• On May 31, 2018
    Jamie from IL 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! We are planning a trip for 6 in June 2019. We want to stay in the Lion King rooms at AoA. Do you know if any of the family suites over look the characters in the courtyard? Also, can you request a specific room when booking your resort? Thanks

    Hi, Jamie! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thanks so much for bringing your question to us. We love to help guests draw up amazing plans for their vacations, so feel free to stop by any time you need some help coloring in all the spaces of your plans!

    I have great information to share with you about your upcoming stay at Disney's Art of Animation Resort. In the Lion King section, the odd numbered rooms 1 - 13 and 27 - 39 on each floor are Family Suites that face the character courtyard. You are welcome to call a Disney Resort Reservation Cast Member and ask for a room request to be put in for a room that overlooks the courtyard. However, please understand that this is just a request and cannot be guaranteed. I find that my room requests are more likely to be granted if I specify exactly what it is that I am wanting, rather than a specific room. Asking for a specific room does not let the Cast Members assigning rooms know what you find magical about it.

    Jamie, if you are a member of the Touring Plans website, they provide a handy service to their members that allows you to look at the views found from most every guest room at Walt Disney World Resort hotels. You can choose a room that is the type you are wanting and they will fax the resort a few days ahead of your check-in to put in the room request for you. There is even a section where you can provided detailed information of the type of room that you like, such as one that overlooks the character courtyard. I have done this many times and have had some great success using it … but not always! Just remember that these are merely requests!

    Thanks again for stopping by, Jamie! I hope you have a magical day!

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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