOR. Hello, privacy.
The living room had a pull out bed, and the dining area also had a pull-down bed. This made three unique places to sleep.
There was also a kitchenette with a mini-fridge, a microwave, and a coffee maker. We were all set for three days of fun!
If you consider how much walking and eating that you’re gonna do at Disney, Art of Animation might be the best resort for your family’s needs. It just felt cozy. The room’s decor was very relaxing, and I could see myself staying here for a week if I was traveling to Disney on a longer vacation.
As a value resort, it is one of the best. I’ve stayed at two of the three All-Star resorts, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans – Riverside, and even the Grand Floridian. So, yes, I’ve stayed in the lower-end hotels to the higher-end. I can appreciate the spaciousness of the family suites, and I would recommend this over the other on property hotels in a heartbeat if you need that space.
Other highlights on the property include the on-site merchandise shop that is full of our favorite Disney goodies plus the cafeteria for delicious entrees. It was a quick lunch during our downtime, and I have zero complaints about the food options at the resort.
My son is going to be talking about his special suite for months to come. The theme was kid-friendly, fun, and the pool is something to remember.
Do you have a favorite Disney hotel? Have you stayed at the Art of Animation?
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