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Disney's Art of Animation Resort Overview

Disney's Art of Animation is a highly-themed, value-level resort at Walt Disney World. Art of Animation includes both standard hotel rooms and "family suites," which are indeed perfect for families. The suites are a reasonably priced option which include two rooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchenette. If you have a family of five or six, or if you just don't want to sleep in the same room as your kids, the Art of Animation family suites are one of the best lodging options at Walt Disney World.

The Art of Animation rooms, exterior spaces, and pools are themed to one for four Disney-Pixar films: Finding Nemo, Little Mermaid, Lion King, or Cars. The Landscape of Flavors food court is the best on Disney property, featuring a variety of customizable fresh food options.

Art of Animation hotel map

The majority of the resort’s accommodations are 1,120 "family suites," each of which accommodate up to six guests. Additionally there are 864 standard rooms, each accommodating four guests. The suite buildings have interior hallways to the guest rooms instead of the exterior walkways found at the standard rooms and at Disney’s other value resorts and at Disney's moderate resorts.

Three of the four themed areas 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.

The theming incorporates characters from four Disney animated films: Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. All but the Little Mermaid–themed rooms are suites. As at Pop Century, large, colorful icons stand in the middle of each group of buildings; here, though, they represent film characters rather than pop culture touchstones. Giant murals stretch the length of each exterior structure— the Cars buildings, for example, each display a four-story panoramic vista of the American desert, with the movie’s iconic characters in the middle, while the Lion King buildings capture a single verdant jungle scene

As at Pop Century, the Skyliner is the main Disney transportation option from AOA to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and in the morning lines form to get to Hollywood Studios starting around 90 minutes to 2 hours before park opening. (Disney adds bus service to EPCOT and DHS during busy times.) Your best bet is to drive or take a ride-hailing service or taxi to the Studios. Access to the rest of Walt Disney World is on buses.

Look for Building-sized Disney and Pixar characters.

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Disney's Art of Animation Family Suites and Standard Rooms

Standard Rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Slightly larger than comparable rooms at other value-level resorts, standard rooms are 277 square feet and include two double beds or, by request, one king-sized bed, a flat-panel TV, a mini-fridge, and a table and chairs. Up to four guests may be booked into a standard room.

Art of Animation’s family suites are 565 square feet, about what you’d get by combining two standard 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 full-size sleeper sofa, and a living-room table that converts into a full-size bed. The bedroom and living room have flat-panel TVs. Up to six guests may be booked into a suite.

Left: Little Mermaid themed standard hotel room. Right: Lion King themed family suite, outer room.

Each Art of Animation standard room is furnished with the following:

  • Two double beds (some ADA-accessible rooms have 1 king bed)
  • Open hanging space
  • Dresser with drawers
  • Small table with 2 chairs
  • Nightstand with telephone
  • Full-length mirror (on bath door)
  • Wireless Internet (WiFi)
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Mini-fridge
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Digital thermostat
  • In-room safe
  • Shower-mounted shampoo, conditioner, and body wash; bar soap

Standard Art of Animation bathrooms are tiny but functional. Almost all feature a tiled tub with shower, while some wheelchair-accessible rooms have a roll-in shower without tub. Water pressure is adequate, but probably less than what you get at home. 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. Guests with long or thick hair may find that the dryer is underpowered for their needs. 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.

Art of Animation Standard Little Mermaid Room Layout

Art of Animation Family Suite Layout

Bathroom and dressing area and sink in Art of Animation's rooms.

Family Suites at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Each Art of Animation family suite is furnished with the following:

  • Master bedroom with queen-sized bed
  • Pull-out couch
  • Table which pulls down to convert to a full-sized bed
  • Four chairs
  • Open hanging space
  • Dresser with drawers
  • Full-length mirror (on bath door)
  • Wireless Internet (WiFi)
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Mini-fridge
  • Microwave oven
  • Coffee maker and starter supply of coffee pods
  • Starter supply of disposable kitchenware: paper plates, bowls, and cups; plastic forks, knives, and spoons
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Digital thermostat
  • In-room safe
  • Shower-mounted shampoo, conditioner, and body wash; bar soap

Family suites Art of Animation have two bathrooms. One is small and functional, nearly identical to the bathrooms in the standard rooms. The master bathroom is spacious, with a large glass-door shower.

Handicap-Accessible Room Options

Art of Animation has approximately 200 handicap-accessible rooms. Some feature roll-in showers, while others include assistive hearing devices. Mobility access rooms 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.

