Art of Animation Resort

Jack Spence Masthead

The Art of Animation Resort is Disney’s latest hotel at Walt Disney World. Opening in stages, this value resort will offer both standard rooms and one-bedroom suites when completed. I recently stayed here and would like to share my insights with all of you. Some of you might already be familiar with this resort through articles written by AllEars newest feature blogger, Kristin Ford and videos I shot last month.

Before I get started, I need to share some history with you. (Surprise, surprise)

Disney’s Pop Century Resort was to feature 10 sections, each representing a different decade of the 20th century. The resort would be divided in half with Hourglass Lake separating the Classic Years from the Legendary Years. A bridge would connect the two.

Pop Century Resort


The first phase of Disney’s Pop Century Resort (the Classic Years) opened in late 2003. This half of the resort featured pop icons and memorabilia from the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. The resort was an immediate success and quickly became a favorite of those seeking a value resort.

Construction began on the second phase of the project and the lobby/restaurant and three hotel wings were nearly completed. However, because of the slowdown in tourism after the 9/11 attacks, it was decided to put the project on hold until things turned around. In this next picture, you can see the nearly completed lobby/restaurant of the Legendary Years. The project was so far along that even some decorative touches had been added.

Legendary Years

In 2010, Disney announced that they would restart construction on this unfinished portion of the resort, but instead of completing the Legendary Years, they would build the Art of Animation Resort. No reason was given for this change of course. The announcement also surprised many as the hotel would contain both standard rooms and one-bedroom suites. The three buildings that had already been completed would be standard rooms.

The Art of Animation Resort is located off of Victory Way at the south end of Disney World property. The entrance sign is big and inviting.

Art of Animation Sign

The resort features four sections, each themed after a different Disney or Pixar Movie. The first section to open was the Finding Nemo district in May of this year (2012). This was followed by the Cars district opening in June. The Lion King rooms will open sometime in August. And the Little Mermaid section in September. The Little Mermaid buildings will feature standard rooms. All of the rest will be suites. In addition, the suites will have indoor hallways leading to the rooms rather than balconies.

As you approach the resort and Animation Hall, the four movie themes of the resort tower above the sidewalk on giant pieces of “paper.”

Movie Characters

The bus stop is also located just outside of Animation Hall – and I have some fantastic news for you. Unlike the other value resorts, the pick-up and drop-off area is covered. Guests are protected from the sun and rain while waiting to go to the parks. Now we just need to keep our fingers crossed that Disney will retrofit the other value resorts with this necessity.

Since I know I will be asked”¦ The Art of Animation Resort does NOT share buses with Pop Century.

Bus Stop

Entering Animation Hall through the porte-cochère, guests are greeted by a huge wall of sketches. These include characters from Cars, Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, and The Lion King. If you study the drawings from right to left, you will notice the characters change as you move along. On the right side of the wall, the characters are depicted in their early, concept stage. As you move along, they begin to take on more familiar personas, until finally, we see the personalities we have fallen in love with.


Animation Wall

The floor also helps tell the story of animation. Near the porte-cochère entrance, the floor is decorated with broad, sweeping swaths of color. This represents the strokes of a brush and the early years of animation. As you proceed through the room, the swaths turn into large squares, then smaller squares. This represents the transformation from hand-painted cels to computer graphics and pixels.

Opposite the animation wall are the check-in desks. However, instead of an expansive, single counter that stretches from one side of the room to the other, multiple podiums have been lines up. This allows the cast members to actually come from behind the podium and stand next to you as they provide resort information. I have to admit, I was a little dubious when I first heard about this new, informal method of registration, but when I actually tried it, I liked it a lot. The cast member was able to provide me with casual professionalism.

Behind the podiums the wall is awash with color.

Check-in Desks

Wall of Color

Also in the check-in area is a children’s waiting area. An artistic, round room with a spiral bench gives kids a fun spot to hang out while mom and dad take care of vacation details.

Children's Waiting Area

Every Disney resort must have a video arcade and Art of Animation is no exception. Pixel Play Arcade can be found in Animation Hall and is a fun place to practice some hand-eye coordination. Another nice thing about this facility is seating. For the first time in a Disney arcade, cushioned benches (that look like giant pixels) are offered and allow mom and dad to rest while the younger set is mesmerized by flashing lights.

Pixel Play Arcade

Pixel Play Arcade

Pixel Play Arcade

Landscape of Flavors is the Art of Animation Resort food court. Disney also learned their lesson from mistakes they made at the All Star Resorts. Here, the ordering area is much larger and better lit than at previous venues. In addition, the food court features an open kitchen. So while waiting in line, you can see the cleanliness of the facility and your food’s preparation.

Several tandori ovens were installed and the chefs of the Sanaa Restaurant (Animal Kingdom Lodge) were on hand to help with the menu. I have eaten here several times and I have been more than pleased. Although the basics like pizza and hamburgers are available, more upscale offerings like Mongolian Grill Beef Stir Fry and Tandori Portuguese Sausage can also be ordered. To see the complete menu, click here.

Landscape of Flavors

Landscape of Flavors

Landscape of Flavors

There is plenty of seating in four minimally themed areas. My only complaint with the dining rooms is that there are no soft surfaces or carpet to absorb the sound. It can get a little noisy in here.

Landscape of Flavors Dining Room

Landscape of Flavors Dining Room

To see a movie of the resort entrance and Animation Hall, check out this video.

Just outside of Animation Hall is the Finding Nemo Section of the resort and the hotel’s largest swimming pool. Guests in this area are made to feel they are the size of Nemo and are surrounded by fish, coral, and other marine life. Another unique attribute of this pool is the underwater speakers, so when you’re swimming below the surface, you can hear your favorite Disney melodies.

Big Blue Pool

Big Blue Pool

A very imaginative children’s splash area (Schoolyard Sprayground) features a number of Nemo’s classmates spouting water. This is a great spot for little ones to cool down on hot days. A dry play area (Righteous Reef Playground) is also on hand and offers several slides and tunnels for kids to explore. Please note: Do not let your children drink the water in the splash area. It is recycled and nearby signs inform you of this fact. When I visited the other day, parents had given their kids plastic bottles and they were filling them via the spouting fish. The last thing you need while on vacation is a sick child.

Children's Splash Area

Children's Splash Area

Children's Splash Area

Children's Play Area

The Drop Off is the spot for mom and dad to find a refreshing libation. This is also the location to refill your refillable mugs when poolside.

The Drop Off

Crush and Mr. Ray greet guests as they enter the two Finding Nemo buildings. Other fish can be seen swimming in the gardens and along the sides of the buildings. It all adds up to a lot of underwater fun.


