The Art of Animation Resort is the newest Value Resort at Walt Disney World and one that has many people buzzing. During Disney Social Media Moms in 2012, we had a chance to take a peek at the resort just before its grand opening. The lobby is extraordinary in its overall design. The check-in counters are quite different from other hotels and run all the way down in a rainbow of colour. If you make your way through the main building, you’ll notice original cartoon sketches from some of your favorite Disney films. We had a nice reception here last year, but didn’t get a chance to stay on-site.
In all honesty, we are partial to the Deluxe category of resorts and the Art of Animation Resort is not as posh as the others we have stayed in. Unlike the other resorts, this one is heavy on the characters and infused with all aspects of some of the most popular films. If you are looking to save some money, want a really great pool, and are looking for quick dining at a low cost, this is definitely a great pick. You can see our review of other aspects of the resort and check out a room tour of the Little Nemo suites over on Child Mode.
The hotel has 4 different themed sections: Cars, Lion King, Nemo and the newest addition; The Little Mermaid. On our last day at Disney World, we decided to check out the resort’s new Little Mermaid rooms. My youngest daughter is obsessed with The Little Mermaid, so I thought this would be a fun opportunity for her and her sister too.
Click through for a photo tour of the new Little Mermaid section of the property.
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The Little Mermaid Rooms at Art of Animation are the newest and most recent addition to the resort. During our last night at Walt Disney World Resort, we opted to stay one night in their new themed rooms. Click through for photos of the property, rooms and a look at some of the fun photo opps available on site.
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This shot was taken in the evening as the sun was setting. It's our view from the King Triton building, overlooking the property. As you can see, they've tried to integrate a beachy, sailor theme throughout.
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Flounder was a little confused as to what this object was exactly and so he dubbed it the Dinglehopper. I love how the resort has taken such memorable aspects of the movie and recreated them in real life.
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The Little Mermaid section of the resort has its own pool, so you don't have to walk over to the other side. The Nemo side also has its own pool, which is closer to the main building.
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We stayed with King Triton during our visit on the second level to the left. Our room faced the grounds which gave us a nice view of the property.
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Seashell chairs, mirror and octopus hangers really add to the whole decor theme. There is also a curtain that divides the bathroom area from the bedroom if it's needed.
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The Little Mermaid rooms have a table and chair set that mimic the Royal Suites at Port Orleans Riverside. Instead of the letter from Princess Tiana, the table has songs from the film that appear to be scattered across the table. They are, in fact, part of the table itself.
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The Little Mermaid Room has two double beds that are done in an underwater theme. Notice the bubble lights on top of the headboard?
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The full bathroom is standard-sized and like the other Disney properties we've stayed in, the sink is located just outside the door. A must for families!
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Urusula guards another section of rooms on property. My girls were a tad frightened as she is one of the villains they dislike the most, but they were also equally intrigued.
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I was taken aback when I first laid eyes on this statue. It's the exact replica of the one in the movie. This resort does a really great job immersing you in the film.
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The Little Mermaid sits just outside the third section of the property. These large characters are so fun to photograph and little kids get a real kick out of visiting them during their stay.
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Another fun aspect from the film brought to life. This property is full of photo opps!
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