What: The Art of Disney Animation Hotel
Where: Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida
When: Opened May 31, 2012
Cost: Standard Rooms start at $94, Family Suites start at $248 per night
The Art of Disney Animation is the latest hotel added to the Walt Disney World value resort lodging portfolio in Orlando. Within the Art of Disney Animation are four themed hotels. The first to open has a Finding Nemo theme. Other themes that open in Summer 2012 include Cars, Lion King and Little Mermaid.
The Finding Nemo rooms are mostly family suites with three distinct sections, two full bathrooms and a kitchenette. Each suite sleeps six with enough room for a pack-n-play for the youngest family member. The coolest feature and the most fun for kids is the Murphy bed that doubles as a dining table. It’s easy to pull down, my boys could do it without help. Adding to the cool factor, kids sleep under a picture of Marlin and Nemo. The sitting area also has a pull out coach. These beds are a bit smaller than your normal bed, which is fine for small children, but two teens or older children might be a bit uncomfortable.
Outside the rooms is a wonderland of under-the-sea fun. As you emerge from your anemone home, you are greeted by a giant Crush or Mr. Ray. Head to the splash fountains for more fun with other Nemo characters like Dory or Flo. The Corral Reef playground is perfect for youngsters and includes a tunnel and small slides. The Finding Nemo pool is the largest in the Art of Disney Animation complex and includes beach entry and a pool bar. There are two smaller pools in the Cars and The Little Mermaid courtyards. There is also a video arcade, food court and grab and go market located within the main building.
The only downside to The Art of Disney Animation is the configuration of the family suite. The kid’s beds are all in the living area. Once kids go to bed, parents are stuck in the bedroom, which doesn’t include a sitting area or a balcony. You do have your own bathroom, and the bedroom is a nice size, but I’d prefer walking into the adult room with the kitchenette and seating area and being able to close off the kid’s room.