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Photo Tour of a Finding Nemo Family Suite at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort



By Dave Shute

For the first page of this review of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, see this.

Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourifrstvisit.net

A PHOTO TOUR OF THE FINDING NEMO FAMILY SUITES AT DISNEY’S ART OF ANIMATION RESORT

Family Suite Floor Plan Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net
This is the basic floor plan of all of the Art of Animation Family Suites.  The entrance is from an enclosed hallway, and while the windows are large, there’s no balcony.

A refurb currently in process is shifting the floors to wood laminate, and the queen bed in the separate bedroom to a platform bed–which adds storage underneath. I’ll have updated images later in 2020.

(Images on this page are from Finding Nemo; for a Lion King photo tour, see this, and for the Cars Suites, see this.)

Dining Side Entry Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

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.

Dining Table Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The dining table is large. 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 (except in Cars rooms)–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…

Dining Room Bed Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The dining table is replaced by a bed that folds down from the wall. Note the darling image at the head of the bed of Nemo sleeping with his dad.  A larger version is at the top of the page.

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.

Storage Thingy Dining Room Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

It includes overhead reading lights on a dimmer switch, and two end tables. There’s a bit of storage in the 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!

Sink Kid's Bath Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The kids’ bath opens off the dining room. It has two doors that divide it into two spaces–a pocket door to the sink area, and a hinged door to the tub/toilet area–making it quite flexible.

Tub Kid's Bath Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

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.

Kid's Bath Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Your kids likely will be more impressed by the shower curtain than the tiling…

Living Room Side Entry Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The dining area also opens to the living room.

Living Room Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

On one side you’ll find the mini-kitchen (further 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.

TV Side Living Room Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

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 when the bed is not made.

Dresser Storage Living Room Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

A closer view of the dresser storage…

Closet Thingy Living Room Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…and the storage drawer at the bottom of the closet thingy.

Sofa Bed Living Room Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.netThe living room sofa opens up into a bed. Unlike the dining table, it has sheets but not a blanket when you open it (grab the blanket from the storage area on the TV side).

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.

Kitchenette Supplies Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

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!).

Dining Side Entry Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The master bedroom opens from the dining room.

TV Side Master Bedroom Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

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.

Dresser Storage Master Bedroom Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Master bedroom dresser storage.  There’s plenty of drawers in these suites.

Bed Side Master Bedroom Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The other side has a colorful queen bed and a couple of bed tables.

Master Bath Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

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.

Master Bath Shower Finding Nemo Family Suite Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Like the kids’ bath, the furniture and finishing in this bath are at a much higher level than at the other values.

PHOTO TOUR OF A LION KING SUITE AT DISNEY’S ART OF ANIMATION RESORT

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67 comments

1 kelly { 08.20.12 at 7:44 pm }

Can those of us staying off property gain access to public areas of Art of Animation? I have seen outside shots of Disney Cars characters and would like to bring my kids to see them (since there isn’t anything else at the 4 theme parks Cars) but we aren’t staying on site. Will the new security measures prevent us from visiting the public areas? (ps we are only staying off-site because we missed Art of Animation booking by a few hours! )

2 Dave { 08.21.12 at 4:38 am }

Hi Kelly, yes you can–most easily by taking a bus form a theme park. You will not be able to get inside the lodging buildings, and the pools may or may not be locked, but you’ll be able to see all the rest of the landscaping and decoration!

3 Mommy J { 08.21.12 at 8:37 pm }

I think there is a meet n greet Cars at Hollywood

4 Dave { 08.22.12 at 7:40 am }
5 Patricia { 10.01.12 at 11:40 am }

Do you know how far a walk it is from cars suites to nemo pool?

6 Dave { 10.01.12 at 3:07 pm }

Hi Patricia, I did not clock this, but it’ll be around one minute for the closest rooms to 5 minutes for the furthest ones…

7 rhonda macdonald { 10.06.12 at 10:58 am }

i am planning a trip to stay at pop or art – little mermaid standard room. which would be the best room to request for both? my preference is – little mermaid standard room when i book – which will be soon? my son will be 4 at the time and i would like quiet and conveinence to the bus pick up/food court if possible. a view other than the parking lot would be nice too? thanks!

8 Dave { 10.06.12 at 12:46 pm }

Hi Rhonda, no Little Mermaid rooms are convenient. For the best of them, see this: https://yourfirstvisit.net/2012/09/23/review-standard-little-mermaid-rooms-disneys-art-animation-resort/#comment-59449

9 rhonda macdonald { 10.06.12 at 11:00 am }

i forgot to mention in the above ? that we will be coming the first week of December 2013
thank Rhonda

10 Carmella { 10.25.12 at 11:04 am }

I am planning a vacation during Jan 10-14th 2013 with my two children (3 and 5) and my husband. We currently have the Art of Animation Family Suite booked. This is their first visit to Disney, my husband and I have been before. We are looking to stay somewhere that has a separate sleeping area for the children. Are there any other resorts, deluxe or moderate as well, that you would recommend to be our best bet if available? Thanks so much for your help – love the website!

