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The year that Disney’s Art of Animation opened my family was planning a trip to Walt Disney World. Since our travel group consisted of 3 kids and 5 adults we wanted to make this trip as affordable as possible. Normally when we travel to Orlando we stay in a Deluxe Resort on Disney property, but since we were trying to be as affordable as possible for this trip we decided to stay in one of Disney’s Value Resorts. We knew that the experience of going from a Deluxe Resort to a Value Resort at Disney was going to be different but we really wanted to stretch our dollars. Since the Art of Animation was new, we decided that it might be fun to be one of the first families to be able to experience the resort and with 3 little girls in our family I liked the chance to select a themed room that they would enjoy. We booked our stay at the Art of Animation and chose The Little Mermaid Room. We were going to be at the most magical place on Earth, so I knew that no matter which hotel we selected that this trip was going to be perfect, but it wasn’t. I know many of you are probably thinking that my hopes were too high because I normally stayed at a Deluxe resort and you may be right in some ways but first let me share with you a few reasons why Disney’s Art of Animation is not for me.
Let me preface this post by letting you know that I am a very easy going person and I am not highfalutin at all, but I learned a valuable lesson during this trip and I will let you know after I tell you why Disney’s Art of Animation is Not For Me.
- The lobby was too far. We stayed in The Little Mermaid rooms and they are the farthest rooms from the lobby. Yes, we could have stayed in a closer suite such as Cars or Finding Nemo but we didn’t. Walking outside in the cold, rain, heat, and dark is not fun especially after spending all day at the parks. This is especially a nuisance when you want to refill your refillable Disney cup.
- The only transportation available to get to the parks are the buses. The buses are great but having them as your only transportation option is not fun and it makes travel time to the parks much longer.
- We stayed in a standard room so we knew that it would be small but not that small. In our room, we had 2 adults and 2 girls under the age of 8. It was hard to move around and there was not much room to store our suitcases or purchases. There was not a closet that allowed this but only a niche by the sink area that allowed you to hang your clothes and cram a few items. I like to have my living area to be clean and it was not possible at this hotel.
- The Art of Animation does not have a table service restaurant but instead has a quick service restaurant that gets really crowded and has multiple lines. When you have a lot of kids and a stroller this can be difficult to maneuver food trays and kids.
- The Art of Animation has a ‘Motel’ style to it. The doors open to the outside which I am normally okay with but not at Disney. I didn’t realize I would feel this way until after my visit.
- When I am on vacation, I want to be comfortable when I get back to my room, especially after a long day at the parks. I’ve never stayed at a hotel, motel, or a resort and not been able to move the A/C past a certain point. I’ve also never come back to my room to have the A/C set to be hotter than what I set it to be when I left. I did some research about this and read a lot of complaints from other guests.
- Beds were hard, need I say more?
As I mentioned above, I am not the type of person that has high expectations and I can normally make the best out of most situations, especially while I am at Disney, but during our visit and our stay at the Art of Animation, I knew that we had made a mistake. It felt like we were staying at an overly priced cheap hotel on Disney property. Even though there are a lot of amazing things like the pools and the animation throughout the entire resort, Disney’s Art of Animation is not for me.
What are your thoughts? Have you stayed at Disney’s Art of Animation?