Art of Animation Resort: Best Disney World Resort for Families

by | Mar 16, 2020 | WDW Blog, WDW Resorts

Walt Disney World is the biggest family vacation destination around the globe, and for good reason. With over two dozen on-site hotel options, you’re sure to find the right fit for your family. But overall, there’s one I keep coming back to as the best Walt Disney World hotel for families of any age and any size: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Read on to see why!

Tow Mater at Art of Animation Resort

Pose with Tow Mater at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Photo by Danny Shuster

Families with Little Ones

If you’re traveling with little ones, from infants to elementary schoolers, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort should not be overlooked as an option for your stay!

One incredibly useful feature is that in the Family Suites (comprising most of the resort, apart from The Little Mermaid section) there are separate bedrooms (and bathrooms, and televisions!), divided by a door, so if your littles need to take a nap or go to bed early, the rest of your family can still enjoy the space without waking your sleeping beauties.

Of course, just like all of the WDW Value Resorts, there are lots of colors and characters to see, which is a hit with kiddos. And exploring all four areas of the resort (themed to The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Cars, and Finding Nemo) is a really fun activity to keep them busy when you need a break from the park.

Where Art of Animation shines beyond the other Value resorts (and some Moderates!) for small kids is with its water play areas. Three different pools mean you’re never far from the water.

The Big Blue Pool offers zero entry and some fun fountains, plus there is an excellent splash zone beside it. Over in the Cozy Cone Pool area, free first-come-first-serve cabanas offer substantial shade for lounging poolside so your family can be sun smart.

cars family suite bathroom

With two bathrooms in a family suite at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, you’ll be spiffy in a jiffy! Photo by Stephanie Shuster

Families with Teens

One thing I hear from my friends with teens (even just one teen!) and remember my mom complaining about during my youth, is that they take FOR-EV-ER in the bathroom, which isn’t ideal when you’re racing to rope drop or ADR’s.

Family Suites at Art of Animation come with TWO bathrooms. TWO! So your teen(s) can primp in one, while the whole family gets ready in the other. Plus, the added space in a suite gives you all room to stretch out and give each other space when somebody’s in a mood.

In a MOOD, or in the mood for food? Luckily, this resort has you covered for the latter. Between Landscapes of Flavor which has lots of options for picky and adventurous eaters alike, Everything Pop is easily walkable and it’s the biggest resort food court at WDW.

There is almost no limit to your quick service cravings here. If your teen has an iced latte addiction like yours truly, send them on the Skyliner to fetch a drink from the Joffrey’s Coffee kiosk at the Caribbean Beach station – and tell them to bring back something for mom and dad!

Kitchenettes in the family suites also guarantee that snack time can go on 24/7.

Mr Ray at Art of Animation

Pose with Mr Ray at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

A little more nostalgic than practical, your teens probably have a soft spot for the movies represented in this resort as some of their childhood faves. Embrace those sweet moments while you can, parents!

Multi-Generational Families

When you’re traveling with Grandparents, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is a perfect choice. Again, the divided space with a separate bedroom/bathroom, a second bathroom, and a semi-separated dining/sleeping and living/sleeping area give lots of space for everyone to claim a spot. Just like with little ones, you’ll be able to let older members of your family get some rest without bothering them too much.

skyliner station

At Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, you can board Disney Skyliner in the middle of Hourglass Lake. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

Disney Skyliner is one of the transportation options available at Art of Animation, and it’s perfect for multigenerational families who may have mobility devices or strollers requiring more time to board.

Extended boarding times are available in gondolas without holding up the rest of the line, making this an easy transport option to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Plus, Disney’s bus and Minnie Van services make it convenient for different members of your family to come and go from the resort or parks as they please, without needing to leave together.

But, if you’re on a family vacation, you do want to spend time together! That’s why the family suites are so amazing. Instead of just seeing grandma and grandpa at dinner or at the parks, you can spend lots of extra quality time together just relaxing in your room.

Cars at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has plenty of room and amenities to grow with your family. Photo by Danny Shuster

Larger Families

The last reason you should consider Disney’s Art of Animation Resort for your family vacation is that it’s the perfect resort to grow with your family! It’s a lot of fun for even smaller families of 2 to 4, but of course, the family suites are an affordable option for families of 5 to 6. With three separate sleeping spaces, it can really help to make things feel less crowed and give everyone their own space.

Beyond size, the resort offerings are so diverse they can accommodate your family’s needs at any stage. Whether you need splash pads or arcade games, kids meals or protein smoothies, character photo ops or the chance to learn some animation techniques – this resort has it all.

early ursula sketch

Older kids will think it’s really cool to see details like this early production sketch of Ursula as a shrimp. Photo by Danny Shuster

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Thanks to Disney for hosting us on a 3-night Resort Showcase where we got to tour and experience many of Walt Disney World’s resorts and restaurants, including Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. #wdwresorts 

Written by Stephanie Shuster

Written by Stephanie Shuster

A lifelong Disney fan with a passion for globetrotting, I’m driven by a desire to build a community where people like me can let their Disney flag fly with pride. As CEO and Owner of WDW Magazine, I lead a team that connects thousands of Disney fans to the Most Magical Place on Earth from wherever they are.