One of the highlights of attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration was our exclusive sneak peek into Disney’s newest value resort — the Art of Animation Resort, scheduled to open at the end of the month.
On the final night of the conference, Disney threw a party for all attendees and their families at the Art of Animation Resort, where we were able to tour the property and sample the most creative and delicious food offerings the Disney chefs could conjure up. It was also a great time to hang out with friends and catch up on the weekend.
At the Art of Animation Resort, guests are invited to become a part of their favorite animated films. Our party took place in the pool area (see above) and it is just fabulous. You feel like you’ve indeed gone “Under the Sea” to a land far, far away!
They even had fantastical sea creatures wandering around for photo opps. (Yes, that thing was walking around!!) Only Disney could pull this off so perfectly.
There are three pools in the Art of Animation Resort:
The largest is located in the Finding Nemo courtyard and features a pool bar. Two smaller pools, located in the Cars and The Little Mermaid courtyards, provide additional relaxation.
The Nemo pool is actually the largest on Disney property. I can attest, it was magnificent.
Everything is themed to make you feel a part of the action, right down to the rooms. Guests can choose from Finding Nemo Family Suites, Cars Family Suites, The Lion King Family Suites and The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. (Family suites are scheduled to open in May 2012, and standard rooms are scheduled to open September 2012.)
They opened up one of the buildings so we could tour the rooms for ourselves, and we discovered that they have specially designed family suites to accomodate families of six.
We were all delighted to see this because it’s very hard to travel as a family of five or six. Everything seems to be designed for families of four, and once you go beyond that, prices suddenly increase exponentially. Disney has taken this into consideration at their newest value resort, attempting to make a Disney vacation accessible to families on a budget.
I took a video of the room, but it is all very confusing with many people in the room, so I’m not sure it’s worth posting. Suffice it to say, these guest rooms are super fun. Kids will absolutely adore staying at this resort.
I mean, seriously. Check out this slide.
When you get hungry, there is an animation-themed (of course!!) food court with a variety of family favorites and Grab ‘n Go market selections; and the Art of Animation Resort is conveniently located near Hollywood Studios and the ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex, making it a great place to stay with tweens and teenage kids.
Disney invited me to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. I paid my way, but there were many fun perks — such as this spectacular party and a sneak peek at the new Disney Art of Animation Resort!