Today we moved to yet another resort. For our last 2 nights of this vacation, we will be staying at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.
Regular readers of this blog might have noticed that my Live Blogging stuttered whilst we were on the Disney Wonder. Unfortunately, I never managed to recover my live posts and the last 3 posts will now be written from the comfort of my own home. Comfort, unfortunately, is a bit of an exaggeration as the builders who were in our house when we were away are still not finished and our house currently looks like an episode of DIY SOS.
Today, our 12th day in Orlando, we moved to another resort. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is our base for our final 2 nights. We booked this vacation quite late and was unable to secure continuous nights in all hotels. However, access to Disney’s Magical Express was an added extra which made staying at Disney for our last 2 nights worthwhile.
Disney’s Art of Animation is the newest resort at Walt Disney World. 1,120 family suites and 864 standard guest rooms make up this family-friendly value resort. There are four distinctly designed wings which feature either The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Cars or Nemo.
The resort features Family suites which include two bathrooms, a kitchenette and three separate sleeping areas that can sleep up to six. Standard guest rooms are in The Little Mermaid area where we are located.
Dining options in the main Animation Hall include a poolside snack bar, pizza delivery and Landscape of Flavors food court featuring many made to order offerings. The resort shop and food court stay open later than many other resorts.
Prior to arrival, we had heard stories about Art of Animation having long lines for the reception, concierge and food courts. We have not encountered any lengthy waits and found buses excellent. A porter took us & our luggage to our room. We felt furnishing were fairly similar to what we experienced at Riverside. Waits at reception and for buses were quicker at Art of Animation than Riverside.
Overall our impression was that Art of Animation provided a fairly similar level of service to a Disney Moderate resort at a cheaper price.
Our day was spent at The Magic Kingdom which was perhaps slightly less busy than on our last visit. Despite the crowds over our 2 visits we managed to do most of our must-do Magic Kingdom attractions.
We also managed to catch up with some friends who we had not seen for several years and had an impromptu at Liberty Tree Tavern. Quite an achievement managing to get a table for 8 on the day. Liberty Tree Tavern was good but there was a huge amount of food wasted through their Family-Style serving platters.
Tomorrow is our last full day in Orlando and we are back to the Flower and Garden Festival.