Art of Animation Resort
  • On May 20, 2024
    Gemma Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are travelling to Orlando in August 2024. We have park tickets but are staying off site. Can we still access the resorts to look round as we would love to stay in one in the future? Can we join the mosaic class even if not staying in a Disney property?

    Hi Gemma, and welcome to planDisney! Your magical summer vacation is almost there, and I'm sure you are ready to celebrate summer at the Walt Disney World Resort with some awesome new events and attractions! I can't wait to experience Tiana's Bayou Adventure and venture down the bayou to the sights and sounds of her story and my hometown of New Orleans! Let's dig a little deeper into your question about visiting Disney Resort hotels during your stay!

    Gemma, I think you'll be happy to hear that you are more than welcome to visit the Disney Resort hotels during your vacation; in fact, this is one of my favorite things to do, too! Whether you stop by for a table service meal like brunch at the Grand Floridian Cafe (my favorite is the buttermilk fried chicken and Mickey waffles!), enjoy a post-park day drink at Trader Sam's in Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, or just explore the ambiance of the Atlantic shoreline at BoardWalk Inn, there are plenty of opportunities to stop in to see the resorts and explore their theming and storytelling elements to help you create your own bucket list of where to stay for future visits! Another one of my favorites is Disney's Pop Century Resort, which you can easily access using the Disney Skyliner from both EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios, to take pictures with the larger-than-life icons that represent pop culture through the decades! 

    Another great reason to visit is to participate in some of the unique resort recreation or Enchanting Extras that are offered at the different resorts! The Spanish Mosaic Art class you mentioned takes place at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday afternoons from 1 PM to 3 PM in the Dahlia Lounge, and you do not need to be a Guest at the resort to enjoy this experience! My family is looking forward to doing some horseback riding at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground on our next visit and maybe sticking around after for Chip 'n' Dale's Campfire Sing-A-Long.

    One last tip I'll leave you with is to take a listen to the most recent planDisney podcast all about utilizing Disney Resort transportation; my panelist pals Lizzie and Nimmy offer some great tips for getting around, which will help you explore the Disney Resort hotels during your visit!

    I hope this helps, Gemma, and I hope you have the most magical time this summer! Come back and let me know if you have any other planning questions I can help with!

    See you real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Alison, Louisiana

I'm Alison - a wife, mom, and teacher from New Orleans, LA. My first childhood visit to the Walt Disney World Resort sparked a lifelong love of this magical place, and I still find magic in both the new and nostalgic on each visit! I understand the changing dynamics of planning a practically perfect vacation; no matter how large your group is or what your interests are, I look forward to helping you create magical memories and discover unique experiences to make them even more enchanting! Learn More About Alison

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