We went back in February and stayed 3-4 days at the AoA. It's the first time in 15+ years since I've been to Disney. Travelled with a 3 year old and while 6 months pregnant with my second. We picked the AoA hotel because it seemed to be very geared towards kids, visually stimulating. Was a bit disappointed, but have to keep in mind it's a value hotel. -Supposedly the nicest of the value hotels. What I loved and hated: 1. Chose the hotel because it had the largest hotel pool at Disney and was supposed to be very cool looking. -Bit disappointed, thought it was going to have more interesting things in the pool like the jellyfish. Bright side, there are two other small pools and there is a small water play area. 2. Loved the themes online when looking. We stayed at the Nemo Suites. I loved that the room had two bathrooms. That was the highlight for me. I ended up with food poisoning either from the hotel or the park, not sure, and was sick all night. -I ended up puking all over the floor, so it was nice having the second bathroom. -And that the fridge, microwave and sink were clean. It was kept after. -However, the floor for some reason was soaking wet when we checked in, and we all had wet socks. 3. Point of note, don't love that the murphy bed for kids is by the front door. Just as a safety issue, I don't like that. 4. The thing I hated about AoA, it felt like you were walking into public housing buildings if it weren't for the paint on the cell block buildings. 5. The main hotel is separate from all the sleeping areas, so it can be a bit of a walk, be prepared, I didn't particularly enjoy that with my pregnancy and with a 3 year old. It was just too much for me, I wanted more comfort. The Nemo suites were the closest and I was still not loving it. 6. The Food Court was okay. Actually I would have loved it if they also had a place for table service. The food wasn't always really hot, b/c it's food court, and I having to go through a couple of different lines for the food you want is not that easy when you have to watch your kid, make sure he's not getting intro trouble, carry all this food and you're pregnant. So for me it was not ideal, especially after a long day of walking. The food was decent though, and I thought there were definitely enough options. However, if I knew the hotel had no table service at all (no other restaurant), I wouldn't have chosen to stay here. Sometimes you just need to sit and enjoy a meal peacefully. 7. You can buy reusable mugs for your stay. Beware, we weren't told that you can only use that at the resort, not at the parks. You have to buy a separate mug for the parks. So we spent all the extra cash and weren't able to use our mug. 8. The main part of the hotel was nice, very spacious and visually stimulating, I think I was hoping for more stuff for kids to climb on and sit on and explore, but it's not really meant for that. I do wish they had more places to sit in the main part of the hotel, especially by the transportation or arcade. It was rough for me. 9. I love that the hotel did have a place for you to check in for your flights and had a display for your departing flights. 10. The hotel had room service, which we tried to take advantage of at 5pm on one of the rainy days. We couldn't even get through on the phone line to order a pizza the whole night. And keep that in mind, if it's raining and pouring, you have to walk from your building to the main hotel to get food, so be prepared for the outside elements. -Not really the kind of vacation I was planning for. 11. Magic bands, the bands were actually nice in the sense you didn't need to bring your wallet anywhere. Use it to open your hotel room, charge food, gifts, etc. Just remember the pin #. 12. I really didn't like how long it took to get to the main park, Magic Kingdom. -It's not bad, but it takes 15-20 minutes travel time, and you can wait 20 minutes for a bus. -Also, already having issues walking, I didn't love that the AoA bus is the farthest at the bus station at Magic Kingdom from the entrance. You do really need to plan almost an hour. -Also it super inconvenient if you've planned a meal experience at one of the other hotels. You have to go to the magic kingdom by bus and then you have to either take the monorail or the bus to the resort you're having your meal. -Plan for 60-90 minutes. It was nice that from the airport, , the AoA magic shuttle/express, goes there first. just a tip, on your last day at Disney, if you don't have a car, pick a park that's closest to the hotel so you don't to worry about making your flight time. -Like Epcot or Hollywood Studios. Would I stay here again? Probably not, my budget is a little more flexible, so I think next time we'll choose a hotel more centrally located and with a few more amenities. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't for me. I want more comfort. -My opinion might change if we had been staying there for a week vs 3-4 days.
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- Be surrounded in the artistry, enchantment and magic of Walt Disney and Disney•Pixar movies. Stay at a Disney Resort hotel that invites you to explore the storybook landscapes seen in such classics as Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. From delightfully themed family suites to wondrously detailed courtyards, Disney's Art of Animation "draws" you and your family in to become a part of some of your animated favorites. ... more less
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