Disney's Art of Animation Resort ideal for friends
|Cartoon-like cars, complete down to every detail, greeted us at the entrance to the building with our Cars Family Suites in the Art of Animation Resort at Disney World.|
The family suites at Disney World's new Art of Animation Resort are an idea whose time has come. It's a new resort in the southern part of the 44-square mile Disney World not far from the ESPN Wide World of Sports area and the town of Celebration. When Disney invited me to the grand opening celebration of its New Fantasyland earlier this month, I learned they'd be putting me up there so I could preview the property.
|Our suite's compact kitchen had a fridge, microwave, sink and coffee maker plus plastic cutlery.|
Our suite was in the new Cars area of the resort, just beyond the buildings called Finding Nemo. In keeping with that fishy theme, 3D fish on the sides of those buildings made occasional gurgling sounds much like the sounds heard underwater in the Big Blue Pool. Learning that the resort had an afternoon dance party at the pool, my New York girlfriend talked us into suiting up and heading that way. I think she'd forgotten where we were. It was really cute and the dance moves were great but participants were mostly in the under 10 age range.
|A comfortable Murphy bed pulled down from the wall above this table.|
|Even the bathrooms were complete with the Cars theme.|
Although none of us were pizza aficionados, we could get pizza delivered or go to Landscape of Flavors, an array of food shops serving custom and casual cuisine ranging from burgers to pasta and including beer and wine.
The Cars theme was straight out of the Cars movie, down to the landscape plantings replicating the southwest. I later learned at a press conference that it's straight from a new Cars attraction at Disneyland in California.
We had two flat panel TVs, a hair dryer, and in-room safe. Just outside was the smaller Cozy Cone Pool with the Flipping Fins pool serving those staying in the part of the resort with Little Mermaid standard guest rooms.
A few days ago I got a postcard from Disney indicating that one of us had left something behind. It turned out that my New York friend walked away without her dancing shoes, leaving them next to the bed. She hadn't missed them until she got my email. But when I called Disney, and identified the missing item, I learned that Disney will mail them to me. 'll return them to my friend when she comes back to Mentor to visit her family for Christmas.