Mom and Child at Art of Animation
  • On Oct 22, 2019
    Carmela from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    This will be my 15th time here and my kids 4th time. We are coming in Dec. In all my years I have never stayed here in Dec. YaY! We are staying at the AOA in The Little Mermaid room. Any tips to get free room upgrades? Are they all renovated?

    Hello, Carmela!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    It seems like you're an expert yourself! Your kids are very fortunate to have such a seasoned guide leading the path to adventure! 

    I think you're going to love the Walt Disney World Resort in December. I visited Disney's Wilderness Lodge in late November last year, and that Christmas tree is outstanding. It's the perfect place to end a day, in my opinion. 

    You can choose to dine at the lively Whispering Canyon Cafe or go for the whimsical atmosphere of the Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White. My parents fell in love with Artist Point the last time we were there!

    In my opinion, you're already staying at the coolest and more beautifully themed rooms within the Value Resort category. Disney's Art of Animation Resort is also in an excellent position because it now gives you access to the extraordinary Disney Skyliner

    These rooms have not been renovated recently, like the rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort, though. If you wish to stay in a place that has a very cool Table Bed, for example, maybe moving to Disney's Pop Century Resort can be an option! The awesome Disney Skyliner also serves it, and both hotels are so close that you can even visit Disney's Art of Animation Resort for a meal or an evening stroll if you'd like to. 

    If you want to experience a different type of room, though, you can also choose to modify your reservation to stay at a Moderate Resort. Options like Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort or Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside can be perfect if your family is into theming like mine. The Pirate Rooms at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort are super cool for young pirates! 

    The Royal Guest Rooms at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside are also outstanding, and perfect for visitors who want to feel like royalty! 

    I hope that your December trip is very merry, Carmela. After all, it's the most wonderful time of the yEAR!

    If more questions pop up before you're ready to board the sleigh, please, come back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. It's always a pleasure to help!

    May the magic be with you,

    Julie
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Meet the Panelist: Julie, California

Hi! I am Julie, a Brazilian brand strategist who also loves to sing and cook. I grew up in Southern Brazil, in Santa Catarina, but I currently live in California. I dreamed of visiting the Walt Disney World Resort since I was a little girl and now it is my passion to help others enjoy the magic as much as I do. Being an all-things-Disney nerd and Disney Vacation Club member, I'm here to help you find the perfect hotels, park events and seasonal festivals to make your trip a memory to cherish forever! Learn More About Julie

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