Mr. Ray


To see more of the Finding Nemo swimming pool, take a look at the following video.

The guest rooms of the Finding Nemo section are all one-bedroom suites. When entering, you’re in the dining room. A special Murphy bed table makes up the bulk of the furniture in this room. One person can easily open and close this bed as it has counterweights. Two end tables flank the bed.

Table / Murphey Bed

Table / Murphey Bed

Table / Murphey Bed

Off of the dining room is a bathroom. A single sink is available in the outer room and a toilet and shower can be found in a secondary room. The mirror is framed within a giant porthole and the shower curtain sports Dory, Bruce, Anchor, and Chum.

Guest Bath

Guest Bath

The living room has a convertible sofa, coffee table, pole lamp, chair, chest of drawers, and an open closet. Also in the living room is a kitchenette that features a sink, microwave, mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, plastic cups & cutlery and paper plates & bowls.

Convertable Sofa

Chest of Drawers

Open Closet


The bedroom has a double bed, chest of drawers, a TV, open closet, and nightstands. The headboard is designed to look like coral and the lamps resemble sea urchins.


Chest of Drawers

The master bath is decorated similarly to the guest bath, however, it does not have a separate water closet. It also has a large stall shower while the guest bath has a tub/shower.

Master Bath

Master Bath

The attention to detail in the Finding Nemo guest suite is amazing and I’m certain many people, especially children, will fall in love with the Finding Nemo rooms – however, I am not one of them. For me, the bright blues and oranges are too intense and make it impossible for me to relax. Also, the plastic dining room chairs and plastic coffee table reek of cheap. I really think Disney could have made some better choices in the color scheme and furniture.

To see a video of the room, click on the picture below.

Your journey to the Cars section of the resort begins with a trip down Route 66. Two giant billboards welcome you to Radiator Springs and Ornament Valley. Along the road, all of your old friends are on hand to greet you. With the use of creative landscaping and a wonderful pallet of colors, it’s easy to forget you’re in Florida and not in the American Southwest. For those of you who remember Burma-Shave advertisements, you’re in for a treat.

Ornament Valley Billboard

Radiator Springs Billboard

Route 66





At the heart of the Cars section of the resort is the Cozy Cone Motel. This is the entrance to the swimming pool. When you visit, be sure to take a look at the postcards in the window. For any of you who are my age and remember long “driving” vacations, these will bring back memories. Inside this building are coin-operated washers and dryers.

Cozy Cone Motel

Cozy Cone Motel

Cozy Cone Motel Postcards


The Cozy Cone Pool is substantially smaller than the Big Blue Pool over at the Finding Nemo section of the resort. Although children are welcome here, they would probably be happier swimming with Nemo and his friends.

One of the best features of the Cozy Cone Pool is the Cozy Cone Cabanas. Each of these houses a table and four chairs – the perfect spot for shade and a game of cards. These cabanas cannot be reserved and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cozy Cone Pool

Cozy Cone Pool

Sarge’s Supply Hut cleverly houses pool equipment and is a storage facility for other resort paraphernalia.

Sarge's Supply Hut


Sarge’s nemesis, Fillmore is also on hand. Be sure to read some of Filmore’s bumper stickers. They’re a hoot!


Bumper Sticker

Bumper Sticker

The Cars section of the resort has three guest buildings. Mater, Luigi & Guido, and Lightning & Sally each anchor one of the entrances.

Cars Rooms Entrance

Cars Rooms Entrance

Cars Rooms Entrance

To see a video of the Cars section of the Art of Animation Resort, check out the video below.

As I mentioned earlier, I was not enamored with the Finding Nemo guest rooms. That was not the case with the Cars rooms. I fell in love with the imaginative décor found here. The colors were more subdued and the furniture a little more sturdy. The floor plan and accoutrements of the Finding Nemo and Cars rooms is identical. It is only the theming that changes.

Let’s start in the dining room. Once again, a table/retractable bed makes up the bulk of the furnishings here. On the table are the logos for the many businesses of Radiator Springs. When the Murphy bed is open, a picture of Mater sleeping can be seen. The end tables are designed to look like auto tool cases.

Table Murphey Bed

Doc's Emblem

Cozy Cone Emblem

Mater Sleeping

End Table

The guest bath is designed to look like a carwash. The brightly lit mirror is hilarious and the shower curtain has Red giving Lightning a much needed shower. I have been told by a reader that these shower curtains are for sale at the Ink & Paint shop. However, they were not available during my visit.

Guest Bath

Shower Curtain

I love the living room. The convertible sofa looks like the backseat of a 1950’s car. It’s fantastic. The coffee table has a map of Route 66 passing through Carburetor County. If you study it carefully, you’ll find many interesting places like Tailfin Pass and Tire Flats. You might also find a hidden Mickey. Note: The coffee table is made out of particle board and is very heavy. It will take two people to move it out of the way when opening the bed.

Living Room

Coffee Table

The chest of drawers, open closet, and kitchenette all resemble auto tool chests.

Chest of Drawers


The bedroom is a little more subdued than the living and dining rooms. The theme here is Cozy Cone Motel. The carpet, headboard, and lamps all sport these cute little orange safety markers. The chest of drawers is designed to look like a piece of furniture you might encounter on a 1950’s road trip.


Chest of Drawers

Another cute detail used in this room is old style postcards embedded in the furniture.


The bathroom continues the car wash theme found in the guest bath.

Master Bath

Master Bath

Another thing I like about this room is the pictures hanging on the wall. Scenes from the movie appear to be painted on canvas and have an expensive look about them.




If you’d like to see a video of a Cars guest room, click on the picture below.

I know most of you don’t watch TV to any extent when you visit Walt Disney World. But for those of you who do, I have good news. Disney recently contracted with Direct TV and their station selection is greatly improved and expanded. Now when you can’t sleep in the middle of the night, there is something besides Stacy to watch.

Between the Finding Nemo section and the Cars section, for me, Cars wins hands down. I feel the detailing is better and the atmosphere a little less “in your face.” However, if you have kids, you might want to consider the Finding Nemo section as it is closer to the pool they’re going to want to use.

I already have my reservations for the opening of The Lion King section of the resort. You can rest assured I will have more pictures and videos soon after.

Hi Everyone. This is Jack with an update.

Disney is touting the Big Blue Pool at the Art of Animation Resort as Walt Disney World’s largest “resort” swimming pool. This pool holds 308,527 gallons of water. However, Stormalong Bay at the Yacht and Beach holds 795,000 gallons of water. Disney considers Stormalong Bay as a “collection” of pools, even though they are all connected to one another via small swim-ways.

