COMING SOON: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

I love planning vacations. Finding the best experiences for the best value is what its all about for my family. Recently my family and I were privy to an exclusive preview of the new Disney Art of Animation Resort.  This is Disney’s first new resort in almost a decade.

A truly experiential resort, they’ve taken 4 of the most beloved Disney animated movies and turned them into a lifestyle experience. Families can be immersed in the Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid experiences at every turn.

At press time, we got to preview the Finding Nemo family suites which can accommodate families up to 6 with 2 full size bathrooms. A real coup for minimizing bathroom times in the morning and getting to the park as soon as possible.  Also included is a kichenette, perfect for any family, especially young ones if you remember the days of baby food considerations.  The family suite comes with 3 separate sleeping areas – one bedroom, a pull-out couch in the living room and a murphy bed that lives one moment as a dining table, the next as a full size bed. The Finding Nemo wing opens May 31st, Cars wing opening June 18th and The Lion King wing opening August 10th totally 1,120 family suites.  864 Standard guest rooms that sleep up to 4, will make up The Little Mermaid wing, the final phase opening on September 15th.

Amenities are what really makes this resort a bargain.  Kids of all ages can make a splash at the Big Blue pool, the largest resort swimming pool to date at 11,859 square feet.  With two additional adjacent pools and a kid’s play area, a day off from the parks can be just as fun!  If it’s too hot even for water fun, they can head inside to an action packed arcade.

Situated right next to Disney’s Pop Century Resort, you will have all the same access to on-property transportation, Disney’s Magical Express service which includes complimentary motor coach transportation and luggage delivery to and from Orlando International Airport, and Extra Magic Hours.

After seeing the pictures you’d be surprised to know it’s a value resort. Prices start at $248 per night for a family suite and $94 for standard room (availability begins September 15th). Crazy huh?  The only thing I was sad about was that they didn’t choose Toy Story as one of their choices.  I can definitely imagine some really great interpretations if they choose to expand the resort in the future.  I loved Andy’s Room in the Oceaneer’s Club on the Disney Fantasy cruise ship.

To view more pictures from our tour, visit my flickr set here. Ready to book? They are now accepting reservations here.

{ disclaimer: as a paid attendee of the Disney Social Media Moms Conference, we were invited to preview the Art of Animation Resort. We were not asked to post about the conference, but I love to share all the wonderful things I discover with my friends.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own.  I have always been an avid Disney fan but only recently have I truly experienced the magic. }