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Disney's Art of Animation Resort in Orlando, FL

1850 Animation WayLake Buena Vista, FL 32830
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This Disney-Pixar animated movie-themed resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort features spacious accommodations in an ideal Orlando location. Guests can enjoy storybook landscapes and decorative pieces from classic movies like Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. The resort offers family suites, the largest resort pool in Walt Disney World® Resort, on-site dining, and more.

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from Ashley, one of our Lake Buena Vista Travel Experts
  • 3 miles from Disney's Hollywood Studios® and Epcot®.
  • Transportation throughout Walt Disney World®.
  • Free airport shuttle.
  • Extra Magic Hours at Disney Parks included.
  • Complimentary golf club rental.
  • Big Blue Pool is largest of any Disney Resort.
  • Larger-than-life characters from Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King, & The Little Mermaid.
  • 3 outdoor pools.
  • Restaurant on-site.
  • Free Wi-Fi.

Property Amenities

  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Airport Transportation (complimentary)
  • Babysitting/Childcare
  • Breakfast (surcharge)
  • Concierge Services
  • Dry Cleaning/Laundry Services
  • Game Room
  • Guest Laundry
  • Restaurant on Property
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from Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Check-In: 4:00pm Check-Out: 11:00am

Disney's Art of Animation Resort is a family-friendly resort located in Lake Buena Vista, close to Disney's Hollywood Studios™ and Blizzard Beach. Additional points of interest include Epcot® and Typhoon Lagoon.

Property Features.
Disney's Art of Animation Resort's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The resort serves breakfast each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The property has a complimentary airport shuttle (available on request). Additional property amenities include a concierge desk, an arcade/game room, and laundry facilities.

Exclusive Disney Resort guest benefits include:

  • Extra Magic Hours: Take advantage of this unique opportunity to have a more private park experience. Each day, one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks opens one hour early or remains open up to two hours after regular closing time. Additionally, Disney Water Parks offer Extra Magic Hours during select times of year.

  • Complimentary Transportation: Avoid the hassle of driving and the cost of parking with Disney Resort’s complimentary transportation. Disney Resort guests have free access to complimentary transportation throughout Walt Disney World Resort—including transportation to and from Disney Theme Parks and Disney Water Parks. Travel by bus, water taxi, ferry or monorail!

  • Disney’s Magical Express Service: Let the magic begin as soon as you land at the Orlando International Airport! Climb aboard the complimentary round-trip airport transportation and head straight to your Disney Resort where vacation awaits!

  • Complimentary Golf Club Rental: Want to hit the links but didn’t travel with your clubs? No problem! Disney Resort guests are provided free rentals of golf clubs.

  • Simplify your Stay: When staying at a Disney Resort, you can use your Resort ID to charge your purchases to your room. You may also choose to have your purchases shipped to your resort.

The 1984 guestrooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort feature safes and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. Guestrooms offer phones with voice mail. Flat-panel televisions are available in guestrooms. Rooms also include irons/ironing boards. Guests may request refrigerators.


  • Connecting/adjoining rooms may be available, subject to availability. Guests can request connecting/adjoining rooms by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

Hotel Policy.
You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed. Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

Shaniece Mohammed
Royal palm beach , FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome resort"
July, 2015
Very beautiful resort , nice rooms especially the little mermaid suites.
Tip: Bring comfy shoes , snacks n drinks for kids.