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78 Replies to “Art of Animation Resort”

  1. Hi Jack!

    I was just recently pointed in the direction of your site and I am so impressed and want to say Thank you! My question is related to NY of the art of animation rooms, do they offer adjoining rooms? And are there any King bed offerings in the Little Mermaid section. Thanks!

    Jack’s Answer:

    I really can’t answer your question. Sorry. I just don’t remember.

    Here is Disney’s General Information Number: 407-824-4321 I’m sure they can answer your questions.

  2. I will be staying at art of animation in December. I am wondering. If handicapped rooms have a seat in the shower? I must know…

    Jack’s Answer:

    I’ve only stayed in one handicapped room at Disney and this was at the Caribbean Beach. The shower most definitely had a seat. And if a seat isn’t provided, all you have to do is call the front desk and one will be delivered to your room.

    If you have further questions along this line, your best bet would be to call Disney Information at 407-824-4321.

  3. Hello Jack,

    Your information has been very helpful. I plan on booking A of Animation standard Mermaid room for May of 2014. Could you give me an idea of how fast this hotel books? Should I book one year in advance? The party consists of four Adults and three children. Are there adjoining rooms available?
    Thank You!

    Jack’s Answer:

    I can’t begin to predict how fast a resort will book up. You just never know. So to be safe, I’d book a room as soon as I was sure about the dates of your visit.

    The Little Mermaid does offer adjoining rooms — and Disney will do their best to fulfill your request. But they cannot guarantee this.

  4. Hi Jack! Thanks for the great information about this hotel! I saw that you said that it does NOT share a bus with Pop Century. Does that mean that this hotel has its own bus route? I’m scared that it will stop at the all stars. 🙂

    Jack’s Answer:

    The AoA Resort has it’s own bus route. And if did share with another resort, but would be the Pop Century, not the All Stars.

  5. Hi, My family of 5 will be staying in the cars suite this fall. I was wondering if there is any kind of barrier, such as a curtain or door, that separates the dining room/murphy bed area from the living room/pull out sofa area?

    Jack’s Answer:

    No. There is not. This is one, large room.

  6. Hi Jack,
    My family was considering a stay here in the near future, but as “people of exceptional size” we were worried about how flimsy the furniture looks. Some in our party are 400lb+. Should we be concerned? Thank you so much!

    Jack’s Answer:

    The two queen beds are “standard” beds. They are by NO means flimsy. If in the “real world” a “standard” bed can accommodate this weight, then I don’t see a problem. Certainly, if you’re only putting one person of 400 pounds in a bed, there would not be a problem. Two people of this weight in one bed — I don’t know.

    Besides weight, there is the issue of size. Two large adults in a queen bed would be cramped. A king would be a better idea.

    The fold-down bed is meant for a child and young teenager. A large adult of any weight would not be comfortable here.

    When making your reservation, tell the reservationist you concerns. Disney is very accomodating and might have a number of options.

  7. HI, My family and I are looking to stay at this resort (Art Of animation) in Nov 2013. I have 2 boys with disabilities and would need a roll in shower which section would be most accessible around the resort and to our car,the boys favorites movies and themes are all of them but Cars.

    Jack’s Answer:

    The Finding Nemo section of the resort is definitely the closest to Animation Hall where check-in, the restaurant, arcade, the bus stop, and shop are located. However, this section is probably a little further from the parking lot than the other sections.

  8. I’d like to disagree with your opinion of the Nemo suites. My family loves the Finding Nemo movie, from daddy right down to my toddler. We are ALL so excited to stay in the Nemo suite. Maybe you have to be a fan to appreciate the room. My boys can’t wait to bathe in the bathroom and they’re already perfecting their “bombs exploding underwater” and “sharks attacking” sounds for when they take a bath!

    Personally, the Cars suites don’t appeal to me. Too much metal, unpersonable. The couch reminds me of an old car, but to me that means sticky, sweaty legs from sitting on vinal material.

    I have 3 young kids (5 and under) and we’ll be spending nap/quiet time here and won’t be at the parks late. The Nemo room will help keep them entertained. It’s closest to the pool where we’ll spend some afternoons as the toddler naps, closest to the food where we’ll be eating quite a few meals, and closest to the busses. Location would have won out over theme if it had come down to it! I guess to each their own!

    (This is the 1st time I read your posts. Loved the pics of the LIon King suite. Can’t wait to see the Little Mermaid room where my in-laws will be staying!)

  9. Hi Jack

    Just wanted to say Thanks for all your hard work putting all the info, pictures/video together for us!

    I loved seeing and reading all about everything. We will walk across and view everything in 2013 when we stay at Pop.

  10. Jack,

    Great Stuff man! My family with a handful of 3 and 4 year olds will be staying in the Cars wing in January. Just curious about the size of the resort and the walk times you addressed above. We are a little concerned because we got a rude awakening staying in Trinidad South at Carribean Beach. That walk to the Food area was ridiculous….I’m hoping its no where near like that. Doesn’t appear to be, but I just want to be sure.

    Thanks in advance.


    Jack’s Answer:

    The Finding Nemo section is the closest to everything. But the Cars section really isn’t bad. Nothing at the Art of Animation resort is as bad as Trinidad South. That’s a ridiculous walk.

  11. Hi Jack!

    Do you happen to know if the Little Mermaid rooms will be handicap accessible? When I search for Pop and All star resorts several selections come up with roll-in-shower etc… Nothing for the Little Mermaid! Just curious if you had this info as I tried calling the reservation center and they had no clue.


    Jack’s Answer:

    I can’t answer your question with certainty, but I have to believe that they would have several hadicap accessible rooms in the Little Mermaid section. You’re probably not finding anything because the resort isn’t officially open yet.

  12. Thanks for the great info and photos!! We had a fabulous once-in-a-lifetime (14 family members…16 months thru 64)(two single strollers…one double EVC! !!)…one-week Adventure in June at AoA Nemo!!!! We had reserved it in Fall 2011 with complete confidence that it would be “Disney Quality” and the three suites and decor and pool were PERFECT for us! (A hand-held shower head would have been appreciated. I had expected that as the rooms are considered “handicapped accessible “….check ahead if you have special needs.) As it becomes completely booked there will be some crowding in the food court and bus line but worth it! Advice to the family with the three-year-old: use a stroller. Sometimes we had a spare umbrella stroller tucked under the comfy jogging stroller. I wish I had also taken a small folding chair to use in shaded benchless stroller-parking areas during nap times or rider-switch waits in the parks. Now we are enjoying our photos and memories…Enjoy ALL the Magic!!!

