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The Pools 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.

THE POOLS AT DISNEY’S ART OF ANIMATION RESORT

The Pools at Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.netThere are three pools at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

  • A small pool centered within the three accommodation buildings in the Cars area
  • The largest pool at Disney World, the “Big Blue Pool” between the two Finding Nemo accommodations buildings
  • A good sized pool in the center of the Little Mermaid buildings

There’s no pool between the two Lion King buildings. I view this as a feature, not a bug, as it means suites here don’t get pool noise, but are still just a short walk from the pools in the Little Mermaid and Nemo areas.

THE CARS POOL AT ART OF ANIMATION

The Cars Pool at Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The Cars pool is meant to represent half of a tire.

Cars Pool Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (2)

It is unique among the value resort pools in having cabanas–the traffic cones shaped thingies in the image.

Cars Pool Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Curiously small even for a secondary pool, there’s not remotely enough room here for the guests in the three Cars buildings–but the Big Blue pool isn’t far.

THE BIG BLUE POOL AT ART OF ANIMATION

Big Blue Pool Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net (2)

The Big Blue Pool between the two Finding Nemo buildings is the main pool at Art of Animation, and is where you’ll find most pool-related amenities.

Big Blue Pool Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Its claims to fame include that it’s the largest single-tank pool at a Disney owned resort (the three tanks at Stormalong Bay are collectively larger) and that music plays under the water.  Since I sing “Born to be Wild” all the time in the tub, not that big a deal for me–but the underwater music really delights kids!!

Splash Area Big Blue Pool Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Besides the main pool, you’ll also find a kids splash play area dominated by an object that you may recognize from Finding Nemo.  Otherwise, you will wonder if McDonald’s is sponsoring the pool…

Pool Bar Big Blue Pool Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

At poolside is Art of Animation’s bar…

Refillable Mugs at the Pool Bar Big Blue Pool Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

…with a refillable mug station.

Movies at Big Blue Pool Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Movies are shown at the pool in the evenings.

Longtime readers of this site will know I love night shots of pools:

Night Big Blue Pool Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

THE LITTLE MERMAID POOL AT ART OF ANIMATION

Little Mermaid Pool Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The third pool at Art of Animation is in the Little Mermaid area.

The Little Mermaid Pool at Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

It has no amenities in particular, but is large enough to be a sound option for those who don’t want to walk the extra five minutes from the somewhat-distant Little Mermaid area to the Big Blue Pool.

Little Mermaid Pool at Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

At night.

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6 comments

1 Donna { 10.21.15 at 1:44 pm }

Areany of the pools heated in November

2 Dave { 10.21.15 at 2:46 pm }

Donna, all of Disney’s pools are heated.

3 Deb mahoney { 10.25.16 at 9:53 pm }

Do The rooms at AOA have a hairdryer?

4 Dave { 10.26.16 at 9:20 am }

Deb, yes.

5 Beatrice { 04.15.17 at 9:57 am }

Hi Dave!
Thank you so much for all the useful information!! Do the Little Mermaid buildings have access to an ice maker? I did not see the ice buckets in the pictures of the standard rooms, just in the family suites.

6 Dave { 04.15.17 at 2:00 pm }

Beatrice, yes–the ice buckets are on the countertop of the bath

Bath Sink Little Mermaid Art of Animation Room from yourfirstvisit.net

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