Review: The Family Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, p3
This is the third page of this review of the Family Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. For the first page, click here.
The most direct comparison for the Art of Animation Family Suites is the Family Suites at All-Star Music.
The All-Star Music family suites were built by combining two existing rooms, and adding a door between them and a wall to create privacy for the master bedroom and space for the mini-kitchen.
See the floor plan.
There’s only a couple of broadly-applicable reasons to prefer All-Star Music to Art of Animation.
- One is price. During the 2012 “Fall” price season, Art of Animation family suites are $50 per night more expensive than those at All-Star Music. Over the 8-night trip that this site recommends, that’s a difference (including tax) of about $450.
- Another is the number of individual sleeping spaces. Art of Animation has three, each sleeping two, while Music has four, two sleeping one each and two beds sleeping two. This creates more flexibility for some family structures–e.g. families with 3 boys and one girl, or a family of five plus Aunt Ida.
Some other minor points that may sway some families to Music are the easy access to both baths from all beds–in Art of Animation the second bath is in the master bedroom, not so open to the living space–and the fact every bed in Music has a TV view, while in Art of Animation the “Murphy Goldberg” bed has no TV view-able from it.
One could also like the living room, mini-kitchen, and master bedroom more at Music. (For a space by space comparison, see this.)
Otherwise Art of Animation rules All-Star Music.
The family suites at Art of Animation were also designed within constraints–the footprints of the buildings had been established years ago, when the area it now occupies was meant to be the second phase of Pop Century.
Working within this constraint, Disney’s designers did a remarkable job.
The first key decision was to have one interior corridor rather than two exterior ones. This created an extra 5 feet or so of space available to lengthen the rooms, enabling adding a couple of feet to the window to entry door dimension.
The second key decision was to discover and decide to use in this space the “Murphy Goldberg” bed (this is my name for it, there’s a real brand name–Inova Table Bed).
It’s also fun to play with.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is only tangentially about the actual art of animation.
Rather, it’s really about the four movies that its sections highlight: Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, Cars, and the Lion King.
You’ll see some attention to the actual art of animation in the lobby building, including–for the first time that I can recall–”theming” of the “Cast Members Only” signs. See the image for how these have been themed.
But that’s basically it on the art of animation. (For the best on Disney animation, see Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston’s The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation.)
Otherwise it’s these four movies. And why these four? Obviously, they are wildly popular–but so are other potential choices, like Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast.
My guess is that Disney selected these four from among the slate of great Disney and Pixar movies released in the last couple of decades because each lent itself to a detailed but fun treatment of landscape.
That is, they don’t just provide the opportunity for props and images that recall the movies, but also, because of their distinctive and memorable outdoor settings, create the opportunity to more greatly detail the physical space so that it looks like the settings of the movies.
You won’t find this level of themed detail in the landscape in the other value resorts other than All-Star Sports.
The other movie options that were available either don’t have the signature outdoor settings that these four have, or if they do, like Up and WALL-E, they don’t lend themselves as well to a family vacation…
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