  13. Jack,
    My family and I are planning A fall 2013 trip and are considering the AoA resort but have a question. I know the Mermaid wing isn’t open yet but can you give your opinion on if it is too far away for a 3 year old. I am thinking about walks from buses and the food court and end of day trips with an exhausted little girl. Thank you for your help.

    Jack’s Answer:

    The Little Mermaid section is definitely the furthest from the Animation Hall and all of the facilities offered here. Since I’m not familiar with your daughter, I really can’t judge if she’s up to the walk. Unless you really have your heart set on staying at the Art of Animation resort, you might consider the Pop Century or one of the All Stars and request a “close” room. Of course, there is NO guarantee your request will be granted — but it might be. But if you stay at the Little Mermaid section, you know for certain that you have a hike ahead of you.

    I doubt that this is much help, but I don’t really know what else to tell you.

  14. @ Jennifer D’Entremont:
    For what it’s worth, we just returned from a 4 night stay in a cars suite – my family of 4 and my mother = 5. I would say it really depends on the needs/expectations of your father.
    The pull out couch was quite large – maybe even a queen size. I am 5’7″ and my husband 6’3″ and we had no space issues. Also we found it very comfortable, but maybe that was because not many had used the bed before us….
    My 9 year old son had the murphy bed for himself, so no space issues there, but it was definately a double bed and again we found the bed comfortable…
    My daughter 7 and mother shared the master room; there was no space issue in the bed, however there was enough room on the floor that my daughter could have easily slept on the pull out couchs’s cushions or we could have even given the master solely to my mom and we could have split beds with kids without a problem.
    I don’t know what your family constellation is, but with ours the family suite worked well. There was definately not tons of space for “alone time”, but when you travel as a group anywhere, especially disney, there rarely is!!

  15. Hi Jack. Thanks for all the great info. How does this family suite compare in square footage to having 2 adjoining rooms? Are the Murphy bed and convertible couch equivalent to double beds? Any info would be greatly appreciated.mi’m trying to convince my dad to go with the suite for our vacation in October but he’s leaning towards 2 separate rooms – I think he’s concerned about too much “quality” time with the grand kids.

    Jack’s Answer:

    I don’t know if this helps your argument, but here are the facts:

    A standard value room is approximately 260 square feet.

    Family Suite is approximately 565 square feet – so a little more than double the size of two standard rooms.

    Technically, the fold-down bed and the convertible sofa are double beds — the same size as you’d find in a value suite. However, they are not as comfortable as a “real” bed.

    A suite can sleep six. Two rooms can sleep eight.

    Last time I looked, you can rent two standard rooms for less than one suite.

    The suites are themed much better.

  16. We are staying in the Cars section over Christmas. I’m just curious, how far is the Cars section from the main house where we will eat and all that jazz? When we stayed at the Poly and Pop Century we asked to be as close to the main house as possible. Is this a concern or am I going to be stuck walking forever to catch a bus no matter where I’m located in the Cars area?


    Jack’s Answer:

    From the main courtyard of the Cars section, it’s about a 5 minute walk to the food court. But it’s about a 8-10 minute walk to the bus stop. From the Lion King main courtyard, it’s just the reverse. It’s about a 5 minute walk to the bus stop and a 8-10 minute walk to the food court. The Finding Nemo section is the closest and the Little Mermaid section is the furthest.

  17. Jack are there any single rooms in the cars area. If not which theme has single rooms. We don’t need a suite for just the two of us.

    Thanks, Joe

    Jack’s Answer:

    Cars, Finding Nemo, and Lion King rooms are ALL suites. The Little Mermaid buildings will offer standard rooms comparable to Pop Century.

  18. Hey Jack! i have decided to take the family to art of animation in October. My daughter wants to stay in the Little Mermaid section. How far is the walk from the room to tha main buliding?

    Jack’s Answer:

    The Little Mermaid section will be the furthest of the four sections from the Main Building. However, you should be able to make the trek in 5-10 minutes depending on how fast you walk.

  19. In reference to the C322 numbering, I did some poking around on google and cross-referencing it with cars. C322 is a type of racing carburator that was made by Autolite from 1967-1973. I could certainly see this tie-in with the Cars rooms. Neat and VERY subtle.

  20. Heloooo, Jack
    Great article, pix and vids. My wife and I are booked in Little Mermaid for opening day and you’ve just made the wait interminably longer!

  21. I have a question about the bus service at the AoA resort. We usually stay at the All-Stars Resort but the bus service is nasty after the fireworks at MK and other resorts that stay open late. Standing in line and then stopping and starting to drop off all kinds of passengers. The bus service at the AoA resort, is it only for that resort or is there another resort that shares these buses as well? We have rented a car for our trip back in October but would like to save the car rental money if the AoA resort has it’s own bus.

    Jack’s Answer:

    The Art of Animation has only one bus stop and it does not share services with any other resort. However, when completed, the resort will be as big as the Pop Century or any one of the All Stars. At busy times, you might be waiting in lines.

  22. I don’t really get the complaints about the place being too over the top. It is perfect for kids. My two son’s ages 9 and 4 are absolutely dying to go and stay here. We have previously stayed at pop century and the kids adored that as well. If I want calm and sedate I would stay at a moderate or deluxe. The thing that makes the values appeal to us as a family is the theming. As far as one other reader, I do agree that they had used a more gender neutral theme for the individual rooms. Being a family of four we don’t really need a suite but there is no way my 9 year old would want to stay in the Little Mermaid section!

  23. re C322 – Is that the number on the submarine? You have a sort of “porthole” with the mirror above… Guess I’ll have to watch ‘Finding Nemo’ again to check it out!

  24. Hi Jack.

    A possible response to the C322 reference.

    There is a similar reference in Pixar movies to A113. You can look it up on Wikipedia for more details. It refers to a classroom at CalArts that the artists attended. That number is used on the dive mask in Nemo and in other places in several movies. It is an inside joke, called an “Easter Egg”.

    I would guess that C322 is a classroom there or perhaps someone’s birthday?

    Thanks for a great blog.

    A librarian in Naples- Susan

  25. I love your articles all the time, you take great details and pictures too! I read earlier when someone asked about the pools and sharing. I know that AOA has the gate around all the pools, but Pop doesn’t so anyone can actually use the pools there. Do you know will they be putting gates around all the pools, in the future.

    Jack’s Ansewr:

    Sorry. I don’t know.

