Opened in phases beginning May 2012, Art of Animation sits adjacent to the Pop Century Resort and is the fifth value-priced lodging option available on Disney property. Before the September 11 terrorist attacks, the land was going to be used for a Pop Century expansion. The plans were scrapped and the Art of Animation Resort was dreamed up several years later after the economy improved. Today, the two resorts are connected by a simple pedestrian bridge and have distinctive identities.
It goes without saying that Disney pays attention to the details. The Art of Animation Resort is no different. Four unique sections pay tribute to some of Disney’s most popular films: “The Lion King,” “Cars,” “Finding Nemo,” and “The Little Mermaid.” Each area has larger-than-life fiberglass cartoon characters in the courtyards, pool areas and public spaces. The color schemes and wall murals on what would normally be run-of-the-mill buildings give the illusion of “stepping into the animation” and bring the characters to life, especially for little ones.
“The Little Mermaid” part of the resort features traditional hotel rooms with special “under the sea” theming while the other three sections are made up of family suites that come with separate living/dining areas and small kitchens.
The animation theme extends throughout the public areas of the resort with sketches and artwork prominently displayed in the lobby and even exterior walls. For kids and cartoon lovers, Disney has taken great care to truly immerse the guest in the world of animation.
Suites at the Art of Animation Resort run between $250 a night during the off-season and more than $400 during holidays and special events. Traditional rooms in the Little Mermaid section are priced between $95 and $175.