9 Pros & Cons of Staying at Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World

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When it comes to accommodations at Walt Disney World, Guests have so many choices. You can choose a resort based on its proximity to a particular park. You can pick the resort that you think is most elegant. You can even choose a resort based on your budget. One of the best and most popular of the resorts—especially among families with younger children—is Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. If it’s on your list of resorts to check out, we hope this list of pros and cons will help you make the decision that’s right for you!


9. PRO: It’s a Value Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is a Value Resort, and that means that the nightly rates at the resort might be a better fit for your budget if you’re looking to stay on property without breaking the bank. You can book your room up to 499 days in advance of your stay by calling (407) W-DISNEY.

8. CON: It’s a Value Resort

We like that the Art of Animation Resort can be more budget-friendly, and it’s a great place to stay. But because it’s a Value Rresort, it may have fewer amenities than resorts that are on a different tier. You’ll still receive stellar service from Cast Members, but if you’re wondering whether you can tell the difference between a this Value Resort and a Moderate or Deluxe Resort, the answer is yes.

7. PRO: It’s the only resort with the Big Blue.

Inspired by the Disney/PIXAR film Finding Nemo, the Big Blue is the largest pool on Disney World property. It’s surrounded by characters from the film, and when you’re underwater, you can even hear Nemo and Dory talking! There are other themed pools at the resort, but this one wins for biggest and best!


6. PRO: The Landscape of Flavors Food Court has something for everyone.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is home to the Landscape of Flavors food court and offers a variety of hot and cold items for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. You can choose to eat something premade from the refrigerated cases, or you can go through the lines for hot entrees. It’s fun to order a whole pizza just the way you like it! And the big windows make for great views of the Big Blue!

5. CON: The Landscape of Flavors is the only restaurant at the resort.

It’s great to have the choices at Landscape of Flavors, but there aren’t any other choices in restaurants at the resort. The Drop Off is located outside at the Big Blue, and you can order quick bites and drinks, but it’s not truly a restaurant, so you are limited in that regard.

4. PRO: The Drop Off is really cool!

The Drop Off bar located next to the Big Blue is a convenient place to stop at, order snacks, quick bites and drinks—alcoholic and non-alcoholic. It’s an open-air venue and there are a few places to sit and relax while you’re enjoying your drinks.

3. PRO: It’s located near Hourglass Lake.

The Art of Animation sits close to Hourglass Lake. There are walking trails around the lake, and you can even rent surrey bikes and pedal your way around the lake. The trails take Guests through some very pretty areas around the lake, and we like that these activities are right there near the resort.

2. CON: It’s not on the Monorail Loop or anywhere near it.

Most resorts at Disney World are not on the Monorail Loop, meaning that the monorail doesn’t service them. If you’re trying to get to a dining reservation on time or if you’re racing because of a FastPass+ time, be sure to leave the resort well in advance. If you’re using Disney World transportation, you’ll have to take a bus to the park you want to visit, and though they usually run every 15 minutes or so, there can be delays.

1. PRO: It has direct access to the Disney Skyliner!

The Disney Skyliner is an excellent form of transportation for Art of Animation guests going to and from Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. The Skyliner is a gondola-style transportation system that picks up and drops off at Art of Animation, Pop Century Resort, Caribbean Beach Resort and the Riviera Resort. A huge PRO!

About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.