  26. Thanks for this wonderful article and photos! Yours was the first mention I have seen about whether they used the already constructed buildings from the early years, or started from scratch. (“The three buildings that had already been completed would be standard rooms.”) We were wondering, since they had been standing empty for so long, if they would “degrade”.

    It was always kind of eerie to look over at the unfinished section, especially at night, and see lights on in some of the buildings.

    Do you know if they reused most of the main hall that was already constructed too, or if it didn’t fit into their new model? It would be nice if they could all have been “recycled”.

    I can’t wait to finally walk all the way over that bridge — looking forward to visiting the new resort!

    Jack’s Answer:

    Any information I might provide on the actual construction/reconstruction and recycling of materials on the Little Mermaid buildings and Animation Hall would be conjecture on my part. I just don’t know.

  27. Our family just returned from a 9 day stay at Art of Animation. It has the feel of a value resort trying to be a deluxe.With the prices they are charging, it can’t be considered a Value Resort.
    I couldn’t get used to the indoor entrances. The outdoor hallways have a nicer look and definitely give you cover when your trying to run to your room in the rain!!!
    We have three daughters, 16,16,19, and they enjoyed the theming. If they were younger, I know they would have been more excited.
    Since we have 3 daughters, the sleeping arrangements weren’t an issue. But for a family with older children of mixed genders, sharing beds could be a problem. At least at the ASM suites, there were single pullouts.
    We weren’t real crazy about the dining choices. And my girls were very disappointed that they don’t sell Mickey Ice Cream bars! And they use real plates and silverware. While I understand the eco-friendly idea, clean up takes longer and you have to wonder how much dishware gets thrown away. And not much conservation in the rooms…our housekeeper threw away our bars of soap everyday and replaced them with new ones.
    The noise level in the hallways is to be expected.But I didn’t expect to hear the person in the room next to me snoring in the middle of the night. Or hear their conversations.
    As much as my girls would like to stay in The Little Mermaid section, I think we will be going back to one of the All Star Resorts.

  28. Jack – do you happen to know if the ‘classic Disney cartoon’ channel still exists? I think it was 96. Every time I come back another resort has done away with it.


    Jack’s Answer:

    Sorry. I don’t know.

  29. I had read that about the pool being the largest resort pool and thought wow it must be huge if it’s bigger than Stormalong bay. Um no apparently not. They are definitely stretching the truth there! We are DVC members so most likely will not stay at AoA but I think it’s a great idea to do suites for larger families at a value resort. I know my small kids would love the theming.
    Thanks for the great blog as always Jack!

  30. Thanks Jack. You always give more detailed info on your topics and I love it. I’m booked in Lion King for last wk in Nov, family suite. We were booked in Nemo but It seemed a tad too bright and chintzy for my taste. I agree with you re the exterior. Looks very institutional. Needs something to make it more appealing. All that being said, can’t wait to stay there. Look forward to your blog every week. Keep on keeping on.

  31. Hey Jack! I just wanted to thank you for your in-depth reporting and GORGEOUS pictures. I really appreciate all the work you put into these and I look forward to reading your column.

    I’m on pins and needles for Little Mermaid & Lion King as I’m a 90’s fan!

  32. Everyone needs to remember…. this is a FAMILY resort. It is designed for Children, not just ‘children at heart’ <3 Imagine being a 4yr old walking around this resort…. It would feel like you are submerged in the movie itself! If you want to relax and not have sensory overload… stay in a Moderate-Deluxe Resort ;o)
    We will be staying in the Cars section in a few weeks…. We’ll see how my 4 & 8 year old react… but I’m pretty sure I can already answer that question… They’ll LOVE it! Thanks for the great review!!

  33. This resort really isn’t blowing me away. I’m not a huge fan of the concept (and it’s clunky name) and like you, Jack, I absolutely can’t stand the feel of those Nemo rooms. It just looks SO CHEAP…like something from the ice cream stand of a mini golf course or something you could buy at Wal Mart. The inside of the Cars rooms are a little better but I can’t stand the outside look of the Cars buildings. The big boxy buildings and (albeit appropriate) Southwestern landscaping just make it look like an abandoned building in the middle of a desert.

    That having been said, the family suites do seem very good for slightly larger families…I just wish Disney did something different with the theme of the resort itself. Maybe I’ll like the Lion King rooms better since they’ll be forced to throw in a few trees or something.

  34. This blog has been a great source of information and fun for the whole family as we gear up for the kids first visit to Disney in just a matter of weeks.
    I have a question with regards to the kitchenettes – are the utensils and plates/bowls replenished on a daily basis or will we have to purchase/bring some with us? We don’t eat big breakfasts and were planning on eating in the room. Seems like an awful lot of waste though…
    Greetings from Germany

    Jack’s Answer:

    Yes. Housekeeping will replace paper plates and plastic forks & knives for you each day. If they don’t just call housekeeping and they’re bring you more.

  35. Hi jack
    We were just visiting the resort this past Saturday. They were giving tours about how the resort has a story. It starts from hand drawn black and white sketches moves to pixel in the floor at the end of the check in area to show where computer effects are added. The check area has Disney’s first POds for checkin instead of long counters to promote CMs to come out to greet guests.
    Next, Ink and paint are added to film hence the name of gift shop and also the last thing to be added is the landscape–the name of food area. Once outside the building the movie is “done” so you are in the movie, and all items are shaped in size as if you are nemo sized.

    ALso there is WIFI in the Arcade for parents and a new Business Service area.

    The SHOWER CURTAINS were for SALE for $99. Nemo had sold out. Lion King was in stock and they were suppose to get the cars and little mermaid sower curtains were suppose to be in by the end of the month(June)

    Love the pictures since we were walking fast on the tour. Hope to stay in Mermaid in November.


  36. Oh, I can hardly wait for this fall. I see all kinds of material for 3D photos!

    Great blog entry, Jack! Between your blog and the rest of AllEars I feel like I can keep on top of things at “The World” even when I’m not up to visiting the parks.

  37. Thank you for this article. My friend is a housekeeping manager at this resort. She has the Mr. Ray building. She absolutely loves it. I can’t wait to see it. Sadly I left the day before the resort opened and didn’t get a chance to check it out.
    She is extremely happy with the touch entry room keys. She says it makes it a lot easier to get into the rooms. What was your experience with them?

    Jack’s Answer:

    The new touch keys are different. And the first couple times I used them, I had to think about what I was doing. But once I got the hang of it, they’re great. I know Disney plans to convert all of the hotels to this new system by the end of the year.