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Carmen B
Tyler, Texas, United States
"Family of four; six night stay"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 20, 2017 NEW
We stayed in the Finding Nemo suite because I wanted two bathrooms. To me, that made up for the price. Because the suites are near the front, we were only an elevator ride away from the pool and a building away from the shuttle busses. The pool was fun (with underwater music.) There is an arcade that is larger than others we've seen at other Disney resorts. For a "value resort," Art of Animation is the only one that shuttles directly to the parks. All of the other value resorts share shuttles and make multiple stops. The food is fine and cafeteria style. They're open until midnight. HOWEVER!!!!!! They offer pizza delivery but not unless you call FROM YOUR ROOM. So if you are at a Disney park and all of the restaurants close at 9:00 and you stay for extra magic hours, you will need to pick up something on your way back. We left animal kingdom at 11:30 (and hadn't eaten since lunch.) I called for a pizza while on our bus back to the hotel. They said they could only take our order from our room and that if we weren't there when they delivered, they'd not drop off the pizza and CHARGE DOUBLE. Then told me to "Have a magical evening." After my mini stroke, Art of Animation came in clutch and had their own magic hours and kept the cafeteria open until 12:30. Best pasta of my life. Gift shop staff was friendly and concierge was always helpful.
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Stamford, Connecticut
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 20, 2017 NEW
We booked through Disney. I picked this resort because we were traveling with a group of 6 and I didn't want to spend a my entire vacation budget on the hotel. Especially when we would be spending so little time in the room. I had a plan and I picked the parks for the days and I really thought we would be in the room as little as possible. Turned out my husband was in the hospital for a few days before we left, and we spent a little more time then I thought in the room. The resort was wonderful. We were in the Nemo suites, right in front of the big pool. We were on the 3rd floor. I read about how people could hear through the walls and the pools were crowded. I occasionally could hear people in the hallway(but children because disney), or a toilet flushing at 5 AM, (the one time I was awake and all was silent in our room) it was nothing that bothered me at all. The pool was crowded but fun! We had fun found our little space to play around and the kids absolutely loved it. We ended up skipping the fireworks after the first 2 days just to head back to the pool at the end of the day. This was also good because the last bus line was terrible. Speaking of the bus lines between parks. Art of animation was the farthest walk And usually had the longest line. For us, walking was what the doctor ordered so it was perfectly fine. I didn't get a chance to walk around the resort so I don't know how far away the other rooms were. We stayed in our Nemo section for our entire trip. Next time I would spend a couple days at the resort to hang out and explore a little because they seemed to have a lot of cool things going on. We ordered groceries for snacks in the room. Our mini fridge wasn't working when we got there... they promptly replaced it and left the 1st one which at first was annoying but it ended up eventually working so we had 2 fridges which was great. I ordered a lot of beverages from garden grocer for the room and 2 fridges kept everything COLD. The groceries were accepted and delivered to our room with our luggage. And our luggage was picked up from the airport for us. On check out they checked our bags there. Then they said there was a Baggage fee which my husband was about to pay but I questioned it and they waived it. I do believe we had already paid for it but it was $25 per bag and after looking at my credit card bill in line I was honestly questioning any additional expense. Holy wow it adds up when your just swiping a magic band. The beds weren't amazing but at the end of the day after the heat and walking in the parks, I could have slept standing up. We like pillows and covers and they brought up how ever many we requested so we were all comfortable. My sister and niece slept on the pull out bed, and it was extremely firm. My kids slept on the Murphy bed and I honestly think this was the most comfortable bed in the room. Mousekeeping was so pleasant. They moved the kids stuffed animals around and had them doing fun things while we were away. Like playing uno, watching TV, taking a nap. We ordered special things for the kids first trip to Disney, these were waiting when we got back on our first day. And the kids LOVED them. My daughter wants to live at Disney. And honestly, I do too. It was such a special, fun, exhausting vacation. But Exhausting because that we didn't have time to try everything. We only went for a week. I think next time I would do 10 or 12 days to mix in some relaxing days. I really have to say that everything was just more than I ever imagined. Everything with the hotel was stress free, which was perfect because we really needed stress free.
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Susan G
"Amazing in every way!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 20, 2017 NEW
I have stayed at several Disney resorts at every level (including Grand Floridian, arguably Disney's premier resort property) and the Art of Animation is still my favorite! It's also the newest resort. We stayed three nights (two adults) in a Little Mermaid room and our request for a king bed, lake view room in building 7 was honored so we had a beautiful view of the lake separating Pop Century from AoA. AoA is beautifully themed and the Big Blue pool cannot be beat by any other Disney hotel! We spent about half of each day at a park and the other half enjoying the resort. We ate at Landscape of Flavors three times while there and it offers varied food options from the typical burgers, chicken, pasta and pizza to more adventurous daily special dishes. Service was fast and organized, even when the area was crowded. We especially loved the breakfast sandwich and the character waffles! BBQ sandwich is also high-quality. We rented a car so were able to park close to the Little Mermaid buildings. But, we also walked back and forth from the pool and main hall several times and it never took us more than about 5 minutes (we do walk fast). Highly recommend this hotel - an excellent value!
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Antonio G
Woodbridge, Canada
"Not close to Magic Kingdom, but a paradise for kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2017 NEW
Well, I will start with a couple of cons: it's not cheap, it's not close to Magic Kingdom Park. You will need a 20-25 minutes ride with a bus provided by the resort. Shuttle services are very efficient though. We booked at this resort at the end of July to give my son the gift of magic: we got the Lightning McQueen suite and believe me, for a kid who loved that movie, there's nothing better. Outside the entrance there's the whole cast from the movie, inside the rooms are all themed. The same for other areas of the resort (Lion King, Ariel, Nemo). 2 swimming pools (never went, we were always busy at the park), and a nice restaurant with international food... not bad the pizzas, the pastas and the breakfast. You'll need more that $1000 for a couple of nights in the suite. Don't forget to mention any birthdays during your stay: they will find a way to celebrate with you. Very nice the Arcade area, buses to Magic Kingdom every 15-20 minutes. Shuttle service to other theme parks and to downtown Disney (very beautiful place indeed).
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Mark I
"Supply and demand at its finest"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2017 NEW
Pricey, Staff that is fluent in english not very helpful. No room service....they advertise pizza delivery to room...called 2 times...after being on hold over 5 minutes i would give up. Rooms are not kept very clean. Free bus to all the parks. Gets a little cloudy they close the pools. I expected more from Disney!