We're checking into another amazing Disney hotel at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida with today's post...
This time it's a Lion King family suite at Art of Animation Resort!
Art of Animation is classified a "value plus" resort, which puts in a similar category to Pop Century and the All Star Resorts. To me it feels newer, fresher, and more detailed than the older values in many ways, and it offers family suites which will accommodate larger parties.
Unlike the other three sections of the resort (Finding Nemo, Cars, and Little Mermaid), the Lion King portion doesn't have it's own pool. But it does still have some pretty cool scenes to take in...
You'll find characters from the movie all over the place!
There's a rather creepy elephant graveyard with Claudius's goons - excuse me, I mean Scar's goons - standing watch. My brother Athos adores Hamlet and likes to call characters in The Lion King by the names of their Shakespearean alter egos. Timon and Pumbaa, for example, are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. I know. We're weird.
In person this log feels so low you think a tall person might bump their head on it!
Elephants and giraffes are ambling by on the buildings on either side of you!
There's something magical about the grounds of any Disney World hotel - just looking at these photos and remembering strolling from our room to the lobby or the food court makes me feel relaxed and in vacation mode. It's especially pixie dusted if you get up early in the morning (which I did to take many of these pics!) so you have that gentle sunrise light and the resort all to yourself!
Shall we step inside the Lion King buildings? The elevator and entrance areas have murals inspired by the movie hung on the walls.
The hallway paint is very neutral (especially compared to the under-the-sea walls in the Finding Nemo buildings or the traffic-cone orange walls in the Cars buildings), but the carpets are the coolest thing. There are animal tracks underfoot, but they don't belong to just any animals. These footprints are from Timon, Pumbaa, and Simba - it makes you want to burst into a verse from Hakuna Matata.
And if you forgot the lyrics, not to worry - you can find them in your room!
But I'm getting ahead of myself! When you first step into your family suite, you'll find an identical set-up to the family suites in the Cars and Finding Nemo buildings (for more details on those rooms, click here!). There's a folding table (which can fold into a murphy bed!) with chairs off to one side.
Are those bugs crawling on the table? There's a microwave, sink, and mini fridge further in the room. All the decor makes you feel like you've run away to the rainforest with Simba - I love those flower lamps!
TV and pseudo-closet area. Just off to the left you can see the funky chair - it looked like a red beetle! There's also a couch that folds into a bed in here.
There are more bugs in the carpet...with a hidden mickey!
Another log stool with some lyrics from the Lion King's soundtrack.
You could practically recreate the "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" number - there's a chorus of giraffes above the couch!
Zazu is on the headboard in the separate bedroom. Love the bright colors in here!
A Disney room review wouldn't be complete without a towel mickey pic, now would it?
When you fold out the murphy bed in the living room, you'll see Simba taking a snooze in the vines!
The fabulous thing about a family suite at Art of Animation is that there are TWO bathrooms. That cuts our getting ready time in the morning in half - no waiting for the shower! The bathroom off of the living room has the sink area separate from the shower/toilet - very convenient for big parties. Also note Timon and Pumbaa on the shower curtain. :)
I love the "Circle of Life" sunrises on the shower tiles and the jungle leaves everywhere!
One last picture - our room had a parking lot view, and the building is painted differently on this side. You'll find pages that look like they came straight off of an animator's desk - Simba is gamboling across the windows. All the different elements of the theming at Art of Animation are just fantastic.
Will you be staying at Art of Animation any time soon? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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