11 Dave { 10.26.12 at 9:41 am }

Hi Carmella! Art of ANimation is at the low end of the price options for a two sleeping space place to stay. For some other options, see this: https://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/12/22/bed-types-and-sleeping-space-layouts-at-walt-disney-world-resort-hotels/

12 Troy { 10.26.12 at 12:24 am }

Hey Dave–

We’re booked in the Finding Nemo suites. I saw that you put up some recommendations on what buildings to request in the Little Mermaid rooms. Would you have any for the Finding Nemo suites, whether for convenience or more quiet or both?

13 Dave { 10.26.12 at 10:00 am }

Troy–ask for an Hourglass Lake view, 2nd floor or higher. This will give you a slightly longer walk, but a better view and less noise.

14 Michelle P { 11.06.12 at 3:48 pm }

How big would you say the refrigerators are? I am ordering groceries from an outside source to be delivered and wanted to know if I could fit a couple gallons of milk, a bottle of juice and a few other things in there as well. I am SO happy to know that they stock the room with dishes and utensils, I can take those off my shopping list 🙂 Thank you for your awesome review!!

15 Dave { 11.06.12 at 4:06 pm }

Hi Michelle–the maximum width is 7″ from the back to the fixtures built into the door, and the interior width is 20″ or so… and the shelves are movable and removable! You should be able to fit a gallon of milk and a juice bottle, but maybe not two gallons plus the juice…

16 Michelle P { 11.06.12 at 3:49 pm }

Oh, we are also staying in a Nemo suite!

17 Dave { 11.06.12 at 4:06 pm }

🙂

18 Michelle P { 11.06.12 at 4:23 pm }

Awesome!! Thank you so much!

19 Troy { 11.15.12 at 12:55 am }

Hey Dave–

Just over a week ’til we leave, so get ready for a barrage of tiny little questions over the next few days. 🙂

Can you give a little more info as to what’s available in the general store (or whatever) at the A of A? Since dishes and utensils are in the rooms, we’d be needing milk, cereal and fruit. Is that findable easily, or do we need to work out some type of delivery? And if the latter, how would we go about that? Can that be worked out with the resort?

As always, much thanks.
Troy

20 Dave { 11.15.12 at 7:25 am }

Troy, you can find milk cereal and fruit, but it will be in the food court area, not the gift shop (unless things have changed since I was last there in September…)

21 Troy { 11.15.12 at 8:00 am }

But the stuff at the food court – wouldn’t that be individual sizes? Or are you saying we could get a big box of cereal, a gallon of milk, etc. I’m wanting to buy things to store in the room.

22 Dave { 11.15.12 at 8:06 am }

The fruit and cereal would be individual sizes. The milk–if I’m recalling correctly–is as big as half a gallon…

23 Dave { 11.15.12 at 8:26 am }

Troy: if you are going to Hoop Dee Doo, the store at Fort Wilderness–quite close to Hoop–has a much better selection. I wouldn’t buy milk there–as you’ll likely have to buy first and bring your bags into Hoop–but cereal options should be better! Your other option is something like Garden Grocer–see this: https://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/08/30/the-tightwads-guide-to-how-to-eat-at-walt-disney-world/

24 Troy { 11.15.12 at 11:53 pm }

Dave: great suggestions – thanks! We’ll probably have it delivered. I’m assuming they’d drop it off at the front desk, and we’d get it from there. Yet again, a page that contained the info that I hadn’t seen… 🙂

25 Hayden Davis { 11.30.12 at 2:23 pm }

I have found your blog so helpful and want to thank you for posting such detailed information and pictures on the room floor plan for Art of Animation family suites. My family will be staying here in April 2013. We have chosen the Finding Nemo suites after seeing your great pictures! Thanks again!

26 Hayden Davis { 11.30.12 at 2:27 pm }

Michelle–Here is a picture of an actual mini fridge in the Finding Nemo suites–I am also staying there and had the same question. My friend went and took this picture for me.

27 Dave { 11.30.12 at 4:22 pm }

Hayden, two things;

One I’m glad you found the site helpful, and come back here when you complete your visit!

Two, your link did not work for your image. If you email me the photo, I’ll post it and credit you. I’m at davidhobartyfv@gmail.com

28 Hayden Davis { 11.30.12 at 6:03 pm }

Dave-
I emailed you the picture of the mini fridge in the Finding Nemo Suite. Thanks!

29 Dave { 12.01.12 at 10:50 am }

Thanks, Hayden, here it is:

30 Alexandria { 01.15.13 at 12:51 pm }

My husband and I are planning a trip for October 2013. Are there any rooms available that have a view of illuminations at epoct available at the Art of Animation resort

31 Dave { 01.15.13 at 3:45 pm }

Hi Alexandria, I don’t think so. You are pretty south of Epcot at AofA, with a mini-forest intervening. It could be that a few upper floor parking lot view rooms in the Little Mermaid section have such views, but that’s exactly where I stayed, and I didn’t notice that I could see Illuminations…

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32 Melissa { 01.21.13 at 9:09 am }

Hi Dave! Great site! I’m finding conflicting info on exercise facilities at AoA. Do they have facilities, and if not, where would you suggest would be the best place to access facilities? Thanks so much! Btw, we will be staying in AoA lion king. 🙂

33 Dave { 01.21.13 at 9:39 am }

Hi Melissa, and thanks!

There’s no exercise facilities at AofA. I believe that the Disney hotels that have them offer them only to their own guests…but will check on this…

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34 Melissa { 01.21.13 at 3:35 pm }

Thank you!

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