Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Walt Disney World

Disney's Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World Resort invites you to become a part of your favorite animated films. At Disney's Art of Animation Resort, Guests are immersed in the artistry and enchantment of Walt Disney and Disney•Pixar classics through imaginative design and themed rooms.

Disney's Art of Animation Resort features room types for almost every party size and preference—including standard rooms and family suites. With 1,120 suites designed after Finding Nemo, Cars and The Lion King, and 864 rooms inspired by The Little Mermaid, you'll feel like you're staying in the middle of a Disney story with all of your favorite characters.

Just outside your colorful accommodations, you'll find imaginative amenities, 3 sparkling swimming pools and 4 playful courtyards—one for each film—to complete your Resort experience. Visit the Ink and Paint Shop inside the Animation Hall building to browse Disney merchandise and vacation necessities.

Disney's Art of Animation Resort has 3 swimming pools—a feature pool, The Big Blue Pool, complete with The Drop Off pool bar in the Finding Nemo courtyard, and two smaller pools including the Flippin' Fins Pool in The Little Mermaid courtyard and the Cozy Cone Pool in the Cars courtyard—"you auto take a dip!". The largest is The Big Blue Pool located in the Finding Nemo courtyard and features The Drop Off pool bar. Two smaller pools, Cozy Cone Pool located in the Cars courtyard and Flippin' Fins Pool located in The Little Mermaid courtyard, provide additional relaxation.

Buildings / Areas
  • Finding Nemo - The Finding Nemo section of the resort is themed with the ocean setting featured in the film, with underwater plant and animal decorations throughout the buildings. This is the first area of the resort, which opened on May 31, 2012.
  • Cars - The Cars section of the resort is themed like the Cozy Cone Motel that has featured in the film. Resort buildings will be themed with the movie's characters, including Lightning McQueen, Sally, Mater, and Luigi and Guido.
  • The Lion King - The Lion King section of the resort features a "natural" setting, such as that found in the wild.
  • The Little Mermaid - The Little Mermaid section of the resort is themed with 600 cutout objects on resort balconies. "Under the Sea" decorations are incorporated throughout the section. This section of the resort haves exterior walkways, where the other sections will have enclosed interior walkways between the rooms.
  • The Art of Animation - Disney's Art of Animation Resort doesn't just celebrate four great animated movies, it also highlights the act of animation itself. This is reflected in the sketchbook motif and simple line drawings on the building exteriors and in the names of the retail and public areas: Landscapes Cafe, Animation Hall, Ink and Paint Shop,and Pixel Play Arcade.

Family suites are 565 sq ft and accomodate 6 guests in 2 bathrooms, master bedroom, and 3 separate sleeping areas. The master bedroom features a queen size bed, with the living area featuring a full size sleeper sofa and full size Inova TableBed that converts from a table to bed. The kitchenette includes a fridge, microwave and coffee maker. 2 LCD TV's are included, and the suites buildings all have interior corridors. Value rooms are 277 sq ft and sleep 4 in rooms with either 2 double size, or 1 king size bed.


The animation-themed food court offers a variety of family favorites and Grab 'n Go market selections.

  • Landscape of Flavors - Landscape of Flavors serves an array of delectable dishes—from hearty cuisine to healthier fare—across 5 distinctive food shops at breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. This quick-service venue features a menu of traditional food court favorites like pizza and burgers, better-for-you options, including buckwheat pasta, egg-white frittatas and low-fat smoothies, and 4 onstage tandoor ovens, which offer an impressive show for baking delicious naan bread and roasting chicken, shrimp, sausage and acorn squash.

Touring Tips

  • Disney's Art of Animation Resort is adjacent to Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Resort Guests can enjoy complimentary transportation to and from the theme parks, water parks, and Downtown Disney area.
  • For your convenience, Guests may take advantage of childcare, concierge services, valet dry cleaning and self-service laundry facilities. Choose from a variety of amusements, including a video arcade, playgrounds and interactive water play areas that the little ones will love.
  • Located at the Main Lobby in the Animation Hall building, the concierge can help you purchase Disney Theme Park and Disney Water Park tickets, make dining reservations and secure show seats.
  • Disney's Art of Animation Resort offers several childcare services to keep your children having fun—even when you can't be there.
  • Pizza, sandwiches, salad, dessert and beverages are available in the evening for delivery right to your Disney's Art of Animation Resort Guest room.


Disney's Art of Animation Resort is located where construction on the unfinished half of Disney's Pop Century Resort was started but later abandoned after the September 11 attacks on New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. The resort is the first to be built in the complex in over seven years and the fifth to be placed in the value-priced category, along with Disney's All-Star Sports Resort, the All-Star Music Resort, the All-Star Movies Resort, and Disney's Pop Century Resort.

Originally, the land that will house the Art of Animation Resort was planned to be part of Disney's Pop Century Resort as part of the "Legendary Years" section. Several buildings were constructed for these plans, some even to the point of adding decorative details. While one half of Pop Century (the "Classic Years") opened in 2003, the other half was left abandoned following the tourism halt after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Disney started to prepare the land for the resort in January 2010, and construction began in the summer of that year. At the time of this announcement on May 12, 2010, Disney did not say how much construction is expecting to cost, but it was mentioned that approximately 800 jobs will be produced.

When the "Legendary Years" buildings were first being made, a bridge named the Generation Gap Bridge was constructed to connect both parts of Pop Century and made them accessible to each other. The bridge connects Pop Century to the Finding Nemo section of the Art of Animation Resort.

Disney's Art of Animation Resort
1850 Animation Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL
(407) 939-7000