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Disney's Art of Animation Resort

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Decent prices. Great decor throughout resort where kids can take pics with favorite charcters. The food court option is decent. The staff was helpful. My problem was that our room was not cleaned properly. Our shower liner had mold on it, so it was there from last guests... gross!!! I know this for a fact because there was a hair band around the hook of the liner, which was not mine. I had to give my sons showers instead of baths because I refused to let them sit in the tub. We also found another child's sock near the edge of the bed, so it the floor was cleaned well in between guests either. Poor maid service in the little mermaid area on the lakeside.

Busses to and from the parks is super easy.dint bother renting a car.

My kids were in awe! We had a small glitch with the room when checking in, but staff immediately upgraded us to a family suite right by the pool. The staff was professional and friendly. The kids loved their special beds and we loved our private room! Each day when we returned it the room it was as clean as the first day we came in. The kids loved the arcade and the pool. The cafeteria was, of course, fairly pricey (we didn't do the dinner plan), but there were plenty of choices. The breakfast was especially delicious, complete with fresh berries.

The little mermaid rooms are very cute for girls. My overall experience was awesome, complimentary shuttles to all of Disney property all day will definitely stay there again.

The hotel is a great value. However, Disney makes it apparent you are at a budget solution.

Loved having two full bathrooms. The small kitchenette was nice. Even stocked with paper plates, bowls, silverware and a can opener. Our magic bands did not open our door. Had to wait 15 minutes for front desk to let us in. After a long rainy day at the park, this was very disappointing and I feel the management did not apologize enough. A small gesture like a free pastry in the food court or a fast pass certificate would have went a long way!!!

Friendly staff, well kept resort, very whimsical grounds... great for kids.

AOA is a neat hotel that really is the equivalent of a value resort, but they charge more for it. I would pick AOA over the value resorts any day. I stayed at the All Stars and pop century on many occasions, but after my last trip in October I decided no more. I upped my game and choose AOA this past trip because it is newer and less worn then the All Stars. I was upset because on my last day (I stayed there 3 times in December) I did not get the text to let me know my room was ready (and where it was). It was extremely inconvenient as I had to show up at the hotel and wait in line 30 minutes to get my room # and then wasn't really explained why I didn't get a text or an apology. The hotel has awesome decor and it's neat to see the entire property. Since I didn't want to pay the price of the suites, I got the mermaid rooms. Beware, these rooms are far from civilization. To eat breakfast, I drove to the main building (I considered it far). The rooms are cute, but if I was to stay there and money wasn't a issue I would definitely stay at the buildings that are considered suites because they are close to the main pool and the main building. The suites (closer rooms to the main building) are enclosed whereas the mermaid rooms are outdoor rooms (the steps to get to your room is outside unlike the non mermaid rooms which are inside a building). Overall, AOA is a good choice. Bathrooms are a little on the small and dark side. The cafeteria is great and not badly priced.

Very nice for a value resort. Pretty comfortable and very clean for a low price and all the benefits of staying at a Disney resort.

Great hotel and service! Room was very Clean and comfortable. Recently refurbished

Great Disney experience everywhere you look. Rooms are only ok.

Excellent all the way around! Very accommodating! Beautiful. Our kids, 4 & 2 loved it!

The front desk staff was so friendly. The lady upgraded us to a suite without me even really asking. She was great and made our stay so good.

Room had cobwebs on the wall and it wasn't what I expected.

Excellent place for young children ages 1-7. Rooms are clean, plenty of room to sleep a big family.

We stayed at the AOA for three days following a DIsney Cruise. Loved the pool and spacious suite. We received a free upgrade to a suite which was a nice surprise.

Close to parks but bus transportation was not consistent and this resort always had the bus stop farthest from the park entrances/exits. Daughter liked the pool and recreation events. Too expensive for what was provided.

Perfect setup for families (2 parents + 4 young kids). Great pool, splash pad, etc. Easy access to highways and to the Disney parks. Ample parking (and includes free parking at the Disney parks)

Hotel was clean and most of it modern. The Little Mermaid rooms are just old converted rooms from another hotel. Maybe Pop Century? The Cars and Lion King Suites are newer. We would stay again!

After some initial snafus (I booked 2 rooms and when my family and I arrived they had put us in 2 different buildings I asked for that to be corrected they did the same thing until I spoke to a supervisor to get the two rooms in the same building -- sadly not beside each other) the rest of the stay was great. The staff were very friendly and very apologetic for the room situation. For the value it was a great stay. Because the Art of Animation resort is so large, there was a designated bus to each of the parks (as opposed to other resorts where multiple stops are made) which cut down on some of the travel time.

1850 Animation Way Lake Buena Vista FL

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Free airport shuttle

Located in Bay Lake, Disney's Art of Animation Resort is within a few miles (5 km) of popular sights such as Disney's Hollywood Studios® and Epcot®. This 1984-room, 3-star resort welcomes guests with 3 outdoor pools, a restaurant, and free in-room WiFi. Disney Springs™ and Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park are also near this Lake Buena Vista resort.