  38. Hi Everyone. This is Jack.

    Disney is touting the Big Blue Pool at the Art of Animation Resort as Walt Disney World’s largest “resort” swimming pool. This pool holds 308,527 gallons of water. However, Stormalong Bay at the Yacht and Beach holds 795,000 gallons of water. Disney considers Stormalong Bay as a “collection” of pools, even though they are all connected to one another via small swim-ways.

  39. Thanks Jack…as always your reviews are great! I am looking forward to staying at the Little Mermaid section in October. I was concerned about the distance from the main building but I talked to a Disney rep that said buses will make stops at Little Mermaid as well. Thought you and your readers might be interested. Looking forward to your Lion King room review!

    Jack’s Answer:

    The buses for the Art of Animation Resort make ONE and only ONE stop at the resort. This is located outside of Animation Hall. The bus arrangement is almost identical to the Pop Century and the All Stars. The CM you spoke with gave you misinformation.

  40. Hi Jack…Great information on AoA! We were in Disney a couple of weeks ago, and I toured the AoA. As DVC members, we stay mostly at Deluxe resorts, however my children love the Pop Century, and we ususally incorporate at least on night there. We have been waiting until this resort opened, I am also a travel agent and could not wait to see it. I went over at did receive a tour from a cast memeber. We did see the Nemo and Cars suites. I was very impressed with each section. Yes, the decor is alot, however through the kids eyes, it was magic. My son felt like he was walking in Radiator Springs. We were told that the Nemo pool is the second largest on property after the Yacht/Beach. I loved the pool rules sign at the Nemo pool. It is P. Sherman’s mask from Nemo. On the back of the mask/rules sign, it lists P. Sherman’s address. It was a great touch to the movie. I loved the cone cabanas at the Cars pool. Great area to have some shade. As a travel agent it is so great to have this to offer families who need the extra room, without getting 2 rooms at a value resort. Yes, the cost for a suite is more than a moderate resort, but for the space and 2 bathrooms you are getting, espically for the younger kids it is worth it. Even though there are only standard rooms in the Little Mermaid section, it is still worth staying at this resort.

  41. Hi Jack! Wonderful blog, as always! Quick question – I had heard a rumor online that there might be a walkway between AoA and Hollywood Studios. Any idea if this might happen? Thanks!

    Jack’s Answer:

    I know Disney is widening the streets (Buena Vista & Victory Way) between the Studio and the Art of Animation Resort, but I haven’t heard about any walkway (or sidewalk).

    I doubt that it is true as this would force people to walk across the Studio parking lot to reach the main entrance. This would not be good.

  42. WOW Jack!! Another great report!! I love all the details and photos. I am looking forward to visiting AoA in my August trip. We will be staying at POP but will make the walk over the bridge to check things out. I think I like the CARS theming better myself, but the Nemo section looks great too. It’s all about personal preferences. I look forward to your next report!! Thanks for the great work!!

  43. Me and are thinking of staying in the Little Mermaid section when we do the Disney World portion of our central Florida trip this November.
    I think Nemo looks fantastic but the Cars section reminds me of those cheap motels that haven’t been cleaned in a decade. Can’t wait to see what the Lion King section looks like.

  44. Thanks, Jack for the informative blog and pictures. I too think that the Cars section is a little more appealing than the Nemo section but even the Nemo section looked more appealing to me than did the All-Star movies room decor upon our first stay there 10 years ago. To me that was the most vividly decorated room I’d ever stayed in; a little like sleeping inside of a neon sign… Your resort blogs really help me to make informed decisions about the best Disney resort for my family.

  45. Hi J! Great reporting as usual, lots of time & work went into this detailed article. I did notice there were alot of 2-tops (seating for 2people)in the food court. I expected more booths or larger tables since the claim to fame here is family sized units. Are they thinking most people will eat in their suites?Any speculations?

    Jack’s Answer:

    My pictures are misleading. There are plenty of 4 tops and 6 tops. Also, the tables are free standing so they can easily be pulled together.

  46. Thanks again for your excellent job, Jack. I loved the outdoors, not the rooms, we are waiting for Disney to give the possibility to book for next January, in the little mermaid section, so I hope I like the rooms a little more! If not, again to the Pop!
    As always, your blog top notch!
    Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina!

  47. thanks again for a awesome blog I really enjoy all the history you include into all your articles. I realize that this resort is going to be extremely popular in the coming years but i was wondering if you could book a certain section if available or is it pot luck as to what you get.

    Jack’s Answer:

    At the moment, you can designate between Finding Nemo and Cars when making a reservations. So I would assume this will continue when Lion King and Little Mermaid come on line.

  48. Jack

    Disney has made the claim that the Nemo pool is the largest resort pool. However, in your review of the Yacht and Beach Club you have listed Stormalong Bay as over 700,000 gallons. So, in your opinion, is Disney stretching the truth a little?

    Jack’s Answer:

    Disney is touting the Big Blue Pool at the Art of Animation Resort as Walt Disney World’s largest “resort” swimming pool. This pool holds 308,527 gallons of water. However, Stormalong Bay at the Yacht and Beach holds 795,000 gallons of water. Disney considers Stormalong Bay as a “collection” of pools, even though they are all connected to one another via small swim-ways.

  49. Thanks for the insight on AoA. Can’t wait to stay in a regular room in the Little Mermaid section. A question about the bus stops. Do they have a separate line for wheelchairs as they do at Pop Century? AS always,thanks again for the great blogs.

    Jack’s Answer:

    Funny you should ask. Normally, this isn’t something I would pay much attention to. But it so happens that someone in an ECV was taking the same bus as me to the Magic Kingdom. They definitely waited in a separate area and were loaded onto the bus before everyone else.

  50. Jack,

    you mention the new contract with Direct TV. Do you know whether the weather channel still shows local on the 8s? During my recent trip to the US I noticed that in some hotels TWC only shows general radar and satellite images instead of the local forecast.

    Thanks and greetings from Germany

    Jack’s Answer:

    Since I always use my iPhone for local weather when I’m out of the house, I didn’t pay enough attention to the channel lineup to know if TWC is included in the new Disney selections. Sorry.

  51. I noticed in pictures taken by others as well as your pictures that every vanity in the Nemo area has C322 on it. What is the significance of this sequence?

    Jack’s Answer:

    Unfortunately, my Disney expertise if geared more to the theme parks than it is to the movies. I would guess C322 can be found somewhere in the Finding Nemo film — but where, I don’t know. And if it has a deeper meaning, I’m not aware of it. Maybe some of my other readers will write in with the answer. Check the comments later.

