The Hubs and I did a lot of research when it came to picking a hotel. We've never stayed on Disney property with the kids before this trip so we wanted to make it a memorable one. I spent many nights online chatting with Disney specialists, trying to make sure we had the perfect room for our vacation. Our top 2 hotels were Animal Kingdom Lodge and Art of Animation. They were also at two completely different ends of the financial spectrum. While waking up every morning with a view of the African plain with giraffes and rhinos right outside our room was tempting, I couldn't see spending that much money on a hotel room, especially when Art of Animation had so much to offer us. So we decided to choose Art of Animation (AoA).
The nice thing about AoA is that it's the newest resort at Disney. They have 4 different areas all themed after popular Disney movies. They have a standard hotel style room in the Little Mermaid area as well as family suites themed as Lion King, Finding Nemo, and Cars. The Hubs and I had been to the property before just to see if it would be something the kids would like and fell in love (or at least I did). It's so bright and colorful and you can tell how much thought Disney put into the creation of this resort. Originally we were going to stay in a family suite (I think Noah wanted Finding Nemo) because they have a kitchenette and we were going to try to eat as much of our own food as possible. Then we looked into the dining plan and decided to go in that direction (more on that tomorrow). With the dining plan, we didn't need to have a kitchen so we opted to go with a standard hotel style room. We were able to do online check in the day before and requested a 12:00 check in time. We actually ended up getting there at 11:30 and our room was still ready! Kudos to Disney for making that happen!!!
The kids were in awe of the property. Noah even said "this is the most amazing place on Earth!" When you walk into Animation Hall (the main building), you're greeted by a wall of colors as well as sketches from each of the 4 movies. Most of it was concept art or beginning sketches but there were a few finished sketches. The light fixture in the atrium was beyond amazing. It was filled with sketches from the movies and Jodi Benson even signed hers!!! (she was the voice of Ariel). I was excited when I spotted it!!! I could have stared at it for hours. Disney did a great job of capturing the beauty in the artwork that their artists create.
|Animation Hall in all its glory!!!|
We wanted to show the kids around the property but we also decided to start using our dining plan early so we headed back to Animation Hall to Landscape of Flavors, the food court area of the hotel. It was our time to explore everything that Disney created. The attention to detail was probably my most favorite part. The landscaping of each area truly matched the movie. All of the plants and bushes in the Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo areas looked like sea plants. It really looked like you were on the ocean floor. The Lion King area looked like you stepped into the African plains and the oasis of Timon and Pumba. The Cars area looked exactly like Radiator Springs. I mean these Disney Imaginears are outstanding!!!
|All the unbelievable details!!!!|