• On Aug 9, 2016
    Jessica from LA 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.

    Hello moms, I am planning our 1st. family trip to WDW with my two girls.We are looking to stay 7nights at the Art of Animation.Is it worth paying an extra $2,000 for a family suite? Is there a long walk from little mermaid reg room to bus?

    Jessica, I get super giddy when I see questions from families going on their first Walt Disney World trips. You all will have such a magical time making long lasting memories. I'm also glad you stopped by the Disney Parks Moms Panel for our planning advice.

    Disney's Art of Animation Resort is simply amazing! When it first opened, I was in awe of the attention to details. All of the resorts have unique details, but this resort actually makes you feel as if you are in the movies the different sections represent. While the Little Mermaid rooms are the furthest from the bus transportation, I will say it is really only about a 5-7 minute walk. You could request to be in building 9 of that section, as that is the building closest to the bus transportation. Keep in mind that requests cannot be guaranteed, but it never hurts to at least make the request. My favorite part of the Little Mermaid rooms are the bathrooms. You can take a bath or shower with Ariel's "whozits and whatzits galore"!

    In regards to the family suites, they are wonderful and have a lot more space including an extra bathroom and small living area and kitchenette. Since we are a family of five, we definitely need the space it provides. However, I might have considered the extra cost when we were only four just to have a bedroom with a door. As you may know, sometimes the kids go to bed earlier than the adults and my husband and I would have to sit in the dark until they fell asleep. So, avoiding that scenario would have been worth the cost. Just be aware that the other sections may not be as "girly" as the Little Mermaid rooms.

    Obviously, a travel budget is a very important thing to follow and pros and cons should be considered very carefully. I hope my suggestions and advice have helped you. Feel free to stop by with more questions as they come up in your continued planning process.

    ~Allison L
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Texas

I am a mother of three that loves all things Disney...the never grow up mentality, the fairy tale endings and the ever changing Disney Parks. With so much to explore, I would love to help you discover all the magic and wonder your heart desires. Learn More About Allison

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