We are just one week away from the 1st anniversary of the Dad For Disney blog. While there will be no special celebration (sorry, no cake and ice cream for our followers). There will be a round-up of the articles from week and the most popular articles of the year. Here, though, is this week’s round-up:
Disney’s Art of Animation is located near Hourglass Lake and was originally intended to be the “Legendary Years” of the Pop Century Resort. Due to the September 11, 2001 attacks and resulting economic downturn which impacted tourism, the “Legendary Years” were never built. Instead, the Walt Disney World resort got the first value resort with families in mind….The Art of Animation. The Art of Animation has both standard hotel rooms (984 to be exact). What makes the resort unique is the 1,120 family suites. This is a refreshing change from the other value resorts at Pop Century and the All-Star family of resorts.
Today, I’m going to start with the on-property accommodations available at Walt Disney World. There are a lot of options at a variety of price points available to people. There are four main classifications: Value Resorts, Moderate Resorts, Deluxe Resorts, and Deluxe Villa Resorts. Today, I’m going to discuss the five value resorts at Walt Disney World.
I’m going to keep it simple and go in alphabetical order for these five resorts. Give readers some perspective as to where these five resorts are located in Walt Disney World:
Starting with the three All-Star Resorts, they are located down by Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and numbered 26-28. As a result, guests will need to take a Disney Bus or their own car for transportation to the parks.
All-Star Movies Resorts
The first thing I will say about all of the these resorts is they are huge. There are a lot of rooms – 1920 of them. So, I’ll lead off with a map of the resort:
There are 10 buildings with hotel rooms grouped into five “pods.” 101 Dalmatians, Fantasia, and Toy Story are the three “pods” closest to the main Cinema Hall which houses the food court. The Mighty Ducks and Love Bug “pods” have a further walk to Cinema Hall.
In terms of space, the rooms at the All-Star Resorts and Pop Century are the smallest on Disney property at only 260 square feet putting it on par with a standard hotel room at a national chain. The rooms sleep four people. Five people can stay in a All-Star Movie room provided one of the five is under three years old AND sleeps in a crib.