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Thursday, December 20, 2012

(video) inside the rooms of disney's art of animation resort

the view from my window at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

One of the best things about staying on the Walt Disney World property is the guest room experience. As lifelong Disney fans (and as media covering Walt Disney World) L. and I have stayed in most of the Disney properties from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Arriving as a guest at each themed hotel is an immersive experience from the Cape Cod vibe and beachy pool at Disney's Yacht Club Resort to the palm trees and Tonga Toast (Banana stuffed french toast-our favorite breakfast on property!) at Disney's Polynesian Resort.

the check in area of Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Last week I had the chance to experience the new Disney's Art of the Animation Resort, a new concept in hotels for the Disney company. Taking into account the generations of families who travel together, this new style of rooms caters to families suite style with two bathrooms (with bathtub), a dining area with microwave and refrigerator and space for six people to sleep comfortably (separate bedroom, Murphy bed and pull out sofa.)

the Big Blue pool where I swam every night before falling into my comfortable bed

Watch this tour of my room at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

New concept aside, Disney's Art of Animation Resort is a Disney Pixar fan's dream come true with rooms and public areas inspired by "The Lion King," "The Little Mermaid," "Cars" and "Finding Nemo." Enter the lobby and you're in the middle of an artist's sketch with black and white pencil drawings giving way to full color animated murals. There is the African landscape and the ocean  themed Big Blue pool. In the "Cars" area guests are transported to into the film with fun cartoony cars spread among the Radiator Springs area (nice touch: the ground around the cars is covered in a special textured surface in case little ones tumble.) In addition to the public areas theming well to each film, the guest rooms are also spectacularly themed right down to the little touches like the lyrics of "The Lion King" songs inscribed onto two footstools in the living room area. Look for the jellyfish lampshades in Ariel's domain and a tool chest that's actually a dresser in the "Cars" suites. 

While I was alone on this trip, it was easy to see that the family style suite would be a cost-saving and fun way to stay on the Disney property. With a separate bedroom, two bathrooms and a place to grab a bite at a table for four, this resort offers plenty of space for a family who wants to travel together. If you are a fan of animated features, this is definitely the resort to try.  One of my favorite moments was seeing a family including three little kids gleefully squealing when they arrived in the "Cars" area. One little kid said to the others "This is where they made the movie. Right HERE!!!!!!" Maybe not the movie, but memories sure were made here. 

For more information in Disney's Art of Animation Resort visit the Walt Disney World website or call 407- 939-7675. 

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