EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Dec 30, 2013
    Jennifer from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Considering staying at AOA. Don't see an option for a preferred room. Heard the Little Mermaid rooms are far from bus, etc. Do I have to get a family suite to get a preferred room location? What is best room for staying close to food, bus, etc?

    Hi, Jennifer!

    My family has enjoyed several stays at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, most recently just last month. The incredible theming, wonderful pools and excellent Landscape of Flavors food court make Art of Animation a great resort choice! 

    While it's true that The Little Mermaid section is the farthest from Animation Hall, we personally found the 5-minute walk through The Lion King section to Animation Hall to be a very pleasant one. All rooms in The Little Mermaid section are Standard Room types furnished with two double beds (or one king bed) and a mini fridge, accommodating up to 4 guests.

    The Family Suites in The Lion King, Finding Nemo and Cars sections sleep up to 6 guests and come equipped with one queen bed, one double-size table bed, one double-size sleeper sofa and a kitchenette (microwave, larger mini fridge, sink, counter, cabinets and coffee maker). One of the best features of The Family Suites is that they have two bathrooms (one with a shower and the other with a combination tub/shower). In terms of budget, the nightly rate for a Family Suite is typically more than double that of a Standard Room.   

    Preferred room types are not offered at Art of Animation as they are at the other Disney Value Resorts. Staying in one of The Family Suites would put you closest to Animation Hall for the food court and the bus loading area out front. I've included a link to an interactive online map of Disney's Art of Animation Resort which will enable you to zoom in to view the location of The Little Mermaid buildings and The Family Suites buildings in relation to Animation Hall. 

    Please stop by the Moms Panel again with any other questions you may think of as you continue planning your vacation. 

    Wishing you a Magical New Year!
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