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Disney's Art of Animation Resort, Orlando
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1850 Century Dr, Orlando, Florida 32830
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Oxford, United Kingdom
January 11, 2013
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Our arrival at Art of Animation didn’t start too well. We found it hard to find as it didn’t seem to be on many signs but we decided to follow the signs to ESPN sports as I thought it was near there and we managed to pick up signs then. It was dark ...
Our arrival at Art of Animation didn’t start too well. We found it hard to find as it didn’t seem to be on many signs but we decided to follow the signs to ESPN sports as I thought it was near there and we managed to pick up signs then. It was dark and all the signs in the hotel are hard to read in the dark so struggled to know where to park. We then queued for about 20 minutes to check-in as everyone took ages, when we were called they seemed to have to type everything in again including all our names, address etc even though it was all on the booking form. The CM said it was the new computers and it was driving them crazy!
We were on the 5th floor (4th to us Brits) in the number 5 building in a Finding Nemo Family Suite.
Building 5 has a brilliant location overlooking the Big Blue Pool and right next to the Animation Hall where we could fill up our drinks cups. This was particularly useful for hubby and me as we do like a cup of tea in the morning and there was no way of making that in the room.
The corridor had wonderful wave like carpet which incorporated Hidden Mickeys too.
Our room was very colourful but also really practical too. The master bedroom was very spacious; there would have been loads of room for a cot too. There were lots of drawers throughout the Suite and there was also a hanging rail in the lounge area and the master bedroom. We were only staying 4 nights so lived mainly out of our cases but I was impressed by the amount of clever storage.
As you walk in to the Suite you are in the Dining area which has a table which quickly converts in to a bed with a quick pull. This is a double bed and is also very easy to push back up in the morning ready for breakfast, it has nice lights over it which can be dimmed so are ideal for reading at night as well as two bedside cabinets. The only problem is that the funky orange chairs cannot be stacked which seems a bit of a design flaw, you just have to shove them against the wall where they are a bit of a trip hazard. The other bed is located in the sitting area and is a sofa bed. The resort is very new so the sofa bed was comfortable and not at all worn or saggy like we have experienced in other places, it was also very easy to pull out and put away. The sitting area also had another chair which looked more comfortable than it was and a couple of stools which doubled as tables.
There was also a small area with a fridge, microwave, coffee maker and sink and some paper plates, cups and bowls and plastic cutlery. This was handy for cereals in the morning but I was disappointed that there wasn’t a toaster.
There were two bathrooms which is really handy when holidaying with two teenagers. One had a large walk in shower whilst the other had a shower over the bath. These were well stocked with towels, shampoo and soap but unfortunately no shower gel. Housekeeping kept leaving more soap even when we didn’t open them; we came home with 10 bars!
Our main problem with the room was the fact that the last guest had obviously been a heavy smoker. The windows don’t open and the smell was awful. We were there over Christmas and they said they couldn’t move us (which I think was true) but they immediately sent up an air-purifier to run overnight and the next day they shampooed the carpets and soft furnishings to help alleviate the problem. They phoned several times to check that we were happy with what they were doing and I felt they did the best they could.
Unfortunately we didn’t get to try the Big Blue Pool but it looked amazing, very colourful with a brilliant splash-play area too.
The Animation Hall contained the Landscape of Flavours Quick Service Restaurant. We used the drinks stations a lot and there was lots of variety, the best we have seen at a resort. We only ate there one lunchtime. It wasn’t too busy but I disliked the fact that you have to queue in different places to get the different meals. I ended up eating on my own as my meal was getting cold whilst my family were still queuing to order theirs! What we had was nice but it was just a bit hectic to get. There was lots of choice, salads, soup, pasta, burgers and several desserts so even the fussiest eater should find something they liked.
We only use our car and we were able to park a couple of minutes walk away from our block. However we noticed that the buses only go from outside the Animation hall, they do not service the blocks at either end of the resort so if you were in a Little Mermaid room in Block 8 you are actually quite a walk from the main building. The walk is picturesque with lots to look at but it would probably be very slow with little ones who would want to look at everything!
We only had a short stay here but I would be more than happy to return. If I am honest I prefer having a balcony and that is the only thing that would put me off in the warmer months but the size of the room and the wonderful theming throughout the resort gave it a real magical feel. Every CM we met was helpful and the comfy beds were a definite winner with me!
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