  52. i took a walk around a few wks ago when i was at WDW. liked the food court, the gift shop looked a little more open, i thought i saw a soda refillable mug station by the pool bar. The pool was big. The cars area looked like it would have nice theming and i was glad the Generation Gap bridge was open. too bad the rooms that i would need are Little Mermaid them as i would go w gf and dont need a family suite. and they are too pricey for me in that case. I heard the Little Mermaid rms are a little small. My gf likes inside corridors too. Thsnks for the report.

    Jack’s Comment:

    It is my understanding that the Little Mermaid rooms will be the same size and configuration as the Pop Century and All Stars. However, they will probably have stronger theming since they are part of the Art of Animation Resort.

  53. Thanks for the fantastic coverage. I, for one, am glad the each pool is reserved only for guests staying at that resort (i.e. Pop Century guests walking over to use the pool at AoA resort and vice versa). I was just wondering though can guests staying at the AoA resort no matter what section use pools in the other sections or will we have to stay in our own section where we are staying?

    Jack’s Answer:

    Good news. Guests staying at the Art of Animation Resort can use any of the three pools at the resort, regardless of which section they are staying it. This is especially good news for those staying in the Lion King section as there is no pool here.

  54. Thanks for a great report! I think I would like the Cars section too. The Nemo looks like I just want to close my eyes. I really need the resort to be relaxing as we are park-stormers! I was wondering if there is only one bus stop. The resort seems large. Size-wise how does it compare to the all-star resorts?
    Thanks again!

    Jack’s Answer:

    Just like each of the All Stars and Pop Century, which are approximately the same size and configuration, the Art of Animation Resort only has one bus stop.

  55. Hi Jack,

    Thanks for the wonderful detailed tour. It occurred to me when seeing your pictures of the new podiums/check in desks that they’re probably designed to resemble the ink/paint jars that you frequently see in old pictures of animation studios, just like the more literal ones on top of the gift shop display cases.

    It doesn’t surprise me that Disney is going for more intense theming in its resorts. Frankly, I think Disney is late to the party on offering guests more reasonably-priced suite accommodations, considering all the choices guests have outside the purple gates (and at better prices). So, it would make sense that one of the only ways to distinguish themselves anymore is to offer unique themes inside the rooms (but there is no excuse for cheap-o furniture. Considering how quickly the general public can wear out low quality furniture, it probably won’t take them long to learn that lesson). I’m not a big fan of the over-the-top decor, but I can certainly understand the reasoning behind it.

    The big, flat exterior walls of the resort buildings look sort of claustrophobic to me. Of course, maybe that’s exactly what they were going for in making you feel under the sea or enveloped in a canyon. Did you find that the big boxy buildings felt sort of, well, unwelcoming? Even with the large murals it looks sort of that we to me.

    Thanks for the virtual field trip, Jack!

    Jack’s Answer:

    Another commenter said the buildings look like Air Force dormitories. And I agree, they are rather big and boxy. Did this bother me? Not really. But that is because, I have different expectations from a value resort than I do for a moderate and deluxe. Considering what the Imagineers had to work with, I think they have done a good job of decorating them. Personally, I would have like to see a little more texture and layering on the buildings to give them a more 3D effect. But like I say, these are value resorts, I realistically understand that Disney needs to keep costs down, both in the initial construction and for ongoing maintenance.

  56. The Cars section looks awesome! I really wish that Disney did both standard and suites in all the sections. We are booked into the Little Mermaid section for December, it’s not a big deal now because my son is still young, but what boy would want to stay there when they have Cars to choose from? Again, I wish Disney thought of this when they were on the drawing board, or maybe have Nemo as the standard rooms. Something neutral.

  57. Great article, I can’t wait for the pictures of the Lion King section and Little Mermaid.
    My comment is more about the other comments I read. I noticed that many people are complaining about this resort being too overly decorated; “gaudy” and “overkill” were some of the descriptions I saw. HELLO!?! This is Disney we are talking about. They don’t do things half way. All of the value resorts are over the top and larger than life that is what makes them fun and unique. If you want subtle decorations you can find those at moderate resorts. Art of Animation is supposed to be fun and exciting and the theming and decorations are what make it that. You are going into the movie, into the characters world. They live in a world where everything is in your face, there was nothing subtle happening to Marlin as he crossed the ocean, or to Lightening McQueen when he was stuck in Radiator Springs. If you don’t want to have fun and really get into it then this isn’t the resort for you, but for those of us who are ready to escape the ordinary and step into the extraordinary this resort looks perfect.

  58. Hey Jack,

    I wonder if they have renamed Generation Gap Bridge… maybe to ‘Art of Century’ or ‘Pop Animation’? LOL Actually, ‘Century of Animation’ would be very fitting for Disney…

    When I was looking at the photos in the Nemo room part of your blog, I thought to myself that the furniture looked cheap and the theming over-done (which I didn’t think was possible). I laughed when I read your comments, since you felt the same. I also can’t stand that creepy fish sculpture thing that is above the couch (what is that??). However, I love the outdoors theming around the pools. I can’t wait to go back to the Pop so I can walk over and have a look!

    Thanks for all your hard work in bringing us the Magic!

  59. I remember when I was much younger staying at the Polynesian and they would pipe Hawaiian music through underwater speakers in the main pool. I guess they probably don’t anymore, that was a long time ago. It’s a lot of fun and I’ll bet kids will love it.

    Finding Nemo does look like a slam dunk for families that want to cater to their younger kids – to be honest much of the furnishings look like children’s furniture although I’m sure it’s bigger in person. I really do like the exterior work they have done so far – looking like a must visit just to check it out, even if I’m staying somewhere else.

  60. Another great detailed post Jack! You truly are a consumate professional!

    Just noticed that the rooms have indoor hallways in contrast to Pop Century’s exterior walkways! Will all the buildings be this way? I assumed they would be identical to the Pop as half of them were built as it’s second half. Do you think this was changed due to the suites? Or was it purely a design decision to accomodate the extensive exterior themeing? Just curious.

    Keep up the great work!!

    Jack’s Answer:

    The original plans for the Legendary Years called for all standard rooms with outside corridors. The Little Mermaid buildings, which were almost complete before construction was halted, will be standard rooms with outside corridors. The layout for the rest of the buildings were completely redesigned when they decided to go with the “suite” concept. As to “why” they decided to have inside hallways rather than outside corridors, I really don’t know.

