• On Feb 11, 2021
    Steven from MI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, can you drive your own vehicle to visit Art of Animation without a hotel reservation? Our girls would love to just walk around and see the sites. Thanks! Steven

    Welcome back to planDisney, Steven!

    My kiddos loved exploring Disney’s Art of Animation Resort during our stay there. It truly feels like you are inside Disney and Pixar’s beloved movies as you encounter characters and moments from The Lion King, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, and Cars. From the landscaping choices to the treats in the Landscape of Flavors Food Court, it’s a celebration of these movies and their iconic art.

    As part of the Walt Disney World Resort’s phased reopening, only registered Guests and those with dining reservations are permitted to visit resort hotels. This precaution is for the safety of Guests and to ensure appropriate physical distancing and other safety measures. Because Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is a value resort, there are no table service dining locations, and thus dining reservations are not possible. It’s at the discretion of the Security Cast Members at the parking lot entrance whether to allow day Guests in to the resort; those decisions are based on current capacity and the latest health guidance. You can see the most up-to-date information on resort hotels and the phased reopening on the Resorts Know Before You Go web page.

    I’d hate for your girls to be disappointed, Steven, so my advice is to give a call to the resort the morning of your planned visit. You may reach them by calling (407) 938-7000 and asking to be connected to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. I’m sending pixie dusted wishes that King Triton waves his trident and makes a day visit possible for your family.

    Steven, if you’re not able to visit the resort on this trip, another fun option is a visit to Disney Springs. The LEGO Store there has some great oversized Disney icons (made of LEGO) that my Mouseketeers love checking out, and there’s an awesome volcano outside Rainforest Café. As you wander Disney Springs, there’s so much to see, and it’s always fun to just explore and get some treats. For fun theming, Disney’s Candy Cauldron, Goofy’s Candy Company, or the brand new M&M’s store are great options, and Amorette’s Patisserie is my go-to for the yummiest sweets. 

    Have so much fun on your upcoming visit! If we can help with any more planning questions as you count down the days, please come back and see us. It’s fun to help a fellow Guest make their Disney dreams come true.

    Wishing you a magical vacation,
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Hi there! I'm Robyn, and I am so excited to share my love of all things Disney with you! My proud military family loves going on Disney adventures that include enchanting moments, laughter and happy tears, and all the pineapple and Mickey-shaped snacks we can find. It's my pleasure to help you plan the most magical and unforgettable vacation in the Disney Parks. Learn More About Robyn

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