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Disney's Art of Animation Resort

3-star3 stars
1850 Animation WayLake Buena VistaFL32830United States of America

Family resort with 3 outdoor pools, near Disney's Hollywood Studios®
  • Free WiFi
Great pool
Awesome vibe
Fantastic service
Delicious food
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Disney's Art of Animation Resort

from £274
  • Cars family suite
  • Family Suite
  • Finding nemo family suite
  • Family Suite (Lion King)
  • The Little Mermaid Standard Room

About Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Orlando-area resort near ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

By Hourglass Lake

Disney's Art of Animation Resort is within Walt Disney World Resort and adjacent to Hourglass Lake. It's a 5-minute drive from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and the exciting shows, rides, and tours of Disney's Hollywood Studios are a 10-minute drive from the hotel.

Water-park raft rides

With a 6-minute drive, you can be at the entrance to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, where you can have fun in a wave pool, on raft rides, and in an ice cave. For those who want to see Cinderella's Castle and the Haunted Mansion, Magic Kingdom Park is a 15-minute drive.

3 pools, free bus rides

You can grab a quick bite at Landscape of Flavors, and the hotel has a free bus that takes guests around the resort. Kids can play in the arcade and playground, and the whole family can enjoy swimming or relaxing by 3 plunge pools.

Pizza delivery, free WiFi

If you're hungry, you can have pizza delivered to your guestroom, and each room is uniquely decorated with themes like Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, and Cars. You get free WiFi in the guestrooms, and suites come with sofa beds, ideal for traveling with a family or group.

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 1,984 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 4 floors


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Express check-in/out
24-hour airport shuttle service is available upon request. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements. Disney's Magical Express service provides roundtrip motorcoach transportation and luggage delivery to and from Orlando International Airport and select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Guests who wish to utilize Disney’s Disney's Magical Express must make a reservation in advance through the Disney's Magical Express website.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • Babysitting/childcare *


  • Pets allowed (dogs only) *

  • Specific rooms only, restrictions apply *

  • 2 per room


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free airport shuttle (available 24 hours)


  • Self parking *


  • Free theme park shuttle
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Taking the kids?
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
Food and drink
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Poolside bar
Things to do
  • Number of outdoor pools - 3
  • Arcade/game room
Working away
  • Business centre
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Number of buildings/towers - 11
  • Lift
  • ATM/banking
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Television in common areas
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite TV channels
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


Landscape of Flavors – This family restaurant specialises in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. A children's menu is available.

Disney's Art of Animation Resort’s small print

Also known as

  • Disney's Art Animation Resort Lake Buena Vista
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  • Disney's Art Animation Lake Buena Vista
  • Disney's Art Animation
  • Disney's Animation
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Pet Policy: Reservations in the Cars Family Suites and The Little Mermaid Standard Room booked after October 15, 2017 for arrivals through October 15, 2018 may include up to 2 dogs per room (surcharge). Pets are not permitted in any other room category. Guests must request a dog-friendly room at time of booking, or by contacting the property in advance of arrival. Contact information is provided on the booking confirmation email.

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms. These are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property on the number on the booking confirmation.

Optional extras

Self-parking costs USD $13.00 per night

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge

Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 50.00 per accommodation, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Disney's Art of Animation Resort


  • In Bay Lake
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios® (41-minute walk)
  • Disney's Boardwalk (34-minute walk)
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports (34-minute walk)
  • Epcot® - 2.9 mi / 4.7 km
  • Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park - 2.5 mi / 4.1 km
  • Disney Springs® - 3.2 mi / 5.2 km
  • Walt Disney World® - 6.4 mi / 10.3 km

Getting around

  • Kissimmee, FL (ISM-Kissimmee Gateway) 21-min drive
  • Orlando, FL (MCO-Orlando Intl.) 25-min drive
  • Kissimmee Station 26-min drive
  • Orlando Amtrak Station 28-min drive
  • Self parking (surcharge)
  • Free airport shuttle
  • Free theme park shuttle

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 1,182 reviews

Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Very Good8.0
Request the top floor
We spent a week here during our 18 nights, it is a value resort and although set in beautiful surroundings the rooms are just that, basic in comparison with other Disney resorts. We were in the 3rd floor and you can hear a lot of noise in this building, not so much voices but footsteps, cases, toilets flushing and baths running so when you book request the top floor and ask again at check in, you want 4th floor
A Traveller, gb7 night family trip
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
The magic of Disney but at a reasonable price
We stayed here for 14 nights in October 2015 for my 40th birthday so the hotel and room condition would be very important to us as a family of four with a 5&7 yr old. Arriving on the Disney express free transfer, another great add-on for staying at a disney hotel, we were welcomed in the very large colorful reception hall.Within minutes we were checking in and receiving our Disney bands and off to our room with free luggage delivery.Great themed mermaid room, ample size, clean, bathroom flat screen TV.Only downside no tea and coffee making facilities. Over the next 2 weeks we thoroughly enjoyed staying at this Hotel with FANTASTIC POOL facilities-very large with fun characters splashed around (mine birds, mine mine mine....), free swim aid-jackets for little-uns, pool side activities club for kids which kids loved, splash play area etc.Lovely clean grounds to walk around and by the lakes so nice buses to all parks.Cleaning ladies made our teddy's into a themed setup each morning which made it that little bit more special. Food was ok, but be aware this is a self-serve restaurant where there are several counters who serve their specific dishes, each has a Que. Also it’s V noisy and chaotic. The food was ok and plenty of choice but with two kids and often being tired we found this quite stressful.However i would totally recommend this Hotel and compared to some of the more premium Disney hotels i guess the cost reflects this, and would go back in an instant..
Barry, gb14 night family trip
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Great hotel, have stayed here many times, good Disney transportation to all areas. Rooms always clean.
A Traveller, gb6 night romance trip
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Wonderful theming and good value for money!
We had stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge for the first half of our trip, and were a little concerned about downgrading to the Art of Animation Resort, but we needn't have worried too much. On the plus side, the theming is amazing, the price is outstanding, the fact that you can see the Frozen fireworks from Hollywood Studios is great, the artist drawing classes are a lovely feature and the CMs in the shop were really friendly. On the negatives: For a relatively new resort it has quite a lot of wear and tear and we had some dodgy stains on the bathroom and bedroom wall in the room we were in, the bus stop is almost always the furthest away from the park when returning to the hotel, there are no towels provided at the pools, the toilet paper was terrible quality and we didn't see a single towel animal in the time we stayed there. Overall, I am glad we tried out a value resort, and for the money I would say it is quite good, but we will return to staying at moderate and deluxe Disney hotels in the future.
Simon, gb6 night romance trip
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
OK for those on a budget
This is a busy resort and the staff are friendly and approachable. The frequent transport to and from the parks deserves recognition also. However, I found the restaurant facilities to be inadequate and chaotic, after a few days of listening to the same songs being blasted out and banging into other hotel guests I began to fear going for breakfast! The food that is served is sloppy and well over priced with little variety for those staying more than 1 week, you can expect to pay $5.00 approximately for a bowl of cereal with milk.The beverage area in the restaurant also has numerous faults including machines which are regularly out of use.
A Traveller, gb14 night family trip

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