Many visitors to Walt Disney World will be glad to learn that the Art of Animation
-- Disney World's new-in-2012 resort -- offers hundreds of family suites that can sleep up to six.
Suites hold a huge appeal for families, who appreciate both the extra the sleeping space and the convenience of a kitchenette. Families can save money by preparing some meals themselves; having breakfast in the suite is a particularly good idea as it saves time and can also help the gang get an early start in the theme parks after a quick, easy, inexpensive cereal breakfast.
Orlando has many brands of all-suites hotels, such as Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, and more. 2005 took the scene up a notch with the opening of the Nickelodeon Suites Resort
, which not only has cute and convenient family suites, but also has two waterparks on-site and games and entertainment designed by Nickelodeon.
With such competition in Orlando, it makes sense that Disney's newest resort offers cleverly-designed family suites...
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
This dining table is part of a cleverly-designed Murphy bed. Photo © Teresa Plowright.
This property opened in June 2012 as the fifth Value resort at Disney World. (Resorts come in Value, Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa categories, and all confer the same great set of perks
, such as free transportation and Extra Magic Hours in the theme parks.)
Disney's Art of Animation Resort has colorful theming inspired by four popular Pixar animated movies: Finding Nemo, The Lion King, Cars
, and The Little Mermaid
. The Finding Nemo
area is the first to open, and has terrific theming including a beautiful Big Blue pool
; it also has family suites
that can sleep up to six. The Lion King
areas will also have suites, for a total of 1120 units; meanwhile The Little Mermaid
area will have standard rooms.
The Finding Nemo
family suites have colorful decor, a kitchette, a separate bedroom, a sofabed, and -- neatest feature!-- a combination Murphy bed/ dining room table. The photo on this page shows the table, which actually attached to the Murphy bed: simply move the chairs out of the way, pull down the bed, the table collapses under it, and voila: a great bed for two kids. (See photo of the Murphy bed in the "down" position
.) Read more about Disney's Art of Animation Resort.
Suites at the Deluxe Villa Resorts
Treehouse Villa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Photo courtesy of Disney World Resort.
Families do have some other suite options at Disney World: six Deluxe Villa Resorts
are part of the Disney Vacation Club time-share program but can also be booked by any (non-club member) guests. These condo-style units have up to three bedrooms, and even the one-bedroom units have full kitchens and laundry facilities. Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
is one such property; at time of writing, the others are Disney's Old Key West Resort, Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas, Disney's Beach Club Villas, Disney's BoardWalk Villas, and The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.