Dining

Enjoy a bite to eat at Landscape of Flavors, the resort's onsite restaurant. For your convenience, a cooked-to-order breakfast is served each morning for a fee.


Rooms

All of Disney's Art of Animation Resort's 1984 air-conditioned rooms provide safes, phones, and ironing boards. Guests can expect free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Rooms also include hair dryers.


Property features

Guests of Disney's Art of Animation Resort enjoy features like 3 outdoor pools, free WiFi in public areas, and a business center. You can take advantage of free parking, along with a free airport shuttle (available on request). Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this family-friendly resort include an arcade/game room, express check-in, and express check-out.

Room options

Cars family suite

Queen 1 | Sleeps 6

Family Suite

Queen 1 | Sleeps 6

Finding nemo family suite

Queen 1 | Sleeps 6

Suite (Lion King)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 6

Guest reviews for Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Everyone (17) Couples (22) Family (178) Friends (6) Other (4)
4

great hotel because of themes and price

Everyone

Decent prices. Great decor throughout resort where kids can take pics with favorite charcters. The food court option is decent. The staff was helpful. My problem was that our room was not cleaned properly. Our shower liner had mold on it, so it was there from last guests... gross!!! I know this for a fact because there was a hair band around the hook of the liner, which was not mine. I had to give my sons showers instead of baths because I refused to let them sit in the tub. We also found another child's sock near the edge of the bed, so it the floor was cleaned well in between guests either. Poor maid service in the little mermaid area on the lakeside.

By on Jul 9, 2017

4

great for kids. so much to look at and do.

Everyone

Busses to and from the parks is super easy.dint bother renting a car.

By , from Pittsburgh on Jun 4, 2017

5

disney's art of animation

Everyone

My kids were in awe! We had a small glitch with the room when checking in, but staff immediately upgraded us to a family suite right by the pool. The staff was professional and friendly. The kids loved their special beds and we loved our private room! Each day when we returned it the room it was as clean as the first day we came in. The kids loved the arcade and the pool. The cafeteria was, of course, fairly pricey (we didn't do the dinner plan), but there were plenty of choices. The breakfast was especially delicious, complete with fresh berries.

By on Apr 24, 2017

5

perfect resort for kids

Everyone

The little mermaid rooms are very cute for girls. My overall experience was awesome, complimentary shuttles to all of Disney property all day will definitely stay there again.

By , from l on Apr 12, 2017

4

bus stops are a hikeutio

Everyone

The hotel is a great value. However, Disney makes it apparent you are at a budget solution.

By on Mar 25, 2017

4

great accommodations for family of five.

Everyone

Loved having two full bathrooms. The small kitchenette was nice. Even stocked with paper plates, bowls, silverware and a can opener. Our magic bands did not open our door. Had to wait 15 minutes for front desk to let us in. After a long rainy day at the park, this was very disappointing and I feel the management did not apologize enough. A small gesture like a free pastry in the food court or a fast pass certificate would have went a long way!!!

By , from Houston, Tx on Mar 19, 2017

5

great for family vacation

Everyone

Friendly staff, well kept resort, very whimsical grounds... great for kids.

By , from Wood-Ridge, NJ on Mar 6, 2017

3

the good and the bad about aoa

Everyone

AOA is a neat hotel that really is the equivalent of a value resort, but they charge more for it. I would pick AOA over the value resorts any day. I stayed at the All Stars and pop century on many occasions, but after my last trip in October I decided no more. I upped my game and choose AOA this past trip because it is newer and less worn then the All Stars. I was upset because on my last day (I stayed there 3 times in December) I did not get the text to let me know my room was ready (and where it was). It was extremely inconvenient as I had to show up at the hotel and wait in line 30 minutes to get my room # and then wasn't really explained why I didn't get a text or an apology. The hotel has awesome decor and it's neat to see the entire property. Since I didn't want to pay the price of the suites, I got the mermaid rooms. Beware, these rooms are far from civilization. To eat breakfast, I drove to the main building (I considered it far). The rooms are cute, but if I was to stay there and money wasn't a issue I would definitely stay at the buildings that are considered suites because they are close to the main pool and the main building. The suites (closer rooms to the main building) are enclosed whereas the mermaid rooms are outdoor rooms (the steps to get to your room is outside unlike the non mermaid rooms which are inside a building). Overall, AOA is a good choice. Bathrooms are a little on the small and dark side. The cafeteria is great and not badly priced.

By , from East Coast on Dec 28, 2016

4
Everyone

Very nice for a value resort. Pretty comfortable and very clean for a low price and all the benefits of staying at a Disney resort.

By on Nov 15, 2016

4

great disney experience!

Everyone

Great hotel and service! Room was very Clean and comfortable. Recently refurbished

By on Oct 12, 2016