Guest Rooms Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

The guest rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort are something new and unique. The Art of Animation hotel has one of the biggest capacities at Disney World – 1120 family suites and 864 standard rooms for a total of 1980 rooms and the ability to house around 10,000 guests!  Whether you’re a couple, a small family, a large family, or you’re travelleing with a group, you should be able to find a room or combination of rooms to help you have the perfect vacation (yes, it is possible at a value resort!).

Buildings by Film

Each group of guest room buildings at the Art of Animation is themed to immerse you in a classic Disney or Pixar movie.  Here’s what you can expect:

Finding Nemo

The exterior of the buildings is painted like they’re out in the ocean, teaming with fish and sea life.  The courtyard in the middle of the buildings is adjacent to Animation Hall and features The Big Blue – the biggest pool at any Walt Disney World hotel, with 12,000 square feet to swim in.  Alongside the pool you’ll find Squirt’s Righteous Reef, a dry play area for kids, all themed perfectly to the film.

Inside the guest rooms, you’ll find mellow sea-green walls with colorful pops of curvy orange furniture.  Silver accents on the walls and a bright pink reef headboard add to the look.  You’ll also find jellyfish lamps, coral-themed chairs, and a cozy picture of Marlin and Nemo napping in one of the three sleeping areas.  One of the coolest features is the shark-infested bathroom, which is decorated like a sunken ship!


The exterior of the buildings is decorated like the beautiful and rocky desert outside Radiator Springs.  The courtyard in the middle of the buildings is full of cacti, life-size characters like Tow-Mater, and highway signage – perfect for family photo ops.

Inside the guest rooms, you’ll feel surprisingly calm, with light brown walls accented by pylon-themed carpet and drapes and blue, red, black, and silver accents that remind you of what you’d find in a garage.  Pylon lamp shades, stickers, and highway signage complete the mood – and the relaxing blue car wash-themed bathroom is outstanding!

The Lion King

The exterior of the buildings will make you feel right at home on the savanna as you explore the picturesque courtyard, which features an elephant graveyard, lions perched on rocks, and Simba, Timon, and Pumba strolling about the oasis with no worries.

Inside the guest rooms, the colors and shapes you’ll remember from “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” will make you feel like bursting into song as you relax in your little oasis.  Bright yellow walls with splashes of green, leaf theme chairs and lighting, a sunset savanna scene in the shower, and the image of Simba swaying sleepily in the vines complete the look.

The Little Mermaid

The exterior of the buildings is painted to help draw you under the sea into a magical garden courtyard with aquatic-looking topiaries and amazing sculptures that will have you believing you’re on the ocean floor.  King Triton stands proudly in command as dolphins and crustaceans frolic about!

Inside the guest rooms, serene blue walls and wavey carpet make your stay under the sea very cozy, as you fall asleep in a bed with a clamshell headboard complete with a “pearl” reading lamp!  Pink seashell chairs and a beautiful purple coral bathroom motif will make you feel like Princess Ariel herself!

Guest Rooms

You have 2 room options at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort: family suites which sleep up to six, and standard rooms which sleep up to 4. The standard rooms measure 260 sq. feet. They are very functional, but there is not any wasted space. These rooms are the same size as the rooms at the Pop Century and the All-Star Resorts. They are reasonably comfortable for a family of four, but not four adults.  If you’d like a standard room, you’ll be staying in The Little Mermaid buildings.

The family suites measure 565 sq. feet.  They are functional and certainly roomier than the standard rooms but are still not as spacious as what you’d find in the deluxe villas.  They are reasonably comfy for a family of 4-6 and possibly four adults, but six adults would likely find the space a little tight.  Family suites are housed in the Finding Nemo, Cars, and The Lion King buildings.

Number of Guests Per Room

Disney hotel rules allow four guests per standard room and 6 per family suite. You can add 1 infant that can sleep in a crib. If you have more than 2 adults, Disney charges a $10.00 per night per adult fee. (4 adults would be an extra $20.00 per night.)

What’s Included in the Room

The accommodations at the Art of Animation are equipped with everything most travelers need for a great Disney World vacation. There are 2 types of rooms available, Standard and Preferred. The only difference between the types is the proximity to Animation Hall.

Below is a list of the furnishings in the standard rooms:

  • Two full size beds, or
  • One King size bed which can be requested at least 5 days before arrival
  • A TV
  • One table and 2 chairs.
  • 2 telephones
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • A nightstand between the full size beds.
  • An alarm clock
  • An armoire that has drawers for storage
  • A keyed safe
  • Bathroom with a shower tub, or a walk in shower in the handicapped rooms
  • Refrigerators are now available in all Disney hotel rooms

Below is a list of the furnishings in the family suites:

  • 3 separate sleeping areas (including a master bedroom with a queen sized bed, a full sized sleeper sofa in the living room, and a convertible table bed in the dining area).
  • 2 tvs
  • a generously sized table with 4 chairs (which converts into a bed for sleeping)
  • 2 telephones with data ports for internet access (there is an extra charge for internet access and phone calls)
  • night stands in the master bedroom
  • a kitchenette with mini fridge, microwave, and coffeemaker
  • An alarm clock
  • An armoire that has drawers for storage
  • A keyed safe
  • 2 Bathrooms with a shower tub, or a walk in shower in the handicapped rooms

Dad’s Bottom Line

Yes, the regular guest rooms are a bit small, but they are cheap (relatively) and a great value especially when travelling with kids who will be over the moon with excitement when they see the fun decor. The Family Suites are something special. Check them out.