  61. I’m glad to hear they will not share bus service with Pop Century. We have stayed at Pop a few of times and although the fact that they do not share busses is one of the reasons, it is by no means the only one. I wondered about the bridge and am glad to hear it is open. On our last trip in October it was fun to check out the progress from the bridge. Will those staying at Pop Century be able to use the pools at Art of Animation? I would imagine it would be hard to prevent. Mainly because we don’t have a need for a suite we probably would continue to choose Pop Century but the proximity is nice becaue you can still explore the new resort. By the way we love Stacy, so much so that we watch her on You-tube when we return to remind us of being at Disney. Thanks for all of the great information, videos and pictures.

    Jack’s Answer:

    Technically, Pop Century and Art of Animation are two separate resorts — thus, the pools are not shared. However, there is more to it than just that. The Art of Animation Resort has new keys that have a microchip embedded in them. To open your room door and the pool gates, you pass your card-key over a sensor. You no longer “insert” your key into a slot. To my knowledge, Pop Century has not converted to this system, and until they do, their keys would not open the pool gates. And once Pop Century does convert, their keys will be programmed to give access only to the Pop Century pools.

  62. hey Jack
    this was a great surprise for my birthday since i was not expecting a new blog for today. the art and animation resort looks great and there seems to be something for everyone. I love the different themes that the resort offers. I wonder why they are not sharing buses with Pop Century since they are right next to each other. Overall looks like a nice resort especially the Cars section. Can’t wait for your next blog and as always keep up the great work.

  63. Resort looks great!! I’m still a little disappointed that the majority of the rooms are family suites (and that the Little Mermaid section open a week after our trip, so the two of us will being staying at ASM) but it makes more sense now that I see that the theming is over the top (in a good way) and more kid-oriented than the other value resorts. Still I’m looking forward to visiting and exploring while we’re in WDW–there seems to be TONS of great places to photograph.

    Did the gift shop seem to have more art (sketches and posters, etc) or was it the usual resort gift shop souvenirs with some Art of Animation shirts and such?

    (on a side note I would have LOVED to see how Disney planned to theme the 1900s, 10s, 20s and 30s…I wonder what the icons would have been!)

    Jack’s Answer:

    I was very disappointed with the merchandise offered in the Art of Animation Resort shop. Most of it was identical to the stuff found everywhere else on property. The only resort specific merchandise were a few mugs, key changes, and shirts. There was nothing specific to the Finding Nemo or Cars sections. The stuff just said “Art of Animation.” Sigh.

  64. Covering the megabucks (literally) Golden Oak community to the value Art of Animation family suites in only five days. No one can accuse you of economic specialization. Thanks for continuing to offer the full spectrum of virtual pixie dust to those of us out-of-the-‘World’.

    Jack’s Comment:

    You’re correct. I went from one end of the scale to the other.

    I have my favorite resort in each category, deluxe, moderate, and value, but I honestly like them all. I have stayed at the All Stars a couple of times and think they’re fantastic! But so is the Caribbean Beach and the Grand Floridian. Each category has a completely different spectrum charm and magic.

  65. I can’t wait to stay there, but my husband has a concern. We have kids and FULLY understand that children are loud. We generally stay at Pop with outdoor corridors, how is the noise with the indoor hallways? I know that Pop, Movies, ect, usually get loud when the parks close with people returning to their rooms and we usually request to be away from the elevators for that reason. His concern is with the indoor hallways, it will be louder than the other values. TIA!

  66. WOW!! More pictures I see about this hotel more I love it.
    Yes, maybe is “too much” but is a whole new concept that they are trying. At the begining was that not all the hotels where “too Disney” and and they are “too much Disney”…

    I look forward to see the Lion King and Little Mermaid section!

    By the way…is the bridge between Pop Century and AoA open?

    Jack’s Answer:

    Yes. The bridge opened the same day as the Art of Animation Resort.

  67. Thanks for the great breakdown of the resort so far…..I agree that the Cars section really seems alot better on the eyes.

    How was the transportation? I know you mention it does not share with Pop, which is good, but I have noticed staying at different resorts in the past that the All Stars seemed not as good as others. I could be way off but that is what my experience has shown.

    With 2 young girls after fireworks at Magic Kingdom the last thing I need is a long line and having to wait for multiple buses.

    Jack’s Answer:

    I only used the bus once to go to the Magic Kingdom. I left the hotel around 4:30pm. Going, I had absolutely no wait as the bus arrived as I was walking up to the stop. There were maybe only 10 other people. On the way back (around 6:30pm), I waited about 10 minutes. Once again, less than 10 other people. But you can hardly call this a fair test. I was traveling at off times. Also, remember, the resort is only half built. None of the facilities are bursting at the seams yet.

  68. Hi Jack! I was wondering when you would get around to writing about this resort, and it was well worth the wait! It looks amazing! My husband and I are going to check it out when we visit on July 3rd. We are hoping to book it for spring break next year. It looks like a lot of time and effort was put into it, like all Disney resorts. However, the Art of Animation Resort went above and beyond all my expectations!!! The Cars section alone looks like one is actually stepping into Radiator Springs, if surely there was a place.
    PS I was glad to see the covered bus, waiting area! 🙂

  69. Very nice blog Jack – I think Disney has definitely taken their concept on the Value resorts to a whole new level.

    If you look at AoA (the newest) vs. All Star Sports (the original Value) – wow, what a growth. I think the new resort looks great. My only complaint is that the rooms are a bit over-the-top and kind of “cutesy”, especially the Nemo suites. The Cars don’t look so bad. Please keep in mind that I am only compairing them to Pop, where the rooms have more of a modern, understated look.

    Thanks & take care.

  70. Hi Jack,
    Another great blog.
    I felt the Nemo resort was a little “overkill”
    but I think the little ones would love this resort as well as the others and will want to stay at everyone of them. I guess that is what Disney is thinking too.

  71. Thanks for the great info. I wish the shower curtains were for sale, they would be perfect for a kids bath! Did you bappen to notice if the postcards in the furniture and the few in the window of the Cozy Cone Motel were for sale?

    Jack’s Answer:

    Unfortunately, the postcards were not for sale. I looked for them as I would buy the whole set if they were.

  72. Wow! I’m sorry but I think this place is hideous. Gaudy and way over-done. Sensory overload. How could one possibly rest and relax with so much going on?

  73. Take away the theming and the decoration, and the buildings — even the rooms — very much resemble the newer USAF dormitories I used to inhabit. Of course the theming is everything. No one does it better than Disney, and for a short term stay I can imagine it would be a lot of fun.

  74. Hi Jack:

    Now that Pop Century forever represents only 5 decades vs. 10, will it be re-named? LOL.

    Great information, and while I appreciate Disney’s attention to detail, for me personally the theming is too “in your face”- even in the Cars section. After a full day at the parks, or even during a mid-day break, I would prefer some more subtle theming at my resort.