Inside Look of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

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Recently, we had a chance to get a sneak peek of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort that schedule to open later this month.

The Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will be the new “value” resort in Walt Disney World Resorts. With the concept of fully immersion in Disney’s popular and classic Animation movies – Finding Nemo, Little Mermaid, The Lion King and Cars, guests will be able to experience their stays in their favorite animation movies.

We will have a video review post later. So today I just want to give you the sneak peek into the Disney’s Art of Animation Resort in the photo format. The Finding Nemo section is the first to open. Enjoy!

Animation Hall – Inside the Art of Characters Creation

Disney with Kids- Disney's Art of Animation Resort: Animation Hall

As we walked in, we were in awe with the wall of character development arts. The concept wall displayed the character development from sketch to colored character. It was a amazing to be able to see how our beloved characters have been developed. I could also foresee a fun game we can play with our kids just on this wall alone.

Pixel Play Arcade – Play time for Kids & Adults (too)

Pixel Play Arcade is just around the corner from the Animation Hall. The bright color seats situated right at the entrance is a welcome place for parents so they can sit and relax without having to worry about kids running out of the arcade.

Pool & Playground – Nemo Style

Disney with Kids- Disney's Art of Animation Resort: Finding Nemo Pool

We didn’t experience the pool time during our preview but kids enjoyed the sprayground nearby. The pool is the largest pool in Disney resort outside the water park. Maybe it’s the size of the pool but I still think the pool at the Yacht Club is by far my favorite Disney’s resort pool. Another feature that only guests will be able to experience once the resort opens is the underwater sound system. Guests will be able to enjoy music while swimming in the pool.. I already have Dora’s ‘Just keep swimming.. just keep swimming’ chanting in my head.

The playground area is impressive for kids (and adults.. I admitted I was so tempted to climb up and slide down the coral inspired slide!

Disney with Kids- Disney's Art of Animation Resort: Slide

Everywhere we turned, we were greeted with Finding Nemo characters and environment. It truly made you feel like you are living in the story book of Finding Nemo.

Room for the Whole Family – Family Suite sleeps 6!

Disney with Kids- Disney's Art of Animation Resort: Family Suite Bed

We got a peek at the family suite in Nemo building. The decor is bright and cheerful to go along with Finding Nemo movie. It’s Disney’s value resort with room that is big enough for family of 6.

Disney with Kids- Disney's Art of Animation Resort: Family Suite Dining Table

With clever design to utilize all the space, the family suite includes dining table that turn into a murphy bed at night.

Disney with Kids- Disney's Art of Animation Resort: Family Suite Murphy Bed

Miss J enjoyed helping the Imagineer transform dining table to one of a kind Nemo bed.

Disney with Kids- Disney's Art of Animation Resort: Family Suite Murphy Bed 2

Disney with Kids- Disney's Art of Animation Resort: Family Suite TV Living Room

There is more room to spread out so the whole family won’t be on top of each other. The living room area also features sofa bed, TV and closet space.

Disney with Kids- Disney's Art of Animation Resort: Family Suite Kitchenette Living Room

Small kitchenette area with microwave, sink and refrigerator is a great addition for family who travels on the budget.

Disney with Kids- Disney's Art of Animation Resort: Family Suite BathroomMaster bathroom with walk-in shower is nicely decorated with a few touch of Nemo like pothole mirror.

Disney with Kids- Disney's Art of Animation Resort: Family Suite Plugs

Yes, I’m weird! One of the thing I look for when checking out the hotel room is counting the electrical outlet. As a digital family that travels with more electronic devices than we should, the electrical outlets are like gold mine. So I was happy to see that Disney doesn’t disappointed and provide plenty of electrical outlets throughout the room.

Resort Dining – Cafeteria Style

The dining hall is built in the cafeteria style with different sections from each movie. The large space is sure to be a great place for family to grab a quick bite.

I wouldn’t consider this post as a resort review but more of a resort preview because we only experience the walk-through of the room and surrounding area. The real test will be when they open and see how the service and amenity is. However, having stay with Disney resorts a few times, I have no doubt that you will get the same level of services as other resorts.

Room Types & Pricing

When fully operate, the Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will have both standard room type and family suite type. The price will start from $179 (for standard room) & $249 (for family suite room). Check Disney’s Art of Animation Resort for current pricing and availability.

For me, I think it’s a great value especially family suites that you can sleep up to 6 people in a room. As an advocate for budget friendly family travel, I know $250 per night is not cheap but when I compare with the additional perks you will get from staying in Disney resorts, it’s definitely something worth looking at. I plan to write up another post about the value of Disney resorts comparing to offsite resort in the future. So stay tuned!

Don’t forget to also check out the Video Tour of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort!

Check out what others are saying about the sneak peek:

Thank you Walt Disney World for inviting our family to attend Disney Social Media Mom Celebration by Walt Disney World. We received discount rate for accommodation, tickets and meals. But as always, all opinion and what I wrote are my own.

About Amy Querido

Amy is the owner & author of The Q Family Adventures Travel blog, family blog chronicles her family trips, tips and tricks. She hopes to inspire family to travel with kids one adventure at a time. Connect with Amy on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.


  1. Wow! What a fun preview. Those water features and climbing structures look like they will be very hard to resist and the family suite is super cool. Lucky you for getting a peek and thanks for sharing it :)

  2. Great pictures. I can’t wait to stay here. I love the Finding Nemo room. It seems very relaxing.

  3. Absolutely! And I’m looking forward to two bathrooms!!! :)

  4. Looks very nice!

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  8. I never knew this resort existed. I think my kids would absolutely love it here! I’m putting this on the list of potential future holiday targets!

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