For the first page of this review of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, see this.
FAMILY SUITES AT DISNEY’S ART OF ANIMATION RESORT
Note: guests at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort are eligible for Disney World’s Early Entry program, and for early access to its paid individual system for access to certain rides, but NOT for its Extended Evening Hours.
Based on that, the 6 person Family Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation resort rocket ahead of their only comparable rooms, the Family Suites at All-Star Music.
That said, the Music suites are much less costly (on average in 2020, $160 less per night), and are currently in a refurb that looks likely to eliminate one of their biggest negatives–uncomfortable beds.
REVIEW: DISNEY WORLD’S FAMILY SUITES AT THE ART OF ANIMATION RESORT FOR FIRST-TIME VISITORS
Art of Animation accommodation buildings are in four different areas, each themed to one beloved Disney movie.
Family suites are found in the Cars, Lion King, and Finding Nemo areas. The Nemo suites are a little more central, and a little more expensive than the Cars and Lion King suites.
(Standard four person rooms are in the fourth area, the Little Mermaid-themed section; there’s no family suites in the Little Mermaid area, and no standard rooms in the Cars, Lion King, or Finding Nemo areas.)
Note that the long-time travel agent partner of this site, Kelly B., can help you book your Disney World vacation at Art of Animation or anywhere else–contact her using the form at the bottom of the page.
THE CARS AREA AT ART OF ANIMATION
On the map, the Cars area is at the far right.
Here’s you’ll find three buildings, each with a major depiction at its entry.
Building 1 has Mater…
…Building 3 Luigi…
…and Building 2 is fronted by stars Lightning McQueen and Sally Carerra.
The Cars Family Suites themselves are also deeply themed to Cars (there’s many more room photos later in this review)…
…as is the general environment in the courtyard created in the middle of the three buildings.
THE FINDING NEMO AREA AT ART OF ANIMATION
On the map, the two Finding Nemo buildings are just above the central services buildings and surround the largest pool at the resort.
Building 4 is fronted by Mr. Ray, and Building 5 by Crush. I love to take pictures of him, day…
The stairs are themed to the seagulls…
…also fun at night…
…and the courtyard created between the two buildings, besides holding the main pool (more on the pools later), is themed to make you feel like you are underwater with Nemo and Friends.
The rooms continue the Finding Nemo theme (many more room shots are later in this review).
THE LION KING AREA AT ART OF ANIMATION
The two buildings just to the left of the Finding Nemo area on the map, numbers 6 and 10, are the Lion King Buildings.
The courtyard between has parts themed to a savanna…
…and parts themed to a jungle.
You’ll also find all the key Lion King characters here:
Rooms continue the African theming. Many more Lion King room photos are here.
THE BEST AREAS TO STAY
Although the Nemo rooms are a bit more expensive, choices as to which group of buildings to book will, in many families, simply be guided by which of Cars, the Lion King, and Finding Nemo is their favorite film.
For those open to any of the three, go for Lion King. You can book the Lion King, Cars, or Nemo suites directly on Disney’s site.
More specifically, go for a 2nd floor or higher Hourglass Lake view room on the Finding Nemo side of Building 6 in the Lion King area. This will yield the least noise, best view, and relative closeness to the main services and bus stop.
The long-time travel agent partner of this site, Kelly B., can help you book your Disney World vacation at Art of Animation or anywhere else–contact her using the form below.
ACCOMMODATIONS IN THE FAMILY SUITES
This review continues here.
MATERIAL IN THIS REVIEW OF DISNEY’S ART OF ANIMATION RESORT
- Overview of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- The Little Mermaid Area and Rooms
- Photo Tour of a Little Mermaid Room
- Overview of the Family Suites Areas
- Accommodations in the Family Suites
- Photo Tour of a Finding Nemo Family Suite (plus bed dimensions, storage, etc)
- Photo Tour of a Lion King Family Suite
- Photo Tour of a Cars Family Suite
- Amenities at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- The Pools at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
OTHER KEY PAGES FOR WHERE TO STAY AT DISNEY WORLD
- Where to stay–the Basics
- Where first-timers should stay
- Reviews of all the Disney World resorts, based on my 150+ stays in them