Dog Friendly Room Options

For a nightly fee of $50 on top of the room charge, up to 2 dogs are allowed in some Art of Animation rooms. A check-in package of dog-friendly items comes with the extra fee, but so do several special rules. Housekeeping will only enter the room while the human guests are present, special Do Not Disturb tags are mandatory, and guests may be called to come to their room if the dog is being too noisy. has a current list of Disney hotel discounts available at Art of Animation.

Dining Options at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

There is no full-service restaurant at any Disney value resort, including Art of Animation. The food court, Landscape of Flavors, is organized 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 much of the food is prepared on demand, so you'll be getting your burger cooked to order.

Also keep in mind that the food court at the nearby Pop Century resort is just a quick walk away.

The full list of dining options at Art of Animation include:

  • Landscape of Flavors We've found that Landscape of Flavors offers the best food out of all the value resorts. Menu highlights include Mongolian Beef and Pastrami Cheeseburger. There is a nice salad bar and a create-your-own-pasta station with fresh ingredients. Stand-out desserts include fresh-made smoothies and gelato. We've also received positive feedback about breakfast served at Landscape of Flavors.
  • The Drop Off Poolside spot with speciality drinks and a full bar. Limited selection of snacks and cold sandwiches.
  • Rapid Fill Mugs Guests may purchase a Rapid Fill Mug which allows self service soft drink refills for $18.99 for the length of stay.

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.

Disney's Art of Animation Pools, Recreation, and Amenities

  • Pools 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. There is a toddler water play area adjacent to The Big Blue Pool. One fun feature of the main pool is that audio snippets from the Finding Nemo film are played so that they can only be heard under water. 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 traffic 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 surrounded by large sculptures of King Triton and Ursula. 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. 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, but guests can find showers, storage lockers, restrooms, and laundry facilities at each of the three pools. 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. 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. For more information on the pools at WDW resorts, including towels, entertainment programming, handicap access, kiddie pools, life vests, and much more, see our Walt Disney World Resort Pool Fact Sheet FAQ.
  • Arcade 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.
  • Movies Under the Stars Free Disney movies are shown most evenings, weather permitting.
  • Business Center The lobby includes a small business area with computers, printers, and copiers for guest use.
  • Jogging 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 Animation.

Big Blue Pool and Water Play Area

The Cozy Cone Pool and Flippin' Fins Pool are a quiet pool, free from loud play and splashing around.

Practical Matters

  • Check In/Out Time: Check-in time at Art of Animation is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM.
  • Online Check-In: Art of Animation, like all Disney resorts, participates in Disney's Online Check-In program. This service allows you to provide your name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival on or the My Disney Experience app. If you've checked-in online and provided a mobile phone number or email address, you will receive your room number electronically. Then you can go straight to the room and use your smart phone or MagicBand to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether.
  • Magic Bands: Magic Bands are rubber/plastic wrist bands which function as your room key and resort identification. Depending on what options you've selected, your MagicBand may also function as your park ticket, dining plan ticket, or charge card. You may purchase a MagicBand prior to your arrival and have it mailed to your home. MagicBands are also available for purchase in many WDW gift shops. You may also opt to use an RFID-embedded card (looks like a credit card) for room access, resort ID, and other functions.
  • Theme Park Tickets: Park tickets are best purchased online in advance either directly through Disney or via our Least Expensive Ticket Calculator. However, if you arrive without park tickets, head to the concierge desk in the hotel lobby.
  • Dining Reservations: Dining reservation are best made online in advance or on your phone or tablet during your visit. If you need assistance stop by the concierge desk or the check in podium of any Walt Disney World table service restaurant.
  • Laundry: Washers and dryers are in laundry facilities next to each pool. Cost is $3 per wash, and another $3 per dry cycle. The machines take credit cards. 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. For more information on guest laundry services at Walt Disney World hotels, see our WDW Laundry Information page
  • Lost and Found : If you lose something during your stay, contact Disney's Lost and Found department by calling (407) 824-4245.
  • Shopping: 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. 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.
  • Childcare: Disney contracts with a third party company, Kids Nite Out, to provide babysitting services at the resort hotels. See our Disney resort childcare page for more information.

The hotel's lobby, called Animation Hall, brightly colored and features art from Disney and Pixar films.

Kids can watch class Disney animation in a special waiting area while parents check in.

Transportation to and from Art of Animation

Driving to and from Disney's Art of Animation Resort

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

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.

Guests keeping a car at Art of Animation overnight will be charged $15 per day.

From Orlando International Airport See our Walt Disney World Transportation Options page for information about how to get to and from Orlando International Airport and Walt Disney World.

Sanford International Airport is 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. You may also want to consult ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft for their pricing options.

Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs

The Disney Skyliner gondola system has a station on the bridge in between Pop Century and Art of Animation, which makes these resorts a good base for visiting Hollywood Studios and Epcot, the two theme parks connected by the Skyliner. The hub station is located at Caribbean Beach Resort, so you have to take the Skyliner there first and then switch to either the Epcot or Hollywood Studios line. From the station, the ride to Epcot's International Gateway entrance is about 20 minutes while the ride to Hollywood Studios is about 12 minutes, although those times don't take any lines to get into the gondola into account.

Disney provides free bus service from Art of Animation to the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. During busier times of the year, Disney will add bus service to EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios to supplement Skyliner capacity. 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 Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service.

If you have your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and Disney Springs. Disney's transportation system is faster to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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 Disney Springs 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 have dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Art of Animation to Disney Springs, then take another bus from Disney Springs 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.

However, the fastest option is almost always a taxi or ride sharing service such as Uber or Lyft from Art of Animation.

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.

The Cars area features life-size versions of Cars film characters.

The Ink and Paint Shop sells a variety of Disney-themed merchandise.

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

Reader Comments

Most comments concerning Art of Animation have been positive. A Collingswood, New Jersey, reader says:

Art of Animation I was skeptical about. From pics it looked like it was going to be a child’s dream but not necessarily an adult’s. I was wrong—it’s incredible! For a Value resort, it feels more like a Deluxe. The room was awesome; great layout and having two bathrooms was so nice. The Big Blue Pool and the Cozy Cone Pool are great. Landscape of Flavors impressed me too—so many options for fresh, delicious, comfort food as well as exotic fare.

Readers complain, however, about the long walk from the Little Mermaid–themed buildings to the food court and front desk. Mobile reception was also singled out as a problem. A woman from Houston related the following:

There was no AT&T service inside the building where our rooms were. There was plenty of service outside the building, but the moment we stepped inside it was like a vacuum. It was very upsetting.

Noise and soundproofing are likewise issues. A Guyton, Georgia, mom comments:

The room was very poorly soundproofed. I heard snoring and bathroom noises from other rooms that I should not have been able to hear. One afternoon my toddler and I returned to the room for a nap—I suppose housekeeping was cleaning the room above ours, but it sounded like someone was bowling up there.

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Good (and Not-So-Good) Rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

The quietest suites are south and east-facing rooms in buildings 3 (Cars), 4 (Finding Nemo), and 6 (The Lion King). The quietest standard rooms are east-facing rooms in building 8 and south-facing rooms in building 7 (both The Little Mermaid). Avoid northwest-facing rooms in building 1 and southwest facing rooms in building 10, which face the Disney bus route and Art of Animation’s bus stops.

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.

Room 1505: Cars courtyard.
Room 1521: A giant lawn and a parking lot.

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.

Room 2521: If you squint you can see Hourglass Lake.
Room 2527: A view of The Cozy Cone Pool.

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.

Room 3512: A nice view of Hourglass Lake
Room 3529: Another view of the Cars courtyard.

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.

Room 4504: You probably wont want to wake up to a view of a service area.
Room 4511: A view of The Big Blue Pool.

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.

Room 5507: Looking out at the Schoolyard Sprayground.
Room 5523: This isn't the best view but the noise level will be low.

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 sculptures 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.

Room 6511: Sleep well knowing Simba is watching over your room.
Room 6518: Yet another service area used by the hotel staff.

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.

Room 7662: A bad view of a large maintenance building.
Room 7870: Looking down at The Flippin' Fins Pool.

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.

Room 8502: After a week with this view you'll think the fish were talking to you in your sleep.
Room 8556: The other side of Building 8 mostly faces 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.

Room 9501: It's not scary at all having Ursula tower over your room.
Room 9554: More parking lots.

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.

Room 0504: A magical view of dirty towels and a parking lot.
Room 0511: Who doesn't want Scar sitting outside their window?

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
Exceptional theming, particularly Cars and Lion King areas Most expensive Value resort
Skyliner connection to Hollywood Studios and EPCOT Terrible in-room mobile reception
Best pool of the Value resorts The number of made-to-order meals available at the food court can mean long waits in line
Family Suites are innovatively designed and themed The resort's standard rooms are rarely discounted
Interior hallways in some buildings Poor soundproofing
Walking trail around Hour Glass Lake and connecting bridge to Pop Century
Just one bus stop

Disney's Art of Animation Resort Dining

Commuting Times to the Parks
Park Bus Skyliner Personal
Magic Kingdom 24.0 min 40.0 min
EPCOT 24.0 min 24.0 min 23.0 min
Hollywood Studios 21.0 min 18.0 min 20.0 min
Animal Kingdom 25.0 min 14.0 min
Disney Springs 23.0 min 15.0 min