I recently booked a stay for one night at the Art of Animation in the Little Mermaid Standard room. I have been wanting to stay in this room for some time now and was happy to have the chance to review it. We participated in the online check in through MDE and were lucky enough to receive a text right as we were arriving alerting us that our room was ready. We were dropped off in the front of the resort by our driver and walked through the colorful lobby to check out everything. Our room was in building 8 which was the furthest building away from the lobby and food court area. Luckily, we were excited to walk around and view some of the property before finally making it to our room.
The Little Mermaid room layout is identical to all the standard rooms in the other value resorts. All of the value standard rooms have two full beds, a table and chairs, a dresser, a flat screen t.v, with a dresser and a mini-fridge. Below you will find a video walk through of our room.
The standard rooms at Art of Animation are found in its three Little Mermaid buildings. They are about 260 square feet and sleep 4 in full beds. What sets the Little Mermaid rooms apart from the other value resort standard rooms is the extraordinary theming inside the room itself. Truly making you feel like you are underwater with your favorite mermaid.
Review the map below. The standard rooms at Art of Animation are all in the Little Mermaid section which are in the far left side of the map. They are by far the least convenient place to stay while visiting this resort. It is a ten minute or more walk from the food court and main pool. For most people that is not a problem but for travelers with mobility issues, or parents of young children it may cause a problem after a long day at the parks. We were out till almost 1:00am and were not thrilled with walking back to our room. We were only there for one night so we were able to deal with it but I think if we had spent a whole week here it would be rough.
Originally, the land the Art of Animation Resort sits on was really planned to be part of Disney's Pop Century Resort as part of the "Legendary Years" section. Several buildings were even constructed for these plans. While one-half of Pop Century (the "Classic Years") opened in 2003, the other half was left abandoned following the September 11 attacks. When the "Legendary Years" buildings were first being made, a bridge named the Generation Gap Bridge was constructed to connect both parts of Pop Century and made them accessible to each other. Today the bridge connects Pop Century to the Finding Nemo section of the Art of Animation Resort.
Two thirds of the Little Mermaid rooms in both buildings 8 and 9 have parking lot views such as the one we had. However, if we walked a few steps outside of our room we actually were able to see the 50's building over at Pop Century which was kind of neat. You can watch our video below to see the view from our room.
We had a love-hate relationship with this resort. While we did not like the distance the room was away from everything, we did love the theming of our room. This room is perfect for little girls who are in the prime age of using their imagination or die hard fans of The Little Mermaid. They really go all out in decorating the room, far more so than any other Value Resort on property. That being said, the beds are uncomfortable, the linens are extremely itchy and the pillows are as thin as they could possibly get away with, but the rooms are new and still very clean which is a large plus. I would give this room a thumbs up for those of you who are not going back and fourth to nap with your children multiple times a day, maybe who are fans of the Little Mermaid, and those who are just looking for a bed to crash in at night (and will pass out regardless of the uncomfortable bedding.)