Review: Family Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Continued
By Dave Shute
This is the second page of this review of the Family Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. For the first page, click here.
A PHOTO TOUR OF THE FAMILY SUITES AT DISNEY’S ART OF ANIMATION RESORT
(Note that you can click any of these images and they’ll open to a bigger view.)
You enter directly in to the dining area, with the master bedroom area on one side and the mini-kitchen/living room on the other.
The dining table is large–note the props I’ve put on it, purely for scaling purposes.
It comes with four chairs, but despite the fact that this is a six-person room, that’s all that comfortably fits. There’s a couple of round tables in the living room that double as stools–a very clever idea. You can pull them up to the end of the table, but there’s no room for knees. And knees often are important…
The dining table is replaced by a bed that folds down from the wall.
I measured this bed as 54 by 74 inches, but for some it will sleep a little shorter than that. The head of the bed is within the framing that supports it when it’s up, and this may feel a little claustrophobic to some, causing them to skooch towards the foot.
The single cushion is 8 inches deep, and I found it easy to sleep on though a little short.
It includes overhead reading lights on a dimmer switch, and two end tables.
The bed is easy to set up–clear the dining table, take away the chairs (which don’t stack–kind of an odd choice), and pull it down. The bed is already made, so all you need to do is add the pillows (stored in drawers in the living room) and you are set!
The kids’ bath opens off the dining room. It has two doors–a pocket door to the sink area, and a hinged door to the tub/toilet area–making it quite flexible.
There’s a couple of ways in which finishes and furnishings at Art of Animation are a major upgrade over not just other value resorts, but even moderate resorts. Most notable of these is the bath–see the sink furniture in the above photo, and note the tiling in the tub surround, which looks even better in real life than in my photo.
Your kids likely will be more impressed by the shower curtain than the tiling…
The dining area also opens to the living room. On one side you’ll find the mini-kitchen (below) and large, comfy sofa, at the end a cute easy chair, and in the middle the two tables/stools I mentioned above. Using the stools, the room easily seats 6.
The other side has a flat-screen TV, good-sized dresser, and a clothes area with a shelf at the top, closet rod and hangers, another shelf, and a big drawer below.
There’s a little less storage here than meets the eye, as two of the largest drawers are stuffed with pillows and blankets for the sofa bed. You can get storage space back by creating a tippy stack of pillows on the shelf above the closet rod.
I measured it at 54″ by 78″–4″ longer than the dining table bed. Although the mattress is only 4 inches thick, I had no trouble sleeping on it. But then I’m not picky…
The other item in this space is the mini-kitchen.
There’s a sink, mini-fridge, microwave, and a coffee maker.
There’s also some supplies–not just cups and coffee, but also paper plates and bowls, plastic utensils, a can opener and a corkscrew/bottle opener. This is a very nice touch.
For an image of the inside of the fridge, see this (and thanks, Hayden, for sending it to me!).
However, at least on my visit, there was nothing in the shop you could buy that would make this kitchen really helpful–no bread, no lunch-meat, neither PB nor J, no breakfast cereals other than what’s in the food court. I really hope Disney fixes this…
The master bedroom opens from the dining room.
One side has a flat screen and a dresser–the same size as the equivalents in the living room–and a closet space with safe, iron and ironing board, suitcase rack (which you will probably fold up so that you can stack a bunch of roller bags here) and hanging rack with a shelf above.
The other side has a colorful queen bed and a couple of bed tables. Note that my phone (almost all the photos on this site are from my iPhone) didn’t get the green on the bedspread right–it’s prettier and more cheery than the image suggests.
The master bath opens from the master bedroom. It’s not divided, which creates space that enables a longer sink counter than in the kids’ bath. The shower has a glass door, and the same lovely tiling as the kids’ bath. (Sorry about the lack of focus in the image, but that makes it more romantic, no?)
Like the kids’ bath, the furniture and finishing are at a much higher level than the other values.
(FYI, An e-mailer asked how I make floor plans like the one at the top of the page–here’s the answer: a lot of measurements, and some home design software that I barely understand!)
THE LIVABILITY OF THE FAMILY SUITES AT DISNEY’S ART OF ANIMATION RESORT
This review continues here.